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PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY AT 823 MAIN STREET. WM. H. MULLEN. J AS. A. HEALY. PERRY JONES. j no. m. isms. JR.. Publishers and Proprietors. WM. H. MULLEN. Editor. j r m W -- - ' KATES OF SUBSCBH'TION : One copy, one year, - - - »1 00 Advertising rates furnishat on application. PUBLISHERS' NOTICE. To THR Public : We invite corresi>ondence from all parts of tlie United States, especially that ill regard to work ingmen. All communications should "be short, concise an<l to the point, and accompanied l>y full name and address of the contributor. A ddresses of subscribers will he changed from one postofflce to another as often as desired. Mr. H. M. Tkimbll is authorised to solicit sub script ions, advertisements and jot' work, and col ect for same. Entered at the Postofflce at Richmond, Va., as second-class matter. SATURDAY, MAY 22, 188 C. ASK NO MAN WHETHER HE IS A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUR LICAN, A PROTESTANT OR A CATHOLIC, BUT ASK HIM DOES HE ACCEPT THE PLATFORM OF NOT HE S IS YOURTOLmCAL ENEMY. KNIGHTS OF LABOR, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF POLITICS. STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULEDR IN SUPPORT OF THE MEN THAT STAND BY YOUR PLATFORM IN CONGRESS AND IN THE LEGIS LATURE, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR PARTY, NATIONALITY OR RELIGION. THIS YOU MUST DO OR FOREVER BE THE SLAVES YOU ARE. KNIGHTHOOD MEANS JUSTICE TO EVERY HUMAN SOUL; PARTISAN POLITICS MEANS POVERTY AND SLAVERY TO THE MASSES WHO TOIL. R. F. TREVELLJ.CK. Boy gtt Baughman Brothers. \ Boycott old New Market Tiller. Shobteb hours means longer life. The days of ringism are numbered. Make a note of the black listed coal dealers. Lend your influence for a total aboli tion of Sunday work. Do not follow the " sore heads " who went into the primary. We will have more pickles and less tea in the new city Council. Are you a freeman ? If so, cast your vote for the anti-ring candidates. You can have this paper sent regu. larlf to you for one dollar a year. Herk Most and Jay Gould are " two souls with but a single thought"— gain. Wm. H. Williams, "got,left" in the primary I Well, well, wellt,! Yes, very well. Punch and Pickles. A new pair of comedians who will rival the Major and Judge. Workinomex, go to the polls on elec tion-day and work for the downfall of ring rule. The laundry girls of Troy, N. V., are on a strike. What will the dudes do for clean linen. On primary election day it rained, but on the general election day we will have a storm.«. By the time of the next congressional election every workingman in the State will be organized. Buy co-operative soap, it is good soap, and owned and controlled by Knights of Labor. Workingmen, if you desire to free yourselves from oppression cast your votes for the Reform ticket. The citizens' ticket represents the nobles work of God—honest men. The primary ticket the moss gatherers. Abuse and slanders cannot deter the people from casting their voteß for the anti-ring candidates for the Council. The contest next Thursday may be styled in court: " Pickles vs. The Same Old Kettle of Botten Cabbage Heads.' One hundred and ninety thousand employees have secured shorter hours since May first Let the good work • RO on. , "Breathes there a man with soul so dead, who never to himself hath said,' 1 we must redeem our city—from the grasp of ring-rule and cdrruptuJu 1 The I>ispatrh, as a general thing, is like the old woman at prayer-meeting: sorter so, and sorter not so; a Uttle more sorter not so than it is sorter so. Let every workingman take holiday on the 26th. This is the birthday of better times, and the day on which the funeral of ring rule and bulldozing will be preached. Let every workingman in this city, and'every friend of the workingmen, cast an honest ballot on the 27th for a reform in the management of our city government. Send twenty-five cents to this office for a handsome cabinet photograph of General Master Workman Powderly, the greatest labor reformer and worker in the world. Let the workingmen and their friends be " bolters " on election day. But let it be on account of the way they bolt to the polls to vote the hon est reform ticket. A sad spectacle—A workingman with a ring in his nose being led up to the polls to vote for a ticket representing those who would crush him out of ex istence if they could. The ticket has been nominated, now throw your mud, and drive the work ingmen to adopt the boycott plan on i election day. We would like to see this avoided if possible. The gentlemen on the reform ticket will immediately proceed to build the City Hall after their election, and this alone will bring thousands to the pockets of our merchants. i The workingmen have made no effort to capture any of the salaried offices. This is a new departure in this city. Nine times out of ten all that party men want is the salaried offices. If our merchants desire to see the City Hall built and see our city me chanics employed and have money to spend in their stores, let them vote the citizens' reform ticket. Read the platform laid down by the workingmen's convention and Mil us what fault you have to find with it Is it extravagant, or does it sound like the work of sore heads ? The City Council that will be elected next Thursday will advance Rich