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VOL. XVII. NO. 84.
Girl messengers are now employ ed by many of the Givernment de partments at Washington. Alterations are being made wbicb will double tbe seating capacity of the Naval Academy at Annapolis. The strength of the naval reserve force is 49 250 men, 70 per cent of whom volunteered for generl ser vice. The National Council of Women meeting in Washington for war work, embraces 27 national wom an's organizations representing 7, 000,000 American women. By reouring the size of their samples wholesale dealers will save this year $419,500 worth of cloth, representing enough wool to pro vide uniforms for 67,500 soldiers. According to the Department of Agriculture, over 5,000,000 eggs spoil in cold storage each year be cause they have been washed or in some other way became w: before being sent to market, German aircraft are marked with a Maltese cross. Allied plants used in Europe are distinguishable by a painted bulls eye. American plant's bear a circular blue field with a wnite star and a bright red center. Red Cross relief shipments to Europe average over lO.OuO tons a month. In one shipment was a consignment of 559 soccer footballs and 250 rugby footballs for Ameri can soldiers, purchased with funds raised by Harvard graduates. According to Secretary Danels there was turkey for the Thanks giving dinner of every man in the Navv. A naval supply ship ar rived iu European waters iu time to furnish the men on the subma rine hunting destroyers wiihiJtie traditional Tnanksgiving tare. The organization of a Cu'oan avia tion unit to be offered France with complete equipment has been an nounceed in Habana. Probably the Escadrille Cubaine, as the fly ing unit is called, will be the first bjdy of fighting men fr Cuba to serve on French soil. Applications for war risk lnsur auce are now far past the billi )n dollar mark. All soldiers, sailors* marines, and nurses in active serv ice may buy insurance from the Government at the rate of from 65 cents a month at the age of 21 to $1.21 a month at the age of 51 for each $1,000. In Minnesota a special war body has been organized, known as the Min'ies jti itjr Reserve. Its it W V vr, & *£1 ft A •. 1 u It# Weekly War News. Under the terms of a decision by Secretary McAdoo, the business of all insurance companies incorpor ated under the laws of ertemy or ally of enemy countries is to be liquidated, with tbe exception of life insurance companies, which are allowed to continue existing con tracts. Every postal employe in tbe United States has been instructed to take an active part in the cam paign for the sale of war-saving stamps. In order to reach tbe de sired sales mirk of $2,000,000,000 bv January 1, 1919, it will be nec essiry to sell sufficient stamps to average $16 50 for each man, woman, and child in the country. The port of New York is nndtr military ccntrol, the water fronts being guarded by the Regular Army. Fully armed guards pro hibit the passagt of any person, alien or citizen, who can not es tablish a business reason for access to the water front areas. The same military control will be established at all other American ports and miv include factories engaged in wu w. :k. THE LABOR PRESS. Delegate Sarah Conl.oy, for ibe Committee on Organization, sub mitted the following report to the American Federation Con vention at Buff do: On that part of the Execu ive Council's Report utide" the caption "Labor Press and A. Surely, if we are anxious for tbe daily news of the business and commercial world we shculd be more anxious for the news of the labor world. The report of ibe committee was adopted. a Double Stamps Every Morning This Week rrn •A# -y% vi 1. several hundred members, all auto mobile owners, are pledged to fur nish their cars with drivers to transport representatives of the government vho require such serv ice. of F. of L. Pub lications," your committee is in ac cord with all that has been said. We would like to jail to the at tention of the delegates present and to the wage-workers every where in particular, the necessity of willingly supporting and sub scribing for the labor press in order that they may be fully acquainted with doings of the labor world. Plush and Velour Coats At 1-4 Off Regular Price $18 60 $25 00 $29 50 fliy Plush Coats, at.. '.ii) Plush Coats, at fi5 Plush Coats, at. CHILDREN S COATS Plush, Velour and Cloth, at 1-2 Regular Prices. CEDAR AND MATTING BOXES For wardrobe chests. A big assortment at very low prices. There's nothing a woman desires more, no gift more enduring than FURS—The Regal Gift They're becoming, useful, seasonable —a gift that will endure for years. Styles are so varied, designs so ordinal that sets or muffs can be selected wbich exactly suit the personality of the recip ient. $25, $35 Fox, Raccoon Fur Sets, Ani mal Scarf, large mellon muffs, at BLACK LYNX MUFFS Large size, worth $20, at. $13 50 for %A 'j#** «JP .£ W&shiugton, Dec. 14.