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8 THE LABOR STANDARD, JANUARY, 101O.
Gbe labor Stantmrfc A Publication Especially Intended fob THE BbEAD-WiNNEB AND HlS FAMILY PUBLISHED MONTHLY TERMS: 50 CENTS PER YEAR Single Copies 5 cents. THE STANDARD PUBLISHING CO., R. K. PYNE, Manager. Main Office : Hartford, Conn. 284 ASYLUM STREET, TELEPHONE THE LABOR STANDARD is OHicialy Endorsed by the following State and Central Bodies Connecticut Federation of Labor Hartford Central Labor Union Waterbury Central Labor Union Meriden Central Labur Union Danbury Central Labor Union South Norwalk Central Labor Union Derby Central Labur Union Norwich Central Labor Union New Haven Trades Assembly and Local Unions generally Entered aa second-class matter Sept. 5, 1908, at the post office at Hartford, Conn., under t he Act of March 3 1879. JANUARY, 1910. Statistics just issued show that dur ing the past few months two non union men and women struck to every one union man or woman. In swallowing the fifty-year-old Western Union, head, neck and heels, the young Telephone Company gives an illustration of what a well-nurtured infant industry can do if it feels like it. A Boston publisher of school books proposes, in the interest of peace, that "such literature and history as tend unduly to inculcate the military spirit or exaggerate the achievement of war," be expunged from school and college text-books. Remember, it pays better in the end to be a "good fellow" than to be a crank and a grouch. Strive for the higher ideals of life. Ideals are the magnets that draw and attract us toward the loftier altitudes of earth's moral and esthetic planes don't be falling backward in the path of hu man progress. PRICES ON SHOES GOING UP. Tariffs seem to work "by contraries,' like Itoiy O'More's dream. A reduc tion of the tariff on hides is followed by the announcement that the prices cf shoes are going to be increased, up to twenty-five cents a pair. The inevitable plausible explanation is not lacking: There is a scarcity of hides and an overgrown demand for leather for upholstery purposes car riage trimming .automobile seats, fur niture, etc. and a heavy drain on the supply for burnt leather work which has developed at a surprising rate. And the demand for shoes naturally in creases as the population grows. On top of all these reasons, consider that the leather trust needs the money for dividend purposes, and the whole thing is explained. "LABOR SUNDAY" IN CHURCHES ADVOCATED. A closer union of the church and the workingman is suggested in a reso lution presented to the recent American Federation of Labor convention at Toronto by its secretary, Frank Mor rison. The resolution calls attention to the growing interest in the study of labor movements by the church and clergy, asserts that many ministers are dis cussing problems of toilers in their pulpits and advocates that the first Sunday in September be officially designated by the American Federation cf Labor as "Labor Sunday." It asks that the churches of Amer ica be required to set some part of this day to the presentation of the Labor question and the various labor bodies be required to co-operate in every legitimate way with the ministers who thus observe labor Sunday. THE INCREASED COST OF LIV ING. To what extent is the government itself responsible for the "Increased cost of living," of which we hear so much? A correspondent of the New York Times is disposed to attribute much of the trouble to Uncle Sam himself. Here is his contribution on the subject: Is it not highly amusing that the federal government should have ap pointed a commission to investigate the causes that lie back of present high cost of living? It would be quite as logical for a person to steal another'3 watch and then appoint a commission to discover what had become of it. It cannot be denied that gold inflation, excessive profits by the retailer, con centration of population in cities, and actual pressure on the sources of food supply are contributing causes to the conditions existing; but above all these in importance is the very ac tivity of the government itself. Pure food bills, with the countless number of inspectors necessary to en force (?) them; continued and in creasing interference by commissions in private business; a fraudulent and inflated pension bill; inefficiency and extravagance in the public service these all contribute toward the high prices of foodstuffs. Somebody has to jay for all this ouncombe and political flummery, and it is, of course, the consuming public which eventually foots the bill in tri form of increased taxes, Mgher rents, and an almost prohibitive price for food. The wonder of it all is that Ihe people can submit themselves cheer fully to such wholesale exploitation. Yet the cry still goes forth for more government and more commissions, as if an unlimited extension of this sort of activity were a cure-all for each and every ill that oppresses the body politic. THE LABOR PRESS. Praised by President Gompers and Secretary Morrison. Again says President Samuel Gomp ers, "I may refer to the splendid ser vice rendered our movement by the labor press of America. In no country on the globe are there so general or so effective publications purely devoted to the interests of the wage earners as are issued by the men of our move ment. The service of the labor press in organizing and uplift work cannot be calculated in dollars and cents. It is our duty as trades unionists not only to give them our moral support, but the more substantial assistance that they may live and prosper and be of still greater efficiency to help in the struggle for justice and right." Frank Morrison, Secretary of the A. F. of L., in his report says: "The labor press is becoming more and more a vehicle through which the mebership is being informed as to the necessity of organization. The