mond at least twenty years on the road of prosperity. The citizens' reform ticket will be elected by 3,000 majority. Can the Democratic preasMj&gd to |gg| iC &Jiu.J ) )./i.. IMC!'j|^^«*j# this city for refusing to cast theft votes for men who have so long misrepre sented the people ? We think not. When the gentlemen on the citizens' ticket shall enter upon the discharge of their duties as Councilmen and Alder men, we may expect to see a number of citizens take their departure for Canada. The only fault that can be found with gentlemen on the citizens' ticket is that they have dared to defy the ring that have controlled Richmond for years, and still claim the right as a heritage. Workingmen have been doing the voting and hurrahing for professional politicians long enough; it is time now for them to vote and hurrah for them selves and those who will respect their rights. We receive letters and requests every week to make The Labor Herald a daily, and hope yet to be able to give our friends what they so much desire —an independent, outspoken daily paper. If a murder was to occur in Rich mond, and an expose of it would injure the Democratic party, our citizens would have to buy the New York World to find out the particulars, un less the Herald should get hold of it. Notice.—There will be a meeting of the workingmen of Clay Ward in the interest of the " Reform Council Tick et," &c, at Tholl's Hall, No. 700 West Broad street, to-night (Saturday) at 8 P. M. sharp. Let all interested attend. It would have been much easier for the workingmen of this city to have elected candidates for the geiiei-jl offices than for the Council, but they wished to show to the people of this city that they were seeking legislation, not offices. The fever of reform seems to be spreading in every direction. Liberty and Petersburg have caught the dis ease. God grant it may become con tagious all over the country and take hold of every branch of national, State and municipal government. Mr. M. F. Hudnall, candidate on the Reform ticket in Monroe RrVd is a collar manufacturer and a most ex cellent gentleman. The people of that ward will find in him a man who is capable and willing to serve them faith fully. The Dispatch does Mr. Smith an in justice in assuming that a majority of the Workingmen's Convention were Lee men. Equally as many, if not more, of the friends of Mr. Smith as the friends of Mr. Lee favored placing both names on the ticket. . The two thousand eight hundred— out of thirteen thousand—voters who voted in the primary will support the primary ticket next Thursday. The kettle of fish will be much smaller than the jar of pickles. Nothing tickles the editors of King Press more than to know that they have frightened some poor ignorant workingman into voting for the ring ticket by raising the cry of Republican ism and Mahoneism. We understand that the ringmasters propose buying up enough colored I voters to defeat the people's candi dates, but we believe they will the colered people are not so willing to sell themselves as they think. The Whig say the Citizens' Reform Ticket hopes to catch enough suckers to make it win. This is a nice name ,to dub workingmen with. " Evil to him that evil thinkest" A sucker (whatever that may be) imagines others are suckers. The female Assembly of Danville is about to start a co operative under ! wear establishment. This is a good move. After we elect our Council ticket we will pay more attention to co-operation in Richmond than we have i done in the past. It is said a large number of the an archists who sacked a drug store in Chicago during the late riot were fa tally poisoned by drinking what they ' took to be liquor in some of the bot ; ties. It was not bread and meat they ' were looking for. What does the Kinny Tobacco Com pany mean by sending to Durham, N. i\ C, promising to give employment to i all cigarette makers that will come to • i Richmond, and after they get here take j the letter away from them and tell I them their services are not needed ? In speaking of the fraud practiced in ,he last primary, we had no idea of re lecting upon Messrs. Hooper and Scott, two Judges at the Westham pre cinct We have never heard a word in any way reflecting upon the efficiency and honesty of these two gentlemen. A candidate on the Primary ticket in Monroe Ward was one of the lead ers in getting up the famous Citizens Meeting, in which resolutions were adopted denouncing the workingmen of this city as outlaws. Of course the workingmen will vote for this candi date. Although the ring-masters made every effort to bring out the voters at the primary it turned out to be a com plete failure. A prominent member of the ring was heard to remark that the result of the primary satisfied him that I chances of electing its nominees perfectly hopeless, is all bosh to preach to working- | the doctrine that they should not die in politics. Until they do tldle " in politics the convict con ; system will never be abolished, the law forbidding the importation reign labor under contract will be ad letter. j An effort is being made to indue/ j employers to intimidate their ' by threatening to] discharge them *if" tiey vote the Reform ticket, especially j restaurant and barkeepers. These men have too much at stake to attempt this Kgame, and every instance of the will be promptly exposed. Mr. Strasser, President of the