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The labor journal. (Everett, Wash.) 1909-1976, December 17, 1909, Image 1

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Mention the Journal to the
merchant who solicits your patron
age through these columns.
We have just received and placed on our salesfloors a special line of
Furniture, especially suitable as Holiday Gifts, and priced in a man
ner that will be pleasing to you. Make your selections N O W, while
the assortment is complete. We will deliver when wanted.
White & Hackett
"Courteous Treatment and Your Moneys Worth."
Union Made Shoes
For the Whole Family
Huiskamp Bros. Shoes
For Women and Children
Brennan Shoes
Call for them
It is tin ideal UNION MADE cigar, as good as the name.
Go to
The only shoe shop in Everett that has three first class shoemaker*
working. Shoes repaired while you wait.
John Goldthorp, Prop.
••A Hhow for the People"
In High Claaa f=»le»y»
Every Evening 8:15, Matinees Saturday and Sunday
Seat* Reserved Over Both Phonea. Popular Prices: 10c, 20c,^30.^
Ask For
Ask For
For Men
Phones; Ind. 299Y, Sunset it6a.
Have You Tried the
Special Cut on Shoes, Sox, Gloves,
Overalls and etc., until
January 1, 1910
Whole O'Sullivan Rubber Heels . . 40c
Ladies' or Cents' f\
Half Rubber Heels «3C
Devoted to the Interest
It lias long been fell l>y the editors
anil publishers at the labor press of
America thai an association was need
oil that would help to establish the la
bor press mi a sound financial basis as
well as furnish an interchange of news
items of the labor movement of tile
country that should be both authentic
ami up-to-date. Every labor e.litor
knows how hard it is to obtain adver
tising at a figure at all commensurate
with the value nf his space. Leaving
, secular advertising out of consideration
| for the miunint,' it has been found In
• possible to get any but a very few of
i the label trades to advertise their labels
in the labor press of the country. (We
are not referring to the official jour
nals. I Vet column after column of
space in the labor press has been freely
given to the exploitation of the union
labels of the various label organizations.
Labor papers have been hampered, too,
iv giving to the public labor news of the
different sections of the country
instance: If there was au industrial
dispute in any section of the country
we have had to patiently wait for the
labor paper published in that particu
lar locality to learn the real facts at
issue and it has been weeks before the
facts would make the rounds of the la
bor press of the country, fn the mean
time the capitalist press has been mis
representing, garbling, suppressing all
the tricks known to create a hostile
public sentiment.
To remedy this condition of affairs
by i he organisation of a good, working
labor press association has long been
desired. A few organisations purport
ing to have these aims in view have
Is'en started but have been spasmodic
in character, their work of a doubtful
nature, and have soon come to nought.
There is no more contributing factor
toward the success of the trade union
movement than the labor press. The
bona fide labor papers of the country
have done and are doing herculean work
in spreading the gospel of unionism and
creating a publl ("Sentiment favorable to;
the great cause of labor. The labor
editors are giving hand and brain and
In most cases for a compensation that
the average unionist would turn up his I
nose af. They are coming lo the con
clusion that the laborer is worthy of
his hire ami that if the standard of the
press is to lie maintained and made a
still greater power in the movement. I
they have got to practice themselves
what they preach to others, and organ
ize for their own protection.
Fourteen labor editors who were dele
gates to the Toronto convention of the
American Federation of Labor last
month, organized the International La-
Isir Press. Charles W. Fear, editor of
the Trades Unionist, of Joplin, Mo.,
was elected president and Will M.
Maupin. editor of the Wage Worker, of
Lincoln. Neb., was elected secretary. A
constitution and set of by-laws were
drawn up and approved and same will
be sent to every labor paper in the
count ry. The work of this association
may be slow for a time but it is con
fidently expected that, the labor editors
and publishers of the country will be
quick to see the benefits of such an
association and will cooperate to the
extent necessary to make the organisa
tion a success from a financial stand
point and as a new sgathering medium.
