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LabOiß Herald.
Publishers and Proprietors.
WM. H. MULLEN. Editor.
rates or bubscuii-tion :
Advertising rat<**|rnished on application.
We Invite (■orrwipond'W ,rc,m a " 1,!1r,sI ,!lr,s of the
nited stales, especially that in regard to work
"fifc'ininimicaTloß* should t>e short. ;•■ i
„1 t.. Hi- point, and arconipaliicd t.y full name
id address of the cOißrtt'Utor.
A ddresws of w»! »* changed froni
ie postofflce io auottar as often as desired.
Mr. H. M. TKl*BL«»< authorized to solicit sal;
•notions, advertl»eia«"ts and jot. work, and col
Entered at the H.mWßce at Richmond, Va.. as
- nd-class matt' ___
Organize, educate, co-op<rate.
I If you desire to know the full ralue
of advertising ask Mary Anderson.
It is fasiro- '■'• nov to say of thosi
T. ■■■.. tbem
quietly alone.
It turned out to be a pumh ticket
after all. It punched some so painfully
that they could hardly survive.
The Reform members must lave a
caucus and determine upon their course.
so that they can act concertedly.
The Cyclone that passed over Rich
mond on election day relieved the cty
of a large amount of useless rubbish!
Hereafter no one will be commis
sioned as organizer who cannot pais
an examination before an examining
Organization will be stopped for i
short time from the fact that the con:
missions of all organizers will be re
™ Let Assemblies in all sections tale
up the question of co-operation anl
discuss it. and the result will be sur
Bro. Woods, who was put in jiil in
this city for refusing to tell his name
to a tax assessor, is now in Philadelphia
doing well.
The jar of mixed pickles rode suc
cessfully over the tide of opposition,
and are now looked npon t in some quar
ters as preserves.
Mr. Childs, of the Philadelphia
L< dger, presented the International
Typographical Union with a check for
(10,000. Good boy.
The Order in Norfolk is growing at
the rate of from forty to sixty each
meeting night. One Assembly alone
has over six hundred members.
Tt!F Machinists' Association will
iuefci, Wednesday nj(fSM "•..'.. 0.l Elldt'o
Hall for the election of officers. It is
important that all should be present
Let us organize and educate and
co operate, and swear by the eternal
gods that labor shall have its rights.
That is the only way to get these
One of our city officials has remarked
that the Reform ticket was not elected
to make any changes. How can we
have reform without removing the
corruption ?
Advance Assembly will give a basket
picnic at Maiden's Adventure on Mon
day next, and we would advise all those
who would like to enjoy a day of pleas
ure to be on hand.
Under the new regulations adopted
at Cleveland, very few strikes will be
ordered, but when one is ordered it
will be done so as to make it accom
plish the purpose.
A resolution was passed at the Gen
eral Assembly instructing Knights oi
Labor to give preference under all cir
cumstances to goods bearing the K. ol
L. label or stamp.
Mr. H. M. Linnell, Business Mana
ger of the Schuyler Electric Light Co.,
extends an invitation to our citizens to
visit their plant which is now in ai
improved condition.
Retiring members of the City Coun
cil and Board of Aldermen have tc
pay an advance over the regular price
for- shaving on account of their facei
having grown so long.
The fair of Progress Assembly wil
lie held the last week in June at K. o
L. HaH, •> " c N '.'th street. Say«
your dimes, boys, ior you will neec
them on this occasion.
The Associated Press killed Henrj
Waid Beecher one day and broughl
him to life the next. If lying shoult
ever become a virtue, this mouth-pieci
of monopoly will be virtuous indeed.
What has become of the cry of Ma
honeism and Republicanism that th<
daily press were telling their readeri
about a few days ago I The paperi
should not allow their zeal for the " dea
people " to wax cold.
(Boycotts hereafter will be pnt oi
and taken off without any public notict
being given of it. This is the mos
effectual boycott that can be ordered
and saves a lot of free advertising o
those who are boycotted.
