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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 13, 1902)
Social . .
The New York stute commissioner or
labor devoted a large part of his report
for 1900 to an exceptionally thorough
and satisfactory treatment of the his
tory, description and public utility of
social settlements in that state.
The following are extracts from the
"The attitude of the settlement to
ward trade unions Is most cordial.
Recognizing their value, It seeks to co
operate with them In promoting the
labor movement, to which subject the
resident have given much reflection,
and have often assisted In the forma
tion of unions. One of the alms of the
settlement is to increase mutual un
derstanding between employer and em
ployed, and it always advises rational
modes on both sides in adjusting disputes-.
It urges that the workers should
receive through their organizations not
only thorough instruction in the prin
ciples and philosophy of trade union
ism, but also knowledge as to the large
social and economic questions, thus fit
ting them to assume Important and ac
tive positions in all great movements
that tend to-uplift the masses.
"With regard to the effect of settle
ment work, from the viewpoint of its
constituency, it may be of interest to
here note the opinions of several criti
cal worklngmen who are club members
at a house located in a section of IJew
York city composed of wage earners,
and not in nor of the Blums. Three of
these men were interviewed. One, a
trade unionist, who is designated as
the Nestor of the club of which he Is a
" 'The settlement idea is a grand one.
My attention was called to it some
years ago through my boys taking
books out of the library, which institu
tion of itself. Is worthy of high praise,
because of the great good it is doing
in the neighborhood. I joined the set
tlement and am a member of a club or
association, which discusses social and
various other subjects. At our meetings'
the Intelligent forces of the working
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Organizer, orator, worker, veteran, is Rev. N. S. Haynes, the new
pastor of the First Christian church. Though he was born in Kentucky he
has passed the most of his life in Illinois, where in 1867 he was graduat
ed from Eureka college. A year later he entered the ministry and kept
the pastorate of the church at Decatur for seven years. Then at the
head of state mission work he toiled b!x years and returned to the minis
try. Six years at Peoria, seven at Englewood and four at Eureka, his
last parish, brought him the call to Lincoln. He bad just completed a
new church at Eureka when his call from Lincoln arrived. Judging from
the hard work he did there his ministry here is expected to be a tonic to
the church. During the civil war he was a member of the Eighty-ninth
masses and the people of higher educa
tion are brought together. Distin
guished clergymen, captains of indus
try, worklngmen, and eminent profes
sional and public men take part In the
discussions. There is no adverse crit
icism among the speakers, and every
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Within a few days it is expected that the New York Yacht Club ap
thorlties will receive an official challenge from Sir Thomas Upton for a
third race for the America's cup. When he was defeated last time Sir
Thomas said he would spring a surprise-on the American public next time
he challenged. The fact that the new challenger Is now well under way
bears out this promise.
one is welcome to take the platform.
The settlement is non-sectarian and
non-political, every kind of persuasion
being represented under its roof. Its
methods are attractive and every one
helps in the good work. I cannot speak
too highly about what I think of it,
for it certainly tends to elevate the
"This is the view taken" by another
member of the club, a young trade
unionist: '"Ultimately the settlement will be
a fine thing. It brings together men of
all vocations, and in this way they are
better enabled to get a clearer insight
Into life. In our club all have indepen
dent ideas, and freely express them.
We discuss different questions, and
these discussions bring out truths, for
the subjects are argued intelligently.
Although we pay dues, the work Is not
self-supporting. We would rather it
was conducted without outside aid.
Nevertheless, it is not a charity In any
sense of the word; yet many people
In this vicinity have an Idea that It is,
and will not attend on that account.
I think the work of the settlement is
doing all right. It promotes the social
life. If there were enough room In the
house so that the same club could
meet every night It would be more
beneficial, and would probably attract
many young men who now congregate
on corners or in saloons for the pur
pose of association. In my judgment, if
such a thing were possible, great good
could be accomplished If the state
would adopt the settlement Idea and
carry on the work something akin to
the public school system. By opening
attractive quarters in every crowded
block and following out the settlement
plan of entertaining and instructing
young people, a very large number of
youths would doubtless leave the cor
ners and drinking places and spend
their time more profitably In public
club rooms sustained in this manner.'
"Here is the opinion of the third
" 'Settlements are a great benefit In
certain localities. For Instance, there
is the university settlement, which Is
" doing a splendid work down town. It
is in a crowded district, where the peo-
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pie" need such. a thing, and take ad
vantage oflit. Up here, where men are
able to pay their way, the settlement
cannot reach the people it is trying to
reach. Ther objection is that it is not
eIf-supportlng. Most of the members
qfj:4ur club, all of whom pay dues,
would llke'to see it so.- We, however,
do, not consider It a charity, for if we
did, the house would soon be empty.
When the house was first opened there
was a feeling that those who came
over from Fifth avenue were patroniz
ing, but such was not the case, and of
late that idea has been entirely elim
inated. The people of means who. con
tribute toward the settlement are" sin
cere In the belief that they are doing
a real good to the community, but if
there is a notion that In this way so
cial equality can be brought about be
tween the rich and poor, I am afraid
It never will be realized. I must say.
though, that any association whose
main purpose is to bring men together
is certainly beneficial.' "
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