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VOL. XIX, No. 16. feMRMM* "High" Wage Not Cause of Present High Prices. Washington, Shallow thinkers who blame "high" wages for present living coats get little consolation from a report on "Economics of the, Con struction industry," issued by the division of public works and construc tion development of the United States department of labor. It is stated that "the rise in prices during the war was not merely the result of a great demand for goods and of a scarcity of certain goods, but was largely brought about by the governments at war and by the neut rals, either by the direct issue of paper money pr by the issue of bonds. "Although war orders are now larg ely a thing of the past, the extension of credit still exists as a continuing cause of high prices. There is little to indicate an early contraction of credits." The report states that wages are not likely to be lowered, and that if the production capacity of industry Should be greatly increased, lower prices would not necessarily follow. Attention is called to after-war prophecies that the armistice would release large numbers of men who would flood the labor market and re duce wages and price levels. "The ex pected great fall in prices has not occured," it is stated, "and is not like ly to occur." The report includes a statement by Prof. Irving Fisher, of Yale univer sity, who says that there is little like lihood of a fall in prices in this coun try, and that "the present rise in prices has resulted from the great ex tension of credits by the countries at war." BOYS' INEXPENSIVE SCHOOL SUITS We have especially antici pated the demand and have in stock a splendid assort ment of Boys' School Suits Any real boy will be proud of one of these sturdy, servic able Suits, priced at $4.97, $5,97 $6.97, $7.97 $8.97, $9.97 Boys' School Waists 73c, 83c, 93c $1.15 Boys' School Shirts 73c, 97c, $1.23 $1.63 Aupst Gearing Sale Men's Oxfords Broken Lots Men's $6.35 Oxfords in Black and Tan jg QQ choice Broken Lots of $4.36 Oxfords MEN'S Special Men's Work Pants Dress Pants at Pi Crazy Laws For Crazy Men New York,—Why Crazy Laws for Crazy Men?" asks the New York World in an editorial on the new se dition bill introduced in the United States senate by Mr. King, and which it is stated, "goes far beyond anything ever before dreamed of as necessary for the protection of the government." This bill is the result of a six months' investigation by a senate com mittee, and the World says "it ap pears to be based not merely on facts that may have been discovered but on fears that may have been excited in the minds of senators in the course of their rambling investigation." "If the present laws against crime are inedequate they should be strengthened. But the time has not come when the American people will willingly assent to the retrenchment of the rights of free speech and law ful discussion. Briefly, what is need ed is an effective way to deal with crimes directed against the govern ment. For national safety it is not necessary to magnify into crimes all the reckless words, spoken and writ ten, of irresponsible agitators hunt ing notoriety. "Persons who preach the overthrow of the government by force, who ad vocate violence and teach armed re volution must be dealt with as indi viduals. There can be no sweeping prohibition by statute on utterances that may sound offensive to many ears merely because they are novel or radical to an alarming degree." Benjamir Franklin said: "Be indus trious ant! free be frugal and free." Buy W. S S. Benjamir Franklin's picture is on the 1919 War«-Savings Stamps his thrift ide is are behind them. August Clearing S It surely in your misfortune if you miss this Sale. These Low Prices and Quality are concrete proof that we lead in value giving. We have given warning that costs and selling prices have been forgotten. All Straw Hats Must Go Choice any Straw Hat in the house $1.50 $2.00 Madagascar A A Hats choice $r.85 Panama Hats $3.00 PANTS $2.45 $3.35, $3.85, $4.35 .85. $5.35 We close at Noon Every Wednesday UNION STORE ik- a ... '.jjyljli.- v. v. .-.•.•rv, •. ^, -if- K $4.50 SPECIAL Boys' Pants 1000 Pairs Boys' School Pants at $1.00, $1.50 $2.00 The First Peep at The New Fall Shirts Debray "The New Lion" Shirt made of Silk Poplin in Plain, Pink Laven der and Orange, choice The Workingman's Store RED TRUNK 246 HIGH STREET Washington, D. C.