The management of the Fourteentl
street fire last Saturday morning i
said to have been faultless. But fo
the prompt action of Assistant Chic
Fuqua the whole square would havi
undoubtedly been destroyed.
The Western Union Telegraph Com
pany—which is one of Gould's wards
is one of the worst enemies organize*
labor has to contend with. Please d(
not send telegrams to this office by thi
line if there is any other (o send it by
■ ■ ■ - ■
James C. Smith's majority was 3,009.
Mhs. Sarah M. Perkins, of Cleveland,
presented an address to the General
Assembly from the Ohio Woman's
Suffrage Association, and during her
address said "What God has joined
together let no man put asunder at the
The gentleman who had made up his
mind to give a banquet to the City Hall
employees to be paid firf with the
money he expected to win on the elec
tion will now have the pleasure of
preaching a farewell sermen to the
City Hall congregation.
Jm.. L. Wriout, an old Richmond
printer, now a resident of Washington
city, was chosen at the International
Typographical Union as ore of the
three delegates to attend the National
Federation of Trades. No better se
lection could have been made.
Win is it that the police authorities
do not close up the confectionery stores,
apple and pea-nut stands, and soda
water establishments o \ Sunday ? It is
no more right to open tiesc places than
it is to open any othe' kind of stores.
It is wrong to open ai v on Sunday.
Mrs. Mary A. Woouride'e Recording
M&e»vj of ttmnA-•'■<-.*' Woman's
Temperance Union, delivered an ad
dress before the Cleveland session ti
the General Assembly, and earnestly
advocated sobriety, and complimented
our Order on having such a staunch
temperance man at its head.
Some of our city offi' ia!s who have
contributed twenty-five cents each to
the fair of Progress Aessmbly have run
a fearful risk of from an en
largement of the heat We hope,
however, no misfortun- will overtake
them. When the list of donations
shall have been completed we will pub
lish if*.
Charlie Litchman recorded the best
pun at Cleveland during the session of
the General Assembly In speaking
of the sections of coun'.rj where Anar
chists were to be found he said there
would be an Annie kissed at his house
when he returned ho rue- Mrs. Litch
man s name is Annie Go up head,
The following speaks Ikr itself:
• "At a regular meeti:i<,' of Excelsior
Assembly, No. 3488, held May 31st,
1880, tbe following resolution was
unanimously adopted:
'•Resolred, That it is the unanimous
sense of this Assembly that The Labor
Herald should be issued daily instead
of weekly."
We do not understand >vby so much
should be written by editors about the
marriage of President Cleveland. If
he had been smart he would have done
the job when he was twenty instead of
waiting until he was farty-nine. But
perhaps, if he had never hieea president
he would never have been able to get
married. There is oi; b„.jn a nam,"
sonic nines!
The following telegram was received
at this office last Tuesday:
"Lynchburg, Va., June 7,1880.
! " W. H. Mullen, Esq. :
"Dear Sir and Bbo-her:—Please
accept the hearty congratulations of
[ Hill City Assembly, No. 4251, K. of L.,
;on your promotion as a member of the
Executive Board.
" By order of Hill Cite Assembly.
"Jno. C. Paston, M. W.
Times have changed; the mode of
robbery in years gone ly was for a
i burglar to arm himself vith a horse
1 pistol, stand on the roadsrle, and when
the stage came by step ip to the pas
sengers and present two* propositions,
namely, "Your money <jr your life!"
Now the mode is to fjke a college
, course, run for Congref „ buy votes,
be elected, sell out to a i.ilroad syndi
cate, pocket the check, i.oel the job is
It is amusing and ali ; e disgusting
to those who sat in the Gneral Assem
bly to read the account monopolistic
papers-are publishing o tbe session.
There have been lies er mgh told by
the tool-press about the! meetings to
damn the whole world. All this talk
about the Home Club is josh. It has
not existed for two years] if it ever ex
isted at all, and as Brotier Powderly
remarked, to resurrect mw is like
holding a post mtortem examination
over a four year old corpe.
