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A NEWSPAPER FOR THE PEOPLE
VOL. VI. NO. 15.
NEW HAVEN, CONN., SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1919.
PRICE THREE CENTS
ORNBURN TALKS
OF CONVENTION
TO THE COUNCIL
State Federation Secretary Gives
Impressions of Atlantic
City Business.
DON'T FORGET THE LABEL
Local, State and National Matters
Acted Upon by New Haven
Trades Council.
Delegates to the New Haven Trades
Council celebrated the evening of the
Fourth of July by attending a regular
meeting of the council and listening to
an interesting address by the council's
president, Ira M. Ornburn, who gave
his impressions of the annual conven
tion of the American Federation of
Labor at Atlantic City.
A communication was received from
the general office of the Union Label
Trades Department of the American
Federation of Labor, calling the coun
cil's attention to the fact that trades
unionists will soon be preparing to cele
brate Labor Day. The communication
says : "On the day that labor cele
brates, every trades unionist should be a
consistent advocate of the union label,
shop card and working button, and see
to it that all of his wearing , apparel
from hat to shoe, bears the union label;
that stores in which he spends his
money have a union shop card display
ed ; that all who serve him wear a union
button, and that all printed matter bears
the union label."
Lieutenatn A. R. Teta, leader of the
102d Regiment Band, wrote that the
organization is now known as the 102d
Infantry Association Band, it appears in
uniform and plays at the regular union
rates.
F. T. Hawley of the United States
Department of Labor information and
educatidn service wanted to know if a
special meeting of the central body
could be arranged in tRe near future
'so he could deliver an address regard
ing conditions which confront the gov
ernment and particularly the Depart
ment of Labor. He wrote he made the
request because he might not be able
to attend a regular session.
The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and
Batcher Workmen of North America
wrote that the American Federation of
Labor at its annual convention had
pledged its undivided moral support in
the execution of a strike against the
John F. Jelke Butterine Company of
Chicago. A request was made that a
ceries and other jnexcharrts handling
these products and request'them to dis
continue handlin" the products made by
this company. The .corniy makes ,30
different brands of butterine. Accord
ing to the communication, butterine,
"the poor man's butter," is an article
exclusively used by the toiling class.
Matthew Woll, assistant to Samuel
Gompers as chairman of the committee
on labor of the Council of National De
fense, wrote regarding books on trades
which are free in libraries. He en
losed an article he wrote on "Libraries
Supply Books for Workers."
The business manager of the United
States Bulletin, a weekly publication
giving information about government
activities, sent a subscription blank.
The subscription is $10 a year in this
country, $15 elsewhere. This does not
seem much at first but when considera
tion is taken of the fact that The Con
necticut Labor Press, with its great
staff of writers, is only $1 a year, the
difference in the cost of the two pub
lications is about as great as the "duca
tional, informing and entertain ng value
of the two and modesty prevents us
from saying which is the more valuable
j ournal.
JUMP IN WAfeES.
Carpenters and Painters in Willi
mantic Get a Raise.
Willimantic, July 4. The demand of
1 nf hf trade labor unions in
Willimantic for increased wages this
month is holding the attention of em
ployers and employees in general but
it is believed that there will be no diffi
culty in agreements being reached, al
though there-is little doubt that the
11 sret the same waees
that they seek at this time. In the case
of the carpenters' union, they demand
ed an increase of $5.60 a week of 44
hours, that from $23 to $28.60. Two
conferences were held between tne em
ployers and the journeymen with the
result that a compromise was reached
Tho iriiirnevmen will reoeivr. hecinnmc
July 1, $27 per week of 44 hours and
IticU. mfr $.?f fnr a week of 50 hours.
The journeymen painters, decorators
and paperhangers have demanded an in
crease in wages from $22 to- $26 per
..rolr f AA Vinnre to take effect Mon
day. July 14. The master painters have
made an offer of a compromise nature
which is being considered by the jour
neymen. An adjustment of wages has been
made by the Foster-Stewart Manufac
turing company at their Wilson "treet
mill and the 15 employees who left the
shop several days ago have returned to
work.
JOURNEYMEN BARBERS.
A Letter From Jacob Fischer,
General Secretary-Treasurer.
