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The Guarantee of Workmanship,
And at the same time the guarantee of good wages paid for workers tailoring
under sanitary conditions. This is the Union Label of the Boot and Shoe Workers'
yj WORKERS UNIOK H
factory Na J
It is our aim to be able to supply every need of
the Union Worker who wants his purchases in our
line to bear the Union Label. To accomplish this we
have scoured the market until we are able to point
with pride to the fact that this is the
Union Label Outfitting Store
For this section. Once more we call your atten
tion to the fact that the man who won the Labor Day
prize for wearing the most Union Labels was fitted out
from Hat to Shoes at our store. And we point with
pride to the fact that the Label is by no means the
only good feature of our goods. In style, fit, make
and wear, they are the acme of perfectio.n
The Bargain Price Now
Remember, at this store the First-of-the Season
Price is the "bargain price" others will offer you way
late in the season. We ask you to investigate this
claim. At from $15 to $30 we can give you Union
Made Suits that will furnish big dividends in wear and
TAPT AND ROOSEVELT.
President Taft at Minneopolis and ex
President Boosevelt at Fargo were
among the big Labor Day attractions
of the eonutry. President Taft tried to
point out what the national govern
ment has been doing in the interest of
the workers, laying especial stress upon
the establishment of a bureau of labor
and industry and the enactment of
Erdman act. He also made mention
of the compensation act. The establish
ment of a bureau of mines and mining
was also menttioned. The president,
however, did not go into any exhaustive
explanation of how these departments
were benefitting the workingmen of the
country. iContinuing the president
tried to offer excuse for opposing the
proposed amendment exempting trades
unions from the operation of the anti
trust law. He said the farmers had a
right to charge what they pleased for
their products, and the workers had a
right to charge what they pleased for
their labor. The sophistry of the presi
dent is evident when one remembers
that while the farmers and the laborers
may have the right they are totally
lacking in the ability. He was equally
unsound when he tried to excuse bis
effort to exempt railroads from certain
provisions and allowing them thirty
days in which tp make certain rates.
Altogether the president showed him
self utterly lacking in konwledge of the
fundamental principles of present in
At Fargo Theodore Roosevelt re
lieved himself of the usual ponderous
platitudes with all the air of a man
giving utterance to newly discovered
thruth. "I'm with organized labor
when it is right, and against it when
it is wrong! ' ' But who would expect
any sane man to declare himself for
the unions when they were in the
"Your ideal should be "a rate of
wages sufficient to enable workmen to
live in a manner conformable to Ameri
can' ideals and standards; to educate
their children and to prevent sickness
and old age; the abolition of child
labor; safety device legislation to pre
vent industrial accidents, and automatic
compensation for losses caused by
these industrial accidents."
Colonel Roosevelt also declared for
a work day of not more than eight
hours and the abolition of the sales
shop system; sanitary inspection of
factories, workshops, mines and homes
, We take pleasure in announcing to the Union Men of
this community that we have the largest, finest and best
selected stock of Union Made clothing, Hats, Caps, Shirts,
Collars, Sox, Shoes, Work Garments, Etc., Etc., ever offer
ed in Lincoln.
SPEIER & SIMON
10th & O Streets
playgrounds for all children, free text
books and compulsory education.
The colonel said that labor unions
were a necessity of modern life and
that they should guard against un
wise leadership. The workingman, he
said should be protected by law from
the greed and carelessness of un
scrupulous employers, just as outside
of working hours both employer and
employes are protected by law in their
lives and property against the mur
derer and the thief. To accomplish
this Colonel Boosevelt said, national
and state laws should be passed.
Little Bits of News About the Men
Who Handle Lathes.
The Machinists at Havelock continue
to walk chestily around just because
a member of their local managed to
get away with the Labor Day prize of
fered for the man wearing the most
union labelled stuff.
It might be well to notify the Have
lock bunch that they are going to en
tertain the State Federation of Labor
in about three months. It is not too
early to begin planning on the enter
tainment. Abol, Mass., Machinists' Union re
cently signed new agreements with
all the contract shops whereby the men
are benefited by an increase of 25
cents per day in the wage scale.
The United States Hatters have put
another scab concern to sleep. The
Seitz Company, at Newark, N. J., was
one ot the fifty-eight concerns that
made a fight against using the union
label and wanted the open shop. Now
the Seitz factory has gone out of busi
ness. A new firm will take coutrol
nnd use the union label.
Everybody Busy and the Winter Out-
. look Very Promising.
