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The labor journal. (Everett, Wash.) 1909-1976, February 18, 1909, Image 1

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"A lalmr paper is a far better
advertising met boil tlmn any ordin
ary newspaper in comparissn with
etfPwition. A labor paper for ex
atnple, having l.nno subscribers is
of more value to the business man
who advertises iv it than ordinary
papers with 10.000 subscribers."
Silk petticoats marked tor final clearance sale at
have been radically reduced from former sale pri
ces. They are exceptionally good values and worth up
to $10.00. During Our Mill End Jl
Sale we offer them at %itW
A Shipment of Ladies' Sweater Coats
Several styles to choose from, (nine in red, gray and white.
Worth $3.75 to $5.00. Special Today $2.98
Seasonable Domestics Specially Priced
10c Percales—Different colors, in Mill Ends only, special yard "c
10e Outing—Different colors, in Mill Ends only, special, yard V 1 ..a-
25c Fancy Colored Scrim —In Mil). Ends only 15c
Dc Cretonnes —In Mill Ends only, yard *> i^c
15c Percales —Different colors, :!(> inches wide, Mill Ends only, yard, ,0c
15c Lonsdale Cambric —:!ti inches wide, Mill Ends only, yard Be
l.">c English Longcloth—Good values, special, 111 yard bolt 05c
Dolson & Cleaver
Phone Ind. X 217 Sunset 217
1718-20 Hewitt Everett, Waeh.
Union Made Shoes
For the Whole Family
Ask For
Huiskamp Bros. Shoes
For Women and Children
Ask For
Brennan Shoes
For Men
1707 HEWITT AYE. Phones; Ind. 209Y, Sunset 1162.
Patronize Home Industry
Everett Brewing Co. s
Manufacturers of PURE CRYSTAL ICE
$3.00, $3.50 and $4.00.
$4.00 and $5.00.
Allien Walker & Wilde Shoes
$3.50, $4.00 and $5.00
$2.50 and $3.00
Home Shoe Store
"Owned in Everett"
By Drinking
The Official Paper of the Everett Trades Council
Stock of
in Everett
Bellingham, Wash.
Never before have I known a stale so
ripe for a reform movement as Washing*
ton is today.
Party lines are so forgotten thnl mul
titudes of voters care nothing nt all
as to what parly ticket they vote.
Everywhere little reform clubs are
being organized. In Spokane county it
is a Township club; In Bcllinghnm it
is a Direct Legislation Club; in What
com county the farmers arc demanding
local self government, each school dis
tricl claiming the rigid to control its,
own road money. In the Augttsl and
Sept. issues of the Pacific Orange Mull
et in I urged fanners to call for a vote
on township organization. Nearly half
the counties of the state took action,
ami wherever submitted, with scarcely
any ngitatlon or education, the vote was
two to one and ten to one in favor of
township organization, although every
where the political machines violently
opposed it. In Whitman countj the
commissioners refused to obey the law,
so a patron writes me. In my own
precinct Ihe vote was six to one in favor
of town-hip organization. In Spokane
county the vote was li.non for town
ship organization out of a possible
l(i.tKK); practically no opposition, for
there were only 4,000 who failed to vote
for the measure. Thos, Maloney, one of
the wageworkcrs' leaders of the city
did effective work for the measure
"just because the farmers wanted it"—
a notable nstance of the fraternity thai
is developing hot ween the farmers and
Even the cities, usually the slowest
to take up reform work, arc becoming
active. More than half of the leading
business men of Tacoma are identified
with some reform organization. It did
me good to hear such men as .lohn T.
Bibb, president Tacoma Grain Co.;
Messrs, Rhodes of Rhodes Bros., Stone
of Stone Fisher Co., Senator Metcalf,
Marshal! K. Knell, Nelson Bennett and
scores of other leading Tacoma busi
ness men arguing for public ownership
of public utilities till on the same side,
ju-t like the Knights of Labor and the
Alliance, hack in the 'KO's.
During the ten years 1 have been in
the state the direct primary is the one
reform law of any great importance.
The legislature of 1007 killed direct leg
islation; killed a full weight bill; killed
a bill prohibiting saloons near our agri
cultural college: killed a woman's eight;
hour law,
Will the legislature of 1009 do any!
better? Our road laws are vastly
worse than ten years ago; the shore
lands of Lake Washington steal; the;
A.-V.-P., steal the annual graft of
$25,000,000.00 which goes to speculators,
and all the little steals go merrily on in
the face of an awakening public life.
