THE LABOR ADVOCATE
The Labor Advocate
A PAPER FOR ALL WHO TOIL
Olllcliil Oi'Kun of
The liullriiiiK Trades Council
of Cincinnati and Vicinity
W. E. MYERS Editor
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Phone, Canal 5511
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Cincinnati, ()., October ), 1U15.
It must be very interesting to
the machinists of Cincinnati to
read Mr. John Mauley's state
ment on the present industrial
conditions, as published in The
Times-Star ; and it is very evident
that the Walking Delegate of
the Metal Trades Association is
alarmed about losing his job.
For years the men who have
worked at the machinists' craft
were compelled in seeking posi
tions to be recommended by Mr.
Mauley. Now it is very evident
that Mr. Mauley wishes the .same
conditions to prevail.
The workers want an eight
If they get an eight-hour day,
there will be no place for men
like Mr. Mauley, and the open
shop and the black list will be a
thing of the past.
May they win.
Nicholas Klein, a few nights
ago, called a meeting of the gar
ment workers to protest against
the re-election of Judge Benton
Oppenheimer, for the simple rea
son that Judge Oppenheimer had
the courage to uphold the dignity
of bis court.
The object of the meeting was
to give the impression to the
public that Judge Oppenheimer
was objectionable to the Jews and
to organized labor.
As to Oppenheimer's standing
among the American and natu
ralized Jews in this community
there is no question, and it will
rank favorably with that of any
of those who were at the garment
When the matter was brought
up in the Central Labor Council
it was promptly tabled, as such
actions found no response in a
union meeting of law-abiding citi
zens. The idea of not paying any at
tention to "the rulings of the
court" is a socialistic one, and
belongs over in the I. V. W.
It was bad politics, and trade
unionists will pay no attention to
it, because it was a punch below
the belt and, therefore, unfair.
We heard a great deal about
municipal ownership of the street
cars some time ago, but very lit
tle in the last few weeks. Union
labor would prefer to see the
street-car men get a little more
pay, a little shorter work day
and a few more cars operated on
every line, than be continually
talking about municipal owner
ship around election and then
dropping it afterwards.
Friday, October - - 15
Saturday, October - 16
Voting Booths Open from 8 A. M. to 2 P. M. and from 4 P. M. to 9 P. M.
ELECTION, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd
WHAT YOU ARE
w The following is a list of the issues to be voted on : $
w STATE ITEMS Constitutional stability amendment. This provides that g
d) no constitutional amendment which has twice been defeated since
the adoption of the new constitution, shall be resubmitted until six ()
$ years have passed since the last defeat.
i Amendment providing for State-wide prohibition.
rtj Referendum on McDermott liquor law. g
g Referendum on Sprague congressional "gerrymander." j
) Four-year term for county officers (initiated law). y,
g CITY ITEMS City ticket. Mayor, president of Council, auditor, treas-
Q. ' urer, solicitor, all members of Council. g
Three Municipal court judges and one Supreme court judge.
Additional tax levy for general purposes of city, I .HO mills. S
0 Additional tax levy .for school purposes, .70 mills. $
liond issues For parks, $l,t!.'J)1W)(). (
For street improvements, $l,4!).'l,!.,.'i(. ()
gj For convention hall, $:ifi(,00(. S
(J) For completion high pressure water system, $40(),()()().
) Referendum on electric light rate ordinance. g
Annexation of Silvcrton. . g
g Election day is three weeks from next Tuesday. Most of us will w
5 have rediscovered our interest in politics before the end of the month. S
A. L. GARFORD OF ELYRIA
HANDS A KFAV HOT ONUS TO
OUR HOY (JOYKIINOU.
Compares llini lii h'timier (iov. Cov,
On n lVw liili'i-i-Milig Sllbjeels.
New York. Arthur L. Garford, a
factor in the polities of Ohio, and who
makes his home in Elyria, returned to
New York this week from an automo
bile trip through the Hcrkshire Hills,
accompanied by Mrs. Garfnnl. They
left here yesterday to motor back to
the lluckeye Stale by easy stages.
"What (Id you think of the political
situation in Ohio?" Mr. Garford was
"As a matter of fact, said Mr. Car
ford, "there doesn't seem to be any
since the Uepublican administration be
gan. The whole administrative boilv of
the State seems to have assumed the
character and functions of an employ
ment bureau so far as I can judge from
press accounts. The activities of the
last Legislature as well as Hurt ot tlie
Chief Executive and his henchmen have ,
been directed along lines of repeal and
decentralization rather than of main-
leuanec and betterment of the many j
progressive measures passed the Cox i
administration in the interest of public
welfare. In other words, the Willis
administration has been devoting its'
time and attention to tearing down in
stead of building up; of destruction in
stead of construction, and all for the ap
parent purpose of making changes,
not (or betterment "I service tnrougn
the selection of those better ualified
to do the work, but to give hungry
partisans Who were prominent in the
campaign activities for Willis and the
Uepublican cause :i meal ticket and
job. Never in the history of Ohio poli
tics, within my time, has there been
such a scrambling of political bosses
and ward-heelers to get their feet in
the trough and gorge themselves with
partisan food at the public expense.
There is no longer time or talent to
devote to public necessities, the private
wants as manifested through the State
Employment bureau, with the Gov
ernor in coinuriud, must needs have
"What do you think of the decentral
ization measure as passed by the Leg
islature?" was asked Mr. Garford.
