The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, August 12, 1910, Image 3

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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
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
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
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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
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,
My name will appear near the lower
left hand corner of the primary ballot.
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.
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
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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. .
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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. 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
cent campaign which has cleaned up
the city of Lincoln."
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.