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THE CONNECTICUT LABOR PRESS A NEWSPAPER FOR THE PEOPLE. Published by Connecticut Labor Press Company 236-288 York Street, New Haven, Conn. r Telephone Colony 1082. . Entered as second class 'matter December 2, 1916, at the postoffice at New Haven, Conn., under act of March 3, 1879. Three Cents per Copy $1.50 per Year 24 NEW HAVEN, CONN., SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 1920. J LABOR 'S POLITICAL PROGRAM POMISES ABOLITION OF ABUSES : Undaunted by the clamor of the public the rent sharks continue to rob their tenants unmolested. It is granted that increases must be expected to a certain degree but the class of landlords to whom we refer are charging advances which are absolutely unjustified and compelling tenants to put up with conditions which are disgraceful. No man, these days, dares to kick if his roof blows off. He can either put "on another one at his own (expense or supply his family with individual umbrellas.. If he don't like it he can move and be knows it. . ' - In New York the battle between tenants and -landlords wages Csrcely and there frequent recourse is had to the authorities to curb the avariciousness of the owners but here there is little or no relief. It stands td reason that some remedial legislation must be sought in ' Connecticut from the next legislature. In order ot get it men must be elected who will give such legislation a fair show. The workingman, who is the greatest sufferer, finds an opportunity to help elect such men by putting his shoulder to the wheel and helping the Connecticut Federation of Labor carry out the A. F. of L. plan of non-partisanship politics. 1 By the election of the right men the rent abuse, as well as many others of a similar nature, may be ended but it calls for wide awake action and energetic work on the part of the "common citizen" to produce that result. The Connecticut Federation of Labor gladly welcomes the assistance of every voter, whether a member of organ ized labor or "no V in its efforts to nominate and elect men who have the welfare of the people at heart. In this matter the interest of air workers are identical and the sooner we all pull together the better off we will be.r V , t DEMOCRAT'S ADVOCACY OF "WET" PLANK MEETS WITH APPROVAL The action of the Democrats of New Haven at their city conven tion this, week in going on record as opposed to prohibition and in structing the delegates" to advocate the repeal of the eighteenth amendment is looked upon as the opening of a sturdy battle against prohibition by the Democratic party of the nation. That such a movement will receive hearty support from a great mass of the voters is a foregone conclusion. It has been forcefully demonstrated that prohibition does not prohibit and that its results are far from beneficial. It may truthfully be said that the country today is more strongly in favor of temperance than ever "before, but the attitude toward prohibition is antagonistic, largely because it's simply "bunk." , The Past Master in the Grand Lodge of the Brotherhod of Noise Makers, is Anti-Saloon League Anderson, who, like Ishmael of old, has "his hand against every man's and every man's hand against . He has usurped to himself the powers of a god and those, who stubbornly refuse to bow the knee are condemned to eternal torment. The preacher who had the temerity todefy his usurpation of power is charged by him with being an. ex-saloonkeeper. The fight ing parson has given his answer in a healthy suit for damages, and so lit runs. ? . '.v.'"-"- " '. "'.'-'7 J. Ther legislative assembly at Albany is in the very thick of com mit with the fight closing in on the 'lanky form of Anderson. " Rhode Island is battling in the courts for the principle, long established, of state rights. ' 7 The Governor of Vermont refuses to accede to a 'request of bis brother of Elaine to join in a protest against the action of manly little "Rhody." . ' '. The Governor-of New Jersey isoihg to the Democratic National Convention with i a demand for a wet plank, and "our bid friend, Bill Bryan, will be on hand to sound the loud timbrel on behalf of the Oh 1 be Joyfuls. . . . - s '' ' ' : Wood alcohol runs a pretty race withHbe flu in decimating our population. Blind men throughout the cities of the land give elo quent but pitiful testimony to what fake prohibition really means. Daniel O'Connell once said that a coach and four might be driven through any act of the Imperial Parliament of Britain. We are daily having the truth brought forcibly home to us that a whole flock of heavy trucks may be driven through an act of Congress which has not the backing qf public sentiment. A peculiar phase of it all is that the fight is not being made' against prohibition by the workingmen. Governors, judges and legislative bodies are the forces being hurled against the Gibraltar of Andersonism and Wheelerism. y The sane men of the nation had better get together and have a day set apart for general prayer that our beloved country might get back on a basis of sanity.. VA TERBUR Y PUBLICATION SEEMS PEEVED AT ORGANIZED LABOR - The Waterbury Herald, which is also the Bridgeport Herald, has, on many occasions, manifested a disposition to take a ''wallop" at Organized Labor. It distinguished itself particularly in this direction during the recent trouble, between the compositors and the newspaper publishers of New Haven when it unmercifully scored the men who went out in protest against unbearable conditions of overtime." ' . v :' .