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THE PRESS WrriciAi. -..HCAN OF ORGANIZED I.ABOB OF HAMILTON AND VICINITT. 10 LABCS embers Ohio Labor Press Association THE NONPAREIL PRINTING CO. PUBLISHERS AND PROPRIETORS Subscription Price 75 cts per Year Payable in Advance. Whatever ia intended for in»ertion mun be authenticated by the name and addresa of rtu writer, not necessarily for publication, but aa a guarantee of 'good faith. Subscribers changing thtir address will please notify this office,, giving old and new address to insure regular delivery of paper. We do not hold ourselves responsible for any views or opinions exppresaed in the ^rticles «p communications of correspondents. Communications solicited from secretaries of all societies and organizations, and should be addressed to The Butler County Press. 826 Market Street, Hamilton, Ohio. The publishers reserve the right to reject Any advertisement* at any time. Advertising rtttoa made known on appli cation. FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 1919. I&tered at the Postoffice at Hamilton, Ohio, as Second Class Mail Matter. Issued Weekly at 326 Market Street. Hamilton, Ohio. Home Telephone 809. Bell 1296-X. Endorsed by the Trades and Labor Council of Hamilton, Ohio. Endorsed by the Middletown Trades and Labor Council of Middletown, O. NATIONAL A S iAaoa PTtEsw _IJfT I'ajrjvuiity N iw, 1 •nOMrtr. •trdwwtt* wrsnsei ASSOCIATION What has your organization done in the way of preparedness for the Labor Day parade, brother? If they havn't done anything as yet, get up to the next meeting and prod 'em up a little. Think of it,tit is only three weeks away and it is high time that every union man is on the job and doing something. This year we want to show up bigger than ever, and what's more, we are going to show up bigger than ever. You want to be in on it don't you Go up to the next meeting and make some noise. J* to I* 1* The Eagles and the Moose outings two wonderfully big affairs, ate over and we want to congratulate both these great organizations for the sue cessful manner in which their events were conducted. 1* to to *i j* With all due respect to the Eagles and the Moose, we say—now for THE outing and THE celebration—Labor Day. to to to to to The County prosecutor, who through laziness, lack of ability, in difference or otherwise, refuses to co-operate with the Attorney General in the food cost probe will quickly find himself out of tune with the people in his county. And the Gover nor has made it plain that he will in voke the State Law in such locali ties and authorize the Attorney Gen eral to conduct investigations and summon special grand juries. As an Men's Extra Good Gun Metal, Button and Blueher Shoes, also plain toes Men's Black Tennis Oxfords Saturday Special Women's Small size Shoes and Slippers, per pair Yep, next Tuesday is primary day and no doubt the country will be saved once more. Some people are predict ing surprises, sort of "paus auf" bus iness. You can't always sometimes tell just how she's goin' you know! Sometimes she do and sometimes she don't. to to'to to to Always watch for the label on any old thing you purchase. to to to to to DISCUSSING FAIRNESS. An editorial in the Christian Sci ence Monitor, a paper which pub lishes a large amount of news valuable to working people and which makes a painstaking effort in the direction of accuracy, complains about certain strikes that inconvenience the public by tying up public service, such as the Boston transit lines. The Monitor says it is up to the strikers to see that the public suffers as little as posible. Certain strikes may well bring in convenience to many not engaged in the strike. This is more or less true of all strikes and especially of public service strikes. But what of the other side? Work ingmen do not strike because they want to strike. They strike because they have to strike. AHbve all others, the workers who are driven to strike for justice are inconvenienced. They have to stand the real hardship. Why not visit condemnation upon the corporation that resists the tide of progress to such an extent that a strike is the only means of putting motion into an otherwise immobile body? Labor seldom is to blame for a strike. It performs the act of strik ing, but back of the act is the condi tion out of which it grew. It is safe to say that labor is more and more reluctant about striking but it is just as determined as ever to use the strike when other means fail to right Vnanifest wrongs. There still are a number of employers who laugh at democracy when it comes looking in at the workshop door. to to I* to to GOMPERS AND THE A. F. OF L. The Following editorial appeared in the British Citizen: We were glad to learn that Mr. Samuel Gompers, the Grand Old Man of the American Constitutional Labor Movement, had been re-elected Pres