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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Oct. 28, 1910)
' ... ; THE COMING ISSUE.
Shall we continue to put a tax on thrift ami Enterprise and
a premium on t lie absence of it? ' ';, ' :
That is the question that is pressing for solution, and it is
the really great question next to be settled. ; , . " : ..
That 'our present revenue laws do that very-thing how is
a fact beyond dispute That all this results in oeiigestibii in the
large. cities, limitation of opportunities for the real enjoyment
of life and the gorging of f oilers' for the limbs' of labor is aWb
a fact beyond dispute. That all this results in congestion in the
high rent, and high Vent means reduction in real wages, the
retarding of the development of cities without compensating
nilv!inf:i.n-ns: in tho tv of dpvplooiijjr.ajrrirulture and the estab-
lishnient of a land monopoly that means. serfdom in time unless
abolished soon. Tariff robbery, trust domination these are
but incidental evils when compared with land monopoly. The
man who bxei'cises a monopoly over land exercises the author
ity of life and death, for from the land is derived all real wealth.
The fnyiit.mif of land linon the basis of its real value tor use
and occupancy is the only rational method of taxation. It will
lower the present Tate on the improved farm by making the
unimproved land that is equally fertile and available pay
the same rate.' ' And by making the unimproved land pay taxes
in proportion to its value for use and occupancy land specu-
1 A 1. .. ,,A-.V-4-1.,-.- l..i,1 will 'li.itrn -t-r T-k'nf if niton tlu
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-market on reasonable -terms instead of holding it out of use
and enriching themselves by, taking advantage of the sacrifices
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to its selling price.- ; , -
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of the trusts would be broken, for the people could live upon
the land. The insolent gold and diamond owners of South
Africa tried to starve the striving Kaffir miners into submis
sion. The Kaffirs disappeared into brush and veldt and lived
on the land until the insolent Englishmen came to terms rather
'than see their invested capital remain idle and unproductive.
The farm owner who tills his own farm is shortsighted in
deed to oppose the single tax, yet a vast majority of farmers
do oppose it. The farm hind values of the United States repre-
i 1 ii ai i n x l 1 1 1 i i l i i l ' j. " .
.venc less man -u per cent or tne roiai lanu values oi rue nation,
yet the farm lands pay approximately 70 per cent of the total
real estate tax. rue largest estates in ingiana and America
are founded on: land monopoly the holding of land-from use
and occupancy' until ''the I toil and sacrifices of city and nation
builders made that vacant and unused land immensely valua
ble. The community which added the value to the land sot
nothing for it. The people who did nothing to add value to it,
get all the increase. That a 'people should long remain content
with that sort Of thingis an indictment:of their commonsense
Yet' the average citizen looks upon the single tax advocate as
a visionary, a fanatic, a dreamer. ; V
The organized laboring man who fails to -advocate the single
(ax is merely helping capital to forge stronger fetters for labor's
limbs. If it were made easy for the mechanic to locate upon a
little farm, does it not stand to reason that the pressure in the
cities would be lessened, and with a lessened pressure would
come a stronger demand for labor, with a consequent wage
increase and better working conditions?
If taxes on improvements were abolished in Lincoln to
morrow, arid the vacant lot taxed according to' its value for
use and occupancy, there would be a sudden reduction in lot
prices, a suddeiv boom in the building trades, a lowering of
rents and an equalization Of opportunities for home' owning:;
It isn't a conmlicated mi ration ? it i' n a ' ei mYl o'a':4la iikaho
1 J - ' - j ' ' ' K'l ulliV t n 1 11 CJL KJ (JL
be leading the fight in this important reform movement. Once
. it is accomplished reforms that uoav seem hard of achievement
will be easy. " " ' ' ' ; v - '
This Announcement of Special
Bargains Is Worth Reading.
Positively the Greatest Shoe Bargains Ever Offered in Lincoln's'
! Read Every Item and Then Act Wisely. ;
$2.50 and $3.00 Shoes 39c. Here's a big lot of Women's High and Low ,,
Shoes, broken lots; not all sizes in any one kind, but all sizes -in some
kind. We want to close them all out during this sale. ' Come in and ' '
pick out one or several pair. You must "try on" and fit yourself, n A -Take
any pair in the lot and pay. ...J2FC
Women's $2.50 to $4.00 Shoes, 3 Lots Heres the best $2.50 to $4.00.
