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The Labor Advocate
"4 PAPER FOR ALL WHO TOIL"
Official Organ of the Building Trades Council of Cincinnati and Vicinity
Vol. HI. No. 14
CINCINNATI, OHIO, JULY 24, 1915
One Dollar a Year
Auditor's Figures Expose
Extravagance of Governor
Willis In State Affairs
.Report of State Official Shows That First Year of Re-
publican Administration Will Cost Nearly $5,000,000
(j, More Than Last Year Under Governor Cox Treasury
p Facing Big Deficit.
r If additional proof were needed to
show tlic taxpayers of Ohio that they
were buncoed into voting for Frank 15.
Willis, the small town statesman, for
governor, it is furnished in ample and
satisfying sufficiency by the published
statement of State Auditor Donahey.
Governor Willis 'made his campaign
effective by constantly yapping, and
proving, for 'that matter, that the Cox
administration had been unduly extrav
agant, and promising an economic ad
ministration if the votes would only
please elect him.
Vet the Willis Administration lias
appropriated for the fiscal year, in
loiincl numbers, $33, 000,000 as
ajjnlnst $18,000,000 spent (luring
tlie lust year of the Co.v Administra
tion. During the campaign last fall Mr.
Willis had much to say about the amount
of money spent for traveling expenses
by Cox appointees. It is shown that
under the last year of the Cox regime
office holders spent somewhat over $107,
ODO for traveling expenses. Vet the
Willis Administration has provided
for a fund of $518,074,000 to en
able Ub henchmen to travel In Pull-
-.mails, taxieabs, -and tcut- t;n-luck
"" inciiliFTitwthe"cxiM?iiso 'oftiietav
payers. Wonderful ideas of economy, has our
gifted young governor from Ada, that
bucolic community which has produced
so many truly great statesmen.
Auditor Donahey attempts to soften
the blow dealt by cold figures and let
the governor down as lightly as possible
by suggesting that not only was James
M. Cox, the wily Democratic governor,
brt Frank H. Willis, the urbane Repub
lican incumbent, deceived by designing
politicians and did not know how much
money they were permitting to be spent.
It is barely possible, but not at all
probable, that Frank Ii. Willis has been
imposed upon to the extent that he has
listened to the siren voices of the poli
ticians. Hut no one for a moment sup
poses that he did not know what was be
ing done and was a party to the act.
On the other hand, no one who knows
Jimmy Cox will for one moment believe
that any politician or bunch of poli
ticians, put anything over on him. The
difference between Cox and Willis is
that Cox has more sense than his party
and Willis has not.
Buying Cold Bricks.
The Labor Advocate has about as
much sympathy for the taxpayers of the
State as it- has for the man who buys
a irold brick from an alleged Indian.
They knew, or should have known, that
Willis was handing them a gold brick
when he made his extravagant promises
of intrenchment and economy during his
campaign for election. That sort of
bunk has been handed out every two
years since the year 1 SO"!, when the late
Edward Tiffin was the first candidate
for governor in the then new State of
Ohio. And none of them ever has made
pood Ins promises.
' Not only has the Willis administra
tion run up the biggest bill in the whole
history of the State, but it has left the
way open for the expenditure of more
money than will be available, and has
paved the way for a deficit in the State
treasury for the first time in many years.
BUTCH KKS WANT S HOI'S CKOSKI)
An effort to close the meat markets
on Sunday is under way in this city,
Rudolph Modest, General Organizer
of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and
Butchers' Workmen of North America
having come here to aid the local men
complete their organization.
The men declare they do not intend
to call for any Sunday closing laws from
the legislature of the State, nor to ap
ply for any city ordinance to that effect.
They expect to start an educational
campaign so the public will not buy any
meat or produce on Sunday.
According to the report of the Audi
tor, instead of keeping the appropria
tions tor two years under the $10,000,000
mark, as easily could have been done,
the Willis General Assembly passed ap
propriation bills exceeding $49,000,000
and they were obediently, even ehecr-
tully, signed by the economy loving
AH of which goes to show that Francis
Bartl.ctt Willis, despite his early train
ing in the economic atmosphere of Ada,
Ohio, and his present predilection for
preachers on the Civil Service Board, is
no more to be trusted than his predeces
sors in the office and history has prov
ed that they were not to he trusted at
all when it came to handling the people's
Wrteli for Ht'.itenient.
It will not be long until Willis will
come out with a statement in which he
will attempt to explain away the figures
of the State Auditor. He is one of the
State's best little explainers, but if the
public will only keen in mind the axiom
that "figures don't lie," and that other
axiom which is equally true, that poll'
ticians not only can but do, it will be
ablc.to arrive at anipre satisfactory
Auditor Donahey includes in his re
port the following sapient reference to
the members of the last General As
sembly. He says:
"What else could be hoped from a
General Assembly that demands their
pay for 1010 six months in advance, es
pecially when we consider that they will
do nothing during lines to earn it? 1 hey
were more anxious for patronage and
their own unearned salaries than to serve
the State. We assert without fear of
successful contradiction that there was
not a member in either branch of the
General Assembly who could estimate
within several million dollars how much
money the assembly had voted from the
Treasury, every dollar so authorized to
be spent coming from the pockets of
Warming up to his work, seems to be
a pleasant, though a necessary task, the
State Auditor dips his pen in vitriol and
Lands Vicious Uppcrcut.
