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THIS WASHER is built
work by gently rubbing
different makes. You can send anyone to my house, if they wish to see the work the
washer will do" - Mrs. W. R. Kimball, 1268 So. Twentieth. "The Crystal Washer is
better than you claim, and after seven months' use I can recommend it as the cleanest
washing, the easiest operating and the most . satisfactory made." - Mrs. Geo. F. Burr,
311 No. 34th St.
A BRILLIANT IDEA.
Need ft Place to Exhibit Goods Made
in Our Own State.
President Rudge of the State Fair
board has delivered himself of a
thought that should receive careful
consideration. It is one of the best
ideas that has been sprung in a gen
eration. Briefly Mr. Rmlge suggests that a
building be erected upon the state
fair grounds in which to exhibit only
goods made in Nebraska. And it would
take a mighty big building to ade
quately provide for such a display of
manufactures.' It wouldn't b the
smallest buildings on the grounds, by
any means. On the contrary, it would
be among the largest, if not the larg
est. Nebraska is rapidly becoming
a manufacturing state, and it is high
time the people of Nebraska realized
the growing importance of Nebraska's
building and a display as Mr. Rudge
proposes would do more to educate the
people of Nebraska, and more to ad
vance the material welfare of the
ftate, than almost any other agency,
It is to be hoped that the state fair
Moard will take up Mr. Rudge 's idea
at once and proceed to net upon it.
The board will have the cooperation
or tuousamis or wage earners who are
not now particularly interested in the
state fair because its exhibits "are
either purely agricultural or wholly of
goods manufactured in other states.
Mr. Rudge coulfl render no better
service to the state aa a whole than to
keep hammering away on that single
idea until he sees it an accomplished
Bits of Labor News
Picked and Pilfered. .
Union printers in New York aro boy
cotting non-union bread.
The Grand Trunk is not taking back
strikers as fust as it might.
The Six)kane Teamsters will pay sick
benefits of $3 a week hereafter.
The International Machinists have
nearly $100.0(1 in government bonds.
A great deal of work is being done
on the state aided roads near Spokane.
The reduction of express rates in
Oregou is more nominal than real.
Roosevelt approves of better laws
for the protection of labor from inju
ries. The Brititdi trade union congress this
year will open in Sheffield on Septem
"Some of the Australian printers are
asking an increase from $14.25 to
$16.83 per week.
The teamsters of Spokane 'are in a
prosperous condition and hope soon to
have 300 members.
Philadelphia street car men now
have a women's auxiliary with a mem
bership of 6,000. ,
Success magazine in New York was
getting to be too much of a critic of
Brickmakers and masons were locked
out in Winnipeg. Canada, last month in
an "open shop" fight started by the
Wealthy Pittsburg grafters sent to
jail have been lamenting the cruelty
of the prison keepers in not allowing
them luxuries and favors.
The Young. Women's Christian as-
: sociation in Spokane is a recruiting
station for waitresses for the unfair
restaurants, and is scouring the email
, towns and country to secure them.
, Young women suffragettes in Wash
ington are arousing great interest in
' their cause by giving musical and lit
erary services at gatherings of all
kind. It is a very effective way of
on correct scientific principles. Does its
and squeezing the clothes in steaming hot
suds between a revolving wheel and a
slightly inclined washboard.
"A WOODEN HAND"
Clothes raised up and down - a new rub and a new
squeeze in a new place each time, will wash the
heaviest or lightest fabrics. Easiest running, most
durable, most efficient.
ONLY FIVE DOLLARS!
Was $10.00 until we secured this big lot. Saves
work, worry and clothes. A labor' saving machine
for the housewife. "It is the best machine for $10.
that is made, and I know this from many trials of
1517 O Street
securing a little attention from a large
number of people.
Milwaukee printers have a new scale
with a" raise of from one to two dollars
a week .
The free employment bureau of Spo
kane is securing jobs at the rate of
700 a month.
All sorts of graft is alleged in con
nection with naturalization matters in
New York City.
Ragpickers in New York threaten a
strike if their demand for higher wages
is not granted.
Many of the bakeries of Spokane are
found to be in a most filthy and un
Demand for wsmen to do housework
is far beyond the response in Spokane,
even at $30 per month.
A joint meeting of operators and
miners to fix a wage scale will be
held in Montana October 1.