With three theatres in full blast,
two picture shows running all the
time, and the winter social season al
ready opening up, the Musicians are
not feeling at all blue. The winter
promises to be a good one from the
standpoint of the men who furnish
William Quick has returned from
Colorado and is again in charge of
tlte Oliver orchestra. Mr. Quick spent
the summer with Prof., Irvine, many
years ago leader of the Nebraska State
Band. He was engaged to furnish
the music at Stratton Park, Colorado
Springs, at Manitou and one or two
other places, and Mr. Quick was with
him. The Irvine band numbered forty
A JUST LAW.
An employer must compensate his
workman for injury, no matter who is
at fault. This is the gist of a labor
law, operative September 1st, enacted
in the closing hours of the New York
Legislature at the recommendation of
the Wainwright commission, which
spent months investigating accidents to
those engaged in dangerous employ
ments, and refusal of employers tc
grant any financial relief. Heretofore
a workman disabled by accidental bodi
ly injury could get no damages until
he could prove the hurt was due to the
negligence or fault of the employer
and without his own contributory neg
A municipal judge in St. Paul has
sent a wealthy banker to the rockpile
for speeding an auto. The supreme
court refused to interfere and no fine
was acceptable. The shock to the
upper classes is terrible. Portland
The Barbers' Union of Boston is
meeting with success in its work of
securing a new standard minimum
wage rate and working rules agree
ment for all shops on August 1. Last
week all the shops of Roxbury and
South Boston, with two exceptions and
all but one in Chelsea had signed. The
downtown and South End districts are
now being covered.
FIGHTING AN UNJUST LAW.
The San Francisco (Labor Council
has engaged a number of attorneys to
defend the striking iron workers of
Los Angeles charged with violating
the anti-picket.ing ordinance. As a re
sult a jury cannot be found who will
convict the 40 strikers under arrest.
In one case tried three times the jury
disagreed each time.
Plumbers and Gasfitters to the num
ber of 85,000 went on strike in France
recently for more pay and shorter
OF MY LIFE
JAMES J. JEFFRIES
Copyright, 1S10, by McClure Newspaper
Syndicate. Copyright in Canada and
Great Britain. All rights reserved.
I BEAT CORBETT AGAIN. QUIET MUNROE
AND RETIRE UNDEFEATED.
I CAME down from Harbin for the
Corbett fight in great shape. I
didn't use the crouch in this
; fight. My plan was to meet Cor
bett at his own game and use speed
against speed, and there isn't much
speed in a crouching position. I stood
straight up and went after Corbett as
fast as I could. We feinted a moment,
and then I landed my left on his ribs.
I could se thnt my change of style
puzzled him and lie didn't understand
my speed. He had counted upon being'
able to dance in and out and all around
me. He jabbed me, and 1 chased him
to the ropes and slammed my right in
over his heart before he could clinch.
Corbett looked surprised.
In the nest round Jim put some
good hard punches on my cbin. 1
rushed him off his feet and punched
his body with my left so hard that he
fell up against me and clinched. His
face was white, and for a moment he
was weak. I knew I had him beaten.
I might have cut loose then and ended
the fight, but it seemed a shame to
disappoint the crowd. I gave him a
chance to recover.
I must say that Corbett is a game
fellow. He didn't try to keep away
from me, but stood up and fought. He
told me afterward that my body blows
took the speed out of his legs.
In the fourth round I hit Corbett on
the jaw and burst my glove. The blow
was high or it might have been a fin
isher. Later in the round I dropped
him with a left in the body. He got
up laughing and ran to his corner
when the bell rang. Then in the next
round after Corbett had landed two
or three good lefts and rights I slip
ped the right into his stomach. He
was nearly done for. I swung two or
three to his head and when he was
blocking high hammered him back to
the ropes. He had trouble in lasting
out the round. In the next one he
went down to his knees from a body
blow and took a nine second count.
In the seventh .Mm was hanging on.
He was desperate. "You can't knock
me out!" be yelled. He. caught me
some hard pokes.
I thought Corbett was all in now,
but to my surprise he made a great
rally. As I went after him he stepped
in and hooked his right to ray solar
plexus. In a second he hooked it again
to my chin, shoving me back on my
heels. Then he sidestepped a little
and hooked bis left to the other side of
my jaw so hard that my head was
thrown back against my shoulder
blades. As I bobbed back I could see
an expectant look in Corbett's eye as
if he thought I was going to drop. 1
just lowered my head and plunged
straight at him. When I took another
look Corbett was pale and grim. Ho
had tried his best blows, bad landed
them fairly and hadn't hurt me. He
knew then that he bad no chance.