"Here we have a 'reform' Governor,
elected on a platform pledging economy,
signing appropriation bills that make
available to departments and institutions,
a sum so vast and exorbitant that noth
ing short of the inability of his appoin
tees to spend all authorized will prevent
the State Treasury from becoming
bankrupt. After excessive appropria
tions arc made, the Governor is at the
niercv of his boards and commissions,
and he is powerless to prevent the dis
sipation of every cent appropriated. The
present legislature, just like its prede
cessor, has thrown wide open the vaults
of the State Treasury. After the Gov
ernor signs the appropriation bills his
hands are tied, and the only check re
maining is the limited power of the Au
ditor of State to require that all claims
presented be equitable, legal and in prop
er form, before payment is authorized."
Then, believing he has the Governor
prone on his back and gasping for
breath, the State Auditor pauses for a
CiliAIlOltS TO PICNIC.
Members of Glaziers' Union No. HS7,
who have been on strike for several
months, will hold a picnic at Chester
Park, August 7, for the purpose of rais
ing funds to aid the union,
I'IjUMIIKIIS to oivk IMCXIC.
Plumbers and Gasfittcrs Local No. 50
will hold a picnic at Avoca Park, Aug
ust 15. Robert Burnickle is chairman
of the arrangements committee, which
promises one of the most enjoyable
outings of the season,
Joseph A. Cullen
Re-elected President of Building
In answer to a letter from Fred
Hock. Business Agent of the Building
Trades Council of Cincinnati and Vicin
ity, in which he was asked to uic his
power and influence to protect the
workmen of the State against the lia
bility insurance companies, Gov. Frank
B. Willis, as usual, dodged the direct
issue involvedand sent back an answer
that says nothing.
Mr. Hock had asked the governor to
protect the Workmen's Compensation
Law. and desired to know what, action
"Your letter of recent date received.
I can assure you that I have no disposi
tion to interfere in any way in any mat
ter which is properly under the juris
diction of the State Industrial Com
mission. The question to which you re
fer is, as I understand, now under con
sideration by that body, and an early
decision is expected.
"Mv own friendly attitude towards
the Workmen's Compensation Law is
too well known to require discussion."
But what is the governor's attitude,
and what will he do in'thc present fight
to nullify the workings of that law?
DIAMOND LIGHT QUITS
Adverse Court Decisions Prevent It
From lYVlcnding Its Mnes.
The Diamond Light Company, organ
ized a year ago to supply electric cur
rent to consumers in the downtown dis
trict, will soon close its plant on Walnut
street and go out of business. Vice
President Wikel, of the concern, sent a
letter to its customers, advising them
that after August 1 they would have to
get current from some other source.
Adverse Court decisions, which pre
vented the company from extending its
wires across alleys or streets from the
one-fourth of a block in which its plant
is located made the venture unprofitable.
The company was incorporated in 11)1-1
with a capital stock of $:10,0()0. and the
following officers were elected : G. F..
Turner of Pittsburg, nrcMent : L M.
Wikel, vice-president : X F. Bachma'i,
secretary, and .1. Aluller, treasurer.
More than $-1 (),(()( was expended on ma
chinery, which was installed in the Imm
inent of the Strand Theatre Building.
HANDS OFF THE WAR
The Central Labor Council, at its reg
ular weekly meeting, decided by a vote
of 74 to 14, to keep its bauds off the
present yr, ami refused to indorse a
resolution presented by a delegate from
the Labor Peace Council. It was theob
iect of the resolution to have organized
labor petition the government to take
over all arms and ammunition plants in
the Unitd States and to refuse to sell
war supplies to the belliscrents.
BAXQUKT FOB COMIMUtti.
The Central Labor Council and the
Building Trades Council have planned a
banquet for President Samuel Gomp
crs, of the American Federation of La
bor, to 1-c held at the Auf Wicdcrschcn
Cafe, Twelfth and Walnut streets, on
the evening of August 2 Frank Rist.
editor of The Chronicle, is chairman of
committee in charge of arrangements
Building Trades Council
Holds Annual Election;
But One Ticket in Field
Cullen, Fischer, Hock, Nolde, McHale and Koch Unan
imously Elected Gasdorf, Lohrum and Anderson
Chosen Trustees Yearly Banquet Will Be Given Next
At the annual election of the Build-1
ing Trades Council of Cincinnati and I
Virinbv. lipid nt thr rnrrnlnr wpnlrlv 1
meeting Thursday night, all the of
ficers were unanimously re-elected, and
were immediately installed by Past
President Connors. The election re
sulted as follows:
President, Joseph A. Cullen.
Vice-President, Phil Fischer.
