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A strong attempt by the "all-power
ful", the man with the "cush", is go
ing to be made to establish a States
Constabulary in this state at the
coming session of the State Legisla
ture. It is said that a number of
powerful men have contributed to a
huge fund, the purpose of which is to
coax some of the legislature to look
on the "right" side of the proposed
Should the law be enacted creating
a state constabulary it would probably
mean a mounted police force pat
terned after Pennsylvania.
The question is asked—who is back
of the movement? It is claimed that
the mining corporations are solidly
with it. They see in these outposts
of mounted state police, a chance to
intimidate the scattered, Snd rather
isolated villages, much after the plan
of the Cossacks in Russia, after the
It WQUM be wise for those back of
the movement to speak out and give
their reasons, the why, the wherefor
and the necessity, if there is any for a
state constabula*»y, so that the matter
can have a full and fair discussion by
the citizenship of the state to judge
of the necessity of such force.
Home Guards will soon be mustered
out, and the old plan of National
Guards, made up to a large extent of
returning Reserve Army members
will probably be mustered into state
service, for emergency work.
Labor is not wildly in favor of civi
lian armed forces, but the opposition
to National Guards is but a small
voice to what will be raised against a
State Constabulary if the matter
proves to be backed by the forces and
for the purpose, now apparent.
A IBs Si
Predicting that there will be a
mighty industrial struggle in this
country following the settlement of
the recent world conflict,* the editor
of the Brewery, Flour, Cereal and Soft
Drink Workers Journal says:
Evidences, slight and apparently
trifling, are multiplying that there
will be a mighty industrial struggle in
this country following the settlement
of the recent world conflict. The great
corporations and the private employ
ers of large numbers of workmen are
being restrained, both by public opin
ion and the strong arm of the govern
ment but when this restraint is re
moved, when millions of soldiers re
turn to civil life, there will be an
instant attempt to break down and
destroy all those barriers that have
been so laboriously builded for the
protection of the wage-earner.
It has been the experience of the
human race that when a man is ad
dicted to a bad habit, such as exces
sive drinking or smoking, and sud
denly quits, he becomes very, very
good. But if in the course of a few
months or years the man again re-
turns to his former habits he enters
into excesses for more disgraceful or
injurious than had been dreamed o?
The same rule may be expected to
apply to the industrial life of the
nation. The corporations and hostile
employers have been on their good
behavior for several months, but even
the most optimistic do no£ expect a
continuance of this now that the war
is over, and it is believed that the most
minute detail of the course to be
pursued presently are now being work
ed out. If the workingmen can be in
duced^ to refrain from organizing, if
they can be kept separated or the or
ganizations can be weakened, it is
reasonable to suppose that the con
dition of the wage-earner will be far
worse a few months hence than it was
before hostilities began.
The most ignorant wage-earner in
the country must now know what or
ganized labor stands for— what it
means for the toiler. If it were not
for organized labor this nation would
notUow be showing one of the most
inspiring examples of solidarity that
has ever challenged the admiration of
the world. Knowing all this, there
are many men who will still continue
to put their trust in providence and
the employer. As soon as the wages
of these workers are cut and the
workday lengthened they will be the
first to cry out against the "heartless
representatives of capital".
The future of the laboring man is
in the hards of the laboring man, and
not at the disposition of the represen
tatives of capital. If the laboring man
will not join his organization, if he is
too careless to give a thought to his
own and his family's welfare, he ought
not Compmin when called upon to pay
the price.
On the other hand, if the wage
earner wi)l follow the example now
being set by the employer and organ
ize, consolidate and prepare, he need
not worry about the future. He will
be able to retain all that has been
gained and possibly add to these gains.
S(i PSl Si
The non-union worker is absolutely
helpless to resist reductions in wages
during penods of business depression
he is powerless to protect himself
against ercroachments and the length
ening of hours of labor he posesses
no influence to resist successfully
legislation inimical to the interests of
labor and of his fellows. His isalation
in the industrial field exposes him to
the dangers lurking in cut-throat com
petition, end to the tendency to sup
plant him with inferior labor at a
lower rate of compensation.
