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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Aug. 12, 1910)
STREET RAILWAY MEN.
In announcing my candidacy for United States senator subject to the
democratic and people's independent primaries to be held August 16th I am
responding to a call that has been made upon me by a large number of person
al and political friends. It is true I would like to represent Nebraska in the
United States senate but I would not have entered the race unsolicited and I
am acting now after the most thoughtful consideration on my own part and
after consulting with democrats and populists in various sections of the
I assume that in nominating their senatorial candidate the democrats and
populists in Nebraska will select the man whom they regard as most available
in the contest to be waged against one of the most skilful politicians ever elect
ed by a western state to a seat in the senate. Should the men with whom I
have affiliated for nearly a quarter of a century of Nebraska politics conclude
that I am the available candidate, I will make an active campaign against my
republican opponent and will do my best to win.
As reporter and political writer on the Omaha "World-Herald from 1888
to 1896, as editor of the World-Herald from 1896 to 1905 and as associate edi
tor of the Commoner since 1905, my views on publicquestions have been made
known to the people of Nebraska.
In general, I take my democracy from Jefferson, Jackson, and Bryan. If
it were republicanism, I would take it from La Follette, Cummins, and Bristow.
Practically, I do not see material difference between the two brands, so far as
present day problems are concerned ; and if I were elected to the senate I
would take counsel of the republicans I have named sooner than from men
who, elected as democrats, follow, in one way or another, the Aldrich leader
ship. I would not be bound by any party caucus against what I conceived to be
the welfare of my constituents. I would follow democratic principles, as I have
learned them, where ver I found them and would co-operate with men, regard
less of party affiliations, whom I found faithfully enunciating those principles
and undertaking to enact them into law. This is my conception of the duty of
a democrat who realizes the necessity for prompt action on the part of the pa
triotic men of all parties who would perpetuate popular government and make
our union of states fairly representative of the sacrifices that have been made
in their behalf fairly representative of the hopes and the aspirations of the
rank and file of American citizens, regardless of political prejudices.
My opponents, Mr. G. M. Hitchcock, and Mr. Willis E. Reed, are both rich
men, while I am a wage-earner. It will not, therefore, be possible for me to
make as active a contest for the nomination as those gentlemen will make.
But I am not without confidence that from now until August 16th, some of the
men whom I have met upon the firing line and with whom I have stood shoul
der to shoulder in defense of the very principles that seem popular today will
lend me a hand so that I may not, after all, be greatly handicapped in the race.
I enter this contest with "malice toward none, with charity for all." I
would not knowingly sacrifice one personal friendship upon the altar of am
bition. While I shall stand resolutely for the things in which I believe I grant
to every other man the right to his opinion and respect it accordingly. I hope
nothing shall occur to tarnish the fair friendship that has existed for many
' years between myself and the two good men who are opposing me. I shall try
to so act that both Messrs. Hitchcock and Reed will be able after the primaries
have closed and the real battle is on to give me that cordial support whicb
I have it in my heart to give to either of them in the event of my defeat.
RICHARD L. METCALFE. ,
Feel the Screws Tighten a Little More
' Every Day.
.A ew months ago the Traction Co.
managers held out as one reason why
they' should not be asked to increase
the wages of some of their employes
the fact that the company furnished
free transportation to the employes
and their families. Now the company
has withdrawn tmis free transporta
tion, but it has overlooked the little
matter of increasing wages. All the
little "red tickets" have 'been taken
up, and hereafter employes must be
in full uniform and on the way to
and from duty or relse cough up the
nickel. Members of their families are
no longer recipients of free transprota-tion.
It is claimed now that men who
seek employment as motormen or con
ductors must provide themselves with
uniforms before they are "broke in.
All conductors, too, must provide them
selves with $15 worth of small change.
In other words, before a conductor
knows whether he has a steady job
or not steady as an "extra man"
getting from three to ten days a month
for several months he must invest
from $18 to $20 in a uniform and loan
the company $15. -
A conductor informs The Wagework
er hat the order has gone forth that
car men must not enter Capital Beach,
Epworth park. Lincoln park or the
ball park while waiting for time for
their cars to start out.
