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advertising method than any ordin ary newspaper in eomparisan with circulation. A labor paper for ex ample, having 1.000 subscribers is of more value to the business man who advertises in it than ordinary papers with 10,000 subscribers." VOL. XIX. Everett's largest and most com plete HOME FURNISHING Establishment solicites your patronage on the broad basis of- "Courteous Treatment, Prompt Service and Best Values Obtainable" We trust all — Deliver goods. Charges prepaid and guaran tee satisfaction or your money back. Barron Furniture Co. 2815-17 Colby Aye., Everett MURRAY'S SHOE STORE Union Made Shoes Huiskamp Bros. Shoes For Women and Children Brennan Shoes HURRAYS SHOE STORE 1707 HEWITT AYE. Call for them Have You Tried the Wm. Blackman Cigar It is ;m ideal UNION MADE cigar, as good us the name. UNION MADE SHOES A. J. BATES SHOES $3.00. $3.50 and $4.00. KNEELANDS SHOES $4.00 and $5.00. Alden Walker & Wilde Shoes $3.50, $4.00 and $5.00 STACY ADAMS SHOES $6.00. UNION MADE WORK SHOES $2.50 and $3.00 Home Shoe Store "Owned in Everett" R. E. BROWN R. W. MANNING For the Whole Family Ask For Ask For For Men Phones; Ind. 29QY, Sunset 1162. THE LABOR JOURNAL Tke Official Paper of the Everett Trades Council The Largest Stock of UNION-MADE SHOES in Everett DEVOTED TO THE INTEREST EVERETT, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 1909, HONE AND THE UNION Organize and Educate the Women. There is one phase of the trade union movement which is overlooked to a great extent which if properly studied and act I'd upon would be of inestimable ben efit to the union cause. Wo refer to the organization of the women of the wage workers into auxiliary societies. Many women do not understand the re lation of the trades union to the home throuzh a lack of education along trade union of lines. They know that the provider has a certain income, a certain daily wage, with which to clothe, feed and house those depend ent u|M>n him for support. They know that in most eases it is pitifully small and inadequate, and they, poor souls, scrimp and save and go without many things dear to the feminine heart in their love and loyalty to their homes anil families, If wages are good nnd work plentiful they are glad and thank ful and correspondingly disheartened if circumstances are the reverse. 'that they themselves could help to hold up wages, shorten hours of labor thereby adding to the comforts and conveniences of the home, does not enter their minds. I have personally known of men who were out on strike, the winning of which meant a great deal to the family, who were driven to scab by their wives who wailed and pledged for them to accept any kind of terms to get their jobs back. Strikes arc, it is true particu larly hard upon the women of the wage earners, but they cannot realize that if better conditions are obtained through suffering temporary hardships, they are worth the cost. Many women.- wives of union men in some instances, patron ize non-union firms, or buy scab made good-, unthinkingly. Thus the very people who are forcing misery into the homes of the wage earners are being kept in business. In time of war one army would hardly be expected to keep the other army in provisions and am munition. And yet that is just what these good women are doing. Willful! ignorance .' Oh, no. The average work ing; man's wile would make any sacri flee possible to help her husband is she only understood. If she would study the economic principals underlying; the trade union movement and how sho could aid her husband in maintaining a high standard of living, she would learn how to help hint. This brings me hack to the opening sentence* of this little sermon. Organ ization by the women for their own ben (•lit. It is a noticeable fact that in places where the women organise into auxiliaries or label leagues, are found tho best union conditions. They meet and talk over the great problem which they are facing every day of their lives the maintenance of the homes. They learn the relation between good wages anil comfortable surroundings. They learn that the greater the call lor union goods the greater labor power of pro during those goods is demanded. That higher wages and shorter hours means a new piano in the parlor, an education for the son or daughter, many more little household conveniences to light en her toil. The purchasing power is in their hands. Very few men by the nec essities of life. They earn the money and the women spend it. Merchants everywhere know this ami cater to their trade and when the women demand that the union label must be on their pur chases or insist on knowing that articles they buy were made under union condi tions, the merchants know that they must handle those goods or go out of business. There is in this city at the present j time a ladies auxiliary attached to one of tin- large and powerful unions. These women an accomplishing something. They are alive to the situation and you couldn't sell one of them v scab made article if you tried. I venture every' Oat o! them knows more about the nil-! ion movement since the formation of, this society than they knew in all their lives before. It's just a problem of ed ucation, of learning how they can help. There ought to he thirty of these aux iliary societies in this city instead ot one. WTiy. just one good, live organi ' zation of this kind can do more to solve the emancipation of women from drudg- (Continued on Pago Pour.) OF ORGANIZED LABOR THE WAGE WORKERS OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY Conditions Bettered Only Through the Ben efits of Organization. illy dos. o. Rolger.) When one considers the condition of workingmen today contrasted with their lot twenty-five years ago, it causes one to wonder, thai in the face of every con ceivable opposition, sUch great changes have been brought ahout hit ween that period and the present. The path has been strewn with blood, anguish, disap pointed hopes