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II' 1
Eastern Employers Indorse
Trade Agreement Theory
Worcester, Mass. Last week several
large manufacturers of tills State told
the .Massachusetts hoard of conciliation
and arbitration that trade agreements
with their workers created stability ill
industry. The board held hearings on
eight-hour strikes in this city and '
brought to Worcester men who repre- j
sented industries working under trade
agreements. In no case did the visiting
manufacturers express dissatisfaction
with the trade agreement, and in every
instance the witness testified that he
would not return to the working condi
tions that existed prior to the adoption
of the collective bargaining plan.
The testimony of these business men
was in strange contrast to the declara
tion of Worcester captains of industry
who have organized an association for
the avowed purpose of conducting their
plants on the non-union, or so-called
"open shop" plan.
Richard Reed, a Wcstfield manufac
turer of boilers and radiators, and mem
ber of the firm of 11. D. Smith company,
told the hoard that he wanted his men
to be "good" unionists to attend their
union meetings and take an active part
in its proceedings, lie said:
"My employes believe one of the most
honorable jobs is to he appointed on a
shop committee to present their griev
ances. I want every man to feel that he
can he a member of the shop committee
without fear. I advise my men if they
join a union to attend the meetings.
"With the Patter-u Makers' League I
deal with a shop committee. I always
recognize the shop committees, and hope
that nobody stayed off the committee be
cause he was afraid to come in.
"I bad one experience with a commit
tee. I asked its members if they had
any authority, and was informed none
further than the presentation of their
requests. I told the committee to go back
to its union and get some authority, so
that I could talk with it. The men did.
I want to tell you that there are some
mighty good scrappers in these commit
tees, and they tell you some things that
you would never learn otherwise.
"I'll meet any kind of a committee,
whether I can talk their language or
Mr. Reed stated that twenty-seven
years ago lie was privileged to sit in
meeting in New York with the execu
tives of the National Founders' associa
tion and a committee of executives of
the Iron Molders' Union. "There were
no troubles," said Mr. Reed, "between
the employes and the employers. In
that conference was effected what was
known as the New York agreement,
which operated in foundries in the
United States and Canada."
Organizer Duffy asked the witness
who and what was the cause of the
abrogation of that Xew York agree
ment, and Mr. Reed said: "Mr. Briggs,
member of the National Founders' as
sociation executive committee, was the
cause for the abrogation of the agree
ment." Alfred D. Donovan, a Rockland shoe
manufacturer, and chairman of the State
Hoard of labor and industries said be
would not return to methods in force
fifteen years ago. lie said he would not
care to take up individual bargaining.
"One reason why I should not want
to throw over the present method," he
said, "is because it insures us the guaran
tee that we can deliver a contract, be
cause we know there will not be a
strike or lockout. I can say that the
hiring of help and its discharge is just
the same with us today as it was fifteen
years ago, prior to our agreement. With
in the last month we made one of the
greatest changes in our history, which
gave us a snlendul opportunity to test
the agreement. We did not agree on the
price at first and in the arbitration the
matter was adjusted to the satisfaction
of all."
Herbert T. Drake of the Emerson
Shoe company, lirockton, testified his
concern has the same working agreement
as was explained by Mr. Donovan. The
witness said the agreement was signed
in the fall of lS'JS when the company
employed about ii()() workers. Under the
arbitration agreement the business built
up so that now :i,.K)t) are employed.
"The union does not interfere with
our business and there is no trouble. We
run our own business," said the witness.
I le also declared that "hours and wages
are perfectly arbitrable."
Andrew G. Pierce. Jr., textile manu
facturer of New Bedford, said that '.i.'j
per cent of the manufacturers operating
in southern Massachusetts were conduct
ing their business along harmonious lines,
accompanied by prosperity through the
helpful influence and assistance of the
trade agreement. He said the trade
agreement his company had with the un
ion was a guarantee that it could deliver
its contracts. lie further declared that
he did not want to go back to the days
of individual bargaining.
Worth, sweet singer of sweet songs,
promises to be one of the irresistible i
bits on the bill. Lockhart and Laddie
have Miincthing new in the way of
comedy acrobatics. They call their act i
"A I '.rave Attempt at Suicide," and for ,
hair-breadth escapes from the world
hereafter the act is said to be a won- I
Ray llclinout and Mattie Harl are I
unique in "The Man, the Girl and the j
Piano." They prove that more than a I
company of two (the third being a
piano) need not be an utipleasing i
crowd. I
George Fairman and Lou Archer in
"an act that is different," and the scream
ingly funny Fmprcss photo films con
elude a hill of top-notch quality.