ident of the American Federation of Labor. Mr. Gompers, like most of our Labor leaders in this country, was a stalwart pro-ally during the whole of the late war, and did yeoman ser vice in the cause of the Allies. His re-election means that the Federation are determined to make a strong stand against the Bolshevist tendencies of the extremist section of American Labor. During a recent Conference, the Federation, by a large majority, recorded against "the insidious forces who would use arms to promtote De mocracy," and has refused in any way to encourage or compromise with Bol shevism and other extreme doctrines It is fitting that Mr. Gompers, the architect of this powerful Federation, and the man who, by his indomitable will, influenced American Labor to support the Allies even before the United States came into the war, should have been presented with the much-coveted medal of the National Institute of Social Sciences in New York. to to to to to HUMOR AMONG CONGRESSMEN Congressman Blanton asks that the fwrxjf.jyr^^ts^y^^'--^v. r-yyiw&T^. House impeach Secretary of Labor Wilson because of his, Work on the President's western investigatiugr and conciliation mission last fall. If it is not indelicate, we rise to suggest that the congressman's out burst reminds us of nothing so much as of the first three letters of his name! to to to to to CONGRESS HEARS ABOUT MOONEY Congress, by resolution, demanded the Densmore report on the Mooney case. The report was made last No vember—but better late than never for congress. Mr. Densmore says: The plain truth is that there is nothing about the case to produce a feeling of confidence that the dignity and majesty of the law have been up held. There is nowhere anything re sembling consistency, the effort be inga patchwork of incongruous make shift and often of desperate expedi ency. Now that congress has the Dens more report, what will congress do? Will it/go into the deep silence, or will it add the congressional voice to the I demand for a new and fair trial? Thinking people are convinced that a new trial for Mooney is merely a matter of justice and that it will a material aid to democratic progress for America. to to to 1* to THE BIG JOKE The one big joke, the real standing joke, the joke of all jokes is Hamil ton's street railway system. We call it system for that is the way all street railways are referred to. But where the "system" comes in, in Hamilton's monstrosity we fail to see. Riding on one of the cars is like riding bn the 'Whip' at the street carnival. It's up and down and around you go, for ward and backward and to and fro. And then you only get to do this oc casionally. The cars come along every once in a while. Occasionally one takes a notion to run down a side street and then once in awhile one likes the idea of straddling the tracks crosswise and blockading all traffic for an hour or two. Of course the public doesn't mind a little thing like that. The public hasn't anything else to do anyway but wait £he convenience of the cars. Then occasionally funny things happen on the cars. A police man to ride on the cars free must have his badge pinned on the outride of his coat. A policeman boarding a car the other night had his badge showing but when he wert to alight his coat blew back covering his badge The superinten lent of the line, it seems, has been laying for some of the officers and when this one's badge was hidden demanded to sae it. The officer informed him that he showed it when he boarded the car. The t.up perintendent then, no doubt to ?e even, gave the conductor a seven days lay off. The other employes, as soon as they learned of the action of the superintendent toward their brothel worker, got together and threatened to quit unless he was immediately re turned to work. The superintendent then changed his mind and the man returned to work. If tKe superin tendent would give just a little more attention to the real car service to the patrons of the line and less to the riding of a few "deadheads'1 much more could be accomplished, the com pany a gainer thereby and the riding public more pleased. The fact of the extra inducement to have you take advantage of this We will offer many more bargains. Shoes continue to advance in price, yet we offer you many styles cheaper than you could have bought them 3 years ago. Look at these specials: 59c $1.00 Sizes 9 to 1314 Sizes 1 to 2 .... Sizes %y% .to 6 s (Price) Shoe Store 118 High St. Opp. Court House THE BUTLER COUNT* PRESS. matter is, the whole "system" ought to be put under a tent, (it wouldn't take a big one) advertised as a joke "fend an admission charged. It would be worth the price as such and would draw big. to to to to to 1 WHY NOT HAMILTON. Many of the cities over the country are buying great quantities of the food products that are being sold by the government from their surplus on hand since demobilization. This is to be sold to the citizens at cost. Surplus funds of all kinds that most cities have on hand are being used, as of course it is quickly returned to the fund. Hamilton has, according to the report of City Auditor Erb, balances in all funds amounting to nearly $350. 