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Published Weekly by The Ornburn Press, Inc.
186-288 York Street, Telephone Colony 1082 New Haven, Conn.
Presenting to the workers and the public the facts concerning matters
Affecting labor and the wage earner's interests at large. Constructive in
policy and non-partisan in politics. Free from domination by any interests
r factions, either within the labor movement or without.
An exponent of justice to all, a square deal to employer and employee
dike, with a desire to serve the best principles 'of trade unionism and at the
aame time create a better understanding and co-operation between capital
s4 labor.
The Labor News is in no sense responsible for any article which appears
accept unsigned articles in editorial column. All other pages are devoted
to news and contributions, and may often describe or advocate matters
opposed to The Labor News and its policy. The publication of a signed
or news article must not be construed in any sense an endorsement of it.
Entered as second class matter December 2, 1916, at the postoffice at
New Haven, Conn., under act of March 3, 1879.
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There's no use in discussing this Washington situation any
more. Every day the press is filled with new scandals until
the public taste is sick of it and we begin to wonder why that
bunch at the capital ever had the termerity to refuse to recog
nize Soviet Russia, accused of all the crimes that could be listed
There are no doubt some honest men at Washington but if
there are their light is being hid not under the bushel but by
the Teapot Dome.
Daugherty is finally fired out of office by President Cool
idge who acted only when practically driven to it by sentiment
of the entire country and the insistence of the leaders of the
Republican faction in Congress. The president hung onto Daug
herty as long as he could or dared but the burden was becom
ing so severe that it was seriously hampering Mr. Coolidge s
chances of nomination to say nothing of the elections. The bump
he got in the Dakota primaries, where he was beaten, by Sena
tor Hi Johnson showed exactly where the progressive element
of tKe country and his party stood and probably led to his
finally concluding Daugherty must go to save his own skin.
Mr. Coolidge hung onto his cabinet colleague as long as
he dared. His action yesterday in demanding Daugherty's res
ignation will not gain him credit. It was too long delayed. .
Enough and plenty has come out against Daugherty weeks and
months ago to have warranted the president in throwing him
out. Even the senate asked it done but Coolidge wouldn't. Now
that he has been forced to do so will not reflect any glory upon
him as too long have the people been able to think it over and
if ever a man was found wanting in all the qualifications of
office, especially, in the great office of attorney general, then
Mr. Daugherty has been fjound that way.
If Daugherty was working for Schwab or any other baron
of finance and one hundredth part of the things came out about
him as have come out about him in the senate investigation, he
have been rid of long since. . (
Is the United States a lesser concern that one of our trusts?
It would seem so.
The American people are ruled by the almighty dollar.
We are ruled by the almighty dollar, not because we have
no power to help ourselves, but because we choose to be so
ruled. Disguised the compromising fact as we may, all of us.
rich and poor, are the more or less willing subjects of King
Pew of us succeed in accumulating any amount of money,
but the desire for money is almost universal. If we are em-,
ployers, we seek greater profits ; if we are wage-earners, we
'seek a fair' share of profits. If . the business of making money
becomes slack and few are gathering profits, there is general
discontent and the complaint goes up that the country is facing
ruin. '
The -first rather natural conclusion, then, usually is that in
order to be happy we must have what we call good business
conditions. The second natural conclusion of the advocates of
good business conditions at any- price is that in order to have
general content and happiness business interests should control
the government, for business and government are after all, as
big business interests well know, rather closely-linked together.
This is not to say that big business men are entirely sel
fish or that they do not have the interest of. the country at heart.
They are aware that if pur government should be overthrown
business would be ruined and not a single fortune would be
worth a cent on the dollare. Therefore they are patriotic, if for
no other reason, from motives of self-interest. Furthermore,
many of them sincerely wish to see conditions among the masses
improved and are willing to and do give large sums for charit
able and educational purposes. But they consider it of supreme
importance that business interests that is, the enthroned dollar
should control governments, national, state and municipal.
Big business, therefore tries to have men elected to office
who will be the servants of big business rather than the servants
of the masses of the people; and the common people almost un
animously support big business in this purpose by going to the
polls and electing to office the candidates selected by big bus
iness. Having secured their representatives 'in the government, if
the big business interests discover a public officer who indicates
that he wants financial favors,' they consider it better to satisfy
his demands than to 4ake the risk of injuring business interests.
Thus political and business corruption grows 'naturally and
In the old days, when the giving of passes by railway cor
porations was the rule, it was common for public officials in
influential positions, even judges of the courts, not only to re
ceive passes for themselves and all the members of their famil
ies, but to have private cars placed at their disposal without
cost to them. The railway managers justified themselves by
saying that "radicals" were trying to destroy the railways and
the roads must have the special protection of the government's
The system of special protection has grown since then. .
