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OWNtU Of C^tnd Tradasand Labor Assembly
Labor Assembly,
Garfield Stogie Makers No. 1, Brewery Workmen No. 68,
Stationary Engineers No.* 181; Glass Packers Ne. 12688;
Bricklayers and Masons No. 9; United Mine Workers
No. 1978^Painters, Decorators and Paper Hangers No. 68
and thirty-seven individuals.
Bdxoont Central Jrade* and Labor Assembly
OKLT LABuK wu i. m* "*** to
^l^ial Population.
LARGEST CIRCULATION ^blkwticmrpuMTshe^Jn
Ohio Valley Trades
"^ujmTivnumber 3
WHEELBy||te|^PIGINIA, APRIL 7, 1910.
PRICE THREE CENTS
1; a ■> .
Wheeling will In all probability
have the next convention of tbe Tin
Hate Workers' International Protec
tivo association, beginning on the
^‘ond Tuesday In May CincinnaU
TL to have the convention, this be
ing agreed upon at the last conven
tion. but owing to the conditions re
sultant from the strike against the
Scan Sheet & Tin Plate Com
nany and the necessity of the nnion
officliu remaining to the prlwsWe
Scenes of action, the lodges throiM**
ouMhe jurisditcion have been asked
to agree to change the convention
niate to Wheeling. While the result
of the vote has not yet been an
nounced, it is not doubted that any
other action will be taken than this
suggested one.
The convention will 6&8ily be tbe
most important one in the history
cf the association, as the past year
has been the most eventful one in
the history of the body. There kt a
stroug disposition becoming manifest
favoring the merging of the associ
ation with the amalgamated, eo that
one united front could be presented
against the trust, instead of baying
two unions, as at present. Whether
thia will be adopted «the conven
tion it is not known.
The suggested - manner or carry
ice out this plan Is to make the as
sociation the "Tin Houae Depart
ment" of the Amalgamated associ
ation. with craft autonomy over its
own aairs.to practically the same ex
tent as now, the only difference in
the organisation being that it would
have but one international head.
Delegated Elected.
Delegatee reported as elected so
fer, are as follows:
Wheeling. W. Va.—Manchester
Ledge No. 12, Luke Gillespy; Amer
ican Lodge No. 8. Hoirard Beck.
Steubenville, Q.-«eka lBtoheU
Lodge No. 44, C. )C. Andrews. ~
Martins Perry, O.—Ohio Valley
Lodge No. 12, Benjamin Teagarden.
SUCCESSFUL AFFAIR.
The dance of Prosperity Lodge No.
3, La Belle strikers, held at Mozart
hall last Monday evening, was a suc
cess, both socially and financially.
Besides having a good time, the boys
cleared over $100 for the strike bene
fit fund. A distinguished visitor was
present in the person of “Traveling
Jesse."
MARTINS FERRY. * j
ELIZABETH LA It KIN'S DEAD.
Once again the angel of death has
hovered and visited this city and
taken from our midst Elizabeth
Larkine, the beloved wfle of Walter
Larkins, ex-vice president and now
organizer of the A. A., of I. 8. &
T. W. Her illness was of Bhort dur
ation, suffering from acute pneu
monia for only four days. She passed
away Thursday, March 31 and was
burled Sunday afternoon, April 3,
1910, aged 43 years, leaving four
children and the bereaved husband
to mourn her loss.
,JA voice In the morning came,
She started up to bear,
A mortal arrow pierced her frame,
She fell, but felt no fear.
Her spirit, with a bound, burst its
encumbering clay.
And the pains of death are past.
Labor and sorrow cease
And life's long warfare closed at
last.
Her soul Is found in peace."
Sh/was a lady of excellent quali
ties and was a faithful communi
cant and active official with the La
dies’ Guild of St. Paul’s P. E. church
and also an active official in the or
der of Pythian Sisters.
At the funeral the National lodge,
represented by John William, sec
retary-treasurer; Mike Tighe, assist
ant secretary, and Joe Bowers, Insur
ance secretary, delegations and floral
designs from Prosperity, Crescent,
Mountain City, Lewis Avra and Bel
mont lodges were present to pay last
token of respect. The services at
the house were conducted by the
Pythian Sisters and were very Im
pressive, after which the funeral pro
cession wended Its way to the St.
i aul's F, e. church, and the rector,
the Rev. a. E. Powell, conducted
that beautiful burial service, after
which the funeral wended Ite way to
the Rivervlew cemetery.
