The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, October 28, 1910, Image 13

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

Entered as seconcl-elass matter April 2 1 , 1 904, at
the postoffice at Lincoln, Neb., under the Act of
Congress of March 3rd, 1 879,
Merely Demanded That Employers Live
Up to Contract.
Organized labor feels quite able to
prove that employers are more proiie to
'break contracts than are the labor
unions. The strike of the web press
men in Denver is a case in point.
' More than a year uigo t"ie web press
men of Denver submitted a demand
for higher wages. The News, Republi
can and Post refused to ac.eeed to the
demand. Finally it was agreed by all
parties to sumbit the matter to arbitra
tion, and further agreed that the wage
decided upon by the board of arbitra
tion' should date back to the time of
the demand submitted by the web
pressmen. Mind you, now, the proprie
tors of the three newspapers agreed to
this. The arbitration proceedings drag
ged along for upwards of a year, owing
to the dilatory tactics of the employer.
Finally the arbitrators rendered their
decision. It did not give the web
pressmen the wage they asked, but it
did provide for a substantial increase.
In the meantime the pressmen had
continued at work as they had agreed.
After the decision of the board the
pressmen asked that the findings be
put into effect. The employers refused,
and persisted in their refusal until
in defense the pressmen struck. Had
the employers kept their word with the
employes there would have been no
While delaying the arbitration pro
ceedings in every way . possible, the
employers were using every effort at
their command to disrupt the press
men's uuon, but in this they failed,
as they did before the board of arbi
tration. The scheme was to import
strikebreakers iand then secure injunc
tions restraining the printers and stereo
types from refusing to work with
the "rat" pressmen. The Times and
the Express refused to enter into the
scheme and it died a bornin'.
Win Strike and Then Proceed to Re
organize Their Forces.
. Union bricklayers in New York City
have just won a sweeping victory.
The Master Builders' Association
granted all the demands of the Brick
layers' unions, ind the strike which
was called on September 26, in retaili
ation for a lockout called by the bosses.
was called off. There is great joy
among the members of the unions over
the outcome of the struggle.
What was , intended by the master
builders as a blow to the Bricklayers
union has been turnel by the general
walkout of the men and their perfect
loyalty and solidarity into a complet
victory for the union. Incidentally,
this fight has resulted in an upheaval
in the bricklayers' organization which
will result in greater solidarity among
the unions in New York city.
For years a group of union officials
have been binding the rank and file
of the New York unions with trade,
agreements with the master builders
which were in defiance of the laws of
the international union. These offi
cials were deposed, and preparations
made to reorganize the bricklayers in
that city. The reorganization will be
started at once. The deposed officials
fo'llow: William Klein, chairman of the
executive committee of Greater New
York; John Grant O'Brien, general secretary-treasurer
of the executive com
mittee of Greater New York; Dennis
Doris, member of arbitration board of
Greater New York; Charles Carney,
president of Union No. 1; William
Mealey, business agent of Union No. 1,
and all other elective officers of
Unions Nos. 1 and 7.
The finances and other business af
fairs of Unions Nos. 1 and 7 are to be
turned over to the international offi
cers until the thirteen New York unions
can be reorganized
It Will Be a Handsome Edition and
Full of Information.
The executive committee of the .Ne
braska State Federation of Labor is
now engaged in the work of prepar
ing a "Federation Year Book" which
will contain a lot of useful informa
tion .together with the advertisements
of the friendly business institutions.
The Wageworker is in receipt of num
erous requests, for information from
business men who want to know of
the projected volume is "on the
square." It is. It will be printed for
the use and benefit of organized labor,
and the profits if any, arisirg from
its publication will accrue to the Ne
braska State Federation of Labor.
The "Year Book" will be neatly
printed and bound, and as it will be
the first of a series it should be care
fully preserved by every unionist who
wants to . keep fully informed of the
progress of the trades union move
R. E. Woodmausee.
,Editor Illinois Tradesman, Spring
field, Illinois:
Dear Sir and Brother: E. E. Parker,
a solicitor for labor journals, has ab
sconded in Iowa with some $1,400, and
the organization is writing me asking
for information regarding the man.
Can you give me any data as to his
social, political or religious affilia
tions? In fact, give me any informa
tion you can on the subject, and yon
will greatly oblige me.
Yours fraternally,
Edwin R. Wright,
President Illinois State Federation of
Labor, Chicago, 111.
(Labor papers copy.)
One thing that has made the spe
cial. privilegJI of (Australia squirm
and rub their eyes is the allowing of a
labor union by the general government
$5,000 for expenses in prosecuting a
case through the courts involving the
enforcement of the arbitration laws.
For the Church Debt
Copyright, 1910, by American Press
"You. will never get Edith," said
Dave Spalding to his friend Luther
Bennett, "and you may as well hot
try. You are rich and she is poor, but
you're not the kind of a fellow she
would fancy."
"You think so?"
"I know so."
"What will you give her for a wed
ding present if I do?"
"What will I give? It seems to me
that's heads you win, tails I lose.
