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Working the Wage Workers
People Should Be Careful of References, for Big Men's
Names Are Often Obtained by Fraudulent Means and
Unauthorized References Should Never
Be Taken for Granted. '
By JOHN MITCHELL,
President United Mine Workers of America.
Conspicuous anions the enemies
constantly preying upon the wage
earner while he is fighting the bat
tle of organized labor, is the invest
ment swindler. He has all the craft
oi a wolf, his puriose seeming to be
to attack the workingman from the
rear while his attention is absorbed
by the forces facing him. And these
promoters of the small investment
swindling game have grown so in
numbers, in boldness and in cunning
that their attacks must receive atten
tion before their depredations amount
to quite as much as the losses which
might come from unfair wage scales
or unjust restrictions upon labor.
When a workingman engages in a
straggle to advance the cause of or
ganized labor, he feels that he is do
ing something substantial for himself,
for his family, and for his fellows.
And so he is; but if he turns over to
the fake investment sharpers all the
concrete results of the advantage thus
gained, how far ahead is he? How
much more of comfort can he give
himself or his family as a net result
of the transaction?
It is time for the wage earners of
America to awaken to the fact that
they are being systematically swin
dled by the small investment brokers,
and swindled out of millions of hard
earned dollars every j-ear. Unless they
arouse themseh'es and protect their
savings they might about as well go
back to the old labor conditions, since
there is not much practical choice
between giving the fruits of honest
toil to an over-reaching and unjust
employer and handing them over
gratis to a systematized project for
In my opinion there is no class of
people so fit to drink the dregs of hu
man contempt as are those who glut
themselves upon the small savings
'which the wage workers have slowly
and patiently put away in the family
stocking. And if I could know that
'this word of warning would be the
means of deterring workingmen who
read it from investing their savings
without first making a thorough in
vestigation of the proposition offered.
I should feel that I had rendered a
service to the wage earners that I
could look back upon always with sat
isfaction. If there is one sacred duty
resting more heavily than another
upon the shoulders of the working
man, it is that of conserving instead
of scattering the small surplus which
belongs to his family. It is a most se
rious responsibility and any man who
is sensible of its weight will proceed
cautiously, will sift the situation down
to a hard and cold business basis, be
fore he surrenders those savings to
anyone, particularly to an unknown
promoter of an investment "sore to
briag large returns within a brief pe
riod." There are several ways by whicb
oae can tell whether or not aa invest-
it ofered him is sufficiently colli
to warrant his putting his savings
into it. In the first place, use all the
sober common sense you have, and
this with a realization of the fact that
as you cannot bargain advantageously
as an individual with the employer
who hires hundreds of men and is ex
perienced in the art of getting the
most for his money, neither can your
untrained common sense be a safe
guide when it comes to dealing with
men whose business is to dissemble.
Go to a man whom j-ou know to be
an honest man conversant with money
and corporation matters and who can
detect an investment fraud at a
glance. Common sense the shrewd,
natural ability to form accurate judg
mentsis always at a disadvantage
unless one has the best information
upon which to act, and about the
most it can do for a man under such
circumstances is to cause him to get
the real facts before forming a
judgment and a decision. You would
not think of trying your (own case in
court if you found yourself involved
in litigation. Yet the majority of
small law suits are simple in compari
son with the devices which the invest
ment shariers have evolved. 'They
know that they can reap a golden har
vest if their scheme is only presented
properly and that they can afford to
employ the most expensive aids in the
way of crooked lawyers to defend
them and to advise investors, and un
scrupulous advertising agents to
prepare booklets, prospectuses, and
When these baits are so skilfully
set that hard-headed and experienced
business men (who themselves know
some of the tricks of vthe trade), are
deceived by them, what chance do
you think a workingman whose finan
cial experience is confined, usually, to
making the contents of his pay envel
ope cover the household, bills has to
see through the mysteries of the prop
osition? There are a few of these financial
semaphores, however, which every
wage worker should know how to
read, and can know. At first glance
they seem to show a clear - right-of-way,
to give the signal to "come on"
at full speed, with your savings ac
count in your hand; but whan you
know the rules of the road, you can
see a red light a danger signal-
swinging rrom every one of these sem-
Here are soroepf the danger sig
nals of this sort which are very decep
tive at first glance:
"This company is going to be kept in
the hands of the common people and
out of the hands of the capitalists."