and sacrifices, yet this path has led its travelers to a fuller measure of enjoyment and much better conditions, Hope has inspired the toil ers to press on. and these self same toil ers will continue to struggle and sacri fice until correct and satisfying meas ures are meted out, every abuse serv ing as an incentive to greater efforts to ward the attainment ol their aims. The vast importance of organised lalior, its power for good and particularly its bear ing upon the industrial peace of the World, is not a matter to treat lightly. Its concern is serious. Its in fluence is world wide for all must agree that organized labor has won for its members greater liberties and more in dependence and has made of its mem bers and the working class truer citizens. —In a large majority of instances the positions taken by organized labor have been firmly held, in those where a re treat had to be made the result can most ly be laid to a lack of thorough organ ization. When the union was new every body was enthusiastic, meetings were largely attended and members constant ly on the alert for new members, the "tide was at its flood." However, as soon as the novelty of the situation wore away, the enthusiasm began to flag, attendance decreased until at times it was almost impossible to secure a quor um. It is to the unwarranted apathy on the part of a certain proportion of the membership in the movement to which must be laid the responsibility for much of the past failures as well as for the unsatisfactory political progress of the movement. Members seem to forget that "eternal vigilance is still the price of liberty" and they let the tide "at its flood" pass by unnoticed, thereby failing to icap any adequate reward when called on to put up a struggle, through their unpr, paredness. It is now more than ever (when organized la lior is abused and attacked as it has never lieen before) the time to eradicate this feeling of apathy or dry rot which exist to a certain extent in the movement There Is a dry rot which affects men just as surely as there is a dry rot that affects wood, the cause and effect being much the same in both. It at tacks wood that is unused or undis turbed for any length of time and rend ers it useless and unsafe, converting hard elastic wood fibres into a substance dry and brittle which tails to pieces in con stant touch, while wood in constant use is not much affected, as the vibration or jar caused by constant use prevents the growth of the fungus. Among men it is caused by "apathy," which readily at tacks those who ate satisfied with their lot, or who fail to take interest in the struggles against irksome restrictions on their progress or welfare, or let un scrupulous men work out their destiny, so that in a short time they find them selves unable to make any effective pro test against injustice and oppression; be ing weakened by dry rot. We trade unionist I lndieve something ami Mpire to get something; these as pirations should never cease no matter what existing conditions may bo, for the moment that we become lethargic we become subject to mental dry rot, and endnnger whatever progress we have made, weukening our union through apathy, so that it can do no more than possibly protest, and find ourselves forced back from the conditions attain ed to the step preceding them; as has beW many times the experience of or (inllsri lalior, I.ct us keep in mind that the union that has no set pur pose in view is in danger nf dcay, nnd decay is death. I nions pulsating with resolves nnd steadfast purposes aro in very little danger of dry rot from with in, nnd with unity and harmony in them selves are indestructible from without. When we are moving we grow, when we agitate we get st rong. when we are resolved on lines of actions we get life leaves us just in proportion as we cease to work. The object of our unity is to concentrate our aggressiveness to gether that we may have the strength of the many when the few might be weak. To (hat end the individual mem hers should be impervious to dry rot, be should discourage in himself and others, unnecessary waste of time and energy in petty discussions of little moment, he should try to acquire in others, a knowledge of conditions af fecting him and his fellow workers, by systematic reading and study of the thoughts anil experiences of others who have been or are struggling like our selves. Why we organized': What I do we know of the met hods of our cue- \ mies, of those who would enslave ns, of manufacturers associations. To be successful we must study the hands and the moves of our enemies. As nuskin says: "We suffer much from the faults of others, but we lose much more by our own ignorance." With the knowledge gained we .should add action so that our union may become very effective, and taking [tart in the advance go for fard, marching in a solid phalanx with pulsating action. Then we will not find on occasions that cull for strength, that we are victims of dry rot. The order among organized labor should be at all times to 'close tanks and forward march," for there will always be use for organized labor, just as long as there is a wrong to he righted, just as long as there is one human creature who has his rights curtailed or infringed upon. Trade unions are organized to se cure industrial improvements in all di rections, or anything; that they sec clearly to be for the promotion of the common welfare nnd the oppression of years gone by should be a reminder to us of the necessity of strengthening the cause for which union labor stands to day. For with all the agitation and the calling of attention to the unfavor able position of labor at the present time, there is no getting around tin fact that slowly, though unmistakably! certain, the cause of men who toil will triumph. There is hardly any excuse for the wage-workers of today to deliberate ly vote against their own ami best in terests by voting for those who have deceived them and tramped on thai I rights. The balance