The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, August 12, 1910, Image 3
'Ami .'Hi FRANK W. TYRRELL TO THE VOTERS To the Voters: In announcing my candidacy fonooun ty attorney, I desire to call attention to my previous public service. I have in all cases been the attorney for the county and have stood for an honest, economical, dilgent administration of the law and haw a w.ider experience in both criminal prosecution and civil cases than fall to the lot of many aun ty attorneys. I 'have not only prosecuted the usual laTcenies and breaches of the peace, but haw often been designated by the attorney general to try out the new criminal questions arising under the pure food and state railway commission acts; in the discharge of such duties, have successfully maintained prosecu tions against thnee of the express com panies, getting fines of $500 each, also against the Union Pacific railway company for the issuing of passes, The Western Union Telegraph company and the packing houses for violation of reg ulations regarding the branding of lard and cottolone. The prosecution of corporations- is something new in the pro cedure of the county. I met the best laywers in this city and of Omaha, and have maintained the reputation of the office. In criminal prosecutions I have not tried the good cases and dismissed the difficult ones as a prosecutor might do should he be trying to make a record for convictions, but have insisted upon and been successful in obtaining pleas of guilty in the good eases, saving cost to the taxpayers and have tried many that might have been dismissed without criticism. I believe that good business interests should pay their fair share of taxes and recently secured, by litigation, in formation resulting in a raise of $500, 000 in the assessment of the traction company, thus .increasing the revenues about $4,800 a year, enough to . cover the entire expense of my office. This property had been escaping taxation; once upon the rolls it will continue there, and the revenue is permanently and justly increased. I began 'proceedings and with the as sistance of Mr! C. O. Whedon, can celled a bridge contract entered into at $4.65 a lineal foot for wooden bridges and the county has not paid above $2.05 a foot for similar work since that time. It has also had an honest deal. I am not the friend of, nor have I been the attorney for the bridge combine. I have successfully defended every damage suit instituted against the county. I have not succeeded in all of my undertakings, but I have shirked no duty. I adopted the policy of col lecting bail bonds and have recovered as much as $3,000 of forfeitures in a single year. I have run my office with one deputy where two had formerly been employed without decreasing the efficiency of the office, nt the same time vastly enlarged the labor in, and the influ ence of the office. I have stood for clean politics and policies, closed and lwpt closed, the disreputable houses of this city. which were open all day and all night. Sun day and week day places of carousal, drunkenness and .illegal liquor selling. At the same time have decreased the number of places of assignation. This action has been publicly commended by the churches of this city and so ciety generally, and while it met with opposition at the time, the sites of many of these former hovels are today occupied by substantial business houses, I will do all in my opwer to further the election of the republican ticket and to carry out without reservation all of the pledges and principles as set forth in the platforms made by ft t A ' ' 1 y TYRRELL the county and state republican con ventions. Fred C. Foster, my deputy, is one of the ablest young lawyers of this city, a product of our state university, a man of culture and of the highest moral standing, in favor of clean and progressive public policies, always a gentleman, accommodating and oblig ing, with whose service the public will be pleased and who is worthy of the aid and support of the voters of this county. I know of no law or rule of action being applied to judicial offices con fining the term of service to four years; the clerk and district judges are elected to four year terms and served for several terms. The last county judge served four terms, the last county attorney three terms. In voting for my election you take no chances. Believing that I have made good, I ask your support with confi dence, thanking all of the republicans and about 2,000 democrats for their generous support in the last election, I remain yours respectfully, i-.... FRANK XI, TYRRELL. My name will appear near the lower left hand corner of the primary ballot. THE TEAMSTERS. International Convention Makes Over tures of Peace to Independents. The International ("ion vent ion of the Brotherhood of Teamsters closed its sessions at Peoria last Saturday. The convention went on record as asking the Chicago and New York independent unions to return to the parent organiz ation. They will be granted all the rights and privileges of the brother hood on the payment of one month's dues. This action went through with a rush indicating the friendly feeling of the delegates present with the work of the convention, which was pronounc ed one of the most successful and har