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OFFICIAL ORGAN OF ORGANIZED LABOR OF HAMILTON AND VICINITY. miM. |QHTO ASSWj Members Ohio Labor Precis Association THE NONPAREIL PRINTING CO. PUBLISHERS AND PROPRIETORS Subscription Price $1.00 per Tear Payable in Advance. W« do not bold ouraelvea reaponaibl* for any view* or opinions expressed in the article* vt communication* of correspondent*. Communication* adicited 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 rejeet any advertisement* at any time. Advertising rates made known on appll cation. Whatever is intended for insertion must be authenticated by the name and address of the writer, not necessarily for publicr.tion, but as a guarantM of good faith. Subscribers changing their address will please notify this office, giving old and new address to insure regular delivery of paper. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1S23 Entered at the Postoffice at Hamilton, Ohio, as Second Class Mail Matter. leaned Weekly at 826 Marks* Street Hamilton, Ohio. Telephone 129C Endorsed by the Trades and Labor Council of Hamilton, Ohio. Endorsed by the Middletown Trades and Labor Council of Middletown, O THE NEW MAYOR At the polls Tuesday, the people of Hamilton said they want a change of city officials, and they said it in such manner as to leave no doubt as to their meaning. But what happened in Hamilton seems to be no different from what took place everywhere throughout the state of Ohio and in other states where elections were held —where' republicans were in they were kicked out and democrats put in their places, and vice versa. The peo pie seem dissatisfied, and when given the chance seek a change. In Hamil ton the people have selected Howard E. Kelly for mayor and, for the first time in the city's history, a complete set of officials of the republican party Mr. Kelly has a big job before him for he and those speaking for him have promised much. After pointing out that the city has been running "wild and wide open" and that there has been much undue extravagance all of which Mr. Kelly has promised will be cleaned up and changed, it is only natural that his every action will be keenly watched and criticized. The Press, speaking for organized labor of Hamilton, only wishes Mr Kelly every success and pledges itself to support him in every effort toward the city's betterment and the citizens best interests. To the working people of Hamilton it isn't near so much who the man might be at the head of the official family as to what the man is and does. The workers are more in terested in the rates of water, gas and electric light, fine parks, clean envi ronments and law observance than they are in putting a man in office of any political faith. So that, so long as Mr. Kelly conducts the affairs of the city to the best interests of Good Looks and Good Wear Built Into Each Pair In All Sizes The Health and Serv ice Shoes for Your Happy, Romping Girls and Boys ALL the citizens of Hamilton just so long can he depend upon the support of organized labor of Hamilton. to That was a nasty last-minute fling, a kicking a man when he is down, so to say, which appeared in one of the daily papers Wednesday night, and for which not a single word of praise or approval has been heard to date. It would seem that "we" just can't get over "our" disappointment on the elec tric light deal. to n For once, and the only time in the city's long history, the two Hamilton daily newspapers agreed politically. For the best interests of all the peo ple? Oh, you electric light plant! to LET PEOPLE ELECT JUDGES United States Senator Dill, of Washington, favors the popular elec tion of federal judges. The judges are now appointed for life by the president of the United States, and are generally corporation lawyer politicians whose major busi ness has been to twist the statute law in favor of employers and against the workers. Representative-elect Hill, of Wash ington, recently chosen in a special election, made popular election of fed eral judges one of the fighting planks in his platform. An amendment of the federal con stitution will be required to place the election of federal judges in the hands of the people the same as an amend ment was necessary a few years ago to place the election of United States senators in the people's hands. The amendment requires a two thirds vote of both house and senate for its submission to the state legis latures. to to to to to MR. HINKEL S VOTE Wasn't that a splendid vote that Fred A. Hinkel received for mayor When a man can go out independently and alone, except for those volunteer ing to help, and get more than 3,000 votes, he can certainly feel proud and gratified. Such vote for a man shows the respect and esteem held for him by his friends, neighbors and fellow citizens. The Press congratulates Mr Hinkel upon the splendid showing he made. to n FEDERAL NO-STRIKE LAW The open shoppers of the country backed by the American Bar Associa tion, are planning a federal no-strike industrial court more effective than the infamous Kansas court. Frank E. Curley, inventor of the law of "necessity" in the Bisbee de portation trial, law partner of Sam Pattee, who presided at the Bisbee trial, attorney for the Phelps Dodge corporation and other anti-labor cor porations, was chosen by Minneapolis convention, American Bar Association, together with ex-Senator Chester I Long, Wichita, Kans., and William Crook, Beaumont, Tex., to draft a law governing industrial relations. This measure may become an amendment to the United States constitution. "Since the supreme court of the United States declared the industrial relations court of Kansas unconstitu tional, the bar association has been de vising means of solving difficulties between labor and capital," Curley ex plains here upon his return from the convention. "We hope to formulate a law that will not conflict with the constitution PETERS AYEATHERBiRD" FOR SAJ K i Y