A voice Is heard on earth of klns
folk weeping
the Iosb of one they love;
But she is gone where the redeemed
sre keeping
A festival above.
The mourners throng the way, «and
from the steeple
Phe funeral bell tolls slow,
But on the golden streets the holy
* . ^Ple ,
Are passing to and fro,
“»ytng as they met, rejoice, another.
Long waited for, is con*.**
. ^e Hntted States Bureau <of Labor
states that *he fatal accidents tc wage
twJeTU™*!?® Unlted Sut«*
iween 30,000 and 38.000 a year.
COWARDS!
THE WAY COWARDS INTERFERE WITH PROGRESS?
Brought face to. face with a roll-call on the employers’ liabitity
bill, the aggregation of statesmen known as the Ohio house -of.
representatives showed by vote of 7? to 20 that fools and cowards ,
are in a forge majority in that pifflingassemblage. f
The question of an employers’ liability law has been ddnte^h'^
Ohio for years. Hearings have been had and arguments |nade. 1
That workingmen should, be given as much consideration^ as
working horses and manufacturing machinery seems to admit.; of
little doubt. £) . .
But the statesmen dodged pd liability law and substituted a
bill directing th? governor to appoint a commission to investigate
the matter. '■'
If the commission is needed because the 77 statesment have not
^enough gray matter to under stand the question, then the 77 write
themselves down as fools—incompetents.
If the commission is needed because the 77 want to dodge
the responsibility, then they are cowards.
Likewise are they fools if they think that the people of Ohio
can be humbugged much longer by that threadbare political bunko c
game of “appointing a commission.” ;
We now have about every progressive reform in the country
pigeonholed -in oommissions. This is one of the favorite games; of
Aldrich and Cannon. >
It used to go—but it’s getting mighty thin nowadays.
" i-V '- _ -
NEXT WEEK THE MAJORITY WILL PRESENT THE
ROLL CALL SHOWING JUST HOW THE PEOPLE’S
REPRESENTATIVES VOTED ON THIS CORIPORATION
MEASURE. - W ■
“MOTHER" JONE8.
The affectionate name of "mother''
h»» been bestowed on Mrs. Mary Jones
by the coal miners and other workers
In whose welfare she has taken an
active Interest for many years. She
Is especially well known in the Penn
sylvania anthracite region.
*_—-❖
MAIiOONTENTS.
Webster defines a malcontent as
Follows: , .
"One who Is discontented, especi
ally one who expresses his discontent
by words or over acts."
There are a-few malcontents in pur
movement. : There are one or two to
be found in most every local. No
matter what comes up <*ey are al
ways finding fault, growl, kick and
make the work of the local more
hard through their persistent Taint
finding. Nothing suits them. The
president of the local is either too
easy or is a bonehead and doesn t un
derstand how to preside over* meet
ing. The labor paper is no good,
never has anything in it worth read
ing, in fact everything is ran wrong.
And his greatest worry is that no one
has ever discovered their rare abil
ity. and no matter what is said or
done he goes along Just the Bame,
growling and snarling and remains a
menace to the movement. Tehir pur
nose ,seems to be to stir up strife.
TheyVoften sit on the side
whlsiter to some brother that they
know more about the runningofa
meeting than the officers, but
offer a valuable suggestion. ^
often hear them speak disrespectfully
of the officers and keep every body
on edge throughtheirfaulttadln*
Nothing suits them, so whats the use
trying? ■ "■
The International prpopap^cal
don has recently lost two °*
»r officers. ^f’J^twiee
Williams, of St. gȣ'*!H&5Er
esidept, and theoth«r.J
slntosh, at bn*
manrar
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Unterim State
Bethlehem, Pa., March, 1910.
Men who deserted their friends and
fellow-workers during the great cam
paign in the year 1910 against the
Bethlehem Steel Company for living
conditions and against industrial
slavery. ' *
What Benedict Arnold was to his
country so may these men be hnj&gtt/
as traitors to the cause of laborm
world over.