"Editor Connecticut Labor Press :
"I am in receipt of your letter of
June 24 addressed to the Journeyman
Barber with clipping enclosed. I appre
ciate very much your having sent same.
Up to the time of our convention on
September 9 our space will be very lim
ited, due to the fact that the memljfr
ship is now discussing matters of g$?at
importance to the organization which
will come up at the convention. After
that time we shall have ample space and
will be pleased to go into any article
with reference to Connecticut locals that
may be of benefit or interest to the
general membership. -With kind wishes.
I remain,
"Yours - fraternally,
"JACOB FISCHER.
"Gen. Sec.-Treas.
"Indianapolis, June 27."
SHELTON TO HAVE
MACHINISTS' LODGE
Organizing Men in Waterbury
and Ansonia, Boosting Mem
bership in Stamford.
E. C. Hotchkiss, business agent of
Elm Lodge of Machinists of New Ha
ven, with some of his assistants and
general organizers of the International
Union, are organizing a Machinists'
Lodge" in Shelton and a charter will be
secured for it in about a month when
the lodge will be formally organized.
Mr. Hotchkiss is also engaged in stir
ring up the lodge in Stamford, where
the membership is not as large as it
should be. New members are now be
ing recruited in the Yale & Towne
shops and the enlistment is very grati
fying. The general organizers, with Secre
tary Ira M. Ornburn of the Connecticut
Federation of Labor, and Mr. Hotch
kiss are organizing the workmen in
Waterbury and Ansonia, where the re
cent strikes were. Additional informa
tion in regard to this will be found in
an editorial in this week's issue of The
Connecticut Labor Press.
Arrangements are now being made
for another mass meeting on the New
Haven Green under the auspices of Elm
Lodge of Machinists. The previous
meeting was very successful and al
though there was some disappointment
because Pitchfork Henderson was un
able to keep his engagement some in
teresting remarks were listened to by a
large gathering. The next mass meet
ing will be on Saturday night, July 1,
and the principal speakers will be E. C.
Hotchkiss and Joseph lone, one ot the
general organizers of the International.
Mr. Hotchkiss is a very convincing
speaker as well as a good organizer
and able writer. Some of his contribu
tions to The Connecticut Labor Press
were marked by a wealth of informa
tion and breadth of view that attracted
much attention.
CARPENTERS' RAISE
IS DUE SEPTEMBER 1
Both New Haven Locals to De
mand 75 Cents an Hour.
Mordecai Re-elected.
At the special meeting of Local No
79 of New Haven, Brotherhood of Car
penters and Joiners, ort June 27, it was
voted to ask for an increase of wages
of 10 cents an hour, to be effective Sep
tember 1, 1919. Similar action had pre
viously been taken by Local No. 1742.
This demand will now be presented to
the employers.
At the last meeting of the District
Council of Carpenters and Joiners of
New Haven and vicinity George F.
Mordecai was re-elected business, repr
esentative. Several of the members
spoke about Mr. Mordecai's great abil
ity and the good judgment he shows in
all matters relating to the council.
Local No. 79 has elected the following
officers :
President W. J. D. Flood.
Vice-PresVident John Stratton.
Recording Secretary Henry W.
Mayer.
Financial Secretary George F. Mor
decai. Treasurer George West.
Warden Fred Briggs.
Conductor A. J. McDonald.
Local No. 79 met in Trades Council
Hall on Monday night but not much
business was transacted as many mem
bers wanted to see how the cafes were
preparing to shut down for the sum
mer months.
William J. Sullivan, president of the
State Council of Carpenters and Join
ers, attended a meeting in New London
on Monday night at which a new local
of the Shipwrights and Ship Carpenters
was instituted. This made the Groton
Iron Works a 100 per cent, plant.
President Sullivan was received !with all
the hoonrs due his position and con
gratulated upon the complete recovery
of his health.
IT BREEDS REVOLT.
President Gompers Speaks Again
on Prohibition.
Philadelphia, July 4. President Sam
uel Gompers of the American Federa
tion of Labor, in an address at a din
ner given here to the sponsoring party
of the cargo carrier Afel, declared the
growing tendency to enact legislation
such as the prohibition amendment, the
anti-sedition bill recently passed by the
Pennsylvania legislature, and other acts
of a similar nature, "which deprive the
people of the rights and privileges to
which they always have been accus
tortted," is breeding discontent through
out America and sowing the seeds of a
revolution.
