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EVERETT CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL VOL. XXX. THE OFFICIAL BULLETIN OF THE WN. STATE FEDERATION OF LABOR STATE FEDERATION LABEL DEPARTMENT PROPOSED A group of active women trades unionists met at the State Federation headquarters a week ago and were accompanied by one of the Interna tional Vice-Presidents of the Garment Workers Union, and conferred with the President of the Federation on the necessity for launching an active union label and home-buying campaign. It was agreed that a temporary committee would be named by the President to start at an early date and to formulate definite plans for submission to the State Federation Con vention, for the establishment of a union label department within the Federation, and that plans would be worked out for the creation of machinery with which to carry on such work. A committee of nine has been named and will meet this week at Federation headquarters to form ulate a temporary organization for this purpose and to work out recom mendations for the convention. Recommendations made by the committee will form a temporary basis to proceed from. It is the aim of the Federation to have the delegates from the various sections caucus for members for the general label trades department of the Federation and further perfect the plans for carrying on an active label campaign. The State committee will formulate plans for co-ordin ating the work along general definite lines thru cooperation with the Woman's Card & Label Leagues and similar organizations already estab lished in the various centers. An aggressive and effective program will undoubtedly be formulated by the convention. Fool J. Pearl has issued another effusion this week to the unions of the State, it is reported. E. P. Marsh of the Federal Labor Department, was a visitor at Seattle for a few days last week and discussed the mining situation with the officers of the Miners Union. He left Monday morning for San Francisco again. The Miners' Convention has been advanced one week and will convene in the Labor Temple, Friday morning, May 20th. New developments in the controversy necessitated the convention being advanced to the earliest date possible. May 13th., 1921 TO ALL AFFILIATED UNIONS. GREETING: The Call for the Convention is herewith enclosed. Sec tion 2 of Article 11 provides in substance that "any local union three months in arrears shall be suspended." This means that all local unions desiring to be represented in the Convention will have to be paid up, at least for the month of April. The Call is being issued to all affiliated unions listed on our books, so that full opportunity may be given them to pay up and get in good standing. Arrangements are being completed with the different Railroads for reduced return railroad fares to Vancouver from all points in the State. What the reduction will be, together with information relative to available hotel accommodations and rates at Vancouver, will be mailed all locals at a later date. Every local that can afford to send delegates should be represented in the Convention. Fraternally yours, W. M. SHORT, President, Washington State Federation of Labor. N. B. Two additional letters have been mailed you, last week, by Phil J. Pearl, containing further attacks on the Executive Council and myself. It is extremely unfortunate that our local unions should be annoyed as they have been with such stuff and our referendum election of officers poluted with such filth. It has been with much reluctance that I have been forced to reply to their lies and slander, and had it not been for the fear that failure to reply on my part might have created the impression that their charges contained some trace of truth, I would have ignored them entirely. However, I have decided now to ignore all further attacks coming from such a source, as the evidence now shows that most of the locals are treating it with the contempt it deserves and assigning it to the waste basket. Kindly accept my assurance of cooperation in keeping our elections as clean as possible, and in providing future protection against the assults of those who lack every sense of responsibility to our movement. Fraternally yours, W. M. SHORT, President, Washington State Federation of Labor. Dairymen Buy Mortgage on 2 Condensaries Trust agreement has been filed with the county auditor between T. H. Bowden, Everett banker, and about 80 farmers of the county, members of the Snohomish County Dairymen's Association. By the agreement is recorded the payment to Mr. Bowden of approximately $125,000 for the purchase by him of mortgages on the plants in the county of the Snohomish County Dairymen's Association. The mort gages were originally given by the association when it purchased the two plants and