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THE LABOR JOURNAL
Mention the Journal to the
merchant who solicits your patron
age through these columns.
VOL. XX.
YOU
Always save money
at
White Sc Hackett
Complete Hotel and Homefurnishers
2807 ROCKEFELLER
"Courteous Treatment and Your Moneys Worth."
MURRAY
is selling union-made goods at a reduc
tion of 10 per cent to 20 per cent off
regular selling prices.
Hrcniian Shoes, made in Randolph,
Mass., Factory No. 57, are he very best
that can he produced at the price. These
goods are all made to our order and
come direct from the factory. Try a
pair now while you can get them for
leas. *
FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
We also have Huiskamps goods of
Keokuk, lowa, Factory No. 343, for
women and children.
Everything in Our Store Reduced.
MURRAY'S SHOE STORE
1707 HEWITT AYE. Phones; Ind. aooY, Sunset n6a.
U IN I O IN A\/\DE
Call for them
Have You Tried the
MUM
CIGAR
It is an ideal UNION MADE cigar, as good as the name.
U IN I "O IN 7VIADE
For Spring - McKIBBIN
$3
They are here, and as fine a looking
bunch as would please your eyes, In all the
latest shapes and colors.
Stiff Hats, Soft Hats and the New
Woolly ones . See Them. Try one on, and
you will surely wear a ftcKIBBIN HAT.
The jesdahl Co. Inc
Stokes Block
Hats
Yes Tbey Are VNION MADE
"PRICE AND
QUALITY COUNT"
$3
Everett, Wash.
THE LABOR JOURNAL
THE OFFICIAL PAPER OF THE EVERETT TRADES COUNCIL
Devoted to the Interest
MINERSPLAN
BIG UNION
Solidarity of the Working
Class Is the Aim of Two
Big Organizations
The Inst annua] convention of the
Western Federation of Miners elected
seven delegates to meet the delegates of
the United Mine Workers of America
for the purpose of endeavoring to bring
about a consolidation or at least a clos
er unity between the two organizations
of the mining industry. The delegates
selected by the Western Federation of
Miners were men of experience in the
labor movement, and realized only too
well the full significance of the labor
movement being divided and disunited
through an outlived policy of craft nnd
trade autonomy. The delegates of the
W. F. M. attended the late convention
of the U. Af. W. of A. and were en
thusiastically received and the delegates
of the United Mine Workers hailed the
proposition of solidarity in the mining
industry of the continent. Rut since
the delegates of the W. F. M. met with
the delegates of the U. M. W. of A. and
held a conference with the object in
view of bringing about coalition between
the men of the coal industry and the
men of the metal industry the "critic"
has been busy in questioning the hon
esty of the motives that led to a joint
conference between the Western Feder
ation of Miners and the United Mine
Workers of America
When using the word "critic" is only
involves those "knockers" in the labor
movement whose reason has been de
throned by fanaticism and who enter
tain the opinion that capitalism can be
overthrown by "hunger strikes" and fill
ing the jails with dupes that are de
luded by verbal belligerence against an
industrial system that enslaves a world.
The "critic" has howled through the
columns of a few journals that are
called labor papers for want of a more
appropriate name, and the "critic" with
a pretense of agony has declared that
the Western Federation of Miners is
about to become "Civic-Fedcrationized"
through its flirting with tlie United
Mine Workers of America. The "knock
er" with the vision of a prophet can
sec all the "glory" won by the Western
Federation of Miners on the industrial
field of battle vanishing, as the feder
ation becomes aligned with the United
Mine Workers and its ultimate downfall
as it enters the portals of the American
Federation of These "critics"
who advertise the pretense that their
hearts throb for the emancipation of hu
manity have elaborated at length upon
the fighting ability of the western min
er, and like writers of fiction, draw up
on thctir imagination to portray the
many battles in which the western or
ganization has measured steel with the
powers of organized greed.
It is true that the Western Federation
of Miners has fought many a battle
against the tyranny and oppression of
a master class. It is true, that no or
ganization on the face of the earth, for
its numerical strength, has been able to
put up more heroic battles than the
men who have stood beneath the flag of
the Western Federation of Miners. But
when all that is said, where are the
boasted victories achieved hy the West
ern Federation of Miners? The organi
zation has been able through ceaseless
effort to place eight-hour laws on the
statute books of Utah. Colorado, Arizo
na, Nevada, Missouri, Montana and
British Columbia, but in every conflict
of magnitude ou the industrial field the
federation, though never conquered, has
»one down to defeat through the com
bined forces of corporate power .courts
state militia and federal troops.