encouragement that clean cut labor papers, that hew to the line of trades unionism, can give to the organized workers is diffi cult to estimate. They are of inesti mable benefit. A city Central Body, without an official organ, having the espect and confidence of the rank and file of the organized workers, can not accomplish the maximum results." FUTURE OF "THE LABOR STANDARD Paper Receiving the Support of Organized Labor All Over Connecticut. Since the first issue of The Labor Standard, September 5, 1908, the paper has been well received and is meeting with the approval and assistance of Labor Organizations and the members thereof, and especially of those men of Organized Labor who have been tried and not found wanting, all of which has encouraged and is appre ciated by the manager of the paper. During the past few months special editions of The Labor Standard have been issued for Waterbury, Danbury, Meriden and Wallingford, Norwalk and South Norwalk, Derby, Ansonia, Sey mour, Shelton and Norwich. The offi cers and members of the Central La bor Unions have given their hearty co-operation in the undertaking, and the paper has been thoroughly circu lated in the localities mentioned, with a view of acquainting working people, especially the unorganized, with what Labor Organizations have done and are doing for humanity. BRANCH OFFICES. Arrangements are now being made for the establishing of Branch Offices of The Labor Standard in the princi pal cities of the State, where orders for advertising and subscriptions will be received. For the present, each lo cality will be given its department in the paper, until such time as a regu lar edition is warranted. The Febru ary number will contain the names and addresses of the representatives in each city. The February number will also con tain the names of the newly elected officers of the Central Labor Unions and Labor Organizations generally, and secretaries are requested to fur nish such and any other information of interest. NEW LOCATION. While this issue of the paper is being perused, the office and the printing de partment is being removed from 43 Brown street to 284 Asylum street, which location will be more accessible, especially for those who desire any thing in, the line of job printing. At the new office will also be found on file copies of all the official jour nals of the various Rational organiza tions, as well as Labor papers gener ally, which will be at all times avail able for perusal. A list of all the La bor Organizations in the State, to gether with the names and addresses of the secretaries will also be found, which from time to time will be use ful to secretaries as occasion requires. A cordial invitation is extended to all to call and "look us over" in our new quarters. ROLL OF HONOR. Among those who have been of great assistance in the upbuilding of The Labor Standard are: Hartford James T. Manee, August Wardinski, Charles B. Leonard, Robert P. Grant, Jr., Solomon Sontheimer, F. D. Barnes, Frank P. Champlin, Wil liam P. McClellan, George B. Brad ford, Edward J. Cummings, Elmer E. Dean, Joseph D. Hamilton, Hugh J. Heslin, Albert P. Krone, George L. Leturmey, Edward J. Ryan, John B. Robin, John J. Lyons, William Doug las, (Samuel T. Pfund, Thomas M. Pyne, Daniel F. Cronin, R. Wesner, Herman Wilke, Robert Pyne, Joseph S. Powell, Wm. Hunter, T. M. Crowley. Waterbury James P. Donahue, Joseph Gandy. Danbury John J. Riley, Edwin Dan iels. Meriden, Albert P. Dossin, Henry M. Sehl, Jr., Charles Nellis. Derby and Ansonia H. W. Hallock, William Karg, Thomas F. Dunn. South Norwalk B. Brunstrup, Mrs. Fannie J. Joyce, Jere Eagan. , Norwich Justin Leonard, William Potter, Walter H. Spaulding. New Haven Joseph J. Reilly, Wil liam F. Costello, Frank J. Horan, J. F. Plunkett, James Lynch. New Britain Eugene Sheahan, Frank Durham. Many other members of organized Labor whose names cannot be recalled just at this moment have also lent a helping hand, .the same being much appreciated. SHARES OF STOCK. The shares of stock of THE STAN DARD PUBLISHING CO., publishers of THE LABOR STANDARD, are $25 each, and Labor Organizations and the Members of such are invited to subscribe for one or more shares. AGAIN ELECTED PRESIDENT. Edward J. Cummings Chosen Head of New England Clerks' Association. For the second term, Edward J. Cummings of the local Retail Clerks' Association, has been elected presi dent of the New England District Council of the Retail Clerks' Interna- . - ' - ' fy r7 EDWARD J. CUMMINGS. tional Protective Association. The an nual convention was held in Boston on Sunday, January 9th. The valuable service rendered by Mr. Cummings during the past year as president of the council was recog nized and appreciated to the extent that they prevailed upon him to ac cept the office for another term. Since the organization of the N. E. District Council much good has been accom plished, and the suggestions made by President Cummings were timely and beneficial. Mr. Cummings is manager of the shoe department at the H. & D. Dan iel store. R. P. Grant, Jr., manager of the Woolen Workers Store, acted as ser-geant-at-arms of the convention. The other officers elected at the con-, vention were: First Vice-President C. B. Moyni han, Chelsea, Mass. Second Vice-President B. T. Cos tello, Rutland, Vt. Third Vice-President T. E. Har rington, Providence, R. I. Fourth Vice-President D. E. E1-, liott, Portland, Me. Fifth Vice-President A. P. Hagner, Merifien. Sixth Vice - President William Brady Brockton, Mass. Secretary-Treasurer' T. J. Kiernan, East Boston, Mass. Auditors A. M. Gagner, Fall River, Mass., John Kee, Brockton, Mass., H. J. Houghton, Barre, Vt. Send Us News Items. Items of interest to members of your Local and Organized Labor in general are solicited by The Labor Standard. Just jot down the facts and send them in we'll attend to the journalistio part,