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A PAPER FOR ALL WHO TOIL
Official Organ of The Building Trades Council of Cincinnati and Vicinity
W. E. MYERS Editor
Business Office, 20-21 Thorns Building. Phone, Canal 5511
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ONE DOLLAR A YEAR IN ADVANCE
CINCINNATI, OHIO, JUNE 30, 1917
If prohibition is to be enacted into the law of the land, either per
manently or for the period of the war, the proposal should come be
fore Congress on its merits, should be squarely faced, fully discussed
aim lainy settled, liiu none ot tliese tilings was done by the House
of Representatives on Saturday when it adonted. as a rider to the
Food Control bill, a bone-dry amendment prohibiting for the re
mainder of the war the brewing and distilling of all alcoholic bev
erages. Once the stampede started there was no stopping cither for
intelligent debate, lor linding out the facts, or for courageous ac
tion. I he Lower House voted in and like a crowd. Some hoping
anu expecting, no ciouut, tnat tlie Senate could be counted upon to
shoulder its accustomed burden of blame for doinir its duty fear
lessly and discharging its responsibility with a reasonable degree of
lhe I'ood Control bill as it came from the committee and as it
has been approved by the President upon the recommendation of
Mr. Hoover, who is to be the administrator charged with its en
forcement, contained no such amendment as the House in its appre
hensive haste attached to it. Neither the President nor Mr. Hoover,
nor anybody else in authority, has yet acquired evidence to warrant
the declaration that bone-dry prohibition for the nation is essential
to the success of the programme of food control for which the Ad
ministration is standing.
Therefore the amendment, while it may be technically germane
under parliamentary rules, is not honestly connected with the meas
ure. It was put there by sharp practice and doubtless many mem
bers voted for it in the realization that by voting against it they
would appear before the country as desiring to hold up the passage
of the bill upon which so much that is vital to the successful outcome
of the war depends. When Representative Lenroot, one of the few
really able leaders on either side of the House, endeavored to modify
the bone dry amendment by excluding from its terms the production
of beer and light wines and limiting it to the prohibition of hard
liquor, he found himself upon a roll-call in a minority, although his
amendment was defeated by only ten votes.
Now the action of the House for all of its unfairness in form may
reflect the preponderating sentiment of the nation. It may be that
the people as a whole prefer to go far further than France, Great
Britain, Russia, Italy or the Central Powers have gone Tifter three
years of war and subject the United States to bone-dry prohibition
at the beginning of our war. It may be that the people believe it
possible to raise, arm, train and sustain an army of from two to five
millions of men in the next three years and do all the other things
necessary for America to win the war and add to this stupendous
work the job of enforcing absolute and national prohibition. But
the proposal is surely sufficiently important to warrant the Con
gress acting for the people to thresh out the question upon its merits
regardless of the time "required, and not try to tack it onto a bill
the immediate passage of which is urged by the Government be
cause every day's delay endangers our cause, embarrasses our Allies
and aids and abets our enemy.
Whatever the decision of the Senate, it is to be hoped for the
good name of democracy here and elsewhere that its discussion and
disposition of Prohibition will be more in keeping with democratic
ideals than the haphazard performance in the House on Saturday.
To be enforced a national prohibition law must be backed by public
sentiment, and public sentiment is not reflected by legislative sharp
practice, but by fair and open debate and the calm deliberation that
should always be the fore-runner of a vote that registers the voice
of a self-governing democracy.
Capital and Labor Should Read This.
The Labor Advocate received the following letter from one of
Dan Kiefer's disciples, it is worth printing and reading if, for no other
purpose than to show what socialism really stands for.
To say these wonderful things of Emma Goldman, who believes
in free love, free riot, and free deviltry of every kind is more than we
"To the Editor of the Labor Advocate:
"I note the papers of the capitalists gloat over the gag put on
free speech by every champion of the proletariat, and now one of
the staunchest of workers' rights Emma Goldman is locked up
under a fabulous bail, knowing full well the poor of the country
can't raise it.
"Why go to war to fight our brothers when we have so much
to fight for here?
"When Germany put a nurse to death some time ago the papers
of the capitalists raised a howl. Why don't they howl now when
liberty is deprived of one of the 'angels' of the times?
"We Socialists know the facts and it is time something is done to
stop this slaughter of innocents being forced into the rich man's war.
I see lately that England and other countries are in for 'free love'
and breeding of men for the future, but when Socialists claim that
as a fundamental right, it is wrong, but a Kingly nation sees in it
only a halo of glory.
"Between fake preachers ranting against war and then clamoring
for it, in a very short time after their 'golden flocks' forced them to
change their tunc or quit, is it any wonder Socialists refuse to accept
a deity of any sort handed out by the fakirs?
"Another scheme is the poor idiots in labor unions, all fighting
for what? High prices of bread, coal, etc.
"If you raise your wages under the capitalist's regime, can't you
see you are compelled to pay more for necessities?
"Dissolve the labor unions and churches, put the necessities of life
within the reach of all, cut out wars by bankers and stock jobbers,
let the State support the family, and we will have a world fit to live
in. I challenge any dispute of my facts, but the Labor Advocate will
no doubt refuse these items space as it ranks with the rest of the
trimmers of the worker. David Young, 1310 Wade St."
The Labor Advocate believes that "Davy" Young, Emma Gold
man and all their class should be deported, there may be some ex
cuse for socialism in Europe but there is no place for this viper in
this great American country, and we hope that the government will
take advantage of the war to crush the head of this snake under its
Motz Answers for The Times-Star.