Mr. Gompers said labor would or
ganize throughout the country in order
that it might voice its protest against
the suppression of the liberties of the
people.
"It cannot help but arouse the an
tagonism of the people," he declared,
"to find that now that the wa ris won,
they do not enjoy even as much liberty
as they did before going through the
toils and hardships of the war."
AFTER NEW HALL.
New Haven Bakers Looking for
Meeting Place.
The hall at No. 139 Orange street has
been the headquarters of the Bakers'
Union of Ney Haven,, the Brewery
Workers' Unit?;? and other organiza
tions for some time. The building is to
eb dismantled in the fall and the bakers
are now looking for a new wigwam
The next regular meeting of the Local
will be on July 12. The state executive
board will meet in August in Middle-
town. This board meets four times a
vear. The International association
meets once in four years and this gives
the delegates plenty of time to save up
money for the trip. As but 25 sessions
nre held in 100 years, these meetings are
about as important to the members as a
world s fair and about every local in
the country is represented.
Tf von don't attend vour meetings
don't find fault with what is done by the
lellows who do attend.
SHEET METAL
WORKERS ARE
BOOMING NOW
State Agent Partridge Is Organ
izing Workmen in New Lon
don and Bristol Now.
NEW LOCAL FOR DERBY
Concern There Gets Half Million
Order and Wants Help New
Haven Local Meets.
W. H. Partridge, state business agent
of the Amalgamated Sheet Metal Work
ers' International Alliance, reported at
the last" meeting of Local Union No. 225
of New Haven that he expected to or
ganize a Local in Derby within a few
weeks. A new concern in Derby has a
half million order for tanks' bonnets,
etc , for tractors and would like to
double its working force as spon as
possible. Mr. Partridge organized the
sheet metal workers in New London
and Bristol this week. He said that
business throughout the state in this
work was improving rapidly.
Local No. 225 voted to endorse the
"No card no work" system advocated
bv the New Haven Building Trades
Council to be effective this fall.
It was voted to purchase a gold watch
and hold a drawing for the benefit of
Brother Rosen and to send an appeal
indorsed by the New Haven Building
Trades Council to all organizations in
the state in this worthy cause.
The New Haven Local voted to write
to the general headquarters and request
that the International Alliance continue
to support a state business agent in
Connecticut.
Members of this local are anxiously
awaiting the report on the Chamber of
Commerce project from the committee
of which Mr. Cobey of this local is a
member.
CAPMAKERS STRIKE.
Various Demands in New York.
4,000 Are Out.
New York, July 4. A general strike
by 4,000 capmakers as declared here
this week. For over a week conferences
have been in progress between officials
of the United Cloth Hat and Cap
makers' Union and the employers with
out reaching an agreement. When this
was reported to the meeting by General
Secretary Max Zuckenr.an a unani
mous strike vote was taken.
The main contention of the workers
is for the week work system, the 44
hour week and a basic wage of $35.
The strike closes the shops of the 265
members of the association, as well as
fndepctfJent concerns.
NEW DEPARTURE.
Company Increases Pay o 4,400
Employees.
Bristol, July -4. Notices of a 10 per
cent, increase in wages, a 48-hour week
and time and a half for all overtime
w re posted in the various departments
of the New Departure Manufacturing
Company. The new wage schedule will
effect more than 4,400 employees of the
big factory. The notice also informs
the employees that they will be paid
full time for Friday and Saturday of
this week when the facto ry will close
down over the holiday. The same
hours as are in force at the present
time will be kept up and time and a half
will be paid for all time over the 48
hours a week.
AT THE FIGHT.
New Haven Member of Machin
ists' Union at Ringside.
Elm Lodge of Machinists of New
Haven had a distinguished representa
tive at the Willard-Dempsey fight at
Toledo yesterday m Gutzon Borglum,
the famous sculptor, who is a member
of the union. Mr. Borglum had a ring
side esat and seats next to his were
reserved for Secretary of War Baker
and Admiral Sims. Baker and Sims
don't belong to the union, however.
