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THE LABOR ADVOCATE
President Gompers' Fifty Years of Service Officially Recognized By Trade Unionists New York. Geographically consid ered, the largest gathering of trade unionist in the history of the American labor movement honored President Gompers last Sunday, the anniversary of his golden wedding, his sixty-seventh birthday and no jcars, of active service in the trade union movement. Trade unionists from Canada, the Pa cific coast and the extreme south were included in the 1,100 present at the din ner jointly arranged by committees rep resenting the American Federation of Labor, the New York State Federation of Labor and the Central Federated Union of New York Cit and Vicinity. Robert P. lirindell was chairman of this committee and Kmcst liolim acted as secretary. Seated immediately in front of the first table was President Gompers' fa ther, Saul, 90 jears of age, and totally blind. To prove that he was as joung as the rest he made a speech of appre ciation on behalf of "his boj" and him self. First Vice-President Duncan, of the A. F. of L., acted as toastmastcr, and introduced the speakers in the follow ing order: Hugh Fra lie, general organizer, A. F. of L. Frank Morrison, sectetarv, A. F. of L. Robert F. Wagner, senator, State of New York. Anthony Caminetti, commissioner general of immigration, who represent ed Secretary of Labor Wilson. Edward Swann, district attorney, New York County. Warren S. Stone, grand chief of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, THE STORE WHERE YOUR SI. 00 GETS THE BEST VALUES. Everything in Ladles', Misses' and Children's Wear MILLINERY OUR SPECIALTY Stroheim's Dollar Store Nothing over $l.oo 1113 Main Street The Brooklyn Shoe Store All Kinds of Sample Shoes, Union Alnilc, nt Reasonable Prices. Also Shoe Repairing at Lowest Prices The Ilest Leather Used S. KAl'l'AI'ORT, Prop. 1121 VINE STREET, CINCINNATI, O. representing the four railroad brother hoods. Alton !. Parker, who represented the A. 1. of L. in the Danbury Hatters' case. Ralph Easley, chairman executive council, National Civic Federation. Frank X. Sullivan, counsel, New York State Federation of Labor. George W. Perkins, president, Cigar Makers' International Union. When President Gompers was intro duced, he received an ovation rarely accorded an individual. "A demonstration of this character in tin lienor," he said, "forces me to take an introspective view of myself; to ask nij self whether I am really deserving of all these tributes For I am conscious ofbut one fact: I hold it to be the self evident duty of every man and every woman to lie of service to their fellows. It is not given to all to have the oppor tunity of like service. If each man does the day's work a.s opportunity is given him, he has done his level best and measures up to the man who has had wider and broader opportunities. "This great movement of ours for a better life, a better day, is not simply one that deals in cataclysms, in revolu tions, in revolutionary methods, but in a constant, persistent never-ending work to make todaj a better day than yesterday, to make tomorrow a better day than was toda, to make tomorrow's tomorrow and that morrows morrow better than the day before. And through this evolutionary work we sec sprout more light for the producers of the world." A letter was read from President Wilson in which the chief executive ex pressed his appreciation of President Gonipcrs' effort in behalf of humanit. Similar letters were read from mem bers of the President's cabinet, Vice President Marshall and Speaker Clark of the House of Representatives. I Large numbers of congratulatory tele- j grams from trade unionists on this con-' tincnt, and cablegrams from the Great llritain and German trade union move ments were also received by Presiclcnt Gompers. The occasion was not only an honor ti the executive of the American Fed eration of Labor, but the trade union movement honored itself for this his toric recognition of a trust that lias been so lovally observed. GEORGE DECKER Ladles' and Gents' Furnishing Goods, Dry Goods, Notions, Etc. 1550 ELM ST., Near Liberty Telephone Canal 4GB1-R Ucst Goods at Lowest Prices. Cut out this coupon, bring it to our store on Tuesday and you will receive 20 extra starrps with a purchase of one dollar. t Repairing i and Boiling of Meerschaum a Specialty CHAS. KEYER Manufacturer and Importer of Meerschaum and Briar Pipes and Smokers Articles in General Phone Canal 028 No. 1225 Main St. I XKW JKUSKV IMtlKOXS PKOIIKI). WATCH BONUS PLANS WARNS MINE WORKERS Indianapolis In a circular issued to all members of the United Mine Work ers' union the executive board of that organization raises a warning cry against substituting the wage bonus sys tem based upon the fluctuations of the coal market for the present joint wage contract system. "Oflicial recognition of the principle of adjusting wages by the application of the bonus system in times of tiade pros perity, might eventually,, by the same process, mean the recognition of wage reductions in times of trade depression," it is stated. . "We are not opposed to the employers of labor giving additional remuneration to his employes, wheueer he may feel justified in so doing, providing such ac tion and the motives prompting it are not aimed to weaken or destroy the per manency of the system of collective bar gaining that we have, with so much la bor and sacrifice, created, and which means so much to the future success of this organization and the thousands of men, women and children of the mining communities of our