—Organ ized labor Sunday night threw down the gauutlet to Postmaster General Burles'-n. In a statement issued from the headquarters of tbe American Fed eration of Lab.r in Washington, D. C., Samuel Gompers, President of tbe Federation, served notice that any at'empt on the part of Mr. Burleson to force through Congress his proposal to deny postal em ployes the right to organize will be fought bitterly. Mr. Gompers said: "The American Federation Qompers Defies Effort Hade By Burleson. of Labor will resist any effort made by Post-master General Burleson to put i'.to effect his recommendition to Congress that the postal em ployes be denied tbe right of direct appeal to Congress and the right to organize and affiliate with labor. RECALLS OTHER FlGHlS 'More than ten years ago. in 1906, the American Federation of Labor presented its historic bill of grievances to President Roosevelt and mentioned as one of the par ticulars the restoration of tbe right direct petition to Congress oy Government employes, a right that was denie i them by executive or ders isiued by Prcsideut Ruoscvtll and Taft. "We k^pt this issue prominently before the public, ard on August 24, 1912, the Sixty second Congress enacted whpt then commonly was calhd the anti-gag law, a law granting postal and other govern ment workers the right to main tain their own organizations in the interest of the men and free from the domination of the department heads, and also restoring to tbem tbe constitutional right n, direct petition to Congress. "It is this which Mr. Burleson is seeking to have repealed. We fought its enactment,, we believe it is a wise, just and nec essary law, and we are prepared to fi^bt against its repeal. NAME 'EM, HE CRIES. "Mr. Burleson cannot point to a single instance where an affiliated organization of postal employes has threatened tu strike He cannot name a si lgle offi er of those or Making a purchase with a Xtnas Fund Check. This applies to the purchase made ^it this store when the ch_ck is cashed by us. A few 5 'if s" $19.50 i tak. a ..wks %jf\Qs •V"» "if.J. 'Si w HAMILTON. OHIO, FRIDAY. DECEMBER 14,1917. From Stand That Postal Work ers Be Unionized. ganizations who remotely has sug gested such a course. "Personally, I have addressed postal emoloyes many times in all part" of tbe country. I have ex plained to them that legislation and not the strike was their weapon of last resort. "I can see no danger of a strike ot postal employees if they have free access to Congress and public opinion to secure the correction of their grievances. "But I can conceive of serious trouble arisirg if the Burleson idea of representing men and not giv ing them the opportunity to organ ize and to come in contact with their fellow workers a sincere desire to make better the lot if all groups ot workers is to put iut operation. "Affiliation with the labor move ment is a safety valve for the postal workers with Mr. Burleson in a mistaken view of the yearn ings cf his employees would close. "ASSOCIATION IS VOLUNTARY." "The association of the postal employees with the American Fed eration of Labor is purely a volun tary one. Those men have come forward voluntarily in recent years in large numbers to become identi fied with the labor movement. This indicates only too well that workirg conditions for them are not as ideal as the Postmaster General wota4d-be?«-the public be lieve. "These workers have the right -yes, it is a public duty—to or ganize and make known their grievances to their employes, the American people, so that an aroused public opinion speedily can correct any administrative defects that may be harmful to the workers and the service ''To deny tne light of wuikers in our largest governmental agency to organize is to make a mockery of our faith in democracy. If aut tocracy is harmful to the morals of our alien enemies abroad, then let us not introduce a species of it into our largest Federal institution by attempting to disfranchise indus trially the army of postal workers. LAYS DOWN THE GAUNTLET "At a time when governmental activities are being extended into every industry connected wi'h the successful prosecution of the war, and thousands of workers either already are in tbe Government ser vice or potentially Government employees, it is apparent that their right to organize and petition Con gress be not interfered with. "I can conceive of notirng more harmful to the nece?saiy extension of Government control and regula tion at this time than the adoption of the Burlesin idea by our Gov ernment in iis opacity of an em ployer. "The American Federation of Labor stands prepared to- 'ay to back up its position of 1906, when it fought for the rights of the Gov ernment employes. We differ from Mr. Burleson in his view that the anti gag law has operated to build up organizations of employes th^.t are a menace. "We fear that the menace lies, not in the employes' organiza tions, but in tbe denial t» i/_-r. •. of fundamental rights." Little Bits. C-ias. Kuhlmann, a inttr -.r the Molders' U-ior home from Wheeii i I V V i few days ago and piacea in tbe labor ward at Mercy Hospital. Kuhlman contracted pneumonia while working in that city at his trade. He is getting a'ong as well as can be expected an4 bis many friends wi*h him a speedy itcfv ery. U W R. Voile?, one ot the nest u rinters ii. the big city of Cincinnati, was a visitor in Hamil ton last Monday. Voiles came here U- .d h.