have been in the hands of the Canyon Milk Products Company. The mortgages now come into the possession of these 80 members of the association, with Mr. Bowden acting as trustee, explains Clayton M. WJlliams, attorney for the associ ation. With the mortgages in the hands of members, who are there fore friendly to interests of the as sociation, the possibility of loss of the property by action of unfriendly holders of papers of obligation is eliminated, it hj declared. The $125, --000 represents the original mort gage amount of about $153,000 less certain payments and credits. The plants of the company are at Snohomish and Arlington and their purchase from the Canyon Milk Products Company last year was one of the largest deals in the county. —Herald. Sign Referendum Petitions Nos. 12, 14 and 15. I. W. W. Treasury Minus $35,000 And Bill Haywood Chicago, May 15.—Members of the I. W. W. asserted today that $35,000 of their funds disappeared when "Big Bill" Haywood, their former leader, fled to Russia to escape a twenty-year prison term. They have no hopes now that he will keep his word and return to America to begin his sentence. They have been going through his books in which he accounted for "defense committee funds." "We don't look for Haywood ever to return from Russia," said Martin, secretary of the organization today. "Weve got to get busy now and raise »15,000 to make good the bonds he jumped." . When the shortage m his funds was bared at headquarters several fist fights took plate among dele gates at the convention. Smoke BLUE RIBBON 5c 1 Cigar. Sign Referendum Petitions Nos. 12, 14 and 15. BRIEF NOTES CONVENTION CALL STARVATION MARKS TRIAL OF OPEN SHOP Employers have more than re alized their ambition to make the workers "eat out of their hands." They have brought thousands of people to a state of actual destitu tion. The New York Herald has been in vestigation contions in manufactur ing districts contiguous to the me tropolis and recites a heart-break ing story of abject privation and want. It finds in Stratford, Conn., where 8,000 workers have been idle since last fall, " a condition of pov erty among her populace without parallel in the industrial history of New England." Women and children are starving, and emergency charity organizations have been formed to give relief before many of them succumb. It was not realized that conditions were so bad until five children faint ed one day in a public school. School officials made an investigation and found that they had been without food for days, and that hundreds of other children were undernourished. More than half of the pupils in public schools have since been fed at the beginning of the daily ses sion. Workers Watch Families Starve The workers, the Herald reports, are industrious and thrifty and saved money during the war, but the pro tracted period of idleness has ex hausted their resources "and they are now sitting and watching their families slowly starve to death." Families of five subsist on a bot tle of milk and a loaf of bread per day. Many families alternate in eating meals. Those who have break fast fast until supper time, nnd those who eat luncheon must get along until breakfast next morn inf. . , , The charity appropriation of Stratford was exhausted before win ter was half over and it is neces sary to make appeals to humane cit izens if scores of children and in firm adults are to be saved. A survey of the Waterbury schools disclosed that more than 1,1)00 chil dren are in a dangerous state of un dernourishment. The Red Cross has opened food stations in several schools and has been distributing 700 quarts of milk a day to chil dren. Charity Workers Swamped I ifteen hundred persons have been registered as unemployed in the Municipal employment office at New Britain, An almost impossible task has been imposed on the city charity department. Many applicants for aid have been found to be with out food or adequate clothing. Miss Elisabeth BoSWell, secretary of organized charities at Meriden, says ihat in scores of homes small children have lived since Christmas on bread and coffee. Little children crying for food, their parents and older brothers and sisters unemployed and hungry, is the pathetic problem that charity workers in New Haven, Danbury and other industrial towns are en deavoring to meet to the best of their ability. Trackless Trolleys New York, May 11. — Trackless trolleys Will appear in this city within 80 days, according to plans •authorized by the hoard of esti mates. Kight trackless trolley cars will bo Operated on Staten Island in conjunction with the municipal bus there. The cars will be equipped with rubber-tired wheels and will draw their motive power through an overhead trolley pole. A special de vice will enable them to run from one side of the road to another, passing other vehicles. It is stated that the chief advantage of this sys tem over the trolley is the low ini tial capital investment. The track less system, it is stated, can be in stalled' from (6,000 to $7,000 a mile, as against $35,000 a mile for the regular system on an unpaved street and $76,000 a mile on a paved street. Other savings, it is esti mated, would amount to $2,700 a year for each ear. INJUNCTION AND SUIT FOR BIG DAMAGES Seattle, May 17—Federal Judge E. E. Cushman today granted a temporary restricting order against six local maritime associations and unions enjoining them from picket ing and trespassing shipping board vessels. Hearing set for next Fri day. - Seattle, May 17.