Today big business interests buy cabinet officials with plain cash
and seem to have acquired complete control of that department
of government which is supposed to prosecute big law violators.
The remedy? It seems to us there is but one permanent
cure for the growing power of plutocracy in America a re
awakening of the underlying moral "virtues of the common
people; a practical realization in their daily lives that there are
greater and finer things in the world than the chase after the
dollar, and that unless the usurper King Plutus, is dethroned as a .
ruler in human life his power will continue to grow until it has
reduced the people to abject slavery. Call this "preaching" if
you like, but so long as we continue to worship the dollar, the
dollar will rule.
While the third party or "Labor Party" has not been
seriously considered in Connecticut, heretofore, developments
in the country and especially at Washington within the last few
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months, and even within the state, have led many Organized
Workers to sit up and take notice. With the Labor party now
dominant in England and the scandals developing worse and
worse every day at Washington ,the workers who eventually
have to pay 'the bills are beginning to consider whether or not
they shouldn't take things into their own hands as did the labor
ing men of England. -
But in conservative Connecticut there is as yet no thought
of a third 'party but there is a well determined plan on hand
to "smoke out" those professed "Friends of Labor" who have
been belasting their own ships with Labor's aid for many years
back. These are in both parties and before election they are
ready and willing to promise to do justice to the working man
but after they have been elected find their attention turned to
more important matters.
This has been going on for many years and the workers
. stood for it. Now with the country upset by the noise at Wash
. ington there seems to be the chance to put an end to the ca
jolery . and make these fellows come to brook. For years the
laboring man and especially the Organized man has been de
manding and appealing for betterments of his condition. Some
times he got it but more often he didn't, it depending entirely
on how the move could be used for political effect.
Now its time to assert himself. The Labor News is no friend
of a thirdparty. It is however, a firm believer in the plan for
every man, and especially the organized union man, to go into
his own party, republican or democrat it doesn't make and dif
ference, and look over those he or she, expected to vote for
and determine - just where try stand towards the worker.
The worker has been fooled, been taxed, been foisted
about long enough.
The power is in the hands of ' the workers.
You know what those men now supposed to represent
you in Congress and the state and in the city have done for
and by youi It didn't need a tirade here to point out to you
where you have "been buffaloed" all along the line. Tis true
that some among them have tried to aid your cause. But it
is more true that many of those who have put into public life
have double crossed you and those are the fellows that you
should get after and get after NOW.
It's a long lane it is true. The turning point seems to
be in the offing with a third party in the air. We do not need
a third party yet if the workers will attend to their own affairs
as . religiously as they attend to the bosses.
So let's go. The state conventions are nigh and right
after them comes more . conventions and a general election.
It's the time to get busy now not next November when the
names are on the ballot and all you can do is to vote.
The Stock. Marked seems to be' trying to make up its
mind whether to indulge in its first pre-election scare. Two
months ago there was little question in the minds of the capi
talistic interests that Coolidge's election next November was
assured. Trie last two months, however, have put a somewhat
different complexion upon the situation.
Regardless "of whether or not certain of the Harding cabi
net members have been guilty of improper conduct, it is an
undeniable fact that the country as a whole has come to believe
that" they have.
While it is doubtful if President Coolidge can be connected
with the things with which these cabinet members have been
accused, it is a question .whether the electorate of the country
will take this view of the matter.
In commenting- on the effect present conditions are having
on business, the Boston Herald says:
"We do not pretend to be a political prophet, but it does
seem to us that a considerable element of doubt as to the pros
pects of Republican success next November has been injected
into the situation as a result of development in Washington. The
doubt is begnning to find reflection in the Stock Market. Qo
incident with the more sensatonal of the dsclosures by the oil
investigation committee, the Stock Market stopped gong up
about the first of February. Since then it has been fluctuatng
within a narrow range. During the last few days it has begun
to act as if it was trying to make up ts mind to go down."
There can be no disputing the assertion that the maiority of
capitalists of the country prefer four years more of Coolidsre
Anything which tends to dim this prospect should logically
have a tendency to cause unsettlement in the financial markets.
President Coolidge lost his cat this week and the radio
got it back. Things going on at Washington look as if they
might be getting "his goat" and it will take more than radio to
get it back.
the five escaped paying taxes on it while we lttle fellows "paid
in full and are yet paying.
Five men in Washington (names not yet known) made
33 millions in one oil deal, Daugherty probers are told. Then
U. S. Steel profits amount to 108 millions last year despite
Gary's direful predictions that the eight hour day would ruin
the industry. Gary's salary wasn't cut either but thousands of
women and children are getting better living and steel prices
still rules supreme.