Our Only Hope Lies in Union.
With a little group of socialists; a
olittlc group of reform democrats a group
of reform republicans, a small group of
women workers; a few township clubs in
one county anil some good roads clubs
in another; with the Orange trying for
some reforms and wagcworkers Irving
fur other reformsi —with the reform
forses thus divided, special privilege will
again trium]lh.
Lei in unite, Lot ns keep every un
popular issue of the platform. Wo can
-till advocate our hobbies; lint let us
not burden our candidate- with a single
unpopular measure. Let us at once
draw up our Majority Rule Platform,
When we have selected ten or more
planks, every one of which is in itself
a winner we can certainly elect candi-
dates who endorse them all! Let ns
not give up our beliefs—hut let us for
once see how it will feel lo have the
people put into effect a do/en of I lie
most popular measures.
Agitation i- all very Well hut let lis
accomplish something in 19101
Merely to slatt Ihe movement 1 sug
gest the following measures. Let
every grange, t ratio union local, reform
club, woman's league and Indeed every
reformer in the state ronitdrr these
plank-; Cut out tho-.- thai will hinded
Hiieeess; add others that are hotter:
Compare views; auiond into shape ami
then lei us start the campaign like a
whirlwind, and keep it up till the 1910
A Victorious Platfoun.
1. F.xempt improvement I from taxa
tion. (Will save farmers 70 cents to
$IM per aire; will make such a de
maud tor lalior ns the state has never
known; favored by nil millmen and
manufacturers who arc nol laud sharks;
by all merchants, by professional men.
Opposed only by speculators. Should bo
i left to each county to adopt or reject
'by majority vote. 1
2. Township organization, to the
adopted township by township, as voters
bceomc ready for it. (This is the Mm -
nesotn law. Ii i- silly to ask Seattle
nnd other cities and villages to adopt
township organisation. They have their
i local self-government. Township or
ganization i- merely farmers' local self
government, and should In' ndopted as
cacli neighborhood is ready for it. pre
cisely as cities of the fourth class In
corporate whenever t'hej wish to do so.
Township nrgnniztion is a local nues
tion ami should lie decided by local
votes. Counties in Minnesota mny be
j partly under county organization, part
ly under city organization and partly
under township organization. Cut out
the vote of the cities.)
:!. Direct legislation by (be initiative
and referendum. (This is the greatest
reform nf nil, but many voters do not
appreciate its importance.)
t. Powed of recall. (Second only 11
direct legislation. Adopted by many
cities. Saved Oregon from disgrace.
Will cany by 10 to 1.
•">. Enforcement of campaign pledges.
(Conviction of the violation of a cam
paign pledge to work in-taut removal
front office, tho vacancy to be filled by
the candidate who had the next highest
number of vote-. Similar to power of
recall, but mote effective, less trouble,
supplementary to that reform.)
(i. Rural local self government.
(Counties, that is farmers, are entitled
to all the powers and liberties now
granted to cities: -cities may anil coun
ties should have power to own and oper
ate public utilities; care for theii own
streets and road-: levy their own taxes;
fix duties and salaries of their offi
cials; adopt charters and ordinances, in
cluding direct legi-lat ion. civil -civ ice
reform, power of recall, -took laws, etc.,
etc., etc. The farmers of W hatcom coun
ty are quite as able to manage their
loads as the people of Bellingham are
to manage their streets, Say to tho
legislature "Hand- off!" How can a
legislature make a law that will pro-j
vide for dust, ruts in Whatcom and also
for mud ruts in Whatcom.' Roads and
streets are local questions. We want
neither stale aid nor stale interference
with either- though of coins,, -peculat
or- want macadam roads built through
their large tract- of wild land at tho
expense of tho slate. Speculators bate
"iiupnvsvmonl districts" as the devil
hales holy water. See? Each county
should have power by majority vote,
to exempt improvements from taxation,
that is to make speculators let go of
iheir graft.)
7. Nonpartisan ballot for county I
officers. (Precisely like the present,
ballot for judges. Why should a Supt.l
of schools be a partisan When a judge
should be nonpartisan! What has party
polities to do with the commissioners'
office—or any county office?)
k! - blight hour day for women work
er- iv factories, stores and laundries,
ft. Pensions lo orphans whose par
cut- were citizens of the state at the
t line of t heir dent li.