—Suit was filed in United States district court to day asking for the restricting order and for an award of $10,000 a day from May 1 for damages alleged to have been caused by the unions which have tied up shipping through "obstructing and hindering the Un ited States in the operation of its vessels." The organizations are: Marine Engineers' Beneficial As sociation No. 38, W. B. Jackling, business manager; D. W. Mille-j president; W. M. Coombs, recording secretary, and C. S. Fallet, treas urer. Masters, Mates and Pilots of the Pacific, Seattle Branch, P. Mullen, business agent. Marine Firemen, Oilers and Water Tenders' Union of the Pacific, Seat tle Branch, John Carney, business agent. Sailor's Union of the Pacific, Se attle Branch, P. Gill, secretary. Marine Cooks and Stewards' as sociation of the Pacific, Seattle Branch, John Norkgauer, secretary. Neptune Association of Licensed Masters and Mates of Ocean and Coastwise Steam Vessels, Inc. Seat tle Branch, Albert Barron, secre tary. The government petition alleges that the United States gives pref erence to American born citizens and the defendant Sailors' Union of the Pacific, Seattle branch, is largely composed of aliens or na turalized citizens and through its "list system" provided that aliens shall precede American born in em ployment. The American merchant marine has been created through great effort and now that it is created the United States intends to insure it shall continue to function. The government intends to keep supplies moving to the north ter ritory. This strike was caused by a re duction of 15 per cent in the wages of Marine Workers in the employ of the U. S. Shipping Corporation. These men were not getting more pay than is necessary to a decent standard of living—not as much. If the United States cannot afford to pay adequate wages for reason ably comfortable Hying, the coun try must be getting poor. The appropriations for the year 1920 amounted to the neat little sum of $5,(>8(j,005,70<>. and 93 per cent of this was for past wars, the maintenance of the Army and Navy and for preparations for future wars. That is why the country is poor. Of course the United States can not avoid payment of $3,855,482,586. for past wars, but the government can greatly reduce appropriations for the maintenance of the Army and Navy. The United States might find it possible to operate the Merchant Marine without profits based on the war profiteers' standard of fair in terest on invested capital and still be able to pay the marine workers in the Government employ a fair tats of wages. There's a "nigger in the wood pile" somewhere, and the public need not be surprised to learn that the reduction of 15 per cent in mar ine workers' wages is the desire of Admiral Benson to aid the pri vate ship owners to increase their profits by reducing workers' wages. For Short Spokane, May 18.—The Spokane Central Labor Council last night voted unanimously in favor of cast ing its two votes in favor of the re election of W. M. Short to the pres idency of the Washington State Federation of Lahor. Short is op posed by L. W. Buck, present sec retary. Sign Referendum Petitions Nos. 12, 14 and 15. EVERETT, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1921 THE CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL Wednesday, May 18, 1921. j The Council was called to order |at 8 p. m. by President Michel. Credentials were presented by Nels Nygard of the Building La borers to succeed Delegate L. W. Haskjns; by Raymond Carroll of the Cooks and Waiters to succeed Delegate Frank Hughes. Creden tials accepted and new delegates seated. A letter from President Short of the State Federation of Labor, re lating to the vote of censure passed by the council on the Federation. Executive Council, after some dis cussion was laid upon the table. On request of the Plumbers, con curred in by the Building Trades Council, Joe Wallem and his house at 8026 Lombard were placed upon the unfair list. A communication was received from John J. Manning, Secretary- Treasurer of the Union Label Trades Department of the American Fed eral ior of Labor, read and ordered printed