- - -: Now, in its last issue, it takes occasion to gratuitously condemn Secretary Ira M. Ornburn of the Connecticut Federation of Labor, for an alleged arrogant attitude toward a couple of Waterbury news paper men. To anybody who knows Secretary Ornburn the absurdity of charging him with an arrogant attitude is self evident and the bitterness which was evident in the article in question would indi cate some underlying rancor which apparently actuates the general attitude of the publication. in question when Organized Labor is under discussion. - vIn the same issue the Naugatuck Valley strike is reviewed in a manner hardly friendly to the efforts of the A. F. of L. and the Con necticut Federation of Labor to secure an orderly settlement of the difficulty. v'" The American Federation of Labor crowd," it states, "and the New England Workers' Association are like two cats. Ornburn bitterly attacks Scalmana, head of the Workers, and Seal- groups of workers from working together." . , From all of which it is not difficult to gain the impression that the Herald has no ' love for ' ' the American Federation of Labor crowd" in general or. the Connecticut Federation of Labor in par ticular. . . . . - ' '' WHEN IT COMES TO MINORITY RULE CONSIDER BIG CORPORATIONS It was said that Arthur Brisbane is the highest paid editorial writer in the United States. Rumor has it that he "draws down" each week considerably more than the chief executive of the nation. In a recent editorial which appeared in the Hearst papers, Bris bane comments on the following statement accredited to one of the anti-labor members of congress : "When the organized minority of less than 5 per cent, of the people can control legislation, and now threatens to elect a congress of serfs, it is indeed a national crisis." Brisbane's editorial is not entirely complimentary to labor, but there is enough truth in it to make one forget the sting, and there fore we reproduce it, as follows: ' - "It would be a mistake to let 5 control 95 per cent, of the coun try. But what percentage of the total population is represented in the little group of corporation rulers that have so largely controlled legislation hitherto? ' "It isn't 1 per cent., or ihe one-hundredth part of 1 per cent. Yet it has exercised and will continue to exercise one hundred thous and times more influence than all labor combined. It will be some time before organized labor has 'congressional serfs' obeying orders in the senate or house. But organized finance has long had its obedient serfs in both houses. Whoever read the famous Standard Oil letters knows it. "Organized labor in politics will possess not too much but too little power. On election day working men never stand together. They don't remember tehir friends. They forget their enemies and vote like sheep, following a party emblem as sheep follow a bell wether. . "What is needed is a party sanely, conservatively radical and progressive, thinking of the country with its hundred million people first, of individuals and groups last. Such a party should exist, made up of all labor, organized and unorganized, made up also of farmers and farm workers, of City clerks and little people that eat what the farms produce. ' : ': ,11 With an organization of labor or clerks or farmers standing alone, the union of organized capital can deal easily. . Clever law yers, with constitutional interpretations, judges with convenient in junctions, and if worse comes to worse, carefully planned sedition laws "to make discontent keep its mouth shut, are all at the service of organized finance. , ; - "You cant eombat an organization of fifty thousand million dol lars by organizing one little group of men. An organization of labor, farmers, clerks and small business men, including about ninety-nine millions of human beings, would be the right sort of progressive political party," ! V BOYS, DON'T KILL IT. Observe Eight-Hour Principle. Cut .Out Overtime Work. Cleveland, April 23. The Federa tionist says : It seems that only a pen alty imposed on contractors will put an end to the practice of working over time in the Building Trades. The mat ter is' to come up before the Building Trades Council for a vote and the feel ing is that no matter how drastic the remedy will have to be systematic over time must be stopped at once. Fully one-third of the jobs are working over time today, and a real emergency can not be truthfully pleaded in one case in I a hundred. One of the chief fights of Organ ized Labor has been for; the : eight-hour day and our members are doing them selves and the movement no end of harm by declining to adhere to that eight-hour day for - which we have fought so many years. For a genera tion we have been telling the employer that eight hours work is enough for any fnan, And it is, if men doan honest eight houri work and do not loaf on the job. Can't men see what will be the" effect of working overtime systematically? Have they no thought beyond today? - Go on working 10 and 12 hours for the sake of the little extra pay it brings and you will convince the employers q one of two things reither that you are not working at a pace which gives the boss value for money received, or thaiJ labor leaders were not sincere when they argued that an eight-hour day was enough for any man. There is far too much talk now about men in the build ing trades not doing a fair day's work for a fair day?s . pay without members lending support to the belief by work ing every