For seventeen years the federation,
with its advanced and aggressive policy,
has stood outside the labor movement
of America, entertaining the opinion
that the unfaltering devotion and death
less allegiance of its membership to the
principles of organised labor would ulti
mately prove invulnerable to the as
saults of the relentless enemy. But
after seventeen years on the firing line,
siamting practically alone and isolated
from the labor movement of America,
the men of experience and observation
in the organisation who know the his
tory of the federation from the Coeur
d'Alenes to the lock-out of the. Home
stead company Sn the Black Hills, have
come to the conclusion that the felera
tion, or no other labor organization
standing aloof from the labor movement
of the country can hope to cope success
fully with the power of capital intrench
ed behind the very• government itself.
The federation has faced the power
of the judiciary, confronted the bay
•nets of state militia and federal troops,
h. In l.i the homes of its members des
ecrated by the armed assassins of cor
porations, has seen the bravest men of
the organization torn from their fire
aides and deported by outlaws wearing
the badge of authority; and auffaring
all these wrongs and outrage*, tha fed
eration has not escaped without bear
<Continued oa Brngr Four.l
EVERETT. WASHINGTON. FRIDAY. MARCH 4. 1910.
MY POLICIES
GET ANXIOUS
Sends Hurry-Up Call For
Bwano Tumbo to Hit
Trail For Home
WASHINGTON, 1). C, Feb. 23.—Ted
dy —That's Colonel Roosevelt, you know
—will be back home in June and if I
survive until then anil they don't get
me Shanghaied on a South Pole expedi
tion in the meantime I expect to see
something doing here and at Albany
and get a chance to recuperate. I think
all my trouble comes from being named
"My Policies." ,
Ever since Teddy left on that fool
jungle journey and turned me over to
Bill Taft, the gang has been tying tin
cans to my tail and heaving bricks at
me and feeding me ground glass and
rat poison. If I hadn't, got so tough
under Teddy, I'd be under the sod and
the snw now without even a marker, to
show where they'd buried me. As it is.
I'm in a worse shape than Uncle F.lihu
Root was when he went up to Muldoon's
for the rest cure. You see Uncle Elihu
tried to take Ids meals in Wall Street
and Washington at the same time and
that's why he had to go to Muldoon's.
I never could understand why Teddy
wanted to give Elihu the blue ribbon,
anyway. His pedigree may be all right,
but Morgan and that crowd clipped his
ears when he was young and he wears
the same old collar now that he did then.
Elihu reminds me a good deal of our
dear old Chauncey Mitchell llepew, and
when either of them offers me a bone
I get it analyzed first to see whether it
came out of Mr. DnPont's dynamite
factory. ,
The tariff outfit gave me this bum
paw—l mean Aldrich, Cannon, Payne
and that crowd—and I've been limping
around on three legs ever since. It's
very inconvenient. It wa salways hard
enough for an honest dog to get a living
before they sprung that tariff bear trap
on me and put all the bones in cold
storage.
I tell you I got pretty discouraged,
and felt just like crawling tinder the
bam for good, especially wlten they
made Giff Pirn-hot my last remaining
friend, walk the plank and I found that
that man Ballinger had spread a lot of
Morgan-Guggenheim arsenic around the
kennel and the trusts were following me
up with a sponge full of chloroform.
In fact the last time Bill Tafl tried
to coax me down to the banks of the
Potomac I came near giving in and
following meekly along understanding
full well the meaning of that rope and
keg of nails that Bill carried.
You'll understand how I happened to
get this beautiful eye when I tell you 1
was up nt Albany the other day at
tending a session of the state legisla
ture. I tried to dig up a lot of old
bones that were buried there and —well,
I wasn't welcome. It seems they want
to keep just as many o fthe skeletons
at Alliany underground as possible.