- ?n :k i via tive. U S(„Vv .] 1 ns in tilts N ,i\ neglected to assist the striking lex tile workers financially. We would like to hear from ese union pecially tho?e that are making ter wages, tr ade possible by their organizat:. Tbe textile workers are a pan of flu- Hamilton labor movement, and every dollar given them will make this movement stronger. per cent. Discou Bathrobes For Men and Women Heavy Beacon Blankets, only in new patterns florals, plaids and Indian designs. All color* tul dl to 64. Prices -i/o* up $2.50, $3.98, $5.00 up House Slippers For men, women and Jf# W* k** ZZ4-ZZ6 3H i)• 1 O children knitted in all colors Very useful gifts at low prices HIGH SI Textile Workers. Remain Loyal To Their Organi zation. The Textile Workers who went on strike at the plant of Shuler & Beninghofen last June are still on strike and with the exception of about fifty, wbo at one time be longed to the union, all remain lo al to ttteir organization. The pickets are still doing their duty in the mornings and the evenings at th® mill in spite of the cold weather The pickets report very little change in the situation at tbe mill and that no more members of the union have gon hack in the past several weeks. The members o? the organiza tion hold meetings in the Trades Council hah every day, and on last Tuesday night the regular meeting of the organization was held. The attendance at this meet: was larger than expected, taking into consideration the cob: weather and many of them being compelled to walk home on account of the cars not running. I s.: o" -ncetiog was au i rtaut nature ana ait o! thei ..embers expressed them selv i iuanni that they in tenc. '3 lov i •.( their or gan u realize the fact that v union that in creased their wages and reduced their hours and they are not goinj, to sacrifice theit right to organize to retain the conditions already se csu? i. Tiny ex *•,. send out appeal i the labor unions throughout the nnfrv for finani^al stance. Tv vv .1. le th *i:ii.. 't ort Smith, Ark n a n :ately. Girls Are Loyal. i) U ass meeting add u The Most Popular Gift Would be Hosiery I'r.Hct: al at.l 'iea:-n!£ sr.dee '. A :i* MoCallujn's Hose in a .i s silk. in a!', in fancv ^oxes, at 59c, $1.26, $1.50 up Crepe de Chine Kimonos and Negligees by Wonderful filmy creations, lace and embroidery trimmed. AU colors. Also floral satiu Kiu:oi]os, at $3 98, $6, $7.50, $10 up Cotton Crepe Kimonos A big assortment of sUles, in all col- $i, $2.50, $3 up. uu onists and busit men, strik iUr telephone gir.a notified tb S atbwestern Bell Telephone com y that they will not return to v k until the two operators dis cnarged last September are rein stated For good measure thes« loyal girls demand the reinstate ment cf strikers at five near-by lo calities. v suitable Xmas Gifts we wi^li to call your attention to for tomorrow. is just tin- thing. \V- i' tve a lar^e as-o:ttret.t oi A NEW HAT would be a very appropriate gift. We have new styles which are sure to please at $1, $2, $3 up. Bissels Carpet Sweepers Make a Useful Gift f4! my. 75 cents PER YEAB U N I O N LABOR Shows Wage Gains Seven ty-five Per Cent Won By Conference, Indus trial Commission Issues Report. Wage and hours of union labor in fourteen leading Ohio cities are the subject of a report just issued by the Industrial Commission of Ohio. The canvas of the.*e figures was made on May loth. They were de rived from signed wage scales in force on that date and from oral or unsigned agreements operating with the full effect of written con tracts. The principal organized trades show how small increases in per hour wage rates fince May 15 1916 when the l^st annual on this sub ject wa« issued. The building trades lead with an average gain of about 7 per cert brewery trades show 6 per cent bakery trades, 6£ per cent and printing trades 3 per '1 .i'ct f. urths '.A the changes in wage scales during the year cov ered by tbe report were accomfl sh by conference agreement be een tbe parties to tbem. Strikes re resorted to in only one-eigth ill cases. Requests for this report should rn addressed to the department of Investigation and Statisticts, Ohio I ".Mistrial Commission, Columbus, Reasons For Eight-Hour Day. B.. *. »c of the preset.t long hour y many are unemployed, and man on the street fixes the v ges paid to the man at work. Labor saving machinery has in .ased the producing capacity of workmen, who in justice should be rded leisure. It would g' K't epportui i for social rcl i nucational de- opment. It would raise the standard of living, upon which p.osperitv de ids. It wouia he the taxpayer by utting the tramp to work. It would promote an independ ent spirit, which is lacking in over worked people.