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7T lb? DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF THE WCRKINGMEN OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT. VOL. 1. No. !. BRIDGEPORT, CONN., THUfiSJDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1901. PRICE, 5 CENTS. f?0 WWW (r if , J ; 1 1 Eon , I WW Ef??7 vn n tat imkl 1 11 111 i I I I 1 V ROGRBSS OF LABOR UNIONS Praise for Delegates of Re cent Convention Held in Waterbury. INTERESTING INFORMATION. e Men Present at the Convention Contrasted With Those of Prev- . lous Years. Labor Unions Increasing Fast. The Connecticut State Convention cf Labor Unions, held at Waterbury Oct. 8 to 11, was in all respects the best convention ever held in the history of the State Branch. ; Not only were more delegates in at tendance but the delegates were, more representative men, better qualified to represent ' their locals, or else they prove the assertion that labor organi zations ! are rapidly coming to the ront . as fccmg composed or intelli gent men -who study the labor question, and, have the interests of their; organ izations at heart, and slowly Irat sure ly the, members are educating them selves to' combat the evils which sur round the wage earners. The acceptance of the , recommenda tions in, the president's report also pro va that we are looking forward and perceive the necessity, of legislat ing for the future. A toild protest against some recom mendations, on the ground that they would "establish a one-man power5 was aot acceptable to the majority and er should it be bo regarded. sid : realize that our labor ns n are a I mere business ..- ..... . , . and as such should r e ,j?arjv'..aro ;aag. attsntj; be conucttATuron nnanciai enterprises are iccess or iaiiure, ana ir tne oo- u t - tr - - wuiiu lias tvei autiu can ue en trusted to the management of one man so . can our aggregations of labor or ganizations, be better .promoted by one man power. The -history of our great labor or ganizations is proof of the fact that at toino stage of their existence the intelligence; and executive ability of some one man has rescued them from dire disaster, and no sooner are they -on a lirm footing and give evidence of permanency than many rise up and loudly proclaim that one man power is detrimental to their progress. Concentiation of power always has been productive of good results it the executive be honest, and a -concentration of power is now accepted as abso lutely necessary for the success of in . dustrial, commercial and financial en terprises, so must it also be successful in the administration of the affairs of our labor organizations. The concentration of power in the A. F. of Li. may truly be said to be vested in President Samuel Gompers, and the greater the difficulties which beset him the more easily he seems to overcome them. Wherever there is prospect of trou ble President Gompers is sent for and there is no man to-day in our move ment in a responsible position but would eagerly accept and carefully fol . low his advice. . .Being a hard worker himself he ac complishes things and so sets the ex ample for his associates. All knotty questions are submitted dgment has preyeiited many compli- -W.J J MXS XXW XX . Ky XX X X in the president of the A. F. rTa t r coo of o n r fliffnt loir president and executive council - - . u Ha Miniir.il vvniitiirtit(i i i I r I 1 : 1 1 I7CX1JT I.U1UC UC1.U1C LI1CI.11. CL11U ilUL 4. I j xi i in avauxvu as iiuw UjJ.c ill mice ins ana qniy adjourning to visit various points where trouble is inent. believe President Gompers de is, as a reward for the years of TOhieli Via has Imr'tofl s.Tt tio ?r of labor unions, to be created of this tribunal r.nd held office g good behavior. I believe noth- ouia m&uce mm io accept sucn ice at the present time, for Its is trcinsr flwsl visrnvnns. hnt. T pan ir numbers, now more than uu, giuwmg rapidly, n-iui Kjuutr er this chanre must cam?. tntraiicn or pov.er nas '3ccn st us a lonfr time. Wo arc lust liss to its necssr" v. , rTp'ctl :is . - . r - ' . - J a J - . n J. J ' .a. i .... ituvy principle? fnd our pro- jcorses irresistiblp J. A.. SUL.LIVAN, VsMMt fl f! R A T?. nf T, A THE METAL TRADES Effort Being Made to Form a Local Organization, and Later a State Body. Last Sunday (afternoon, a meeting was called in Bridgeport of the various organizations connected with the met al trades for tike purpose of forming a state organisation. A committee as formed to visit all the unions aSi)ated with the metal trades, inviting, them to send delegates to participate Ih the meeting io be held on November