A lot of people like Big Bill and
Uncle Elihu have been writing regular
ly to Teddy, telling him that everything
was lovely here and that I was being
treated kindly and he might just as well
spend the rest of his days in Africa,
breaking up the ivory trust and making
good wit hthe Smithsonian Institute,
and hinting strongly that there was a
popular demand that he head the ex
pedition to the South Pole. So I though
I'd put him wise. I got him on the long
distance and told him a thing or two.
I won't tell you what he said after
I got through, lieeanse, if I did, the
Pope wouldn't receive him and he never
would lie asked to address a Methodist
conference or a Mothers' " convent ion
again.
This is all for the present. I see
Wickershain sneaking around the corner
with a shot gun and I'm going to run
over to New York to visit Loeb for a
week for my health.
Yours truly,
tin Buffalo Republic. MY POLICIES
WELL KNOWN UNIONIST
ENTERS BUSINESS
Once in awhile a member of a union
will by good fortune or hard work get
out of the ranks of the employes and
into the ranks of the employers and
immediately forget all about his union
principles and past associations with
union men. The subject of this short
sketch, however, is decidedly not in tbat
category. E. W. Philips, past president
of the Painters' union and for several
years an active member in that or
ganization. I* a union man from princi
ple. It was not a matter of expediency
with him, he nays, but a feeling that or
ganization of the workers was right and
necessary, that took him into the union
in the first place and now that he ha*
gone into business for himself, he aays
he »cc« no reason to change his views
or hia rourae of conduct. ,
Mr. Philips haa opened up tbe "New
of Organized Labor
WHAT WILL
CONGRESS DO
Liability Measure Is Being
Urged By the Leaders of
Organized Labor
WASHINGTON*, D. C, March 4.—
Stripped of all concealment a lobby of
lawyers in the pay of several of the
birgest employing corporations in Amer
ica have appeared brjforc the House
Judiciary committee and practically de
fied congress to pass any employers'
liability bill framed to insure workmen
and their familitsi against injury or
death.
Representative Sahath's bill, standard
izing the amount of damages due to in
jured workmen, forced the fight to an
issue. General Solictor Heath, of the
Norfolk and Western railroad; Russcl
H. Loines, attorney for the American
and Hawaiian, New York and Porto
Rico steamship lines, and a score of
other notable lawyers could hardly find
words in their legal vocabularies with
which to denounce "this socialistic at
tempt to destroy the constitutional right
of contract."
The wor.ls of Representative Sabath
in answer to the corporation lawyers
were such as to fix the tens attention
of every listener.
"When it is remembered" said the
Illinois representative "that we hold our
property in the last instance throuh
the forbearance and self-control of the
vast class of persons who are at risk
day by day, and who, were they united,
could rend and tear not only our pos
sessions, but our very bodies, it is sur
prising to see the dense carelessness of
the possessing community before this
great—l had almost said class; but there
are no classes in America: at leas.t it is
so claimed.
"At the time when the law of master
and servant received the form which we
are now contending is utterly unjust, the
industries were just beginning to re
ceive the beneficent effect of the appli
cation of steam to machinery theretofore
driven by human hands. Today all this
is changed."
Gompers a Keen Listener.
By the side of Sabath sat Samuel
Gompers, a keen listener to every word
that fell from the speaker's lips. The
committee room pulsated with the con
centrated antagonism of these great
warring bodies, capital and labor.
"The courts will say that the laborer
is free." continued Sabath; "that he
choose his occupation; that if he takes
up a dangerous occupation, he takes the
risk -he does it with his eyes open; he
is compensated for it, and his wages in
part may be used, if properly employed
in buying insurance in some industrial
or accident corporation to compensate
him for the risk which he is bound to
take.
"Is it not a truism which must only
be stated to he understood, that the
choice of freedom of the laborers is en
tirely illusory; that they have no choice;
that the fiction which claims to treat
them as free agents is overcome by the
actualities of their which
makes wage slaves of them all: that the
wages are so small and purchase so
little tha* adequate self-insuranc is im
possible ?"
The chairman of the committee, Judge
Richard Wayne Parker, of New Jersey,
saw an opportunity, never missed by a
Cannon appointee, and seized it with a
genial smile of general conciliation.
Chairman Tries to Delay.
"Would it not be iv order to defer
further consideration of thla bill until
we receive a report from the commission
which is about to procure information
regarding those killed and disabled in
the industrial trades in the United
States? T see Mr. Gompers present; does
he not think this the most practical
method of procedure?"