It seems that Postmaster General
Burleson just won't see the Light.
His love for anti-upionism seems to
grow stronger with each day. He
loves unicnism like the devil does holy
water and he especially loves that
postal employes association like the
average person does a Rattle Snake.
He never fails to use his hammer
on the association when the opportun
ity presents itself. Last week he turn
lid loose the anyil chorus on that or
ganization in his annual report
to Congress, after hammering
it up and down, sideways and
crosswise, blaming it for most every
thing, not excepting the war and the
Spanish- influenza epidemic, he says,
"The conduct of these organizations at
this time is incompatible with the
principles of civil service and with
good administration of the postal ser
vice. They are fast becoming a men
ace to public welfare, and should no
longer be tolerated or condoned. It is
earnestly recommended that the pro
visions in the act of August 24, 1912
(giving employes the right to pe
tition Congress and to affiliate with
the A. F. of L.) be repealed."
Regarding the attitude of the Post
master-General, Secretary-Treasurer
Flaherty, of the National Federation
of Postal Employes, said:
"The Postmaster-General is the one
prominenc man in public and in priv
ate life who has refused to change
his opinion during the past year.
No other citizen can be found who will
say that the union of government
employes are a menace but, like the
boy in our school books, who stood on
the burning deck, the postal chief
stands alone."
to V* to
Spend your union wages with the
merchants who is asking for your
business through YOUR paper, and
incidently helping to keep your paper
alive. Patronize only those who pa
tronize you and see what a difference
it will make.
to to to to to
Some how they have» got things
twisted these days so that it is hard to
keep run of the seasons. In the snm-
mer when the temperature
100 in the shade they wore heavy
furs now that the mercury is bobb
ing arourd the zero mark they're
wearing pumps and invisible stock
to to' to to to
Don't be alarmed brother about the
reports that Henry Ford is not com
ing to Hamilton. We have got it
straight, straight from the one man in
Hamilton that knows better than any
other one man, that there is abso
lutely no chance of Mr. Ford locating
the plant intended for Hamilton else
where. Land is being acquired and
plans for the buildings to be erected
are in the making and will be finished
in a few days and then the dirt will
to"' to 'to to'"'to
With so many machinists being
laid o^f and walking the streets, 46
there any one to contradict them when
they say that a shorter work day is
necessary, that all members of their
craft might find employment.
to to to to to
UP AND AT 'EM 1919!
Never in the history of the labor
movement in America have the signs
been more propitious for a successful
drive for education and organization
of the workers.
The year of 1919 should see the
record mark of membership in our
effort to bring about improved con
ditions for the workers.
This is the hour for high resolve,
for tireless endeavor, for boundless
achievement for our cause.
to to to to to
The poison peddler is still abroad in
the land.
There is a new and insidious brand
of dangeious gas being thrown back
of the lines for the purpose of reach
ing the ranks of American workers,
Two of the points of attacks are
among gatherings of workers in the
demobilization camps of returning
soldiers. The methods are much the
same as tvhen German agents worked
in the earlier days of the war.
Conversations start along the lines
of the war being ended. That's good,
but there will be wars in the future.
Don't forget that. There are, already
signs of its approach.
"You see it's this way: England is
determined to get the best of the
peace settlement. Already she has
seized the German navy and added it
to her aheady overwhelming fleet.
They want the sea power both as to
the navy and as to commerce. Ameri
ca threatens to become a dangerous
competior with her large and growing
"Of course, I'm glad the war is
over, but then I think it will be Eng
land who will start it again. You
see they are not content with the sit*
uation ana when they don't get the
best of it in the peace conference there
will be trouble again."
Whatever response comes to this is
met with further talk about whatever
grievance the particular victim ff the
gas attack seems to have.
Frequently the venom gets a rise
that enables him to predict the day
coming when ^"Germany will be
America's best friend in the struggle
that is bound to come."