The rumor has gone forth that as
soon as the state fair is over the offi
cial headsman will get busy with his
ax and save the company a little money
by decapitating a number of he men
eligible for the "maximum wage."
This has set the boys with cards to
wondering if they will not be the first
called to the block.
How many people know that it takes
the average car man thirteen hours
to get in eleven hour' work, and that
the average rate per hour is less .than
20 cents? Long hours and small wages
for men who have in their charge the
lives of thousands of people every day!
A few months ago President, Sharp
said something about being willing to
raise wages if the occupation tax were
abrogated. Does that go yet? -
Simmons received the telegram while
attending the 'funeral of a near rela
tive in this city. He left immediately
CONGRESSMAN JOHN A. MAGUIRE
favorably upon a couple of applications
for membership, and appointed a com
mittee to "investigate" The Wage
worker for giving space to the Press
men and Assistants' Union to charge
a printing firm with illegal use of the
Seeks Re-nomination and Re-election to
Office Worthily Filled.
John A. Maguire, representative in
congress from the First Nebraska dis
trict, has no opposition for re-nom
ination upon the democratic tucket.
He asks for re-election upon the re
cord he made during his first term.
That record is open to the inspection
fk ft J
JESSE B. STRODE.
Republican Candidate for Nomination
, ' for County Aattorney.
It would seem like "carrying coals
to Newcastle" o try and inform the
people of Lancaster county concerning
J. B. Strode. Mr. Strode is seeking
the republican nomination for" county
attorney. The Lancaster county bar,
admittedly high in ability and integ-
How Metcalfe and Burkett Showed
Their Friendship for Unionism.
Three years a;io the members of the
. allied printing trades begged Senator
Klmer .T. Burkebt not to secure for
Kohs L. Hammond th lucrative posi
tion of collector of internal revenue.
Burkett turned a deaf ear to them.
lli knew t-iat Hammond was the bit
terest opponent the allied
trades hid. He knew that Hammond
was hand-in-glovo with other employ
ing printer to destroy the allied print
ing trade organisations. He knew all
tbewe things, yet he persisted in giving
Hammond the appointment.
A f-A' years agu Richard L. Met
calfe published a book. When it be
came known that lie was about to have
,his book published he was approached
by numerous employing printers who
wanted the contract. One unfair print
ing house in Omaha was very anxious
to get the work, and offered to do it
for considerably less than any union
"I'll have it printed in a union shop,
and I "II havo it published in Lincoln
where I live," said Metcalfe.
I "Of Such is the -.Kingdom," and
"Bishop Sunbeams." the titles of the
two spkmdid books tha't Richard L.
Metcalfe has published, were both com
posed by union printers, stereotyped
by union stereotypers, printed by union
pressmen and bound by union book
binders. A big news agency that is
managed by the largest stockholder
in a "scab" printery in Omahn, wanted
to be tho general agent for Metcalfe's
books. "I'll M no man notoriously
unfair to my nnion friends control the
handling of my book," said Metcalfe.
Theso facts are published for the
information of all union men. Met
calfe seeks to be United States sena
tor. Burkett seeks re-election to that
Under which banner, Mr. Union Man?
P. F. ZIMMER.
Republican Candidate for House of
Representatives Asks Support.
I am a candidate for th.? republican
nomination for the lower house of the
printing i legislature on the republican primary
ticket, and I take pleasure in hereby
the Sunday blue laws to permit of
harmless sports on Sunday, such as
base ball, etc.
I am a tax paysr of nearly $300.00
per yean- in this county, and therefore
have the' interest of the taxpayer at
heart. I am Yours very truly,
P. F. ZIMMER.
presenting my pl:itt'orm for the inspec
tion of t.!b: voters:
I am in favor of the majority ruling
on all public questions, and am there
fore in favor of the initiative and
referendum, and county option, and if
elected, will vote for the man receiving
the highest majority of votes for tho
United States Senate.
I am for state regulation of fire
insurance rates; for an amendment to
Preachirvj and Practice.
