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Property and Official Organ of the Building Trades Council of Cincinnati and Vicinity
Vol. V. No. 10
CINCINNATI, OHIO, JUNE 23, 1917
One Dollar a Year
What Does Dr. S. P. Kramer Know?
When He States That the Republican Organization of Hamilton County Was Secretly Working
For the Drys. Union Labor Deeply Interested and Expects an Official Statement From the
Republican Executive Committee, Who Have Hitherto Been Fighting For a Liberal Policy.
A STItOXG STATEMEXT
FItOM A ItESPOX-
s Last AVednesdny at Coluin-
bus, lh S. P. Kramer, of Ciu-
clniiati, assorted that the Itc-
publican organization in that
city secretly was playing for
. the adoption of the prohibition
amendment In Ohio this year.
Dr. S. P. Kramer, a reputable citizen,
an eminent physician, and a Republican,
lias made serious charges against the
Republican organization of this county.
At a recent meeting of prohibitionists,
held in Columbus, Dr. Kramer charged
that the Republican organization of this
county was secretly working for the
cause of prohibition. Among other
things said by the doctor was that "the
Republican organization of Hamilton
county was looking to the rest of the
state to free them from the thraldom of
the liquor interests and that no happier
crowd could be found if the state went
This is strong language and those who
fice3 will seriouslv dniihh thp dim-croc
made by Dr. Kramer. It is so in vari
ance with the action of the local or
ganization when the liquor interests were
in jeopardy that the doctor's charges will
be looked upon with considerable doubt.
They don't ring true and unless there
is some substantiation of the charges
they will not have much weight in local
I3c this as it may it is up to the local
Republican organization to enter a vig
orous denial to the charges. They can
not be glossed over, and coming from a
man of the standing of Dr. Kramer they
lnve more weight than if made by an
Dr. Kramer has always been a fighter
and he is a foeman worthy of any man
or organization which he goes after.
Many believe he was excited when he
r.::.dc the remarks attributed to him and
lltat in his cooler senses he will retract
As was said before the local Repub
lican organization has in the past stood
loyally by the liquor interests and if
there has been a change of heart as Dr.
Kran er alleges, the people of the coun
ty should be informed fully on the sub
ject. In the two state elections held on
the question of prohibition, Hamilton
county has rolled up big majorities
against the drys. This could not have
been accomplished without the assistance
of the. Republican organization.
Again we say it is up to the local or
ganization to officially refute the charges
madj by Dr. Kramer.
Labcr is deeply interested in this sub
ject as hundreds of the members of the
local organizations arc employed in this
industry. The outcome will be awaited
with thegrcatcst interest by every liberal
loving citizen of this county.
XO CIIAXOKI) liAIJOIt LAWS.
Washington. In a letter to Governor
Brumbaugh, of Pennsylvania, President
Wilson expressed the hope that there
will be no relaxation of labor laws by
the various states. The state executive
said that many bills have been intro
duced in the Pennsylvania legislature
"that in one way or another attempt to
modify existing laws relating to labor
In reply, President Wilson said:
"I think it would be most unfortunate
for any of the states to relax laws by
which safeguards have been thrown
around labor. I feel that there is no
necessity for uch action and that it
would lead to a slackening of the energy
of the nation rather than to an increase
of it, besides being very unfair to the
laboring people themselves."
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Soc ialists Refused Unions 'A id
In Fight For Federal Prisoners. Organized Musicians
Object To Masonic Band.
An appeal from the Socialist party of
Hamilton County for financial support
to defend thirteen of its members, held
by the Government on a charge of being
anti-conscriptionists, was turned down
by Central Labor Council Wednesday
night. The letter said the party was pre-,
paring to defend the men and it desired
the support of union men. Thos. Muga
vin, president of the Council, ordered
the communication be filed. There was
no debate on it.
After hearing a report from a special
committee that the committee in charge
of the parade of the bicentenary cele
bration of Masons Saturday had re
fused to entertain a request from the
Musicians' Union that the Masonic band
should not take part in the parade, it
was decided to place the band on the un
fair list of the Council. Louis Foster,
president of the Musician's union, de
clared not a union musician would par
ticipate in the parade.
"We arc objecting to the Masonic
band or the Ohio Military band, as it is
sometimes called, participating in the
parade, because it is not authorized to
represent the Masonic fraternity, nor
TIIOU.SAXIS SKHK IXGHKASE.
New York. A request for a wage in
crease of 20 per cent for between 80,000
and 90,000 cloak and skirt makers in
shops of this city, "made as an absolute
necessity," has been submitted to the
Fitzpatrick in St. Louis Post Dispatch.
docs it represent any individual lodge of
Masons," said Foster. "Members of this
baud, while not following music as a
profession, arc competing with profes
sional musicians men who have adopt
ed this profession for a livelihood. We
do not question the rights of members
of the band to play music, but when they
play music for money and place them
selves in competition with professional
musicians, they should affiliate with the
men organized to protect the profes
sion." Foster said Otto Ostcndorf, St. Louis,
national treasurer of the American Fed
eration of Musicians, would be in Cin
cinnati Saturday to take charge of the
situation. He said Ostcndorf would stop
union out-of-town musicians from par
ticipating in the parade.
Katherinc Xordman, chairman of the
Red Cross Committee of the Council, re
ported progress. She said the commit
tee was making special efforts to assist
in the big drive this week.
