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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 1, 1912)
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THE CITY HAS SECURED ! HOSPITAL CONDITIONS BAD
NEW SOURCE OF HEALTH : County Commissioners Beport Most
j Deplorable State of Affairs.
John Palmer Makes Public Details'
of His Experiences. ICHUDEES BEING MISTREATED
Juvraile Aalhorltlea Say They Have
Other Ceare bet Pat le
rorrlslblee wllk ee !
I will be taken to Lincoln, where they will
. be tried in federal court.
MANY HEBE SHOW APPRECIATION
Full.. Rapidly Awakealas Arwa
meats la Fa Tar of Kink lias tke
Madera Plane, Nervoas
The peoule of Omaha are rapiJly
awakening to a full appreciation of
"Tona Vita," the new tonic that ta now
eelng Introduced here. Statements by
many who have tested the preparation are
of an extremely favorable dharacter and
the demand is growing steadily larger.
Mr. John Palmer, a decorator, resid
ing at KBI North Forty-fifth street, and
who has been a resident of Omaha for
over thirty-five years. In discussing the
value of the new tonic, recently said:
I have been sick for ten years with
stamach trouble. I seldom had a good
appetite and whenever I did eat would
feel bloated with gas and would taste
the food for hours afterward. I also
suffered from palpitation of the heart
and .nervousness. I slept poorly and my
sleep did me little good. I would awaken
In Hie morning as tired and worn out as
when I retired, t was generally debili
tated and suffered from constipation.
1 have tried many remedies but received
no permanent results.
"Sometime ago I got some Tona Vita'
and hav taken it regularly since. From
the vary beginning I felt the beneficial
effects of this new tonic, and now I
am feeling better than for years. I
now seem to get nourishment from my
food and no longer feel nervous end
tired out. My family has taken Tons
Vita and have been thoroughly bni
filed." Mr. Palmer's was a pronounced case
Confined in the lnfane ward of the
county hospital with between thirty-five
and forty lunatics and feeble minded men
for companions, two boys of tender years,
one S and another 13, were discovered by
the members of the board of county com
missioners Tuesday afternoon when they
visited the county hospital and farm.
The hospital generally was found In a
deplorable condition, according to Com
missioner Frank C. Best, chairman of the
county hospital committee.
The condition of the two boys In the
men's Insane ward and of one or two
other boys in the hospital, was called to
the attention of Judge Howard Kennedy,
of ths Juvenile division of the district
court, who said he would take the mat
ters up at once.
The boys originally were sent to the
county detention home by Judge Kennedy.
Because of incorrigibility and the Inabil
ity of Mrs. Elizabeth Byrn. superintend
ent of the. home, to master them, they
wer suit to the hospital by the juvenile
"Tlio situation Is awful," said Jlogy
Bernstein, head juvenile officer. The
boys were sent from the detention home
to the hospital because It was Impossible
to control them at the home. At the
home we have a sort of cell that wt are
supposed to keep Incorrigible boys In, but
they break out. The boys sent to the hoe-
pltal fought with Mrs. Kym and she
could do nothing with them. Ore of them
I bit her on the arm. We have to send
ithem to the hospital. There Is no other
, , , " " ' ,, I way of handling, them. We ought to have
be found existitut in any Omaha family. .
said one of the specialists who are here
Introducing "Tona Vita." "Half of the
people In the larger cities find life a
burden as a result of this modern
plague," continued Ira,
"Such people have uncertain appetites,
poor digestion, mi-asy sleep, little cm
bltion and they feel too tired to do Jus
tice to their work most of the time.
They suffer from timidity, have no Ini
tiative, are. drowsy, and haven't enough
good, rich blood in their veins to make
them capable and self-reliant. Their
nerves arc In such a state that they
Imagine themselves afflicted with various
diseases at different times. The real
trouble with them is debility, produced
by the strain of the modern city life
they are forced to lead. There Is little
of this ailment among tho ieople of the
country, where people live a more whole
Tona Vita will remove this miser
able condition. The tonic must do the
work or we don't want money for It.
We will be at Brandels Drug Dept.,
Kith and Douglas 8ts.. South Side. Main
Floor, from V a. m. to p. in., to meet
the public and explain the naturo of the
tonic. The sale of tha preiiaratluu In
Omaha Is entirely satisfactory to us and
is growing larger every day." Adv.
will stop a skid
The Diamond Safety
Tread Tire will pre
vent a car starting
to skid on slippery,
It is based on a
worked out by
neers. You know
how a squeegee
works. The Dia
Tread works the
same way, and IT
WILL NOT SKID
At jrour Dealer or
lheJ)iaiqonl fritter (3.