W. S. Gilbert on one certain occasion
was on a visit to n friend, the owner
of a tine English country bouse. On
the morning after his arrival Ue was
chatting with his host before break
fast when lie became suddenly aware
that family prayers were about to be
read. The household filed in, and the
distinguished guest knelt down ou the
spot where be happened to be stand
ing. Looking up, be cnught his host's
eye fixed on him with a warning
glance, which he. however, failed to
read aright. The service began. "Al
mighty Father, who hast made all men
alike" (more telegraphic glances), "rich
and poor, gentle and simple" then,
unable to contain himself any longer,
the host called out, "Gilbert, you are
kneeling among the servants!"
Why He Smiled.
Magistrate (to prisoner! You are
charged with having beaten your wife.
Prisoner (smilingi Quite right, your
worship. The charge is correct.
Magistrate Then what are you smil
Prisoner I may well smile. We
have been married five years, and in
all the fights we've had this is the first
time she hasn't been able to give me a
Jolly good hiding. Have a cigar, judge?
"That young fellow seems to hay
made a hit at your home."
"Yes; I Judge he has. Ma's investi
gating his family tree, and pa's look
ing up his commercial standing."
rity, contains no better example of the
upright lawyer than J. B. Strode. His
ability has been recognized time and
again. Twice elected to congress, he
served the people faithfully and well.
As deputy county attorney he per
formed his duties as faithfully and as
well as he did those in a higher office.
His ability as a lawyer was demon
strated years ago in a famous crim
inal case now almost unmentioned be
eause the younger generation knows
little of the splendid struggle of the
contending forces in that famous trial.
Mr. Strode was a mere youth when
the civil war broke out, but he caught
step with the music of ithe Union,
shouldered a musket and marched to
the front in defense of the old flag.
Returning home he took up the arts
of peace, and has achieved distinction
among his fellows by reason of his
legal ability, his fidelity to duty and
his high sense of civic duty. A lead
ing member of the Nebraska bar, a
man of long legal experience, Mr.
Strode is peculiarly well equipped to
discharge the important duties of the
office to which he now aspires. If he
should be the choice of the people
then every citizen may rest well con
tent, knowing that they will have in
the important office of county attor
ney a man who w-ill do the full duty
at all times and under all circum
stances. . '
LABOR DAT COMMITTEE.
of all men, and upon it Mr. Maguire
is willing to rest his case. Two years
ago Mr. Maguire accepted the demo
cratic nomination, knowing full well
that he had a republican majority of
perhaps 2,500 to overcome. Other, and
perhaps better known, men had tried
it and signally failed. But Mr. Ma
guire was not dismayed by that big
adverse majority. He went in to win
and to the surprise of thousands he
did win, and win handily. Then he
went down to Washington determined
to make good the trust reposed in him
Whether he has done so he is willing
to leave to the people, asking only
that they judge him by his first term
He answered every roll call but
one. Although a "first-termer" he
commanded recognition by his ability
and his earnestness, and his every vote
was recorded upon the side of his
constituents. He asks wage earners
especially to examine his record upon
the bills in which labor was most in
terested. He stood with the workers
every time. Mr. Maguire is a lawyer
of ability, a ' young man of splendid
character, an untiring worker and a
close student of public affairs. The
eastern section of the republic "cuts
ice" in congressional affairs because
it; follows the habit of re-electing time
after time the good men it has. Per
haps the west could profit by the example.
Getting Down to Business and Pushing
, the Big Celebration. ,
The Labor Day committee is getting
in its work these days. F. A. Kates
of the carpenters is president, and T.
W. Parker of the cigarmakers is sec
retary-treasurer. fThe general corn-
general committee met last Sunday
afternoon and proceeded to appoint a
number of sub-committees as follows:
Concessions Grimes, Vaughn.
Banners Love, Lenz.
Sports Love, Lenz, Maupin.
Publicity Maupin, Yates, White.
Parade Kelsey. . .