"The snares of this company have
Increased 50 per cent, since our fiscal
agents put the first block of develop
ment stocks on the market, 60 days
ago; they will be advanced 29 points
oa the first day of next month and
you must act promptly and remit at
once if you wish to take cdvaalage of
this handsome advance."
""We need only a limited amount' for
immediate development work and In
order to secure the requisite sum
without delay, we are making the con
fidential offer of a- bonus of. one
share of preferred stock for every ten
shares of the common, which you can
secure at 30 cents on the par value
if you respond at once. Just as soon
as our needs for development ex
penditures are met by subscriptions
4n this liberal basis, it will be impos
sible for you to secure the common, as
it will be withheld from the market
except on .offerings of 0 cents or
"You are taking no risk, for our
guarantee is behind every share of
our stock. The Silver and Gold In
vestment and Surety company is back
of our securities and the Searchlight
Investigation and Expert Engineering
Association has made a detailed exam
ination and analysis of our properties
and stands sponsor to the world for
them. In the first three months of
operation of our properties, we have
been able to pay pur stockholders a
dividend of 12 per cent, and the splen
did ore bodies now in sight warrant us
in assuring our stockholders that this
dividend will be substantially in
creased in the next three months, ow
ing to the Increased facilities of pro
duction made possible by. great addi
tions to oar working equipment."
These are only a few of the most
glaring statements contained in the
"confidential" circulars and letters,
displayed in advertisements, and made,
by solicitors, to draw money from the
pockets of the wage earners. There
are scores of other and more subtle
and clever baits in every mode of ex
pression, but they all spell one word,
and that is B-U-N-C-O.
How do I know it? How do I dare
make so broad a statement? Because
we have had times of unprecedented
prosperity for so long that millions of
dollars belonging to capitalists are ly
ing idle or drawing only small inter
est. As a result, the sound securities
and the solid investments are snap?
ped up by men who understand values.
These men command large sums, and
In order to secure all the money re
quired for a solid and honest enter
prise, it is only necessary for men
having real investment "opportuni
ties" to go to them and convince them
of the merit of their propositions.
They will not permit to slip past them
any chance to make 33 1-3 per cent,
or even 10 per cent, provided the risk
involved is not too great Which is
only another way of saying that when
a concern must go forth with blare of
trumpets to secure money from the
wage workers, the proposition it has
to offer is not only not worth consider
ation, but it should be Jeft severely
alone. If it were sound to the core,
idle capital would be put into it be
fore the "confidential" letters to pros
pective wage earner investors could
And this feature of the matter
stands out in its true light when some
thing of the cost of selling stocks by
an "appeal to the common people" is
understood. Xot long ago a Chicago
concern which had gone to the "peo
ple" for its support went into the
hands of a receiver. Wage earners
and people working for small salaries
had put $100,000 into the enterprise.
When the receiver began his examina
tion of the affairs of the company in
order to determine how much those at
the head of it had diverted into their
own pockets, he was amazed to dis
cover that the entire $100,000 had been
spent in "getting the great publicity
campaign started!" They had com
mitted the error of making some
particularly flagrant misrepresenta
tions and this put a period to their
plans by sending them to the peniten
tiary before they were quite ready to
do the actual looting.
There is just one thing for the sen
sible workman suffering from an at
tack of the investment fever to do,
and that is to go to a solid man of
financial experience, a trustworthy
man, and ask him to ascertain for him
who are the men behind this wonder
ful "opportunity" offered to him find
out what their records have been in
the past, and what they are putting
his money into, as well as what
there is and who there is behind their
"guarantees" and "guarantors." When
you have done this you will find, in
all probability, that your fever to get
rich quick has cooled to the freezing
(Copyright, by Joseph B. Bowles.)
The Puzzle Solved.
For 34 years past the accounts of
the naval port of Toulon refused to
balance. There was 30 cents too much
in the cash books and even since 1S73
this 30 cents has puzzled the official
accountants. Some time ago orders
were sent from Paris that this state
of -affairs must cease. Seven special
accountants were set to work, and
after seven months' hard labor the
problem was solved. Admiral Galli
bet a former minister of marine, who
was. 34 years ago. one of the officers
of Toulon arsenal, but who for many
years has been living in Paris on his
pension has just received official no
tice asking him to call at the ministry
of finance and draw the sum of 30
cents. He was underpaid by the
amount when he left Toulon In 1873.