Business Manager C. H. Motz, of The Cincinnati Times-Star,
called upon the editor of The Advocate, protesting against our edi
torial of last week relative to negro employees of The Times-Star
assaulting newsboys. His claim is that it is not newsboys that have
been assaulted, but that the assaults that have taken place were be
tween supply men of both newspapers, lhe recent uimculties be
tween the two papers he states was caused by the importation from
Chicago by the Cincinnati Post of about a dozen thugs, who, he
claims in every instance provoked what trouble there was. In recent
trials of three Times-Star employees by jury acquittals were prompt
ly given his employees, it being proven that guns were purchased by
these imported Chicago Post employees. Mr. Motz says his recent
affidavit was verified by testimony given in these cases by Glenn Mc
Cann, a former Post employee. It is Mr. Motz's wish for peace and he
declares that he is prepared to immediately discharge any of his em
ployees, white or colored, that may assault a "newsboy," however
he feels he must give his supply men, who are being threatened, their
right to defend themselves when threatened with assault or as
saulted. He informs the editor of The Advocate that it is useless
1o attempt to make agreements with the present management of
lhe Post as apparently from the number that have been broken they
are considered mere scraps of paper.
Up to 59 Bust.
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He Should Know a Fizzle.
Senator Stone says he has discovered that "the Panama Canal was
a fizzle," something like those disgraceful national failures, the War
of Independence and the abolition of human slavery. The worst
fizzle this country has had in this generation is Senator Stone.
Chicago. Policemen ejected Jacob E.
Lcb from headquarters of the local
lL.rd of Education after he was de
feated for the office of president of that
"What's the Matter With Pomerene?"
We notice by this week's issue of "The Record," a paper edited
by Thomas J. Noctor, Democratic leader of Hamilton county, "that
between Newton C. Maker, of Cleveland, and James M. Cox, of Day
ton, for President of the United States, The Record would support
This must have been written by the humorist of that wide-awake
journal. When it comes to choosing Presidents of the United States,
it should be done by somebody who can at least carry their own
The last election clearly demonstrated that the Hon. Atlee Pom
erene was the favorite Democratic son of Ohio. He carried the
State by .35,000, notwithstanding the Democrats of Hamilton county
had practically admitted his defeat. Some of his appointees in the
Federal building were hustling for Wilson alone, figuring that the
Senator who had appointed them was a dead one.
Cox carried the State by 5,000 and Baker never carried it at all.
Pomerene has been working for the past five years hand and
glove with President Wilson, and when the time comes for Ohio to
present her favorite sou for the Democratic nomination, President
Wilson will have more to say about it than 'the Hon. Tom Noctor.
The President carried the State by 80,000, while Noctor has yet to
demonstrate that he can carry this county.
1 Ion. Atlee Pomerene is the logical Democratic candidate for 1920.
Good Angel is Right.
"Procter good angel" says the Enquirer, you betcha, that's what
put him to the front in politics and made him colonel of the First
KcsMiiient but what kind of a soldier did he make? and what will
he be elected to, after resigning his commission almost in the face of!
Like a Realized Dream.
Among the subscribers to the Liberty Loan was Emilio Aguinaldo,
one-time leader of a Filipino insurrection against the United States.
What a pity General Funston wasn't alive to hear the news.
The Cincinnati man who claimed exemption from draft because
he has a "faint heart" deserves to go in the same company with the
fellow who wants to be excused because he is "far sighted."
Of Course They Can.
. "All American housewives asked to can," says the Post,
what if they can't, and if they can can, what if their husbands
eat what they can.
Works Both Ways.
Eight hundred women have mysteriously disappeared from New
York and New York is glad that some of them have disappeared.
Big Prizs Offered.
If Mayor Puchta, a strong member of .the National Metal Trades
Association, presented the First Regiment with a tramp dog, what
would he give to organized labor? A ticket to Longview to the one
who sends us the correct answer.
Do It Now!
If the war interferes with your business, combine
Top and Bottom.
In the great war argument the submarine and the aeroplane now
have the floor, and one of them is over it and the other under it.
Get a Keystone Detective.
Meanwhile a search expedition might be sent out for a man by the
name of W. J. Bryan. What became of him?
Chicago. By a vote of U to 5 the
Chicago Board of Education has voted
to reinstate 08 teachers dropped last
June. The list includes officers of the
Teachers' Federation. The board had
previously passed a rule against trade
unionism among the teachers, proposed
by President Locb. Opposition to
unions and resistance to salary cuts by
the tcacheis and their refusal to support
an educational vocational bill tljat would
only apply to workers' children aroused
opponents ot tins militant oigamzation
of teachers, and the Locb ltilc was
adopted to crush it.
The teachers carried their fight to
the State Supreme Court, which ruled
that the board has the light to refuse to
employ any one belonging to a trade
union. lhe teachers then withdrew
fiom the Chicago Federation of Labor
and started a movement to secure re
instatement by having the board rcveise
itself. While the teachers, as an or
ganisation, withdrew from the trade
union movement because of necessity,
the organized woikers stuck by them in
their fight for justice. Before the final
vote, President Locb, author of the
anti-union rule, aiosc in ins purity ami
hinted of "deals" with union labor and
Member llolpuch, one of the five who
opposed reinstatement, was likewise sus
picious because his colleagues would not
favor a starvation policy against women
who believe in unity.
Then for good measure the boaid
raised the salary of Superintendent of
Schools Shoop, who recommended the
teachers for rc-appointment last car,
but was defeated when OS of them were
liAIJOlt MUST UK ALKllT.
"Pershing sees Jofrre," says the Enquirer,
aise "papa" about twenty trenches.
Lafavctte, Ind, "We must be alert
and diligent to sec that wartime wages
l keep pace with war-time prices," is the
. . ,T . . . . I advice of the Painter and Uccorator, ot
CiOOd. Now let him ficiai nlapaz;ne of the Brotherhood of
' Painters rsul Dccoratois.