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FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 1923 Entered at the Postoffice at Hamilton, Ohio, as Second Class Mail Matter. Issued Weekly at 326 Market Street Hamilton, Ohio. Telephone 1296 Endorsed by the Trades and Labor Council of Hamilton, Ohio. Endorsed by the Middletown Trades and Labor Council of Middletown, O. SEEK CHEAP LABOR The employers' attempt to secure cheap labor that need not be natural ized is a departure from the theory that every immigrant admitted should be considered as a prospective citi zen, says the New York World. "This principle the national asso ciation of manufacturers proposes to destroy by an amendment which would pass workers fit for "rough labor" but not for naturalization It would admit a laboring class to factories and mines which it would not admit to citizenship. "The object is frankly to increase the supply of common labor in order to keep down the wages of common labor. It is a plea for the treatment of common labor as a commodity us ed in manufacturing. It is an argu ment that labor is one of the raw materials of industry and should be put on a free-trade basis. It pro poses, therefore, to create in these United States a class of proletarian robots who are to be registered, dis tributed, educated, and otherwise supervised by the government. "The proposers of the scheme hav| wandered very far from the ideas on which this republic was founded Congress has not, we trust, wandered quite so far into the jungle of class government as to adopt any such principle as this. "For no matter whether the pres ent quota law is wise or unwise, one thing is certain: The test of any im migration policy is the citizens it pro duces and not the convenience or the profits of the employers of unskilled labor." I* NEGLECTED OPPORTUNITY Why are labor men and women so neglectful of the opportunity to state labor's case and correct false state ments about labor in the "Letters to the Editor" columns of the daily newspapers 1 The freedom with which newspapers are permitted to make unchallenged statements about labor indicates that labor men and women deliberately permit this opportunity to waste. What other group is so neglectful? Practically none. Take the Christian Scientists, °#er example. In every community there is a "committee on publication" which watches for and probably answers criticisms of Christian Science. No newspaper in America can get away with any criticism of these alert committees. The letters to editors written by these committees are cour teous, but very firm, stating the case simply and clearly. Many other organizations are al most as wide awake. AGAIN FAIR! This is to notify Organized Labor and Friends that the NEWARK SHOE STORE has adjusted its differences with our organization and is entitled to the patronage of our friends. RETAIL CLERKS' UNION, Loral No. i Don't think these letters are use less. Many of them do not get print ed, but the editor always knows about them and it has to be a pretty "hard boiled" individual that can forget re peated challenges as to accuracy. Many letters do get printed and there are always many who read them. No labor man who can write the English language should permit a false statement to "get by" in any paper in America. Whoever knows the facts should write them in a let ter form and. mail them to the editor Such letters should not be ugly in temper and they should not be ex travagant in statement. They should tell the facts in simple, clear, moder ate language. Their purpose is not to start a fight, but to get the truth into print and to act as a caution against further mis-statement,. v If a commitee of one or more can be designated for this watch tower job in every community, that is the ideal method, but if this is not done then every man and woman in the labor movement should be a self elected committee, watching the papers and correcting in polite, but firm language all misstatements Don't write long letters. Don't jam wind. Don't get wild. Get to the point, stick to the point, state facts and facts only. Write neatly, legi bly, or with a typewriter. Sign your name and give your address. Watch regular. Why let every Tom, Dick and Harry get away with careless or malicious work in the news and editorial col umns of the daily newspapers of the land? Why don't the labor men, including labor officials, come to life and show a little energy instead of merely howling about the "lying news papers"? Maybe some of them will never print the truth and maybe many of them will print only a little truth, but make the effort. Nobody listens to the oyster because it has nothing to say. EVERYBODY LOOKS UP WHEN THE NOON EXPRESS FLASHES PAST! Ri tel MB STEEL AND EIGHT HOURS It is a difficult role that Judge El bert H. Gary has to fill as head of the United States steel corporation. On matters concerning the economical production of steel and the relation of the price of steel to general busi ness prosperity there are few who can speak with the authority which properly attaches to his utterances. For thesS reasons, both because of the responsibility of his position and because of its recognition of the ex act nature of his information, the Christian Science Monitor hesitates to take issue with the reasons he gives for maintaining the present 12-hour work-day in the steel indus- 119. IIoIIrok's Clearance Sale Now going on in full swing. All Shoes and Rubbers at reduced prices. It will be a money saving event for you to take advantage of our Low Prices. special low prices. try. Yet every reason he cites may be correct, while the conclusion he reaches is absolutely indefensible. The 12-hour day in any industry is wholly out of accord with the accepted ideas of humanity and of civilization today. It is repugnant to the con science of the world. If conditions in the steel industry compel it, those conditions are wrongful and intoler able and must be changed. Judge Gary, in pronouncing against any immediate adoption of the eight hour day, declares that under it the price of steel would be so high that business would not pay it. Precisely the same argument, has been raised against every effort to ameliorate the condition of the working classes at any time or in any land. Always the world is told that better working conditions will make for increased costs and that "business"—the god of the materialist—will not