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WORKMEN'S ADVOCATE, SEPTEMBER 8.
GREAT DEMONSTRATION IN NEW YORK, Over Twenty Thousand Men in Line. chairman and the several ollicials and speakers have evinced an amount of ability, practical ;ood sense, and judgment in the discharge of business that might with much advantage be imported into the procedure of the chief legislative assem bly of the Union. The New York Convention of Trades during the three or four days of its sit tings got through a large program of important work. 'Resolutions were passed condemning the "iron-clad oath" of the Western Union and other linns, and demanding that the "principles of manhood and freedom of action" guaranteed by the Constitution shall be secured to every citizen. I lie parade or the Le la Ij.i bo r Union ot New 1 e v - i i " I. At' 1 .1 . I I . 1 . . . . i oik on e(uieMia was a grand success, anu : employed was considered and urged upon the Enthusiasm and Significant Mottoes, called forth much favorable comment among the thousands upon thousands of spectators. About twenty bands of mudc enlivened the march, and the mottoes and cartoons diplayed were well calculated to attract earnest attention to the present phenomenal labor agitation. Bricklay ers' Union- Xos. 4 and :)), four divisions of laborers, comprising almost all nationalities, the Cigarmakers' Union, 4,000 strong, Pianomakers. ilorseshoers, Tailors, and about twenty-live other Unions, combined to make a most imposing procession. Among the mottoes the following were conspicuous: "Shorter Work J lours.' "Down with Rents." "Prepare for the Revolution.'' "Down with the Wage System.' "Boycott the Sun." " "The .Modern System of Production In creases Capital and Pauperism." "Educate, Organize!" "Workinu'men of all Lands, Unite!" The procession moved alon attention of Labor Unions throujihoi.it the coun try. So much importance did the Convention attach to the subject of short hours that a resolu tion from the Committee on Standing Orders was oifered to the effect that the Federation shall consider the question of shortening the hours of labor as paramount to all others and shall demand the enforcement of the Eight Hour Law on all general and state government work. Resolutions were also p; -sed declaring not only sympathy with, but a determination to practically assist, the lady telegraph operators avIio have not been reinstated in their employment by the Western Union Company. Absentee from IS ufcinc .TgeetiiiKW. It is necessary for every Union man to attend regularly the business meetings of his Union and assist in the transaction of all business matters that may be brought before the Union. No mem ber should shift the work upon the shoulders of some one else and stay away from meetings be- "in j cause they may happen to be uninteresting. This the Bowery, i practice is detrimental to the Union's general wel- Broadway, and Fifth avenue to 42d street, where j fare in many respects, and tends in a great measure it dispersed, some returning to their headquarters to briuc demoralization and corruption into the while others proceeded to Llm Park, where (hey ; nv..-n TTntVmc nrA infitifmAf1 fAr ftlA ( enjoyed themselves with music and dancing lor the rest of the da v. A Forward Movement All Alonj the Line. Evidences are not wanting that at the present lime among the friends of the cause of Labor there is a forward movement all along the line. The recent temporary triumph of monopoly has not, it is quite apparent, discouraged those who have been giving their minds to the problem how best to secure to the workers of this country honest remuneration for their toil and industry. Everywhere not only are union and organization being recognized as the essential preliminaries to Miecess, but active measures are being taken to establish both one and the other on a firm and lasting basis Several conventions oi workmen j have quite recently been held; arrangements are in progress for a number of others. In Philadel phia the iron and steel worker deliberated upon the position, interests, and re quirements of their body. In Xew York the Confederation of Labor Unions have only just concluded their sessions. The tailors are busy with arrangements for a grand national assem blage, at which all matters affecting their trade will be full v discussed and the groundwork of future progress, we have no doubt, solidly laid. Monopoly may have money on its side, but Labor has the strength of numbers, and what is still better, justice to sustain it. It requires no gift of prophecy to tell which shall ultimately pre vail. These gatherings of workers to which we refer have shown tin; besides numbers they can brinu to their