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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1941.
ONUS ON JOHN
The labor movement has John -L
Lewis to thank for a new drive to pass
anti-labor legislation in Congress. By
calling a strike at the captive mines
when there was no compelling reason
for it, Lewis played right into the
hands of the labor-haters, who were
quick to take advantage of the situa
tion to raise a howl for restrictive
laws. Flaring headlines on the strike
in the newspapers and an avalanche of
radio news and comment created the
proper atmosphere for such a drive
and made it comparatively easy for
the reactionaries to stir popular hys
teria and anger.
The strike, happily, was ended be
fore much damage was done to the
defense program but the damage had
been done to the labor movement in
the eyes of at least a considerable
section of the public. The onus for
this rests on John L. Lewis and on
Mr. Lewis alone.
WORK VERSUS DOLE
Reporting on accomplishments in
the last six years, the Work Projects
Administration lists 30,000 new public
buildings and 600,000 miles of road
construction and improvement. In ad
dition, the report lists a great volume
of other public improvements too large
to even mention here.
The work was done by millions of
men and women who otherwise would
have been merely existing in soul
destroying idleness. They could have
been kept alive on a dole, but there
would be no tangible accomplishments
to show for the expenditure of money.
Now there is a record of public im
provements which have added largely
to the resources and well-being of the
nation. Which leads WPA Commis
sioner Hunter to say:
"The dividends in public improve-
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A report given currency last spring
that the Nazis had "taken Sweden by
telephone" was evidently considerably
exaggerated. Like a good many facile
phrases made popular in these times,
it perhaps had some measure of truth
but was not the whole truth by any
means. Which should make us all
wary of being swayed by the glib
phiase, the snappy slogan, the other
expressions designed to rouse fury
and passion, but not thought.
These conclusions are based on news
of the firm stand taken by Swedish
organized labor in condemnation of
the shooting of Norwegian labor offi
cials by the Nazis. Quite likely Swedish
labor did not say all that was in its
heart, but it demonstrated it is still a
free agent in a free country and is not
taking orders from Nazi overlords.
The annual congress of the Swedish
labor movement began on September 7,
just as Nazi terrorism in Norway was
reaching a climax. The morning ses
sion of the 11th, the International Fed
eration of Trade Unions says, was
opened with a moving ceremony in
memory of the Norwegian union offi
cials who were shot on the previous
day. In the dimmed light of the meet
ing hall, where the Norwegian flag
was flying, the delegates listened in
tense silence to the words of August
"Yesterday evening," Lindberg said
"we received the news of the shooting
of our two Norwegian comrades,
must refrain from expressing our feel
ing in regard to this act. I only wish
to say that we shall never, never for
get these comrades. We shall observe
a minute's silence."
The congress then unanimously
adopted l'esolutions which expressed
its "profoundest dismay" at the mur
ments accumulated through six year
of the WPA have settled once and for
all the old dispute about work versus
the dole. Workers who otherwise
would have been idle have carried out
a program of public construction and
community service unsurpassed in his
The nation, this paper thinks, will
agree with Mr. Hunter that WPA ex
perience has settled for good the work
versus dole controversy. Organized la
bor opposed the dole principle from
the beginning of the depression and
time has amply justified its position.
SOCIAL SECURITY GROWTH
Social security has assumed no final
and unalterable form. We can never
build any simple Maginot-Line style
of defense against the ever-persistent,
ever-changing attack of insecurity.
The social security system is a dy
namic, not a static, thing and in rec
ognition of that fact Congress has
given to the Social Security Board the
responsibility of making continuous
studies of its actual workings. From
time to time in the future the results
of these studies will find their way
into legislation as they did in 1939.
That method—that principle, that
social security should grow from ex
perience—should, I think, be the one
stable and permanent guiding philos
ophy behind any social security pro
gram. It must be founded upon the
bedrock of sound finance and skilled
professional administration. It must
grow—not haphazardly as new proph
ets emerge with new panaceas—it
must grow out of its own well-studied
experience. No system which is not
itself stable and proven can ever bring
dependable security to the American
family.—Arthur J. Altmeyer, chair
man, Social Security Board.