BLAMED Ofe THE RAILROAD.
First Thought in Irishman's Mind Af
ter the Accident.
Railroad claim-agents have little
faith In their fellow creatures. One
said recently: "Every time I settle a
claim with one of these hard-headed
rural residents who wants the rail
road to pay twice what he would
charge the butcher if he gets a sheep
killed. I think of this story, illustra
tive of the way some people want to
hold the railroad responsible for
every accident, of whatever kind, that
happens. Two Irishmen were driving
home from town one night when their
buggy ran into a ditch, overturned,
and they were both stunned. When a
rescuer came along and revived them,
the first thing one of them said was:
'Where's the train?' 'Why, there's no
train around he was told. "Then
Where's the railroad? 'The nearest
railroad is three miles away,' he
learned. 'Well, well,' he commented.
'I 'knew It hit us pretty hard, but I
didn't suppose it knocked us three
miles from the track.'"
REASON FOR WOMEN'S "NERVES"
TWO CURES OF ECZEMA
Baby Had Severe Attack Grandfather
Suffered Torments with It
Owe Recovery to Cuticura.
"In 1884 my grandson, a babe, had
an attack of eczema, and after trying
the doctors to the extent of heavy bills
and an increase of the disease and suf
fering. I recommended Cuticura and
in a few weeks 'the child was well. He
is to-day a strong man and absolutely
free from the disease. A few years
ago' I contracted eczema, and became
an intense sufferer. A whole winter
passed without once having on shoes,
nearly from the knees to the toes be
ing covered with virulent sores. I tried
many doctors to no purpose. Then I
procured the Cuticura Remedies and
found immediate improvement and
final cure. M. W.LaRue, 845 Seventh St.,
Louisville, Ky., Apr. 23 and May 14, '07."
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In Very Many Cases It Is Weakened
Mrs. Frank Rosehoora, 512 S. Wash
ington St, Moscow, Idaho, says: "In
herited kidney trou
ble, grew steadily
worse with me until
so nervous I coult
not sleep at night I
was dizzy and spots
floated before my
eyes. My back and
hips ached and every
cold settled on my
kidneys and made me worse. I have
used many different medicines and
was discouraged when I began with
Doan's Kidney Pills, but now the
symptoms that alarmed me are gone."
Sold by all dealers, 50 cents a box.
Foster-Milburn Co., Buffalo, N. Y.
THE SOFT ANSWER
AND SHE BELIEVED HIM.
After This Who Can Doubt the Power
George had been away on business
for a whole long week, and during
that time he had sent Clara ten let
ters, six letter-cards and 42 picture
Why, then, was there a touch of
coldness in her greeting when he flew
to her arms on his return?
, "Dearest," he whispered, "what Is
"Oh, George," she said, "you didn't
send a kiss in your ninth letter."
"My precious," he replied, "that
night I had steak and onions for din
ner, and you wouldn't have liked a
kiss after onions, would you?"
And, such Is the unfathomable pow
er of love, she was satisfied, and nes
tled to him.
- isa Ji .
Stern Parent I hadn't any of the
advantages you have had. How do
you suppose I have got on as I have?
Young Hopeless (intending to make
a soothing reply) Er I expect the
grass wouldn't grow under your feet,
He spoke his love in German she
answered not a word. In French he
tried to woo her the maiden never
heard. He tried his luck in English,
in Irish all in vain; In Greek, Turkish
and Latin, and in the tongue of Spain.
And then an inspiration came to the
anguished youth. "The universal
language." he cried, "111 try. for
sooth!" -He kissed the demure maiden
and pressed her to his breast; she
understood that language, and well,
you know the rest
His Reverence (whose caddie has
sneezed at the moment of putting)
You you you naughty caddie!
OF SUCH STUFF ARE DREAMS.
Little Virginia Imagined She
Little Virginia, v three years old,
brought her mother to her nursery a
few nights ago with' heartbroken
"What is the matter, dearie? Why
are you screaming so?"
"Mamma, am I all here?"
"Certainly you are all here, right In
your bed "
"But, mamma, feel of me, see if I'm
all here. Are my feet here and the
top of my head, both?"