In order that the future may brand
these men as they properly should be
branded, the striking employes of
the eBthlfhem Steel Company hereby
give to the public their names to be
inscribed upon the memory of future
generations:
Notes—The names of other traitors
to labor’s cause will be added and
published as soon as reported and
found scabbing. Save this circular
for future reference.
Machinists—Morris Grim. Central
Hotel, eBthlehem, Pa.; Mr. Schaffer,
Bethlehem, Pa.; Granville Schupp,
431 Geopp street, Bethlehem, Pa.;
Sleath Bros.. Center street, Bethle
hem, Pa.; Seth Williams, 314 Geopp
street, eBthlehem, Pa.; James Hoff
man, Bethlehem, Pa.; Herbert Bra
der, 304 High street, eBthlehem, Vjki
Marim Teele. 201 Geopp street.
Bethlehem, Pa.; John Williams, 314
Geopp streets eBthlehem, Pa.; Paul
Moser, eBthlehem, Pa.; Roy Fields,
Bethlehem, Pa.; Geo. Mayers, fore
man, Birch street, South Bethlehem,
Pa.; Harry Linn foreman. West Bet*
lehem, Pa.; Charles Strouse, Heller
town. Pa.; William Diehl. Hellet
town, Pa.; Robt. Olpp. Main street,
eBthlehem, Pa.; Fred Haffner, Beth
lehem. Pa.; Ed Hess, Hellerton, Pa.;
Bert Mack, South eBthlehem, Pa.;
Walter Reigel, eBthlehem, PA; Wm
Mack, Bethlehem, Pa,; WaJBace
Wierbach, the Farmer; Chas. Young,
South eBthlehem,. Pa.; Harry Hott,
! South eBthlehem Bill Nie; Win, Ald
’nger, eBthlehem, Pa.; Fred Smith,
Bthlehem, Pa.; Oliver Hunts, South
•Bthlehem, Pa.; Chaa. C. Chamber
ain, Bethlehem, Pa.; Frank Kellow,
Ulentown, Pa.;‘ Ted Musselman,
South Bethlehem, Pa.
Molders—Phil Holmes, Bethlehem.
>».; Jacg Fluck, -Bethlehem, Pa.;
lobert Jiseke, South Bethlehem, Pa.;
Trank Scholl, eBthlehem. Pa.; Henry
ililler, Bethlehem, Pa.; Norman Him
•lbright, Bethlehem, Pa.; Nick
Schwab, Bethlehem, Pa.; Ben Ganga
vere, South eBthlehem, Pa.; A1 Berg
instock, 133 South Church street, Al
entown. Pa.; David Wetael, 440 Gor
ton street, Allentown, Pa.; ThoJm
Hopkins, 808% North Eighth street.
Ulentown, Pa.; Albert Williams, 318
forth Sixteenth, tsreet. Allentown.
?a.; Earnest Casper, 1343 Chew
itreet. Allentown. Pa.
Blacksmith and Hammermen—Ben
leaver, hammerman. Fourth avenue,
Pest Side; Stanley Olpp, blacksmith,
Sethlehem, Pa.; Lahetr Eisenhardt,
xaneman. Main - Street, Heilertown,
’a.; Jas. Rinker, press forger. 8o*th
jethlehem. Pa.; Goo. Olpp. prees
'orger, Bethlehem,. Pa.;, Wm. Min
linch, helper, Wyandott street .South
Bethlehem, Pa.; Wm. , Generich,
dacksmith, Bethlehem. PAt-VjNfci
Hrbor, haminer driysr. Wjmndott
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mm: mm
: Very much larger than that of last
year i trill be the convention of the
^natt^nated Association of Iron and
Tjin porkers, to be held at For:
Tfsjlpf. Tii 1 commencing May 3.
From every lodges electing delegates
comes reports that a full delegation
has been elected, and as last year,
the lodges did not generally send,
their full quota, the assemblage will
be vastly increased.
The probable action of the conven
tion ia a matter that is .causing much,
speculation. The convention meets
In the . most trying year of the assc
clation's existence and there will be
many solutions offered in the pro
graht. The acceptance of one definite
policy is the big question.
'f. 85 Per Cent Increase.
There is a strong sentiment in fa
vor of demanding a 35 per cent in
crease a)l along the Bps, |t is argued
that the coat of living has increased
to such an extent that this increase
in wages is Justified, and it is also
pointed out that -this increase com
ing into the pay envelopes of those
who are working in union mills, will
better enable thm eto assist in the
support of those who are striking for
these conditions.
