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THE LABOR WORLD.
Dedicated to the habor World and its
I speak for those brave &ons of toil,
i&- No matter what their station,
Who sail the seas and till the soil,
The builders of a nation.
I'speakfor those upon the rail,
With faithfulness and daring,
Who run the freight and rush the mail,
For danger little caring.
Tbe switchman with ,the empty sleeve,
1 T?he brakeman on hiscxutches,
^fjtlieir loved ones who must toil and
l«i circumstances' clutches.
for ^L0se who in the damp
2* And chill of winter weather,
•Toil in the wood and logging camp
^The woodsman who, with sturdy blow
*T" Makes earth and foirest quiver,
Who lays the toweling pine trees low,
And totes them to the river.
I speak for those who at the loom,
Within their sad feearts grieving,
vt. Cross warp and woof with tears of gloom
And blen4themin4he weaving. ya
Poor wearied oncis that toil for those?
«tf -V I1 '-Vs* ,' -I*-- -u* v' Jj JJ"' i*
Who to them shoul| be brothers,
put who instead «re tireless foes,
And rob for self atyl others. 4
I speak for, those who' stock the. hearth
To make our fireside ^heerful, ij.:
From out the womb.efmother earth,
While their's are sad and tearful.
ispeak for loved ones of the
Who, when.the mine is burni™^|\'
In agony around the shaft t*.:*
Pray for their safereturning.
"The labor world shall be my field,
So thus stand ta «ii revealed,
—ELMS B. HARRIS.
President of the Duluth Trades
and Labor Assembly.
M. Thomas, the present
president of the Federated Trades
Assembly was born February 16,
1859, at Springfield, 111. When
six years of age his father emi
rated tof lowa where young
homas received such education
_4 could be had in the common
schools of his district. In 1877
moved to Pine county, Minne-
Jft} In 1879 he was attracted
tfiHSpink county, Dakota, then a
territory, where he took advan
tage of the free land grants,
living on his claim in the summeit,
making required improvements,
and teaching school in the winter.
President Thomas came to
Duluth in 1890. For a year he
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cept his present position as man
ager of:the co-operative store. *j
three terms of .the Street Railway
Union, and seized two years as
delegate to the Federated Trades
Assembly. Was elected delegate
to the convention of street rail
way employees at Milwaukee,
October, 1894. At this conven
tion President ^Thomas was elect-
C. M, THOMAS.
ed national vice-president and
served one term.
President Thomas is one of
Duluth's labor leaders whose
work, advice and counsel has
helped organized labor to make
rajpid progress within the past
At present Mr. Thomas is
manager of the Union Mercantile
company, dealers in staple and
fancy groceries, at 2004 west
Superior street. The Union Mer
cantile company is incorporated
under the laws »t)f Minnesota.
The street railway employees are
the original promoters.
was engaged in the dray pusmess, D. Young, Joseph Kenny,
afterwards engaging with the Charles Lindberg, Swan^ M.
street railway company as coi^- Johnson ana Joseph^W. v-um
ductor, which position he held mings, directors. Officers are
years, resigning to ac- elected by the stwkholders.
unanimously elected president of
the Duluth Federated Trades
stockholders in the company, but Galileo, several centuries ago
all union men are eligible. No
stockholder, however, can hold ... .Atnc
stock to exceed five shares, $10 monks cfthe
a a to a a a a 3 a
p^17 ru^ A AAA mL. nriH astronoiriers
Assembly at their last *seriii
annual election in December.* He
fills the chair in a creditable man
ner and is deserving of the re
spect and confidence repei^tvia
him by the one hundred and fiffcv
delegates that crowd' the *ha-
Is Solidarity of Labor IHB»
impo^feible to Qyere^timate
Living today they Would~su|fer
all the odium that attaches -to
eranks, visionarfes, vagarists.
They were dreamers and. with
patierice kM sincerity wrought
to realize their visions. Did they
work in vain? By-no meaps.
Chemistry is their monument
and the old alchemists .^T1- v
mortal and all nations are
We talk of the Fatherhood .of
God. Is that a vagary? A
lreak of the fancy? If so, it were
better to:dismiss it. It is fash
ionable to refer eloquently to the
brotherhood of men. Is that an^
other hallucination unworthy o!
consideration by men of brains.
If so, let it also be remanded to
^fprinciple th^ Umbo of rgotten myths,
moved. It was a fact, otit
jwiw* 4 wti
In mere physical enterprises
the age in which we li v^'taughs
at impossibilitiesi T^Jan^t
alcfeists scwght to tfd^sMute
base metals into goW fgfn^is
way thev were not suCce§§ft# ftttt
their labors and discoveries
the foundation ol sdei^yficilnetn-,
istry, the value of wWowNere »r