Shoe values in 'town. Note, the special sale prices $2.25 d C .
$1.95 and............. .$1
Men's Dress Shoes,-regulard QQ (Men's $2.50 and $3. 00 AO
$4.00 kind at CtVO I Work Shoes only $lVO
Boys' Shoes, good ones, sizes 8 to 2, only...... .$1.J.9,
Men's Furnishings Are Offered At This Time At Lower Prices
Than Ever Known Before In This Town READ
Men's $1.25 Union Suits.;.... 79c'
Men's $1.00 Wool Underware ..: 69c
Men's $1.50 Wool Underware 89c
9 Jumpers, extra good bargain....:..!. ........ ..........a...;,. 37c
Ex!;a Heavy Wool Sox, QQ
L st 50c grade 037C
$2. -r 1 and $3. 00 Vool d 1 C A
Men's Flannel Shirts Q
Good Wool Sox, 20c
The Best Rockf ord Sox, ! O C -
. 3 pair for iOC
;75c Outing Night Robes '
75c artd $1.00 Caps, 49c; 50
Men's $1.00 Work Pants, 79c
THE GRAND DEPT. STORE
10th & P Street
A GREAT DEBATE.
And Lincoln Unionists Should Be : on
Hand to Hear It.
On December 2 the University of
Nebraska debating squad will meet the
debating squad of the University of
Wisconsin 'and take the "closed shop"
end of the controversy. The Nebraska
boys are working like y nailera to
achieve victory and the unionists oi
the cty ought to be preparing to be
on hand cheer them on. '.''
Whether Nebraska wins or loses the
union movement will have received an
impetus be&aiise it means that the stu
dents have been studying up on one
of the biggest questions of the day.
. And that is all that union men ask
that the -question be- investigated
. without prejudice. They are willing to
, abide by , the results of fair inves-tisration.
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finished mechanic and one .of his anost
prized personal possessiotis now id ; the
Machinists' card which he still carries.
PIJ OEBE IS. NO w At largeV '-. I
Considerable of interest is. being manifest in, the; search for
Phoebe the carnival, sirl. We should perhaps explain in this
connection that Phoebe is not a conspicuous person, and she
ma.v be identified by the following marks Wears a peculiar
bow in her hair. . With. that extended description, H seems that
a Impir t anyone, co.uld .fipHl Phoebe, yer-y, .easily; -aud : the one -wiio
does find her will be awarded prized -dwrii,k).:)e
REV. CHARLES STELZLE.
Rsv; Charles Stelzle the head of the
Phesby terian labor department, whose
; writings for the labor press are fa
' miliar to readers , of . The Wageworker,
is a product of the New York tenement
v district. When a boy he stripped
" tobacco, EpM papers, and 'did -any thing
else -he could to ; capture the - elusive
:- nieklev - As a young , man . )xe learned
s the - in achuiist trs-e '' became . a
BOOKBINDERS LOCKED OUT.
There is a big lockout on in Chicago.
The Chicago . Shipping and Receipt
Book Company have locked out their
employes because they refused to, sign
an -opeii shop- 'agreement. The, em
ployes will not go back now until they
obtain several concessions from the
company with-regard to hours, and
wages. ' .
: COMMERCIAL TELEGRAPHERS.
The Commercial Telegraphers' . are
preparing to reorganize their forces
throughout the country," and Lincoln
being one of the Areak spots will re
ceive first attention. An organizer will
be in the city at an early date and take
up the work. There is but one mem
ber of the association in good stand
ing in the city today. . y
Evil In Neglected Legislation.
In. Belgium, where education Is not
compulsory, 21 per cent, of the work
ing people over ten years of age can
neither rea nor write.
. A Mystery. ' :
We sometimes wonder how people
who do not drink sassafras tea. are,
ever able, to find out when - spring
comes. " : " V ; . : : 2
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