Sd. in Emmet Hill. There is every reason to believe that such an organization will mean the ad vancement of the different unions. After forming local organization, it is the desire o bringabout a state organization. - ; In the western states the metal trades unions are all aiEliated, and much good is accomplished. We will be pleased to chronicle the forming of a state organization of the metal trades. ERROR iti AnEKDHENT. State Secretary Connolley, of tho Connecticut Branch of the A. F. of Li., has cent to all the unions in the statefliliated with the State Branch, a postal stating in the same that there is a typhographical error in the cir cular, sentj oift? with the various am endments 'adopted at the recent con venton2hefd in Waterbury. Said error-occurs in' Amendment IS ?nd relates to Section ' 3-5. instead of Section 25. All unions please take notice. , BRIDGEPORT HUSICAL UNION E7ect Officers For the P.r.sirfr Term. Report SIvjws Union In Excellent Cordit5on. Thejfe&Eical Protective Ui'ion held their riMlar meeting on Sunday and during IgiB meeting the following offi cers were; .elected for the term: Bernardrady, president: Ceo. San-s-or. v'ce president; J. D. Bouton, re- curmns swrttcirvj. xtttJiity iiuo.ii- Sanborn. treasur- reant at arms; Matey-iMd J, - J. Beckers,' Jas. B?nniprm 'and B. Kubbert,' finance rtr-iimcittr,'e' B. Bdy, G. Sanger. J. D. Bouton. W. Reeney. G. P. Sanborn. Chas. Beekert, J. Warner. B. DeVille, W. G. Russell, H. Jervy. J. Brannfgan. E. Hibsrt. H. Miller, executive boprd. W. G. Russell. ;J. J. O'Neill and Os-r- p. Berg, delegates to the Central Labor union. Reports from the offi cers showed the organization was in excellent condition financially and, HARTFORD BARBERS' UNION. The Journeymen Barbers' Union of Hartford last week detected sixteen shops that will keep open until 12 o'clock Saturday n'ghts. Of this num beh, ten have been declared unfair, and the union cards taken out. It is to be hoped that all union men will rffuse to patronize any barber shop that does not display the card. FATAL GUNNING ACCIDENT. Prank Phelps of Stafford Springs Killed While Out Hunting. Stafford Springs, Oct. 27.-a-Frank Phelps, pged 18, son of Elwyn Phelps, of this town, was killed in a gunning accident yesterday. He was sitting on a log with his gun between his knees when it was discharged,' blowing the top , of his head off. His companion, Henry Lodge's, reported the tragedy and the assistant coroner, after inves tigation, declared that it was purely an accidental death. Phelps worked as a spinner in the Phoenix woe an mill. He was unmarried, but leaves several brothers and sisters. v VAUDEVILLE FOR EMPLOYES. Entertainment for the Men Who Hav Taken Strikers' Places. Chicago, Oct. 27. Officials of the Allis-Chalmers company have hit upon a now plan for preventing defection of employes. Vaudeville shows are pro vided for the entertainment cf the men who have been secured to take the places cf the strikers. The new men have been compelled to live in the plant and the lack of amusement had resulted in much discontent and many desertions. The company hit upon the scheme for furnishing entertainment for their employes. CORSET WORKERS' SMOKER. After the meeting of the corset cut ters and ironers' union in Bridgeport., last evening, a. smoker was held at their place of meeting. Re-citations, sVos. duetts and other musical num bers. Wo-re gi-ven. About 70 members were present and enjojed the good ih'n.'? wVTfh were served, a friend cf 'fTiFj r.-riJo: donating a l;irr" po- tlc-i cf the 'refresh ms'nts. So eucc?ssit1 -vr fh? that Vnz El-nihers voted to '-'ve en other in lbs nca future. r v i r IP! O'Neill, trustees. Ch.s j Insist ch the Unk?n 2abeL CONNECTICUT STATE Sixteenth Annual Meeting Takes Place in Waterbury. Delegates From E venisection of the State. Matters of Interest to Union Men. THE MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR SINCE BODY WAS ORGANIZED. Gratifying Reports From the ManygoTnnilttees. Jlembership Increasing Wonderfully. President's Annual rie&sage a ITodel Effort. In telligence of flerabers Nbtetfi Indications for Coming Year indicate the Brightest Prospects. The Sixteenth Annual Convention of the Connecticut State Branch, A. P. of L.. was held at TVaterbury, , in Knights of Columbus hall. The first session opened on Tuesday, a. m at 10:20. President I. A. Sullivan van of Hartford, v presided and he im mediately appointed the following committees: On Finance James P. Maher, Dan bury; John S3. O'Loughlin, Hartford; George Trieljer, New Haven; Matthew Reiiljr, Bridgeport; William Sheehan, South "Norwalk. ' On Resolutions James Grierson, Norwich; Martin Lawlor, Bethel; M. W. Moramphy, Hartford; William Wil-, son, New Haven; Charles J. Donohue, Derby. On Constitution James M. Adams, Hartford; H. C. Shalvoy, Danbury; George L'Hommideau, Bridgeport; William J. Quinni Waterbury; T. J. Sullivan, Thompsonville. On Press James J. Clonnan, Hart ford; Stephen Chartiers, Derby; Phil ip H Daley, New Haven; P. H. Real, Waterbury; John Brynes, Waterbury. On Officers' Reports Molumphy Hartford; Hanlon, Meriden; Eisle, Hartford; Wilson, New Haven; Hig gins, New London. Credentials Dolan, New Haven; Crombie, Meriden; McGibbon, Derby; Lynch, Danbury; Sandford, Wafer bury. Rules Eisels, Hartford; McGrath Derby; O'Neill. Bridgeport, and the Misses Dart and Kelleber, Hartford. Mr. Eisel, from the Cigar Makers' union of New Haven, appealed to the delegates of the convv ition to do all in their power whilf; in the city to try and induce merchants to handle union made goods. It was stated that J,ie Exchange ho tel was unfair "as ihe management procured non-union T bor in fitting up the same, after sorr- preliminary dis cussion the convert -n adjourned. In the afternoon ' " session opened at 2 o'clock. The r-simittee on cre dentials reported :af.t G3 delegates were entitled to p-ts ir the conven tion. The report was o motion ac cepted and the delegates r sated. The roll of delegates wcry called and bvsinpss was commenced. As Secretary Connelly wr- suffering f-cm a. severe ?old Delegate n.ley of 7T3v Hav:m "-vas appointed t asaist him a rexd.-g clerk. P. Sollins of Danbury, was selected as sergeant at rp Delegate Molumphy of Hart orr asked tkat fie first business done be he reading of f resolut'on' on the Idecth of the late President McKinley. RESOLUTION SUBMITTED. i Th" follow-" r-.g resolution subra'd. " the "-'"r-ites of ths Typographical i tv 'on of Hartfc-rd, was unanimously ! adopted: j To tho oeerr. and members of the. ! Fixtcr-nth jronnal session of the -t.s,te i branch, American Federation of La I bor: , Gentlemen: j Be it. resolved, gathered p.r we p. re, jthc- representatives of organized labor I in Co nriecxi cut, to hesrefit the con .11 ' V I. Wp SULLIVAN. J I Kiais xresiaeiiL. f TV r : : : -Lit BRANCH CONVENTION, tiens of our brother laborers in all fields wholly or partially governed by t.o cr.il y cf organization, it behooves u to commemorate the memory of, and to deliberate on, the sad ending of our late president of these United States, William McKinley. It will stand well to our credit as loyal American citizens to mourn our na tion's loss by spreading on the min utes of this convention the regret we hereby signify, by condemning the ne-theds of the unlawful, and by ex ixtssing our high regard for the free dom of American citizenship, and for the government under which we live ; Delegate Grierson of Norwich, -was called to the chair, and President Sul livan read his yearly report, which is as follows: - PRESIDENT'S REPORT. President Sullivan's report was as i follows: To the Officers and Delegates of the .'iiztecath Annual Convention of the Connecticut State - Branch, A. F. of -L.--Greeting:; It . is my duty as well as pleasure to ubmiv to you a report of the work ecpmpii'hed during the past year and of the progress of the labor move nt in Connecticut, , since our last vention. - -' ,- -' o, past year has seen the greatest and . development - of the en we may base bur conclusions upon e gain in iaembership, of the various ions, of any. since the organization he , State Branch. ' 6 he increase in membership of the Stfte Branch has been marvelous and the beginning of this new era should give cur members new . hope and, cour age, for our movement to-day is nearer being understood by the mass of toil ers. They psreeive that with leaders who conscientiously strive for the pro motion of their rights and privileges, labor's voice will receive due recogni tion in the hall of capitai. and the em ployer and employe sit together ard h rbitrate their differences. Our iroaa and eonect principles being now bet ter understood, it is but a natural con sequence that employers concede that JaSor organizations have come to stay and that labor has rights which must be respected. , The development and growth of our local unions has brought us face to face with new and grave problems, the solution cX! which lies with the work ers individually and collectively, and it must be clearly understood that to hold the ground already gained and to prepare to meet the further onslaught cf organized capital each and every one of us must arouse ourselves to the duty