The card published inthe State by
"Justice," charging th. Knights of
■ Labor in Jhis city with bargaining with
i the Liquor Dealers Ask •" *.tion to elect
a Police Justice "wkruura not punish
liquor dealers who valated the Sunday
law," is an intuit t: the honest, law
abiding workingmei of this city, and
a tissue of filsehoou fr-m beginning
to end. We are inferme that Dr. W.
W. Parker is the aithoij of the card,
and we publicly call tpoiu him to state
his authority for the mater contained
i in his note to the State.
The retail shoe coalers of lower
Main street all agreed to close their
. stores at 7 o'clock, Saturday excepted,
A with the exception of B. Samuels, J.
it Jacobs, and Mrs. Lillerfield. These
s \\three parties having refised to close
t defeated the movement It is difficult
, lor us to understand wly any human
f icing should desire to keep their store
open longer than from Oy in the morn
ing until 7in the evening The follow
ing are those who agreed to close
1 W. R. Phillips & Co., V. J. Peyton
! W. A. Clarke, J. R Teasdale, E. L
Clements <fc Co, A. H. Kaufman, M
3 Golden, and J. R. Gcode. These gen
tlemen are entitled to the consideration
-tion of all good disposed citizens foi
- their willingness to relieve their closeh
1 confined clerks at a reasonable hour ii
) the afternoon, and it is hoped that ou:
i people will remembe? this fact in muk
. incr their purchases.
The news furnished the Dispatch pi
by the Associated Press from Cleveland ju
last Tuesday morning to the effect that w
the Knights of Labor would collapse it
in six months is abont up to the aver-; w
age standard of news furnished from ai
that source. Instead of this institution jt
being what its name implies, it has be- ti
come to be nothing more than a mill af
for the manufacture of falsehood. In ni
six months from the date of that dis- ai
patch the Order of the Knights of V
Labor will be a hundred thousand jt
stronger than it is to day. is
We regret to have to announce the
death of Brother James Sims, of On
ward Assembly, who met his death on
the Eastern Division of the G> and O. ]
R. R. this week. Bro. Sims was a
worthy member and his sad end has
cast a gloom over a large circle of
friends and bretheren. The remains
were taken in charge at the depot by
a committee from the Assembly and
prepared for burial. This is the second
member this Assembly has lost in a
short space of time, and they have the
sympathy of the entire Order.
The monopolistic press that is pre- j T
dieting the downfall of the Knights of w
Labor in six months would give half w
their possessions if they could. Arrak up a
the Order. But thoy had ft Jewell j „
fool the public with these statements'
as any other kind, and not much atten
tion is paid to what they do say, and
very little reliance can be placed upon
it after it is said. We were at the
General Assembly and can honestly s
say that we have not yet seen one t
truthful statement in regard to that v
body eminating from any other source I
than the labor press. ii
It is a matter of surprise to us how
a journal claiming to be a labor paper "
can have the cheek to pan off on its
readers the vast amount of pictorial
stereotyped matter that some of our
journals are sending out in order to "
issue a large paper. This stereotyped , €
matter is trash, gotten up by the em- r
ployers of cheap labor, and is doing
much to paralyze the printing business,
and in no way bears on the labor
question other than to hinder to some 8
extent the triumph of that principle
which declares in favor of a fair day's
pay for a fair day's work.
The Petersburg Exponent, a labor j
paper, states that the Republicans and .
workingmen of Richmond combined to
defeat the Democratic ticket For ,
heaven's sake, neighbor, why do you .
not make some effort to learn the truth j
before publishing such wild statements. .
There is not one syllable of truth in j
the report that the workingmen and ,
Republicans combined to defeat the »
Democratic ticket. It is not surpris- .
ing to find such unfounded statements j
in the monopolistic press, but it is sur-
prising to find them in a paper that f
pretends to be a labor paper. We ]
hope our friend in the future when ,
fr>Cflkf«o f**J^— of \
mond will remember the advice of |
Davy Crockett, "Be sure you are right <
then go ahead." ,
Having been called to attend the i
Cleveland session of the General As- <
sembly, the services of Mr. Joseph M.