"Well." said Mr. Garford after a
pause, "I think it is a colossal failure.
It decentralizes, yes, thoroughly and
completely, ami makes a farce of the
liquor license laws of the state. To
decentralize authority to enforce law
means, in suhtauce, the nullification
of law itself. To enforce and make
effective a liquor license law there must
be centralized power a Court of last
"How about the Greenlund law
passed by the Cox administration?"
TO VOTE ON
"That was as good and effective a
law as was possible under the license
system," said Mr. Garford. "It located
final authority of law enforcement in
the Governor himself, and made him di
rectly responsible to the people for its
success or failure. The Willis plan
provides a means for side-stepping
authority and of shifting responsibility.
I know the argument advanced that the
Cox plan offers opportunity for build
ing up a political machine through the
brewery and saloon influence in the
State if the Chief Eectttive willed it.
My answer to that is that no such ma
chine was built up by Cox, nor would
there by any high-class Governor,
such as the people would place in pow
er. Cox was defeated because of the
ineffectiveness of public welfare, and
at the expense and curtailment, at least,
of the liquor power."
"What law dou you think the people
if Ohio nniv iirnfir''"
"My judgment is that the people of
Ohio generally prefer the Greenlund
law to the decentralization scheme of
the present administration. So long as
we have license let us have centralized
authority for law enforcement."
"What are the Progressives doing,
and what will be their altitude in liMfi
is to State and National tickets?" was
asked of Mr. Garford.
"So far as I know the Progressives
are jut 'sitting tight." he answered.
"There is nothing to be gained by do
ing anything else jst now.
Progressives know that they hold
the balance of power in Stale politics.
That is to say, that if thev do not put
a ticket of their own in the field next
vear they have enough votes to cast
for either the Democratic or Uepublic
an candidate to insure his election. And
you may rest assured that tittle vote,
will be cast for the candidate who most
nearly conforms to the Progressive
idea and platform. We have always
maintained the principle of seeking the
enactment of Progressive measures in
the interest of social service and ntili
lic welfare rather than mere offices,
and this rule will hold good in our
support of a gubernatorial and other
candidates next year."
"Did you consider the administration
of Governor Cox progressive?"
"Yes. I consider Cox to be far more
progressive than Governor Willi so
business Agents I'hil Cinstlorf and Sam
uel Kelly, of the Painters' District Coun
cil, had charge of a meeting of '.'(in ma
chine painters yesterday afternoon at
Twelfth and Walnut Streets. These men
either struck in sympathy with the ma
chinists or will go tit with them in the
future. They will organize a local un
ion of their own. It is expected that the
union will be installed in about two
wicks. The) will meet again Irida)
IRON WORKERS VISITED
l'AKTV OF TUADK UNIONISTS
.MAKK A WIOIiCOMK CAMi AT
Arrangements Made With Olllelnls
Whereby a Pleasant Hour Was
Spent With the Prisoners in the
A short time ago E. Win. Weeks,
General Secretary-Treasurer of the
brotherhood of Railway Carmen, con
ceived the idea of forming a party and
paying a visit to the members of the
bridge and Structural Iron Workers'
Union confined in the Federal Prison at
The proposition met with instant ap
proval from those to whom itwas sub
mitted, and as a result on Friday, Sep
tember 24, the following trade unionists
met at the corner of 30th and Main
streets, and boarded a trolley car for
their destination: Martin Ryan, Gen
eral President of the brotherhood of
Uailway Carmen ; Win, E. ltryan, Gen
eral President of the United brother
hood of Leather Workers on 1 lorsu
Goods; Joseph Franklin, General Presi
dent of the brotherhood of Boilermak
ers and Iron Shipbuilders of America,
and F. Keincmcyer, General Secretary
Treasurer of that organization; J. Cas
ey, Editor of the Boilermakers' Jour
nal ; John E. bray, General Secretary
Treasurer of the Amalgamated Sheet
Metal Workers' International Aliance,
and the promoter of the trip, E. Win.
Arrangements had been made in ad
vance by the officials of the prison to
care for the visitors and all of the iron
workers came into the reception room
where they received a warm and
hearty greeting from their fellow trade
A couple of boxes of union made
cigars and a big basket of fruit had
been brought along and these were,
presented to the iron workers. The
time was spent pleasantly in conver
sation, and the iron workers plainly
showed that the visit was highly ap
preciated. A member of the party stated that the
men all looked well, their appearances
indicating that they were receiving good
treatment at the hands of the officials.
J lie Labor Herald, Kansas City.
. Columbus, O. Since Governor Willis
left for California, 10 days ago, there
have been these Uepublican political de
The so-called Uepublican State or
ganization crowd, which conducted the
campaign last year, has tacitly decided
to take no hand in the referendum fight
against the Uepublican McDermott liquor
license decent ralizer.
Members of the organization arc
knocking Willis' proposed candidacy for
the Presidency. Some even say the Gov
ernor shouldn't be renominated for Gov
ernor; that he will be "licked" if nom
inated. Many State leaders are angry at Willis
because he has not consulted them in ap
pointments, has turned down their rec
ommendations and has passed out many
of the best plums to personal friends
from Ada and Delaware.
Democrats are expected to' line up
almost solidly against the McDermott
Willis is expected to make a light for
the law, but he will not return until
October 18, and between that time and
election day he has several speaking en
gagements outside the State.
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