Of Ktw TurV
215 South 20th St., Omaha.
Of means have Jewels and are
supposed to have other Valuables
tn the borne becomes COVS and
Is but another good reason why
they should have protection
against loss by Fire or Burglars.
Can you think of a safer place
for YOIR JAl.t ABLER than a
Safe Deposit Box In our Steel
From SI. upwards rents ona
Omaha Safe Deposit Co.
street Level Catraea to V Baits.
114 raraaaa Street.
some place at the detention home for such
cases, but we haven't. I have asked for
such provision, but never have been able
to get It.
"We have a little girl out there now In
tha women's Insane ward. She Is diseased
and none of the hospitals would take her.
We couldn't keep her at the detention
home with tho other children. No place
to care for her. W had to vend her to
the county hospital. She Is not Insane,
but where can we send her?''
No Place for Tarat.
"W had to put the boys In the insan
ward." said Tom McCleneghan, out-going
superintendent of the county hospital
snd farm. "1 know they shouldn't be
there, but they were brought out to us
by ths Juvenile authorities and we were
told to keep them. We had no other place
to put them. I didn't want them there.
Nobody connected with the hospital
"wanted them there. Hut we couldn't Just
turn them out.'
Complaint that one of the boys has not
been kept clean at the hospital and has
been knocked and cuffed about and
abused by the adult Insane and feeble
minded patients with whom he has barn
confined, was made to Mayor Dahlman's
office by the boy's mother. Ths complaint
was sent to the board of county commis
sioners. This boy Is Willie Woodworth, son of
Mrs. Mary Woodworth, Si24 Cuming
street. He Is 13 years old. The boy now Is
at home with his mother. County Physl-
olan McCiann having glvan an order fcr
her tu take him home to Dame mm.
(oaaltloa la Ruttea.
With this word County Commissioner
Frank C. Best, chairman of tha county
hospital committee, answered tha query.
"How did you find conditions at the
hospital?" after tha members of the
Board of County Commissioners visited
the Institution yesterday afternoon. The
visit was mads because tha board wanted
to know about conditions at the hospital
and the county farm and because Kd
Hoblnson, tho new superintendent, suc
ceeding Tom MeClenghan. wanted the
board to know just what the situation Is
when he takes charge.
Here are some of the conditions .Mr.
Best said he found:
Young boys confined in ths men's In
sane wsrd with between thirty-five ami
forty adult patients.
Bleeping accommodations poor. Cots
filthy and In need of repair, insufficient
bedding. Verml In evidence.
Poor sanitation aud insufficient disin
fection. Apricots spoiled and other food not
properly kept. ,
Aatkes Makes Report.
George Anthes, head of the county
auditing department, submitted a report
of his inventory, not yet completed.
Among the Items of the report are:
Fire hose In balls worn out and not
tested for years; much tin and enameled
ware; chairs, dishes, cups and towels
needed In men's skk ward. Coffee grind
er out of repair; coffee crushed instead of
ground. Cable rope on elevator broken.
Ralls and car for transportation of
food in poor repair. Typhoid ward needs
sheets, spreads and pillow slips. Towels
needed In women's sick ward. Roof leak
ing In several places. Mattresaea In poor
Despite the general "run down" coodt-
lion of the hospital, the coat of mainte
nance last year was nearly 17.000 greater
than the cost tha previous year, and still
greater than tha coat in But and IK, as
shown by the following figure of Mr.
Anthes: 1308, SS,MS.M; lint, .U. IMS,
H7.t51.57. 1511. tM.Ul.J2.
From the Itemised statement of eeua
ty hospital expensea for last year the
following figures are taken: Salaries.
III.IW.SO; groceries, Xtf.1.); meat. t9.401.sV
bread. V.SS.; milk, butter and eggs.
lu.ST.S7; miscellaneous supplies, $1.1X1.40.