It is proposed to form a department
of the A. F. of L. composed of all the
clothing and garment trades.
A general strike of miners in Spain
began on August 26th, but required
several days to get under way.
Industrial accidents in Ontario, Can
ada, factories in 1009 totaled 665, an
increase over the previous year.
The building trade are tied up in
demanding the abandonment of the
fake unions by the contractors.
.Japan has just as much right to
absorb Corea as America has the Phil
ippines or England topjrotect Egypt.
Custom recognizes, health requires
and civilization demands the eight
liour day. He who fights it tights the
Trainmen in the Northwest are talk
ing about an eight-hour day, and the
different organizations may demand it
A permanent arbitration board has
been appointed for five years to deal
with longshoremen's disputes at Mon
treal Spokane officials are forcing men
to give up their unions or their jobs,
but say that Spokane runs an open
In Tacoma a large shop that signed
up with the machinists is working two
shifts a day to try and keep up with
All the world loveth a cheerful loser.
Get into the game! Subscribe for
your local labor paper and demand the
The striking workmen of the sugar
trust in isew Y one have put up a
strong and determined fight against
Canadian authorities have fined
the Grand Trunk $50 each for bringing
strikebreakers into his majesty's do
Over 5,000 members of the Structural
Iron Workers' Union of New York
have received a second raise of wages
since January 1.
Organized labor will co-operate with
Senator Bourne in working for the ex
tension of the Oregon direct legislation
and primary methods.
The wages and treatment of white
men on the Canadian Grand Trunk now
building to the Pacific are so bad that
the officials want coolie labor.
The first postal savings bank will be
opened in Chicago next January, after
which it will be extended to other'cit
ies as slowly as possible.
A member of the Seattle Postal
Clerks is suing the government for
overrtime; alleging that eight hour ap
plies to clerks and carriers alike.
The International Brewery Workmen
are sending $10,000 every week to
Los Angeles. The employers realize
they are up against the real thing.
Organized labor in Great Britain is
going to make a strong fight to have
Parliament reverse the judicial decis
ions forbidding unions to contribute
their money for political purposes.
On burned over forests the grass
grows well the next spring. This is
said to be the motive that has inspired
incendiaries to start some of the forest
Hundreds of men were recently
tricked into Buffalo, N. Y., to help break
the strikes of the lake sailors. They
generally refused and they receive
no strike benefits or donations, either.
Bent at the Knees.
Buckskin clothing was in the early
days of the western country almost
universal, among the frontiersmen at
least. When the railroad first went
through Idaho an old trapper came
down out of the mountains and was
standing on the platform of a little sta
tion. His buckskin trousers, soaked
and stretched by the rain and the melt
ing snow of the winter and then dried
and shrunk by the August sun, bagged
most wonderfully at the knees. A ten
derfoot who stood near by observed
him with interest for several minutes.
Then he walked over to him and in
quired: 'Well, if you're going to jump why
don"t you jump';"
We do not wisely when we vent com
plaint and censure. Human nature is
more sensible of smart in sul'lermg
than of pleasure in rejoiciug, and the
present endurances easily take up our
thoughts. We cry out for a little pain
when we do but smile for a great deal
of contentment. Felthnm.
Served Them Right.
Iliggius Weutworth was hoeing one
April morning when three rough look
ing men climbed the fence and crossed
Uil field to him. They had just been
shipwrecked, they said, on tue brig
Maria. They had lost even their
clothes. Would Higgius help them?
Uiggins Weutworth looked closely
into the sailors' faces, for he knew the
ways of meu. Then he said:
"You. the bowlegged one. go stand
twenty yards to the right, and I'll get
you to help me a minute with the seed
in'. You. baldy. there, you stand twen
ty yards to the left."
The two men complied, and the Ilig
gius Weutworth said quietly to the
man who remained:
"What did you say your captain's
"Williams. Captain Williams," was
The old farmer sauntered to the man
off to the right.
"What was your captain's name?"
"Everett, sir." the man answered.
Hlggins Wentworth crossed the field
lo the third man.
"What was your captain's name?"
"The name was Captain Jones."
Uiggins Wentworth leaned on his
hoe and gathered the three men about
"A fine lot of sailors you are," he
snorted, "to go to sea in a ship with
three captains! No wonder you were
wrecked. It served you right." - De
troit Free Press.