Shelton were secured to perform my |
work during my absence. There can
be but one expression as to the manner
in which this gentleman has discharged i
these duties, and they have already re
ceived the hearty approval of that class I
in whose behalf his labor was ex- i
pended, which class composes at least i
two-thirds of the population of the city I
of Richmond. I desire on my own be
half to add my testimony to that al
ready expressed by the public of the
manner in which Mr. Shelton dis
charged the editorial work of this paper
in my absence.
I regretted being called away from
the city just before the election, and
asked the District Assembly not to in
sist upon my going, but the Assembly
did insist that I should go and I had
; nothing to do but to obey. I was of
the opinion that I could be of some
benefit to the Reform ticket, and for
' that purpose I desired to remain in the
During my absence Mr. Shelton pub
lished an article to which the editor of
the lUspatch took exceptions, and in a
card published in his paper, over his
own signature, he charged the writer
,of the article in the Herald with being
a liar. Mr. Shelton sought the editor
of the Dispatch and a short fight
ensued which was, however, broken
!up by the cfi m friends
of both parties. Mr. " Shelton did
not go so far in his criticism of the
1 Dispatch as Mr. Elam did when he
was editor of the Whig, for he charged
tbe Dispatch with being willing to sell
its virtue for twenty cents a line.
Yet the Dispatch did not charge him
with being a liar. We rather suspect
that the most offensive part of Mr.
Shelton's criticism was the fact that it
appeared in a labor paper—a paper
that has dared to defend the interest
of those who have never before had a
journal in this city to speak in their
defence, and one that also dared to
lay bare the iniquities of a rotten and
' corrupt city government, and implore
the people to look to their interest and
work reform.
The editor of the Dispatch saw fit to
speak of the Herald as an adventurer.
lln reply to this we might use the same
language selected by the editor of the
Dispatch if we had the disposition, but
; from the expressions we have heard we
are satisfied that the public look with
derision on those who avail themselves
•of their control over newspaper columns
■to fling insult at honest citizens and do
i not consider the use of Buch language
• either courageous or gentlemanly. I
will say, however, that The Labor
; Herald is just as bona jide a news
paper as the Dispatch. Its owners sre ■0i
just as much a part of this city as these tl
who own the Dispatch. ~~ It contraete m
its own bills and settles its own bjk c:
with its own money honestly earned. ftl
and is just as firmly established apd 0
just as sure to be a permanent ins tin - w
tion as the Dispatch is. It has ne'er \ 7
asked any favors of the Dispatch and v ;
never expects to—it has granted noie, t*
and never expects to be asked to do so. tJ
We are willing for the public to pjfcs
judgment whether The Labor Her*!*
is an adventurer or not. i d
I would say in dismissing this matter j
that the proprietors of this paper have p
no disposition to war with any news 0
paper or individual in this city <» a
State, we will not interfere with urn n
rights of any one, and do not intend U c
allow any one to interfere with j
rights. W r e claim that we have tht 0
right guaranteed to us under the Cflp 0
stitution to publish a paper and we ir t
tend to do it In pursuing this corrss (
we will never fail to point out to the j
public any wrong that may come to
our knowledge, let it hurt who it niaf, t
friend or foe. W T e will ever aim to to t
justice to all, and if through ignorarce v
we shall do any one an injustice "tre j r
will ever be ready to make all **c E
amends that one gentleman
right to ask from anot%! W *
W. H. Mvl3?!"t
Editor Labor Herald. t
The extra session of the General'As
sembly held in Cleveland, Ohio, from \ i
the 25th of May to the 3rd of June
was one of great importance, and the i
legislation there enacted will be of las;- j
ing benefit to the Order.