Pull Oat Independents.
Then there is always the argument
for pulling out the independents. The
advocates of this,plan claim that the
trust customers are being served
their tin plate right along through
the independents, and that the only
way to win is to shut off the sup
ply entirely. The contention against
this is that it would be unjust to a
fair employer.
May Merge Unions.
It now seems that the two unions
in the. mills may be merged. Some
of the Amalgamated Lodges have
tdwiM resolutions to this effect and
tMs convention
there win be but'one union 1*. the
Industry. This is coming to be gen
erally conceded as the onlv way left
in which to fight -- .
DELEGATES.
Delegates reported elected are as
follows:
Wheeling—Prosperity No. 3 (La
Belle mill), Harry Williams and Matt
Greer;* alternates, Frank Bowman
and Joseph Whitehouse. Crescent
Lodge No. 2 (Whitaker mill) James
B. O’Toole and John V. Mehen; al
ternates, Louis Leonard and Tom
Craig :•
Martins Ferry—Lewis Avon No.
34 (Laughlin tin milll, William J.
Jones, John Mullen and Steve Lewis;
alternates, Dan Isaac, George McAn
ninch and Albert McMahon. Moun
tain City No. 66 (Aetna-Standard
mill), Charles James. Belmont No.
46 (Laughlin sheet mill), Robert
Ulrich and Charles Likes.
only eleven mills on.
Elwood, Ind.—Only eleven mills
started here Monday and there are
less on now. Several rolls have been
broken. The scabs are very scarce
here now and we are . better off than
on the first day of the strike.
, fin* ;,«rm
FOUR MILLS WORKING.
South Sharon, Pa.—But four
mills are working here, or, rather,,
fourth started Sunday (night,, and
two of them have stopped since. One
stack only in the tin house is work
ing. It is looking better here than
ere*.
INSTEAD OF PAY; HAVE DEBT
New Castle. Pa.-T—A roughe, work
ing six turns, drew *5.(^ another
was in debt to the Trust.13.06, Needr
less to say, they left. ,ia the .mlHa
the conditions are so . bad that the
ftcabe are leaving' right along; even
the union deserters have come . out
again and have been given the,!‘-horse
hutgh”.'by the boys on picket. .But
eleven mills working at Shenango
and eight at Greer. Thirty foreign
ers refused to work today. , They are
guile Independent; when they .are
tired they lay off. At: the Bhenango
en Monday they "broke a bottom roll
and bed plate, putting seven or eight
mills idle. The scrap report for yes
terday showed from 13 to 23 per cent
for the roller; the doubler:* scrap
was not mentioned. The only ques:
Hon seems to be how long the. Trust
can stand the loss.
Secretary Nagel, of the Department
of Commerce and Labor, has : an
nounced that he will consider the
suggestion for creation of a bureau,
of invest!gatiod ot the condition, of
workingmen and working women nr
the qrited States. '
James Whitehead, secretary-treis^
urer of the National Federation of
Cottoa Weavers, has been prominent
ly connected with the labor move
ment In Fall Rivers Mass., for mere
Htan twenty years.
jflU**
At a conference of Irish postofflee
*-; Dublin,, it was aliegedthat
in mail baga hy? the
and a resolution was
all
Gght Hoar Uaion
Has Model Plant
The delegates to the Mine Work
ers’ convention at Cincinnati were
shown through the plant of the
Bight-Hour Tobacco Company,, and
their reports of their treatment show
that they were given some pleasant
hours. They are enthusiastic over
the example of how a real union to
bacco factory can be conducted, and
they are boosting "Eght-Hour” now.
' William Roy, of Klee, a prominent
delegate to the convention, in talk
ing with a Majority reported, said:
“We found everything strictly union
in the ‘Eight-Hour’ factory, and
found that all their employes who
were with them in the start were
still with them, exceptthe girls who
had left fo get married. This is in
itself a sufficient indication that the
firm treats its employes, rightly. We
saw. how, everybody works but eight
hours for a day' works under sani
tary conditions, and for the union
scale. Wevtalked with a number of
the employes and they all expressed
appreciation of their conditions. It
has made the Mine Workers friends
of ‘Eight-Hour’ tobacco.”
