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K)MtO LABO«(S^ijlP«tSS ASSwj
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Catered at the Pos toff ice at Hamilton,
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Issued Weekly at 326 Marke* street,
Hamilton. Ohio.
Telephone 1296
Bftdoraed by the Traflec a»id Labor
Council of Hamilton. Ohio.
Endorsed by the Middletown Trades
«nd Lahor Council of Middletown. O
Ever since human beings began to
congregate together in tribes, they
have been more or less dependent
upon one another.
But this dependence was often
slight in degree, and sometimes it was
entirely negligible.
This was especially true in Artier
ica in the early days. Up to about
the middle of the nineteenth century
or perhaps a little later—it was pos
sible for a man to go to it "on his
own hook" in this country. Wome^
could not—for they were bound about
by idiotic and antiquated traditions
but men could.
It was due to a combination of two
things—the newness of the country,
and the undeveloped condition of ma
chinery. The newness of the coun
try caused it to afford almost un
limited opportunities. The undevel
oped condition of machinery enabled
a man to get his living out of the
soil, without having to buy much of
anything from others, and without
having to sell his products in order
to live. He and his folks made their
own clothes, raised their own food
and consumed it themselves.
Those days have receded into the
Even a farmer is now dependent
on others. He has to buy his machin
ery and most of his food from oth
ers. He has to sell his products to
get money to buy the things he must
The Residents of the cities are still
more dependent—or interdependent
A mar} can no longer make a liv
ing on his own hook. He must neces
sarily make his living—if he makes
it at all—by establishing mutual re
lations with other human beings.
Furthermore, machinery has brought
about the development of gigantic
and inextricably intertwined indus
tries. A man who lives here is de
pendent, for some part of his living
upon men who live thousands of miles
away—and he is dependent upon men
who live and work all the way be
tween there and here.
V.A,. V'":-
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ij Edgar K. Wagnerii
Former Instructor at The Cincinnati College
of Embalming
Funeral Director
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Society having become thus inter
related and interlocked, it becomes
the indisputable duty of society to
see that each resident has a niche in
the social machine where he can fit
in and earn the things which he needs*
as a human being.
To put it bluntly, society owes every
man or woman a job. Considering
the industrial evolution briefly and in
adequately described above—and the
condition of mutual interdependence
which it has made—this duty of so
ciety to the individual is unescapable.
"It is a primal duty.
The individual owes a well defined
duty to society—and society owes to
the individual a regular and satisfac
tory status within its border—a status
that will enable him or her to grasp
the opportunities for higher develop
ment and happy, useful life.
it k n n ri
Let us remind ourselves once again
that it is only a little over a year
since the press of the country was
urging every workingman to speed
up and produce a greater output to
supply a war-torn world with needed
commodities. Yes, labor was accus
ed of loafing on the job, and while
the echoes of these accusations were
still ringing the very ones who were
shouting the loudest started to close
down their industrial plants until
now, so it is figured, one man out of
every four throughout the nation is
out of employment and unable to get
work unless he manages to elbow
somebody else out of a job.
They were saying thdn that all
the workingmen in the country could
not possibly produce enough to sup
ply the world during the next ten
years, and yet while they were speak
ing plans were well under, way to dis
charge so many men that labor would
become a drug on the market.
ni K
County Treasurer Louis T. Nein
stirred up a whole hornet's nest when
in a statement made last week before
a meeting held in Middletown he said
something about a "million dollar
Steal" being connected with the Coke
Otto improvements which the people
voted for last fall a year ago. That
is, that's the way Louey is putting
it, that he just said "something" about
a "million dollar steal," that he jus?
heard "something" to this effect and
he denies the allegation that he said
that it was to be a "million dollar
steal." It doesn't make any differ
ence what he said, nor how he said it
many believe that Louey put across
just what he set out to do—that is
leave the impression that there is
crooked work connected with making
fhe big improvement, and thereby
stop its progress. Louey and one or
two other county officials have been
licking the county "candy'?s until
about all the sweetness is out of it
and now they don't like the idea of
paying taxes on the "candy" which
they have piled up, so that they are
ready to spike any proposed improve
m'ent that may come up.