Since the adjournment of the Humil- .
ton session the Order had more than ,
doubled in numbers and the laws that (
had been applied and worked wdl for (
the Order up to that time were iiade
quate to control the vast army of men ■
enrolled under the banner of this ,
mighty and rapidly increasing organi- \
zation. On every hand strikes and j
boycotts were the order of the daj, and j
the Knights of Labor were being bo-irly
appealed to for aid and assistance In
a large number of cases these strikes
and boycotts were not the work of our
Order, but through sympathy far all
who earn their bread by the sweit of
their brow, our Order had become in
volved in these difficulties.
The vast power the organization was
wielding was daily demonstrating 'its
superiority over any organization thit
had for its object the assistance of a
single trade or calling, and large nun
bers were leaving trade unions and ci- j
rolling themselves under our flaj. \
This alarmed a few leading trade union
MB who were holding paid poeitiots
in their respective unions and ctused '
them to fear that the prop which had |
sustained them so long was about (o j
be knocked from under them. Having |
more regard for their personal good |
tLaii for the Vicing: o' *1m» t"*o&> la
boring element, they set themselves to ;
work to create discord between trade
unions and the Knights of Labor. One '.
International Union had gone so far as
to employ agents to travel throtgh the j
country for the express purpose of
creating discord, and in some instances
these agents had been to a laige de
gree successful.
It was under these exigences that
the General Master Workman called a
special session of the General Assem •
bly in order to correct these evils, and
his wisdom in this direction as in all ;
others has received the hearty approval
of the entire Order, and his efforts
have been very successful.
The action taken in regard to strikes :
renders it impossible for members of
the Order to enter into a strike until
every other effort to settle the difficulty i
has failed. The merits of every case
will be carefully considered in the fu
ture by cool-headed representatives of
the Order, who will not order a Strike
if justice can possibly be secured with
out it. Under this arrangement we
will have but few strikes ; but when a
strike is ordered it must be made a
success, for it will go to the publii with
the guarantee that every honorible ef
fort has been made to settle the matter
before the strike was ordered, and
thereby commend itself to the support
of all liberal people, and at the same
time bring the entire membership of
the Order to its support
Boycotting has also been regulated
so as to make it much more effectual,
and at the same time do away with
that mode of warfare in a large number
of cases where it has been previously '
resorted to to settle trivial Cjomnjainte,
and in many instances worxed up
through prejudice or spite. Thousands j
of people have been threatened with a
boycott by irresponsible parties, who
had no authority whatever to do so.
In some cases, that have come under
our observation, in this city citizens
have been threatened with a boycott
by the Knights of Labor by parties
who knew nothing about the
Knights of Labor, but hoping to
frighten those who had perhaps of
fended them in some trilling matter,
and knowing that, as a general thing,
the boycott was dreaded, they did not
hesitate to make the threat and couple
with it the name of the Order with the
hope of making the threat more forci
i ble, when in fact they had not one iota
•of authority to justify them in their
! course.
All this must be stopped in the
i future, and those who engage in such a
; course will be held accountable for
i using the name of the Order in any
i connection who have not the proper
i authority to do so.
i ! The legislation in regard to organ
i izers we consider of the most healthful
i i character, and from it we expect the
I! richest results. Much trouble has
• been occasioned by incompetent organ
■ izers. In the future a high standard
E qualification will be required, and
le applicant for an organizer's com
lission will have to stand a searching ;
lamination before an examining board, I
nd mnst hare been a member of the
Irder for eighteen months. There
ill also be a State instructing organ
:er, whose Jduty it shall be to super
ise the work of organizers and report
0 headquarters any irregularity in
heir work.