Recording Secretary and Business
Agent, i'reu Hock.
Financial Secretary, Joseph Nolde.
Warden, James McHale.
Conductor, George Koch.
Trustees, Gasdorf, Lohrum and An
The annual banquet of the Council
Will follow the usual custom, and will be
held after the regular weekly meeting
next Thursday night.
President Cullen presided at the
meeting. The minutes of the previous
meeting and the report of Business
Agent Hock were read and adopted.
John Leich, of Lathers' Union No.
47. ami Take Valhart. of Sheet Metal
Workers No, 141, were obligated. All
Business Acerit Fred Hock asked and
was granted a leave ot absence lor nt
teen days to attend the International
Convention of the Sheet Metal Work
ers, to be held in Detroit. Tom Ander
son was named to succeed Mr. Hock
during his absence.
The following communication from
Waiters' Union, Local 00:i, Covington,
Ky., was received and spread on the
"We wish to notify you that Darpel's
garden, Rosedale, Ky., and Stcvie's
road house, Ft. Mitchell, are unfair to
us. We wish you would instruct all
delegates to report back to their re
spective locals and request all members
to stay away from these places. We
hope you will read this at three succes
The following communication was re
ceived from the Joint Labor Day and
Outing Committee of the Central La
bor Council and Building Trades Council:
Summer is Trying Time
For Cincinnati Car Men
Summer is here, and no one knows it
better than the street car men of Cin
cinnati. This is the time of the year
when tlie work of operating a street car
in Cincinnati is the most tiresome to the
employes. The type of car in general
use is the ear equipped with the run
During the rush hours, people going
to and returning from their labors, and
in the evening those seeking recreation
ami a cool spot, find occasion to ride
upon this type of car. Did you ever
watch the conductor attending to his
various duties and attempting to ac
commodate the traveling public?
His first duty is to carry out his in
structions as laid down to him by the
operating company, namely, the collec
tion of fare, the issuing of transfers,
caring for the safety of his passengers,
calling streets and transfer points, and
obeying a thousand and one little rules
'aid down for his guidance.
His second duty is to be courteous
and gentlemanly in his actions, ajul
wear a smile at all times. And last but
not least, he is instructed to use his own
judgment when an incident occurs
which is not covered in the rules pre
scribed. In carrying out his first duty it is
often necessary to grope for a handle,
reaching over several people and trust
ing to luck in an attempt to catch hold
"To the Officers and Members of Or
ganized Labor of Cincinnati and
Vicinity Greetings :
"Central Labor Council and Build
ing Trades Council, through their Ex
ecutive" Boards, have decided to have "a
Labor Day parade and outing. Of this
you have been informed. There is an
other matter in this connection: which
is of vital importance, and that is
"The outing will take place at
Chester Park, Monday, September 0,
immediately after the parade.
"During the past year Central La
bor Council and Building Trades Coun
cil, as formerly, have taken an active
part in all matters affecting the welfare
oi lauor, ootn in mis iraracuiaie vicin
ity and State affairs. It takes real
moncv to do things, and it is necessary.
therefore, to ask each and every mem
ber of Organized labor to do wnat ne
or she can to still- further make your
Councils a power for improved condi
tions. "Tickets of admission to the outing
are being sent you. You are asked to
take one for each of your members.
The amount to the individual is small,
but' when all the men and women hold-TngafllTiatibTTnvitlO-our'cehtral
do their full duty, you will be in a posi
tion to do still greater things in the
"The celebration of Labor Day in
1015 can be made the greatest and best
in our history. Will you not do your
part? See that each and every one who
secures a ticket uses it at the gate at
"You well know what united action
means: let there be the same step taken
as to this coming Labor Day.
"Tickets can be secured at each ses
sion of Central Labor Council or Build
ing Trades Council from the committee
having the matter in charge. Keep that
committee busy and they will be
happy. Fraternally yours,
"Frank Imwalle. becretary,
"1311 Walnut street.
"P. S. If your-local has not decided
to parade on Labor Day, please do so
at once and notify the committee of
of an upright in order to steady himself
and maintain his position on the run
ning board. He has no time to lose.
At the next corner, possibly, he must
make a pull-down (change trollies from
one set of wires to another).
People get off and on the car, andhe
is continually working on the running
board, always taking a chance, trying to
accommodate and look pleasant. His
second duty is to be courteous and
gentlemanly in his actions. A union
street car man in Cincinnati is natur
ally courteous and gentlemanly in his
actions, or else he could not hold his
position. Circumstances and occasions
arise at times compelling a conductor
to enforce the rules and regulations
laid down by the company and city and
State ordinances and laws when pas
sengers refuse to comply of their own
A conductor or motorman should not
be censured because he does his duty as
he has been instructed. If your neigh
bor has a transfer which is no good, or
tenders a piece of mutilated money as
fare, or just through pure meanness
wishes to argue with the conductor be
cause he imagines he has that right, re
member it is his duty to smile and look
pleasant while he is enforcing the regu
lations and rules.
Long hours and tiresome work do
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