—Butler County Press readers will no doubt appreciate knowing the progress being made with the new headquarters and office building of the International Associ ation of Machinists, especially those readers who are members of the asso ciation, because for years they have dreamed of, and earnestly worked for the day when the I. A. of M. would have its own headquarters. The tremendous growth in member ship of the organization during the past few years has continually in creased the work of the grand lodge, and makes more room necessary. In fact, the executive work has been hampered and delayed as a result of limited office space. No more room could be secured in the American Fed eration of Labor building. Conse quently the work of the grandlodge has had to continue under these dis advantages. Therefore, upon comple tion of this new building it will help to give more efficient service to the :i20,000 members, representing over 1,300 local lodges and one hundred district lodges, all of which have con siderable routine, as well as special, business to do with the grand lodge. This building will be on a corner A Sale that Features the Worlds Greatest Values in Mens' Suits FOR MEN AND YOUNG MEN WHO WANT THE SMARTEST STYLES AT A MONEY SAVING PRICE SHYMANSKI Guaranteed Value up to $27.50 .47 Men's Dress Shirts 500 Men's Shirts splendid patterns in Madias, Percales and d*"J OQ Loisette Broken Lots Men's $2.50 Shirts Beautiful Madras and Silk Stripe Shirts, standard Makes Sizes 14 to 17 '£mL\$ & Genuine PALM BEACH Suits The Ideal Summer Suit for Men who want comfort and style v K THE BUTLER COUNTY PRESS. WRHHH $8.00 Men's Balbriggan Underwear 75c Men's Shirts or Drawers $1.00 Men's Shirts or Drawers $1.25 Men's Shirts or Drawers 47c 64c 83c Union Suits $1.75 B. V. D. or Rocking chair *1 cn Union Suits .... $1.50 Crepe Athletic Union Suits .... $1.77 O I $1.00 Mesh Union Suits .... 74c We Close at 9 o'clock Saturday Nights UNION CLERKS MACHINISTS TO HAVE NEW HOME S FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PROSPEROUS CONDITION OF THIS GREAT INTERNATIONAL UNION Tremendous Growth In Member ship Of The Organization Dur« ing The Past Few Years Made It Necessary That Larger Quarters And Hore office Room Be Secured. lot in fact, it is one of the very best locations in the city of Washington directly opposite the A. F. of L. build ing which will make it convenient for all work with the other organizations located here. It will be a modern seven-story building, up to date in every way. The sixth and seventh stories will be occupied entirely by the International Association of Machin ists. The other floors will be rented, which will bring in a good return on the money invested. Already the de mand for office room in the new build ing is evidence that all space for rent will be taken before the building is ready for occupancy. The ground was broken and the steam shovel started excavating April 3, 1919. The steel girders are now day by day being swung into place. In fact, the contractors agree to have the building ready for occupancy by October 1. Now when a campaign of organiza tion is started in a shop where ma chinists work, it is not only a privi lege but a tremendous advantage that all they have to do is to join the rnil fant, progressive International As sociation of Machinists. This puts at their immediate service the experi ences, the combined thought and wis dom of all members. This does not mean simply that the struggle to NAVY YARD WAGES TO BE ADJUSTED BY NEW FEDERAL BOARDS Fifteen Thousand Employes Will Be Affected By Ap plication Of Collective Bargaining Principle. Wage boards to recommend adjust ments of pay of the thousands of classified civil service employes of United States navy yards and stations throughout the country are to be set up immediately by Assistant Secre tary Franklin D. Roosevelt, as the result of negotiations just concluded between the navy department head and and the national Federal employes. The order was issued by Secretary Roosevelt today following a confer ence with S. Tyson Kinsell, acting president of the Federation, and Ern est A. Grant, secretary of the Norfolk local of the federation, and repre sentative of the clerical forces of the navy yards and stations on the At lantic coast. The errection of this machinery, reaching signitiance to government according to Mr. Kinsell, is of far employes, representing the applica tion of collective bargaining in the department's dealings with its cleri cal forces. More than 15,000 em ployes in the navy yards and stations will be effected by the newly estab lished boards. The federation hopes to extend the principle to other gov ernment departments. Secretary Roosevelt's order, which is addressed to all commandants of naval districts, commandants and in dustrial managers of navy yards and naval stations, inspectors or ordnance in charge, inspectors of machinery, United States nevy, etc., reads as fol lows: "First. It is hereby directed that a board be appointed compased of three members, two of whom shall be representatives of the yard, and one of whom shall represent the employes concerned for the purpose of collecting reliable data