The following prostata at Via was
drafted and a copy of same has been
forwarded to the various bona fide la
bor publications:
The editors and managers of the la
hnr ncwspa|>ers of the t'nited States
and Canada, recognizing the good intent
of the American Federation of Labor
in its adoption of resolutions commenda
tory of the newspapers published In the
interests of the wage earners of North
America, hereby return sincere thanks
for the same.
We feel that we have a right to lav
claim, not only to the resolutions and
commendations of the organized labor
movement, but to the more practical
support that, manifests itself through
the business office. The labor news
papers are constantly on the firing line,
preaching the doctrines of brotherhood,
and no matter where trouble may exist,
these labor newspapers are depended
upon more than any other agency to
make the facts of trouble known to the
organized labor movement. The Lalsir
Press is depended upon to warn crafts
men of conditions prevailing every
Mitchell and Virginia Hotels Employ Japs.
Mr. Business Man, Where Would You Get Off If all Firms in the City Employed Asiatics?
where; it is expected 10 boost the label
of every craft—a duty it has never
shrinked —it is expected (~ !„. constant
ly upon the watcht>>wcn. And for this
it has received the unstinted praises of
our national and international unions,
the commendations of the American
Federation of Labor, and the privilege
of hustling the wherewithal lo pay the
bills for composition, presswork, paper
ami postage.
We feel that the time has come when,
if the lalmr press is to be made tin
potent weapon that ii should be in the
armory of the Organized labor move
ment, it should receive something more
than resolutions; thai the time has
come when the crafts that ask us to
Insist their labels an,l protect their in
terests, should at least do something
towards helping us hear the expenses
incident thereto.
We desire at this time to point to the
remarkable fact thai with the possible
exception of the Boot ami Shoe Work
ers' I'nion. not a single one of the label
crafts is giving any financial support
to that portion of the great labor move
roent thai is most constantly on guard.
most vigorously and consistently
preaching unionism, and ever acting
upon the picket line of industrial pro
We desire here and now that it be |
most distinctly understood that the edi
tors and managers of the labor news
papers of the United States and Canada
are not asking that they be ''support
o,l." We are asking only that our el"
forfs be appreciated iii that substantial
way that is meted out to others who
work shorter hours ami receive therefor
something more than resolutions and
communication. If it is true, as we be*
lieve, that the laborer is worthy of his i
hire, then we, the labor editors of this (
continent, insist that we should receive
a just compensation for our efforts —a
wage that can be exchanged at the gro
cer's counter or through the wicket at
the office of the coal denier.
We rejoice when we are accorded
praise, but the printer ami the pressman
are surer of their wage when those who
adopt eloquenl resolutions, and those
who submit label argument, accompany
the same with the coin of the realm.
We rejoice when a label era i t thanks ,
us for our efforts in its behalf, but the
publication hills are not receipted there
We have at this memorable conven
tion of the American Federation of I.a
bair organized the International Labor ,
Press of America, and have adopted a
label therefore, for which label we shall
ask the same hearty support and loyal
consideration that the labor press has
wiven to the labels of other organlza
tions of workers. We ask. and have a !
right to expect, that the label crafts
which so unceasingly ask us to boost
their laliels shall now boost ours, and
do as we have always done, accompany
the vocal demand for the label with the
physical transaction consequent upon
the exchange of commodities,
We beg leave to submit that if one
knlf the money now spent by national
and international unions in circulariz
ing local unions and city central bodies
was expended iv advertising in the la
bor press. 93 per cent, more people
would be reached, the attention given
would be Increased a thousand fold, the
results upon the crafts would be far
greater, and the lot of the labor editor
be far happier.
We pledge to the great labor move
ment of this generation, as personified
in the American Federation of Labor,
our hearty and continued support. We
pledge ourselves to leave no stone un
turned in our efforts to assist in the
great work of agitation, education and
emancipation, but we submit in all
kindness and candor that the lalsu
press of the country has not received
from the hands of executive officers of
the affiliated international and national
unions the tangible support that must
lie had from some source if the labor
press is to be properly equipped for
adequately carrying on its great work.