NOW THE SHIRTMAKERS.
Strike in New York Involves
25,000 Women and Girls.
New York, July 4. The strike of
shirt makers, ordered by the Amalga
mated Clothing Workers' Union of
America, went into effect as scheduled.
At the offices of the union it was esti
mated 25,000 workers, mostly women
and girls, had quit to enforce their de
mands for a 44-hour week and increases
in wages of from 25 to 40 per cent.
TORRINGTON STRIKE.
Employees of Carpet Sweeper
Department Want More Pay.
Torrington, ' July 4. Thirty-five em
ployees of the carpet sweeper depart
ment of the Standard pant are on strike
for more pay. Several employees from
the other departments joined the
strikers but Superintendent Harmon J.
Cook said yesterday the number was
not sufficient to interfere with the work
in any department outside of the carpet
sweeping department. He said no
formal demands have been presented
by the strikers and that no committee
has been to see him.
The fact that all the plants of the
Torrington company closed Saturday
for the annual inventory will probably
delay a settlement until Juy 7 when
operations are to be resumed.
The walkout of these few employees
of the Standard plant has been the first
and ony sign of labor unrest in Tor
rington, although a few aborers employ
ed by Contractors Louis Longhi &
Brother. John DeMichel and John Dris
coll quit work one day last week, de
manding hourly wages varying from 45
to 50 cents. A settlement has been
effected.
Make it a point to look at the address
sticker on your paper NOW and see if
your subscription is nearing expiration
or has expired. Early renewal will save
you money.
CLOCK WORKERS
CHOOSE AN ORGANIZER
Joseph Pergola, Vice-President
of Watch and Clock Work
ers' Union, Is Selected.
At a special meeting of the Watch
and Clock Workers' Union of New Ha
ven, Local 46, affiliated with the Inter
national Jewelry Workers' Union,
Joseph Pergola was named as organizer
for the Local. At present he is author
ized to operate in New Haven only but
it is expected that the International
organization will give him jurisdiction
throughout the state so that he can
work among the watch and clock makers
in Waterbury, Bristol, Winsted and
other places in Connecticut. Mr. Per
gola has been very active in the New
Haven union and is largely rc.ponsible
for its success. All the members are
employed at the shon of the New Haven
Clock Company. A part of this shop
was shut down for three days this
week and other parts were closed the
entire week for inventory. The factory
will re-open in all departments on Mon
day. Mr. Pergola looked the situation
over in Waterbury during the week as a
spectator only. He does not believe
that the Waterbury Workers' Union
will succeed as there is nothing to back
it up and he said the. men would be bet
ter off if they were organized by Amer
ican Federation of Labor men. The
special meeting of the Local union was
addressed by an International organ
izer from New York.
PROTEST AGAINST
STATE GIVING OUT
OPEN SHOP WORK
Connecticut Federation of Labor
to Take Matter Up With Vari
ous Boards Making Contracts.
DISCRIMINATION CHARGED
New Executive Council Holds
First Session Permanent Office
Shared by Building Trades.
The executive council of the Connec
ticut Federation of Labor held its first
meeting following the recent conven
tion Sunday at New Haven Trades
Council hall. The entire board was
present and various matters which were
referred to the council by the conven
tion were considered.
The session opened with the execu
tive council of the State Building
Trades Council in attendance for the
M-onsideration &f the establishment of a
joint officefor the" two bodies Plans
were distussed and in estimate of the
cost given. It is the intention to open
an office in New Haven at which n clerk
will be in constant attendance tc answer
inquiries and take care of the routine
work. The value of such an office is at
once apparent and with the expense
divided between the two organizations
the cost would not be prohibitive. A
committee to make final arrangements
was appointed consisting of President
O'Meara and Secretary Ornburn of the
Connecticut Federation of Labor and
President Frank Fitzgerald and Secre
tary Charles Mulholland of the State
Building Trades Council.
The tendency of state boards to award
all building contracts to non-union or
out of the state concerns came up for
discussion upon the report that the
State Tuberculosis ..Commission had
awarded its latest contract to an open
shop firm. It was voted that the sec
retary should communicate with the
secretaries of these various boards in
regard to this apparent discrimination
against organized labor.
RUSH FOR PAINTERS.