stand it. And never yet has this fear proved well founded when courageous re formers grappled with evil methods of labor and corrected them. Time was that English coal magnates thought the supremacy of English coal, and therewith that of British shipping, would be sacrificed if they were no longer permitted to employ women and young children in the depths of the mines. Once the south ern states of the American union be lieved that without slavery the cotton of the United, States would fail to hold its place in the markets of the world. Not so long ago all the states of the union thought that un restricted child labor was essential to their manufacturing industries All these evil conditions have been corrected, and in all the industries affected nothing save a wider exten sion of business and a greater meas vre of prosperity has resulted. It is admittedly the duty of Judge Gary to look after the interests of his stockholders. But today there is wide recognition of the fact that men are not to be sacrificed to money. Divi dends earned by the subjection of tens of thousands of workingmen to con ditions that wreck the body and ex tinguish the fires of the mind are dishonest dividends. The opinion of the worker on this subject is set forth emphatically by one of the characters in Charles Rumford Walker's convinc ing book, "Steel," recently published, which gives a graphic picture of life in the great steel plants. "To hell with the money no can live" says the giant Pole with whom Mr. Walker worked in one of the mills of the steel corporation. Judge Gary!s pronouncement against the eight-hour day is the more unfor tunate because he admits that because of it the same inhuman and brutaliz ing system may be forced upon other nations at present in advance of the United States. "Germany and France are getting back to the 12-hour day," he says, "because they must produce and compete with us, and there is agitation in England to the same end." It is a sorry thing if the United States, which has in so many ways led in all that makes for the uplifting of man and the improvement of the lot of the working classes, should in this matter become the leading reac tionary force in the world. It seems incredible that war-worn Europe should have to abandon humane and civilized conditions of employment in order to compete with those enforced in the United States, the most pros perous of nations today.—Christian Science Monitor. Mi ft in Holbrock 3d, St Shoe Man TRADE UNIONS ON GUARD A survey of trade union opinion regarding the proposal to license and subject them to bureaucratic control shows that the labor organi zations are aware of the sinister character of this proposal. The pro test made against the proposal to license unions stresses two objections that are pertinent. That the power of unions may be abused just as are the power of other organizations, may be conceded. The same may be said of free speech and free assembly, but thorp is no reason for licensing' dis AAA-I A/ W A UAJAV V V V 41 A A' A IVJU^JU cu-si' n n-j no w u ibg a or brand a bar of soap. The trade unions would cease to be free and voluntary organizations of wage workers if they came under the regu lation of state bureaucrats. They no longer would serve the workers. Their rules and regulations would be made by outsiders. Their decisions would be subject to review and veto by bu reaucrats. The unions would have to satisfy the bureaucrats rather than their members before they could func tion. The second objection is that the power to license unions carries with it the power to revoke a license when a union fails to comply with some decision of the bureaucrats. The power to withhold a license means that the workers' is an indus try which has not the approval of state authorities and would face pen alties should they organize in defiance of the state officials. The policy is an entering wedge to outlaw unions that will not submit to regulations made by political appointees. Expe rience also teaches that when these bu reaucrats are created by law, they itch to use their power. They are more likely to abuse or even exceed their power than organizations which they but seek to regulate and control. Ow ing their power, not to the voters, but to appointment by an executive, they feel removed from any expres sion of popular resentment and tend to run amuck. Finally, there has never been any state interference in the regulation of unions in any coun try that has not worked harm and proved a failure in the end. The pro posal will be fought to the end, and no compromise should be conceded on such a vicious measure. *i SUPPOSE THEY LABORED "The railroad labor board, whose members draw a salary of $10,000 per annum from the United States government, declares that a living wage is 'a bit of melliffuous phraseol ogy well calculated to deceive the un thinking, says the Seamen's Jour nal. "We wonder what would happen if these illustrious gentlemen, with their silver-toned and euphonious language, were personally subjected to a wage of 23 cents an hour, and from such meager pay had to raise a family Everybody is entitled to one guess. 'But assuming that they themselves could be made to work for a starva tion wage, it's a cinch that they would not long remain among those classi- MEN'S AND BOYS' SHOES AND FURNISHINGS I Economy 215 Court WHEN YOU NEED THE SERVICES OF A RELIABLE DRUG STORE CALL ON RADCL1FFE The Rex all Store Cor. High and Second Sts. LET US DEVELOP YOUR PICTURES fcr windows for our tied as 'unthinking,' nor would they be 'deceived' as to the rottenness of the wage decisions which they have tried to force upon American workers, with the enthusiastic support of Mr. Daugherty and a flock of injunction judges." If if if if l« PRICES INCREASE New York.—A well-known commer cial agency in this city reports that wholesale commodity prices increas ed 16 per cent during the past year. EXTRA TROUSERS To Match Suit $4.50 fj't/ sW' S START AT ANY TIME §jr 215 HIGH STREET THE BUTLER COUNTY PRESS Is only Newspaper, and NONPAREIL PRINTING COMPANY iB onlv Job Printing Plant in HAMILTON employing UNION HELP IN PRESSROOM Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union Hamilton and Middletown WM. BRINGELMAN, President HARRY HARRIS, Secret*?? THE NONPAREIL FOR FIRST CLASS JOB PRINTING JOIN THE CROWD!! Worthmore Clothes Shop 136 HIGH STREET OPP. 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