New Modern Private
Hospital to Open Its
Omaha's most advanced and finest pri
vate hospital opens Ha doors to the pub
lic Tuesday morninf. Of beautiful
pressed brick, standing at Park avenue
and Howard streets, and containing- fa
cilities for comfortably accommodating
forty to fifty patients. lr. A. P. Condon's
hospital Is surpassed by no other In the
west in scientific equipment and prac
ticability. All private rooms are fur
nished in mahogany with a heavy rass
bed; the walls are painted blue, wreen
or pink, and the floors of quartered oak.
excepting the halls and operating rooms,
which arc mosaic. The building cost up
ward of J. 000 with Its equipment.
"Continuous baths' are a feature In
connection with some rooms. There is
an apparatus attached to the tub which
keeps the tub filled all the while a pa
tient Is In It. and although the water is
constantly changing the temperature re
mains exactly tha same and may be any
Going to the other extreme a refriger
ating plant operates throughout the house
snd there Is a huge refrigerator in the
basement Into which a patient may be
laid. This Is often required in cases of
lockjaw. Long-distance telephone con
nections are In each room and a vacuum
cleaning system extends ait over the
building. Each room has a closet and a
special lighting system. There are free
or charity wards as veil as those for
which payment Is required. Fire hose
and fire extinguishers are In all the halls,
regardless of the fact that the building
Is practically fireproof.
The features that elicit most pride frcm
Dr. Condon, perhaps, are the two oper
ating rooms, the complete chemical and
experimental laboratory and the X-ray
rooms in the basement These are the
finest ai d most modern that money could
buy. The operating rooms are so con
structed and lighted that they are as
practical at night as t day and two of
them are required because such cases
will be operated upon In the one that
show a diseased condition, while In the
other only healthy surgical cases will be
l.amlled. The X-ray room contains an
apparatus carrying over 106.000 volts of
electricity capable of taking photographs
through the human body, showtntf the
bones and any foreign body that may be
Considerable vaccine work will be done
tn the lttboraiory. which Is equipped with
every scientific apparatus for determin
ing ci rients of the human body. A f'W
patients came a couple of days ago and
im-lstcd that they be admitted, which
was finally done, though no operating
will be done before Thursday.
AGED WOMANSTRUCK BY CAR
Is Carried Into Omaha General Hos
pital in Serious Condition.
NO &EP0BT MADE OF ACCIDENT
Crew of Street Car Whirl. Hlta the
Falls ta Make Report
Vsemsrlaai with $ev
era I Baa Wemasle.
Mis. Abeline Edmonds of 2UC. Center
street a as seriously injured by a north
bound South Omaha car at Fourteenth
street and Capitol avenue at ': yester
day morning. ?he is lying unconscious
with probably fatal Injuries, at Omaha
General hospital, a here she was lef: by
the conductor and one of the passen
gers. The woman's skull Is thought to
be fractured at the base and aha is oth
erwise severely hurt.
It was not until 2 o'clock yesterday
that she was Identified.' The street car
'crew dkl not report: the case t tcad
quarters, nor gul the police miKr Into
j a serious Invest i teat ion. It remsirv I for
, attendants at the hospital to sec jrc in-
formation leadinf to tha identification.
Oa Her Way fe V rk.
Mrs. Edim.mil is employed the lten
lilscuit company a plant and was t n her
may to work hn the acldent occurred,
it ts reported that she either attempted
to alight or fell from the p!aforu of
the car while it was in notion. At. any
rate she was thrown violently to the
ground. Attendants at the Sospttal are
not yet able to determine the extwi. of
the Injuries, but It Is feared tuat the
was Internally hurt.
Mrs. fcMmonds has a husband nl is
employed at the Wilson Boiler works
In company with his daush't-r he wnt
to the hospital at 2 yesterday after
noon, having been summoned the' ? by at
tendants, and they IdentlflM bet
Being unconscious, the woman was un
able to give an account of the accident,
but In her Incoherent muttertngs nurses
at the hospital caught mention of the
name of "Edreondson." They investigated
with the result that It was learned that
the woman's name is Edmonds.
When seen shortly after noon. Genrge
W. Gaines, assistant claim agent for the
railway company, said he had received
no report of the acctdeir. In the presence
of the reporter he called the various car
barns, but the conductor or motonnati
bad failed to report the accident. An
endeavor will be made by the officials to
ascertain a ho was In charge of the car.