The Last Straw.
They were driving from the railway
station to the village In which the
blissful honeymoon was to be passed,
and, though she had not as yet brush
ed the confetti out of her hair, the
bride was in an agony of nervousness
in case they should be taken for any
thing but a couple well seasoned to the
joys and sorrows of matrimony.
Presently the carriage drew back
with a jerk.
"What's the matter?" queried the
bridegroom of the coachman.
"Horse thrown a shoe, sir." said the
The bride clutched her husbnnd's
arm and.- with what sounded suspi
ciously like n sob. "Oh. dear. George,"
she said. "Is it possible that even the
very horse know we are married?"
OF MY LIFE
Copyright, 1910, by McClure Newspaper
Syndicate. Copyright In Canada ana,
Great Britain. All rights reserved.
Y RETIREMENT AND HOME LIFE AND
THE MATCH WITH JOHNSON.
SETTLED down now to a quiet
family life no more stage work,
no more fighting. I believed
that I'd never put on a fight
glove again. I bought a fine
ranch of 145 acres near Los Angeles,
with a country house on it, and be
came a farmer again. For two years
I worked hard on my ranch, clearing
away the brush and ti"-tutting a
hundred acres in which grows
eight crops a yeariu my country. 1
did the heavy work myself, and I
never enjoyed life more than down on
the ranch. I was tired of fuss and
publicity. Here I was just a farmer
again, and it was great.
From time to time, of course, I went
to see a good fight somewhere or other
or took a good bunting trip to the
mountains or went fishing at Catalina,
where we have the best fishing in the
world. I was as healthy as a man
could be. It used to make me laugh
when some one sent me the papers
and I read stories of my "dissipated
life." Why. no man since Noah's time
ever lived a cleaner life than I did. up
early and to bed early after a hard
After two years on the. ranch I built
a tine town house, with everything in
it that one could want and everything
the best 1 could buy. I won't say what
it cost, but it's insured for $15,500, so
it's something of a house. In the same
year I bought a tract of land uear the .
town; cut it up into lots and sold again
with a profit of $20,000. A friend of
mine and myself cleared $35,000 on
another tract, so I didn't need to fight .
to earn money. In the next year I:
went into partnership with another
friend, aud we got one of the 200 bar'
licenses in Los Angeles and built the
finest cafe west of New York. That
was a big money maker too. Fitting,
it up cost over $50,000. I moved into
town low to my big house and attend-,
ed to the cafe. Because I was there
so' much -of. the timer- the old stories
about my drinking broke out again. 1
never did drink to any extent. My
limit was usually a glass of charged
water with about a spoonful of claret
in it. and only a few of those.
When not hunting or working I mix
ed up with the fighting game a little,
often refereeiug important fights. One
of these was the Hart-Root fight up in
Nevada. The promoters asked me to
officially "present" the heavyweight ti
tle to the winner. I refused. Nobody
can give away championships. But
they told everybody I had "given" the
title to Hart after he stopped Root,
and I didn't take the trouble to deny it.
" While; 1 was in retirement Bill
Squires came over . from Australia.
Billy Delaney went to work and sign
ed for a fight with Squires. But I
hadn't given him the right o repre
sent me. and I refused the match.
That broke up my old association with
One disagreeable thing happened
about this time. My reputation has
always been clean in ring affairs, and
If any crooked work has ever been
planned in connection with any of my
fights I've never known about it. In
fact, I don't think any ever was plan
ned, for people have known that I'd go
out to win and would win. But while
I was at home in Los Angeles a cer
tain heavyweight, who shortly after
ward became notorious through the ex
posure of his trickery., came to my
house to see me.. He talked a little
while and beat about the bush, and
then he said:
"I have just been over in Nevada.
One of the promoters over there put
up a proposition to me that sounded
like a lot of money. He said that he'd
give a purse of $35,000 for a fight be
tween you and me. then he'd put
$50,000 in the bank with the purse, and
you could have the whole $85,000."
Here he stopped and looked at me1
queerly for a moment.
"Yes?" I said.
"Of course." he went on, "the pro
moter would have to make bis money)
out of the match some way besides at
the gate, and I'd have to make mine,,
too. if yon got the whole purse and all
that money too. We'd have to make
It out of the betting. If you won wei
couldn't make anything betting, youj
"Go on," I said quietly.