JOHN J. HOLBKOCK "id Street Shoe Man NOTICE, Retail Clerks Union Local No. 119 Will Meet in Special Session MONDAY EVE 7:30 O'CLOCK LABOR TEMPLE TO TAKE ACTION ON THE WURLJT2ER CASE BILL BOOSTER SAYS r, peew *oa peexnji xHtft NAJHO fclUT \HA AsFRMO UmlM GftT *r &QM4& "to Utt£ VC GOD HATtj ft and may be adopted in every state. In case it is found that no law can be drafted without conflicting with the constiuttion it will be offered in the form of an amendment to the consti tution." to i* 1* COAL SCALPING "Scalping," or the speculative sale of coal among wholesale dealers boosts the price of coal to the con sumer, the federal trade commission in a report on the handling of an thracite coal by wholesalers for the week ending September 22. "In times of shortage," says the commission, "there is a marked ten dency for wholesalers to buy and sell speculatively among themselves, each taking a margin which is added to the price finally paid by the retailer and the consumer." "Sixty per cent of the total number of cars of domestic sizes of coal re ported for the week ending Septem ber 22 were purchased by the report ing wholesaler from a producer and sold to a retailer or consumer, thus passing through the hands of but one wholesaler. Thirty-two per cent were purchased by the reporting whole saler from a wholesaler and sold to a retailer, thus interposing at least two und possibly more wholesalers be tween the mine and the consumer. Six per cent were bought by the reporting wholesaler from a producer and sold to wholesaler, thus interposing at least two wholesalers, and two per cent were bought by the reporting wholesaler from a wholesaler and sold to a wholesaler, thus interposing at least three wholesalers between the mine and the consumer. Thus 40 per cent of the carloads of domestic sizes reported were handled by two or more wholesalers." And thus it can be seen why the high prices of coal, where goes the big difference between what the producer gets and that paid by the consumer and that it isn't the local retailer who gets it, but that it is the many "scalping" wholesalers between the producer and the retailer who get the big bulk of the high prices paid for coal by the consumer. to to i* ANOTHER BRISBANALITY Arthur Brisbane, chief editorial writer for the Hearst papers, com mends to employers a paraphrasing of the slogan, "Milk from contented cows." It is "Work from contented workmen ought to be the employer's motto. Contented cows don't kick or buck." Mr. Brisbane professes to be lieve that the content which he com mends can be induced by so-called welfare work. "Work from contented workmen ought to be the employr's motto" is another Brisbanality of the kind that Hearst's writer produces so prolific ally. It means nothing unless the workmen's content springs from a con sciousness that he, as a free man, is receiving a square deal from his em ployer. When the contentment is a temporary feeling induced by "wel fare" work it seldom results in the quality of work which follows the giv ing of fair wages and good working conditions. President Gompers, of the American Federation of Labor, recently analyz ed the workmen-made-contented-by welfare-work theory in an editorial on "Milk Fflom Conftentjed Cows.." It constituted a perfect reply to Bris bane's Brisbanality. Mr. Gompers said in part: "Because men are not constituted THE BUTLER COUNT"* PRESS like cows, much of the welfare en deavor of employers is doomed to fail ure. Up to a certain point workmen of the self-respecting kind will accept the same kind of treatment a farmer gives his cow. Farmers provide nice stalls, regulate the food, supply fresh air, procure good drinking water and keep a veterinary handy so that his animals may give good milk or do good work. On the theory that simi lar treatment will increase efficiency if applied to workmen, it has become popular for employers to make much of housing programs, dietetic super vision, sanitation, hospitalization, vis iting nursing, and recreation of em ployes. But it is absurd to imagine that there are panaceas or solvents of the labor problem. After a cer tain point is reached it constitutes a boomerang. It does not matter then if the employer cries about the in gratitude of workmen. The milk is sour—the cows are no longer con tented. "In final analysis the American Federation of Labor stands for a pol icy and system that will develop real men men of intelligence men of courage independence, good work manship and responsibility, who pul sate with the discontent that makes man divine. The contented cow idea has not made the American Federa tion of Labor what it is on Labor Day, 1923. Some of that soul that was breathed into man has been working 24 hours a day to produce a union of men working for what is right and good. That soul lives on!" GROPING FOR A NEW FREEDOM If Prof. Browser spends the whole day on the bank of a rippling stream doing nothing at all but thinking, it will be generally believed that he is not crazy or lazy he is thinking, and that's his trade, so it's all right. If James Workaday goes out and sprawls on his back on the river bank, he's neglecting to earn money for hitf family and he's a loafer and he's pretty sure to get a black mark in the community. Nobody suspects him of purposely going out there to think. That's not his trade, so he's not sup posed to be doing it. But that's what's happening and the world will get used to it. The hunger for enough of the material things to sustain life and to provide a fair amount of comfort has actually won its battle, so far as the great bulk of the labor movement is concerned. The fight is no longer for enough to eat. It is no longer for enough to wear, nor for good enough houses. The story about bath tubs used as coal bins doesn't get a laugh any more. The house without a bath gets the go-by. Likewise the fight for time to think has been won—to a sufficient degree at least to have started the thinking machinery to work. The great urge in the labor move ment today is for something not yet defined, except vaguely. The chick knows nothing of what is beyond the shell, but it fights to break through, nonetheless. Labor is forcing against a shell almost with a mental torture. It wants a freedom undefined, a larger life, more of life—the freedom of the brain and soul. It is the day of days, a gr.eat venture impends. Beyond the shell, what?