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THE LABOR ENQUIRER, PUBLISHED BY % % \ BUCHANAN <fc LAVERTY. 4 ‘We will renew tlie times of truth andjus- Condensing in a fair, free commonwealth Not rash equality, but equal rights. Entered at the Denver postoftice as second class matter. The Labob Enquirer is published every Saturday. It will be devoted to the discus sion of all subjects which tend to educate, elevate and advance the laboring classes. Politically, it will support only the friends of labor. Subscription rates, 81.50, In advance. All communications must be addressed to The Labor Enquirer, 370 Larimer Street, Denver, Colorado. . . PROMPT DELIVERY. We have had considerable complaint about the delivery of The Enquirer,. r 5 some of our subscribers in the city not receiving their papers until Monday. This is not our fault. It has been caused by a misunderstanding with the post office officials. We were led to believe that if the papers were put in the office by noon'Saturday they would be deliv ered that day. We have acted in accor . dance with this understanding, but have since learned that a large number of the papers have not been delivered until Monday. In the future we shall go to press on Friday afternoan and get all the papers in the office the same day; so there will be no excuse for their not reaching the subscribers Saturday. In this connection we would suggest that some of our subscribers who live a dis tance from the business part of the city, and who work in the shops ar.d smelt ers, have their addresses chaneed to the places where they* are employed. They will then get their papers certainly on Saturday, as the boxes of the firms em ploying them are emptied two times each day. We want everyone to get his paper before Sunday, and if the whole force in the office has to turn out and carry them we mean to.accomplish this end. PLAIN talk. The Enquires has no fault to find wim the support accorded it. Our subscrip tion list has already reached a figure which we had only hoped to attain after several months of hard work. We now have no fears as to. the success of the undertaking, and are doubly resolved that so long as we are spared health and life The Labor Enquirer shall continue to make its weekly visits to the homes ■of the workingmen of-Colorado., But we desire to say a word to those work ingmen who have not as yet given their Bupport substantially. Our agents fre quently meet with men who think the paper is a good thing and should be sup ported in the interest of labor, but they have been fooled several times in this regard. They have subscribed for labor j papers and have received them for only a fraction of the time paid. Others have given their support to papers that have kept up for a short time and have then Bold out their principles and have gone square back on the workingmen. We know these statements are true, and when we commenced the publication of our paper we were fully aware we should have the failures and rascality of the past to contend with. Those papers that suspended without giving the ser vice paid for were in many instances excusable—not receiving sufficient sup port to keep them alive. In other in stances these journals have had to go under because of the expense attached to the publication ; the whole, large proportion of the force employed being on the pay roll and drawing in the way of salaries weekly the life blood out of the institution In many cases where our organs have sold out to some politi • cal power, we ourselves have been to blame for it, in that we have failed to support the paper as it deserved, and its owners have been iD sore need of money to save their enterprise and maintain their credit, and their moral courage has not been strong enough to withstand temptation. The selling-out policy in ninety-nine cases out of one hundred proves suicidal in the end, but all men have not the backbone to stand up and face misfortune and ride the stormy waves of trouble, and for the sake of momentary relief become blind to the inevitable.results of such action. We do not desire to excuse or apologize for the men who,have been thus weak. We have no respect for a man who lacks the principle and nerve to do his duty fear lessly and boldly, even if forced at times to do so with an empty stomach. But we call attention to those points to show the friends of the laborers’ cause that if thev desire a press that will at all times fearlessly and faithfully stand up for their rights, they must be awake to the necessity of supporting its leaders. The Enquirer is owned, edited and set up by practical men. We pay no salaries, and can publish the paper at less expense than any class of men not but there is considerable ex pense attached to the getting out of a paper as large .as this, outside of the me chanical and head work! We are residents of this community, have our families here, and have a repu tation to protect. We are of the poorest tyiri hardest-working of the workingmen. We are proud of the fact that we have the confidence and respect of our brother workers in channels outside of the news paper business. We have unblemished records for upAhtness and square deal ing with ourMflowmen in the past, and we think 'all are evidences of the honesty of our intentions to deal fairly and honestly by our fellow laborers. This may to some sound very egotisti cal, but we . feel that the occasion de mands just such plain talk. We have the old prejudices to contend with, and as this is the only medium we have to publicly state the situation and declare ourselves, we do not deem it at all bad taste. It is to your interest that The Labor Enquirer should be kept up and made the mouthpiece of the