Ci. garmakers' International Union, calls Bro. Powderly a mechanic and Bro. Turner a grocer and landlord. There is no title he could have given Bro. Powderly that would have pleased him more. How Turner admires being called a landlord we are not prepared to say. Nearly all the candidates on the Re form ticket have been waited upon by committees from the ring, asking them to withdraw. But these gentlemen have treated their appeals with the utmost contempt. They are determined to stand by the men who placed them on that ticket We have received a copy of a paper called the Non- Unionist, advocating the abolition of all trade Unions and the K. of L. The proprietors of that journal will do us the favor not to send any more of their trash to this office. It is not worthy the notice of the im ported pauper labor of Europe, much less honest white men. Every effort will be made to get up a bogus Republican ticket, so as to frighten Democratic workingmen into line, and we understand that a move ment is now on foot to get enough Republicans to compose a ticket for this purpose. Do not be frightened by such tricks. Stand firm and all will be well. Some fashionable young ladies of Richmond have asked the question how our honest working girls get to and from their Assembly meetings; who escorts them home, and such like impertinent questions. They are es corted and protected by honest men, and not by hollow-headed dudes, who carry their all on their backs and whirl toy canes at euchre parties, Germans, and fashionable beer parlors for ladies. The General Assembly is composed ol about three hundred delegates, each delegate representing one thousand Knights.— Whig. The Whig evidently knows more about making punches than it does about the General Assembly. At the Hamilton, Ont, Session there were three delegates from Virginia, while the membership in Virginia Was about eighteen thousand. We could have no better sign of weakness on the part of the " ring " than that they have placed the names of prominent workingmen, whom they knew to be thoroughly identified with this movement, on their committees and among their club officers, hoping thereby to deceive the workingmen. Several of these gentlemen were mem bers of the Workingmen's Convention, and have the utmost contempt for the Rump. Bro. Campbell has returned from a trip to Lynchburg and Danville, where he has been working in the in terest of our co operative soap factory. The result of his visit was very satis factory. All the Assemblies subscribed to shares, and nearly every merchant in the two cities ordered a stock s4 soap. Now let Petersburg and Nor-' folk take stock in the factory, and after they have become part owners let them use no other soap. A few workingmen, in violation of the decision of their brother workmen, allowed themselves to be used as decoy ducks in the primary and are now sore because they were not endorsed by the workingmen's convention. Of course they were nominated in the primary. The machinery was fixed for that pur pose and they had to be nominated if some one else must be sacrificed for that purpose, as was the case in one ward. Many workingmen were offered this tempting bate, but had the man hood to decline it. When the State speaks of the work ingmen endorsing some of the primary candidates, it is, no doubt, not aware of the fact that nine-tenths of these candidates, seeing that their chances were hopeless, sought this endorse ment, and their letters and signatures to papers can be shown if necessary. Of course the workingmen were onlj' looking for good men to represent the people, and if they could be found among the primary nominees they were j willing to accept them. The ring-masters have employed men to go among the people and wilfully j find maliciously misrepresent the gen tlemen whose names appear on the j Reform ticket They tell the colored people that the ticket is composed of Democrats, and they tell the white peo that the ticket is composed of Repub licans. Watch out for these white livered scoundrels, who are paid to do ; this dirty work. They have various ! ways in which to approach you, but j the best way for you to approach them is to spit in their faces. The clerks of our city are moving in j the right direction in agitating the closing of stores at G o'clock, except on Saturdays. Let our people do their shopping before six o'clock in the even ing and thereby show their sympathy for the overworked clerks. There is little difficulty in the way of securing shorter hours for the clerks of our re tail stores, as all who would refuse to join such an arrangement would be come very unpopular with the purchas ing public, and their stores would be shunned during all hours of the day. Progress Assembly proposes to hold a fair some time next month. Let all join in to aid the young ladies in this enterprise who are battling so nobly to improve the condition of their se.\ are called on to labor for their d?