Reasons for this? Well, it's the old
machine at work again. To create a
sentiment against an ally and to get
the public in a frame of mind that will
make a demand to temper the anger
against Germany and to turn wrath
toward England.
When any man starts that kind of
talk lead him along a bit, then make
him come through with the source of
his information.
Take his hide off and nail it high
as a warning to poison peddlers, con
scious or unconscious of what they are
There is danger of gas attacks now
just the same as during the war. Hun
activities have not ceased. On the
contrary, there are evidences that they
are likely to be renewed with redoubl
ed vigor.
You have a right to1 look with sus
picion on every man who carries such
propaganda as this. Nail him, quick
and hard
"fou seem to have lost your faith
in a rabbit's foot."
"Weil," replied Mr. Erastus Pink
ley, "I done thought it over. An' de
more I thought, de more I couldn't
figger dat de rabbit wot furnished de
foot had been lucky for his ownse'f.
—Washington Star.
The Test.
(By Julia Boynton Green.)
The mouse said to the fair young
"I love you with love untold."
Quoth Miss de Brie, "But tell me
Will you lovo me when I mould?"
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Pure, lb.
Liberty Sweepstakes Classic
Date Changed From Memo
rial Day to May 31.
The Race Over the Indianapolis Mo
tor Spedway Course Will Be 500
Miles For a Purse of $50,000.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The Liberty
Sweepstakes for a distance of 500
miles and a cash purse of $50,000 will
be run over the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway coursfe on Saturday, May
31, instead of May 30th, as originally
announced. Popular demand by
patrons of the historic race track and
because of a feeling that Memorial
Day will have a new meaning to the
American public, influenced the
Speedway owners, who are spending
the winter in Miami, Florida, to make
the change in the date.
The name "Allied Liberty Sweep
stakes" might well be applied to the
world's greatest automobile classic,
because there will be contenders of
both drivers and cars representing
England, France, Italy. Belgium and
the United States. That the foreign
entry will be large is confirmed by the
contents of a cablegram from W. F.
Bradley, Paris, who Is the foreign
representative of the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway, stating that two Fiat
cars and three Sunbeams are avail
able immediately for racing, and that
negotiations are being started to se
cure the entries of these cars for the
They have known very well the risk*
they were taking—the two thousand
and more women who have gone to
France for varied services under the
American Red Cross, and the more
than nine thousand nurses whom the
American Ited Cross has assigned to
foreign duty under the United States
Army and Navy Nurse Corps.
They went under orders, as soldiers
do prepared for any emegencies, as
soldiers do they assumed many
strange and unforeseen tasks, as sol
diers do. Literally, they went as
lighters, against pain, disease and
A "mobile surgical unit" of nurses—
those words don't mean very much,
perhaps, the first time we hear them.
But see such an unit follow an army
up to an advanced post see how the
nurses work with steady hands beside
the surgeons as the stretchers with the
newly wounded are brought in. See
thousands of them in evacuation hos
pitals, base hospitals, convalescent
hospitals, tuberculosis hospitals some
of them in French military hospitals
where sometimes our men are sent
see them with their specialized skill
in head surgery, or fracture work, or
psychiatry —all these women who
keep head and hand cool and steady,
when the ambulances unload greait
harvests of wounded. Then we say
the words "Our Nurses," as we say
"Our Soldiers," "Our Sailors," "Our
On the night of March 25th, when
the Germans were fast advancing, and
already within six kilometers of
Annel, an outpost of Complegne, two
American doctors remained, who un
der order of the French government,
had sent the patients and personnel
their hospital farther back the
Qight before. The artillery was deaf
ening, but the American Ambulance
sections kept bringing their wounded
to Annel. These doctors said that 'as
long as the American boys brought
them wounded they would operate.
Two nurses volunteered from Com
plegne, and so in the deserted chateau
the |wo surgeons, the two nurses and
the ten drivers worked calmly on,
while the buzz of aeroplanes shook
the air, and the blasting guns shook
the earth.