From that time on Corbett went in to
fight until he was knocked out. He
told me months afterward that he
gave up all idea of winning then and
LATEST PICTURE OF JAMBS J. CORBETT.
only hoped that when the knockout
came it would be a clean one so that
no one could ever say he had quit.
He surely did stand up and fight.
All of his old time cleverness was
there, and he landed many a good
punch where it should have done dam
age. But I was strong, and be was
weakening fast. In the ninth be made
a great rally and uppercut and jabbed
me and sent several spiteful punches
into my ribs and kept tilting my head
back with his left. He was going
along fine, and. the crowd was yelling
Its. head off for the old Frisco boy,
when, just at the end of the round, 1
hooked my left into his body hard.
As Corbett turned to his corner this
time his legs seemed heavy and his
feet dragged. I knew I had him.
Over in my own corner Fitzsimmons
was begging toe to ae out and end the
fight. Bob was sore because Corbett
had already gone nine rounds, while I
had put Bob out in eight. That was a
little joke on Bob.
When the bell rang I turned to Billy
Delaney and laughed and gave him a
wink. "Here goes," I said.
I went right after Corbett. He knew
the end was near now, but he was
game. As I jumped in he clinched.
Again he clinched, and I couldn't get
in a good blow.
At the next rush I whipped my left
into Jim's body, and he went down for
nine seconds. He got up, and 1 stood
well back and gave him plenty of time.
Again I dropped him with a left in the
solar plexus. He doubled over for
ward and fell on his face, but pulled
up to his knees. He looked just the
way he did at Carson after being drop
ped by Fitzsimmons, and I thought it
was all ovev. But he got up, crossed
his arms to block the next blow and
tried to come into a clinch. This, time
I struck lightly with the left and care
fully measured a right that hit just
at the angle of the ribs. Corbett's
mouth opened, and he sat down heavi
ly and leaned forward. This time he
couldn't get up.
Tommy Ryan threw in the sponge,
but there was no need for it. Jim was
I got $32,728 for my fight with Cor
bett. Thafs over $3,300 a round. It
beats stage work.
A little while after the Corbett fight
in San Francisco my friends were
anxious to see me box in Los Angeles.
We looked all around for some one
who could give me a fight, but good
men were scarce. Finally the promot
ers made an offer for a fight with
The club wired Munroe in New York.
I wired him that there would be about
$15,000 in the fight and that I'd be
Photo by American Press Association,
JEFFRIES TRAINING FOB JOHNSON JEFF
THROWING FARMER BURNS.
willing to make liberal terms because
1 wanted to oblige my friends and
tight in my home town. I offered to
have the purse divided 60 per cent to
the winner and 40 per cent to the
loser. Making the loser's end big for
Munroe looked like a liberal proposi
tion to me.
Munroe wired back that he'd accept
and start for the coast as soon as he
received traveling expenses. We didn't
wait to send tickets by mail. We
wired him the money. After that
there wasn't a word from Munroe for
about three weeks, and then he tele
graphed that he'd taken Harry Pollok
as manager and we'd have to talk with
So the match was off. I had can
celed several weeks of theatrical work
running from $1,000 to $1,500 a week,
and I felt sore.
There wasn't much to do in the line
of fighting now. I turned my atten
tion to other things and got married.
The little lady hardly seems to fit in
with this rough story of a fighter, and
so I'm going to say very little except
that it was the best thing 1 ever did
in my life. My wife has been the
best pal I ever bad. at home or abroad.
That 24th lof April. 1904. was luckier
than the day 1 won the championship
It was in New York that I finally
made a match with Munroe. I fought
him on the night of Aug. 20. 1904. in
the Mec-hnnlcs' pavilion. San Francisco.
Now, to give Munroe his due, he
might have given any other man a
good fight that night, but he knew 1
was in that' ring to wipe out the fake
story of the affair in Butte and he
wasn't going to be very gently han
dled. When he got into the ring he
kissed his brother goodby. His face
was pasty white. He was so nervous
he couldn't sit still. -
When the bell rang I jumped right
out and danced around Munroe. He
led with the left, but fell short; then
As soon as we were clear I hooked
him on the chin with my left, and he
went down heavily.
In the second round I went out to
see how fast 1 could land punches, not
putting near all of my power into any
one blow. The first left split Munroe's
lips and loosened his teeth;: then a
bunch of rights and lefts int the body
sent him down. Eddie Uraney began
counting.- Just at the end of ;.ttie count
Munroe got up, and I shot a. short
right to his jaw and put him down
again hard. His legs bentf and he
dropped In a heap. As he wits trying
to get' up Graney pushed me atvayjand
said Munroe had been counted oufc
SPECTACLE OF POWER. II
Thought Evoked by the Parade C
Labor's Hosts In Nsw York.