Radios are getting smaller and
smaller. The latest is one so small
that it is worn on the wrist, like a
watch. The tuning dial resembles a
winding stem.—Forbes Magazine.
The liberty of discussion is the
great safeguard of all other liberties.
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COMMENT ON WORLD EVENTS
THE BUTLER COUNTY PRESS
der of the Norwegians, declared its
"open admiration" for the loyalty of
the Norwegian workers to democracy
and national independence and added:
"We regret that every avenue for
free association with the German
workers seems to be closed. But we
refuse to believe that a power which
violates the just interests of other na
tions can find support among the Ger
"The names of Hansteen and Wick
stroem (the executed trade unionists)
are inscribed forever in the history of
the Norwegian people, tfhey are mar
tyrs in the fight for Norway's liberty
and for the Norwegian workers' right
to decide their own affairs within Nor
wegian law. We honor their memory.
They have made of themselves a new
bond of fellowship between the Scan
Commenting on the stand of the
Swedish workers, the International
Federation of Trade Unions says:
"This is the spontaneous response
of the Scandinavian community of na
tions (insofar as they are still free to
speak) to the latest series of crimes
committed by the Nazi Terror against
the workers. The Swedish labor move
ment is the first to raise its voice in
"It is the voice of those suffering
under oppression, and of the organized
workers throughout the world. Its ap
peal is at once a clear threat to
Fascism and a serious warning to the
The I. F. T. U. adds that the accu
sation of the Swedish workers is get
ting on the nerves of the Nazis and
that the German press is threatening
all sorts of dire things will happen to
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This business of being a union man
today carries a lot of obligations. It
isn't a one-way street.
Too many young fellows join up on
the theory that this is the sure way
to "get ours."
It is a way to keep things in bal
ance, sure enough—a way to see to it
that agreements are kept and that
there are agreements to keep. It is a
way to see that laws are observed.
But it is by no means merely a way
to "get ours."
More than ever in history, being a
union man carries obligations.
A union man has to give as well us
Because the nation is in its greatest
and gravest crisis.
More and more unionism means ac
ceptance of responsibility. To whom?
To the nation, to the public at large,
to defense, to the United States Con
stitution and its bill of rights and to
the great fabric of unwritten ideas
and ideals that make the nation what
Pure selfishness is out—or better be.
Because the man or the movement
that gets out of tune with the big ne
cessity of today will in the end be
washed up and washed out.
This is pretty genei-ally recognized,
but there are too many who still do
not recognize it and who act more or
less in the pattern of the rampaging
of the well known bull in the china
shop, smashing up the dishes right
It won't do, it just won't do in these
One might pick John L. Lewis as a
good example, but there are plenty of
others and their presence is not lim
ited to one side of the fence.
Never has there been so much law
and so much machinery by which to
secure a fair deal. Never have there
been so many safeguards and so many
agencies at the service of unions and
And never has there been such
terrible need for decent conduct,
for patience, for a fair deal from
both sides, as there is today.
It can be said fairly that the fate of
all free institutions depends upon the
understanding co-operation of labor.
And the day is at hand when there
won't be much tolerance for the outfit
that ties up a tank production line, or
an airplane factory.
These things had better be said from
the inside than from the outside—for
they are true.
general staff of labor has
pledged that there will be co-operation,
that there won't be stoppages except
in last resort cases—that no rights
will be surrendered, but that there will
be performance of duty on the job and
that the machinery of war will be kept
(Continued from page one)
Advisers to the government dele
gates include Daniel W. Tracy, First
Assistant Secretary of Labor and
former president of the International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
The workers' delegate is Robert J.
Watt, international representative of
the American Federation of Labor.
His advisers are George Meany, A. F.
of L. secretary-treasurer, and Frank
Grillo, secretary-treasurer of United
Rubber Workers of America, CIO.