"Certainly, Virginia, every bit of
you is here, tucked in your little
trundle bed. Why do you think you
"I dreamed" this with another
great sob "I dreamed I was a choco
late stick and I had eated myself."
A Busy Locality.
Jack is the eight-year-old son of a
Philadelphia suburban merchant and
not long ago made his first visit to
New York with his father. The
Btrenuosity of the big town got pa
the boy's nerves, and by bedtime he
was about run down. He tumbled
into bed quite regardless of certain
duties, but his father was more ob
servant "Don't forget to say your prayers,
my boy," he said.
"O, what's the use. pop?" respond
ed the boy. "God's too busy over here
to bother with a little thing like that."
The father was shocked, but under
the circumstances he thought it best
not to urge his son. Lippincott's
Didnt Like Being Starved.
Belgium Bars Absinthe.
The law forbidding the manufacture
and sale of absinthe in Belgium, as
well as its importation into the coun
try, went into effect on JulyX 27.
The main features of the law are as
"The manufacture, transportation,
sale, as well as the exposing for sale
of absinthe are punishable by a fine of
from 26 to 500 francs, and imprison
ment for a period of from eight to six
months, or either of these penalties.
The merchandise is confiscated. The
importation of absinthe is prohibited,
but the prohibition does not extend to
shipments in transit under the super
vision of the customs authorities."
Against Spanish in Brazil.
A knowledge of Spanish, while nec
essary in all otner parts of South
America, is of no advantage in Brazil.
Its people are very proud of their Por
tuguese customs and language, and
are apt to be unfavorably impressed
by any one who does aotpay due re
spect to the difference between their
nation and those of Spanish origin.
A man running on a railroad has to
be in good condition all the time or he
is liable to do harm to himself and
A clear head is necessary to run a
locomotive or conduct a train. Even
a railroad man's appetite and diges
tion are matters of importance, as the
clear brain and steady hand result
from the healthy appetite followed by
the proper digestion of food.
"For the past five years," writes a
railroader, "I have been constantly
troubled with indigestion. Every doc
tor VI consulted seemed to want to
starve me to death. First I was diet
ed on warm water and toast until I
was almost starved; then, when they
would let me eat, the indigestion
would be right back again.
"Only temporary relief came from
remedies, and I tried about all of them
I saw advertised. About three months
ago a friend advised me to try Grape
Nuts food. The very first day I no
ticed that my appetite was satisfied,
which had not been the ease before,
that I can remember.
"In a week, I believe. I had more
energy than ever before in my life- I
have gained seven pounds and have
not had a touch of indigestion since
I have been eating Grape-Nuts. When
my wife saw how much good this food
was doing me she thought she would
try it awhile. We believe the dis
coverer of Grape-Nuts found the 'Per
Name given by Poetum Co, Battle
Creek. Mich. Read "The Road to Well.
Ule." Ib pkgs. "There's a Reason."
STatb or Ohio. City or Toledo, I ..
Lvcas Coctt. f
Fkaxc J. Uiikxky makes oath that bo ! senior
partner of the finn of F. .1. Chcxet Co.. dutuc
buslneM In the City or Toledo. County aud .State
aforesaid, and that aald flrra will pay the sunt of
ONE HUSDKED DOLLARS for each and erery
cue of Catabrs that cannot be cored by thu use of
Hall's Catasbb Cckk. ,
Sworn to before rue and eubcrllied in my presence,
this Cth day of December, A. D.. 1386.
. A. W. GLEASOX,
I " f Notabt Public.
Hairs Catarrh Core Is taken Internally and acts
directly on the blood and mucous surfaces of the
system. Send for testimonial, free.
F. J. CUEXEV CO., Toledo, O.
Sold by all Dramltt. 5c-
TakeUaH's Family Pills for constipation. '
Was an Attendant.
As the new minister was on his way
to evening service in the village he
met a young man whom he was anx
ious to have become an active member
of the congregation.
"Good evening, my young friend,"
he said, solemnly. "Do you ever at
tend a place of worship?"
"Yes, indeed,-, sir; regularly every
Sunday night," replied the young man,
with a smile. "I'm on my way to see
Laundry work at home would be
much more satisfactory if the right
Starch were used. In order to get the
desired stiffness, it is usually neces
sary to use so much starch that the
beauty and fineness of the fabric is
hidden behind a paste of varying
thickness, which not only destroys the
appearance, but also affects the wear
ing quality of the goods. This trou
ble can be entirely overcome by using
Defiance Starch, as it can be applied
much more thinly because of its great
er strength than other makes.