What will you give if you don't?"
"I'll give a thousand dollars to any
charity you name."
"In what time."
"One year."
"Have you received any encourage
"None whatever."
"Very well; I'll go you. How do you
propose to win?"
"The basis of my operations will be
"She'll not marry for money."
"Not directly, but she may be in
duced to do so indirectly." '
A few weeks later Bennett received
a note from Miss Edith Cromwell stat
ing that a fair was to be given to raise
money for the church of which she
was a member with a view to paying
off the debt,. She hoped he would at
tend and help the cause. Mr. Bennett
replied that he would be on hand.
When the evening for the sale arrived
he sauntered up to Miss Cromwell's
booth, expended $10 in various articles
he had no use for and left them to be
sold again. Miss Cromwell was dis
appointed. She had expected to get at
least double the amount from one she
knew to be her admirer and rich.
"Is there nothing else you see that.
you want?"
"Nothing else? I haven't yet bought
anything I want."
"Is there nothing I can procure for
"Yes; I would like a photograph of
your pretty face, but that, of course,
is not for sale."
Miss Cromwell made no reply for
awhile. She was thinking she might
get a pretty sum for the church by
yielding in the matter. Finally she
"Of course my likeness is not for
sale, but I might give it to the church,
and the church could sell it."
"How much would it bring?"
"A thousand dollars."
Miss Cromwell caught her breath. :
There were two reasons for her doing
so viz, she was flattered that any
man should value her photograph so
highly, and she would be delighted to
hand in a thousand dollars to the
church. She turned the matter over
rapidly in her mind. What difference
would Bennett's possession of her like
ness make? A man might buy a pho
tograph of a fashionable beauty for a
few cents. Those of actresses were
for sale everywhere. The debt was
$1,265. The $265 would undoubtedly
be raised at this fair. The $1,000 she
would get for her photograph would
complete the amount "required.
"What would you propose to do with
my photograph?" she asked.
"Wear it in the hunting case of my
"Would any one except yourself see
it?" -"One
standing by when I looked for
the time of day would be likely to see
it.": - -
Miss Cromwell thought again. "Will
you do anything else with it?" she
"I'll think it over. The fair lasts two
evenings. Uome , tomorrow evening
and I'll give you an. answer."
Bennett went away, assuming a
careless air, though he was much in
terested in the proposed deal. He was
desperately In love with the girl and
would have paid a dozen church debts
to get her. The next evening (latel he
stopped at her booth. As soon as she
saw him the color left her cheek. She
was waiting on some one else at the
time and as soon as she had finished
opened a little boxy took out a cabinet
photograph and handed it to Bennett..
He concealed a look of triumph as he
drew forth a pocket check book. wrotjs
a check for $1,000 and gave it to her.
She folded it. placed it in the box from
which she had taken the photograph
and said: . ,. .
"You can cut the head off if you like.
and it will fit in your watch case."
"That's exactly what I propose to
do." And he walked away, apparent
ly as carelessly as if he had purchased
a pincushion. '
The next day Luther Bennett while
chatting with his friend Dave, Spald
ing took out his watch to look at the
time, and Spalding caught a glimpse
of Miss Cromwell's head in the case.
"By Jove!" exclaimed Spalding.
"What's the matter?"
"You have won already."
"I don't claim to have won." And,
pleading an engagement, Bennett hur
ried away.
Spalding went at once to Miss Crom
well, told her that he had seen .her
head in Bennett's watch case and ask
ed her if Bennett had a right to wear
It there.
Miss Cromwell was stunned. She
admitted that he had, but she wouldn't
explain. Since she was unwilling to
have it known that she had sold her
likeness even for the church she never
explained. She sent for Bennett, who
came and convinced her that there
was but one way out of the matter
to marry him.
Varied Duties of These Life Savers of
the Seas.
No men in the employ of Uncle Sam
reader more efficient service than do
those of the revenue cutter service.
The term "revenue," which would in
dicate that their duties were restricted
to those pertaining to the proper en
forcement of the revenue laws, can
give but a faint notion of the varied
duties of this splendid corps of men.
As a matter of fact, revenue cutters
are the life savers of the seas. They
patrol the coasts on regular beats, on
the watch for vessels in distress. They
must suppress mutinies, prevent smug
gling and illicit seal hunting; they must
examine ships' papers, enforce quar
antine regulations, supply lighthouses
and in general do all kinds of police
work. Then, too, they have been
dubbed "the messenger boys of the
seas." -
Alexander Hamilton was the father
of the revenue cutter service, for it
was under his administration of the
treasury department that, in 1.701. ten
cutters were built and put in commis
sion under rules of his own devising.
In time of peace the cutters are under
the supervision of the treasury depart
ment, but in times of war. they are
transferred to that of the navy depart
ment. Since the war of 1812 they have
always rendered, excellent service In
the event of armed hostilities. Every
one remembers the, remarkable work
done by the McCulloch. under Dewey,
at the battle of Manila Bay. New York
Press. . ......