"Well," be said, fidgeting around a
rattle, "you see, ir ne pur up an mar
money for you he'd expect me to win. .
You'd have to He down." ;
"Get out of my house!" I said.
The faker got up and began to ex-'
plain. "Oh. 1 knew you wouldn't lis
ten to anything like that!" he said. "I i
was just telling you about it to show :
how far some people will go."
"Get out of my house," 1 said again,
"and get out quick!"
He got out. and he left town. I'm1
glad he did. I'm one of the slowest
men in the world to rouse and natural- j
ly one of the most peaceful, but when ;
I once start I go the limit. I'm glad 1
didn't meet that fellow again within!
the next few weeks. I was smolder-,
ing like a volcano.
Jack Johnson, the black fighter, had
been trying to get a match with me'
ever since I left the ring. The big ne
gro kept on challenging me. In the
meantime Tommy Burns,, a good fight
er for a little fellow, cleaned up the
heavyweights in America, went to,
England. Ireland. France and Austra
lia and earned the heavyweight title
by defeating the best in all those coun
tries. Johnson followed him to Aus
tralia, and they fought. Burns was
game and aggressive, but the handicap
in size and weight were too much for
him. In the fourteenth round the po
lice stopped the bout, and Johnson
was given the decision by Hugh Mc
intosh, the referee.
Johnson came right back to this
In a little while the whole world was
calling for me to come out and defend
the supremacy of the white race.
Johnson outfought Al Kaufman In ten
rounds, although there was no deci
sion, and knocked out Stanley Ketchel,
the game little middleweight cham
pion, in twelve. Fitzslmmons, Cor
bett, Sharkey. Ruhlin all the old tim
ers who could fight had passed by.
Everywhere my friends were begging
me to come Out and fight again. They
seemed to think I was the only man
who could stop the big and clever ne
gro. As for myself, there was no reason
for my fighting again. I had a good
home, many friends, a good business,
everything a man could want. And I
had been out of the ring for over five
years. Billy Delaney had told me, I
remembered, that no champion could
stay out of' the ring more than two
years and come back at his best. I
knew that I was in no condition 'to
fight now. ' I had taken on weight and
had lost the old ambition that a cham
pion must have. But the pressure
became too great. I announced that
I'd work and when I knew 1 could be
the old Jim Jeffries again I'd fight.
and if I couldn't I wouldn't fight for
love or money.
So I went out on a long trip with an
athletic show. All through the east
ern states the people kept calling to
me. Often I was tempted to say I'd
fight Johnson, condition or no condi
tion. And when at last I began to
get into shape and feel the old fight-
Photo by American Press Association.
JEI'I' RI S TIIAIMNC, .FOI JOHNSON AX
ICAItl.Y MOKNIXO Hl'.V. :
ing spirit growing strong 1 announced
tmifm ig!i. ! put Sfri.OfM) in the
hands of Bob iidgren, sporting editor
of the New York Evening World, my
old friend in the Carson training
camp, as a forfeit for the match.
Theu 1 went to Germany with my
wife for a little vacation. There I
took long runs over the quiet country
roads to the intense amazement of the
natives and got into better shape still.
Upon returning to America I signed
articles with Johnson. I'll give the
negro credit for one thing he didn't
bluster now. but came right down to
business. Promoters came or sent in
their bids from all over the world. No
such sums were ever offered for a
fight befoye. The winning bid. a purse
of $101,000 and control of the moving
picture arrangements, offered by Tex
Rickard and Jack Gleason. was a
Under Sam Berger's business man
agement I started out with a big ath
letic show and toured the country,
making a new fortune from that alone.
And everywhere 1 trained hard. The
fight was a sure thing now. " '
Three months before the date fixed,
whfch was the 4th of July. 1910. just
lacking a month of six years after my
fight with Jack Mini roe. I went into
hard training in a mountain camp at
Rowardennan. in Santa Cruz .county,
The fight is before me now. I feel
that I will be fit to defend the title I
won years ago from Bob Fitzslmmons.
I know Johnson is a good man,- and I
expect to have a hard fight on my
hands. Perhaps this time I'll even
have to draw on that reserve force
that I have never needed yet. And If
I do I know that it will be, there.
Injunction Issued by a New York
AGAINST THE UNION SHOP.