hour of overtime that tbfiy can get in. Contractors ought to . sup port the Building Trades Council in this matter of overtime., - There is no need for us to talk straighter either to the employers or our members about the present situation. But it is about time that these charges that workers are lay ing downjon toe job caused the workers themselves to worry a bit Your rep resentatives know that 'these charges are exaggerated, but our members must give .others credit for the same com mon sense and ability to see that we claim for ourselves. Contractors and home and factory builders aren't fools. They have means of mating compari sons with the work done five and 10 years ago and they make them. .They have eyes and ears of their own, too. Cut out this overtime except in cases of real emergency and leave the Build ings Trades Council ' to decide what constitutes an emergency. - You know the old fable about "killing the goose that lays the golden eggs." Don't let us kill it, boys. ' ruthless power in the exploitation ? of workers and public and in the destruc tion of rival business.. I Combination is the natural develop ment oi productive business. The evil has been done because of the avaricious profit purpose. It is the function of production to gife life, not to destroy life. , Government has tried to control and regulate : great combinations of capital and failed. When the ideal of service is made the dominating purpose in industry the destructive force will disappear and the need for the, interference of political government will become unnecessary. ' This is the thought back of J:he ex pression of labor's demands ill the con ference of December 13. Capital, seek ing to bring "back to itself the highest return of profit, becomes predatory. It preys upon humanity. It perfects the machinery of industry, but perverts its purpose. Credit is the mighty engine. - i Labor demands that credit, which is really the right to "give or to with hold life from modern industry and thus from people, be placed in the hands of public community agencies. When this is done capital will cease to be ruthless. Capital will become civilized. What labor proposes is that this great engine be taken out of its jungle , clothes and be garbed in the attire of orderly civilization. This entails no disturbance of prop erty or ownership. It entails, no-disturbance of anythingvexcept the one great evil power that strangles and per verts the productive processes of man kind. Labor puts forth this demand in the ardenc of its desire to give full service to the world. It. wants to be rid of unnatural limitations in making its contribution to the brick and mor tar, the steel and stone, and trains and ships, the food and clothing, the arts and sciences of -the world. r " Credit capital is a force that comes. from the people and that belongs in the service of the people. - Labor pro poses that thi sinstrument of power shall be put where it belongs and it in tends to be militant in the struggle to that end. WOMEN IN UNIONS. Should TToin With Men Rather Than Go It Alone. . The Monthly Labor Review, pub lished by the United States bureau -of labor statistics, reprints an article from Soziale Praxis (Social Practice), Ber lin, in which a Gerian medical woman says it. is natural for women to join with men in a trade union, rather than to divide on sex lines. , The writer is Dr. Charlotte Leubuscher. "The organization of gainfully em ployed women may be effected in two ways," she writes. "Either In unions with exclusively female membership, or jointly with male fellow workers. While the fbrmer principle of - organizations is prevailing among salaried employes and in numerous ' high callings, the combin ing of male and female workers of the same occupation is by far the most fre quent form of organization among manual workers. Only the sectarian trade unions of women workers and the Christian Trade Society of " Women home Workers form an exception to this rule. "It is only .natural that common or ganization of men and women is the predominant form of organization, be cause women are being employed in the same ! occupation as men, and in man" instances have replaced men, and owing to this fact it is in ,the interest of male workers to include the female workers in their organizations." HIDE AND SEEK. Profiteers NowGet Behind "Rad- ical" Cry to Fool-Public. Cincinnati, April 23. "No thinking American' says Editor . Frey, of the International Molders' Journal, "is de ceived by the Jbue and cry against rad icals which has been so furiously sup ported by the press since the attorney general began his campaign. 'If it was not for the serious questions involved, the situation would supply those ele ments of comic opera which keep us amused during idle moments. "It is now a little over six months since, the doughty attorney general with a magnificent blare, of trumpets, announced that he had girded on his armor and was about to overcome .old man high cost of living. All of the department's resources were to be used for this general and successful onslaught. Additional assistance was to - be secured in order, to ' make the victory a certainty, and, after reams of precious paper had carried the cheerful news to a suffering public, the sufferers felt - that ; their case- was , in good hands and confidently picked up the morning's paper with the expecta tion that old man H. C. of L.'s obitu ary would appear .on the first page. "But -it didn't!" - Editor Frey then calls attention to the change" of