Several of the committeemen were
prompt in their approval of the chair
(Continued on Page Four.)
System Wall Paper House" at 2825
Pine street and means to get his share
of the trade. Paper hanging, painting,
staining, varnishing, wood finishing,
water color work —anything that a good
(...inter can do, will be turned out by
the new house. Patrons will haxe no
cause to kick at the work on the score
of either price or quality if the house
lives up to its preeent motto.
Another thing Mr. Philips told The
Journal man that listen.-.1 good to him.
was that no man could work for him
that did not have a union card in his
pocket. Some people forget tbat such
a thing as a union card exists after they
the in selves do not have to carry one.
Well, we hope the firm does good
business just as long as the public and
the unions are treated squarely, and
Philips says tbat will be just as long
as he runs tbe house.
PROSPERITY
ON HORIZON
Coming Season Promises
To Be Busy One For
Union People of Everett
Tho year 1010 starts off auspiciously
for the unions of Everett and barring
sudden disaster such as collision with
Hallcy's comet or some equally calami
tons happening, a busy, prosperous sea
son is ahead. Xo clouds are in sight
on the industrial horizon and there seems
nothing to prevent the signal "full
speed ahead." ,
Things look particularly good in the
building line. Every day brings plans
for some new building or some invest
ment by outside capital where the
knockers and kickers might as well take
to the tall and uncut because we don't
pay any attention to them nohow —we
just keep right on a-growing. It takes
houses to put all these people in that
keep coming and they have got to be
fed and clothed and amused and that
calls for more business structures and
away wo go, everybody working.
The unions have more than held their
own during the past year. In no in
stance has wages been lowered and sev
eral unions will receive an increase this
spring. The carpenters wage scale will
increase from $4 to $4.50 a day, effective
the first day of April. All contractors
in the city have l)ecn notified and little
friction is expected.
The Ruilding Laborers will also ad
vance their scale on April Ist. from
$3.50 a day of eight hours to $4. and
here again but little trouble is antici
pated. With the cost of living soaring
higher every day wages must take the
aeroplane route a little if income and
expenditure are to retain their relative
position on the family ledger. Fair
minded people must recognize that fact.
The Cooks and Waiters' I'nion has
already put into operation the six day
week and hereafter there will be one
day in each seven that the boys and
girls who keep you well fed and sleek
looking, can call their really, truly own.
One day in seven that they can do some
thing more to their liking than take
your order for "ham and —" and hear
you kick if it happens to be burned a
little. And if you don't believe they
are going to appreciate that day of rest,
go and wait on table or work in the
kitchen of a busy restaurant for seven
days straight and see how you like the
experience. |
The Plasterers too are going to put
"one over" on their union brethren.
They have something up their sleeve
which will make sonic of the other crafts
wonder why they didn't think cf the
same long ago. What is it! Well we
have no desire to tantalize so we'll tell
it without further circumlocution: A
Saturday half holiday. Pretty good, too.
isn't it ? And the boys are not going
to have a bit of trouble putting the in
novation into effect either, and that's
the beauty of it. The first of May it is
due to arrive.
Yes, 1910, you look good to us. More
wages, better working conditions, plenty
of work.—if you come through with hall
of what you promise, we'll have no kick
coming.
RESOLUTIONS OF CONDOLENCE.
Whereas, The Great Father, in his
wisdom has taken from this life. Mrs.
Mary L Russell, the beloved wife of our
fellow member, Wilbur B. Russell;
therefore, be it
Resolved, that Everett Typographical
Union. Xo. 410, extend to our bereaved
brother and the relatives of the deceased,
its sympathy, in thir hour of affliction;
and, be it further
Resolved, that these resolutions be
spread upon the minutes of this union
a copy sent to the bereaved husband and
a copy sent to the Ijtbor Journal for
publication.
AMENDMENTS VOTED TO TRADES
COUNCIL CONSTITUTION.
Article VI. Sec. 3. In case a union
in not represented by a delegate at
each regular weekly meeting, his local
shall Im> liable to an assessmnt of not
less than 25 cents, unless the delegate
has a reasonable excuse.
Article VI. Sec. 4. All locals shall
be governed by the action of their rep
resent at ives.