NEW COMMANDER AT
FORT OMAHA ARRIVES
Major Carl F. Hart man. the nely ap
pointed commanding officer at Tort
Omaha, took up his offiaict duties yester
day, succeeding Captain W. J. Clark, who
has been assigned to his new p.tt at
Port Wood, tn the New York City harbor.
Major Hart ma nn comes from Kort I. A.
Russell, where he ha been tn charge of
the signal work for the last two years.
SCHOOLMATES PALL BEARERS
FOR MISS MABEL JOHNSON
The antral of Mabel Johnson. M-year-oM
Jaushter of Mr. and Mrs. Luthar ft
Johnson, of Benson was held Tuaadar
afternoon from the Methodist church.
Burial was made in Mount Hope ceme
tery. Miss Johnson s schoolmates acted as
pallbearer. They were Alvln elect.
Oscar Oleaon. Albert Knudson and
Miss Johnson died last Monday of par
alysis. She had been In bed tea days.
Permits to wed have been (ranted the
Name and Address.
Carl T. Nelson. South Omaha
Ada M. Clark. South Omaha..,
aVbastiano Canislta. OaMha...,
buria I'avalerl. Oniaha
Harry J. Ktnr. Omaha
Freda Anderson, onana
GiVEj quick ion
The aeraian St Motion net I Drear Cn
f'or. 16th and Dodge, Cor. lth and Har
ney, tor. Z4U and ramam. B77-S Norta
lUt SL, reports that A fil'ata DQ6K of
s:iru- bucstcorn bare. gi certae. e
a compounded 1st Adr-f-ka. the new
tmia appeoflrCtts rroeOT. relieves con
stipation er gaa tha srirmach. almost
Prisoners Are Kept
on Scanty Rations
.Sneriff Felix J. MctShane has put the
city's rock pile bora oe combat. He has
refused to give rock pile prisoners three
meals a day because thai question has
been raised whether tha city or the
county s hail pay for tha extra meal, and
he is afraid be may hare to pay.
Polios Judge Charles & roster called
upon the Board of Ooonty fmimiasrtonrri
to ask that McShsas ha ordered to gtra
the prisoners three meals a day, as men
cannot work at hard labor on ths two
meals htriilsbed ordmarQy to
la tho county JalL
County Admits Big
Waste in Heating
New Court House
Offer to reduce the county's $1,700 heat
ing bill against Caldwell Drake, county
building general contractors, nearly av
per cent was made by the Hoard of
County Commissioners to I Jeorge W.
Caldwell at a meeting yesterday morning
to negotiate for a settlement of the differ.
ences over ths noatlng charges.
The action of the board was an ad
mission that the general contractore have
at least partially sustslned and proven
their claim that the heating methods have
been extravagant and wasteful and that
some of the coal used has been of In
On the theory that 3D per cent of the
coal was a poor grade tha board offered
to reduce the bill against the general con
tractors 80 per cent. On the theory that
the county Is using more oal to heat It"
old courthouse this winter than last, the
winter being more severe, the board
agreed to make a further reduction, which
will amount to about 30 per cent.
Mr. Caldwell appeared to be satisfied.
It was agreed that he and George
Anthes. head of the county auditing de
partment, should figure on this basis and
lay th'tr flsurrs before the board In the
H. W. Weld of Chicago. a representative
of the Colorado Yule Marble company,
which has the marble subcontract on the
new county building, appeared to talk
with the board about rtinhing the marble
shipments. He said they will be hurried.
Market in Lobsters
Record breaking prices for lobsters are
threatened according to local dealers In
that delicacy, lias tern speculators cor
nered the lobster market just before a
long tpell of stormy weather that has
prevented fishing, and they expect to
realise a handsome profit. They are
feeding their lobsters in pens, watting
until the supply already In the hands of
wholesalers gives out.
The wholesale price has already ad
vanced from 33 to 40 cents, and local
wholesalers say they would not bo sur
prised to see the price go to 0 or 70
Oysters are still up 10 cents a quart
over the usual price, but a decline is ex
BUSINESS MEN TO HEAR
WELL KNOWN SPEAKERS
William Dudley Foulke. for mar Sen
ator A. J. Beverldce and General mr
Robert 8. 8. Baden-Powell are among tha
speakers announced for weekly luncheons
of tha Commercial club by Chairman
Charles M. Wllhelm of tha public af
Mr. Koulae. president of tha National
Municipal leajrua, win apeak Friday. Feb
ruary . on "Effective City Oovanrmeat"
Mr. BeTeridjre probably will apeak on
Thursday, February la. General Badrn
PoweJI of the Brtturh army, bead of the
boy scoot morement. Is scheduled for Feb
TO BE GIVEN LUNCHEON
F. H. Abbott, aeaterant i ill iua I of
Indian affairs, will be tha nest of tha
Commercial cinb at aa liifarmai h". 0)
next Monday noon, arraccad by his
friends m I ha ettj.