R. S. Sexton, International Organizer
of the Cigarmakcrs' Union, made a short
address op. organization. He. is aiding in
an organization campaign, of the Cin
cinnati Cigar Makers' Union.
employers, it was announced. The work
ers, members of the International La
dies' Garment Workers' Union and the
Cloak, Skirt and Reefer Makers' Union,
say in their request that "the dollar of
August, 1010, hardly represents more
than 70 cents now."
Kroger Emylopee Gets $25.00
If It Had Been a Union
Richard C. Moloney, who testified in
court some time ago, that he was a
"commercial artist," was given $23 and
costs by Judge Spiegel on Tuesday last
for brutally beating George J. Krieger,
a U, II, ft: 1J. Railway clerk, wlio was
not even involved in the Kroger strike. '
The testimony showed that Moloney
assaulted Krieger while the latter was
bending over to check up a bill of lading i
presented to him by a number of Kro
ger scab drivers. C. II. & D. officials tes-1
tilled that the Kroger Company refused
to make good shortages in shipments i
during the strike occasioned by their
drivers disposing of their freight in va
rious ways. One police officer stated that j
the scabs broke open a package of candy I
and ate it. Thereupon the C H. & D.
Railway officials directed their receiving
clerks to check up every Kroger pack
age, and while doing this, Clerk Krieger
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ITcxasV as a strike breakerry 7
Attorney viucrt ri, .iornil maae tne
usual plea that Moloney was a 'Valued
BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL
Appeals To Its Members To Assist
The I ted Cross As Mueh As
Owing to the absence of the president
and vice-president, Brother Dorsey call
ed the meeting of the Building Trades
Council to order. The minutes of the
previous meeting were read and adopted.
The minutes of the meetings of the
Board of Business Agents were read and
All trades reported business good.
The chairman made a strong appeal
for the Red Cross and urged all dele
gates to have their members subscribe
as liberal as possible.
Brother McEwen spoke at some length
on the general trade topics and was
roundly applauded. There being no fur
ther business the Council adjourned.
MOXTAXA ST11IKE SIMIKADS.
Butte, Mont. A statement issued by
the Metal Mineworkers' Union, the new
organization of the miners, claimed that
12,000 of the 13,000 miners in the Butte
district had quit work. The employing
companies refused to give the number
of men at work, but the statement vas
made at the office that "the properties
arc running short-handed and the mine
managements are not discounting the
fact that the labor situation is serious."
1XCOM I'KTHXCV DEKIXEI).
Washington. President King of the
Washington Electric and Railway Com
pany says incompetency consists of dis
cussing the union and joining the union.
He mpdc this statement as a witness
before the senate committee investigat
ing the strike of motormen and con
ductors employed by his company. Sen
ator Johnson of California asked King
why 211 employes were discharged for
incompetency before the strike was on.
It was then that the company official
contributed his classic.
Baltimore. The building trades coun
cil onposes the establishment of a state
constabulary, which is provided for in
a bill prepared by the attorney general.
The unionists' declare that "the his
tory of the Pennsylvania state constabu
lary proves that it is another armed
and Costs In Police Court.
Man He Would Have
Kroger employee," and urged the Court
to dismiss him. Judge Spiegel had other
ideas on the subject and assessed a fine
'jf $-'S and costs. As the case was con
tinued some ten or fifteen times, Mo-
loney having jumped his bond on one
occasion, the costs will be pretty stiff.
As usual, Attorney Morrill claimed
that "our men were being beaten and as
inu'tcd all during the strike." The con
victions ir court to date show that the
Kiog'.'r scabs did much more beating,
assaulting, stabbing and shooting than
the union men. It is said that number
of civil suits are in process of prepara
tion for the depredations of some of
Kroger's employees during the strike.
Moloney committed the assault on Krie
ger for which he was fined Tuesday,
over six months ago, but failed to escape
the penalty by continuances, jury de
mands, bond jumping, etc., through the
watchfulness of union officials, who
made him toe the mark and take his
as a sign-writer, and Attorney
corroborated tins statement.
force to be used against the wage work
ers in their struggle for a living wage,
shorter hours and better conditions."
WANTS LIKE SAVED.
New York. Conservation of life was
urged by Dr. Charles H. Mayo of Roch
ester, Minn., new president of the Amer
ican Medical association. He advised
doctors to stop talking about the su
premacy of other nations in science, a
supremacy, he says, that does not exist.
This medical man is an opponent df
loose talk and idle chatter. "Tongue
control," he declared, "will do this na
tion more good than birth control."
AUIZOXA STRIKE EXDS.
Washington. President Gompers has
received the following telegram from
Charles H. Moer, president of the In
ternational Union of Mine, Mill and
Smelter Workers: 'S
"Strike at Jerome and Clarkdalc, Ari
zona, settled. Men receive substantial
wage increases and all men returned to
work without discrimination. Company
agrees all departments may be organ
ized. Clarkdale smeltermen unorgan
ized, but received 30 cents increase.
Charter has been issued to them since
settlement. Company agreed to meet
committee of union to adjust future
grievances and disputes. Secretary Je
rome Miners' Union reports 1,200 mem
bers in good standing."
This strike has been on for several
weeks, and has been marked by vio
lence on the part of imported strike
breakers. WOMEX DEMAXD KItEKDOM.
Kansas City, Mo. "No cause of lib
erty in foreign lands is worth the sac
rifice of freedom at home," declared the
convention of the National Women's
Trade Union League, held in this city,
in its demand that there be no abolition
of free speech, free press and free as
semblage because of the war. The
women insist that no labor standards in
force before the war shall be abrogated.
.METAL TltADES W1X.
Vancouver, B. C. Metal trades crafts
men employed at the-J. Coughlin &
Sons shipyards have won their strike
for improved conditions.
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