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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2,1923
Entered at the Postoffice at Hamilton
Ohio, as Second Class Mail Matter
Issued Weekly at 326 Market Street.
Endorsed by the Trades and Labor
Council of Hamilton, Ohio.
Endorsed by the Middletown Trades
and Labor Council of Middletown, O,
AMERICA FOR LIBERTY
Certain employers are pushing cam
paigns to forbid the workers having
a voice in fixing the conditions under
which they shall work.
These employers assert that they
alone have the right of naming the
terms of the work, the wages and the
hours of labor of the persons whom
they employ. Thus the workers
through the economic power of these
employers, are forbidden from mak
ing use of the natural, the human
right of free association with other
workers for mutual, economic and so
These employers seek to hide their
real design to break down American
standards of living by naming their
scheme to do it "the American plan."
In furthering the purposes of this
autocratic and falsely-named plan
these employers have caused work
men who refused to be found to be
lockout out of shops, and have enlist
ed the aid of the courts by suing out
writes of injunction against the work
ers, forbidding them from doing acts
which they have a lawful right to do
This so-called "American plan" at
tacks the principles of American lib
erty by denying to workers the right
of free association. Its plain purpose!
is to shatter wages and to* increase the
hours of labor and thus break up the
homes of the workers, taking the
children from the schools and putting
them to work in the factories.
This so-called "American plan" cuts
deep when it assaults the homelife of
the American worker, which is the
guarantee of national security and the
fount of social progress.
By whose authority do the organiz
ers of this plan use the name Amer
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WM. BRINGELMAN, President HARRY HARRIS, Secretary
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ican? America, in its very nature
is opposed to everything for which
this plan is sponsor—low wages and
long hours—which mean child labor,
ignorance, misery, squalor, and hovel
homes. All court injunctions on earth
cannot make them just, cannot make
America has declared to all the
world that the labor of human beings
is not a commodity or article of com
merce. This means that workers are
human with the rights of humans.
America stands for justice
equal rights to all mankind.
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Just three years ago the Palace
Theatre Beautiful threw open its
doors to the theatre-going people of
Hamilton. During those three years
its patrons have been privileged to
witness many of the finest works of
the screen. The Press extends to the
Palace best wishes for many returns
of the day and may they all be pros
perous. To Messrs. Meyer, Turberg
and Silver we extend congratulations
upon the able and successful manage
ment of this popular play house dur
ing its three years' course, and wish
for them continued success and pros
According to the comic pages run
in taiany newspapers these days we
should have oodles of snow and lots
of zero weather. The weather man
certainly has been playing dirty with
MORE DRY AGENTS
Last week we witnessed the spec
tacle of a couple of dry agents, led
by a preacher, entering a home under
the excuse that they were looking for
liquor. They didn't find liquor, but
they located a lot of fruit jars con
taining much money. It looks very
much as though they tried to get
away with the coin but were made to
disgorge—testimony showing that one
of them had $160 concealed in his
shoe. The preacher stated that these
two "nice gentlemen" were quartered
in a spare room at his home and that
they participated in the home prayers
and all its functions. The saints for
bid! Talk about hypocrites—can you
beat it? It would seem that the good
men of the church and the dry adher
ents are willing to put up with any
body just so long as they are "dry."
This week we see three "dry'
sleuths enter a home in Lindenwald
and assault two women, one a tuber
cular patient, with blackjacks—rais
ing lumps on their heads in their zeal
to find, as they claim, a man charged
with illicit traffic in liquor. Nice
work, surely! But there is an old
saying, give a horse thief enough rope
and he is sure to hang himself. It
seems this old adage is to hold good
in prohibition, for the dry movement
is slowly digging its own grave
through its own enforcing agency.
ARTHUR BRISBANE SAYS:
"The Union of Locomotive Engin
eers recently purchased a substantial
part of the Empire Trust Company,
of New ^ftrk. Some old-fashioned
financiers shivered, and they will
shiver more now, for the engineers
will establish in New York a bank
entirely their own, with branches op
erating throughout the city.
"Instead of shivering, finance should
rejoice. Nothing makes you more
conservative more quickly than own
inga bank, except owning two banks."
Twenty-eight union men formerly
employed by the government, dis
missed under a cloud last March, are
about to be vindicated.
These men were members of various
organizations. Most of them belonged
to the Plate Printers, Printing Press
men and Federal Employes' Unions.
They were employed in the U. S. bu
reau of engraving and printing.
When they were dismissed they
were sent away summarily, without
the slightest notice and were even
compelled to leave their desks under
secret service guard.
Washington and the country specu
lated wildly for a time as to what
was wrong—and then the case drop
ped from public sight.