attack,-which was hence forth directed against revolutionists who would "overthrow the govern ment.". ' ' Next Pay Day 'spend a dollar for a bottle of . ED. PINAUD'S LILAC VEGETAL and take it home to the wife and daughters. They will love the old fashioned French Lilac fragrance, so delightful for handkerchief and atomizer. Men everywhere favor ED. PINAUD'S Lilac instead of bay rum or witch hazel for use after shaving. Try it and prove its Value yourself. For healthy hair - ' ED. PINAUD'S , HAIR TONIC : Eaude Quinine) ... is the one standard necessity. ' ' - - Very Fragrant and Refreshing If your hair is healthy, keep it so with ED. PINAUD'S Hair Tonic If it lacks lustre or if dandruff is present, use ED. PINAUD'S faithfully and watch the results. PARFUMERIE ED. PINAUD American Offices i ED. PINAUD BLDG. 84-90 FIFTH AVE. NEW YORK 1 "We cannot "judge of motives, but the question arises, what passed through the attorney general's mind when he applied for an injunction in connection with the coal miner's strike. , " - "'Could it be possible that this be ing presidential year the attorney gen eral imagined that his popularity in the nation would increase if he proved him self the man of the hour to break the strike and have coal mifTed through the compelling force of man-made law, the injunction? "We cannot but ask the question, would not the country have been made safer from the danger of radicalism if H. C. of L. had been overcome by .the department of justice? "We would like to know- what the department is doing today to prosecute the profiteers, particularly the big fel MEETING NEXT SUNDAY APRIL 25, 1920, 2" P. M. SHARP. Candidates will be . nominated for local officers and convention delegates. EVERY MEMBER PRESENT. , v All Committees will, meet" at 1:30 : , o'clock. .. NEW HAVEN TYPOGRAPHICAL UNION. C. N. Ballard, President. -; E, R. Ottarson, Sec-Treas. (P. C Box 942) Election day, International and local, Wednesday, May 26, J920. -7 .THAT Great Advertising Authority Printers Ink The Leading Publication of Its : Kind in America, Says That A LABOR PAPER Is a Far Better Advertising Med ium Tahn an Ordinary .Newspaper in comparison of Circulation. . The ConnecticEt Labor Press Gives Its Advertisers the, Co-Op-eratii of Thousands of Members '" of Organized Labor. Every Read-' er Has a Reason for Patronizing Those Who Advertise in Labor's Own Newspaper. MILLENIUM HERE? Greed Kicked Out, Square Deal Let in By Lynn Shop Boss. : Lynn, Mass., April 23. Emphasizing the necessity of recognizing the human factor as a most important element "in the future of the General Electric Com pany, Richard H. Rice, manager of the Lynn works of the corporation, declares that strict adherence to the policy of a square deal and the -absolute elimination of selfishness will crown with success the. plan of shop repreesntation which Lhas been in exercise for 18 months. The statement of Mr. Rice was" made before the Lynn section of the-American Institute of Electrical Engineers, to whom he"' points out. that it is im perative, that they make full use of the man power which is at 'their disposal and that they encourage to the limit the creative abilitv of the Lynn plant, "Find out the best way to utilize men," said Mr. Rice. - "You must lake the men into your confidence and .ex plain to them what you are trying to do, and you must get their full co operation. The workers must be treat ed with fairness, sincerity and reason ableness. We have got to provide au tomatic, machienry to offset the lack of man power. Costs of production are greater than ever 'before, and in fny opinion they are not coming down in the near future. We must rearrange our methods and make it unnecessary to have as many men. It is especially diffi cult to get skilled workmen and we have got to overcome that trouble by education." Mr. Rice believes that the only way success can be' obtained is by shop rep resentation and the policy of an abso lute square deal to everybody. "The company and men have got to give in and -there can be . no selfishness , on either side if the industrial world is to survive," he declared. - PROPER CREDIT. Put It at Reach of All and Trou bles Will End. (By Samuel Gompers.) Production is not naturally a gam ble. It is not a gamble because the human appetite is certain. The human appetite never varies. It always in creases. It forever wants more of what it is accustomed to have and new things in addition. Humanity wants a plentiful supply of every good thing. Production has been made in art a gamble because production has. been determined from the centers of finan cial control. The center of finance has been able to say what should go to the center of need and what should "Qpme from the center of work. Finance also has been able to pro duce great combines in the field of production and these have exercised This Walnut Bedroom Suite $254 A four- piece bedroom suite in the popular Queen Anne design, well con structed" and beautifully finished. Suite consists of 42-ineh Dresser, full size Bed, Chiffonier with mirror and triple mirror Toilet Table a set you will take "great pride in possessing. No. 28815. 2?OCi Special Price for Cash only. . . . . V. .... . . . . . . . . ... 1 .... . .... . . . . . .p" " ' ' ' ": " T " - ' " Fourr iece Bedroom Suite $239 A suite built on charmingly simple lines finished in American Walnut. Suite consists of 42-inch Dresser, full size Bed, Chiffonier and triple mirror Toilet Table. 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