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Property and Official Organ of the Building Trades Council of Cincinnati and Vicinity
Vol. V. No. 9
CINCINNATI, OHIO, JUNE 16, 1917
One Dollar a Year
Kroger Should Be Removed
As Food Commissioner of Ohio. His Appointment By Governor Cox Is a Direct Insult To
Organized Labor and the Small Dealer. Kroger Is the Biggest Food
Manipulator In the Country.
Governor James M. Cox; who was
supposed to be a friend of organized la
bor, and who owes his election to them,
has suddenly deserted the cause and ap
pointed Bernard "Hog" Kroger as Food
Dictator for the State of Ohio. If it was
the intention of Governor Cox to give a
direct slap to union labor and the small
dealer, he has- succeeded admirably. This
man is not onlv the biggest food specu
lator in Ohio, but also the biggest ma
nipulator of food stuffs. He has always
been a bitter enemy of union labor and
a more distasteful appointment could not
have been made if the Governor had
combed the State.
The appointment has boosted Mr.
Kroger and has dealt a severe blow to
union labor and to the tens of thousands
of small food stuff dealers in Ohio.
Just what induced Governor Cox to
make this selection is not apparent. It
will take a good deal of explaining on
the part of the Governor's friends to
make it plain.
The Labor Advocate has been a strong
and consistent supporter of the Govern
or at all times, but the limit has been
reached and we are free to say we are
disappointed. Mr. Kroger can probably
bring more influence to the Governor
tian can union labor, but that remains
to-tbe seen, It appears that Governor
.tiMTOapvanu jnj,commit -poivucaupiciac,
IN HOUSE, 184-144
Washington. Party lines were de
stroyed when the house of representa
tives, by a vote of 184 to 144, voted to
strike the censorship provision from the
House and senate conferees agreed
to a modified form of newspaper control
after a more drastic censorship of news
papers had been rejected by both branch
es. The diluted "gag" has proven just
as unsatisfactory and by a vote of 184
to 144 the house referred the bill back
to the conferees with instruction to
strike the censorship provision from the
measure, which empowered the presi
dent to authorize matters that could be
published. Advocates of the bill said
it would prevent the publication of any
information respecting the army or
navy, their condition, their strength and
the manner in which they are being
handled. It was urged that the sole
purpose was to prevent unscrupulous
newspapers from " publishing informa
tion that would be of benefit to the
enemy. Censorship opponents declared
that the legislation would go further
and would prevent any discussion of
these subjects by the people except by
permission of the president, and that
the provision would muzzle the press
and close the mouths of the people.
It was pointed out that under a volun
tary censorship established by them
selves the newspapers are refraining
from the publication of information re
specting national defense measures
which could possibly aid the enemy. In
adition to this there is ample law to
punish the publisher who shall wilfully
givo information that should be with
held. While censorship in its present form
is undoubtedly defeated, advocates of
this theory will probably make other at
tempts to gain their point.
SOITDIERS STOP PICKETS.
Newark, N. J. The Essex Trades
Council, the central labor bodyof this
city, has protested because soldiers arc
being used against iron moldcrs on
strike at the Edward Maher Sons' plant.
It is stated that "a detachment of
United States soldiers appeared at the
plant and the three pickets were noti
fied by the corporal that they could not
stay in the vicinity of the factory."
The unionists say the soldiers are
used as strike guards and not as pro
tectors of property, as they arc with
drawn Saturdays, when the strikebreak
ears leave. The iron molders have been
on strike since last August to secure bet
ter working conditions and a living
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BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL
Hold llcgulnr Meeting mid Transact
At the regular meeting of the Build
ing Trades Council, held Thursday
night, President Cullcn presided. The
minutes of the previous meeting were
read and adopted.
A communication from the Hoisting
Engineers notifying the Council that
Mr. John Miller had been elected dele
gate to the Council in the place of Neal
Anderson who has left the city and
on motion, Mr. Miller being present, was
duly obligated and seated.
The report of the Business Agent was
read and adopted.
All trades reported business as being
There being no further business the
Council was declared adjourned.
PAPER COST EXCESSIVE.
Washington. The joint printing
committee of congress is in a contro
versy with the Champion Coated Paper
company of Hamilton, Ohio, and Sen
ator Fletcher, chairman of the commit
tee, has made public correspondence with
this concern in which the, committee
"The committee gave consideration to
a report from' the federal trade com
mission that the cost of producing such
paper as was bid upon by the Champion
company had increased less than 1 cent
a pound, while the price was jumped by
your company more than 4 cents a
pound, or 100 per cent over the pre
"The committee is surprised that a
company which some time ago offered
to place its entire product at the dis
posal of the government in the event of
war should seek to force the govern
ment to pay excessive prices for its pro
duct now that war actually exists."
Evans in Baltimore American.
THE SAME UXIOX.
GAMBLING IN NECESSITIES"
Gompers' Appeal to Ijulior in He
half of Food IJI11 "Protect the
People" Threat of Hunger
Greater Than Threat of Foreign
Washington, June 14. Samuel Gom
pcrs, president of the American Feder
ation of Labor, sent out an appeal to
day to every union labor man in the
country to support the legislation now
pending in Congress looking toward
food control. "After July 1, the new
crons will be moving to the markets,"
he says, "food speculations will have
cornered crops, prices will be torceel up
and the people will feel actual want.
"A grave danger confronts the Amer
ican people the danger of hunger
which, unless our Government takes im
mediate and effective action to prevent,
will .jortend greater injury than the
threat of the foreign loe.
"Abnormal conditions exist the or
dinary checks of competition have dis
appeared, Food speculator:) are gam
bling or. the people's necessities. We
will have to establish economic agencies
to control food so that the people may
be insured subsistence. The proposed
legislation does not set up a food dic
tatorship. It does not purpose, to ration
the peaple, but attempts to protect the
people against speculation bv rational,
practical mean' "
SIIIXGLiE AVEAVEHS ACT.