^B bread. There are many young girls in this city who are toiliDg early and late to provide for aged parents the neces saries of life, and every encouragement should be given them to lighten their burden and cast sunshine upon the dark road they have been called on to tread. A young girl could undertake no holier mission than that of provid ing for dependent loved ones. An old Richmond boy, now residing in Washington, and a staunch Demo crat, writes us a letter protesting against the editorial in last Saturday's Whig. He says: " I wish to enter my solemn protest as a workingman and a Democrat against any such editorials as appeared in last Saturday's Whig. I am heartily in sympathy with the Independent Democratic movement, because I think it about time old Richmond awakened up from the long sleep that seems to have over taken her, and that young, enterprising men should take hold aud steer the helm of the old ship." We regret we cannot publish the entire letter. When Mr. Powderly says never use the boycott until every other effort hae failed, the monopolistic press praise him and call him a gifted man, bul when Powderly says the workingmen have a more powerful weapon in the ballot than in powder and ball, the press is quiet. They have no comment to make on the proper exercise of the ballot in the hands of workingmen. The Republican party teach that it if better to vote for a dishonest Repnbli can than an honest Democrat, and the Democratic party teach that a dishonest Democrat is preferable to an honest Republican. The main object is to re ward those who are in the ring, and positions are used as a commodity with which to pay the party workers with. Richmond, Va., May 19, 1880. Editor The Labor Herald : The slurring local in the ZKtpmtei of to-day in regard to the Independent Ticket should call for a reply of a char acter suitable to the occasion. Was it not for fear, the Dispatch would be your greatest enemy. Policy keeps it in the traces. Jefferson Ward. Don't let anything the Dispatch maj say worry you. When the Dispatch predicts fair weather, it rains; when they predict rainy weather the sue shines. For the J>ispatch to say the Independent ticket will be defeated it worth a thousand votes. The people do not expect the Dispatch to say any. thing but what it has said. You car read the editorials of the Dispatch be fore it is issued, if anything occurs cal culated to break the chain that holds the ring together. Every policeman, every fireman, every employee of the city gas and watei works, and, in fact, every employee oi the city is interested in the success oi the party whose motto is to make moral worth the true standard, and teaches as a cardinal principle a fail day's pay for a fair day's work. The only class who are not interested in re form are those favored pets who hold soft situations at good pay and short hours. The primary nominees are oi that'class who believe in paying a pettj clerk §1,200 or $15,00 per year foi four or five hours easy work per day. but refuse to restore ten per cent, tc the salary of our police, who enconntei every hardship and danger in the dig, charge of their duty. Let us ha-ve s more equitable scale of prices for citj employees, and let all be paid for the labor they perform. The Richmond State says the citi zens' ticket is a jar of mixed pickles, No doubt it is as sour to the State an pickles would be, and puts the editor's teeth on edge to "chaw it." But dc not fret yourself unnecessarily aboul these pickles, we have plenty of salt te save them, and will see that they an kept solid and never become so rotter as the cabbage heads they are to sue ceed. These pickles are the nominees of the honest, hardworking sons of toi —the men who make governors, con gressmeD, and legislators, and somt who are now so large mouthed in then effort to uphold an old broken dowi tub of corruption and shortsightednest may yet be willing to run their bane in and take all these pickles to then bosom they can get. They will have an appetite for pickles then. But bj your history and record you shall be known. The Richmond Whig apologizes foi calling the citizens' ticket the " work ingmen's ticket,'' and then grows poet j ical to the extent of four lines. Its poetry is composed ot sugar, lemon, vater and whiskey, which is about the arerage composition of the monopolis tc press. One would imagine that the *mr ingredients named by the editor J the Whig had exerted more influ a cc over him than it is proper to allow such things to do while endeavoring to educate the public mind, from the ram bling and awkward manner in which he handles his pencil. The same train of thought seems to follow him, and a few Unes further he suggests as a name for our ticket "The Punch Ticket." Did he ever see any of the candidates of this ticket standing at the Capitol hydrant at one o'clock Saturday night with a bottle of whiskey in his hand, leaking punches ? He might have no t red the ticket without letting his ap atite dictate so much of his editorial. But we accept the suggestion to call it p "Punch Ticket" for it will punch out the ringsters and punch in honest, so ber, progressive men in their places, and this is just th« kind of punch the city of Richmond needs at present We would give this advice to the work ingmen and their friends: Punch, boys punch ; punch with care; and punch the ringsters to the rear. To the Whis we wouW say: Do not punch so much, Richmond Dispatch, a papei takes a stand on one side 01 ' the other of any public question, bnl generally waits for the result to be an nounced and then cries out, " We kney it; we told you so," has actually mus tered the courage to announce its posi tion as to the contest in this city next Thursday. It is the same old cry " Support the party; " " look out foi Republican wedges entering in ;" " fol low