000. Why not put a little of this huge sum to work in the interest of the people to whom it really belongs by purchasing some of the govern ments food supplies and cut down the cost of living in Hamilton a little bit? That surplus is not doing any one aiiy particular good at present, why not send for a train load of food stuffs and furnish it to the people at cost? Of course this idea might con flict a little bit with those of the Grocers and Butchers but they are all good wholesouled fellows who no doubt would not be averse to giving the common people a chance to catch up and get on their feet once more. Here is a chance Mayor Smith to do a big thing for a lot of people. Let us hear from you. Or perhaps the city council might do something in this matter. We don't care where it comes from so long as we get relief. to to to to to Do you still watch for that little label on the bread you buy and which guarantees to you that the bread was made in clean surroundings? You don't have to watch very closely as there is very little non-union bread offered for sale in Hamilton these days, but there shouldn't be any. The Bakers should be 100 per cent organ ized in this city and with your help they will be as there isn't a half doz en outside the fold at present. to to to to IK ARE CONGRESSMEN PEOPLE Once upon a time, before women were given the vote, a certain news paper regularly asked the question. "Are women people?" Finally that question was answered in the affir mative by America. Now the high cost of living seems to have everybody guessing except the members of congress. They go on serenely debating and dallying. Do they knowt there is such a thing as the high cost of living, or aren't they people All those who count themselves as people know, all about the high cost of living because said H. C. of goes skidding and sluicing around in their weekly income until the afore mentioned income looks like a puppy in a sandstorm. Unfettered profiteers are glad noth ing is done to really take the punch out of the high cost of living—-but nobody else is glad. Everyone else is very much concern ed, except the members of congress whose chief concern seems to be how to jockey around for position in the 1920 campaign. to to to n to There's Just One Language Americans Want It. Once upon a time certain persons ism VES Women's Nurse Oxfords and Strap Slippers *7C Final Cleanup Price v Boys' Elk Hide Shoes, Tan and BlaekrxThese will be fine for school. $1.99 18 $2.49 i said the administration at Washing ton w«a too slow about pushing the war. Just lately they have been saying it was too fast—nobody else got a chance. Once upon a time certain persons said this talk about, "our associates" in the war was silly it should be our "allies." Just lately they have decided they don't want to be allies—in thecase of France. Once upon a time certain persons said they Wanted a League of Na tions. Just lately they have decided they don't want a League of Nations. Oh. to be sure, they say in a word thai they want one, but they are against the pnly one they can get, and there fore they are against the League*of Nations. If you wanted a peach pie and the only pie in the world was an apple pie, which you refused to take, you'd get no pie. That's about the way it is with cer tain persons, notably certain person* in the United States senatQ. There's only one League of Nations to be had—and if anybody wants 11 League of Nations it will have to b( the one created in Paris by the peacc Conference. This League of Nations isn't per feet. Almost anyone could find some thing wtong with it. But, like th Constitution of the UnSted States, the League of Nations covenant tht machinery for change and improve ment. And, finally, let it be repeated, this League is the only League there it any chance of getting. IT IS NOT GOING TO BE GOOI FOR "STATESMAN" WHO FORGET THAT! to to to to to Food Costs Continue To S»ar With No Sign Of Let Up. Washington,—Food costs are go ing up( according to the Monthly Bul letin of the United States bureau of labor statistics. Retail prices of 22 articles in March were 2 per cent high er than in February. Onions increas ed 40 per cent cabbage, 23 pey cent butter 16 per cent oranges, 14 per cent coffee and tea, 3 per cent, and five cuts of fresh beef slightly advanc ed. A comparison of the year shows an increase of 13 per cent in March, 1919 as compared with March, 1918. Dur ing the year onions increased 50 per cent prunes, 27 per cent rib roast, 25 per cent sirloin steak, round steak and coffee, 24 per cent each butter, 20 per cent plate beef, 21 per cent and chuck roast 22 per cent. Bread was 7 per cent cheaper and navy beans declined 31 per cent. In a latter report the bureau of sta tistics states that food prices were 2 per cent higher on May 15 last than on April 15. In May of this year the cost of 22 articles of food was 17 per cent higher than in May of last year and 92 per cent higher than in May 1913. TEAMSTERS Lining Up For Wage Increase Rock Island, Dl.,—Through arbi tration ice wagon drivers have raisfed wages $3 and $4 a week. Peoria, 111.,—Practically every em ploying teamster in this city has sign ed the new agreement of the Team sters' union. Jacl^on, Mich.