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movement helping Hearst fight his battle against labor, and for a money
consideration, the Hearst outfit got bolder still. It had been playing up to
tlie Building Trades Council for months, boosting the unions, and especially
the officials of the council, in an alleged labor department.
Finally the trap to catch labor was sprung. And the Building Trades
Council officials helped spring it. A trades union edition of the Examiner
was announced by special agreement with the president of the Building
Trades Council. And absolution endorsing that special edition was gaveled
through a meeting of the council.
That action was equivalent to the Building Trades Council going clear
over to the enemy to fight against organized labor in a pitched battle be
tween Hearst and Unionism. And it was the only weapon with which
Hearst can win. He has no chance of beating the union pressmen unless
he can turn the guns of organized labor itself on that union. And that's
just what he is trying to do.
Unless the ranks of labor are divided, Hearst is licked and will have to
unionize his pressroom. But if his trickery toward union labor is endorsed
by a powerful organization of labor unions, why then, of course, he can lick
the pressmen's union now, and any other union he wants to after that job
And while the Building Trades Council may feel that its unions are
strong enough to stand alone and fight their own battles, still the breaking
down of one union makes it easier to break down another; and by licking
the unions in detail, unionism itself finally can be pounded down before the
attack of organized opposition. ,
And that means that the war will finally reach the unions in the build
If unionism means anything worth while, it means brotherhood; and it
can't mean brotherhood unless union men, ALL union men, stand together
I don't believe every man who wears a union button is a real trades
unionist, for many of them don't know the fundamental principles of union
ism. Too many wear the button only because they think they can get bet
ter wages by wearing it And it is that kind of union men who make it
comparatively easy for organized employers to win.
Another weakness is the union that doesn't care what happens so long
as it doesn't happen to that union. But that is ignorance. It will take time
for men to learn that a blow aimed at any honest workingman is a blow
aimed at all of them. When all of them learn and understand that, then
organized labor can't be beaten in its demand for justice.
Until Hearst comes clean in his own plants, no honest trades unionist
can consistently boost his papers.
AROUND WORLD IN 35 DAYS
New York, Aug. 5. Around the
world in 35 days. John Henry Mears
expects to make this record tomor
row, under auspices of N. Y. Sun.
He left St. Paul early today for Chi
cago. Expected here tomorrow at
10:10 p. m., beating by four days rec
ord now held by Jaeger-Schmidt.
Leaving New York Mears went by
London, Paris, Berlin, through Rus
sia and across Siberia into China and
Japan, across Pacific to Vancouver,
then across America by rail. Was
only behind schedule once in
Grocer to His Apprentice Now,
John, you have been here three
months. What part of the business
do you like best? Apprentice Clos
ing shop, sir!