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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1927
Entered at the Postoffice at Hamilton,
Ohio, as Second Class Mail Matter.
Issued Weekly at 321 Market Street
Telephone 129S Hamilton. Ohto
Endorsed by the Trades and Labor
Council of Hamilton, Ohio
Endorsed by the Middletown Trades
•Dd Labor Council of Middletown, O.
GIVE AND BE HAPPY
Leaders and workers in Hamilton's
1927 Community Chest drive are now
in harness, laboring, pulling, hauling,
coaxing, begging and cajoling, in their
efforts to fill the chest. It is figured
it will take just $100,000 to fill the
chest that the relief and welfare or
ganizations of Hamilton may function
properly during the year to come.
While $100,000 has been fixed by the
budget committee as the amount nec
essary for the twelve agencies to
benefit from the chest, this amount
is the minimum with which these
agencies can carry on, and doesn't
mean that each agency can not use
more money than is allotted it. Good
ness knows that relief and welfare
organizations can use every dollar to
be obtained and more. For that rea
son it is to be hoped that the drive
this year goes way "over the top."
The workers in this cause dedicate
themselves to that service which is
the essence of vitalized religion.
With them let the general public join
in this selfless dedication, to the end
that peace, comfort—some measure of
happiness— may enter into afflicted
The chest takes care of the widowed
and orphaned, of the aged and infirm,
of little children handicapped by cir
cumstances of birth and environment,
of those who walk, bending under
the burden of disease of the delin
quent, of those who would labor and
can find it not.
It is a duty to contribute as one
can. It is an opportunity for all to
serve as kindly dispensers of bless
GIVE AND BE HAPPY.
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FREEDOM TO CEASE WORK
The anti-union Los Angeles Times
is angry because the Musicians' Union
of that city decided that no member
shall be employed by a broadcasting
station that employs non-union musi
The decision, says the Times,
"means that many independent musi
cians will be deprived of a large part
of their means of livelihood."
This is* another way of saying that
union musicians have not the right to
refuse work for any reason satis
factory to themselves.
The United States supreme court
has made a contrary ruling in the
Indiana stone cutters' case, and there
by supports the Times, but this deci
sion, which Justice Brandeis has call
ed "involuntary servitude," is not the
final word. Courts find ways to re
spond to enlightened public opinion.
If workers are free men they con
trol their labor power. If this power
—that is inseparably linked with man
—can be regulated, as is a commod
ity or a corporation that has been
CHRIST FOR ALL-ALL FOR CHRIST
THE GOLDEN RULE:—As ye
would that men should do to you, do
ye also to them. Luke 6: 31.
PRAYER:—Lord, help us to make
Thee the standard of our life, and
then we ever will love aright and
serve aright every one else.
Federal Judge Isaac M. Meekins
rated as a rough-on-drinkers, scrap
ping judge, was interviewed for Col
liers' Weekly. In the interview, en
titled, "Are We All Liars?" Meekins
"The ruthless disregard of truth on
the part of millions of our citizens
with regard to Volsteadism can not be
confined to Volsteadism alone. It
leads ultimately to but one thing—
destruction of all law and order.
"Personally I am in favor of law
enforcement 100 per cent plus.
I am speaking as one who favored
adoption of the law.
"I feel and believe the noblest aims
of the true citizen are to kindle love
and loyalty for the great republic in
which we live, to each obedience to
and enforcement of its laws."
CONVICT LABOR ISSUE
TO BE FORCED BY UNIONS
Memphis, Tenn.—Organized labor
will make the convict labor question
a feature of the next gubernatorial
campaign. The State Federation of
Labor convention declared that this
evil is detrimental to free labor and
should be abolished.
created by the state, the worker is
The fact that others may be incon
venienced by the exercise of this right
does not affect the principle of free
A nation can not profess f^edom
and practice tyranny.
If workers must give their labor
lest others be inconvenienced, where
is the difference between this and
Mussolini's system that outlaws
strikes and sets wages by compulsory
Human rights can not be subjected
to counting room standards. The dif
ference between the serf and the free
man is that the latter can cease em
ployment. He can refuse to serve.
He does not have to ask others. He
must not be a victim of what the
Montana supreme court has termed
"judicial legerdemain" that acknowl
edges this right in theory and denies
it in practice.
The human being is not an append
age of the state or of business—at
least not in America.