Arrangements for the annual elec
tion of trustees and officers of the
Hamilton Merchants' Association were
announced this week by M.
Til MARCH OF LABOR
ESTIMATED 2 MILLION UH\OH
MEMBERS, OR APPROXIMATELY 25%
Of ALL ORGANIZED WA££ EARNERS
WITH THEIR &MriOYE^S.
SCHWOSiE" IS A NON
ONION WORKER AROUND THE
DEAD AND DISEASED CHICKENS
INSTEAD OF CASH fOR HIS PAY.
DURING WORLD WAR I.
Why should anybody be kidded
There have been too many viola
tions of those fine pledges.
There have been too many snap ac
tions, in which the machinery of settle
ment was given no chance. There have
been too many stoppages.
The men guilty of these things seem
not to realize that they thus endanger
the rights and the freedoms and the
welfare of ALL labor. Their selfish
ness is bitterly short-sighted.
For just as sure as these things
keep on, there will be a resentment
that will end in an angry law with
teeth that will bite.—C. M. W.
association president. Mr. Kellogg
also disclosed plans for the thirtieth
annual meeting of the association at
6:30 o'clock Wednesday night, Novem
ber 26, in the Anthony Wayne Hotel.
Primary ballots for the election of
five trustees for three-year terms will
be mailed to the association member
ship on November 8. The ballots will
contain 250 names, and members are
requested to nominate 10 persons.
Regular election ballots will be
mailed to the membership on Novem
ber 18. These ballots must be re
turned to the association offices by 2
o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Novem
ber 25. The five receiving the most
votes on the regular ballots wiU be
Action This Week For Butler
County Child Welfare Ass'n
Further steps toward the organiza
tion of a Butler County Child Welfare
Association probably will be taken
late this week when Dr. F. W. Cottrell,
Miami University and a steering com
mittee he is to appoint meets with
Judges Fred B. Cramer, P. P. Boli,
and Oscar R. Leiser, it was announced
Dr. Cottrell was appointed several
weeks ago to name a committee to
formulate plans for the establishment
of a permanent organization to deal
with child welfare problems in the
1,603 Members Obtained
In Fort Hamilton Drive
A total of 1,603 members was ob
tained in the annual Fort Hamilton
Hospital membership campaign, ac
cording to reports made Monday night
by workers. Clayton A. Leiter, branch
activities chairman, was in charge.
The drive opened October 17 with a
goal of 2,000 and was extended a week
from the closing day scheduled for last
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Building Rate Rises
Doubles 1940 Mark
Building activities in Hamilton dur
ing the first 10 months of 1941 were
almost 100 per cent greater than dur
ing the same period in 1940, Frank
Weaver, city building inspector, re
ported this week.
Permits for construction costing
$1,519,722 have been issued to date by
the city office. The 1940 figure was
$804,177 for the 10 months. Weaver
said indications are that the 1941
building cost will reach approximately
$2,000,000, an all-time high.
October permits totaled $109,130,
double the October, 1940, total of
$50,595. The permits were for 21
dwellings to cost $102,950, 10 garages,
one shed, and 11 additions.
Seventh and Walnut Sts.
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Chattel Filings Ahead Of
1940 Mark, Hogan Says
"Although chattel mortgages filed
decreased sharply in October for the
Second consecutive month, the total for
the year is ahead of 1940," Earl R.
Hogan, Butler County recorder, re
ported this week.
A total of 1,540 chattel mortgages
was filed last month, a drop of 279
compared with October, 1940, Hogan's
An aggregate of 393 deeds, 46 more
than in October, 1940, were filed, but
real estate mortgages declined from
282 to 268.
Miscellaneous papers totaled 342
last month, 34 more than in October,
Hogan said fees showed a corre
Liquor Dealers' Annual
Banquet January 12th
The Butler County liquor dealers
will sponsor their annual banquet,
January 12, in the Manchester Hotel,
Middletown, Ohio. The banquet will
be held in conjunction with the state
convention which will be held in Mid
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