and dangers that confront us and work willingly and tirelessly that our organization may go ever onward and upward. GAINING RECOGNITION. The exalted position of organized la bor, to-day, is but the fruits of our P. II. CONNOLLEY. Secretary-Treasurer. own endoavor, anci -ro further demon stration is needed to impress upon our minds the fact that all future advan" 3 and all ameliorations and benefits must h3 ricccrr.pl:' shed from within our organisations. Ail credit, to any out side influence which may assist ns, and to th.3 individuals who may. throh sympathy, advance our cav We mu3t neve- for ret thai a strong and wilted action in a wot thy cans? is al- i ways con rn ex dable snd fhc success cf our e"o t? verts cnfirc'y with our- l selves though our trades r:n?ons. From (Continued en Page 2.) NORWALK CENTRAL BODY Hustling Things Along. Organizing Commit tee Hard at Work. A recent trip to Nor walk shows the different unions in those towns to be in a flourishing condition. The Central Labor Union reports in creased membership and a union feel ing predominates throughout that sec -tit i of the state. 'iii3 Hatters' Union is a tower of strength in Norwalk, as in Danbury and Bethel. The building trades continue in their j gocd work, showing an improvement all along the line. In our next issue we hope to present our readers in the Norwalks with some spicy labor notes. UNFAIR CASH REGISTER CO. All Offers to Bring About Harmony Denied by the Dayton Firm. Through the courtesy of Mr. Nicho las Duttle, Fourth Vice-President of the Metal Polishers, Buffers and Plat e:s' Union, we are in receipt of a copy of the Montgomery County Re porter, of Dayton, O., explaining at length the differences existing between the National Cash Register Co. and its employes. We are gratified to find the union men making such a bold stand, and have every confidence in their ability to win out in the end. It is needless to state that they have the backing of their union to its full est extent, and knowing, as we do, the strength of that organization, no com ment is necessary as to the outcome. As a delegate from Dayton, Mr. Duttle appeared at the convention in Waterbury last week, and gave a de tailed repoit of the whole matter, to gether with jsome interesting informa tion. He was received by the dele gates warmly. Some recommendations were adopted in relation to the cash register company, and the gentleman was given a vote of thanks. At the present time he is touring Connecticut in the interests of his union. We cannot be too particular in tho future in dealing with this company, and it behooves every union man to do all he can to influence his friends fcgainst patronizing anything of their manufactureTf this policy is rigidly enforced no doubt it will go a great way towards solving the question at issue. v ' ' FOUNDRY WAS NOT OPERATED. . When the 'molders employed at sell &v Irwin's, in New Britain, went t' the factory Saturday morning a notice was found that the foundry would not he operated that day. On Friday the men attended the f uneraKof Peter Heck, one of the oldest molders in the city, although the officials of the company told them .that they preferred that they should work half a day. In view of this fact the men feared that a lockout had been declared. A com mittee was appointed and paid a visit to L-iesident Laighton, who informed them that there was no significance in the. notice beyond what it conveyed on its face. It is expected the foundry will resume work this morning. STRIKERS RETALIATE. The seventy motormen and conduc tors arrested a few days ago at Read .ng. Pa., at the instance of the striking employes' union, on the charge of vic iatinf'the law by working on Sunday, j were each .fined $4 and costs Friday night by Magistrate Weber. The costs aggregate ?4 in each case. An appeal from the decision will be taken by th railroad company's attorneys, who de fended the men. At the hearing the entire argument was on the question whether or not the running of cars on Sunday was a necessity. The magis trate's decision is taken as deciding it is not. The strikers say they, will bring pro ceedings every Sunday the cars are In operation. INVENTOR CANTILLION INJURED. Torington, Conn., Oct. 25. For years Cornelius H. Cantillion experimented with a motor cycle which ho was sure would bring him fortune and fame as an inventor. Tuesday he perfected the motor and tested it. It workeu splendidly for a while, but finally there was a terrific explosion. He was blown many feet and fell on his face, which was crush- 1 cd so that his friends could not recog nize