of power being on our side through our right and [tower, to vote, we should use it as we ought to, and elect out own men and have our own kind of government. And the only hope of the laboring men to ac complish those aims is to be faithful to its principles, and be ever! jealous in our efforts to swell its ranks and advance its cause. For only by I strict applications to the principles of unionism can we hope to hold fast what We have won in the past, and, only by, protecting these principles can we ever, expect to carry forward this gram! work of the masses taken up by organized! labor. Consequently it is the duty as well as the plain interest of all work ing people to organize thoroughly, meet in council often, and take practical! steps to affect the unity of the working class, as an indispensable preliminary to any successful attempt to eliminate the evils of which we, ns a class, so bitterly ami justly complain of. To sum up. the work is in its in fancy. Organized lalior is shedding its swaddling clothes a nd i- growing into youth. The evolving of public politics of the future will be assisted in by tin ion men. In great deliberations tlieir voices will be heard, thhers have quid Ed in the past, but organised labor will have a hand on the steering gear. In calm or in storm, we hope to do what is right, pleading our cause, defend ing our brothers and sisters, sacrific ing if need be to demonstrate our fi delity. ami hoping nevertheless, to win to our banners, all who believe in jus tice, hotter conditions, reasonable hours and wages, and free citizens. It will pay you to look ovei the ad vertisements appearing in this paper. You will learn where to go to purchase union made goods. The niereha.nl whe dots not ad vertise at all may or may not he your friend, fellow-worker, but it is a foregone conclusion that he who liberally patronizes the columns of all other papers and refuses to ad vertise In the labor paper, is not looking fur the workingman's pat ronage, does not wish it, and is not desirous of your friendship. MONEY WELL EXPENDED Single Men Will Now Be Protected. Seattle. Wash., April sth, 1900. State Labor Press: An editor of one of the Labor Press of the state, in commenting upon the re port of the state Federation of Labor, relative to legislation secured during the I recent session said "We can congratulate ourselves that there was a return for :t he money expended." j Had we secured the enactment of but lone of the ten measures reported - the I right of dependent heirs to recover dam* I ages for the death id' a single person. |we would have gained fur the depend ent heirs many times the cost ot our Work before the session. For ten years the employers of our state have discriminated against em- I ploy men t of married men in favor of I siuele men because, if death came lo the single man through conditions under which tl mployer should be responsi ble, no such responsibility existed, Mar tied men who were not familiar with out laws have often wondered whj they were displaced by single men. Chambers of Commerce, Commercial Bodies and Roosters Clubs have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising the advantage of our state and urging 'men with families to come here. The cor porations have refused to employ them after they came if single men could be secured. During the legislative ~,' inn.", a large employer of labor, now a mem ber of our State Senate, stated before the Labor Committee that he had in his employ 800 men. 799 of whom were single. WHY. Because if any or all of the 790 were killed under conditions which, if married their heirs could re cover, the fact that they were single men barred every possibility of recov ery. Not a reader of this paper but ran re call of reading or more intimate knowl edge, of the killing of a single man din ing the pa>t year who had aged parents or minor brothers or sisters dependent upon hint, who were deprived of means of support. The writer recalls the death of an engineer and fireman, caused by an engine going through a defective : bridge. The widow of the engineer re covered a liberal amount for his death. A mother nnd two younger sisters en tirely dependent upon that fireman, a single man, for support were left penni less. The aged mother was compelled to take in washing for a living while the sisters secured employment iii a depart ment store at lour dollars a week with the usual results. Men voted for this measure who knew I that its paaaage meant thousands of dollars additional expense to them in the coining year. Why did they support it Because through our efforts the unfair ness of the present law had been rep, tl I edly exposed and they felt compelled to acquiesce in the demand of the Federa Hon of Labor, I To the attorneys of the siaie who are j not owned by corporations, we owe j thanks for assistance but to none oth I ers. While it has taken ten years to 'right this wrong, nevertheless ii was well j worth the effort and hundreds of aged parents or minor sisters and brothers | will be kept from hunger and want as | well as the crimes they lead to in the ! fut tire. * as, Mr. Bitter, l believe "we can eon grntulate ourselves that there was a re turn for tile money expended." Respectfully submitted, I"HAS. B. < ASK. resident. W. S. K. Nt [*bor. There are 28.1 factories in the I'nited States that inanufaet tire union made shoes. Is there any reason why you should wear those non union made? I Organized labor in Portland is soon |to have a home of their own if ores lent plans do not miscarry. The pro l jeet has been taken up b\ the IVntral Body and much BWGSM is moot nig thcni in their efforts. About $-20.1100 won!, 'of stock has already b»M suhserilied for by the various unions of the city. and the Portland unionists ; ,r mfident that enough money will be secured to ; erect a building that will l>e a lasting credit to the city nnd to organized la bor. Buceess to you fellow unionists of | Portland in this laudable enterprise. No. 13.