New Haven Business Agent Re
ports Big Business.
The Painters and Decorators' Local,
Vr 40Q of New Haven, met Wednes
day night. R. Beadle, business agent
of the union and press agent of the
New Haven Building Trades Council.
reported that there was a Dig aemana
for nainters at this time and he could
use more men if he had 'em.
ELECTRICAL WORKERS.
New Haven Union Gets Notice
From International.
Tlio Mow Havpn Loral f inside work
ers) International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers, met luesday nignt
and a notice from the International
headquarters dealing with the general
order issued by the postmaster general
was read. The attention of electrical
workers is called to a display advertisement-
shout thU matter on another oaee
lllVl'l H M V M V - w
of this issue of The Connecticut Labor
Press.
SULLIVAN ISWSY.
Putting Life Into Carpenters'
Union m Middletown.
Middletown, July 4. President W. J.
Sullivan of the State Council, Brother
hood of Carpenters and Joiners, has
been devoting considerable time to
boosting the membership of the Middle
town Local of carpenters. The mem
bership has been sagging but President
Sullivan has plugged up the weak spots
and the organization is rapidly climbing
uoward. After launching the ship
wrieht's Union in New London on Mon
day nieht under very favorable aus
pices, President Sullivan arranged for
an open meeting of the carpenters here
for Tuesday night. This was a great
success. President Sullivan was to have
been the principal speaker at this meet
ing but was obliged to go to Bristol to
straighten out a difficulty, which he
diaenosed as a jurisdictional dispute
when spoke nto about the matter by the
correspondent of The Connecticut La
bor Press. It seems that the Sheet
Metal Workers' Union and the Car
penters' Union in Bristol have been at
loggerheads in regard to certain work,
each claiming the right of way.
MEAT fllTTFRS I
GAINING FAST
IN MEMBERSHIP
Officers Elected by New Haven
Local Address by Italian
General Organizer.
DASHIELL HELPS UNION
Member of Bartenders' Union
Continues to Buy From Firm
Fighting Labor.
A big mass, meeting -of the New
Haven Local, Meat Cutters and Butch
er Workmen, was held in Trades Coun
cil Hall, on Tuesday night. " President
Ira M. Ornburn of the New Haven
Trades Council expected to speak but
he was unable to be present It was in
tended to have him make the principal
address in English. Daniel Rocco of
New ork, a general organizer, spoke
at some length in Italian and told what
hac. been accomplished in Boston dur
ing the last two weeks. J. F. McCue, in
charge of the work in New Haven,
Bridgeport, Stamford and a few other
cities, told of the progress that has
been made in Connecticut recently. The
District Council, composed of Bridge
port, New Haven, Stamford and South
Norwalk, will be set in motion on July
9 in Bridgeport. The organizers are
now enrolling members from the Sperry
& Banes plant in New Haver, includ
ing the drivers employed there. Twenty-five
new members were taken inte
the union on Tuesday night.
The charter for the new union in
Willimantic did not arrive in time for
the meeting last, Sunday and the meet
ing was postponed one week. Mr.
McCue will go to Willimantic tomor
row and install the newly-elected offic
ers. Robert J. Muenzner, financial secre
tary of the New Haven Union, said he
intended to notify the New Haven
Trades Council of an experience the
union had at Savin Rock. It was learn
ed that a man named Rosenthal, who is
a union bartender in New Haven in the
winter and who has a frankfort stand
at Savin Rock in the summer persists in
buying his stock from a New Haven
firm that the union is having a fight
with. He claimed thai the all-hots were
of larger size than turned out by other
manufacturers. It was explained rahim
that any manufacturer will make, jiny
size reauired. Ihis had no effect and
the case will be put up to the Bartend
ers' Union. Mr. Dashiell, who main
tains a chain of high-grade restaurants
and lunch rooms at Savin Rock, has
been buying frankforts from another
New Haven nrm that is in trouble with
the union. When the facts were ex
plained to Mr. Dashiell he transferred
hisxastom to anothet firnv one friend
ly to organized labor. Mr. D&sjtf ell's
trade requires about a ton and a quarter
of frankforts a week, considerable of an
item, wnen asitea it it was not quite
an item, Mr. McCue said he'd say so.