in the Labor .Journal." It follows: Fellow Trades Unionists: The one surest way to combat the effort of the .employers and their organizations, who are attempting to disrupt the labor organizations by their "Open Shop" campaign, is for Trades Unionises to be more insistent than ever in demanding and accepting only such articles as bear the Union Label. There is no doubt about there be ing concerted action, based upon well laid plans, to take advantage of the depression and try, not only to break down the labor standards to a pre war basis, but also to disorganize the unions as much as possible in the process. For the successful carrying on of Labor's fight, large amounts of pa per are necessary. All the various forms of communication used re quire paper. The question arises, what kind of paper is being used, non-union ("open shop") paper or union watermarked paper? Ob viously, all printing of labor organ izations should be done on Union Watermarked paper. Like all other articles, paper (except newsprint paper, in which it is impossible to show a watermark ) is not to be considered as union made unless it carries the union watermark of the International Brotherhood of Pa nertr.akers. There has been some demand for union watermarked paper in the past, but not nearly as much as there should have been. One of the principal reasons given for failure to use Union Watermarked paper in the past, especially with reference to bond and ledger papers, was the inferior quality. It is now possible to obtain pa per any grade and quality in Bonds', Ledgers, Flat Writings, Mim eograph, Typewriter, Machine and Super-Finished Book, and several grades anil finishes of cover pa pers, all carrying the Union Water mark. The three sources of supply are the Alden Paper Company of Holy oke, Mass., the Peninsula Paper Company of Ypsilanti, Mich., and the Unity Paper Mills, Potsdam. N. Y. There is no legitimate excuse for using non-union ("open shop") pa per. On the other hand, there is more reason than ever why only union watermarked paper should be, used, and every union label more strongly insisted upon. In these days of unemployment and propa ganda for the so-called "Open Shop," the consistent demand and purchase of only union products will bring about the greatest possible allevia tion of these conditions. Besides reading this letter at the meeting, you are requested to refer it to the Liibel Committee for ac tive work among users of paper. You should be sure that the .job of printing bears the union label and is done upon union paper. A letter from the Federation Film Corporation offering stock in the corporation was received. A com mittee, comprising Delegates Wcf ferling, Anderson and Tollefson, was appointed to make arrangements to have the corporation film "The New Disciple," put on by the Star Amusement Company. Delegates to Federation Convention The election of delegates to the State Federation Convention and the vote on the election of officers of the State Federation being the spe cial order the following nomina tions for delegates to the conven tion were made: For delegates to the State Fed eration Convention—W. J. Fortson, R. H, Mills, J. M. Wilson, Andrew Anderson. First ballot- Fortson 23, Mills 7, Wilson 11, Anderson 9. Fortson declared elected. » Second ballot—Mills 5, Wilson 10, Anderson 10. Third ballot Wilson 17, Ander son 10. Wilson declared elected. Anderson and Mills were elected alternates by acclamation. Stale Federation Officers For Executive Chairman —W. M. Short and L. W. Buck. Short re ceived 8 votes and Buck 19. The latter was declared elected. For Seventh Vice-President—O. F. Wefferling, Thos. Herron and W. J. Smith. Wefferling 24, Smith 3. Wefferling declared elected. For Tellers James M. Duncan 20, Tom Kgan '■>, Vela Smith 4, Frank Turco 13, Ida Parberry 5, R. It. Mills 23, Emma Elliott 7. Mills, Duncan and Turco were de clared elected. The entire membership attending meetings for election of Federation officers vote for their choice in their unions or central council meet ings and their secretaries certify two votes each for the successful condidates to the tellers, which sit Fraternally yours, JOHN J. MANNING. "The New Disciple" as a canvassing board. Committee Reports The Organization Committee re ported progress of its meetings with the Laundry Workers Union. The report was received and the committee continued. The- Privtite Soldiers And Sailors Committee invited the delegates and all organized labor to attend an entertainment to be given by the Legion on -the 28th of this month at Normana Hall. There will be dancing, vocal and instrumental music and other numbers to the program, which will be published in the next Labor Journal, Volunteers for this entertainment will please report to Paul Ingold, secretary of | the Legion, early in the week. A. M. Farly, having retired from j business, was taken off the unfair list. Public Welfare Bill The reactionaries in congress are planning to weaken, possibly abolish the Department of Labor. The American Federation of La bor Executive Council was first in the field with a protest and the Na tional Educational Association came next. The following telegram will show what is intended as a weakener: Washington, May 12.