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Hands Vnited.
E. IL Springer, stage carpenter, and
Claude E. Rader, property man, both con
nected with the "Mills of the Gods"
company were visitors at the Labor Tem
plo last Sunday afternoon. Mr. Spring
er belongs to Los Angeles local and Mr.
Rader to Boise Idaho, local of the The
atrical and Stage Hands Alliance.
Both of these gentlemen are. enthus
iastic unionists and in conversation with
the editor of the Journal made the fol
lowing statements:
"Theatrical people generally are becom
ing very much interested in organization
and our union is growing fast. We have
now 155 locals of the Theatrical and
Stage Hands Alliance and we are coming
fast. All signs point to the formation
of a strong union among the actors, as
they have seen the benefit organization
has been to our own members and to all
other organized crafts. There is no
branch of the theatrical profession which
needs the protection of a union more than
the chorus girls and if they were once or
ganized they would stick like glue. They
are clannish and quick to resent an in
justice and if they could be imbued with
the union spirit they would form a pow
orful organization in the theatrical
Good luck to the theatrical people and
their union.
Despite the zero weather prevailing in
sporting circles in Everett, several ama
teur teams have commenced the season
and are playing a good article of ball.
For several seasons a team composed of
workmen from the O. N. shops have been
giving various amateur teams through
out the county a run for their money.
Last summer they finished with nearly
a clean record, having walloped with but
few exceptions, every aggregation of
ball tossers they met. Last Sunday they
played their first game of 1009 against
the fast Marysville team, gotten to
gether by Janaa the old Everett player
and cleaned them up by a score of 11 to
4. Sheeman nnd Parsybok were the
battery for Everett and but four hits
were made off Sheeman, while the G.
N. boys touched the Marysville fbnger
for 10 hits. Seven errors were chalked
up ngainst Marysville as against one for
tho G. X. The machinists made a noise
like a real ball team and are reported
to be especially strong with the willow.
This team is open to engagements with
any amateur team and would like to
hear from some of them. They play in
Skyknmish next Sunday. Everett fans
who would like to see this team and
other teams in action will haw to follow
them around the country until such time
as somebody with real money comes
forward aud starts a movement to build
a Iml! park in this city.
Rep. J. E. Campbell is the recipient of
the following letter from the fire depart
ment of Seattle:
Seattle, Wash., March 27, 1900.
•T. E. Campbell, Rep.,
Everett, Wash-
Dear Sir:—
At a regular meeting of the Board of
Trustees of the Seattle Fire Department
Relief Association the committee elect
ed to attend fireman'sdelegat ion at Olym
pic in the interests of the Firemen's Pen
sion Bill reported that Rep. J. E.
Campbell, of Everett, Wash., rendered
valuable assistance in the interest of the
Firemen's Pension Bill therefore the fol
lowing resolutions were adopted:
Whereas, Representative J. E. Camp
bell, of Ever?tt, Wash., aided the fire
men's delegation in every way possible,
and rendered valuable assistance in the
interest of our pension bill and
Whereas, Representative J. E. Camp
bell east his vote in favor of passage of
Senate Bill No. 110, on February 27th,
1900, therefore be it
Resolved, That the Secretary of I his
association mail to Representative J. E.
Campbell of Everett, Wash , a copy of
these resolutions signed by the Board of
Trustees, of tho Seattle Fire Depart
ment Relief Association, expressing our
most sincere thanks for his valuable as
sistance in assisting us to secure the
|siHs*ge of the Firemen's Pension Bill.
R. D. N ORRIS, Pres.
W. 11. CLARK, Becy.
J. W. i \ K\t It 'It \ I I Tttrnm.
A Menace to \A/hite Labor
They Swarm this Coast
California Once Friendly to Japanese Pay Dearly For Friendship
Many eastern newspapers m to be
highly indignant that the nut i Japanese
agitation on the Pacific coast does not
cease and bitterly denounce the labor ag
itators and the "yellow press" because
they continue to cry for rigid Asiatic
It is a pity that some of these "peace,
peace at any price" gentlemen could not
be forced to live in California for a few
years nnd lie compelled to compete with
Mr. Jap for a livelihood. We are safe
in saying that they would very soon
become ' labor agitators."
It is not mere bravado that prompted
the people of California to almost defy
the authority of the Federal government.
It was the desperation of a people wag
ing a losing fight for their food and
drink against the yellow skinned people
of Asia. There are no more loyal Am
ericans—none who would sacrifice more
for the honor of their flag—than these
Californians. A people who will rise
against the powers of graft and evil as
they aro doing in San Francisco now,
stand as the highest type of American
The writer was in Los Angeles a little
over two years ago at the time when the
ant i-Japanese agitation was at its
heighth. When the San Francisco del
egation was summoned to Washington
by President Roosevelt to settle the
school question which had apparently al
most precipitated war between the two
nations. In hotel lobbies, in barber
shops, on the streets, everywhere, Jap
anese aggression was the sole topic of
conversation. So incensed were the citi
zens of that stale that they would have
been ready to declare war upon Japan
alone nnd unaided. This feeling existed
among all classes of people, among sober
minded men who knew what was meant
by war. It was something more than
simple race prejudice that was responsi
ble for this state of affairs.