The Executive Board was enlarged }
iy the addition of six members from
lifferent sections of the country, whose
luty it will be to assist the Board ■
iroper in disposing of the vast amount;
if business that necessarily demands
ttention at their hands. The gentle
aen who compose this Board were
lected in the following order: James
(, Quinn, of New York; W. H. Mullen,
if Richmond, Va.; Hugh Cavannaugh,
if Cincinnati; D. R. Gibson, of Hamil
on, Ont; Jos. Buchanan, of Denver,
3ol.; Ira B. Aylsworth, of Baltimore,
Much has been said in all sections of
he country about these gentlemen and
he position they occupy towards trade
mions and the General Master Work
nan. They have been most grossly
nisrepresented by the monopolistic
M-a<ss, who have tried to create the hn
gession that they were elected'm «JP
lacle unionists, Home Club men, and
tnti-Powderly men. There is not one
ivord of truth in any of the statements
;hat have been published, and the only
jbject of these misrepresentations has
3een to create discord. The press, as
i geneial thing, have never failed to
jive any coloring to whatever trans
pired in the Knights of Labor that led
them to hope would work discord in
the Order, and we do not expect them
to be any more fair in regard to the
transactions of the General Assembly
than they have about other matters
connected with the organization. There
is not a man that has been elected upon
this Board that desires to see any rup
ture be'ween the Knights of Labor
and trade unions, and as regards their
sentiments toward the General Master
Workman, they would march through
fire to sustain him, or bathe him with
their tears if he were in trouble or af
fliction ; in fact they love, him devotedly
and would consider no sacrifice toe
great to make in order to uphold him
or carry out his policy.
Mr. Quinn, of New York, has always
opposed Mr. Powderly as General
Master Workman, but we are of the
opinion that his opposition has sprung
rather from the fact that Brothei
Powderly had no other opposition thar
the delegates from D. A. 4i), and we
believe now that if there was anj
doubt as to the re election of Brothei
Powderly that Brother Quinn woulc
willingly cast his ballot for him. Bro
Quinn has always impressed us as £
man who would act a little contrary al
times merely for the sake of being
contrary. He is certainly an intelligent
gentleman and one tbai is well rip ii
the workings of the Order. It woulc
be strange indeed if in an organizatioi
of one million members any man couie
be brought forward to whom no obj< c
tion would be raised. Brother Tow
derly has given more universal sats
faction than any man that has ever bee
placed at the head of any organizatioi
This fact and the fact that he was in
plicitedly confided in was no less appi
rent at the Cleveland session than I
was at all the former sessions of tb
Geieral Assembly, for every suggw
tion he made to the body was accept
and adopted without a murmur, and i
was only necessary for him to intimat
what he wished to be done in order t
secure its adoption.
Joseph Buchanan is a most exceller
young man, and is conservative in tin
mode of working; he regards Brothe:
Powdeily with a love akin to that en
tertained by an affectionate son foraii
father. He has served one term or thi
Executive Board before, r-i d bus
haps more influence with the working
men of the West than any other mai
that could have been selected.
Daniel Gibson is a brickmason. am
a member of the brickmasons' n poe
and therefore cannot be suppos d v
be opposed to trade unions. His kin
1 and gentle manner and obliging dispc
sition at the Hamilton session wor hit
many warm friends, and did much tc
| ward electing him to the Board at th
late session tit Cleveland, as the calle
session was composed of the same del
egates that attended the Hanjilto
Hugh Cavannaugh is a most conset
■ vatr c man in his views, and a {,'entle
'man CI tYin'tfiWiypS. "TH •*■«• »-fe*
hard for the Order and richly deserve.
! the recognition he received in beini
! elected to the Board. He is a ha
friend of the General Master Wor'crciu
■ and will do all in his power to hold v]
j his hands and support him in
charge of the duties involved *ipc i
him by virtue of the office he holds.
Ira B. Aylesworth is an inte 1 '
young man, liberal in his views
] questions, and will do all in hi>
[to promote harmony in the Order nc
S cultivate a fraternal feeling with ot L
labor organizations. He has h
active member of the Order in his ib
has sacrificed much time for the go<t
of the Order, and his promotion 1 *b
a just recognition of his vrfwbkne
vices in defence of oppressed hum! ii«-
As to the position the writer oco ,:>
lon the question of trades union- *.
the feelings he entertains towarf re
' General Master Workman, they ai <
well known to need comment. 1■ V !
been a member of a trade union
the last hour of his apprenticeship ..
