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VOL.. 9. No. 28.
LINCOLN, NEB., SATURDAY, JUNE 30, ISM.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
$r f i' mli This week, for tno first time in two
&r -L- yearB Lincoln has given evidence of
T rjr r a disposition to wake up and show
j W'&&vi 157 3 some public spirit. The example of
4P k Umaha has at last bad some effect.
It is the general opinion that the
most effective way of bringing sub
stantial results is by v commercial club, and there can be no question
that much good will be accomplished if a proper effort is made along
this line, Thcro is every indication that there will be the biggest
crop this year in the history of the state, and this will insure a mark
ed business revival in Lincoln the coming winter. Jn fact there
seems to be good reason to believe that we are on the eve of pros
perous times and with the right kind of an effort Lincoln ought to
make a rapid advance in the next twelve months.
There continues to be an undercurrent favorable to the re-nomination
of Governor Crounse, and it is confidently predicted that the
governor's name will be presented to the state convention.
Jobbers in some lines of trade report a very satisfactory condition
of affairs. In other lines there is little or nothing doing. In dry
goods business has kept up exceedingly well; as a usual thing busi
ness in that line is done in the first two months of the year. This
year is somewhat different in that respect. January and February
showed only a moderate business, hut to the surprise of many, trade
kept up during March, April and May, orders coming in to such an
extent that the first five months of the year compared very favorably
with the first five months of '93. Manufacturers of overalls and
shirtings are at present doing a very fair business, and in fact trade
in this lino shows no perceptible falling off over that of previous
years. All hands are busy, and some night work has been done. The
briskness of trade in tbiB particular line has been attributed to the
increasing demand for low-grade and cheap goods. Clothing mer
chants also report a fair business, and are confident in their expec
tations of what the fall will bring. In hardware trade is only fair
and furniture men complain of dulness. Business in branches of
trade handling luxuries shows no indication of improvement, and in
deed, it is sufficient to note only a fair trade in staple lines.
The strikes do not seem to bo ended. With tho inauguration of
the Pullman boycott will begin probably ono of tho most bitter
fights between capital and labor ever seen in this country. No doubt
there is wrong on both sides of the question. It is freely asserted
that the Pullman company has employed a steady method of oppres
sion in the treatmont of its employees; that it has been a monoply in
the fullest sense that the term implies. However this may be, and
however unjust the treatment received, it is a doubtful question
whether an organization, such as the one handling this strike, has
tho right to prevent the running of Pullman cars on any lino and in
conveniencing the entire public in order that it may bo success
ful in its demands on the employers of the dissatisfied men. The
attempts to hold up trains and tie up tho entire system of roads
have always been resisted with forco wherever available. It is a
question, and a serious question, which of the two monoplies is tho
greater; the monoply of tho railroad magnate or the monoply of or
ganized labor. Both are trusts, both aro combinations for the en
forcement of privileges and protection to selfish interests. One is
strong in numbers; the other powerful by the aid of unlimited means,
Between the demands of one party and the resistence of tho other,
the general public is made to suffer, both in inconvenience and
pecuniary loss. The time must come and it must come soon, when
some method or system will be employed to settle disputes of this
character. Organized labor has its rights, and is deserving of recog
nization just as much as is organized capital, or any other organiza
tion legalized under the laws of the country. But no one, even the
most partial, will deny that the demands of laboring men have at
times been exorbitant, unreasonable and oppressive; that to comply
with them would have been nothing short of ruination to the em
ployer. It is to bo noted that during the hardest part of the panic
when every business man and every manufacturer was in financial
straits, to a greater or less degree, at a time when goods were bring
ing less money that at any other time, at a time like tho present,
when a dollar will buy more than it ever has before, the laboring
marr is unwilling to stand the slightest reduction in his wages.
There is entirely lacking with this class, that toleranic and spirit of
friendly assistance which should characterize the relations of em
ployer and employee. At no time has the laborer considered the
employer's condition or his financial ability to pay. If labor organi
zations would operate in a more tolerant spirit, would carefully con
sider all the conditions that prevail in the case, and carry on the
warfare accordingly, then public sentiment would be with them, and
victory would be theirs.
Al Fairbrother in his latest paper, The Earth, of Lynchburg, Va.,
does not take time to discuss such paltry matters as the Wilson bill
or the Biker question or the business situation. The last copy of
Warranted the BEST FLOUR in America.
Any Grocer can get it for you.
None Genuine without cut
of Indian on back of sack.
J. K. Ives & Co., Wholesale Agrts.