—-A drive against the administration-endorsed Kenyon hill to establish a Depart ment of Public Welfare was start ed at a joint session of the senate and house committee. Educators and leaders of labor were witnesses. Hugh S. McGill, secretary of the National Educational Association, said the educators would not be satisfied with the department of education as proposed in the bill. The educators want leadership, not education control he said. ATTEMPT TO INAUGURATE A TEN-HOUR DAY That Everett mill-workers will not readily relinquish the eight-hour day has been proven by their re fusal to go to work at seven o'clock Monday morning at the box-factory at Blackman's Point. Last Saturday night the men were told that the box factory would run ten-hours for a time and they were to report for work at seven o'clock Monday morning. Seven o'clock Monday morning arrived and only seven men reported. The crew were at the mill at eight o'clock that morning as usual and the mill be gan cutting. The engineer asked the superintendent, it is reported, what time he should blow the whis tle in the evening and the reply was, "Five o'clock as usual." The men alleged to have reported at seven o'clock were McGaffey and son Ray, filers; Archie Gahnon, saw yer; Ruggy, lumber piler; John Rudy, engineer; Sponek, millwright, and two setters, Nearly all the lumber pilers quit Monday morning. It is reported that Saturday evening they told the superintendent they would not work ten hours. He is alleged to have replied, "I don't blame you. I wouldn't work ten hours either." Many mill workers believe that, the attempt to operate ten hours at the box factory was the first attempt to break the morale of the workers and that hail they been able to get the "slaves" to work from seven to six that other mills and camps in this county would im mediately have begun the longer work day. Several have rejoiced in the stamina shown by the "slaves" at the Point. Dividend? on Water Is Crippling Nation Washington, May 14. — Relief "from the intolerable railwawy rates that have brought on business stag nation throughout the country" was urged by Mr. Capper in a senate speech. The Kansas lawmaker has introduced a bill which would re peal the <i per cent guarantee to railroad stockholders. "1 have never known a more alarming situation, so far as the business of the west is concerned," he said. "The people have paid the rail roads nearly $1,000,000,000 within the last few years by ways of a government guaranty. On top of that they have paid higher rail rates, amounting to from 50 to 83 per cent. "When railroads get more for haul ing farm products than the pro ducers are paid for producing them it is evident that freight rates are entirely too high. "Texas rice growers can ship rice across the ocean to Liverpool and from Liverpool back to New York cheaper than they can shit it by rail direct from Beaumont, Texas, to New York. "Cotton can be shipped from Gal veston to Bremen, a distance of 3,000 miles, for 85 cents a hundred pounds. But to ship by rail a bail of cotton from the interior of Texas a distance of 300 miles cost 95 cents a hundred about three times* as much. "Spinach, cabbage and onions rot in the fields of Texas; hay and corn are wasting in Kansas; fruits are (tackttd in California, and hides ate going to waste in all parts of the country because these products can not be shippeil over American rail roads at profit. "Mr. President, nothing is going to be gained by maintaining rail rates at a point which makes the railways too expensive for the peo ple to use. "The way out is to encourage the people to use the railroads by mak ing it possible for them to ship goods and travel; to give business a chance to create more business. There is no profit in rusting rails for anybody." Smoke OLYMPIC CLUB 10c cigar. TWENTIETH CONVENTION CALL OF WN. STATE FEDERATION OF LABOR Seattle, Wash., May 11th, 1921. To All Local Unions, Central Coun- I cils, Departmental Councils, Label Leagues, and all other bodies af filiated with the Washington State Federation of Labor: Greeting: Twentieth Annual Con vention of the Washington State Federation of Labor will convene in Vancouver, Washington, at 10 A. M.. Monday. July 11th, 1921. REPRESENTATION Section •'), id' Article 1, of the Con stitution provides for representation at the convention on the following basis: "Kach Local Union shall be en titled to two