as regards wages paid persons in private establishments in the vicinity of the yards or stations performing clerical work of a char acter similar to that performed by the clerical employes in the yard or station under your command. "Second. The term 'clerical enft- S?.J^^4S£ig? f*| improve the conditions of the working people is finished far from it. This struggle must continue as long as the wage system remains. For that very reason every organized machin ist should realize what an advantage and help this new headquarters and office building will be to the future of the organization. No outside dona tion will be taken. The building will be bought and paid for by machinists. Every district and local lodge, and every individual member will have the opportunity to be a part owner. President William Johnston, of the International association of Machin ists, speaking of the success in the last year that has come to his organ ization, says: "The prestige and success of all or ganized groups in society today is more or less determined by their unity of purpose. Numbers alone will not bring success. The working people surely are the overwhelming major ity, but as yet they are not united in purpose. Our success with the prob lems which we will be compelled to meet from time to time as machinists will depend upon how closely we are united as a group. Those with whom we must work out wage agreements, hours and general working conditions, will heed and respect our demands to the degree that we as machinists pull together. "The realization of this building will mark another step forward in our de termined policy to stand on our own feet, ready to meet any and every problem confronting our organization and our members." ployes* shall be interpreted as em bracing clerks, minor clerks, stenog raphers and typewriters, bookkeepers telegraph operators, telephone switch board oprators, storemen store labor ers, stockmen, stockmen special and checkers, as such other miscellaneous designations under which the charac ter of the work performed is naturally considered as of a clerical nature, and exclusive of chief clerks and super visory clerks. "Third. This data, when received, shall be compiled and presented in an orderly and convenient arrangement for the information of the depart ment". A $500 In Gash Prizes! For Overseas Experiences. Nearly every lad who went overseas has an interesting story to tell—pa thetic, amusing, or tender—of some child in France. Perhaps is is little Pierre who crept in to eat with him at mess or Marcelline whom he found, white-faced and terror-striken, in the cellar of a ruined house or Henri, whose father was killed in the tren ches and whose mother was taken to Germany by the enemy or it may have been Aimee who insisted upon being adopted by the "Americaine." At any rate, there is always a story and a child. For such stories as these, or simple ones telling of the friendship between the French child and the American soldier, 178 cash prizes are offered. Soldiers, sailors, marines, men and women who were in France during the war in any capacity, or their families, sweethearts or friends, are invited to compete for these prizes. Literary ability is not required. Anybody who can write a letter home can write well enough for the purpose of this con test. Conditions of the contest can be secured by writing "The Fatherless Children of France, Room 634, 410 S Michigan Ave., Chicago." There is expense attached to entering the coi. test, which is open to anybody wl wants to compete. Mothers, siste: sweethearts and wives should tui over their letters from Bill or Tom Jack which they have been so proud treasuring, and hunt up the referenc to the little French children. Ju some one little incident told simply a letter may win a prize! Buy Thrift Stamps and help. v «, "4 V 7, /, •***.• HAMILTON, OHIO, FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 1919. 75 CENTS PER YEAR Outsiders Back Of The Mooney Strike Plan. Atlantic, City, N. J.—Following its declaration that a new trial for Thom as J. Mooney is "an imperative neces sity" and instructing the executive council to give early attention to me thods that will make this possible, the A. F. of L. convention declared that "an attempted general strike would seriously injure the effort to secure a new trial for Thomas J. Mooney and accomplish much harm to his interests". "The incident of an outside body irresponsible to the trade union move ment assuming to usurp the functions of the executive officers of affiliated organizations is one which cannot be ignored in connection with the subject under consideration. "If bodies unauthorized by the American Federation of Labor are to assume the functions of polling the membership of the American trade union movement upon any question