Now Mr. Nein may know something
that the whole county should know
That there really is a steal contem
plated in connection with building
the big bridge. If he does it is his
duty to tell what he knows and stop
the steal. If he doesn't know any
thing sure he should keep his mouth
closed and not let out a cheap "holler"
and leave a nasty impression. Mr
Nein has a perfect right to oppose
the expenditure of any money by the
county that he sees fit, but he should
do it at the proper time. When the
majority people of the county vote
the expenditure of a sum of money
as was done in this case, Mr. Nein
should accept that decree and not
come along a year and a half after
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and insinuate crooked work in con
nection with the deal, and then when
called" say, "I didn't say it I only
told what I heard.* A cheap wail,
very cheap.
Go ahead with the bridge, Mr.
Commissioners, no matter how many
Louey Neins and a few other officials
oppose it, even several thousands of
them, remember that more than
these ordered that this work should
be done. Carry out the people's man
date—that's what you are there for!
It It It It It
Stay right on that bridge job,
Kinch. The majority of the voters
in the county and who voted for the
Coke Otto bridge are placing all their
dependence on you for carrying on
the job. You've got two good fel
lows with you, but they are like the
colored fellow who treed a coon and
when the coon did something that
wasn't just according to Hoyle the
colored man charged Mr. Coon with
being "skeered." And so it is with
your colleagues, Mr. Kinch. Several
fellows have let out cheap wails and
scared the life out* of a couple of
county commissioners. Keep the pot
a-boilin'Kinch, and prove to the
people that they made no mistake
when they selected yoti to serve them
On with the bridge!
it it it it
With "Billy" Crawford and Louey
Nein opposing the Coke Otto bridge,
the people who stand in market
swearing by all that's holy that they
will not pay the proposed dollar a
week tax, the clock in the tower go
ing on strike every other week, (not
so much since Kinch is on the job),
breaking in "Billy" Mason as market
master, trying to make up somehow
the scarcity of nuts for the park
squirrels, the lot of Superintendent
of the Court House Joe Billingslea,
is certainly a hard one these days.
Now to add to all these worries,
along comes two school boys and,
after taking actual measurements, de
clare that the court house square
isn't square at all, that it is longer
than it is wide. Can you beat it?
With all his worries, Joe has to have
this awful burden thrown upon him
The Presb extends sympathy.
«a it it it it
Monday afternoon witnessed the
most disastrous fire Hamilton has ex
perienced in a long time. One man
lost his life and the property loss was
great. We refer to the burning of
the building occupied by the Central
Motor Company. The fire department
did splendid work. And herein is a
lesson. There has been talk of cut
ting down this department one-half,
that is, cutting it down to three com
panies. Suppose there had been just
three companies to fight the blaze
Monday afternoon, and during that
time fire had broken out in one of
our school houses, occupied by hun
dreds of children during the school
session times, or supposing fire had
broken out in one of the moving pic
ture theatres wherein there is always
many people during the afternoons, or
suppose fire had started in any occu
pied building during the time the fire
department was fighting the blaze of
Monday afternoon, with only three
fire companies in the city, what might
have happened? Not counting the
property damage the loss of life
might have been great.
About the same time the ftre was
raging Monday afternoon, one of our
evening papers came out and in an
editorial said that no matter how
great the risk, we should accept it
and not one cent must be borrowed to
maintain the fire department. Think
of it, with this paper, life and prop
erty comes last. It is—money first
The editorial referred to also sug
gests that a volunteer fire depart
ment for Hamilton be formed. Now
the Press knows that the editor who
wrote the article wouldn't think of
asking of some one else that which
ho wouldn't do himself, but can you
imagine this editor getting up in the
middle of a cold night to respond to
a fire call and carrying the hose noz
/.le up a ladder into a burning build
ing? Can you! It is ridiculous to
think so.