Judge Calls Strike of Cloakmaken a
Conspiracy lii Restraint of Trad
Invasion of Guaranteed Rights of
Liberty. Says Gompers. .
Once more the labor movement has
been unreasonably and despotically
enjoined by a court ruling, and this
one goes a bolt shot beyond anything
of the kind in its specific- bearing ever
before issued. The ruling came from
Justice Goff of the New York state -supreme
court and is to the effect that
a strike which ; demands the union
shop is a .conspiracy in restraint of
traae. . , ,
The decision grew out of the strike
of the union cloakmakers .in New
York city, which Justice Goff says was
ordered in its primary purpose "to bet
ter the condition of the workman," but
really "to deprive other men of the
uouoiiuiuiy ox ineir ngut to wors.
Justice Goff cites one of the articles
of compromise presented by represent
atives of the union to the manufac
turers, as follows:
The association shall obligate each
of its members to employ union men
as long as the union shall be able to
furnish union men who can do the
work properly. Within two weeks the
nonunion men shall join the union."
This clause, he asserts, which shows ,
the purpose animating the strike, as
interpreted by the court, is clearly un
lawful, and he passes to the conduct
of the strike.
"If the unions," he states, "have
not formally directed a systematic
course of , aggression by criminal acts,
the members of the unions, acting In
concert, have connived at and morally
supported such acts on the part of
many of their members in pursuance
of a common object".
Samuel Gompers, president ' of the
American Federation of Labor, in re
ply to Justice Goff's decision made the
"The unions, are going 'to live. The
unions of the working people are the
outgrowth of our industrial and eco
nomic conditions. Without the unions
there Is no possibility for protection to
uic nui&H uuiiiai Lilt: ijriiuiujr ur
the absolute autocratic sway of con
centrated capital and greed. Let any
one imagine if he can what the condi
tions of the working people would be
today if the capitalists, the corpora
tions and the trusts had full and un
checked sway without, the union of .
labor in existence. Misery, poverty
wake these would be the results. The '
republic based upon the sovereignty of
its citizens depends upon the intelli
gence of its people, the great mass of
whom are the working people, and un
less they have the opportunity for not
only work, but development, rest, re
cuperation and leisure, that they may
secure better wages, better homes and
a higher intelligence, the . .republic
would necessarily be doomed and we
would have an aristocracy and an em
pire, or an empire founded upou a de
"The unions of labor have done
more thu any other human agency to
develop a higher character, better
manhood and n broader conception of
duty of 'citizenship among the working .
people of our country. ..'.Justice Goff
ouoies an "unjust decision In support of
bis own.- anil that is supposed to be
good h:w. The-unions of labor will
live despise injitncliohs and decisions .
which in. -.'!;' 'constitutionally guaran
teed rijjtiis of human liberty."
New York's Liability Law.
Beginning Sept. 1 there went into ef
fect in slio slate of New York a law
wliidi goes further to indemnify work
men lor injuries received at uieil" oc
cupations tlinn any legislation hereto
fore enacted in the United States and
equaled only by those of northern Eu
ropean countries. ,-
The assumption of risk feature of
the old law is abolished, and the em
ployer becomes fully liable. Under .
the old law when a man applied for
work at an occupation in which he
knew there was risk of injury involv
ed and took a position with that un
derstanding the employer was absolv
ed from responsibility, but this is not .
the case under the new law. The em-' ,
ployer has got to settle -with the in-
jured man. '
The burden of proof of contributory
negligence Is now placed upon the em-
ployer. whereas it rested heretofore on
the workman. .
Still another feature Is that employ
ers are liable for accidents occurring ,
to men employed by their contractors r
or subcontractors. . '
Virtually any kind of a notice, to then
employer is legal, for if there are .any-.
defects it is the duty of the em ployer .-a
to send it back for correction.' , . ,
Court Decisions Favor Labor. - ;
The Minnesota supreme court : has
rendered two important decisions re-
latlng to damages for Industrial acci- '
dents. One opinion entirely repudi
ates the heretofore understood "as- ;
sumption of risk" on the part of the
employees, and It Is held that employ- -en
must provide all possible safe- '
guards against accidents. The second
decision eliminates the "fellow serv
ant" rule as formerly Interpreted and
means that an employer is liable Ja
the event of an employee being !
Jured on account of. the negligence or
carelessness of fellow employee. -.
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