--1 on more than one occasion has f< ' v<
pinch of hunger rather than si c i
connection from his union. H>
nearly every position in his union
is still to day a member in good sf
I ing, and will ever do all in his pow
protect any organized body of work- :
ingmer in their legitimate rights. The
columns of this paper have too many
times expressed his confidence in and
respect for T. V. Powderly, to need
that he should certify to the fact now
that he does love him above all other
labor men in the world. He considers
him the grandest specimen of true
manhood; would make any sacrifice
that human nature could endure to aid
him in his work or lighten the burden
that rests upon his shoulders as the
head of an organization which is second
to none in existence, and which has
done more'to lighten the hardships of
the toiling masses than any other on
the face of the earth, and the one alone
that can work the complete emancipa
tion of the toiling millions.
We have considered it our duty to
notice these gentlemen thus far sever
ally in order to refute the slanderous
reports that are being circulated by an
unscrupulous press, which has ever
been the mouthpiece and tool of mo
nopoly, and which will continue to be
such until those whom they are slan
dering rise in their majesty and de
nounce them from every houße-top.
As an illustration of the utter falsity
of the reports of the press we cite as a
sample a report in the Cleveland Plain
in the writer. The
reporter said: "This much Ido know,
Mr. Mullen made a speech in one of
the (Cleveland) Local Assemblies last
night and attacked Mr. Hastings in a
manner unbecoming a true Knight and
threatened Mr. Hastings with charges
for his connection with the Deuber
Watch Co." Now the truth of this
; matter is: Ido not know Mr. Hastings:
, have never seen him ; would not know
i him if I were to meet him; know
I nothing of the Deuber Watch Co., and
did not step foot in a Local Assembly
! while in Cleveland. I was much sur
! prised at seeing this report in the paper
and wrote a note to the editor denoun
cing the report and its author, and
asked that he publish my card, which
■he was not gentleman enough to do.
, The same report said the writer had
been elected to the Executive Board on
account of his sympathy with tbe
Home Club element. Who the Home
' Club element is I 010 not know outside
lof some two or three representatives
that were charged with being connected
with a certain secret organization, or
an inner circle within the Knights of
Labor. From all I could learn of the
Home Club it was broken up before the
Order was organized in this city, and
before I ever dreamed of joining it. I
was approached some six or eight
months ago in my office by a man
named Jno. Morrison who was lobby
ing through the South for the purpose
of creating dissention in the Order by
telling his tale about the Home Club
and making charges against members
of the Order in New York city. He
soon found that 1 had no taste for mis
i chief makers and I did not see him
d-gn>n until T met him ill Cleveland,
engaged in the same business there
i that he was here. He is the only one
that has been found to testify about
the Home Club, and he says it was an
oath-bound society and one of its ob
jects was to get charge of the Order ol
the K. of L. He was a member, and
;of course took the oath if there was one,
and to say the least it looks a little bad
in his bringing the matter up at thie
late day, after having been expelled
•■ himself. There can be little reliance
placed upon what a man says whe
acknowledges that he is telling some
thing he had sworn not to tell. There
were some two or three gentlemen in
- Cleveland who stated that they were
members of the Home Club when it
I was in existence, and that the object ol
i the Club was to provide a home foi
• aged and infirm members of the Order.
If their statement be true, their object
II was a worthy one; if it is false, they
i' alone are guilty; it is no affair of the
. Knights of Labor which ever side be
■ true. There are hundreds of thousands
iof good; tried and true men in the
Order who will never wink at a wrong
I and who will be able to manage anc
control it.
' I
i' So far as the reports of the press are
1 concerned as to the Home Club element
; and the anti-Union men getting con
i i trol of the Executive' Board, they are
simply falsehoods of the deepest dye
i and most malicious character. The
I only member elected to the Board thai
- could in any way be charged with being
i in sympathy with or even knowing any
thing about the Home Club was Bro
- Quinn, of New York. He was electee
- over Bro Carlton of Massachusetts, b}
I over Mr. Murray, of New York, by th
< to 47. It will be thus seen at a glance
t that the same party (so called) were
i not supporting the two candidates that
i were elected, for the one got (>1 votes
- and the other 82.