the old path ;'' " praise the bridgt that has carried you over safe," and such like stereotyped phrases as thai paper has indulged in as a genera thing, when a political question arises but which never takes a stand on anj other question. Yes, support the party if you find a Democrat stealing, hide i from the public; if an ex convic was nominated in the primary yoi should " follow the old path " and vott for him, because he is on the regular Democratic ticket. Shut your eyes t< merit and worth, bury an honest mai in order tc elevate a thief, if the honesi man is opposed to you in national poli tics. This is the rottenness that hai been preached to the people of Rich mond for years in order to frightei them into supporting corrupt men anc perpetuate ring rule. You will fine out who has depleted the city treasurj and who have squandered and misap plied the people's money, and who have played high-handed poker with the city's revenues when we have a Council that will let the axe fall, regardless oi who gets hurt. It is all good enough to cry Republican at any body of men who dare to oppose ring and clique management of the city, but while yon •.re crying this nonsense the regular t rimary nominees (some of them) are using every effort to buy votes from •"Republicans and engaging Republican leaders to help them ride into office on the regular Democratic ticket, and ii they can be bought with money, as many Republican votes will be cast for the regular ticket as for the reform ticket. The men whmo we have nomina ted desire reform and if elected will have it The men the Dispatch is blowing the horn for do not desire re form, if they did, tre irould have had it, for they are the same old kettle of fish. A STRONG TICKET. The ticket chosen by the Working men's Convention is in every way creditable to the gentlemen composing that representative body and is worthy of the support of all who favor good government. Composed, as it is, of workingmen, merchants and business men generally who are interested in the material pros perity of our city, it naturally recom mends iuself to all classes of our citizens and affords our people a good oppor tunity to rebuke men who have totally disregarded their interests and turned a deaf ear to their appeals for needed legislation. The name of the ticket is very ap propriate and vividly reminds us of the wholesale corruption and misgovern ment with which this city has been cursed for so many long years. It reminds us of the fact that more than four years ago the people of this city voted for an appropriation of three hundred thousand dollars to build a City Hall. Nearly one hundred thou sand dollars of this money has been ex pended and yet we see no signs of the new hall. Besides this the city has Mt>een at a heavy expense on account oH rents for the different departments ol Government. As is usual, just before an election, the City Council now seems interested in this subject. This seem ing interestedness will only last until alter the election; then the question will be allowed to slumber for two years more, when another hundred thousand dollars will have been spent and so on until the whole appropriation is exhausted. It reminds us of the fact that a few years ago, when Mr. R. B. Chaffin took his seat in the Board of Aldermen he asked for an investigation, which was refused, that promised to reveal to the public untold frauds perpetrated upon the people, and partially explain to our citizens how it is that poor men became rich in a few years by being members of the Council. There were too many prominent citizens interested in this investigation, and consequently Mr. Chaffin found himself in a hopeless minority, with every obstacle thrown in his way, and he was finally forced to give up his meritorious work. These frauds still remain unexposed and should the Reform Ticket be elected, as we confidently believe it will, there need not be any surprise if many of these "prominent citizens" find the climate of Canada more congenial to their health than that of Richmond. Ex-Councilmen are manfully coming to the front in defence of their brethren of the ring. " Dead men tell no tales," neither can the people until they get a peep at the books. Yes, "Reform" is an appropriate name for this ticket and let all who have the interests of the city at heart give it their hearty support We know that the political machinery of this city is in the hands of the ring. We know that the committee composed of a few lawyers, office holders and their friends, purporting to represent the Democratic party, have totally disregarded the wishes of the masses of that party in ordering a primary and are now en deavoring to use the party lash to whip the freemen of this city into supporting men who have trampled upon their rights, disregarded their interests and treated their appeals with the utmost contempt We know that the press of this city is using its power to shield this corrupt clique, and is endeavoring by abuse and insulting epithets to frighten the Domocratic voters of this city into voting for men whom the editors of these papers cannot endor*3 themselves. They know that these »"iaare disregarded tite interests of jpple and should he defeated, but for party purposes they are forced to give them their support. We know that the enemies of the workingmen have liberally subscribed to a fund to be used in defence