Hustling Eissler, Holland, Grimes.
lAready the local unions are coming
across with the 10 cents per capita .
asked for as a guarantee fund. The
concessions committee has had several
conferences with different parties, but
as yet is undecided where to recom
mend the holding of the Labor Day
picnic and celebration. The matter
will doubtless be definitely settled next
The committee on banners will make
an effort to have a number of splendid
mottos displayed in the parade. Every
union man and woman is invited to sub
mit suggestions for banners. The
Wage worker offers a cash prize of $5 .
to the man or woman submitting what
the banner committee decides is the
best motto to be emblazened upon a
banner and carried in the parade.
An effort will be made to induce tho
different unions to provide decorated,
floats of a distinctive character. This
could easily be made the greatest
feature of the parade.
On all sides is evidenced a disposi
tion to make this the greatest demon
stration in the history of local union
ism. Havelock, declares she will come
in stronger than ever, and several Lin
coln locals have already hung a heavy,
fine on any member able to parade
who fails to show up and keep step
to the union music that will be pror
vided in abundance. The hustling
committee is putting in its evening
visiting the unions as they meet in the
Labor Temple and instilling into tbem
the proper amount of Labor Day en
thusiasm. 1 . . '. -, .
CHARLES O. WHEDON.
BENJAMIN F. JOHNSON.
Candidate for Representative Gives His
I am a candidate for the republican
nomination for representative to and
in the legislature.. I submit for your
THE BABY SICK.
Charley Simmons received a tele
gram from Mrs. Simmons, who is visit
ing in Missouri, stating that their baby
daughter was dangerously ill. Mr.
A Senatorial Aspirant Who Stands with
the "Progressive" Element. ,
Charles O. Whedon, who is seeking
the republican nomination ' for the
United States senate, is too well known
as a lawyer ito need any introduction
to the intelligent . people of Nebraska.
He is admittedly one of the ablest
lawyers in the west. Politically he is
not so well known, but this is because
he has been too busy practicing law
to engage in politics as a politician.
but not too busy to be a close student
of political affairs. He is what many
people call an "insurgent" republican
a mild term under all the circum
stances. While a firm believer in the
principles of protection he does not
believe in a tariff so high that it robs
the people for the benefit of a few
trust magnates. He contends that the
republican party the rank and file
stands for a tariff revision downward,
and that the present tariff law is
not a fulfillment of the party's cam
paign pledges. H.? stands for free
lumbar, free agricultural implements,
free wire and several other things now
heavily protected, not in the interests
of the consumers but in the interests
of a favored few j'roducers. If sent
to the United States senate it is uni
versally believed that he will line up
with such nven as LaFollctte. Cum
mins and Bristow, and not with the
Aldrieh-Penrose-Lodge element. In
other words, he will stand for the in
terests of the common people. That a
man of his ability, thorough knowledge
of the tariff, and courage to speak his
convictions, would wield a command
ing influence is beyond question. Mr.
Whedon is making a strenuous cam
paign, and has seen fit to take the
people wholly into his confidence.
There is no one who ean read who has
any excuse for not knowing where
Charles O. Whedon stands on all the
questions that are of most vital im
portance to the peo pie. Nebraska
would be honored by having such a
man representing it in the senate of
the United States.
approval, some of the things I stand
for, and ask your support at the prim
aries. Some of the things I stand for:
County option, first, last and all the
time'. : ' .
Direct legislation by the people.
Continuation of direct primary. "' t
Good roads, and the maintenance
Preservation to the people of Lin
coln of a representative form of gov
ernment. Have signed, without qualification
the pledge to always vote for candidate
for U. S. senator receiving majority
vote at general election.
Yours for republican victory,
BENJAMIN F. JOHNSON.
The Typographical Union ' met Sun
day, killed a motion to withdraw from
the State Federation of Labor, acted
Liberia shares with Haiti the dis
tinction of being the only place in the
world where the negro rules not only
himself, but also such white men as
dwell there. Liberia's history has
been one long record of intertribal and
civil wars, although its record in this
respect, it is only. fair to say, is less
sanguinary than that of Haiti. In
fact, so careful is the Liberian of his'
skin when fighting is in progress that
it has become a standing Joke that a
Liberian battlefield is the safest place
on earth and that to become a soldier
in Liberia is to embrace the least dan
gerous profession known to mankind.
People who sell newspapers in th
streets of Moscow are compelled to
appear in uniform.
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