Since the GoTrnmcut authorities have begun to "Round Up" a few
of the men who hare so long brought odium upon the name of honest
labor, I have been urged by some editors to publicly define the reasons
for my seven years' newspaper campaign on the tyrannies of many Labor
Some men endow colleges. Others build libraries.
1 preferred to devote to newspapers my contributions toward educa
tion, warning the people to protect themselves against the greatest, most
tyrannical and dangerous trust this country has ever seen. ,
Especially Insidious and dangerous, because Its Inqcr plans were not
understood by the average citisen, who, seeing no Immediate slavery to
I Imself, peacefully followed his own pursuits and blindly allowed the self
seeking Labor Leaders (?) to weave their weu stronger as time went on.
Not one word In my entire campaign has been uttered against peaceful
I have only tried to defeud the several million honest and law
abiding workmen who protest against the bullying and abuse of those
in power. j
No one seemed to sympathise with the few thousand widows and
orphans of the men murdered while faithfully trying to earn a living
under God's permission, but against the "orders" of the "Labor Trust."
So I tried to present their cause from time to time.
The healthy average common rltlxen is perhaps deserving of at least
some of the Inconvenience and loss put on him from strikes and other
labor leaders' tyranny as reward for his Indifference.
I knew years ngo that the plan of this big labor trust ass lo tiltl
mately gain control over eer workman, clerk and employe In the i:. R.,
dare not protest, and also over all other workmen, legislators, congress
Including farm hands and government employes.
JAP lAJvtS lis UtflVtr. SCHOOL IS nLSMKSFfl
TO BE TRIED IN LINCOLN j WHEN THE FAN BREAKS
Joa Akjyaina. a Jap, waa braacHt m I A fan. used to blow -aaua ah- from Oie
from Denrer Tuesday nUM. haTinc bees , feman tnta the rooms of tne Saunders
arrested for lMsronttlng mall bdosdns ! srhooL broke yesterday morning and the
i a oonntryman. Two other Jans were jiuplla aasa bees diaraiseed. Two days will
arrested tor the same offense and all j be required to repair the la a.
This has been partly accomplished in some localities; then followed
acts which clearly show the Intent. '
Klmt. to harvest initiation fees, somtl'imes up to $100.00 each, to
"join the union."
Next, monthly dues. Say $2,600.00 a month in a town with 10,000
"members" at 25 rents each.
Next, "fines" assessed for some infraction of "rules."
Then the last of the slave driver came forth. Orders to strike; what
to buy; what not to buy; how to vote; when to parade (to show power),
and to contribute from the hard-earned pay envelope for strike benefits
to other men force! Into Idleness pending negotiations between crooked
leaders (?) and crooked employers who hire ssld leaders to call strlkea
on competitive jobs, tfitft making the workmen tools, kept Idle while; the
chiefs scrap for control or" bribe tuonry.
One of the hardest strokes of the lash la the money forced from
members to defend dynamiters, r luggers and murderers when caught.
Rut let an honest workman, who, perchance, has been driven Into
"the onion," dare to disobey one of these "orders" and he Is taught a
lesson through the slugging or dynamiting committees.
The slavery of the honest American worklngman Is pitiable when
"closed shop" full control la obtained by the tyrannical leader.
--Now observe the plan of this gang to govern men and affairs.
"Organise" every trade. Insist on closed shop. Then use the
power of numbers to Induce government officials to permit organising
all government employes. Some of the oaths defining that the union
rulea shall "precede Church, State and Family."
Then force Congressmen to pass antl-lnjuortlon laws to prevent
courts from stopping proposed outrages.
Force merchants to hire only "union" clerks and sell only "label"
goods. l.'Be union funds to support slugging and dynamiting crews to
drive back the protesting ones or "remove" them.
Of course. In carrying out the plan for complete control by the gang,
some were caught.