It is to be hoped that the plan being
worked out by Mayor Koehler to
maintain the fire department intact
proves feasible, and that there will
no reduction in the force. Keep
up the fire department at any and all
It It It It
We are going to get new street
cars—at least we are told that this
is so, and we are willing to believe
it because George P. Sohngen, re
ceiver for the street car company,
says so. If any one else was to say
it it would be taken with a grain of
salt and much doubt. At that, the
people of Hamilton have been made
so many promises of improvements
by the street car company in the past,
that many of them assume the atti
tude of the man from Missouri and
won't believe in the new cars talk
until they actually see them in oper
ation. They have to be shown. It
will be a hArd job for the tracks to
get used to new cars running over
them—they are not accustomed to it.
Wfth new cars rufnning through our
streets this summer, we will be like
the young girl—all dressed up but
no place to go.
It It It
Why worry about the financial sit
uation of the city and^how to keep
the various departments going be
cause of the lack of funds? Just
leave the whole matter in Judge
Kautz's hands. The way he has been
handing it out to the bootleggers,
moonshiners and gun toters lately is
sure a caution, and is building up
the city treasury in fine style. About
all that is necessary to secure the
necessary funds js for safety director
Henry Greevy to issue orders to
bring in the culprits and the Judge
will do the rest. And Judge Kautz
is right in the stand he is taking
Especially is this true with reference
to the gun toters. Why, it has got
ten so that any time a policeman is
called to make an arrest he takes
his life in his hands, sometimes hav
ing to face a gun that resembles a
German "Big Bertha." The Judge's
method is the only one for stamping
out the custom of gun toting. Keep
up the good work, Judge.
it it it
"Small business interests are pay
ing little attention to the charge of
organized butcher workmen that the
meat packers' trust is attempting to
establish industrial serfdom," says a
Washington dispatch.
The dispatch further says:
"These business men, however, are
alarmed at the encroachments of the
packers in their business, and are
calling on congress and the courts to
aid them.
"At tariff hearings before the sen
ate finance committee shoe manufact
urers said there was a danger of that
industry falling into the hands of the
meat packers because of their control
of hides.
"Wholesale grocers are also fighting
the meat packers, who threaten to
control the nation's food supply. It
has been found that the agreement
between the packers and Attorney
General Palmer—by which the pack
ers would confine themselves to the
production of meat—has not been
complied with. The packers have not
yielded control of their fruit, veget
able and other food lines, and the
grocers are worried.
"The business men indicate little
sympathy, however, with the butcher
workmen, who show that the meat
octopus is reducing the purchasing
power of thousands of employes and
is lowering working conditions.
"Rather is the public blinded to the
labor policy of the meat trust. Re
cently the New York Times devoted
a column editorial in defense of the
packers' company "unions," which
were organized to serve as a wage
reduction alibi."
ti It It It It
Writing in the Springfield Sun, a
republican organ, Charles S. Kay,
himself a member from Clark county
in the general assembly, says:
"Irregularity and inefficiency have
characterized the last two sessions of
the Ohio legislature. In these ses
sions, the republicans have been in
the majority. In the 82nd general as
sembly that majority was small. In
the 83rd it was overwhelming and it
numerically had the power to do any
thing it wished to do."
The whole state will agree with this
statement of facts.
Washington.—Retail prices are too
high, says Attorney General Daugher
ty, and another onslaught will be
made against profiteers. William
Burns, "great detective," and head of
the department of justice secret serv
ive system, will aid in hunting down
the profiteers. After prices Save been
compiled, they will be published and
the public will be called upon to do
Of Pennsy Managers Ex
posed in Engineers'
.V Journal \.
Of All Labor Troubles Is
Found in Hooper's Anti
Strike Law
New York.—"The master cure has
finally been found—a remedy for all
ills that beset the transportation sys
tern of the land," says Justice, official
magazine of the International Ladies'
Garment Workers' Union.
"Ben W. Hooper, former governor
of Tennessee and now vice chairman
of-4he United States railroad labor
board, speaking amidst the friendly
surroundings of the New York rail
road club, blazed forth a solution for
the labor troubles on the railroads
that is bound to place his name with
Governor Allen of Kansas among the
immortal politicians who will save us
against our will.
"Like Allen, the father of the in
dustrial court of Kansas, Hooper is
also a friend of labor. What else
could he be? All he wants is to curb
the unjust demands of organized la
bor and control such of its activities
as threaten the public welfare. In
this he is very emphatic, for he claims
that the survival of this republic de
pends upon the wisdom with which
this 'curbing' business is handled.