toiling people of Colorado, and we ask you to stop and consider how much the success ful carrying out of this purpose depends upon each of you. If the paper suits you, give it your substantial support. Do not allow the unhappy records of the past to come between you and your plain duty in this matter. If every workingman in the country withheld his support from the labor journals of the country simply because they had been fooled in the past and cheated out of 50 cents or sl, how long would it be before we were thrust back into the dark days of a few years ago, when there were no papers devoted to the cause and throwing light upon the darkened way of the laborer? It as needless to tell you that you will not get full and fair justice at the hands of the undeclared press of the land. You know as well as we that with the exception of a few there are no papers in this much jour naled land that care aught for you or your interests, and a large proportion of them are fiercely antagonistic to the elevation or amelioration of God’s poor. We hope, for the benefit of trutli and justice, that you will carefully consider this matter and decide the case of The Enquirer upon its true merits. We leave it with you, trusting in your good judgment and desire to do honor where honor is due. w. DENVER’S CURSE. Again we feel that we must say some thing on the question of rents in Den ver. Ou every hand do we hear com plaints of the° exorbitant rates charged for dwellings of all descriptions in the city. The people cannot much iongei stand this robbery. They will not stand It. What will be the result? Such a thinning out of our pupulation that will prostrate Denver beyond resusitation. Every day we meet people who say to us, “We cannot live here unless rents come down; wages are not anywhere near in proportion to the cost of the necessaries of life, and the high rents grind us down so that we must either do without what is needful to keep us alive or leave the city.” Daily the number of vacant houses is increasing, and to-day there are enough vacant dwellings in Denver to house the entire population of many little eastern cities, an'd we have been passing the same Vacant houses for the past two months that are placarded “for rent.” Scores of people visit these vacant houses daily, but upon inquiring .the amount charged for rent, are fenced to turn away and keep up their weary tramp over a city full of empty houses, and they cannot afford to occupy them. We have before called attention to the fatal results to the city’s prosperity that would inevitably result if rents were not reduced, but still the extortionate rate is maintained, and people are driven to more reasonable localities. How long will it be before Denver’s landlords learn the foolishness of the policy of “saving at the spigot and losing at the bung-hole?” The high rates charged is not the only injustice and insult heaped upon non house-holding people. The house-hold ing aristocracy are so powerful (?) in their position that all kinds of restric tions are placed upon their tenants. There are hundreds of houses not occu pied in the city simply because appli cants have children. The question is, “Have you any children?” and if the answer is “Yes,” the would-be tenant is refused the shelter. This is a dirty, low, contemptible principle,and he who prac tices it deserves to be forever bereft of the blessings of home and childish prattle. We cau readily believe that Denver landlords were never children ■.• - ' A THE LABOR ENQtJIRER. themselves; they, as a rule, are the legitimate offspring of wolves, and were never anything more innocent th m fierce and ravenous cubs. Another piece of tyranny is the re fusal to allow tenants to cook jin some places. Owing to the high rates charged for dwellings proper, a great niany are reduced to taking one or two rooms up stairs in some business block. In a great many cases these rooms cannot be ob tained if the parties applying desire to their food in them. Great God ! what next? The food is made by these same grasping Shylocks hard to procure, and they wish to compel the poor to eat what little they get without cooking. This is another wolfish trait of the land lord. He has evidently always eaten his meat blood raw. We concede the right of every man has a house to rent to choose his tenant on the basis of hpnesty and in tegrity. We allow him the right to re fuse to let his property to a family that lias the reputation of dishonesty, or of ruthlessly damaging property ; but we are loud in our denunciations of the in human creature w T ho refuses to rent his house to a man simply because God has blessed him with children, of because he has heen taught to cook his food before eating it. * * 1 • . "X' j i In the name of humanity, we call upon the fair-minded, God-fearing citizens of Denver to take steps towards remedying this great evil and doing justice to an honest, industrious people—‘the people who are the pillars of the community’s prosperity. Let those Who have the welfare of the Queen City at heart move in this matter, before the city is pros trated and laid waste. , Do not call down the curses of a just and omnipotent God upon our fair city by remaining, quiet on this matter and thereby driving a people who sustain the community from our midst, and adding one more link to.the chain that will in the and throttle the nation and prostrate the great republic in its own life-blood. 