of the ring and they expect to buy up both white and colored voters as if they were so many cattle. But God forbid that any workingmen should sell their birthright for a mess of pottage. This money will burn a hole in his pocket and the stamp of shame will be branded upon his fore head forever and he will be too mean to associate with dogs. Yes, under the circumstances, knowing as they do that all their interests are at stake—that their enemies are straining every nerve to crush them out—workingmen voting the primary ticket must be looked upon with suspicion and they_ will find it j quite difficult to convince their brother Eorkmen that they are not influenced j a monetary consideration. We low that every device will be used to deceive the workingmen and bring them into line. We know that intimidation and fraud will be practiced. But the people are determined to elect a new Council and Vox populi, Vox Die. This is not a political fight. Hit were the Democratic workingmen would be found battling under the standard of Democracy, and Republi can workingmen under the standard of Republicanism. It is a fight of the people against a ring; it is a fight for just legislation; it is a fight for relief from unjust burdens heaped upon the people by an arrogant and corrupt government; it is a fight between j workingmen and their friends on the one hand, and the enemies of labor and j their 'IrJeads oa the other hand, j and it is a fight that appeals to the j support of all good citizens, regardless of party, color, or previous condition. We have a good ticket, composed of gentlemen of unimpeachable character. We have a good platform—one upon which any man may feel proud to stand. We have a just cause—one which we may expect our God to bless. We ask not for offices—we do not want the " fishes and loaves " —but we ask for something that will benefit the whole people—we ask for just legisla- With this ticket and this platform of I principles we expect to march to the polls on election day and cast our votes like freemen. All manner of abuse and bulldoziug won't stop us. Some few with rings in their noses may be led i like cattle to the slaughter-pen by the j ring-masters; some few may sell their birthright for a mess of pottage, and some few may be frightened by the cry of Republicanism and Mahoneism, but it must be plain to every observing man that the freemen of this city pro pose for once at least to cast their votes against the ring which has so long cursed and retarded progress. " This way, Freemen!" should be the pass word. Scranton, Pa., May 15, 188 G. Editor of The Labor Herald : Dear Sir: The press has condemned the boycott as practiced by the work ingman. What has it to say of the boycott as practiced by the employer of labor. Let me state a case as it occurred during the early part of this year. A manufacturer, employing hundreds of ill Irninn that the men have or i ganized an Assembly of Knights of Labor. He at once discharges every man of them. The men did not ask : for shorter hours, more pay or a change of any kind. A committee waited upon the manufacturer to ascertain his reasons for the discharge of his em ployees. His answer was: "They have joined the Knights of Labor and I will not employ a member of that society; I my own business myself." The men have been turned out on the street for exercising their rights under the laws, which allow them to " pursue happiness " in their own way. They have been boycotted; their places have been filled by imported men. Will you give me your "opinion, edi torially, of such action as that f Would you advise the men to sever connection with the Order of Knights of Labor in order to regain their former positions! If so, would you advise them to give up their religion should the employer resort to the same coercive measures. In case the men belong to the Masonic Order and the employer dis rjrges them and refuses employment them until they abandon that society, would you advise them to leave it in order to secure employment f If not what would you advise ! In case an employer makes war upon the Masonic Order, would a discharged member of that organization be justi fied in telling a brother Mason of the Mason is a merchant and is handling the goods manufactured by the man who discharged his fellow member would he be justified in refusing to handle these goods until the manufac turer made amends by re-employing the members of the order 1 Up to the present time the press has dealt with this question from but one standpoint I believe it will deal fairly by it from all sides. Very truly yours. T. V. Powderly. We were much pleased at receiving the above letter from General Master Workman Powderly, as it shows con clusively that he has been misunder stood by some as regards his position on the subject of boycotting. The language used by our worthy chief officer in his last circular has led many to think that he was opposed to boycotting under any circumstances. We knew that such was not Powderly's stand, for we know the man too well and have conversed with him too often, to believe that he was opposed to boy cotting when the justice of the case warranted it. In answer to the questions pro pounded in the above letter, we would 1 say that individually we heartily ap prove the boycott and thank God that the eyes of the working people of. America have been opened to a realiza tion