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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Oct. 14, 1910)
4 MUTILATED CURRENCY.
Often Used In Attempts to Cheat the
Many efforts are made to cheat Un
cle Sam through the redemption divi
sion of the treasury department, which
division has to do with redeeming part
ly destroyed government currency.
Once n man iu a western state sent
In half of a ten dollar bill, accompa
nied by an affidavit to the effect that
while on a spree he had used the other
half to light a cigar. The half he for
warded was nicely charred along the
inner edge, and the story would liave
been accepted by treasury officials had
It not been that within tweuty-four
hours there was received from a bank
In the same state the other half of the
The theory of treasury officials was
that while more or less intoxicated the
man had struggled for possession of
the bill with some one who had wrest
ed half of it from him; that the de
spoiler had turned the half into the
bank and received five dollars for it;
that the intoxicated man. recovering
his senses, had found the other half in
bis pocket and, not wishing to lose
bis money, had conceived the plan of
6ingeing the edge of the note and
claiming that the other half had been
destroyed. So he committed perjury
In an attempt to rob the government
A man in Cleveland sent an affidavit
to the treasury department, accom
panying the singed half of two twenty-dollar
bills and one ten-dollar bill.
This affidavit was typewritten and in
perfect form. It set forth that the
deponent was a commercial traveler;
that after returning from a journey he
had been cleauing out his traveling
bag when inadventently he had thrown
Into the fire an envelope containing
$"0 in bills; that in accordance with
section so and so he would like to have
the money restored to him, etc.
The clerk who brought this docu
ment to the officials commented on its
lucidity and completeness, but to one
of these the story seemed unnatural,
and he ordered that the claim be held
up for awhile.
Twenty-four hours later a big ship
ment of mutilated currency came from
a subtreasury in the west. The official
who' had ordered the claim held up
asked whether there were any half
notes In this shipment. In four or
five minutes a clerk brought him the
missing halves of the bills the Cleve
land man had sent in.
The attempt to defraud was plain.
The matter was at once put into the
bands of the secret service division,
and a man was sent west to investi
gate. The man who had made the affi
davit confessed at once. He had cut
the bills In halves and for one-half
of them obtained $25. The other half
he singed and attached to his affidavit.
The gross profit of the swindle could
not have been more than $25, and for
that trifling sum the man forfeited his
liberty for a year and a half. Wash
UNION PRINTERS' HOME, COLORADO SPRINGS, COL.
You are asked to believe that men who maintain such a magnificent in
stitution advocate and condone violence and crime. Don't believe it!
Odd Way to Rest.
' There is nothing that will rest you
so quickly as to sit on a straight back
chair and, lifting the feet from the
floor, push them out in front of you
as .far as possible, stretch the arms.
put the head back, open the mouth
wide and make yourself yawn. Fam
'Being a printer, Mr. Dash," said
the hotel proprietor," "maybe you can
advise me. . I want to get a sign paint
ed, 'Writing Room Free to Our Pa
trons,' or something like that."
"I don't like 'patrons,'" said Mr
Dash. "' -
"No? Maybe that doesn't sound just
right. What would you suggest?"
" 'Victims,' "Philadelphia Ledger.
'T : ' ' ' - """Vs ,
AD club carnival.
Lincoln's Liveliest Bunch Preparing
for a Lively Time.
The Lincoln Ad Club is preparing to
pull off another of its clever stunts,
tliis one to take the form of a three
nights' carnival at the Auditorium.
It will be something different, and
everybody who attends and everybody
should will get 'a lot more than their
money's worth. One feature will be
an "Old Time Fiddlers' Contest."
Not violinists just fiddlers. Another
will be a minstrel show, and still an
other an 'amateur vaudeville ' show,
"hook" and all.
There will be dancing every evening,
and one evening's dancing will be to
old fashioned music. The club is tak
ing this method of raising funds to
send a delegation to the Boston con
vention of the Associated Ad Clubs of
America, and as that means the ad
vertising of Lincoln a.mong the peo
ples of the effete east, every Lincoln ite
should get into the running. The car
nival will be held on the last 'three
nights of the present month.
all they can. He never went so far
in Socialism as I nave gone, if he
went that way at ali, but lie was
fascinated with "Looking Backward"
and had Bellamy to visit him; and
from the first he. had a luminous vision
of organized Labor as the only present,
help for working men. He would r-how
that side with such clearness and such
force that you could not say anything
in hopeful contradiction; he saw with
that relentless insight of his that in
the unions was the working man's
only present hope of standing up like
a man against money and the power of
it. There was a time when I was
afraid that his eyes were a little holden
from the truth; but in the very last
talk I heard from him I found I was
wrong and that the great humorist
was as great a humorist as ever. I
wish that all the workfolk could know
this, and could know him their friend
in 'life as he was in literature; as ho
was in such a glorious gospel of equal
ity as the Connecticut Yankee at the
Court of King Arthur."
MARK TWAIN'S FRIENDSHIP.
He Believed in Trades Unions and was
William Dean Howells, Socialist and
novelist, in a series of articles in Har
per's Magazine, on Mark Twain, of
whom he was an intimate friend, tells
of Mark Twain 's attitude to working
class politics in the following descrip
tion: "His mind and soil! were with those
v.ho do the hard work of the world, in
fear of those who give them a chance
for their livelihoods and underpay them
THE CHAMPION EQUILIBRIST.
he does not weigh, but there is noth
ing that he does not ; balance.
. For every (attack on capital .and cor
porations he can show a warming to
labor and unions; for every Harriman
he can produce a Heywood; for every
Booker Washington lunch a Browns
ville declamation; for. every slaying
expedition 'a pigskin library; for every
panic a coal strike settlement; for
every Nobel prize a Spaniard shot in
the back. He balanced his ancestry
before he was born; he balanced Har
vard with cowpunchlng; civil service
reform with Piatt politics; free trade
principles with a stand pat campaign
for the vice presidency; Philippine ad
vances to the Vatican with a ''Dear
Maria" incident. He balanced men
and women and unborn babes; and
creeds and colors and crazes; and vir
tues and vices and votes. He balanced
every earthly thing that he could reach.
New York World.
His Name is Roosevelt and He Has
Never Had an Equal.
The World has always managed to
preserve its deep admiration and affec
tion for Colonel Roosevelt from degen
erating into idolatry. But it cannot
let gross injustice to the colonel go
unchallenged. One of the most com
mon, constant and . baseless charges
against him is that ne lacks balance.
We "deny it. On the contrary, he is
the greatest equilibrist of modern
times. There may be some things that
A LITTLE POSEY.
The Lincoln (Neb) Wageworker is
certainly delivering the goods, as far
as good, newsy, spicy reading is con
cerned on the political situation in
Nebraska. No man in the state is bet
ter informed of has been- in closer
touch with the great political leaders of
the state than "Bill'? Ma'upin, the
editor of this well-known labor paper.
iCedar Rapids, (la.,). Tribune.
A LITTLE PROTEST.
The Scranton Central Labor Union
is assembling ' a convention of labor
men to protest against the action of'
the railroad brotherhoods, in. helping
railways to boost freight rates.
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