The twenty-eight went out under a
cloud. One died and it is said that
his death was due to the humiliation
There's a Thrill
in Playing Music
You Cannot Get
One thing is sure—you'd
rather play music, person
ally, than just listen. With
a Gulbransen you CAN
play good music, yourself,
just as you want to play ttl
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of having thus been discharged aftii
a quarter century of faithful servict
Now, following many investigation
it is said that all are to be vindi
cated and restored to their right
At the outset the move was unque.
tionably political. Twenty-eight
union men suffered humiliation
shame, loss of worjc and loss of es
teem for politics.
There ought to be something mox
than an ordinary vindication to con
pensate for such a political slaugh
n pi n
A waiter smashed a bottle of hocth
on the U. S. senate restaurant floo
disclosing the fact that Washingto
is as wet as any place in the country
if not wetter.
Officials who declaim about tli
duty of obeying the law also indul?
freely in pre-Volstead practices.
One of the reasons why some pe
pie want to be officials seems to
that so many pipe lines have one eu
in so many public offices.
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LIVING WITHOUT WORK
It is a great mistake to suppos
that under some form of governmen
or in some advanced state of civil
It's easy. Instruction Rolls
are provided. All the fam
ily will quickly become
All the fen without long
practice! All the joy with
out hard work! All the
music that you long for,
played with feeling and
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Country Seat Model ^600
Suburban Model ^495
Community Model $398
zation people can exist without effort
and live wholly at ease, declared Ca!
vin Coolidge, vice president of tb
United States, in a speech before th'
Chicago Sunday Evening Club|
Evidently Vice President Coolidge
is oblivious of the report recentlv
made by the federal trade commissioi
which declares that during 1922 thi
labor exploiting corporations distrib
uted stock dividends totaling ove
All the "effort" required to secur
the annual dividends on this plunder i
that used to endorse four fat dividen
checks per year. And surely the vie
president will admit, on more matur
consideration, that those who hav
enough of these stock dividend check
can live "wholly at ease."
In fact, the people whose majoi
occupation is that of coupon clipping
and dividend drawing cannot be charg
ed with exercising much effort in or
der to live without work.
JUSTICE FORD TELLS 'EM
There's one judge that isn't bowed
down by the weight of his dignity.
We don't know overly much about
Supreme Justice John Ford, of New
York, but he tore loose in a speech
a few days ago in such a manner as
to indicate that he is no pink tea
"The courts are partial to accumu
lated wealth," said this judge in his
Sounds good to hear a judge come
across with the truth.
"They (the courts) are on the side
of the powerful employer and against
his employes, and they are daily,
through judge-made law, oppressing
the poor and lowly in the interests
of amassed capital."
Ford said federal judges are the
worst. They are fixed for life and
not responsible to the people. Also
they are picked by lawyers and here's
what Ford says about lawyers:
THE BUTLER COUNTY PRESS
Strongly built and large enough
accommodate any ordinary fern.
4 Piece Walnut
Bed Room Suite
February 1 An.
Sale Price «Pl lO.vU
4 Piece Walnut Veneered
Bed Room Suite
February £9fi7 CA
—Including bow end bed, dresser and
—Full size, splendid quality
felt mattress with splendid
grade covering. A great value
in this sale.
In brown ....
s: Large Rockers— O QP
EE DuoFold Cane &nd Mahogany
Living Room Suite
1 9 A A.
Sale Price.... v
"LAWYERS ARE THE EMPLOY
ES OF WEALTHY MEN AND
It is earnestly hoped that Harry
Daugherty and an assorted lot of
judges around the country will take
note of what Ford said.
FORD, BEING A JUDGE, OUGHT
TO BE AN EXPERT WITNESS ON
LUXURY & WEALTH
To Be the Big Gainers Un
der Subsidy Bill
Washington.—In an attack on the
ship subsidy Senator Sheppard show
ed that under this bill the largest
subsidies would be given to luxurious
passenger vessels, "designed mainly
for the accommodation of the wealth
ier classes, the pleasure seekers, the
tourists, the globe trotters, the mon
eyed idlers, the feasters and revelers
of America's vulgar, dollar-worship
"It was recently announced," con
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142 High Street Formerly The Ahman Store
February Sale of Furniture
$25,000 WORTH OF BRAND NEW FURNITURE PURCHASED
ESPECIALLY FOR THIS SALE, OFFERED AT
PRICES THAT ENABLE YOU TO
SAVE 20% TO 35%
Furniture You Will Enjoy Long Alter the Cost Is Forgotten!.
No matter how mdeh or how little furniture you need, it is not necessary to have the cash to pay for it. Elsewhere
in this advertisement is explained how easy it is to get what you want at your terms—Every piece of furniture is fully
guaranteed, is of the very highest quality and character, and has the unqualified backing of this entire organization.
Better furniture is not made than this offered in the February Sale.