If Governor Templeton resigned at noon in Hartford
the people of New Haven wouldn't know of it until next day
according to the afternoon papers under orders issued this
week. THE EVENING EDITIONS of the Register and Times
Leader are ordered "on the street" at 1 :30 o'clock. Pretty
soon the'yll be morning papers.
So it's rumored States Attorney Arnon A. Ailing of New
Haven county and Schliefer case fame is going to resign. That's
really too bad if true. Mr. Ailing should stay in office be
cause he is really a champion of the people especially in their
idea of the 1 1 th amendment.
Col. Isaac M. Ullman, erstwhile boss of the republican fac
tion in New Haven can now join the Templeton down and
out club. Roraback henchmen led by Deputy Collector of
Revenue, E. J. Coffey put the skids under him. Meanwhile
the thought strikes us that somewhere about three years ago
when Phil Troup was postmaster the edict was issued, that men
in government offices were , not to mingle in politics. But of
course it makes a difference as to whose politics it is that's being
mingled or mangled.
Yes, he democrats hold prmaries to elect delegates to
city and state conventions. But the only difference between
them and 'the republican conventions is that the democrats are
told who they must vote for in advance while the republicans
spring it as a surprise. If you're in, you're n and that's all of
The minature blizzard that. struck Connecticut Wednes
day was only a relict of the storm that snowed Coolidge under
out in Dakota the day before. Latest reports indicate Hi John
j&on simply "did him up." Wonder what would happen if we
in the east near to Washington had a chance to say something.
Congressman John Q. Tilson of New Haven has been ap
pointed to the officers reserve corps because. of his great military
experience, on this side, during th war. Colonel Tilson will be
put on 'the reserve list of congressman next fall if the demo
crats have sense to nominate a real man against him.
Merritt, Tilson, Freeman and Fenn,
All patriots whenever and when
Big Business calls and deman succor
But not for the men who won the war
The bonus was up, the four turned it down
And left to O'Sullivan the patriot crown.
Yep, ' Daugherty's still in office.
Because Coolidge is still in office also.
So now Congress is to allow the people to vote on amend
ments to the constitution. That's nice after they bought and
paid for congresses and state legislatures have shackled the
people so that they won't know how to vote themselves out
from under.
"I'm a martyr," says the late anti saloon leaguer. That's
really too bad. Just think of the thousands of martyrs who have
died in the cause from the vile stuff Anderson and his crowd
foisted on this country through the eighteenth amendment. The
saloons were bad, God knows, but what we have now is a
thousand times worse.
But there's balm in Gilead and good stuff on the seas.
Therefore and thereof.
Happy Days.
All Trade Unionists
Hugh Frayne, General Organizer of
American Federation of Labor will de
liver an address at the Town Hall, Meri
den, on Monday Night at 8 p. m.
Achievements of the American La
bor Movement as Accomplished Under
the able leadership of Samuel Gompers.
The meeting will be presided over by
John H. Lappert, president of the Meri
den Central Labor Union.
President P. F. O'Meara of the Con
necticut Federation of Labor will also
Everybody Welcome
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five months. These men are in demand
and command a good wage.
Imagine a Y. M. C A. turning out
FIRST CLASS bricklayers, tile setters
and plasterers in FIVE MONTHS.
These men have to maintain a rate of
1400 bricks in eight hours on a 12 inch
wall, he added and this must bekept up.
This is at the rate of 175 bricks an hour
or practically three a minute so what
Mr. Kelley evidently means by First
Class bricklayers is laborers with a sho
vel firing them into the wall regardless
of how they land.
He made one fairly good prediction
however when he said that it appears
as present for the next year. Inasmuch
as agreements in the building trades have
already nearly all been made, with sub
stantial increase in Hartford county
granted in many cases, Mr. Kelley had
some real facts to go on in that case.
All in all it was a glorious report. Mr.
Kelley earned his salary.
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Ornburn intQ the matter will be forced
to show their colors.
Months ago Mr. Ornburn's candidacy
for the delegateship was announced in
the daily press and there wasn't a mur
mur against him. A few weeks ago
Mr. Cahill entered the race and there
was an attempt to revive the" old Keat-
ing-Cahill fight but it died out because
Mr. Ornburn as an organized labor
mail had been identified with Cahill
and therefore that alibi didn't work.
While the matter of a delegate
doesn't make any difference this time
as from all appearances the slate is all
fixed up, there is yet however to be
considered the fact that there is a state
election to be held this year in connec
tion with the national election. There
a governor, a senate, a house of repre
sentatives will be chosen.
If the frameups that are apparent
now, carry through then the comeback
in November, with the likelihood of a
third party in the field, may be some
thing to give concern to the Demo
cratic leaders who are now so gallantly
carrying their sails.
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