California is not t-he only state that
suffers from the unfair competition of
the Japanese. It exists in a small de
gree perhaps in every Pacific coast state.
On the G. X. railway system in our own
state for instance, where white section
crews have been given a reduction in
wages and Japanese crews given an in
crease. In Spokane a year ago during
panicky times when white labor walked
tho streets in idleness while every Jap
enese in the city was working.
We were solemnly assured by the Fed
eral government, a few months ago that
through negotiations between the two
governments immigration of Japanese la
bor to our shores would be stopped.
Had this promise been kept the people
of the coast states would have been
sati-fied and the menace to white labor
removed. But everybody knows that
immigration has scarcely been restricted
and the Federal government knows it
as well.
Congressman Hayes of California can
hardly be called a "lalvor agitator." On
the contrary, he is a large employer of
labor. But he is a man of good impulses
and loyal to the interests of his state
and he knows the menace to American
workingmen of Asiatic labor and he also
knows that the degrcdation of American
labor means serious injury to Ameri
can institutions. He delivered in the
Houso of Representatives on the 15th
day of last February, a speech on "Ex
clusion of Chinese and other Asiatics."
Read what he says in regard to ex
cluding Japanese:
"So far as excluding Japaaaaa w con
cerned, there seems to be no attempt to
execute the law. The immigration act
of 1007 provides in substance that when
in the opinion of the president of the
I'nited States alien laU>rers from our
island |M)ssessions or from contiguous
foreign territory are entering the Unit
ed States to the disturbance of labor con
ditions therein, he may hy proclamation
forbid the entry into this country of
such laborers. In accordance with this
law the president of the United States
immediately after its passage issued his
proclamation forbidding the entry of
such laborers from Hawaii. Mexico or
Canada. The effect of all this was, as
it was intended to be, to make the en
try of Japanese laborers from Hawaii.
Mexico and Canada illegal, and being;
here contrary to the law «uch Japanese
arc subject at any time to arrest and
deportation. The issuance of the pro
elatnation seems to be about all that has
been done. It may be that when .eapan
ese present themselves to the immigra
tion officials, these officiate turn them
back and forbid them to enter the Unit
ed States, but there is apparently no at
tempt to exclude them other than lhis."j
"On the Mexican larder, the Rio
Grande can most of the year easily be ford
ed and can 1..- crossed on row boats at
any time. Hundreds of Japanese have
been crossing t v the United States hear
ly every day and there seems to be
scarcely « pretense of preventing them
of Organized Labor
and no arrests and deportation of those
who thus surreptitiously and unlawfully
enter the country. I do not know, Mr.
Chairman, that we can do anything in
this matter by talking about it, but it I
I seems to me that something ought to be
done either to enforce the law in its
letter and spirit or else cease to make
appropriations for a service that is rap
idly coming to he a byword and a
What is true of the Mexican border is
true of the Canadian bonier. It is a
simple matter to slip across the line in
some unprotected spot and once hero
they mingle with their fellow country
men with not one chance in a hundred
of ever being detected. That is why the
agitation will not down. Because in
spite of government sops in the way of
promises to allay excitement, immigra-;
tion of this class of labor continues un
diminished and white labor continues to
be crowded out of employment by this
yellow horde, of undesirables.
The government will produce figures
to show that Japanese immigration hasj
been checked but it should be borne in
mind that these figures relate only to;
those applying for admission at ports of
entry and takes no nccount of those il
legally coming into the country.
There is another aspect of this Japa
nese question which we cannot pass by
in this articlet viz. the almost criminal
apathy which prevails among a large
proportion of our people as regards pre
paration for armed conflict between these
two nations. God grant it may never
come! War should be the last resort
among nations and should never be
wage until every chance of maintain
ing peace with honor is gone. But there
are many thoughtful, intelligent men in
this country uho firmly believe that
sooner or later the two nations, white
and yellow will resort to force of arms.
This might come about from several
causes. Both are commercial nations
striving for the supremacy of the Paei
fie. Modern industrial conditions have
made it necessary for each country to
seek foreign markets for their products
and each with longing eye on the
millions of the awakening East. Xo
man can say that commercial victory
will be won by either nation without re
sort to force. The history of the world
spells differently.