By driving home this point, organ-
Gas Contract To Mean Great
Things For Hamilton's Future
you read the news articles in the Dayton Journal of last Sunday and
in the Hamilton dailies of last Monday on the elaborate plans for the now
assured industrial development at Coke Otto, the result of the proposed
enlargement of the coke and gas plant? And if you did, we would ask this
question, "Was the Butler County Press right, when during its battles the
past two years in the local gas war, it always contended that the coming of
the big plant at Coke Otto would mean eventually the biggest one thing
industrially that ever came to this community? Are you ready to believe
with us now that our prediction stands a good chance of realization?
Are you beginning to realize now what Hamilton and the community
would have lost had you and the others, making up the majority of the city's
voters, cast your ballots against accepting an artificial gas contract and
then to have voted to accept the proffered natural gas contract? And do
you remember—sure you do—how you were told by the few know-it-alls
what a terrible mistake you were making in your insistence for artificial gas
in preference to natural gas? Don't you remember how this was dinned
into you, night after night, by the dailies? And weren't you given to under
stand, from this same source, that if you didn't get off the artificial gas
proposition that you didn't know what was really good for you? Sure you do!
But what do you think of the proposition now? Looks good, doesn't it?
The Dayton Journal writer, among other things, said: "Heretofore the
Miami-valley has been considered as largely agricultural. It is destined, say
the industrialists, eventually to become a district akin to the Ruhr in Ger
many, to Lancashire in England, and to certain parts of Pennsylvania. This
a long time hence, but not so long as some would imagine."
Well, Coke Otto and the Miami valley may not become another Ruhr
or Lancashire, but the Press does believe it will, in time, become a close second
to them. The coming of this great development is now no longer a dream
it is practically here. Not today, not tomorrow, perhaps, but with the re
organization of the company completed and the building plans for the big
plant about finished and the engineers and consiruction men ready to go,
big doings at Coke Otto may be looked for within a very few days.
But since this wonderful Aladdin-like story of the plans for this great
industrial development is gradually unfolding itself and impressing itself on
the min$s of the people as no longer just a dream, but a reality in fact,
what do they think and what have they to say, those who favored a natural
gas pact for Hamilton as against an artificial pact and the retaining of the
plant at Coke Otto? One of the dailies in its editorial the other night, said:
"Our long controversy over gas seems to have been a blessing in disguise,
admitting in a few words its error in its stand on the gas question in the
past. The other paper, so far, fails to admit it was wrong in its stand.
It must first, no doubt, be shown, and then won't believe, or at least won't
admit it so long as John A. Savage lives.
But all's well that ends well, and in the gas question is to be seen a glor
ious ending for Hamilton and the community's future—steady employment for
hundreds—yes, thousands—which will mean much for the prosperity of all
is to be seen in the ending of this long controversy. And then the big thing—
an assured gas supply for many, many years. All during the long battle the
Press steadily held that the people had a remarkable intuition and a pretty
sharp nose for smelling out, in their own way, just what is good for them,
especially where gas is concerned. Again, was the Press right? No answer
And now, while the Press doesn't for one instant desire to claim credit
for all these wonderful happenings that are to mean so much for the com
munity's future prosperity, yet the Press is indeed proud of the stand it
took on this question, steadily fighting along in its humble way, always
advocating the artificial gas proposal, ever believing it to be for the best
interests of all the people and all concerned. And if its efforts in any way
did anything to influence or to bring about the final result in the proposed
big development, growth and expansion for Hamilton and the community
if, as we say, we had anything to do with it, then the Press is indeed proud
and glad, especially so, since the Press was the only paper in the city taking
the stand which it did—ON THE SIDE OF THE PEOPLE.
A Federal Judge-Two Pictures!
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Comptroller General McCarl, in a
report sent to President Coolidge and
to congress, dealing with the alien
property custodian's office,, said about
this same Meekins:
"Compensation at $10,000 per an
num, plus living expenses, $54,220
Judge Meekins also was paid in 1923
24 from the funds of the Prussian
Life Insurance Company fees amount
ing to $7,500 in connection with a
suit against that company.
"As a voting trustee
Roessler & Hasslacher Chemical Co
a corporation the control of which the
alien property custodian had relin
quished, Judge Meekins was paid
"Judge Meekins, while serving as
manager of enemy insurance com
panies, was paid an amount, probably
$20,000, for fees in connection with
securing a reduction made in the in
come taxes assessed against the Roes
sler & Hasslacher Chemical Company
"The amounts received by Judge
Meekins from the alien property cus
todian and as manager of enemy in
surance companies were not complete
ly or accurately reported in his in
come tax returns."
ized labor will create a public opinion
that conforms with the Declaration of
Independence and which will then be
reflexed by judges, editors and others
who dare not publicly class labor as
a commodity, but who subconsciously
cling to this serf ideal.