SOCIALISTS WIN
IN HMKEE
Emit Seidel Elected Mayor by Plu>
rality Over Both
Opponents.
SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
UNION PATTERN MAKER
First Large City in the United States
To Be Captured by
Party.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin was cap
tured by the Socialists Tuesday, Emil
Seidel, their candidate for mayor,
winning by about 3,00Q majority, The
$ocia]i§tg algo elected « majority of
tfce members of the city council, sad
the next two years will belong to the
Socialists. This is the finish of a
25 year campaign made by the So
cialists of Milwaukee under the lead
erships «hst of Victor Besger, who has
of late-yearw beea helpsd IsjMcores of
other brainy men among the most
proihinent of whom have been Carl D.
Thompson and Winfield R-. Gaylord,
Emil-Seidel is a pattern maker'and
hpa served five years in council. It
has been the work of the Socialist
counciimen, that has contributed
mostly, to the complete success of
Tuesday. The Socialists now regard
the Milwaukee victory as placing So
cialism on trial before the country, as
Milwaukee is one of the first class
•cities. _
BUTTKRICK PATTERNS UNFAIR.
. Butterick patterns are still being
sold in the city, through the George
E. Stifel Co., and the Wheeling Union
i Printers announce that the patterns
are stilL unfair, the publishers per
sisting: in their refusal to allow union
printers to work under union condi
tions. __ ..
JOHN B. KUHN.
Mr- Kuhn is at present city treas
urer of Bridgeport and paymaster at
the Aetna-Standard. Mis friends con
sider him an excellent man and say
that he will make an excellent official.
See his announcement in another
column.
OHIO MINERS GO TO WORK
Ohio miners are resuming work
under a temporary scale, awaiting
the signing of a permanent scale at
the meeting of operators and miners
to be held at Wheeling in the near
future. The orders to return to work
pending the final settlement were is
sued by the National Executive Board
after a conference with the operators.
M. D. Katchford, representing the
Ohio Coal Operators, offered* at Can
ton, O., last Friday, to sign-for .every
union mine in Ohio, hut because of
the operators'represented also owned
other mines-outside of Ohio, and be
causeethe scale adopted at the con
t^Hnli prohibited-1 the signing of
agreements except for all mines own
ed by the operator, the miners could
not accept.—- •
Only iron-shipping coal mines are
working except in-’ihe anthracite dis
tricts where agreements have not ex
pired. Nonshippers have been per
mitted to work, coaling engines and
plants, but outside of these there is
practically no working-mine in the
bituminous district, fully 200,000
men being idle. Fifty thousand of
these are in IlHnois, 40,000 in Ohio
and 30,000 in Pennsylvania, The an
thracite district Is not on strike,
agreements-no* expiring there. "We
always keep," said one delegate to
a Majority reporter, "enough miners
working so as to defeat those of us
who are striking."
; In view of the fact that the pub
lic can learn -but little of the mine
workers' demands gem the garbled
accounts in the daily press, the Ma
jority reproduces below the complete
scale- asked by the United Mine
Workers: ;.
The following was adopted by the
special' convention- of the United
Mine Workers of America at Cincin
nati, Ohio.- March 2 9th, 1910. This
H to govern the officers and members
ONLY MILLIONAIRES
- CAN BE SENATORS
According to Senator Flint, Direct
Primary Daw Prevents Him
From Running.
Fortune Estimated at $300,000 But
Considers Himself Poor 'and
Wants to Retire.
Public " attention again has been
directed to the question of whether
the United States Senate is a place
for rich meny only, by the declaration
of Senator Frank P. Flint of Cali
fornia .that he cannot afford to seek
renomination under the direct pri
mary law. The senator figures that
it would cost him $50,000 to $75,000
to make the race next summer, and
says that he cannot afford to spend
that amount for the possibility of
election to an office paying only $7,
500 a year for a six-year term. As
he considers himself poor—his for
tune is estimated at $500,000—-he
believes It his duty to retire from
public service and to devote his time
to providing for the future needs of
himself and family.