Something toi All.
Many other planks can !»' added.
When i in- present legislature adjourns
any good measures which have boon
smothered iii committee will help our
movement for majority rule.
Every socialist should favor every one
of these plank- and this i- more than
be i- likely to in several years
through his party. Let him keep the
other portions of his belief for pro
paganda, while making sure of this
much ai the next election.
Every reform republican will appre-
cialc the need for a union of reform
A leading democrat of Pierce count v
laughed incredulously when I suggest
oil this plan for a majority rule league:
hut after an hour's talk, when I left his
home, ho saitl "Well, Mr. Kaufman, you
can count on me for anything that will
help along the cause."
Parties are Dead.
Partisanship is dead. Let us recog-
1 ni/e that fait and act accordingly. Our
| abontnlble primary law makes it nee
eaanry for IM to unite under some name,
.hut a pally name hurts no one if wo
! get what we want I
Lit an all unit.. In creating I plat
! form tliai will truly represent the voter-*
jot lhc % state: push t lie campaign till
about tune, Hlfl, thou take n straw vote
i on all candidates who sign our platform
Wo van easily elect the most popular
• candidates, for tliey will stand on n
platform of the peoples' own choosing
I have yet to meet a reformer who does
not favor the general plan; but il i
time lor definite and official action.
I will lie glad lo hear from organized
bodies, so thai our joint committee car
act intelligently.
Special courses in economics will be
given nt the University of California
during the spring semested by lohn
Graham Brooks, the well-known lectur
er on economic subjects. Mr. Brooks
studied three years at Merlin. Jena and
Ereidburg alter bis gradual ion al Har
vard Divinity School in 15;.",. I'pon hi
return to the United States he became
lecturer in economic subjects In Har
vard and later iv the cxtensi lepnrt
menl of the University of Chicago.
Since that he has been connected with
the United States department of com
merce ami labor and is president of the
National Consumers' league and the Am-
erican Social Science association. Mr.
Brooks' book on "The Social Unrest"
has had wide reading. Mr. Brooks'
special Interest li.- along tlic line of
labor problems ami socialistic move
ments nnd his courses at the university
will ileal with these subjects.
North Caroline Senate Inadvertently
Adjourns to Commemorate Birthday.
The Senate of North Carolina, in ses
sion at Raleigh, on January adjourn
ed in honor of the fifty-ninth annivers
ary of the birth of Samuel (tampers,
president of the American Federation of
While n loi of unimportant local Mil-;
were being reeled off from the calendar
and many Senators were paying no at
tention to whal was going on n resolu
tion which had been sent lip by Sena
tor Dockery, of Rockingham, at the re
quest of the officers of the labor unions
of Raleigh, was read and went through
with the same dispatch as tin- little
bills which had preceded it.
Some few senators who caught the
purport of the resolution voted "Xo,"
but the chair declared it adopted.
Forty-one death sentences were pro
nounced by the military court of Rus
sia, nt which nine were for recent crimes
innl :?2 for participation in the general
strike of October, 1005, In addition to
these, 12 more workingmen were con
demned to penal servitude for life and
4tf to lesser terms of exile.
In the -Hike of 1008 the workingmeti,
numbering hundreds of thousands
throughout Russia, attempted to tie up
the whole railway system, telegraph
linos and gas and electric-light plain-.
Ilie criminal prosecution in these events
was only recently commenced. The ma
jority of the striker- until lately en
joyed full liberty, some of them being
in Ihe employ of the municipality.
Mrs. A. A. Lafferty, the only woman
member of the Colorado legislature, is
chairman of the Educational Committee
and a member of the Committees on
Criminal Jurlspruudonco, Stale [natitu
lions. Enrollment, Denver City Affaire
and County Unea
Mrs, Lafferty bat already introduced
two lull-, the eight-hour day i>ill and
the bill for the physical examination
of public school children and the care
ni defectives. The appointing of a mas*
ter of discipline in towns where there
is no juvenile court is another of Mrs.
Lafferty'i lulls.