Whenever openly exposed the men "higher up" Immediately begin to
assess members to protect the crtminala and always rush Into print with
loud cries and much mock sentiment about "the brotherhood of man"
and the "defense of the wago worker," with such play upon the sympathy
of the people they cover their on greed for fees and insane desire to
read their names In the papers.
It would be hard to convince the widows of the twenty-one murdered
men in the Los Angeles Irsgedy, and hundreds of others, that thetr hus
bands received much benefit from "the defense of the wage worker," nor
could tbey well understand such working of that particular brand of the
"brotherhood of man" scheme.
Late events have stripped the lamb's coat from tho body of the wolf
and shown most clearly tha lying deceit and horrible portent underneath,
which I have tried time and again to explain to the public.
Men who preferred to work and support their families have been
waylaid. Fingers chopped off, with the comforting assurance that "now
you can set type If yon wilL" Crowbars and heavy weights dropped on
heads. Fathers beaten unconscious and many times crippled for life;
little homes blown up and many and many a corpse brought to the desti
These are not "occasional cases." Such crimes run literally into the
thousands, and judges and Juries have been threatened with death, bribed
and witnesses slugged or put out of the way.
In the Government cases bow pending the witnesses must be guarded
from the agents of the "Labor Trust." with Its tentscles reaching to the
most remote corners of our country.
Don't permit yourself to be misled by the vaporing of sentimental,
drooling degenerates wbo assert that these murders sre justified because
"society" has oppressed workingmen.
In no other country In the world sre they paid as high, and as much
earnest effort devoted to their welfare. Nor la there as abundant oppor
tunity In any other country In the world for workmen to gain fortunes.
Our great railroads and industries are largely beaded by former
. These murders are instigated by that class of men, always In evi-
ience, who hate lomwe. They coolly and cruelly plan, and eidcute as
saults and murders to satisfy their owi hate and show their power over
the slave who dan protest. The nigb'Jy talk of strikes, given In many
a union meeting, develops the hate and murderous instinct which warts
only for opportunity to carry out.
Take the Loa AngtJesi case as an lllnstrallon. The Times had with
rtood about IS years of all kisds of attack, not became its faithful em
ployes were underpaid. They received wages higher than tne union
scale, bat they refused to bow down and place tbemselrea under control
of "the gang," hence thej were perslstraUy assailed and finally 21 were
murdered. These men only aaird to be let aJorra to support their families,
but anion leaders determined to rale over Uuua, hence the reorders.
The whole set-op of the leaders of the (Teat "Labor Trust." tha
American Federation of I -a bar, points toward a diabolically adroit plan to
secure to those leaders complete ccratrol over their awn members who
men. merchant and the balance of ritlinna.
. Think It over and you will aee in parTwhat the tyranny would be If
tbey were permitted to completely carry out their plans.
Now that the I acts are known, the people can protect themselves by
refusing to do any act that would add power to this segregation.
Remember, any art.
Wher their grip on the throat of honest labor Is broken, working
men can either select better leaders or join some of the law-abiding trade
I wls nut driven to write tbia series of articles by reason of disa
greements with my own thousand workmen. No troubles have arisen
They have had fifty-two weeks a year sleady work for many rears,
are a contented, high-grade class receiving the best wsges in Michigan for
like service, and irotected from the the frequent onslaughts of these
"Labor Leaders" (?).
Mr. Gompers has repeatedly announced in public that I sought to
destroy all organisations of labor.
This Is in line with his regular habit of distorting facts. I have for
a long time been a member of the National Association of Stationary
Kiielneers and the National Trades and Workers' Association. These
sre non-strike and peaceful orgsiiixatlons which negotiate their trado
agreements legally, with peace and honor.
I have, given to the Trades and Workers' Association a 1100,000.01)
home for their old members In furtherance or an honest desire to help
solve this most important Industrial question.
In addition, I have offered to contribute a quarter of a million dol
lars cash lo help along a workingman's movement, as defined In a letter
sent Mr. Gompers Dec. 11th, 1911. Copy herewith:
, , December lltb, 1U.
Mr. rsmuel Gompers, Pres., American Federation of Labor,
Washington, D. C.
Press reports indicate that you are greatly depressed and harassed
by tear and the dlarepute brought on your Federation.