monious ever held. THE PLUMBERS. Breezy Bits of News About the Men Who Lay the Pipes. Of course the Employers' Associa tions are opposed to the boyeot unless they happen to be the ones using lit, But the XIaster Plumbers' Association of Denver learned a thong or two about the boycot recently. When Denver plumbers made a demand for an in creased wage the XIaster Plumbers Association met and decided to refuse not only the wage increase but any recognition of the union. The asso ciation went so far as to draw up an agreement to the effect that none of its members would employ any plumber who carried a union card. This agree ment was signed and the association thought it had the world by the tail. But it overlooked a couple of bets, one being the Colorado anti-boycot law, the other the energy and go-aheaditiveness of the union plumbers of Denver. Pres ident Alpine of the International hap pened to be on Denver at the time. and a copy of the agreement fell into his hands. He immediately got out an injunction against the association members forbidding them from put ting the agreement dnto effect. Ho also made complaint against each man sign ing it, charging him with violation of the anti-boycot law. Then things be gan to happen. When they found themselves facing a jail sentence and a stiff fine the haughty employers back ed up, and the way they rushed to the union headquarters to siign up with the organization was good to see, Thirty-nine employers who had agreed never, never to employ another union plumber, signed for the closed shop in one day. Before three days had passed every member of the association " V!..' p. j . X who had signed the 'boycott resolution was conducting a closed shop and pay ing the scale demanded by the union. The Lincoln local is gaining ground steadily. At the meeting a week ago last Tuesday three new members were taken in, and last Tuesday evening two more names were added to the member ship roll. - Work has been only fair for some time, but is picking up a bit these days. The recent timely rains have helped business a whole lot. Fred Schlegel took out a traveling card Sunday and will -see how things ar-3 lined up in Salt-Lake City. Ed. English and W. J. Pickard are working on a state job at Beatrice. They are in the Institute for Feeble Minded on salary, not as inmates. X. K. Howard has been selected delegate to represent the Lincoln local at the International convention in St. Paul next month. F: F. Turner is alternate. SCAB' BOILERMAKERS COMPLAIN Tender Feelings Hurt Ay Adverse Com ments of Unionists. A couple of "scab" boilermakers appeared before Police Judge Risser last Saturday and exhibited tender feelings that had 'been horribly lacer ated by some alleged remarks uttered by striking boilermakers in Haveloek. They complained that J. W. Joiias and other strikers 'had 'made a lot of un kind remarks about tnem, and thev. wanted the whole bunch, especially Jonas, thrust into the donjon keep, incarcerated in the bastile, thrown in to the booby hatch, or something else. They said that them there ornery strikers didn 't use real nice parlor language in the hearing of the afare said "scabs." But the deputy county attorney couldn 't see that -adverse remarks on non-union men in general was a viola tion of law, nor even of an injunction granted by a federal judge and cov ering about everything else imaginable. As a result the "scabs" tied upV their lacerated feelings and journied back to Havel ock. J. R. BENNETT Conscientious, able, intelligent effort is what comprises that, important to the taxpayer, office, county commis sioner, and no man is better fitted to fill that role than John R. Bennett, pre sent holder of the office and candidate for a second term. With the betterment of conditions throughly at heart taxpayers find him a rare catch in the political net. His watchword is progress via dioniesuy, and with that Tare brand we can 't afford to lose him. He is the man for the place. Mr. Bennett has been a resident of Lincoln for many years and is well and favorably known through-out the state and has many staunch friends. The wage-earners will make no mistake in giving him their support August 16th. THE POWER OF WEALTH. Rev. Charles Stelzle Writes Interest ingly of Big Things. Tha wealth of the United States amounts tot about $125,000,000,000. This is nearly twice as much as the wealth of Great Britain and Ireland, two and a half times as much as that of France or Germany, more than three times as great as the wealth .of Russia and about six times as much as that of Austro-Hungary. The wealth per capita in the United States is approxa mately $1,400. As a matter of fact, however, this great wealth is very un eavenly distributed. It is difficult to secure accurate fig ures, but it is said by financial experts that 1 per cent of the families in the United States hold more wealth than the remaining 09 per cent, while seven eights of the families hold but one eighth or the national wealth. It is said that while not the absolute owners, there is within the control of a score of men an estimated sum amounting to over $20,000,000,000. This is an amount greater than the wealth of Austro-HungaTy, the combined wealth of Ttaly and Belgium and one-quarter greater than the combined