delegates for the first one hundred members or less, and one delegate for each additional hundred members or major fraction thereof. "Central Labor Councils, Depart mental Councils, Women's Union Card and Label Leagues, and La dies' Auxiliary to a Local Union shall be entitled to two delegates each. Delegates from Central Labor Councils and Department Councils shall be members of a Union affil iated with the Washington State federation of Labor. "Ministerial fraternal delegates with credentials from Central Labor Councils, and fraternal delegates from Farmers' Union or State Grange, and delegates from the Fed erations of adjoining States or Pro vinces shall be seated as ex-officio delegates, with voice and no vote. "No proxies shall be allowed." The importance of being fully rep resented at this convention is un doubtedly apparent to all organiza tions of the state. Problems of the most vital importance to the work ers of our State will have to be met and dealt with, and on the so lution of which will depend, in large measure, the opportunity to realize our hopes for substantial progress, The tremendous drive now being waged by employers generally for wage reductions, coupled as it often is with a drive for the open shop, dictates thai uniloi m plans for re sistance to the utmost be formulated for our Movement throughout the State. Unity, co-ordination of ef fort, harmonious teamwork in our general Labor Movement, were nev er more necessary than now; yet, it is too sadly lacking in many places. Despite the present depres sion and its resultant demoralizing effect on our union treasuries, it is vitally imporant that every union be represented as fully as possible. Officers are being elected for the ensuing term, by referendum vote of the membership, but the policies to govern such officers will be for mulated by this convention. The Labor Movement must fight if it hopes to live; to do that success fully there must be co-ordination of effort. The strongest convention that ever met in our State should convene at Vancouver this year. CREDENTIALS The following constitutional pro- A FEW PLAIN FACTS ABOUT NORTH DAKOTA Usher L. Burdiek, state president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau Federation and member of the board of directors of the United States Grain Growers. Inc.. declared on his return from Chicago that he found it necessary in the Chicago confer ence to speak plainly about the sit uation in North Dakota. "There were so many knocks at North Dakota by members of our own committee, who were ignorant of condition there, and simply took their views from unfriendly newspa pers," said Mr. Burdiek. "that at last I asked for permission to speak for 16 minutes, and * have my re marks incorporated in the minutes. Permission was granted and I had my say. "I told them I was not a Non partisan. I told them 1 had been fought by the Nonpartisans when 1 ; ran for governor. But 1 told them that we have a constitution in tins state. I told them that under that constitution the people of the state have certain rights. One of these rights is to say exactly how the state shall be governed. "I told them that again and again the people had declared in favor of a state mill and elevator. 1 showed that it will take only $2,00,000 to build this mill and elevator and that when it is completed it will hold 1,600,000 bushels of wheat and will be able to clean and forward 150 cars of wheat per day. 1 showed that this mill and elevator will fit exactly into the plan of our mi tional sales agency. "I told them it was all rot about North Dakota being bankrupt. I told them there is one national bank in my town of 0.000 population that has a larger debt than the whole state of North Dakota. I told them we have 280,000 quarter sec tions of land, with a debt against each of only a few cents. 1 told them we have 876,000,000 Invested in our public institutions. 1 said wo have only God knows how many bil lion dollars worth of coal lands, 1 said that, instead of being bank rupt, there isn't a state in the Union so far from bankruptcy as North Dakota." That Mr. Biirdick's defense of North Dakota bore fruit is proved by an item in the weekly news service of the National Farm Bu reau Federation, dated April 21, in which it is stated that the Mill and 1 levator bonds will be sold as the r> suit of his endorsement and ac tivities. Interviewed concerning the enter prise, Mr. Burdiek said: "The state of North Dakota has already ex pended $1,000,01)0 on the plant at Grand Forks, which will have one PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF ORGANIZED LABOR vision covers the question of cre dentials! "No delegate shall I"- entitled to a seat In the Convention who is not an active member of the Union i from which he or she presents ere- I dentials. Delegates shall