The New Haven Local elected the
following officers:
President Joseph Lawrence.
Vice-President William Sisk.
Financial Secretary Robert J.
Mvenzner.
Recording Secretary John F. Mur
phy.
Treasurer Louis Nordstrom
Trustees Martin Schaffer, Alfred
Guelick, William Eisner.
Business Agent James F. McCue.
WELCOME HOME.
Corset Workers' Union Tenders
Banquet to Returned Service Men.
At the Hotel Garde Thursday even
ing, June 26, a banquet was tendered by
Locals No. 39 and 40, Corset Workers
Union, to two of their members who
have returned from overseas after serv
ice with Uncle Sam's forces, Corporal
John Fitzpatrick of the 314th Infantry
and Edward Cavanaugh of the U. S.
Navy. The toastmaster of the evening
was Mr. Schneider. Speeches were
made by Patrick F. O'Meara, president
of the Connecticut Federation of Labor,
and Ira ,M. Ornburn, president of the
New Haven Trades Council, and Miss
Hamilton, who were guests of the even
ing. Both Mr. Fitzpatrick and Mr.
Cavanaugh told some of their exper
iences while in the service which were
enjoyed by all present.
CIGARMAKERS OUT.
In New York, 30,000 Go On Strike
for More Money.
New York, July 4. Union cigar
makers in this city to the number of
30,000 were called out on strike this
week. The men want an advance of
15 per cent, over their present wages
HARTFORD BARBERS.
Give a Banquet for Returning
Soldiers of the Union.
Hartford, July 4. The Journeymen
Barbers' Local Union No. 73, gave a
banquet at Bond s Restaurant to its re
turned soldiers, of which there are 16,
as follows : A. G. Mastriforte, N. Late
gam, D. .Martocci, S. DiMartino, J.
DelMastro, P. Pastore, M. Coniglione,
S. Gianfredo, P. Mancaniela, S. Perini,
S. Moreno, F. Colosi and J. D'Angelis.
Covers were laid for 100. The toast
master of the eveniifg was Alfred G.
Mastriforte, who introduced as the
principal speaker of the evening Com
pensation Commissioner George B
Chandler.
He spoke of the present conditions
confronting this country and admonish
ed them to ever look forward to its
best interests and the flag it represents.
Fred Gauthier also spoke words of
commendation to the returned boys and
to the local union for the class of men
of which it is composed, and asked them
to always be ready to defend Old Glory
whenever necessary. There was music
by the Bond Orchestra and cabaret
singing by the cabaret singers connected
with Bond's. The present officers of the
Union are : President, Tom Andriolo ;
vice-president, Jack Cambria : treasurer,
Frank Plati; recorder, Mr. Codraro;
secretary, Alfred G. Mastriforte.
TILE SETTERS TO
GET MORE WAGES
Rate Went Up to 80 Cents an
Hour Tuesday Last Reading
of New Bylaws Monday.
The "One Big Union" in New Haven
is the Bricklayers and Masons, as it is
made up of several trades connected
with building operations. One of the
divisions of this organization is the tile
setters and on Tuesday they had their
wages advanced from 73 to 80 cents an
hour. Their stipend is going up by easy
stages so they won't have heart trouble
and on October 1 they will get 85 cents
an hour. This raise is uniform all over
the United States and all members of
the organization will get the same rate.
The bricklayers, stone masons, plast
erers, et al., are not to ask" for an ad
vance at this time. The New Haven
Union, Local No. 6, is to meet in Trades
Council Hall next Monday night and
listen to the third and last reading of
the proposed new bylaws. After this
ceremony, the bylaws will be sent to
the International headquarter for ap
proval and when they are returned they
will be printed and distributed to mem
bers and to all the bosses. The secre
tary of the union is already in receipt
of requests from employers in different
parts of the state for copies of the new
bylaws. They will be printed in two
sections, the bylaws proper and the
working code. The latter will be print
ed in a convenient folder so it can be
easily referred to by a workman.
The State Council is to have its an
nual meeting in Waterbury the first
Sunday in October. E. J. Meaking,
secretary of the New Haven Union, is
also secretary of the state organization,
of which Louis Corr of Waterbury is
president. Mr. Meaking was engaged
this week in helping to make over a
house on George .street and his secre
tarial duties have been keeping him
awake nights.