Walnut 8 Piece Tudor Din
ing Room Suite
—Choose all the furniture you walit,
no matter whether it is a single piece
or a complete home outfit. A nominal
payment brings what you select to
your hoiue. The balance of the cost
is fcattcred over a long period in
payments to suit your convenience.
You pay the only price we have, the
same as if you were buying for cash.
NO INTEREST is charged on these
Genuine Mohair 3 Piece
Living Room Suite
February Sale Price
tion, the finest upholstering done.
Comes in any color you desire. Guar
anteed in every way. Save at least
fifty dollars on these suites.
3 Piece Velour
Living Room Suite
February (fcOOQ 7C
Sale Price.... I O
ors and patterns, and are the finest
obtainable. Davenport, chair and
rocker to match. You save at least
25 per cent.
3 Piece Tapestry
Living Room Suite
February £OOA AA
Sale Price.... vivvl
—This is not to be
tinued the speaker, "that eastern capi
talists were preparing to construct,
with the enormous financial aid they
would receive under this bill in the
event it became law, two passenger
liners eclipsing in size and speed any
thing the world has yet beheld lin
ers 1,000 feet long and of 70,000 gross
tons each liners that would make the
Majestic and the Leviathan look like
canal boats. It has been estimated
that these ships would get about
$4,000,000 a year basic subsidy under
this bill, or twice that amount if the
board should so allow, the board hav
ing the power to double the basic
"An expert of the shipping board
testified at the hearings that the Le
viathan would get $900,000 a year in
basic subsidy from the treasury under
this bill, and the subsidy could be
doubled if the board should so desire.
On the other hand, ordinary cargo
vessels, such as make up the bulk of
the present shipping board fleet and
such as carry most of the world's
commerce, including farm products,
would receive only a few thousand
dollars each per annum."
ordinary tapestry living room suite.
This is of excellent quality, well built
and a wonderful value.
66-inch buffet, oblong dining ta
ble, 5 side chairs and one arm chair
all in the finest walnut veneer. A
beautiful suite and one that will last
8 Piece American Walnut
Dining Room Suite
February ^*)1C 7C
—60-inch buffet, 45x54 inch table, 5
side chairs and one arm chair, in beau
tiful tapestry upholstery. Best wal
nut veneer furniture.
8 Piece Walnut Queen Ann
Dining Room Suite
February tfclfiC 7C
Sale Price.... vAUO«f
—60-inch buffet, 45x60 inch table, and
six chairs in best grade tapestry up
holstery. Walnut veneered suite of
Buy Furnitureon Easy
Payments Through Our
Production Costs Different
From Living Costs,
Washington.—The District of Co
lumbia court of appeals has upheld
the district supreme court's refusal
to sustain the federal trade commis
sion's demand that a score of inde
pendent steel companies give reports
monthly on their production costs and
The federal trade commission en
deavored to acquaint the public with
costs of manufacturing the various
commodities. The plan seemed rea
sonable, as the living costs of work
ers have been probed down to the last
fraction of a cent.
The decision means that unless the
commission can induce the United
States supreme court to reverse the
court of appeals, production costs will
remain a secret.
The coal barons recently defeated
the commission's attempt to secure
production costs. In the Maynard
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February £7/1 CA
Sale Price v
—Full size and a big special
value. Mahogany veneered.
February 1 a 7c
Sale Price V
—Solid mahogany cane filled
chairs. A splendid chair for
Gate Leg Tables
February ^*17 CA
—Salid walnut in a beautiful style. One
of the handiest tables to have around
the house, and quite fashionable.
—Solid mahogany spinet
desk. A, splendid value in
better quality furniture.
Nests of Tables
February £17 CA
Sale Price V* *311
—Three tables. Done in sol
id walnut and finely finished.
3 Piece Reed Living Room
February O A
—bone in either reed or fibre and beau
tifully finished. Davenport, chair and
rocker to match, all nicely upholstered.
An attractive design.
case the court held that there is a
difference between production and
commerce and that congress has no
control over a corporation that is not
engaged in interstate commerce. Even
though the company ships some of its
coal to other states, this does not
subject it to the powers of congress.
These two decisions are of vast im
portance to big business, as they af
fect general industry. The decisions
mean that the public may be informed
on what it costs a worker to live, but
the cost of producing a ton of coal,
of steel, or cement, must be guarded
as a trade secret.
WHO GETS THE MONEY
Washington.—The workers' share
in the rubber industry is less than
$20 a week, according to the census
bureau. In its report on rubber tires
and tubes and other rubber goods it
is stated that in 1921 wage earners
to the number of 76,366 were paid a
total of $97,067,000 in wages. This
is an average if $19.40 a week.
In round numbers the cost of mate
rials was $338,000,0000, and the value
added by manufacture was $257,000,*
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