The direct primary law means, ac
cording to Mr, Flint, as he has been
quoted in newspaper interviews, that
a candidate for the votes of the peo
ple in California must travel over a
territory more than 1,000 miles long
and "take care of, politically,” many
towns that can be reached only by
stage-coach. Of course, the senator
estimated, only legitimate expenses,
but he intimates that other candi
dates do not so confine their expen
ditures, and he expresses the opin
ion that “if the direct primary law
is to stand, a poor man oan never
hope to run for the senate until after
the passage of some extra legislation
for his protection, some corrupt prac
tices act that will make the spend
ing of any money whatever in cam
paigns illegal, or for the state itself
to defray the expenses.”
How many very wealthy men are
there in the Senate, which many
years ago was first called “a rich
man’s club?” Not so many as might
be thought from the phrase. Of the
92 members of this august body not
more than 30 probably possess more'
than $7„0fl0,000. And $1,000,000
dues not constitute a large fortune
in these days*, even though most of
us believe we woold be free from
fear of the poorhOoee At we had it.
The multi-mUHonaires—those who
are estimated to have $3,000,000 or
more, are the following:
luggenheim, Colorado
Slkins, West Virginia.
Stephenson, Wisconsin
Varren, Wyoming...
iixon, Nevada...
lliver, Pennsylvania.
;rane, Massachusetts.
Udrich, Rhode Island
Vetmore, Rhode Isand
Jupont, Delaware. .. .
iepew’, New York. ....
fughes, Colorado... .
Cean, New Jersey. ...
Rowlands, Nevada.
Lodge, Massachusetts
Scott, West Virginia. .
Journe, Oregon.
Smoot, Utah ....
Hale, Maine........
loot, New York':.
Irandegee, Connecticut.
$50,000,00,0
25.000. 000
20.00. 0.000
15,000,000
15,000,000
15.000. 000
10.000. 000
"10,000,000
10,000,000
8,000,000
5.000. 000
5.00. 0.000
5,000,000
5.000. 000
6.0. 00.000
5,000,000
5.000. 000
5.00. 0.000
3.. 000.000
3.000. 000
3*0,00,000
Senators who probably would be
rated as having at least $1,000,000
are Perkins of California, Senator
Flint’s
Jersey,
colleague; Briggs Of New
William Alden
Smith of
Michigan, NicEnery of Louisville,
Owen of Oklahoma, Penrose of Penn
sylvania, Rayner of Maryland, and
Page of Vermont.
Those who are estimated to be
well-to-do, with perhaps $500,000 or
more, are Bulkeley of Connecticut/
Sutherland of Utah, Crawford 'of
South Dakota, Dixon and Carter of
Montana, Richardson of Delaware,
Frye of Maine, Bailey of Texas,
Chamberlain of Oregon, McCumber
of North Dakota, Lorimer, of II
lindis, and Senator Flint himself.
Members of the senate who are
considered poor, in comparison with
their more fortunate colleagues, are
Cullom of Illinois, Cummins of Iowa,
Jeff Davis of Arkansas, Bristow of
Kansas, Gallinger of New Hampshire,
Dick of Ohio, Money of Mississippi,
Gore of Oklahoma, Daniel of Vir
ginia, Stone and Warner of Missouri,
and Beveridge of Indiana.
Simon Guggenhiem, the Colorado
senator, who stands at the head of
the rich senators, is one of the seven
brothers popularly known as the
Guggenheims, whose large fortunes,
have been made and are largely in-,
vested in mines. Elkins of 'West Vir
ginia, acquired his money by invest
ments in coal mines and railroads
chiefly. He is a son-in-law of for
mer Senator Henry Gassaway Davis,
Democratic candidate for vice presi
dent in 1904. Stephenson of Wis
consin, made his money in timber.
Warren of Wyoming, owns large
tracts of land in his state and is a
stock-raiser. Nixon of Nevada, is an
other mine owner. Oliver of Penn
sylvania, owes his fortune to iron
an dsteel. Crane of Massachusetts,
is a paper manufacturer. Aldrich of
Rhode Island, is interested in many
New England corporations. Wet
more of the same state, inherited his
millions., H - ■„
, Senator Flint, whose term will ex
pire on March 3. 1911, is a Jawyer
who had a profitable practice in Los
Angeles before he was elected to the
senate for the first time, In 1905., He
'proposes to resume' Wa practice.