NEW HAVEN MAN
WRITES LOCAL PLAY
'It Happened On The Green"
Scheduled for Notable Presen
tation at Bijou Theater..
(I. G. O. in The Criterion.)
A local play, written by a local man
who knows the theatrical business, and
acted by the best amateur 'talent that
can be found in New Haven will be pre
sented at the Bijou Theater for the first
three days of next week. The play is
"It Happened On the Green," the man
who has written it is Walter Griffith and
the cast includes such people as George
Basserman. one of the best tenors New
Haven hasboasted of in ages and who
will b remembered with enthusiastic
appreciation by those who heard him at
the banquet of the New England Typo
graphical Union recently; Gertrude
Donovan, whose forensic abilities are
too well known to require any explana
tion ; Jim McKenzie and Olive Newton,
who were the big hits of the successful
Winchester show.
Now as to the play itself. Mr. Grif
fith has succeeded in attaining a pro
fessional combination. He has first off
written a vehicle that contains genuine,
continuous laughter; the side-splitting
ingredients of an A 1 farce. Next he
has carefully selected those who are to
read the lines so that none of their value
will be lost. Thirdly he has costumed
and staged the play so that it has fhe
appearance of a big, girlie production
taking it well above the -ordinary ama
teur efforts that have been made in New
Haven heretofore. Last of all he has
drilled his company so that when they
appear they will assure a splendid per
formance. Added to this is the fact that the se
lection of musical numbers has been
skillful to the last degree. New staff
has apparently been a part -f Mr. Grif
fith's slogan. We might add that it is
the best of the new numbers available.
But he might have taken the best ma
terial in the world and ruined it with
nediocre singers. This he has by no
means done Quite to the contrary
there is not a soloist but is able to ren
der the various numbers with all the
skill vocally of a professional. For that
matter better let us whisper that some
of them have appeared locally in a suf
ficient number of successful amateur of
ferings to have acquired the poise of the
professional.
In the matter of stage effects "It Hap
pened On the Green" ought to be a dis
tinct sensation. Each one of the seven
scenes is staged and lighted with an at
tention to detail quite out of the ordi
nary but the most effective is the "Bub
bles" number'in which a big time effect
is obtained bv the introduction of a six
foot bubble that but to describe it will
be taking half of the charm out of this
as fine a stage picture as we have wit
nessed in a local theater in many
moons. This is a startling statement
but in our judgment the verdict of
those who see it will substantiate what
some may consider an extravagance.
The story of the play deals with a
young lady who is loved bv ' wo men.
There is your start. Father favors one
and black-balls the other. The other
your have guessed it is favored by the
young lady in question. In order to es
cape the undesirable, who is persistent,
dad takes the girl to Palm Beach. Be
ing a regular fellow the disapproved ot
suitor appears. and, following his
sweetheart's advice, disguised himself.
The manner in which he accomplishes
this is one of the funniest parts of the
one hour and twenty minutes of fun ex
traordinary. The action jumps back to
this city where complication tumbles
over complication in a riot of laughter.
Dad finally decides to stage a little at
fair that will show which is the best
man and. of course, there is the inevi
table ending.
The action of the revue is skilfully ar
ranged so that there is no break caused
bv the introduction ot the i. special
ties, each of which is deserving of a
place on the program as a single act.
In fact that is the interesting part of "It
Happened On the Green." Mr. Grif
fith, who in addition to being sponsor
of the musical comedietta has staged
and costumed it, has crowded enough
into his playlet to make three or four of
the average.
The principals who have been selec
ted and who have been in rehear-al in
clude those already mentioned. Rose
Berman, who was a scream in the part
NEW HAVEN TYPOS
FACE IMPORTANT
WAGESITUATION
Special Meeting Called at Request
of Scale Committee for Sunday
Afternoon at 2:30.
BIG ADVANCE EXPECTED
Publishers Request That Union
Submit Proposition as. Substi
tute for Their Rejected One.
A special meeting of the New Haven
Typographical Union has been called
for 2:30 o'clock tomorrow (Sunday)
afternoon at Republican Club hall, cor
ner of Crown and Temple streets, at the
request of the newspaper scale comnjit
tee and it promises to prove one of the
mcst important in years.