4 STATE PRINTING. Still Jhe cry is, “Incorrectly printed.” Instead of an improvement in the char acter of the work performed by the Times outfit for the state, it daily grows worse. It is a common thing for the printing committee to report two-thirds of a batch of bihs incorrectly printed. The members of the senate' were very much encouraged one day during the past week when tfie committee arose and reported “one correctly printed.” On another occasion the errors were so numerous and stupendous that the bill containing them was referred back to the maker. This certainly does not look well for the cheap labor employing in stitution which unfortunately has the contract for doing the State work. A contributor in this issue callsutten tion to the assertion made by George Clark that the persons engaged on the work are as good workmen and receive,, as much pay as any office in the city gives, and calls attention to a remark made by Dill, of the Times, that he only paid his mfci a fraction over 18 cents per Lour. Dill pays for all he gets; but does the state get what it pays for? Everybody knows it does not. If it does, why this continual kicking by members of the legislature, irrespective of party? The table of the senatorial vote pub lished one day this week by the Times is g, pretty fair sample of the class of work they are capable of doing in that starvation concern. If there is a man under the heavens who could tell whether that table was a 300-yards shooting target or a Chinese wash bill, we want his photograph, and if there is one who can tell from the tables the votes each candidate received he ctan make a fortune reading Skinner Brothers & Wright’s puzzles. If a man, calling himself a printer were to get up such a looking thing as that in The Labor Enquirer office he would be beaten to death with a roll of Deacon Van Valk enburg’s most hypocritical sermons. HALF A LOAF. A resolution passed the house of rep resentatives Friday morning instructing the sergeant-at-arms to subscribe for a copy of The Labor Enquirer for each member of that body during the session. A like resolution was introduced' in the senate, but was tabled, owing to the idea of some of the senators that enough had been appropriated for the purchase of newspapers. The expenditure would have been very slight and it loons to us like the economical senators could have found a greater field than the one opened by the introduction of the resolution. However, we haven’t the space, time or inclination to go down into this matter at present. We take comfort in the thought that we had some staunch friends in the senate, who have placed them selves on record as friendly disposed to the cause of honest workingmen. In this connection we desire to men tion that the representative of the Times was heard to say during the debate on the resolution, “I hope it won’t pass ; all that paper contains is abuse of the Times.” The truth seems to hurt the gentleman. A member of the senate who met the editor of this paper about election times and assured him that he was with the laboring people in any measures they desired to introduce at this session, was particularly conspicuous in his opposition to the resolution —on account of the ex pense ; about #4.50. The Republican is very emphatically calling upon the News to substantiate its charge of corruption against members of the legislature. The News has asserted that members of the legislature have re ceived money for their votes in the sena torial contest. We don’t question the truth of the News’ assertion, any more than w T e questioned the correctness of the chargq that the state printing was unfairly awarded ; but we have no hopes of it substantiating the charge. That master reformer does not seem inclined further towards righting the wrongs than the simple act of making accusations. As before stated in The Enquirer, there is.no doubt that the News possessed the proof of its charge relative to the state printing steal, but for some reason it was not forthcoming. The people of Denver and the state are fast becoming satisfied as to the combination existing between the papers of Denver (excepting one) and that these little slaps and dabs at each* other are merely for the purpose of mutual benefit. The editors’ mutual ad miration society is very strong, and the policy is, “You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.” We have no particular interest in the senatorial contest—we have no candidate, but we want to see the best man chosen, whoever he may be, but we haye very little hopes of the people being benefitted to any great ex tent. When the News begins to prove some of its charges made on many sub jects, we want to be notified. We think we would prove an interesting witness in one case at least. ♦ Governor Pattison, of Pennsylvania, in his inaugural last Tuesday, very sen sibly remarked that labor is the pillar of the state, and disputes should find some othfer'remedy than ‘that of the bayonet. He also said, “The people demand that the burdens, as well as the benefits of the government, shall be distributed with a fairness of justice and .impar tiality.” We have strong hopes that the administration of Governor Pattison will be marked by a reform in the stave of Pennsylvania as far as regards the deal ings with the laboring classes.. The working people of no other state in the union have been subjected to more out rages than those of Pennsylvania, and the time when they will quietly submit to the injustices perpetrated by a bond holders’ militia has about gone by. The laborers of that state have made up their minds to be no longer fright ened out of their rights by a handful of slavish troops with burnished bayonets, and if the day ever comes again when the monarchs of that region call out the militia to “suppress” the uprising of an honest and indignant people, we predict that the soil of the Keystone state will be saturated with blood. 