Hath any wronged thee? Be brave
ly revenged. Slight it, and the work
is begun; pardon It, and it is finished.
He is below himself that is not above
an injury. Boileau.
of the Well-informed of the World Ins
always been for a simple, pleasant and
efficient liquid, laxative remedy-' of known
value; a laxative which physicians could
sanction for family use because- its com
ponent parts are known to them to be
wholesome and truly beneficial in effect,
acceptable to the system and gentle, yet
prompt, in action.
In supplying that demand with its ex
cellent combination of Syrup of Figs and
Elixir of Senna, the California Fig Syrup
Co. proceeds along ethical lines and rekes
on the merits of the laxative for its remark
That is one of many reasons why
Syrup of Figs and Elixir of Senna is given
the preference by the Wen-Informed.
To get its beneficial effects always buy
the genuine manufactured by the Cali
fornia Fig Syrup Co., only, and, for sale
by all leading druggists. Price fifty cents
PaaMlvely cswc4 ky
these little Mia.
They alas relieve Dta
digestion and Too Hearty
Eating-. A perfect rem
edy for Dizziness, Ran
sea. Drowsiness, Bad
Taste in the Moat, Coat
ed Tongue, Paia ia the
Side, TORPID LIVER.
Taey regulate the Bowels. Purely Vegetable.
SHALL PILL. SHALL USE. SHALL PMCE.
Genuine Must Bear
Sheer white goods, in fact, any fine
wash goods when new, owe much of
their attractiveness to the way they
are laundered, this being done in a
manner to enhance their textile beau
ty. Home laundering would be equal
ly satisfactory if proper attention was
given to starching, the first essential
being good Starch, which has sufficient
strength to stiffen, without thickening
the goods. Try Defiance Starch and
you will be pleasantly surprised at the
improved appearance of your work.
Garfield Tea purifies the blood, eradi
cating rheumatism, gout and other chron
ic diseases. It is made of Herbs-not drags!
An ounce of help is better tnan a
ton of hot air on the subject.
Mrs. WIaelews Saotafasa; Syraa.
Forehlldrea teeUUag. softes taegwas, redacts a
Itsmmatlna. allays pate, cares wind rollr 25cabottls.
Calamity is man's true touchstone.
FOR SOLDIERS AND HEIRS
All federal soldier and sailors wN srrrrd 70 days
brtween 1861 and 1SBB and wbo homestcaded lesstaaa
Itliacres before JuaeZtWILarecntitlrtl to additional
bome&trad rights wnlcbl bay. If MIdirrlsdead.his
beirscan sell. Talk to old soldi era. widows and ajim.
Kind some toldier relative wb went Wot or touth
after the war and nomt-s'eikded (roremment land.
Ut busy and make soneasj"moiH'jr. Write Hcjckt
N. Corr. Washington. 1). C- for farther partlclara
of this paper de
siring to buy any-
ks columns should insist upon having
what they ask for. reiusing ail substi
tutes or iiaiminn i
W. N. U., OMAHA, NO. 3, 190V
May Change Conditions.
A process has been discovered by
a Shanghai scientist of softening and
degumming the ramie fiber, by which
it becomes superior to cotton yarn
and much like silk. A secret process
does the work in ten minutes. This
is likely to revolutionize the textile
trade of China and to affect the United
States cotton exports.
We Sell Guns and Traps Cheap
Buy furs and hides, or tan them for rolies
& rugs. N. W. Hide &'Fur Co., Minneapolis.
We must ever improve our time;
time goes with rapid foot. Ovid.
ONLY ONE "BBOMO QUININE"
That Is IiAXaVnVB BROMO QUININE. Look for
the signature of B. W. UROVK. Used the World
ayer to Cure a Cold la Oae Day. 35c
Better die 10,000 deaths than wound
my honor. Addison.
Smokers appreciate the quality value of
Lewis' Single Binder cigar. Your dealer
or Lewis' Factory Peoria, III.
To bear is to conquer our fate.
FOR STIFFNESS, SORENESS, SPRAIN OR BRUISE,
" NOTHING IS BETTER THAT YOU CAN USE ;
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