We further submit, and in the same
spirit, the suggestion that the laliel
•campaign might be pushed with moie
vig«r if some portion of the expense ol
typesetting and presswork were de
frayed by the crafts who are asking
the labor press to boost their emblems.
We suggest, and in the proper spirit
to the executive council of the \merican
(Cniitimied on Page 8)
of Organized Labor
One of the most trenchant paragraphs
if President Gomper's annual report
vas as follows: "The history of the
mmnn race has I teen full of tyrannj
md the denial to the people of the right
if expressing freely by speech or in the
iress their opinions. After our people
•Btablished a government they recalled
hat they had omitted to safeguard this
ital right in framing our constitution,
rhcreforc the first amendment to that
tistrument was that guaranteeing the
ight of freedom Of speech and press.
I'hat means something We do not need
his right to please those entrusted
\ith the authority of government, Free
speech and free press were guaranteed
hat men might feel free to say things
hat DISPLEASE. Demand for reform
•oming from the people is generally
listasteful to those entrenched in power
md privilege. It was not necessary
hat we be given the privilege for ihe
lUrpoae of singing the praises of the
lowers that be. No Russian needs con
stitutional guarantee of the right to
dug the praise of the Czar. We must
liave the right to freely speak and print
for the wrongs that need resistance and
the cause that needs assistance. There
is no persecution, no injustice, to a
The Tradet Council met in regular
session last Wednesday evening. Presi
dent BtambaUgh, presiding.
The credentials of Fred Weber, Peter
Munis and Charles Solomon, of the
Cigar Makers' I'nion, were accepted and
delegates obligated and seated.
A communication was received from
the International Typographical Union
in regard to a booklet bublished and
circulated throughout the country
under the caption of "Munyon's
country under the caption of 'Mirnyon's
Magazine." which does not bear the
union label. This is published by the
Munyon Remedy Co.
The council voted to aid the strik
ing switchmen financially and in every
way possible.
A communication was received from
the Pacific tirocery Co. requesting that
a committee be appointed to meet with
them in regard to their products. Re
1 .piest WM complied with.
Uiundry Workers Held a social ses
•lea at their last meeting.
L*theri Hasted Brother Paul l-"'*-'
on as delegate to the State Federation
convention. j
I'lutnliers Oaa steanifittcr admitted
by card.
Painter* Will hold a banquet on
their next meeting nlgbt.
Tailors Admitted one by card
Nuilding Trades Council Placed the
Bnkeriana plumbing shop nn th«- unfair
Barbers-The former proprietoi of the
Performance at tbe
Tuesday, December 21
great movement but if met in the right
spirit hears its harvest of good. In
this ease the tremendous popular indig
nation at the attempt to abolish the
right of free speech nnd free press
I brings our union members into closer
I relations and more in sympathy witli
each other throughout the country, and,
more than that, it brings to the atten
tion of the people as a whole the noble
aspirations and the splendid achieve
ments of the labor movement in behalf
lof right, justice and humanity. (hit
lof this attempt tn seal the lips of the
men of labor 1 believe good will conic.
We know that the people of our coun
try and the lalsir movement will he
found united in patriotic protest against
any curtailment of the liberties for
which our forefathers struggled in or
der that we might be free. We have
come too far in the inarch of human
progress for any set of influences to
drive us back into slavery. I see a
silver lining to the clouds and a bright
star of hope in the heavens, and I see
the spirit of humanity, justice and the
brotherhood of man obtaining in the
minds and hearts of the people of the
country. Like Jefferson, I am willing
to trust the people, and I have a cer
tainty of their final triumph."
barber shop in the Virginia hotel was
reported to have sold out but the shop
is still non-union.
Mr. Seal, delegate from the Painters
union, was unseated as delegate to the
council for working on an unfair build
LABOR TKMPLK, Kverett. Wash..