—A one year's agree ment secured by the Teamsters' union provides for an eight-hour day and wage rates that range from $21.60 to $26 a week. Memphis, Tenn.,—A strike of milk drivers in this city has ened and the dispute will be referred to arbitration The drivers are assured that unionists will not be victimized. Boston,—Over 500 members of the Meat Cutters' union suspended work to aid market teamsters who are on strike to shorten the work day. They ask that the hours be from 6 a. m. to 1 p. m. on Saturdays and from 6 a m. to 5 p. m. the other days in the week. to to to "BIFF" Unionist Hands Hot One To Company "Union" Officials Atlantic City, N. J.—The company controlled "union" of the Western Union Telegraph company sent a dele gation to this city to induce President Manion of the Order of Railway Tele graphers to rescind his order that no railroad telegrapher accept commer cial business during the commercial telegraphers' strike. .president Manion forwarded this The *., «•. hot reply to the "union" officials: "I would suggest that you and the other employes of Western Union, who by lack of knowledge of the principles of labor union ethics, stand squarely in the path of men and women who seek to better their working condi tions and better wages, immediately affiliate with organizations of your trade, namely, the Commercial Tele graphers' union, and thereby take your place with the red-blooded Amer ican men and women, rather than lend your services as pawns for the machination of the labor-baiting of ficers of the Western Union Tele graph company." to to to American Worker Can Hold Their Own Ac cording To Washington Newspaper. Washington,—Because of European war labor costs, the theory that Mmerican industry "must be protect ed against the pauper labor of Europe has been upset, says the Washington Evening Star. "With the possible exception of Ja pan, and with China a possible excep tion of the future, the days of cheap labor are gone among the great com peting nations, at least so far as this generation is concerned," says this paper. "Aroused as all the people of Eu rope are to a determination to better their condition, there appears no p$s pect that there will be anything like a reversion to the wage scales and the standard of living of the wage workers that existed before the war. The high-price level resulting from the war is being stabilized rapidly the world over." The Evening Star indicates that American workers "can hold their own" in the markets of the world. Within the last few weeks, it is stated Birmingham, which is the center of the British steel industry, advertised for steel rails for its municipal trac tion lines. An American mill under bid British mills. In competition with British mills Americans secured a recent French contract for 750,000 tons of steel rails. It is stated that the British operators cut production costs to the limit, but they were underbid 30 shillings (7.50). a ton. It is stated that the latest thing in international economies is a demand in England that British industry be protected ag&inst the product of "cheap American labor." -Lent M* I Stop throwing'Money away By Paying 10c for a Pound Loaf When You can go to any And Get a Good Fresh Baked 12 Ounce Loaf of Bread for 5 cents BeU Phone 650 Home Phone 274 R. G. NEIN Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer Formerly with Hunter-Nein-Schreiner Co. Office and Residence N. W. Cor Front and Dayton, Hamilton, Ohio bfOS. c. Dealers Dry Goods, Carpets, Cloaks, Queens^ arc Millinery. House Furnishings tfoss-Holbrock Stamps with all Oasb Purchases. The following Theatres employ only members of the Theatrical Stage Employes. JEWEL THEATRE JEFFERSON THEATRE GRAND THEATRE I.YRIC THEATRE EAGLE THEATRE All other Theatres do not employ Union Men Union men are requested to pa tronize only those displaying their emblem =iil Look for their Emblem. 4 lltf WHEN YOU NEED THE SERVICES OF A RELIABLE DRUG STORE —CALL ON— RADCL1FFE The Rexall Store Cor. High and Second Sts. LET US DEVELOP YOUR PICTURES FENTON LEANS Men's Suits FOR 32 High Street Bell Phone 547-L What maintains one vice would bring up two children."—-Beniaioin w. s. s.