The query ha arisen whether you are big enough to sense the move
ment of a great Power which guides humanity, and to conclude that tha
time has arrived when "Labor" should be honestly represented Instead
If the thought of truthful and turneat effort ha come, and you
honestly desire better conditions for the wage earners, may 1 Under to
you an Invitation to come out to Battle Creek for a conference with thtl
President of the Trades and Workers' Association, Mr. J. Wl BryreT
If you will permit It, your expense will be paid from the time' you
leave Washington until you return.
Yon will be put up at the Sanitarium for a week or ten days' rest
and freedom from worry, a a guest, either of the Association or of my
self, as you prefer. ,
When rested, let us consider the new movement for the workingmen
of America, colliled under the banner of the National Trade and Work
era' Association, free from atrikes, slugging, picketing, tyranny, fines,
dynamiting and murder.
Belonging to the American Federation of Iabor are hundreds of
thousands of self-respecting and law-abiding workingmen wbo are) mem
ber under pressure, and who deploy the tactics you and your aascctates
bsv employed snd forced upon them.
They want steady employment fifty-two wefts in the year tnd do
not relish being forced by atrikes Into idleness pending the "negotiations"
betweea-'crooked labor leaders seeking bribes, and crooked employers
who hire said leaders to call strikes on competitive jobs, ttfu making
the workingmen tool kept idle while' the chiefs scrap for control or bribe
You will perhaps reject this proposal, believing that strik are a
necessary weapon to preserve the rights of workingmen. But tha new
wsy has been In very successful operation over two years 'and found to
bnve more power then the old way.
The honorable Brotherhood of Locomotive Knglneera, the National
Association of Stationary Engineers and the National Trade and Workers
Association perfect trade agreementa without strikes, secure the highest
wage aud yet preserve the respect and estetai of employers and of the
Workingmen are aroused to resentment from being forced to con
tribute from tbelr hard itarned pay envelopes to defend known sluggers
and murderers, and to being heavily fined for not obeying the orders of
leaders when they know those leaders are simply using them to Insure
complete dominion over the dally lives of the American workingmen.
He seeks to maintain his position as an honest, peaceful rltixen and
not to be forced to affiliate with aud support thuga and murderers.
Personally, I have only elmere and open denunciation for the past
methods of you and your associates. Nevertheless, if you are ready, to
loin in an earneat and truthful lep forward for your members and will
accept thl invitation In the spirit In which It la given, you will be moat
welcome and wilt be treated with the greatest consideration w nr.
capable of. and In addition I will agree to contribute a quarter of a mil
lion dollars in cash to the new movement. ...
Th. 7r.de. snd Worker, now have, a apl.ndid 1400.000.00 home
to care for their indigent member., and with the addition of the ?
of the American Federation of Ubor and Its endowment we can tnerit
Vb. .upporTof the public, all working for the new day of peace with,
honor in the Indu.trlal field. Your, very ruUr.
No reply has been received. It seems evident the present Leader
will not aocept any offer or industrial peace which takes from them the
fees, control of workmen and curbs their trust methods.
Whea any combination either of Capital or Labor goes outside 1U
own business and attempts to oppress, tyrannise or forcibly dictate to
others and thereby "restrains trade" it becomes dangerous and ahould be
Talk about restraint of trade!
All the capita trusts in thl country couldn't bring about a minus
fraction of the loss, inconvenience, misery and crime set tn motion by
The time has come when every home-owning patriotic citizen should
peak In most unmistakable terms, It liberty Is to be preserved.
Write President Taft asking when he will apply the law to tho
Labor Trust as well as the Capital Trusts.
Then write your members of Congress, telling them clearly that you.
will expect them to protect yourself and other common, every-day cltlxens
by voting down the bills these Labor Trust leaders are pressing to give
them more control.
One la a bill to prevent courts from Issuing restraining; orders to stop
proposed acta of violence in atrikes. Another is to allow labor leaders
to restrain trade without being subjects to the law.
Too are one of a tremendous majority, but you most tell your public
officials your needs. Then they can act in your defense.
Then question candidates and don't accept any equivocal answers.
Insist that trade organizations can be peoeemily conducted and that
no laws be enacted giving leaders arbitrary control over too masses.
A few ot the facts are now known and bare been proven true. Many
more will follow aa the government Investigation proceeds- 7111 yoa bo
patriotic and painstaking enough to write, talk and vote for your own
My work In the way of public and eipeaslve paid announcement! on
this subject Is done. . - - ,
There's a Beaton,
C W.POST. "
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