Maude Adams is to be the bright, par
ticular attraction at the Grand Opera
House next week during which time she
will present two of J. M. Harrie's most
popular comedies. These are "The Lit
tle Minister" and "What Every Woman
Knows." This announcement will af
ford more pleasure to a greater number
of people than any other one that could
come from the theatre for Miss Adams
is the best-loved personality on the
American stage today. "The Little Min
ister" will be the opening bill on Mon
day night. It was in this play that the
actress made her debut as a star and
began a career that has hardly had a
parallel in the annals of the stage. Her
portrayal of Lady Babbie established
her firmly and she will always be re
membered for the art with which she
invested the role. The comedy has
quaintness, whimsy, fantasy, humor and
sentiment. The story concerns the meet
ing of Lady Iiabbie with Gavin Dishart,
known to his congregation as the little
minister. The latter mistook Lady Iiab
bie for a gypsv and she in a spirit of
fun made him none the wiser. She
flirted outrageously with him and you
may lie sure the affair created a good
deal of gossip. The character sketches
are most amusing. The play will be re
peated Tuesday and Wednesday nights
and Wednesday matinee.
"What Every Woman Knows" was an
enormous success when first given for it
was looked upon as the strongest, dra
matically, of all of Mr. Harrie's plays.
The plot turns on the efforts of a little
woman to make a great man of her hus
band and she succeeds without his ever
guessing of the help that she has been
to him. It is not all plain sailing, how
ever, for the bumptious husband imag
ines that in a social butterlly he has
found his affinity. Hut in the cud all
comes out right and the riddle of what
every woman knows is explained to the
sober-minded Scotchman in the very last
line of the play. The role of the little
wife is one in which Miss Adams takes
a strong hold of one's sympathies and
holds them throughout the four acts of
the play. The comedy will be repeated
on Friday and Saturday nights and at
the Saturday matinee, lioth plays boast
of handsome and elaborate productions
and the company surrounding Miss
Adams is of necessity a large one.
Among its members are a member of
well known players
The return of the exquisite comedy of
Youth and Love, "Peg o' My Heart,"
to the Lyric Theatre .for a week's en
gagement beginning next Sunday even
ing, with matinees Wednesday and Sat
urday, will be a theatrical event of ex
ceptional interest, for it will again reveal
one of the most agreeable and success
ful comedies ever presented in this city
in the past decade. Despite the fact that
it is now in its thiid year in this coun
try, its drawing powers show no signs
of waning, for large audiences Hock to
the theater on the occasion of its every
visit. In sending "Peg o' My Heart" on
its present tour, Manager Oliver Moros
co has provided a corps of principals
which is said to give a belter perform
ance than any heretofore seen on tour.
Miss Florence E. Martin, who made a
tremendous personal success in the title
role during her seven months' engage
ment at' Boston and . mouths in Phila
delphia last year, will be sent here at the
bead of the Huston company. Miss Mar
tin has been appearing for two seasons
in the large Eastern cities and now she
is to play the mischievous heroine in the
company that is headed for the large
cities of the Middle and Far West. The
supporting cast includes 1 lerbert Ranson
as Jerry. Lisle Leigh as Mrs. Chichester,
Lillian Kemble Cooper as Ethel, and
Joseph Allenton as Alaric. Others are
Frank liurbeck, Vera Shore and Gordon
Burby. It should be borne in mind that
this production will be given in the same
elaborate manner that characterizes all
works offered by Oliver Morosco.
Next week will .witness the season's
most brilliant, varied and enjoyable
show at the Empress, Cincinnati's only
popular-priced fainjly theatre. It is a
collection of arts that promise to ex
cel any ever seen here as an entirety.
It will be a glorious festival of high
class vaudeville, headed by the widely
known funmaker, Ed. Reynard, who is
making his first tour of the Sullivan
Considine houses in his remarkable ven
triloquial production, "Seth Dowberry
in 1 licksvillc." Reynard is a famous
genius of rapid fire fun and bis vehicle
is an elaborate laugh-making creation.
In fact, his act has attained the highest
headline honors. It is a most remark
able production from every standpoint,
and it is also one of the funniest on the
There is not another act of its kind
in the class of "The Valdos, Merry Men
of Mirthful Mystery," who, though prac
ticing "the black art," conjure up an
nilimited supply of ri h fin. Peggy
"The Cabaret Girls" in "A Xight in
a Cabaret," is a bright, breezy melange
of mirth, melody and pretty girls.