Adopted February 25th, W10; in ef
feet March Ist. 1010. All locals to he
governed accordingly.
R. F STRAKA.
Secretary
NOTICE !
The Journal telephone number has
been changed from 681Y to 115. Inde
pendent.
LADIES I LADIES!
Ladiaa' and Children"* shoes bearing
the label of the Shoe Workers' Union
can be bought at Murray's shoe store,
1707 Hewitt Avenue. Ten to twenty
per cent off on all shoes.
THE LABOR JOURNAL
Is the official organ of the Trades
Council, and is read by the labor
ing men and women of Everett.
ESTABLISHED
NEW RECORD
A California Sawyer Cut
144000 Shingles on Up
right Machine -10 Hours
Everett is the home of several chain
pins and near champions in the shingle
weaving industry and their ranks have
been augmented by the arrival of a
weaver from Humboldt County, Cali
fornia, who holds a record for sawing
on an upright that has never been equal
led so far as we know. ,
Tony Sutro is a little man, not much
bigger than a minute, but he holds the
enviable distinction in shingle circles of
cutting 114,000 in ten hours on a
Hansen upright machine. This cut was
made during the summer of 1906 at the
Press Shingle mill at Huckport, Cali
fornia. Mr. Sutro says the timber for
the (ait was picked and piled out in
preparation for the run but that it was
used up about 4 o'clock in the after
noon and from then on he had to take
the timber just as it came. He made
the cut without being spelled off and
used but six saws. This record for an
upright machine will stand for a long
time without being duplicated. A Hum
boldt, county paper says of this per
formance:
"The making of this last record gives
to the Press mill not only the highest
record for one machine's cut. but also
of that of two and three machines in
combination also all weekly and month
ly reebrda for one machine. This
pheuomental cut amounted to 144,000
and was made with 18 guage saws, with
84 full swedged t#eth. turning 1350
revolutions a minute with an average
carriage speed of 82 clips per minute,
the minimum clip being 80 clips and the
maximum about 88. The saws stood
well on the highest clip, but the danger
of breaking the carriage was too great
to admit carrying that feed on very
heavy blocks."
If Mr. Sutro can secure work he in
tends remaining in Everett and will send
for his family in California to follow
him here. He is a member of Eureka
Shingle Weavers' union and attended a
meeting of the local boys last Tuesday
night.
EVERETT
TRADES
COUNCIL
President Stratton called the council
to order at the regular hour with a
large attendance of delegates.
The credentials of R. H. Highburg of
the Cooks and Waiters, and George
Sharpless of the Printing Pressmen,
were accepted and delegates obligated
and seated.
The following resolution was adopted
and copies ordered sent to our repre
sentatives in congress:
"The Everett Trades t'ouncil wishes
to extend its protest against the recom
mendation of President Taft to increase
the postal rates on newspapers and
perodJcala of general circulation to three
or four times the present rate. We do
not believe that is the remedy for 'wip
ing out the deficit," as it is undoubtedly
true that the express companies in some
instances are carrying second-class mat
ter at a lower rate than that charged
by the government. As your constitu
ents we ask to use your vote and in
fluence to defeat this measure when the
house committee on postoffices and pout
roads recommends its passage."
The resolution adopted by convention
of the Washington State Federation of
baker and sent out for referendum vote
were taken up and discussed by the
delegates and voted upon separately. All
resolutions carrie dexcept Xo. 9, which
after much discussion was defeated by
a vote of 15 to 10.
Tlie amendments to the constitution
of the council were brought up for final
discussion and action, and were carried
by a vote of 23 to 2.
The Printers called the attention of
the delegates to the following publica
tions which are still persona non
grata to organized labor owing to the
refusal of the publishers to recognize
the union in the eight-hour fight of
ttftl Red Book, Green Book, Blue
Book. Popular Mechanics and Saturday
Evening Post. Put this list away in
your mind for future reference.
REPORT BY UNIONS.
Carpenters—Three initiations; voted
to take $50() worth of Labor Temple
stock.
Cooks and Waiters—Two initiations;
three applications.
Musicians—Four initiations.
Engineer* -One initiation; one appli
cation.
"DR. JACOB SMITH, Specialist, Ola
ease* of men, Toggery BMg, ISMV,
Hewitt."
No. 7.

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