THIS MACHINERY AGE
Whenever some "labor-saving" de
vice comes into use and displaces a
large number of hand workers the
world looks in awe at the machinery
for a moment and then forgets it
Still more quickly does it forget the
Machines have displaced hundreds
of thousands of workers in factories,
mills and mines, in many lines of
production, yet some sort of adjust
ment has come and skilled workers,
those of them who have sense enough
to combine and protect themselves,
are in better position than ever be
Farm machinery is going to move
in the same direction. Kansas alone
will show the world something in that
line this year. In that wheat-growing
THE BUTLER COUNTY PRESS
state there are 12,000 "combines" this
year as against 8,274 "perfected" har
vesting machines last year. This will
displace 125,000 itinerant harvest
hands and make a saving of $125,000
a day during harvesting season.
Does this mean good news to the
farmers? Will they get the benefit
of savings in labor costs? Will they
get just as much for their wheat?
Will the public get any benefit from
lower cost of flour and bread? Will
the elevator trust absorb the savings
and hold prices up on the public?
What will become of the displaced
If you will think a little and apply
your knowledge of contemporaneous
affairs, current history, you will be
able to answer these questions with
a fair amount of accuracy.
Anyway, the application, of machin
ery is always a sign of progress, and
intelligent people of all classes recog
nize it. Adaptations and adjustments
take care of changed conditions and
humanity plods along in an upward
spiral, despite the mutterings of pes
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UNCLE SAM ENDS LIBERAL
HOPES IN NICARAGUA
Henry L. Stimson, house of Morgan
man, went to Nicaragua. Newspapers
said he went to "negotiate" peace.
That was bunk. He went to compel
Henry L. Stimson, house of Mor
gan man, told the Sacasa forces that
if they didn't stop fighting Diaz, the
usurper put in power at the instance
of the American state department,
that they would have to fight the
Sacasa, Nicaraguan successor to
the presidency by virtue of having
been elected vice president at the last
regular election, knows that he can't
fight the United States and anyway
he doesn't want to.
Disdaining to sign any such dis
honorable peace arrangement as
Henry L. Stimson laid before him,
Sacasa, through his delegates, said
they would lay down their arms and
wait for the next election, which the
United States is to supervise.
Secretary Kellogg has made a pre
tense of not having intervened in
But at last the truth comes out offi
cially. He admits that Stimson gave
Sacasa's delegates an ultimatum.
That was an avowal of intervention.
The United States has intervened
in Nicargaua, set up a butt-in presi
dent amenable to reason and driven
the legitimate successor to the presi
dency out of the field. It is not a
nice story. All Latin America will
ring with the story for a long time
to come. The United States will reap
only more suspicion and dislike.
The story of our conduct in Nica
ragua will please the monopoly hold
ers of Nicaraguan mahogany mora
than it will please anyone else, just as
the story of American influence in
Cuba pleases the great Wall street
owners of sugar and electric power
plants more than it pleases anyone
else except the political grafters of
Why should American foreign pol
icy in Latin America be placed on
such an ignominious basis?
Level Not Much Changed
By International Labor News Service.
Washington, D. C.—Construction
activity throughout the United
States seems to be going forward this
year at a cost level which is not
greatly changed from that of last year
and of 1925.
This is revealed by a study of an
index of the cost of building in frame,
brick and reinforced concrete. The
index shows no change whatever over
the last three years in costs of brick
and concrete. For frame construction
the cost level this year is the same
as in 1926, but is one point higher
than that of 1925.
For all three classes of construc
tion, the index shows a general decline
from the cost level of 1923 which is
reported to have been the highest since
the World War.
In reading the index figures it must
be emphasized that they can not be
taken too literally. The cost of indi
vidual construction jobs may not run
exactly parallel to the percentages of
change shown in the index. This is
because the index figures are calcu
lated from costs in many widely sepa
rated sections of the country. The in
dex figures here quoted are valuable
chiefly as showing the general trend
for the country as a whole.
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be known, but these mines are invar
iably operated in defiance of state
Will remove the wearshine froth
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37c Pint can 57c
A SPRAY PUMP—Very nec
essary at times. Spray your
trees and whitewash the cellar,
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$2.50 value at $2.27
We sell Arsenate of Lead
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Concentrated Fertilizer. See
what a difference in your flow
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You Need a Grass Shear!
This week 37c
You can not duplicate our val
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from $3.00 to $5.00. Why not?
Home Builders' Saw
A 24-inch 8-point, general
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Extra Special on Mops, Cedar
Oil and Polishes. You can save
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