receive their original credentials from then' local unions. The local secretary shall send the duplicate to the Sec retary-Treasurer of the Washington .State Federation of Labor at least two weeks previous to the date of : the Convention. The original ere j dentials shall be delivered by the delegate to the Secretary-Treasurer at Convention, for the Committee on Credentials. | "No evidential shall be considered | valid bearing more than the name of the delegate and alternate. Pro vided, that if alternate presents cre dentials and is seated he shad be the only recognised representative through'.ut the sessions of the con vention." Local secretaries should send in to the State Secretary the duplicate credentials of his local delegates at the earliest date possible, and not later than two weeks ).receding the I convention, in order that the task of preparing the roll call and other necessary work in advance can be expedited. RESOLUTIONS ; Article H, Section 1, covers this I subject. It reads: "None other than accredited dele ■ gates shall be permitted tv address I the Convention or read papers un less authorized by a two-thirds vote. No resolution shall be lead in open session unless the same bears the seal id' some organization affiliated with the Washington State Federation of Labor, or the signature of one or more duly ac credited delegates from such an or . ganization or organizations present and in attendance at the Convention; provided, this shall not prevent the i consideration of any subject which | may be presenter! by consent of the 1 delegates present or is presented by a regular or special committee ap pointed by the chair or by the Con i vention." The convention hall and headquar ters, and a list of hotel accommo dations will be sent out in a sup plementary report, together with the names and addresses of the Arrange ment Committee at Vancouver, so ■ that hotel reservations can be made in advance. The proper number of original and duplicate credentials due your i organization, as shown by the rec i ords at the state office, are here- I with enclosed. Fraternally yours, W. M. SHORT. President. N. R. — Call for the convention has been prepared by the president, due to the absence of the secretary as a result of the serious illness of his mother in Chicago. I W. M. SHORT. President. lof the best-planned terminals in the ! country. When finished, farmer ; can ship in 150 carloads of grain l per day and the facilities will per | mit of its being cleaned, dried and shipped out the same day. The ; wheat growers of North Dakota are ! anxious to have the mill and eleva | tor completed. They look upon the sale of the bonds as an economic and not a political measure. The rank and file of our wheat grow ers are behind the plan to sell the mill and elevator bonds, and there is no question but that they will be quickly absorbed." Secretary Davis Has Begun to See Secretary of Labor Davis refuses to enter a Fool's Paradise. He lets it be known that the cost of living has not been reduced, in spite of the i hilosophers who are trying to lowei it by pretending that it has already been lowered. Further ■ more He shows wherein lies what he calls "the great bar to smooth j ing the path of industrial re la ! tions in this country." In his re-' I port to the President, -Mr. Davis says: "The price level of food, clothing and nearly all necessities now is rapidly declining. but. exorbitant rents in the big cities and centers of industry show little signs of de cline. This keeps the average of the cost of living equal to the war period." In other words, the landlord is still profiteering. Why should he not? We are still taxing improvi ments and all materials that enter into building from the time the raw materials are i roduced until the finished product is ready for •use. And we are letting the land owner off easy so that he has greater inducements to withhold land from use than to use it. Naturally, production of buildings 1- being re stricted. It is strange thai Secre tary Davis, seeing what landlordism is doing, does not urge a federal tax on land values to end this sit uation. He should study the lull that was introduced by Congress man Nolan in the last Congress. An ordinace was introduced and placed on the Calendar at the leg islative session of the City Com mission last Tuesday. The ordin ance amends Section 8 of the dance hall ordinance and reads as follows: "It shall be unlawful to conduct. Operate and carry on any so-called 'jitney' dance or dance wherein and whereby any female person shall re ceive any compensation of any kind for dancing with any male person." The Boaid of Directors of the 4-1. in session this week in Portland, took up the question of the revision of the scale of wages. They prob ably revised downward. Smoke CHALLENGE 10* Cigar. Number '■>.