"In short, he proposes an anti
strike law on the railroads which
would have its concrete expression in
the form of 'an absolutely impartial
tribunal to decide all questions be
tween the railroad managers and the
workers.' After that will come the
"Come to think of it, the Kansas
industrial court is also an 'impartial
tribunal.' Just watch how impartial
ly it is now handling the meat strik
ers of that state."
It It It
Grand Rapids, Mich.—The eight
hour law, approved by the people at
the 1914 election, is ignored by the
city government and organized labor
threatens to take legal action that the
law be complied with. Cheap-wage
employers would knife the people's
Sioux City, Iowa.—Meat packers
assure the public that prices will be
cut if they can enforce a wage re
duction, but this claim is not sustain
ed by a salesmen's bulletin issued by
one local firm.
The salesmen are informed that
"you should be able to secure fully
2 cents over prices listed in the last
"In a good many cases,'' it is stated
"we have been obliged to make sub
stitutions at advanced prices. Re
member that competitors, with the ex
ception of one, or possibly two, are
working under the same difficulties
that we are.
"Advance your list on pork loins
butts, shoulders, picnics and raw leaf
lard 6 cents a pound. Hold for full
prices and secure aveages where pos
sible. Our costs have been advanced
and we do not want any cheap busi
The^e orders to gouge the public
come from employers who have or
ganized company "unions" to aid them
in enforcing wage cuts. The public
is told that these "unions" have been
formed to establish "industrial de
Ball 48
Cleveland.1—The Locomotive "Engin
eers' Journal exposes the mock gener
osity of the Pennsylvania railroad
when it says "It is not averse to hear
ing complaints from representatives
of the men within the company em
"Knowing, as it does," says the Lo
comotive Engineer's Journal, "that
these will be comparatively mild and
few and far between, it can afford to
say that, but it will not recognize
the right of the employe to be rep
resented by any one not in the com
pany employ.
"When the railroad labor board de
nied the Pennsylvania a hearing to
reconsider the order of the board that
the company depart frorJ! its declared
policy of only recognizing the com
pany 'union' as representing its em
ployes, it also expressed its opinion
why railroads favor such a 'union,'
when it said that 'of the hundreds of
disputes brought before it less than
five were brought by and for organ
ized employes.'
"The conclusion is clear enough.
The unorganized employes, whether
members of the company 'union' or
not, dare not complain. When the
Pennsylvania declared it had the sole
right to represent the employes to
conduct the proceedings and pass final
judgment on the results, it merely
showed its hand. It showed clearly
that it does not intend to grant the
employe any liberty of action, any
voice in the conduct of affairs con
cerning him."
215 Court St.
David Webb *tm
5^6 carry a full line of Western Casket, Co/s v^skets,
'Suits and Dresses**
Made of Pure Lar& Flour, Milk, Granulat­
ed Sugar, Salt and Fleishman's Yeast.
Think of it! A one pound loaf wrapped
bread, per loaf
Country Club, great big iy2 pound loaf
wrapped bre^d. The best bread money can
buy. Absolutely the greatest value in the
United States. 1 pound loaf
groups as follows:
S u i a n
Ove rcoat
A big feature of our great semi-annual Public
Benefit Sale is our selling of Men's and Young
Men's. Suits and Overcoats. Hart Schaffner &
Marx and other nationally known makes of
garments are included. Arranged in six price
(iROUP 1—Suits and
Overcoats that sold
formerly at$20,$22.50
and $25—
50 $
GROUP 3—Suits and
Overcoats that sold
formerly at $32.50,
$35, $38 and $40—
50 $
GROUP 5—Suits and
Overcoats that sold
formerly at$50,$52.50
and $55—
GROUP 2—Suits and
Overcoats that sold
formerly at $26.50, $28
and $30—
GROUP 4—Suits and
Overcoats that sold
formerly at$42.50,$45
and $48—
.50 $
GROUP 6—Suits and
Overcoats that sold
formerly at $58, $60,
$65 and $68—
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