Cast of Characters
Mike McCarthy Mike J. Kelly
Mr. Con M. Along Frank Damsel
I lenry Schultz Joe Rose
Mr. Wise Frank Frisli
Count De Orleans Harry Howard
Mary Sunshine Frances Farr
Miss Kidder Mina Scba.ll
Miss Gay Thelma Seville
Mr. Uno Jack Toolin
Our Big Feature Cabaret Girls'
Chorus :
Miss Hunter Princess Livingston
Miss Wilson Rose Dean
Miss Green Springs Anna Hell
Miss Brandy Grace Cochran
Miss Chquot Hermce Law
Miss Pomery Myrtle Del Fuego
Miss Muimn Marie Burness
Miss Moet Xelle Carlton
Miss Schandon Eleanor Grey
Miss imperial Grace Oestle
Miss Absynthe Rose Moore
Miss Martini Mabel Gordon
Miss Manhattan Nellie Moore
Miss Ale Lena Bender
Miss Lager Grace Moxie
Miss Grape Juice Julia Stewart
During the action of the first part the
following musical numbers will be of
fered for your approval: 1. Opening
Medley, Entire Company; 2. "Lonesome
Melody," Frances Farr and Joe Rose;
I!. "Moonlight on the .Mississippi llicl
ma Seville and Chorus; IS. "Bay of
Bombay," Mina Schall and Chorus; 3.
"Summer Time," Frances Farr and
Chorus; li. Specialty, Mina Schall; 7.
"Where the Hudson River Flows," Fran
ces Farr and Chorus; 8. "Take Me
Back," Joe Rose and Chorus ; !). Finale,
Entire Company.
During the olio Frish, Howard and
Toolin, the cabaret trio and the famous
Livingston Family, risley entertainers,
will appear.
The performance will conclude with
the big laughing burlesque sensation,
"The Cabaret Girls at Home." Time,
present. Place, Catskills.
Cast of Characters.
Mike McCarthy Mike J. Kelly
Mr. Con M. Along Frank Damsel
Henry Schultz Joe Rose
Mr. Wise Frank Frisli
Count De Orleans Harry, Howard
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The following' numbers will be inter
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lescpie: 1. Opening Medley, The Entire
Company; ;.'. "Hello, Folks," Frances
Farr and Chorus; '.'.. "lias Anyone Got
a Kiss to Spare?" Frances Farr and
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pan. Xext week, the supreme burlesque
event of the year, Rube Bernstein's
"Follies of Pleasure."
Leaders of the striking machinists
announced yesterday that three of the
shops here had agreed to the eight-hour
day and other conditions asked for by
the men. Otherwise the situation is not
altered. It has been decided to resume
holding nightly meetings at the head
quarters and they are to take place every
night except Saturday and Sunday. A
number of them are intended especially
for the women wdiose influence is being
A telegram received last evening from
International VLe-President J. II. John
son, who is now in the Fast, denies and
contradicts the reports that men are go
ing back to the big shops with whieu
they have been waging the conflict and
which still refuse to concede the condi
tions that are asked. Mr. Johnson de
clared in his statement that there is no
break in the ranks and that the deter
mination is to fight it out.
Special Government Agent Willhm
Blackmail has returned to the city after
a few days' absence and again is d..ing
his best to liud some arrangement on
which strikers and employers can be
brought to' agree
To what extent pork and beans and
bread and beefsteak furnished to labor
ers can be classed as contractors' "ma
terial" was one of the question raised
yesterday in a case before Judges War- I
rington, Knappen and Denison in the
Circuit Court of Appeals in which the
National Surety Company is lighting the (
decision given against it and m favor of '
the government in the District Court.
The dispute in connection with the ad
justing of accounts for improvements
made in bt. Mary's River, and the ob- .
jectiou was that pork and beans and the '
rest of the workers' menu is not in the
same class with brick and mortar and
sand and marble and other things defi
nitely known to the contracting world
as "material." i
It was shown from the precedents,
however, that corn fodder for mules
had passed muster with the courts as ,
"material" and had been allowed for in
the hills and it was argued the analogy
should hold for men and pork and
Another contention on the same side
was that the pork and beans and beef
and bread coii-umed represented just so
much "work" and as such was entitled
to be charged for.
Attorneys John M. Garfield and John
A. Cline were the contending counsel.
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cient Greeks. The drama, in the true
sense of the word, was born in Athens
immediately after the great victory over
the persians. B. C. Illu-lso. The famous
Dionysiae theatre at Athens was com
pleted about B. C. :W). Rome was never
muJi on the theatre. In Rome there was
far too much real tragedy every day,
so that the people had no occasion to
mimic it on the stage. It was as late as
B. C. 1.14 when the first permanent play
house was erected in Rome by Cassius.
Een as late as B. C. .1.1 Pompey had all
he could do to make the theatre popular
in the Eternal City. Xew York Amer
ican. Why Tennyson Wrote Xo Letters.
Tennyson once told Sir Henry Taylor
that he" thanked with his whole heart
and soul that he knew nothing and that
the world knew nothing of Shakespeare
but his writings and that be knew noth
ing of Jane Austen and that there were
no letters preserved either of Sbake
sp.are or of Jane Austen: that they, in
fact, bad not been "ripped open like
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