Under the caption "Greatest of La
bor Day Processions" the New York
American comments as follows on the
Labor day parade in that city:
In spite of the unseasonable beat t he
Labor day parade in this city yester
day was a record breaker.
Hour after hour the lines of high,
spirited men and women with bands,
and banners passed down the main ar
tery of the town, until the tally of
marchers ran far beyond half a hun
It was impossible for one to witness
such a spectacle showing, as It did.
the unity and fraternity of the work
ers of New York without reflecting
upon the vast social power that was
It was felt that these were no holi
day soldiers, but the true and tried con
scripts of the perpetual war that civi
lization is waging against hunger and
heat and cold and all the other ene
mies of physical existence.
The hosts of labor marshaled Into
such a gigantic army suggest and fore
show the coming of a time when there
shall be no armies save those of indus
try and when the republic will be
better organized than it is today for
the raising of the general standard of
The constitution of the American com
monwealth is the greatest of all labor
unions. It is the union into which all '
other unions must finally be merged.
In the working out of this merger
the patriotic and magnanimous forces
of organized labor have a leading po
litical part to play.
The government belongs to them In
common with the rest of the American
citizenship, and the courts as they
stand are ' their courts, created and
maintained by their arms and with
their consent to uphold the liberty and
humanity for which they strive.
BUCK'S STOVE WAR ENDED.
Boycott Lifted on Company's Products.
Plant to Be Unionized. '
The four years' war between organ
ized labor and the Buck's Stove and
Range company was formally ended
on Sept. 7, when an agreement was
signed by representatives of both sides
in conference at St. Louis. The agree
ment was worded so as not to fur
nish ammunition for the suit in equity
by O. W. Post of Battle Creek, Mich.'
The tentative agreement, the ratifica
tion of which Mr. Post opposed, was
reached some six weeks ago. No terms
as to wages or hours are mentioned in
the agreement, the statement being
made ,that the labor leaders are confi
dent of the good faith of the Buck
The liberal translation of the formal,
articles of peace is that the local un
ions will unionize the plant without op
position of the controlling powers. The
company will resume work within thir
ty days. Mr. Post is a minority stock
holder. Neither he nor his representa-'
fives were avowedly at the conference.
The agreement lifts the boycott off
the product of the Buck company and
commends It to union men and union
sympathizers. The confidence of the
labor leaders in the good will of Fred
erick W. Gardener, the majority stock
holder of the Buck company,- and his
associates in the management Is em
phasized and was reiterated In a state-,
ment by Samuel Gompers, who de
clared the agreement ends the contro
versy. Judge Smith McPherson of the Unit
ed States district court, sitting at Bd
Oak, la., had previously denied the re
quest, of C. W. Post of Battle Creek
for an injunction to restrain the Amer
ican Federation of Labor and Its offi
cers and the Buck's Stove and Range
company of St. Louis from entering
into a closed shop agreement.
. Oldest Known Bricklayer.
Sulphur Springs (Tex.) boasts the
oldest known bricklayer In the world.
His name is J. F. Youngblood, and be
was born in Nashville, Tenn., in 1804.
which would make his age 106 years.
Mr. Youngblood reads without glasses
and has all his teeth except one. He
is an active member of the Bricklayers
and Masons' union and Is now em
ployed on the Carnegie library build
ing" in course of erection at Sulphur
Springs. Brooklyn Eagle. , '
Boston lithographers will work only
eight hours after Jan. 1.
. Washington unionists demand a nine
hour day and a fifty-four hour week
A strike fund of $200,000 is to be
raised for the benefit of striking mini
ers in the Irwin (Pa J coal fields.
Labor day in Pittsburg was marked
by the dedication of the Temple of
Labor, a magnificent structure recent
ly purchased by the Jron City Central
A strike which may involve 10.000
tin can workers in New York and vi
cinity was commenced a few days ago
by local No. 300 of the International
Alliance of Amalgamated Sheet Metal
President James H. Hatch of the In
ternational Upholsterers' union '. an-,
nounced recently that r.200 upholster
ers of New York had gained an ad
vance in wages from $4 to $4.50 a day
without a strike.' . ,. v , ': "
Forty thousand men marched in San
Francisco in the first Labor day pa
rade held since the recent affiliation of
the Labor c6uncll and the Building
Trades council. There were 107 union
in line. with, twenty bands and as
many drum corps.
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