DtA titit, 1909.—T0 the Members of
the Trades Council of Kverett. Wash.:
| We, the committee of the striking
switchmen of Everett desire to extend
ito you onr heartfelt thanks for the
' eounrtesy shown us by the five use of
iyour hall, and for the kind and sym
pathetic resolutions passed by your
body in our behalf. It has taught us a
lesson in the necessity of sticking bo
get her and rely upon each other in an
emergency and points directly to What
should be the slogan of all organi/nt mn
iof workingmen. namely. *o«4ty."
H in the future it shall be onr fortune
jto lie able to show our gratitude in a
more substantial manner, depend upon
it. that it shall give us the greatest
pleasure to do so.
Is the official organ of the Trades
Council, and is read by the labor
ing men and women of Everett.
Despite Claims of
Railroad Companies
Little Freight Is
Moving—No Defec
tion From Ranks of
the Strikers — A. F.
of L. Takes Hand in
the Fight and Sends
Organizers Out Into
Strike Zone.
The status of the switchmen's strike
remains virtually the same as it was
when last going to press. Despite the
claims of the railroads that the strike
is broken, shipping by rail in the
northwest remains paralyzed and the
strikers are as firm in their determina
tion to win as the day they went out.
The railroads have found it almost im
possible to get practical men to take
the strikers places. flood men have
almost without exception refused to go
to work when they found they were
wanted for strike breaking purposes and
the men put at work have served no
other purpose than to put up a front
for the railroads. As heretofore point
ed out it is the policy of all corpora
tions in time of strike to create the im
pression that they are doing business
as usual, even though they sink a bar
rel of money making this monumental
Conditions speak for themselves The
Seattle Times is authority for the
statement that the bank clearances in
Seattle have fallen off from $250.0)0
Ito $.">OO.OOO a day since the Inception of
the strike. The docks are congested
with freight awaiting water shipment
and several large vessels were com
pelled to delnv their sailing date to
'get this freight aboard. Mills are
closing down because they cannot get
cars. Orders of goods consigned to
western merchants are delayed in ship
ment with no means of knowing when
the goods will Ik- delivered. If freight
is moving, only the railroad managers
know it. it is not moving so that the
business men and general public can
notice it much.
The switchmen are conducting their
campaign on the same rigid lines laid
down at the beginning. There has
probably never been a strike of such
magnitude in this country where there
has l>een no attendant violence or dis
order. There has been not the slight
est attempt on the part of the strikers
to interfere with the strike breakers,
other than to peaeably induce them not
scab. As at the beginning of the strug
gle the switchmen are remaining away
from the companies premises.
The local switchmen say there is no
truth in the statement made that there
would be a compromise soon. The men
do not want to compromise—they want
to win. The boys declare that as far
as they know there has been no de
feotiions from, their ,ranks anywhere.
Railroad officials at Livingstone posted
a bulletin on December 4th that fifty
five switchmen employed nt Duluth had
returned to work. It was further re
ported that they were trainmen doing
1 switchmen's work and that they had
returned to work through unanimous
vote of their members, approved by
. Vice President Whitney. A communi
cation from headquarters at St. Paul
si.ites that there is not a word of truth
in that statement but it shows to what
: extent the railway officials are going
lin their attempts to discourage the
[ strikers.
The American Federation of Labor
has given the promise of its heartiest
support to the strike. fTrganizer Voting
' ha- been sent to Spokane to aid the
strikers and is working day and night.
' He is .ol.licssing several meetings a day
f j and doing herculean work to aid the
" boys In Hfrc-kan* Other national or
ganhwrs af the Federation have been
f ordered to the strike xone.
» The id her railroad organizations are
• watching the fight with kt-encst inter-
I est and are rendering all possible as
sistance. \ meeting of officials of the
Railroad lVpartinent of the A. F. of L..
of which 11. P. Perhain. president of
Continual on Papo 8)
No. 48.

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