wealth of Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and the Netherlands. It is impossible, of course to estimate the actual wealth of the richest man in the United States, but his read influence in the United States is very much in excess of the amount of money that he absolutely owns. The stocks of the railroad companies of the United States are held by about 1,000,000' persons, but a mere handful of men control the property owned by these million stockholders. The great railroad systems of the United States have been reduced to a few groups by means of consolidation and reconsoli dation. Ten of these groups comprise three-faurths of all the railroad lines of the country, with a mileage of 200, 000, and with a combined capitaliza tion of approximately $9,000,000,000. It is not inconceivable that, through a process of reconsolidation, the rail roads of the United States will be merged into a single monster corpora tion, even though laws may be fraawed seeking to prevent such consolidation, for it is a well-known fact that some of the cleverest brains in the country are at worlt to circumvent such laws. The Standard Oil Company controls 117 subsidiary companies with a com bined, f capitalization of $328,301,409. Were,,tthe real market value of this com bined capitalization" given, it .would ex ceed three-quarters of a billion dollars. It is Well known that in addition to the above, mining, railway, franchise, land, banking, transmission and manfactur ing corporations are owned or controll ed either by the StandardOil Company or its chief stockholders'.', There equal many times the value of the Standard Oil Company itself: v?' When one thinksof the-vast army of men employed by the Standard Oil Co., by the United States Steel Corporation, by the great mining and railroad com panies', there must , come- a realization of the tremendous "power of these cor porations over the lives and destinies of men, women and children. It is true that the corporation does not usu ally systematically set itself out to de stroy the liberty of the individual workingman nor to take away his chances s'of making a living, but fre quently by the manipulation of the markets on the part of: unscrupulous stockholders, these things actually hap pen. t - This concentration of,- power must lead to the close organization of work ers, for only as the workingmen them selves organize will they be in a posi tion to present .a united; front against the unjust conditions which, may be imposed upon them. THE RIGHTERS BACK. Charles B. Righter "Doe," if you don't know him by his real name and "Little Charley" arrived home last Monday from their long hike to Wis consin. Both are as brown as berries, as lean as race- horses and carry around appetites calculated to cause a boom in the provision line. ."The time of our lives," says Charley senior. "Xlore than that," says Charley junior. Fath er and son walked from Lincoln to Janesville, Wis., and after visiting with relatives and catching a lot of fish, came home on the velvet cushions. They came home by the way of Chi cago and stopped over in the Windy City long enough to see a couple of big league base ball games and visit with some of Charley senior's friends of . the "old days when "Bath House John" and "Hinky Dink", saved a lot of lives by looking the other way when the hungry and jobless men tar ried overlong at the free lunch counter. THE MUSICIANS. Will Participate in the Labor Day Parade With Enthusiasm. The Musicians met last Sunday and decided to get into the Labor Day cele bration to the limit. Every member of the organization will have to be in line unless sick in bed, or cough up a dollar Bill as a penalty. Messrs. Jackson, Bruse and Coupe were named as a committee to , arrange for the local's proper stunt on the great holi day. The committee was instructed to provide autos for the women members of the' organization, but the men will have to walk or pay a fine. The. local gladly put up its per capita to make up the guarantee fund for the holiday. An important addition was made to the price list at Sunday's meeting after a full and free diseussion. A letter of thanks was received from the Temple management for the orches tra donated to the Temple benefit per formance at the Lyric a few weeks ago. Copies of a recent notice of "unfair persons and firms sent to the Central Labor Union were read and approved. One application for an honorable with drawal card was acted upon favorably, but a couple of others were held up pending settlement of a. little trouble. The attendance at Sunday's meet ing was only fair. Out of a total paid up membership of 119 less than thirty were present at any one time. The official board did not meet on account of a lack of a quorum. The next reg ular meeting will be held on Sunday, September 4, although a special meeting will doubtless be called to take up Labor Day matters. . PC A' '- SENATOR ELMER J. BURKETT Senator Elmer J. Burkett is seeking re-nomination and re-election and un- hesitiatingly points to his record in congress, two terms as a representa tive and one term as a senator as a sufficient reason for his action. Be cause of his long service in congress Senator Burkett wields a great influ ence, and has risen to important