Everett, Wash. At the convention of
the International Shingle Weavers'
Union it was resolved that any member
of this organization holding an I. W.
W. card must give up same or forfeit
membership in the , Shingle Weavers'
Union. These unionists declare that the
A. F. of L. is broad enough to embrace
Procter Is An Enemy
of Organized Labor
No Matter What "The Chronicle" Says, He Should Give
$10.00 On Every $200.00 He Earned On Glycerine
Alone. Proctor Was a Soldier Against Organized
Labor, But a Quitter Against Germany.
Col. William Cooper Procter in the
prime of manhood, healthy and strong,
and an officer of the National Guard up
to the time that our country declared
war against Germany, suddenly re
signed, having previously induced his
clerks to join the First Regiment, prom
ising them a week off in the summer;
but these s?me clerks will now have to
go to Europe to fight the World's War,
while Col. Willie will collect coupons
off the Liberty Bonds which he has
been so enthusiastically advocating.
Procter is not a. slacker, he is an ab
solute quitie;, and -when the editor of
the Chronicle, writes the following edi
torial and attempts to shield Procter it
indicates that politics makes strange
bed-fellows. This editor is a member
of the Typographical Union, and should
be the last man in Cincinnati who should
attempt to praise the master of the Mc
Donald Printing Company, a notorious
ly scab concern.
Political favors handed out by Proc
ter accounts for the following effusion,
fawning upon the son of the celebrated
William Cooper Procter Hands Out
"Jt has been said that the man who
never accomplishes lias no critics, while
the man who does and accomplishes
finds plenty of them.
"Which reminds us that not so many
years ago the men who investigated and
wrote the nrious workmen's compen
sation laws had their critics; in fact.
some did not stop at criticism, but
would have headed a mob to hang on
the nearest lamp-post those who dared
to differ with them upon methods of,
procedure and form which should be i
"Vociferous in condemnation, but ,
with less noise than the squeak of a !
mouse in approval, they were not big
enough to tell the truth when the truth
"In the great humanitarian work ac
complished by the Red Cross in times
of Hood, lire and war, there is no other
organization in existence which quite so
quickly comes to the aid of those strick
en with adversity or pestilence, be it of
any nature whatsoever.
"Woi Id-wide in its deeds, world-wide
in its Good Samaritan acts, it is indeed
refreshing to note that men great and
powerful in this workaday life have the
courage to come out openly and call a
spade a spade.
" 'Cincinnati business men have made
$200,000,000 excess profits out of war
already. If every one of these would
give $t out of every $200 excess profits
lie has made, it will be easy to raise the
"This statement was made by Wil
liam Cooper Procter, a man who is
rated a multimillionaire, and we are
happy to say, in this case measured up
to more than was expected of him.
"Outside of an immediate circle, it is
to be doubted whether it -was commonly
known just how much Cincinnati manu
facturers have profited in a monetary
way by the Avar until Mr. Procter made
"As this gentleman is at the head of
the largest concern of its kind in the
world, and as he is a" millionaire several
times over, his word upon this subject
comes with a resounding whack as o
one who knows.
"We may have had occasion to take
exception to some of the past utterances,
and acts of Mr. William Cooper Proc
ter, but in this instance we must give
credit where credit is due.
"He lashed the money changers, and
it is our honest conviction that he will
be able to show them that they are en
titled not alone to contribute $L out of
every $2o: excessive profits, but that
they will be shamed into making it $2
on every $200.
- "-Mr. Procter Jias raised hirrelf in
the estimation of thousands of men and
women by his courageous statement,,
and The ChroniA is not afraid to
If there is one thing that Col. Procter
hates it is a member of a labor union,
but if there isa thing he hates more
than that, it is an editor of a labor
paper. He has never let an opportunity
pass to show his utter contempt for the
man who edits a journal in the interests
of the working man. For this reason
we are surprised that men like Frank,
Rist, who is supposed to be the Nestor
of the labor press of Ohio, should so
demean himself as to try to boost this
enemy of labor.
If William Cooper Procter will give
$1 for every $200 his firm has made out
of the sale' of glycerine to the Govern
ment it would not be necessary for the
laboring man to give a penny. If Mr.
Procter would pay his full tax assess
ment it would not be necessary for the
laboring man to give anything at all.
No matter what the Chronicle says,
nothing can change the fact that Proc
ter is absolutely unfair to organized
labor and Mr. Rist knows it better
than any one else. For that reason he
is the last man in Cincinnati who should
give this direct slap at union labor.
Mr. Procter was a soldier just so long
as the military was to be used against
organized labor, but as soon as the war
cloud arose, he took to the high brush.
USE LAUOK AT H.VX1).
San Francisco. "The suggestion that
California use what labor it has before
worrying about getting more is a good
one," says the San Francisco Bulletin,
which agrees ith State Labor Commis
sioner McLaughlin that the improve
ment of working conditions is a neces
"Migratory workers will go where
they believe they can earn most and live
in greatest comfort. The better the con
ditions the more workers will be attracted,-
and the more chance there is of
living a decent life, save a little money
and, perhaps, getting a little land, the
more men will be rescued from the
hopeless stagnation into which so many
migratory laborers fall.
"Better conditions will of themselves
lead to increased productiveness. Those
who have been induced by the State im
migration and housing commission to
adopt modern' sanitary devices in their
camps and ranches almost unanimously
report that the step has paid them, even
in money. Anything which adds to
men's comfort, ambition or self-respect
will add to their efficiency, and the re
sult will be at least as good as though
more labor had been brought into the