of their choosing, the machinery through which the trade union move ment functions would be seriously in jured, if not destroyed. Our move ment cannot afford to tolerate the attempt of any outside individual or group to use its machinery for the purpose of securing or endeavoring to secure the sentiments or opinion of its membership upon any question. "The machinery of the trade union movement must remain in the full and unquestioned control of the mem bership which comprises it. "Your committee, therefore, rec ommends that this convention express its emphatic disapproval of the efforts which have been made by a body ir responsible to the American Feder ation of Labor to pool the vote of the membership of affiliated organiza tions." Key Hen Ask Only That Justice Be Dealt Them. Washington,—The commercial tele graphers' strike is not caused by a dispute over rates of pay and hours or service, said S. J. Small, former international president of the Com mercial Telegraphers' union. "The cause lies deeper," said the unionist, who recalled the union dis criminating policy of the companies, their speeding up and sliding scale systems. "By returning operating control of the wires to the private owners," he said, "and continuing in force the fin ancial agreements, the operating com panies are guaranteed their high rates of dividends and all necessary cash to fatten their sinking and other funds from government moneys collected by taxation from all of the people. Therefore, it is immaterial to the owners, under these conditions, wheth er the telegraphers' strike lasts one month or one year." The unionist said that six weeks berore the strike order was issued he undertook to harmonize both elements to this controversy. "I visited a high official in the post- MODERN PLUMBING CO 139 MARKET STREET 5\ WS.S. mw ?::*,».*•$ |:i*»t7XO ST vTt i.\J* itN'At fT office department and put the case to him bluntly and without reservation, suggesting that in view of the state* ments of the postmaster general In dicating from the cabinet, might it not be possible to induce him, on a plea of indisposition, to take a fe*r months' vacation and give an acting postmaster general an opportunity to untangle the disturbing conditions de veloped since he was given adminis trative powers of the various wire communication systems. "The net result was comparable to a pleading throng of helpless citizens seeking admittance at the doors of an empty citadel, to be greeted with a resounding echo. 'Nobody home." to Bolshevist Spirit Blamed On Employers. Wilkes-Barre, Pa.—The general grievance committee of several thous and employes of the Delaware & Hud son coal company have issued a sting ing indictment of this corporation, which is charged with violating its contract with these coal miners, with refusing to pay back wages and with mining coal under homes and state highways in violation of law, with the result that both homes and roads cave in. The miners announce that these em ployers are responsible for the grow ing spirit of bolshevism in this dis trict. Complaint is made that the govern ment has failed to exercise the proper interest in stamping out this peril through its failure to investigate "the workings of these institutions which are fostering and breeding bolshe vism." In announcing that they are not going to forfeit the freedom which was fought for and won by thous ands of mine workers who went to war as soldiers, the resolution charges coal companies with being responsible for the breeding of bolshevism through their treatment of working men. After enumerating their grievances and the repeated violations of con tracts, the committee says: "We hereby publicly serve notice that unless these sharp practices are immediately stopped, we, as officers and members of the United Mine Workers of America, will take such measures as will bring the company to its senses." *1 RECOGNIZE POSTAL UNIONS. London, England,—The govern ment has again recognized postal un ions by agreeing that these organiza tions shall appoint one-half of the 54 members of a national council that will make effective n ithe civil serv ice the recommendations of the Whit ley commission. The government will appoint the other members of the national council. The national council's functions in clude those general functions adopted by the Whitley commission for the adjustment of disputes between em ployer and employed. As applied to the civil service it provides for a na tional council, departmenttl councils and district and office committees. Plumbing, Stdam, Ho! Water, Gas Fitting PROMPT SERVICE. GIVE US A TRIAL JOHN P. HENN—Props.—JOHN A. H01ZBER6ER Bell 428-L -PHONES—Home 761-M gar K. Warner Former Instructor at The Cincinnati of Embal mil) Funeral Director Both Phones ."JS e a u n College A" f£ v!