Sett* (Wants'
Tackle (Ms
Bellaire merchants have organized
to wreck- the Retail Clerks' Union of
that city. They have entered into an
agreement as to observance of clos
ing hours and holidays that is direct
ly contrary to the demands of the
Clerks, and the 'leaders in the move
ment are bending every effort to ae-l
comp'lish their purpose. If they are
successful, the Retail Clerks’ Union
of Bellaire will be wiped out of ex
istence and the merchants will have
everything their own way and those
so disposed will be able to work
their clerks to any length—and those
not so disposed will be compelled, by
the law of competition, to follow, t
As has been the custom for years,
the Retail Clerks'presented a scale at
the beginning of their scale year.
March 1, calling for Closing hours
and holidays. The clerks do not at
tempt to set a wage scale. The ma
jority of the merchants signed the
Clerks’ agreement, but Some of the
others worked up this counter move
ment, having for its object the de
struction of the Clerks’ union, and
secured a number of signatures. The
Arbitration committee of the Bel
mont Central Trades and Labor As
sembly has the matter in charge and
will endeavor to have, the antagonis
tic merchants see ^things from a ■
juster attitude. * '
The Union Agreement
The Retail Clerks’ scale, as to
hours and holidays, reads as follows:
All day on Sundays; all day on the
following legal holidays: Decoration
Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving
Day, Christmas and New Year; and
whenever any of the aforementioned
holidays fall cm, Sunday, the stores
shall remain nosed all day on th®
following Monday. Store to close at
5:30 p. m. during January and Feb
ruary; at 6:00 p. m. during the
months of March, April, May, and to
June 18th; at 5:00 p. m. from June
20th to September 19th; at 6:60 p.
m. from September 20th and during
October, November and December.
Store to close at 11:00 o’clock on
Saturday nights; but lady clerks to
be allowed to cease work at 10:20
o’clock Saturday nights. Parties of
the first part also agree to return to
work in the evenings ten (10) days
before Chroma#. Male clerks to ye*
port for work at j:30 a. m., and lady
clerks at 8:0(f5a. m.
The following merchants have
signed the Clerks’ agreement;
A. Klotz.
H. P. Rodewig.
W. W. Robinson. 0
S. M. Ewing.
M. Hirsh, (signed both agree
ments.)
G. W. Althar & Co.
Nicholson A Ball. . ^
J. E. Meehan.
A. Kern. , j
Harry Herzberg. *v ;
The Union Store. .
Freidman Bros.
Locke Shoe Co.
C. Kompatt. '
Alfred Mayers,
Mrs, Hartshorn.
Miss McDonald.
Mfg. Sample Shoe Outlet, (signed
both agreements.
B. M. Bloyd.
The Counter Agreement.
The counter agreement, launched .
and circulated by the antagonistic
merchants, is calculated to nullify
the clerks’ agreement. Some of the
merchants who first signed, the union
agreement were afterwards prevailed
upon to break their “sacred con
tract’’ and sign the counter agree
ment. The counter agreement adds
a half hour (without extra pay) to
most of the working days of the year,
and makes the employes work half
the day on such national holidays as
Decoration Day, Thanksgiving, and
even Christmas. It is expected that
the church people of Bellalre will
take up the matter of the merchants'
endeavoring to compel their em
ployes to work on Christmas, the
church’s greatest day.
The following merchants have
united in the attempt to crush the
Retail Clerks’ Uniont /
Blum Bros.
Herzberg Bros.
J. E. Neff.
Julius Weill.
Albert Luches.
S. Behr.
M. Hirsh (has signed Clerks'
agreement as well.) . ,•
Chas. Lando. s
S. B. Lippman. ;
Mfg. Sample Shoe Outlet, (has
signed Clerks’ agreement as well.)
Wassman Bros.
P. W. Woolworth & Co.
Pickett & Hupp.
John Jewig. ,
The exhibit which tne International
Typographical Union had at the Alas
ka-Yukon-Pacific Exposition has been
turned over to the Washington State V
Boar dof Health, and will be shown ,
in the larger cities of the state during f
the remainder of this winter and *
next.
As early as 1847 a lgw was passed
in New Hampshire making ten hours
a legal day’s work.
On April 4, at St. Paul, Minn., In
ternational Association of Fur Work
ers will convene.
Canadian industrial accidents in
anuary totaled 271 and 87 were
fatal. -' .•
" ^"i<V r —1
Kansas permits its laboring men
to. seleei- theif own labor < commis
sioner. '* ( _ s

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