4 V ——————— The San Francisco Truth Bailed to put in an appearance last week. From the issue received this week we learn that the cause of its non-appearance was due to the unfortunate circumstance of a fire in their office building. The fire occurred January 1, and did considerable damage. While we sympathise with the Truth in its misfortune, we congratulate it on its phoenix-like reappearance. In speaking of the matter, that journal, of the tenth instant, says: “When the event was known in this city we were besieged- with offers of financial help from hundreds of sub scribers and friends, which, however, we were pleased to be able to cordially decline as unnecessary. To. those faith ful friends —many of them heretofore personally unknown to us —we again re turn our thanks.” The senatorial question is taking all the time of members of the legislature. This is deplorable, as there are a great many bills introduced which should become laws, and as there seems to be nd prob ability of the senators being chosen till near , the close of the session, a great many of these bills will be slighted. The session isvshort at best, and when the attenlion is diverted to a matter that is of no benefit to the people, it is simply a shame. On Ifbruary 2 there will be issued in New York City the first number of a journal to be called The Furniture Work ers’ Journal. It will be issued semi monthly, aritl will be devoted to the interests of labor generally and of the : ; : i ■ ! J/l furniture workers particularly. We will be glad to welcome the Journal. Still they come. . It is rumored that the tables of the vote for United Stated senator which appeared in Tuesday’s Times are to be stereotyped and sent to Round’s Cabinet as specimens of the giant strides the art preservative is making in tile far west. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” Reverend gentlemen who enter the political arena are not bound by any promises made on the stump, bu.t some of their deceived and disappointed con stituents can take a little cold consola tion in reflecting on the fate of Judas Iscariot, and . the fact that all of the so called Christian preachers do not climb the goldfen stairs. ; George T. Clark and Dill, of thehard- Timfes, don't seem to agree as to the wages paid the incompetent workmen on the state work. , - A resident of Sterling, Weld county, furnishes a communication for this issue which may be of interest to one of our law makers. Just as we go to press, a telegram from our agent at Canon City reaches us, as suring us of strong support in that place. Don’t fail to read the article on another* page in this issue entitled “A True Woman.” It is well worth perusal. Oh, ye gods! what next? Merlin jones is going to start a temperance paper. The thermometer Friday morning markfed 20° below Albuquerque. The Dead Stowaway. “Washed up on the beach by the waves lay the body of a stowaway, looking horridly brutal in its rags, and sought and cared for by no one.”—Report of. a Steamship Wreck. i * . ‘ •; He lay on the beach, just out of the reach Of waves that had cast him by; With fingers grim they reached for him, As often as they came nigh. The shore-face brown had a surly frown, And glanced at the dancing sea, As if to say, “Take back the clay You tossed this morning at me.” Great fragments rude, by the shipwreck strewed, Had found by this wreck a place; He had grasped them tight, and hope-strewn fright Sat still on the bloated face. Battered and bruised, forever abused, He lay by the heartless sea, As if Heaven’s aid had never been made For a villain such as he. The fetter’s mark lay heavy and dark Around the pulseless wrists; •* The hardened scar of many a war * Clung yet to the drooping fists. The soul’s disgrace across that face Had built an iron track; The half-healed gash.of the jailman’s lash Helped cover the brawny back. The blood, that flowed in a crimson road From a deep wound in his head, Had felt fierce pjangs from the poison-fangs Of those who l;is young life fed; Cursed from the very beginning With deeds thajt others had dope, “More sinned against than sinning”— And so is many a one! £- \ He had never learned save what had turned The steps of his life amiss.; He never knew a hand-grasp true, Or the thrill of a virtuous kiss, ’Twas turned like a flood through his young blood, And poisoned every vein, That wrong is right, that law is spite, And theft but honest gain. The seeds were grown that had long been sown - By the heart of a murderous sire; Disease and shame, and blood aflame With thirst for the fountains of tire. Battered and bruised, forever abused, He lay by the moaning sea. As if Heaven’s aid were even afraid Of a villain such as lie. i As he lay aloue, like a sparrow prone, An angel wandered nigh; A look she cast over that dark past, And tears came to her eye. She bent by the dead and tenderly said: “Poor child, yofi went astray; Your heart and mind were both bom blind— No wonderthey lost their way 1 Angels I know had fallen as low With such a disfnal chance. Your heart was ironed, your soul environed, You were barred of all advance! Cursed from the iery beginning With deeds that, others have done, ‘More sinned agaipskthan sinning’— And so is many a one I” -Will Carleton, in Harper’s Weekly. |" _ Mr. E. P. McPhilomyqf Denver, rep resenting The Labor Enquirer, of that city paid the Democrat a very pl eaß ant visit last evening. The Labor Enquirer, as its name indicates, is a weekly journal devoted to the interests of the working m*n,,a°d 1° “ dißcussion of all subjects vanco th i h° educate ’ ele vate and ad vance the laboring classes.” As a rule laboring men and mechanics do not properly recognize and support journals LeadYille Demo "rat P ros P““g.- ~-h •r :' . ..-i-V- .