Mi s. Lafforty was aaajgaed to desk
23, but says she is not superstitious,
The local printing pfWIgMB have con
itributed $lt\QM (luring the hi>i tiro
year* a< its share to the International
treasury for the eight hour oolites!. The
anaiiwaanl ices ten par can! on tarn*
lings nl firsi. Then il was reduced to
five par cent. This is a MM sign of
-iicccss, and the [iressineu and aaejsl
ant- who have paid this large sum have
I participated in one of those aiatorir ssv
| ions In side their own. San Jose wants
the international convention of 1!H0.
and has naked the craftsmen ol lava
Francisco to help them attain the do-
sire.- La hor Clarion.
Atlfi lli>' Shingle Wmwl' Hull at
Coliseum Rink. February 18th. 1900.
Tlir' merchant who docs not ad
vertise at nil may or may not be
your friend, fellow-worker, but it is
n foregone conclusion that bo who
liberally patronizes the columns of
all other papers and refuses to ad
vertise in the labor paper, is not
looking for the workinirmnn's pat
ronage, does not wish it, and is not
desirous of your friendship.
The Trades Council met in regular
session last Wednesday evening.
New delegates from Electrical Work
er-, No. t>:iii were obligated and seated.
A communion! ion was rived from
the United Hatters relating the causes
leading up to the present struggle to
maintain their union laliel ami appeal
ing for financial aid. The Council or
dered a donation forwarded to them.
The regular weekly legislative letter
from ('. 1!. Case was rend, special atten
tion being paid to the story of the pass
age through the lower house of the 8
hour lull for women. 1.0e.il unions will
use every means possible to urge its
pas-age through the senate.
A special committee appointed to ar-
range for a mnss meeting to protest
against the erection of the High School
building with unfair labor, reported thai
an amicable adjustment of the trouble
had been reached nnd the work had I n
declared "fair." I'nion wages and union
conditions throughout will govern the
work and union | pic feci highly grat
ified witli tho result.
The various union- reported work to
be picking tip ami steady increase ot'
niemtiei -hip.
Maoliinists, together with the Ladies'
Auxiliary, reported a social and enter
tainment held last Tuesday evening,
which was attended bj altoui 00. Good
work is being accomplished through the
medium of the Ladies' Auxiliary and
cither otganziat ions would do well to
emulate. It is expected that a section
al council will he formed in a short
time, similar to the one in Seattle and
| other Sound cities, to embrace every
I nrganizal ion in Ihe city.
• lose Gundelupe Alcala, believed to be
. the olde-t man in the world, has just
celebrated hi- 130 th birthday annivers
ary, Alcala was horn in Guadalajara 48
j years before Mexico became a republic,
[and has lived in three centuries.
William Murphy of the Eclipse Lum
\ her company has acquired the property
'of Ihe Ciuhr Lumber company near Sno
,l homish at receiver's sale paying $7,300.
The mill property lias long been in liti
gation for settlement of claims against
I'nclc Sun has struck a blow at n
i lass of professionnl men peculiar to
| Washington. An order has been issued
prohibiting l T nited Mate- government
clerks from swelling their incomes by
practising medicine or filling teeth on
| the side. It ha- for a long time been a
I common practice for department clerks
to attend colleges, and. alter sc
ciiriue, diploma-, practise professions
Inft er office hours.
Following the direction of the recent
convention of the American Federation
of I jibor in Denver, representatives of
the trade unions of tlii- country having
lahel- will 11 i in Washington, D. < ..
convening on the 3rd oi nest March, a*
per ilie call of President Qompers, for
the purpose of forming a lahel depart -
I menl of the American Federation of
Labor. Thi- department w ill be alone
the line- of the building trades and met
lal trade- departments of the \. r. of
1... mill will In' devoted to better orgs nil
ling tin' label trade* ami tn nr rattan a
demand for tlm label upon goods when
malting pnrrhaans it i» an exceieni
scheme and deserves suecees. It tlm
trade imiona and their friend* would de
mand tin' label upon all goods they pur
chase] and in-ist it|>m having it. the
in- it v for ImiVi'oH would die of its
own weight, and strikes ami Injunc
tions would hn become history. Boca*,
for the lahel. it la the friend ot deeew
cv. a sign of sanitary conditions that
are good, and thai a living wage i
rutid, a- well as an enemy to eMM la
bar.- ltakers' J animal.
If you liave any good reading matter
iiewnpn iters, magazines -that you are
through w it}>. don't burn it vjp but take
it to the Lsvbsw Temple reading room.
No. 7.

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