com mitteeships and chairmanships in the senate, thus putting him in a better position than ever rto influence legis lation in the interests of his consihitu ents. Senator Burkett- is quite will ing to be judged upon his record, and asks only trat tha record be studied without prejudice or party bias. Bis home is in Lincoln, and as a citizen GEORGE E. T0BEY George E. Tobey, republican candi date for the nomination for congress subject to the will of the voters at the primary on August 16, was born an a farm in Cedar county, la., in 1870. Before he was a year , old his parents removed to Nebraska, settling on a farm in Butler county. Until" he was fourteen Mr. Tobey worked on his father's farm and attended the dis trict school. At the age of fourteen he entered the high school at Ulysses. Two years later his father died and he was compelled to become the support of his mother and his younger brothers and sisters. Six years later bs re-entered the Ulysses high school and grad uated therefrom in due time. He then entered the University of Nebaska, graduating from the Law Department in 1899. He paid his way through the University by clerking in the Arm strong Clothing Co. store and the store of the then Fitzgerald Dry Goods Co., now Budge & Guenzel. Mr. Tobey has always been active in republican poli tics, but he has also been active ,in civic and religious life. Let the story be told by prominent men who believe in him and are supporting him ener getically: "In 1896 Mr. Tobey, then a student in the State University, was elected Secretary of the University Republican Club, and during the Bryan campaign took a leading part in public -debates with the University Free Silver 'Club. In .every campaign from that time to the present he 'has made many speeches for the republican ticket. In 1898 he was sent to Philadelphia as the dele gate of the College Republican Clubs of Nebraska to the National League of College Republican Clubs. For the past ten years he has been an active worker in the Young Men's' Republi can Club of Lincoln. During three none stands higher nor has more warm personal friends, regafdless of party or creed. He is what he is by his own unaided efforts. . Born on a farm, be worked early and late as a boy, get ting a common school education as best he could. He it aught school and thus maintained himself while study ing law. ' In the practice of his pro fession he was successful, and his abil ity soon marked him as a good man to put in public place. He served in the Nebraska legislature .before being elect ed ia congress, and his legislative re-, cord was such as to commend him to the people, else he would not have suc ceeded in being twice elected to the lower house of congress and then re ceiving promotion to. the senate. .. campaigns he has served as Secretary of the Congressional Comimifctee in the First Congressional District, and in this as in all other instances, serving the party, without pay. "In 1900 he was appointed private secretary to Congressman Burkett, and served in that capacity in the House for six years and . in , the Senate for 1 two years. , His., fidslity to his work and his, great familiarity with the work of a Congressman was a notice able fact to all who came in contact with him. During his service as Mr. Burkett 's secretary he was three times elected President of the National Asso ciation of Secretaries to Members of Congress. . - "His work in Congress brought him into close touch 'with the officials of the departments, and" made him thor oughly familiar with the details of departmental and legislative work. Dur ing the last presidential campaign he was treasurer of the Lincoln Taft Club. ''Mr.. Tobey is a prominent figure in the civic and religious life of the state. . He is a member of the official board of Grace M. E. Church of Lin coln, and superintendent- of one of the largest Sunday Schools in Nebras-.. ka. , He is a member of the board of directors of the Lincoln T. Mt G. A., and during the recent campaign to raise $100,000 for the new Y. M. C. A. building, which is now being erected he was chairman of a committee of one hundred men to raise this sum. He is' secretary of the Nebraska Epworth Assembly, now recognized as one of the greatest organizations of its kind in the world. He is an active mem ber of the Lincoln Commercial Club and the Lincoln Ad.. Club. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Tribe of Ben Hur, the Maccabees, and. was the first captain of Camp No. 6, Sons of Veterans of Ulysses, Neb. In 1908 he resigned his position as clerk of the senate committee on Paicific railroades at a salary of $2,500 a year to become secretary and general man ager of the Alpha Publishing Co., of Lincoln, a concern employing over one hundred men, and in this position he has made good. He takes an active part in all political and civic affairs and was a prominent figure in the re WAGEWORKER EIGHT cent campaign which has cleaned up the city of Lincoln." REV. C. M. SHEPHERD. E. E. BENNETT. ' W. A. HACKNEY. J..B. FERGUSON. : J. L, M'BRIEN. JUDGE T. M. PARKER. JAPS ORGANIZING. The Japanese laborers on the Califor nia fruit farms are organizing. They have a union of 2,000 in one county alone, and fixed a minimum wage scale of $2 a day of nine hours.