We are living over a volcano. Our
people who have on this coast come into
direct competition with the Japanese in
a struggle for existence will nut always
endure the unequal struggle. They suf
fer much before the upheaval comes but
rumblings of an impending explosion
have been heard in several states. Itt )
the legislatures of California and Neva
da. In the activity of the Oriental Ex
clusion League. In a score of ways the
people have given evidence of their dis
content. It needs but a little more to
throw this volcana into active eruption;
and plunge the nation into war.
And as we have always done, we as a
nation sit idly by, relying on our past
prowess, and our vnst resources to pull
us through somehow. Years before the
civil war broke out, far seeing men saw
it coming. Yet the Xorthern people
closed their ears to the storm warnings
and allowed Southern sympathizers high
in the councils of state to prepare for
the struggle while they did nothing.
The blowing up of tho Maine which
sounded the call to arms in the war
against Spain found us in a wretched
state of unpreparedness. Had a strong
tuarintime nation been our opponent iu
stoad of a little, weak one more unpre
pared than we, oue shudders to think
the injury that might have been in
flict ad upon us.
da pan has demonstrated to the world
that when she strikes she strikes with
unerring aim. Not for nothing is she
centralizing her hordes on the Pacific
slope. Is it not significant that they
prefer the Pacific coast in spite of all
the agitation, against them which they
cannot help but feel, to the East where!
they arc still called our "little brown
cousins?" Is it for nothing that every
foot of territory is mapped and photo
graphed by them? Two years ago a
group of dapanese appeared in one of
the Southern California harbors, and os
tensibly engaged in the fishing md us
try. Day after day their little boats
rocked and tossed upon the blue waters
of the Pacific and darted here and there
in restless energy. Thin continued until
they were discovered taking soundings
at different points in the harbor, when
their fishing suddenly ceased. A few
weeks ago a humble Jap applied for, and
obtained a position as a house scullion
in the residence of a gentleman living
on Grays Harbor. In a short time he
, quit his job because he had been ordered
to join the Japanese legation at Wash
ington, D. C. Was it because he was
' near a strategic point of entry to the
Puget Sound • count t y that a Japanese
gentleman of high rank would scour
pots snd pans in the kitchen for a few
I dollars a month? Is it at all signifi
cant that a great proportion of the Japs
j that infest this coast have seen active
i service against the Russians and are dis
ciplined soldiers? dust one more quota
tion from the speech of Congressman
Hayes is applicable at this point. He
had received a letter from an American
living in Mexico. He had enough regard
for the high character oi the writer aud
the truth of his statements to ask that
the letter be printed in the Congression
al Record. This letter is to lengthy to
quote in its entirety but it may be
found In the Congressional Record oi
Feb. 15th, last. The following are ex
" * * * lamin a position to give
you a few facts which will. I feel, be
of interest to you and those who take
the same position as you."
"During the last half of 1906, all
of 1907, and up till Sept. Ist 1908, I was
in the enjoyment of unusual facilities
for observing the steady movement of
Japanese toward the Rio Grande river
fiom the interior of Mexico. • * *
During the greater portion of the per
iod to which 1 refer I was so employed
as to be in a position where it was im-|
possible for aliens of any kind going
North to escape my observation. In the
iiase of the Japanese, a great throng,
numbering into the thousands, at one
time and another passed North along
the railroad right-of-way on foot. * *
* During the daytime I was stationed
in an office building about 100 feet
from the southern entrance to the bridge,
and in consequence it was absolutely im
possible for anyone to cross without be
ing seen by me. At night we had two
watchmen under instruction to permit
no one to pass. Beginning with October
of 190t), groups of Japanese began pass
ing over this bridge sometimes to the
■amber of 100 or 200 a day. They were
almost without exception clad in por
tions of soldier's uniforms. They seem
ed to have abundance of money, both
Mexican and Ja[>anesc, and there was
always one man who acted the part of
an officer and gave orders to the others,
which were implicitly obeyed. Why men
so well supplied with money should
choose to walk instead of taking the
train was a mystery, although at the
same time that these were walking the
one train daily to the North usually car
ried a good complement of their fellow
countrymen. Of course those on the
train on landing at Cuidad Torfirio Diaz
found them-elves at once confronted with
the I'nited States immigration inspect
ors, while those on foot could leave the
railroad track just before entering town
and make their w\ny to some appointed
spot for crossing the Rio Grande uude
"For many months this stream of Jap
anese northward bound, continued, and
finally from motives of patriotism and
thinking that the facts with regard there
to might be of use to tbe immigration
officials of the border. 1 communicated
with the person in charge, located in
San Antonio, and after stating the facts,
offered to furnish information with re
gard to this remarkable hegira. My
effer met with such a cold reception that
I did not pursue it further."
"There were several thousand of these
men. practically all ex-soldiers, who were
brought to this country ostensibly to
work in the coal mines of Coahuila
At one time some 2»KH) were landed at
a group of mines close together, and
within two weeks not one was left.
All had gone north toward the river.