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ANY FLOUR ..12# lb. BAG
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Crystal White
Sunbeam racing cars are well
known to the patrons of the Indian
apolis track, one having appeared for
the first time In the 500-mile race on
May 30. 1913. Albert Guyot was the
pilot of that Sunbeam, and he brought
with him an Englishman named Gross
man, as a mechanician. Guyot drove
the entire 500 miles without relief
and finished fourth in the race. The
next appearance of Sunbeam cars,
entered by the factory, was In 1914,
when two cars were sent across the
big pond and were driven by Van
Raalte, an Englishman, and Porporato.
an Italian. The most noted per
formance of this team was Porpofato's
finish in second place in the initial
500-mile race on the Chicago Speed
way in June of 1914. Of these drivers,
Guyot is a Frenchman. He joined
his colors at the beginning of the war
in 1914 and for a long period was a
driver for General Joffre and later
was engaged in special work in con
nection with the motor service of the
French army.
Crossman also went to the front
with the English army. He was cap
tured by the Germans early in the
fighting and no late information has
been received regarding him. Por
porato is an officer in the Italian 'army
and has served his country with dis
After the announcement of the 500
mile race for May 30, 1917. the Fiat
factory at Turin, Italy, cabled Its en
tries for two cars and named Jack
Scales, an engineer in the Flat fac
tory, and an Italian driver named
Fagnano, as drivers. On account of
difficulties in shipping from Italian
ports because of the submarine men
ace, the Fiat officiate decided to send
their race cars by tracks to Bordeaux
and were halfway between Turin and
Bordeaux when they were notified by
cable of the cancellation of the Indi
anapolis event on account of Amer
ica's entry into the hostilities. The
Fight in the Ranks of the Red Cross Against
Pain, Disease and Death.
Through three takings of Belgrade,
first when the city was taken l(|y the
Austrians, again when it was retaken
by the Serbians, and still again when
it.was taken back by the Germans and
Austrians together, an American Red
Cross nurse, Mary Gladwin, worked
in the operating room. In that first
capture, when nine thousand wounded
crowded the wards and halls and yard
of the thousand-bed-hospital and doctor
and nurse worked together for day
and night without stopping, giving to
each operation an average of six min
utes, and employing emergencies in
spired by the desperate need of the
'moment, they did not know that the
city had been taken until all the
stretchers brought Austrian wounded,
and Austrian doctors came to their
Several hundred women are work
ing over there in the American Ited
Cross canteens. There are about two
hundred of these canteens along the
French and American lines of com
munication, and the women are work
ing under great pressure, feeding
thousands of soldiers. The ^ted Cross
Is also establishing canteens by mili
tary request at a number of Aviation
Camps. American women conduct
these stations, comprising canteen and
club and reading room. Everyone of
these canteens has something of the
genius of home about it and It is
because of this, no less than the fa
cilities for cleanliness and rest and
refreshment, that the French govern
ment has given the responsibility for
maintaining canteens for both armies
to the hands of the American Ited Cross.
In large numbers women are going
abroad as hospital hut workers, also,
and as social workers for trained
service among the refugees and the
repatriated. At each base hospital the
?Red Cross is equipping, as fast as they
can be built, recreation huts for con
valescent soldiers.
Clerical workers have steadily in
creased In number for the adminis
trative offices. From that original
group of eighteen, which as the first
American Red Cross Commission to
France sailed about June 1st, 1917,
the organization has grown to a work
ing force of more than 5,000 men and
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U. S. Food Administration License Nos. G08271, B02184
235 Court St.
cars were immediately recalled and
shipping arrangements and reserva
tions for cars and drivers cancelled.
It is known on good authority that
Jack Scales has been experimenting
with three new Fiats of 300 cubic
inch displacement, and that these cars
have shown remarkable speed In road
tests made in Italy during the prog
ress of the war. It is said that these
three cars represent the fastest oneo
of five built by the Fiat factory soma
time during the past year, and will be
available at this time.