of the worth of their patronage. We believe it to be the only effectual remedy for the evil oppression that has ■■ a long number of years, as jit s* '~ the oppressor in his most I tendf r Bpot—his pocket. As a general i thing those who impose upon labor are the element that is grasping and striv ing for nothing but wealth; they worship money as their God ; and in order to inflict the severest punishment upon them we only have to strike a blow in a direction calculated to hinder them in their struggle to possess the whole world, regardless of the hard i ships they bring upon others. We do not hold that boycotting should be engaged in on a wholesale plan, or that a boycott should be issued at all until every other means had been i tried to secure justice. We think there , should be a State Board whose duty , it should be to inquire into the justice of issuing a boycott to be prosecuted ' within the State. If this board, after i a careful examination, decided that a r boycott should be issued, they should ' issue the boycott under their order, and every workingman should be ex pected to obey the order of the board. r H it was desirable to extend the boy 1 cott all over the Union, the State board 3 should apply to the General Executive Board for that permission, laying be fore the General Executive Board a 1 full and truthful account of the griev i ance. If the General Board concurred 3 in the opinion of the State Board that j the boycott was necessary and proper, the boycott should be issued in every corner of the country, and every work ■ ingman should consider himself in l honor bound to obey the voice of $ those who issued it If it was desirable to remove the boycott it should be done through the State Board with the sanction of the General Board. 3 Local boycotts to apply only to a cer r tain city or town should be issued by f a joint committee from the different Assemblies, if there was no D. A., but if there was a D. A, in the city or ■ town the Executive Board of the D. A. i alone should have authority to issue or j raise the boycott. j We think the case cited in the above letter is brands that manufac 1 turer as a tyrant and would-be slave -3 owner, and he richly deserves to be i boycotted out of existence. We are of the opinion that a man who would c leave any organization simply because his employer objected to his being a ' member of it, is unworthy of the name 1 of man. ) A Mason, Odd Fellow, Knight of » Pythias, Knight of Labor or a mem ber of any other order is justifiable in ' refusing to use the goods of any party ' who would ill-treat a member and abuse i the order. If the order is worthy of i any support it is worthy of all . support; if the individual is worthy of membership he is worthy of the love and protection of every mem c ber in every way in which it can be ex ) tended to him, and he has the right to i expect and receive the love and sup [ port of all in his endeavors to improve the conditions of his fellow-man. Co-operation must be the twin brother ' of the boycott. When a manufacturer ! objects to his employees exercising . their rights, as free American citizens, I not only must every brother in the land boycott that man, but they must be willing to contribute their mite 1 toward establishing the employees in > the very business in which the employer . was engaged when he undertook to play the part of tyrant. One success ful establishment of this kind in each » city would be sufficient to teach an im i pressive lesson, and it would not take ■ many years to make the power of one such effort felt throughout the whole State. We are free to confess that we believe there has been too many boycotts is sued, simply because they were used as the first resort instead of the last. It is a telling weapon and the only one that has ever fully answered the pur ' pose, and for this reason it should not be permitted to become too common, for fear of breaking its force. r THE WORKINGMEN'S CONVENTION. tatrormand TicKet Tvr unf Officers. J The second session of the WorkiDg en's Convention met Monday night at Laube's Hall. This meeting was more of a ratification meeting than otherwise, as the nomination of candi dates for Board of Aldermen and Com mon Council had been left to the various ward delegations. This work was accomplished after the primary election had been held. The meeting was very harmonious, and a full delegation was present The following report of the Com mittee on Resolutions was adopted: After a careful consideration of the resolutions referred to your committee, we have adopted as a substitute for the same the following form of ticket to be voted at the coming election, viz.: For Mayor—W. C. Carrington. For Commonwealth's Attorney— Samuel B. Witt. For City Sergeante-J. C. Smith, N. M. Lee. For City Auditor—Miles Turpin. For Sheriff—Lewis P. Winston. For High Constable—Edward C. Garrison. For City Collector—Aylett R. Wood son. A large majority of our people hav ing abstained from participation in the primary election, wherein a portion of the above ticket was nominated, the i workingmen and all others sympathy zing with us are free to vote for any of ] said nominees or not as they please, as teed the right to cast his ballot inde pendent of the edicts of ring rule. PLATFORM. In thus presenting ourselves to the general public in what may be consid ered by some a new departure, we desire a careful reading of the follow- In exercising the right of suffrage all should be left free in their efforts to secure " the greatest good to the greatest number," and on all such we call most earnestly to assist us in ob taining the ends hereinafter set forth. It should be borne in mind by all when exercising the right af franchise that most of the objects herein set forth can only be obtained through legislation, and that it is the duty of all to assist and support by their votes such candidates only as will pledge their support to the following measures, regardless of party: Ist. We desire that industrial and moral worth, not wealth, be considered the true standard of individual and national greatness. 