him. Physicians say Cantillion cannot DAMAGE SUIT AGAINST SEDLEY. Nsw Haven, Oct. 27. When the manslaughter case of Henry McDonald Sedlcy, the Sheffield Scientific School freshman, came up in the city court Saturday morning, ' following the ver dict cf the coroner that his careless ness caused the death of Edward F. Corrigan, of Wiilimantic, the Yale Lv School student, a postponement was granted, and ?ft?r SedJey left the court room he was arrested in a civil p occss in a suit for 525,000 brought oy Tho:ias P. Smith, of Wiilimantic, ; he cdministrcto". cf Corrigan's estate. The. cc-r.p'airt charges wilful! and fe otvciis sr-'s.'xu'-t. The papt-rs are made cttt! nble tc the- c-apsrior court in T::''h ri cnty the S-.st Tuesday in I Subscribe for the WCHKMAN. HATS OFF TO ANS0NIA It Ls Expected That Pat rick Charters Will Be Nominated FOR MAYOR BY THE DEMOCRATS. Echoes of the Recent Strike. Chance Afforded the Union Men to Elect Their Own Candidate. Mr. Charters Is Competent. Ansonia will be the scene of an in teresting conflict between capital anil labor at the coming city election. Every reading man in the state wilt remember the recent arre3t and subse quent release of Alderman Christopher Charters at the Fafrell foundry strike for asserting his manhood in behalf of the strikers. And the Infamous in junction granted fcy Judge Gager is still fresh in the minds of the voters of Ansonia. Alderman Charters, it is expected5, will be the nominee of the Democratic party for mayor. It will be interest ing to witness the result of the ballot, if such is the case. With the present feeling in Asnonia, we can see nothing but the election of Mr. Charters. He will surely receive the vote of every workingman in that town, 10 gether with quite a few from, the fair minded manufacturers. ' His opponent has already been chos en. Last Thursday night William A. "Wood, a master mechanic in the Ccxi Brass Co., was nominated by tho Ke publican party. In speaking to a reporter Alderman A&;ycKit isr-tiuite impossicie to grve any idea as to the-ultimate "succsss of: the campaign from a Democratic standpoint. " ' . y , "We -are for the - workingman ancX his principles and the workingman isr for us and our principles. "When the Republicans caused tha government by injunction act to be perpetrated on th6 people, the lost ev ery chance they ever had of gaining the support of tht workingman. "That act was the biggest piece of in-iTM-isif im hat was ever forced tmoi an Cn willing people. v "It was a direct blow at the unions Trl a YS.nxv t Ihs iminTiR in this tnwn mcGJis that the unions will give hack a. blow. "Wc were never so strong as nor and this campaign will be more a pol icy of the workmen against the capi talists, regardless of party affiliations. - . 'Both Democrats and Republicans will join hands this time to fight a. common foe." jo. yon think you will win?" asked, the reporter. "That, of course, time will decide said Mr. Charters, 'although from tha present outlook, l " think things lookc prett7 favorable. "The Democrats are not only in fa vor of the recognition of the unions, but also cf municipal ownership," con tinued Mr. Charters. . "I have always been in favor of the city owning Its wator works, electric light plant, and ail pah'i franchises. T believe that Ly 1 is means ani this only can the taxpayers be relieved, of a great amount of the present bur den of taxation." "Would you exercise your influences for the advancement of your theories; i nthis respect, if elected?" asked the? reporter. T would do all in my power for the cause," replied Mr. Charters. Another prominent Democrat and labor man in speaking to the reporter said: "There wrill be some funny disclos ures ere long in these parts. There, have teen games on here for a Ions:, time that ought to be let out of . the bag. The people should know the traa state cf affairs. I would not deliber ately accuse anyone of dishonesty, But if an. investigation were inaugurated! there would be lots of interesting de velopments. "The action:: of certain officials who hold o2iees of trust would not bear thf& detest scrutiny." A prominent Republican was askett if he considered Charters a strong op ponent. His answer was: "Ansonia is ;. union town and Charters a uniom -ua." We consider that statement ass Lowing the sentiment in the town. Mr. Charter's election is predicted by nscple. rh knovJthe union spirit pre I dominating ia . Ansonia. Jlzrfz .access to the labor move ! yneni in Anscnlr. and condemnation ta (the iv:;i3izig of workmen-by injunc tiers. i ; Ijcuh Tar the "union label. ! Subscribe for tho WORKMAN.