country. "We warn our members against those who would hae us disregard our con tract obligations for reasons of appar ent temporary advantage, and we advise that no action be taken in this critical period that might he construed a a deviation from the well-defined policy our union has tollowcd since its incep tion. "Surely the le-sons of the past have bren sufficient to teach our members that permanent benefits in the way of increased wages and improved condi tions in the mines have been secured only where we have had a voice in the adjustment of these wages and condi tions in joint conferences, and when we find those interests who have fought to deny the miners the right to a voice in the" shaping of the conditions under which they must work, now coming to us hearing gifts, it behooves us to he on our guard lest in clutching for the shadow we may lose the substance. "The benefits that would have accrued in the past, had we depended upon the benevolence of the employer, instead of our organized effort, can readily be con jectured by any one familiar with indus trial conditions, and the outlook for the future of our people would be gloomy, indeed, if at this late date we permitted ourselves to be deluded into substitut ing so-called benevolence for the ele ments of justice that the joint wage agreement guarantees to us." JAMTOItS AVIX STItlKK. RAY ECK WALTER ECK ECK BROTHERS Florists and Decorators Phonei : Office, Canl 5157, Rei. Wet 308Z.Y 1231 VINE STREET, CINCINNATI, 0. Your Photo Will Possess an Exact Likeness of You if made by "Rensler." DYour Photo With Ou ENSLER 527 Central Ave. Your Photo With Our New Oil Painted Background U."1 UAUlINt.1 1'Ubi UAKUS Finished in - r- r- -m hi O fun OC Ten Minutes Guaranteed not to fade and to be the best in the city. Open Day and Night. Sunday a so r GEORGE WELLER CO. I Wholesale and Retail Wall Paper and Paints, Wall Burlaps, Lincruita, Room Mouldings 1314-131G Main St. Phone, Cana Hfl i Miller's Park and Summer Resort Cabaret Every Evening Come out and try our Famous Fish Frys and Bakes End of Sedamsville Car Line Phone, Warsaw 212 UNION WOOLEN MILLS CO. Union Made Suit or Overcoat $15 up Made on Premises Made to Order Made to Fit Let ui Prove it Telephone Canal 1298-Y 1407 VINE ST. CINCINNATI, O. Trenton, N. J. Chairman Dixon of the special commission to investigate the State prison and other penal insti tutions lias notified newspaper men that Governor Edge has authorized him to saj that contract lahor at the prison would he stopped just as soon as it can he accomplished. The shops where prisoners work on a mat contract was declared hy Gov ernor Edge to lie a generator of tu herculosis. while Principal Keeper Hughes characterized the place as a "hell-hole." The latter told the com mission that often unruly prisoners were sent to the mat shops instead of the dungeon. The dungeons were in spected and those below the ground were found to be without toilet facili ties and convicts who have been con fined in them said they were chained by the wrists and compelled to as sume a stooping position. HARRY E. RUEVE Phone, C. 1634-R j THE HAT SHOP QUALITY AND STYLE Union Label Men's and Boys' 1206 Vine Street Hats and Caps CINCINNATI, O OX lXDUSTItV'S UATTlilO I-MKIjI). lUiffalo, N. Y. Five laboiers were badly burned in an explosion of gas nt the Buffalo Union Furnace company's plant. One of the men died shortly af terward. I wo otners are so nauiy in jured their recovery is doubtful. MMITi:i AVOMIC.V SITKKKAC.IC. Chicago, III. Flat janitors have won their strike for higher wages and im proved conditions. These workers are affiliated to the A. F. of L. One of the first owners to sign the new agreement was Richard T. Race, contractor and builder, who controls 200 apartments Last year Race had difficulty with his janitors, and at tint time he declared lie would establish-bis own commisar to tight the strikers. He capitulated at the end of a week. On this occasion Race's janitors were out one hour when he signed an agreement calling for wage increases that in some cases amount ti $:) a month. As a result of the strike a seceding union of fiat janitors has voted to iom the regular body. "KlItST AID" TO IXJl'ltKI). THE HERANCOURT Brewing Co. Strictly Union LAGER Strictly Union I COAL The Most Economical Fuel at Ine Right Price THE QUEEN CITY COAL CO. PRIVATE EXCHANGE WEST 2S2Q O The Cincinnati Home Brewing Co. Brewers of Fine Draught and Bottled Beer Call West 814 and Give us a Trial STRICTLY UNION-MADE o GEO. SCHAFER'S CAFE Hopple and Beekman St. FINE WINES AND WHISKIES Specially, Fine Soup Every Day. Served Free Strictly Union. Phone, West 2448-L THE FELDMAN MILK & CREAM CO. Makers and Distributors of ! CREAMA-LAC THE BETTER BUTTERMILK rhone S. 1533 Iiisinarck, N. D. Governor Friuier has signed the act recently passed by the State legislature which provides for women suffrage on all blit constitutional offices. Oljmpia, Wash. An amendment to the present industrial act, which will afford first aid to the injured, has been introduced in the State legislature at the request of organized labor. The proposed law provides that the cost of transportation of an injured workman from the place of injury to tlie nearest place of proper treatment 1 shall be borne exclusively by the em ployer, who shall so convey such in jured workman without unnecessary de lay. Another provision makes it unlawful , for the employer to deduct or obtain any money from any workman or re tain any part of any workman's pa for the earning out of the provisions of the act Weight 6 Lbs. 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