—Chester M. Wright. to' to to to to VARIOUS VOICES Mrs. Mabel Willebrandt, assistant United States attorney, a few days ago at Philadelphia said that prohi bition cannot stop bootlegging. Illi cit traffic and consumption of liquors will be banished by the individual or not at all. It is to be assumed that this is what the assistant attorney meant. Dr. Charles H. Parkhurst, whose long battle against organized vice and intemperence should entitle him to a respectable hearing, even in the most radical of Volstead forum.s, declares: "The recent attempt of the government to make people good by statute has resulted in so much re sistance, not only of the lawless, but also of the law-abiding, as condemns the attempt as being fraught not only with difficulty, but also with ap parent impossibility. The resistance of this attempt, which at this writing is a growing one, suggests that while the government has its business to mind, the individual has his own busi ness to mind, and is the only one who can be wisely allowed to mind it There is that within us that cannot be made common property and is be yond the reach of all human intru sion." At least two great religious organizations, combined, constituting the most powerful organized moral influence "in Christendom, have chal lenged the validity of prohibition as a political policy. In Portland, Ore gon, a few days ago the American Federation of Labor put itself on rec ord as demanding a "sane" amend ment of the Volstead law, only twelve out of three hundred and fifty dele gates*" in the convention hall dissenting. These various voices indicate very clearly that the so-called prohibition question is far from being settled. It never will be settled by any attempt to make people good by statute. All that is necessary to clear the entire unwholesome situation is the adop tion of and sensible modification of the liquor enforcement statutes, which all men agree are, in some re spects, as outrageously despotic and tyrannous as any enactments yet ren dered into law by the Soviet govern ment.—The Cincinnati Enquirer, to to to to to PROGRESS IS SLOW Defeat in Maine of an amendment providing for a 48-hour law for women and children shows how diffi cult and how slow it is to make pro gress toward better conditions. Here was a proposal that by every rule of humanitarianism and enlight ened self-interest should have been approved by a big majority. Yet th proposal was decisively defeated, only two counties voting in its favor. The enlarged committee of Ass- dated Industries, representing employers, bitterly attacked the 4v hour proposal, making various u: supported statements about it, i eluding the assertion that the passa,v of the law would put Maine at an N per cent disadvantage with evei Maine's action demonstrates that progress is slow. But that should not discourage friends of progress in industry. They have only to redouble their efforts and work with pattern.', intelligence and sound methods anl they will bring about changes based on the solidest of foundations—a con viction on the part of society that proposed changes are necessary to the advancement of humanity. to to to to to VIOLENCE TO UNION ISTS INCITED BY EMPLOYERS Indianapolis Ind, The Indiana State Federation of Labor notifies the unions of the state that the Holland Furnace Company foundry, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been struck by the International Molders' Union because of refusal to recognize the 8-hour day and other union shop conditions. It is claimed that anti-union em ployes of the Holland concern's es tablishment at Holland, Mich., in an attempt to terrorize the union mold ers and drive them from the city seized the 17-year-old son of a mem ber of the Holland Molders' Union, rushed him in an automobile a num ber of miles from town, maltreated him, and threatened to kill him if he ever returned to Holland. Why Burden The Stomach with poor coffee coffee that'n likely to prove injurious, whei there's more economy in giving it something wholesome, grateful and soothing in the way of a cup of tfood coffee? [Good coffee costs less than poor coffee, if the fact is taken into con sideration that good coffee makes many more cups of the beverage to the pound than poor grade coffee ran make. (IThis is why we so strongly urge that you use our GOLD MEDAL BRAND 35 Cent Freshly Roasted Coffee lilt's good in every sense of the word, and it's within the reach of the most modest pocketbook. We Sell Today—To Sell Tomorrow RICHARD F. GRAF GROCERY AND DELICATESSEN Phone 2731 17 Journal Sq» HAMILTON, OHIO Ambulance Service Phone 35 MONEY y other industrial state in the Unit* States making cotton and wool* n goods and shoes, except one." Organized labor and other progre sive forces put up a strong fight the law but their educational can pagin had been of long enough dux tion to show the people the real bene fits of the proposal. As a result, the people, especially the farmers, "swal lowed" the arguments of the reaction aries and voted down the bill. Someone has said that there can be no lasting revolution unless there has first been a revolution in the hearts of the people. It is equally true that there is small chance of making progress on society until the people who compose society have changed their minds. Only when peo ple have been educated to see clearly the benefits of a change will they consent to progress. iv V ... ^akV, k A ffi vuLilk^liJb •—r» a *nii C. W. GATH CO. 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