In one ease guards were put around the
mine property, hut the Japanese left in
the night, although they were shot at
by the guards."
"In the employ of the company tor]
which I was acting as pay master was a
Mexican foreman, and native latior being
scarce, he finally persuaded a number ot
Japanese BO take temporary employ
ment under him. This Mexican was
friendly to me, as I hail done him some
[favors, and one day he nskod me if the
Americans tnought the Japanese were
friendly to them. 1 told him a good
many Americans thought so, but that I
was from California and knew lo ti. i
He then told me that I was quite right.
He said that the Japanese thought the
Mexicans did not like the Americans
i which is largely true) and in oonse
queued they were not afraid to talk to
them." '
"The Jape he said, Insisted among the
Mexicans that they were all soldiers;
that they had their expenses paid to
come to this country, and that they were
all making their way over into the
I 'nitedStates as fast a» they could. When
enough of them had reached the I'nited
States then there was going to be a
war, and the Americans would all l>e
kilb-d *A 1 toU the Me\i BBS] fore
, man to find out «Une could from others,
and hi- repeated to me that they all talk
ed alike-, that they hated the Americans
(Continued on Page 4.)
Is the official organ of the Trades
Council, and is read by the labor
ing men and women of Everett.
Returns to Portland
to Complete His
Organizer C. 0. Young, of the Ameri
can Federation of Labor accompanied by
his ( harming wife dropped unexpectedly
Int ■ Everett last Tuesday morning and
remained until Thursday.
Mr. Young lias a host of friends here
who have known him and worked with
him in the labor movement and much
regret was expressed that he could not
remain for some little time and work in
this locality. Mr. Young himself would
be glad to come back to this part of the
country, hut unfortunately for us, is not
the director of his own movements. The
executive officers of the A. F. of L. dic
tate to their organizers where they shall
do their work according to their judg
ment. Bro. Young for the past year has
been the greater part of the time in
Portland Ore. This may seem to be a
long time for one locality, but when one
understands the magnitude of the work
needed in that city it can not be wond
ered at that it takes so long. At the
time he took up the work in that city,
there were four distinct and separate
central bodies, each working at cross
purpose-. The labor movement was at
a standstill owing to political and per
sonal feuds which were toe result of the
disrupting methods previously intro
duced by the 1. W. W. or "Wonder Work
ers." By dint of hard and exhausting
work the loose ends were gathered to
gether and the unions of Portland form
ed int j the sectional plan of organiza
tion which so many central bodies have
adopted. Now over 00 unions are af
filiated with the central liody. The
work there i- by no means ended how
ever, and the movement must be care
fully watched and guided. Mr. Young
promises to return to U-i*^pßr*W*tW
country is soon as he can be permitted
to do so and help in reviving several
crafts that have succumber to adversi
Inadvertently we omitted in our issue
of last week the following business
bouses from our list of adver
tisers: Pillman Suit House and C. E.
Anderson, real estate dealer. We apolo
gize for this oversight and respectfully
•all our readers attention to these
. firms.
The Labor World enjoyed a pleasant
call from Mr. A. A. Elmore, general or
ganizer for the Farmers' Educational
and Co operative Union, one day last
week, lie says that the fanners easily
see the benefits of organisation, and
arc coming in by the thousands. They
are now inlying their grain aacks and
other supplies one i from the manu
facturer, thus saving vast sums of
money that would otherwise ha Mid out
of the middleman's profits. Another big
scheme they have on too- is to build a
big terminal wnrehause on the coast,
ami market their own grain products.—
Spokane Labor World.
Council met iii regular eekly session
Wednesday evening.
1 11.- credentials ■ :' \\ . H, Bwartz, of
the Barbers' I'nion i accepted aud
delegate obligated and seated.
A .-o'umuuicotion was iead from the
Montana State Federation of Labor.
wm ruing union men that the NHneenta-
- ' ••• -'.it-city of labor
m that state were false, That the la
bor market was glutted with men.
The different et tfts i, ported to the
Council as follows:
Suing.- Weavers, :t initiations.
Painters, 1 application.
Plumber-' reported that the Seattle
union plumb.;-- nnd eh-etrienl workers*
who li .i p on the unfair Q
N. depot had pulled off the Job.
Painters, !l initiations.
Buildiuc Ciade- reported that J. W.
J W. Moor,- lair and "rdeeed hie name
Insid Witeioeii Li - compiling new
by law« to govern theii local.
Tiie Council concurred in the action
of the Bldg. Trades ■ ounofl in placing
J. M Moore fair and orderag his name
stiickeu ..nl of the union list published
in the Journal.
Laundry workers are standing pat in
their refusal to handle th - work of the
Mitchell hotel.
Organizer C. O. Young was piesent
land addressed the Council and explain
ed in detail the workings of the Sec
tional plsn of organisation.
No. 15.

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