Troubles a Plenty Without
242 pound Bag ... $1.38
Bags of 242 lbs. to Barrel $10.99
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fcggsIw 64c, Buttery. 72c
rowing Any In War Time..
Pittsburgh, Pa.—Take it from the
gas man from the chap who fur
nishes you a current for your
electric lamp from the street rail
way magnate the poor but prouc
telephone manager take it from any
9i these, this world is topsy-turvy!
There were times, as each will pri
'Vately admit, when a consuming pub
lic kicked spasmodically and made oc
casional objections to poor gas and
tardy cars and telephone insufficien
cies, and things like that, but those
sporadic outbreaks of public peevish
ness—take it from the gas man—have
become epidemic and old Mr. Job with
his boils and things was a placid and
contented per son as compared with the
hunted creature who now serves and
dodges an irritated populace. Between
doses of nerve tonic a gas company
manager, of rather wide reputation,
who attended the recent convention of
the Natural Gas Association of Amer
ica in this city, con tided to those of a
party of friends who sympathized with
him, that he and his interests were
now between the orthodox devil and
the deep blue sea in the matter of
satisfying insistent consumers and im
patient stockholders.
They Are Crying.
The plaint of these utility persons is
almost classic. This one dwelt upon
the impossibility in these war times of
securing help, of securing material
and of selling securities that might
produce money that would attract help
and purchase materials and make it
possible to give a service that would
even approximate the service that was
commonplace three years ago. And it
Is true the telephone operator had
gone to the munition factory where
wages are high and the lineman who
did his bit on traction roads or in
telephone stations was killing Huns in
France that the motorrnan and the
conductor, the meter inspector, the
construction workman, were all indus
triously endeavoring to lick the kaiser
and the utilities companies are run
ning, as best thqjr may, with unskilled
labor that a few years ago would have
been rejected without question.
Don't kick when the telephone con
nections are slow and when the street
car service is poor—when the gas
doesn't function and the electrical con
nections are nlL Continue to ouas
the kaiser.
The employe must now pay more for
food and clothing and housing.
The manufacturer must pay more
wages and increase the price of his
product proportionately, and he has.
XJtut public service coloration which
Bay Shore
$18.00 and up
alTgarmfnts union made"
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Men's Suits
32 High Street
Bell Phone 547-L
For Music
Victrolas y
Edison Dia
mond Disc
and Cylinder
Pianos and all
kinds of
Musical In
No. 10 S.3d St.
furnishes power for traction and light
ing, according to Government Report
in which present and pre-war prices
are shown, pays 235 percent more
for rails.
When the war began, sinking a nat
ural gas well cost $4,500 now over
$10,000 and the cost of iron pipe to
carry the product fi«orn well to market
has been multiplied by four.
The imminent danger of these pub
lic utilities collapsing as railroads have
is being voiced by President Wilson,
Secretary McAdoo, and Public Utility
Commissioners in appeals to city coun
cils to grant adequate rates, so trac
tion, light and power plants will not
be forced to suspend when their
keeping up Is of vital Importance.
Two things are certain and self-evi
dent: First, public utilities are public
necessities and to discharge their ob
ligations to the .public must be main
tained, as President Wilson so well
says, "at their maximum efficiency"
second, that is possible only by per
mitting such rates to be charged liy
the utilities as will enable them to
make a return on their investment
sufficient to sustain their credit and
thereby keep up equipment and ex
Under Ohio law all gas or electric
companies lay the facts of every de
tail of their operations before the
utilities commission. There can be
no watering of stock, exorbitant prof
its or false representations.
It is reasonable to believe that city
councils will comply with the request
of President Wilson that the rates of
public service corporations fixed for
a term of years on tfae basis of peace
time costs, be increased in order that
these utilities may be operated effec
tively under the present greatly in
creased costs for materials and em
Buy Thrift Stamps and help*
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