The publishers of New Haven recent
ly offered the union an advance in
wages dependent upon an extension of
the present agreement. The union voted
to accept this but that action, it de
veloped, was illegal inasmuch as nc such
proposition can be considered until the
scale has been opened by mutual con
sent. Consequently the action of the
union was rendered hull and the ad
vance was not accepted.
Then the publishers asked the scale
committee to submit a proposition from
the unio- and it is to formulate this
proposition that tomorrow's meeting is
called.
When such a proposition proves
mutually astisfactory to both the union
and the publishers a vote must be taken
upon the opening of the scale, a three
fourths vote in the affirmative being
necessary Xo do so. After the scale has
been opened the proposition itself may
be adopted by a majority vote.
For a long time the members of the
New Haven Typographical Union have
felt that they were not being paid any
where near as much money as they were
entitled to, their scale being materially
lower than those of other cities in New
England and elsewhere. In most cities,
too, the publishers of their own accord
had given advances in pay to meet the
increased cost of living but i request
made along these lines to the New Ha
ven publishers brought forth the re
sponse that an agreement was an agree
ment and there was "nothing doing" or
words to that effect.
Consequently when the unsolicited
offer of an advance of $4 a week, con
tingent upon an extension of the present
agreement was made by th publishers
the union eyed the proposition with
some suspicion.
President Marsden G Scott of the
Internationa? Union, is quoted as having
said during his visit here: to the New
England convention that the men should
not consider the acceptance of anything
les than a oO per cent, advancer-"There
is a great wave of business coming
throughout the countryy it is believed,
due to make its appearance in full force
this fall and there is a strong supposi
tion that much higher wages will pre
vail in the printing trades everywhere.
If the IMew Haven typos were tied up
to an extended contract for another
three years, as originally proposed by
the publishers, at an increase of only
$4 a week they would be most decidedly
getting the worst of it.
EMPLOYMENT SERVICE.
Lak of - Funds Winds Up Federal
Agencies in This State
David Elder, Federal employment
director for this state, acting upon in
structions from Washington, ordered
all the United States employment serv
ice offices with the exception of Bridge
port closed early this week. The state
labor commission will take over the
Waterbury office. , Sojne of this work in
New Haven will be undertaken by the
Red Cross chapter. Congress appro
priated $400,000 for the continuation of.
this work and this sum is sufficient to
maintain only offices in the large in
dustrial centers.
BIG STRIKE OVER.
Waterbury and Ansonia Work
ingmen Now Being Organized.
Acting upon the advice of officials of
the Connecticut Federation of Labor
and general.organizers of the A. F. of
L., the men 'on. strike in Waterbury and
Ansonia returned to work the first of
this week. The employers raised the
wages and bettered the conditions in
most cases. Officials of the state fed
eration were busy during the week or
ganizing the men. Secretary Ira M.
Ornburn of the federation spent most
of the week in Waterbury.
STATE TROLLEYMEN.
Meeting in New Haven of State
Conference Board.
The State Conference Board ?of the
Street Railway Employees of Connecti
cut met in New Haven on Tuesday.
President Patrick F. O'Meara of the
Connecticut Federation of Labor ex
plained to the board certain matters in
connection with hearings before the
General Assembly on bills relating to
legislation in which the trolleymen were
interested.
of Kitty in "It's Up To You", William
Bowen, Winifred Mitchell, Katberine '
Casey, Elizabeth Kennedy, Marie
O'Brien. Estelle Becker, Marguerite
Bowen, Madeline Gordon, Josephine
Houlihan, Agnes Wheeler and Mild -ed
Dwyer. To those familiar with the
amateur talent of the city, these are
names that promise something quite out .
of the ordinary in the nature of an ama
teur entertainment. With the assistance
of such professional direction as Mr.
Griffith has given them, they assure this.
"It Happened On the Green", is to be
presented for the week of July 7th at the
Bijou. Judging from the rehearsal we
were privileged to witness, it is one of
those events that everyone, big and
little, young or not quite so young will
enjoy And then there is the local flav
or that pervades the whole affair. If
you miss it, you will be the loser. And
you certainly can not afford to lose in
this instance.

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