aid intellectual power of an order ouitc as himh as anv that the men with the money organization. Unions are instituted for the com mon welfare of all its members, and consequently every member should be tha guardian of the same. Remember, no rights without duties ; no roses without thorns. Take the hint and act accordingly. There is a project on foot to organize a AVork ingmen's Furniture Fire Insurance Company, similar to the one in existence in New York. The enrollment of from one to three thousand members will be necessary to make it a success. As a sample of its trilling cost after organization, a member of the New York company says that his furniture and tools were insured in this manner for $000 for ten years at a total cost to him, for the entire ten years, of between &2.50 and $3.00. Information at Trades Council. From the Salem (N. J.) South Jerseyman. A Fraud, A (,scab" printer by the name of David Evans is in town inducing the boys in the printing olli- have met and ces here to leave their employers without notice and go to New Haven, wheie he promises tabu lous Wages. The same fellow was in Woods town under a different name a few days ago trying to get small boys in the printing office and amateur printers there to leave their positions and go with him. He tried the same game last year, and several south Jersey printers were taken in by his slippery tongue. He must have lied to them, for the apprentices soon re turned to their old positions. Comment is unnecessary. At the late conventions the The Press and Capital. When laws are passed for tho benefit of capitalists no objection is raised to them by our sympathetic newspapers, although they are as a rule hurtful to labor ; but when laws are passed fur the benefit of labor, the sympathetic newspapers join in a chorus of con demnation. And too many of the workers do not see this. A Word to Tailor's. To the Workmen's Advocate: Each attentive observer of the present labor movement knows that the better and stronger an organization the better is the standard of its members. The organized trades have regular and short hours to work and earn the most wages. On the other hand those who are not or ganized work longer and receive less pay. It is a fact that the more disagreeable the work and the longer the hours the less remuneration. The condition of the tailoring trade is one which proves the truth of the above statement. It is true many cities of the United States have their local organizations, but they are of very little value, because they have no connection with each other; obviously such isolated organizations can do very little toward bettering the condition of their members. Why not remedy this? Are tailors affected by fear or so stupid that the' fail to establish an organization, strong and mighty,as other trades have done? I think not! But all tailors who are convinced of the value of union should unite nothwithstanding the idle talk of others, which have no understanding of the present century. But what a system of working we have! About six months we work day and night and for the other six months we have very little or nothing to do. It is a shame that tailors are compelled to destroy their constitutions by overwork. But whose fault is it and who will and can abolish it? Fellow workmen, please think about it. A Tailor. Jay Gould, during his examination before the Senate Investigating Committee on Wednesday, said that Trades Unions and strikes were only the inventions of bad workmen. "Good workmen don't strike." His testimony displayed the same 'brutal openheartedness" as that of his puppet, Dr. Norvin Green, the day before. According to this precious pair, working people are of very little account anyway. Wood Carvers' Association. The quarterly meeting of the Xew Haven Wood Carvers Associat ion will be held at Trades Council Hall, Lyon Building, Thursday evening, September 16th. H. II. LANE. Secretary. Cigarmakers Union, Xo. 2. Cigar nakers Progr essive Union, No. 2, meets every third Friday at Trades Council Hall, Lyon Building. Socialistic Labor Party. Meets every first Monday in the month at Trades Council Hall, Chapel street. The Trades Council MEETS AT TRADES COUNCIL HALL, The First Wednesday in Each Month. All Workingmen Welcome Trades Organizations who believe that in union there is str- ngth are requested to send duly accredited delegates. Workinsjmen in branches that have no organization and who wish to form a Trades Union may address, in confidence, the chairman of the committee on organi zation, Mr. Charles Stodel, 93 Church street, or Secretary of the Trades Council, 247 Chapel street. Trustee meeting every Saturday even ing at 8 o'clock. j.ags can command.