2nd. We desire to secure to the in dustrial classes the full enjoyment of the wealth they create, sufficient leisure in which to develope their intellectual, moral and social faculties to enable them to share in the gains and honors of advancing civilization. !sd. We desire that all wage-workers be paid weekly by the city in lawful money. 4th. We desire the abolition of the contract system on municipal works. sth. We tVcrire absolute discontinu ance of if*s ported., foreign labor under contract. 6th. And particularly do we demand that all efforts at contracting for the erection of our future City Hall be at once, if at all practicable, discontinued and that its construction be performed by day labor and of Virginia material, as far as practicable, in the strictest sense of the word. 7th. We desire that the most rigid economy in all municipal affairs be ex ercised, so as no longer to overburden the power of industry. To this end we submit for your suf frage the nominees of this Convention to represent our desires in the two legislative branches of our city govern ment MARSHALL WARD. Board of Aldermen—J. C. Dickerson, Rowland HilL Common Council—W. C. Amnions, C. H. Kaufelt, J. T. Montgomery, F. J, Parater, J. E. Parrish. Justices of the Peace—James E. Grady, W. W. Childress, W. C. Bailey. JEFFERSON WARD. Board of Aldermen—Michael Murphy J. T. Chappell. Common Council—A. H. Kaufman, John K. Molloy, Richard A. Hughes, F. C. Murphy, George E. Bowden. Justices of the Peace—W. B. Jones, W. G. Hammack, V. Donati. MADISON WARD. Common Council—W. T. Smoot, James Ferriter, Louis Fox, John G. Fenson. Justices of the Peace—D. W. De Sylvia, Thomas B. Bott [Two vacancies in this ward will be filled hereafter.] MONROE WARD. Board of Aldermen—John W. Otley. Common Council—M. F. Hudnall, J. R. Kelley, Jacob J. Lange, A. L. Owen, W. E. Pearce. Justices of the Peace—John M Ryall, Montrose Angle, Adam Diacont CLAY WARD. Board of Aldermen—R. T. Davis, Even SWad, fot R.Blaml. Common Coraicil—Thomas N. Kend ler, John S. Bethel E. D. Starke, J. H. Connors, Anthony Griffith. Justices of the Peace—C. W. Tyler, L. H. Dance, J. D. Lyle. JACKSON WARD. Board of Aldermen—James Bahn. Common Council—J. E- Jones, Jas. H. Hayes, J. E. Farrar, E. Archer, J. B. Griffin. Justices of the Peace—Lewis Stew art, P. B. Shorts, Payne Ransom. A committee of five from each ward was appointed to take charge of the canvass. The Manchester Ticket. Last week the following circular was issued, signed "The Municipal Citizens' Association." To the Voters of the City of Man chester : This is the condition of things in the city of Manchester at this time—a city th»t possesses every natural advantage in the beauty of its situation and its adaptability for manufactures and in dustries of every kind, by reason of which it should now be large and pros perous. Our rate of taxation is so high as to repel manufactures which would give employment to our people and build up our waste places. Our streets do not deserve the dignity of the name; they are only roads, and at some seasons of the year are almost impassable. With a population of six or seven thousand we have not a single public-school building, and depend upon the renting of buildings which are inadequate for the purpose and un comfortable for our children. Our water facilities can only supply one half of our city, the remainder being com pletely defenceless in case of fire. Having no gas, our lights are very little superior to what they were fifty years ago. This is the condition of things, and notoverdrawn. Compared «alJB^-<»SfET-"*"citfefl—not so favorably situated, the conclusion is irresistible that it must be owing to injudicious, not to say bad and disastrous manage ment in the past The people are tired of this, and want change and progress. They want the best and most efficient officers to govern the city, which can not be secured under the present sys tem of election by party domination, and they propose a Citizens' ticket for your votes on the 27th of this month, on which will be placed the names of men irrespective of party, but good and capable, and in sympathy with the progressive spirit of the age, thus giv ing your support to the right men in the right place. THE TICKET. The same circular was re-issued this week, with the following addenda: The following ticket is presented: For Mayor—M. R. Lloyd. For Attorney for the Commonwealth —Charles L. Page. For City Treasurer—C. S. Wells. For Cleik of Hustings Court —H. E. For City Sergeant—Henry Fitz- For High Constable—W. D. Lithgow For City Council: First ward—A. C. Jones. Second ward—William Walsh. Third ward—E. B. Howie. Fourth ward—John O'Brien.