We say, without any exaggeration,
that the press of Cleveland, Ohio is tha
t most unfair and unreliable that it has
ver been our lot to notice. We are
atisfied that there was money used by
iie lobbyists with the press, and that
'he press was well paid for its false
There are other objects that may
also have inspired the press of that
• city to act so uncharitable towards the
General Assembly and its individual
members. One is that the Order is
very weak in Cleveland, or not so strong
as in other cities of like size, and no
doubt their effort was to do all in their
power to prevent its spread. Why
they placed the writer in such a false
position before the public may be ac
counted for from the fact that he was
on the Press Committee, whose duty it
was to say what of the proceedings
should be published, and not having
furnished them with a single line, they
conspired to do him an injury.
The entire session was a most har
monious one, and each brother bade
the other good-bye at the close in the
best of humor and feeling, and all j
separated with the conviction that they I
had done their best to improve the\
condition of those whom they had been
selected to represent.
The closing scene was a regular love
feast, and many will cany through life
pleasant recollections of the General
Assembly held in Cleveland.
There was one feature about the
meeting that seldom occurs with other
grand bodies, and that was that not a
single representative was seen or known i
to be under the influence of strong j
drink during the entire session. This
is a fact that workingmen all over the
country should be proud of, and a fact
that won the admiration of all the
good citizens of Cleveland.
The next session will commence in I
this city on the 4th of October next, '
and it is believed that there will be at
least one thousand representatives
present At that session we expect
some change will be made in the basis
of representation, as the General As
sembly will be entirely too large to
accomplish much work in the time that
is generally allotted to it.
we consider you fully
;,, ,V l »-WK«tt_£Ke important
duties that you have been called upon
to perform, and believe that you will
shape your legislation for the benefit
of the entire city. We have no idea
that because a large number of you
have been selected from those known
as the laboring class, that you would
even attempt to do anything calculated
to work harm to that class known as
capitalists or business men. We are
satisfied that you fully recognize the
fact that all classes have their rights,
and we believe it will be your aim and
desire to respect the rights of all, and
do all in your power to put our city in
a position to command the admiration
of all people everywhere.
While many of you are kno-vn to be
workingmen, you have been selected to
work reform in the management of the
city government, and in this you will
be held to a strict account by those
whom you represent. You do not now
represent any particular class of citi
zens, but you represent the people, and
the people want reform.
How are you to work reform? We
may call your attention to one facl
alone that will be sufficient to set yov
tc thinking in the right direction. The
city of Baltimore, with a population o
(census of 1880) 332,313, had a deb
ol $854,466, or §2 57 per head of it
inhabitants. Richmond, witn a popu
i l&tion of (by same census) 03,000 in
. habitants, had a debt of (4,339,021, o:
, $69.17 per head of inhabitants—sso.6(
, per inhabitant more than the debt o
i Baltimore. Has the party that ha:
been in power since 1880 made ant
! effort to reduce the debt of the city, o:
'ha-cp i,hev squandered its revenues anc
j increased the debt without giving t<
I the city any improvements ? It will b
I a reform for yon to publish a statemen
I of how and for what purpose thi
money of the city has been spent ii
| the last ten years. If it has been honestly
[ estly spent, say so; if it has beei
squandered or stolen, say so; if yoi
[ find out who has stolen or squanderee
.it say so: that is all the citizens as]
[ of you in this direction—to tell then
i the exact truth.
, The question of making changes it
the heads of departments and ho\
I many changes you shall make is on
! that will require your special attentioi
j and careful consideration. One of th
. causes of complaint against the presen
j administration has been that a chosei
. few have occupied the lucrative posi
tions of this city for a long number c
I years, and that it was useless for an;
. one to attempt to oust them so long a
, tho present party remained in powei
, A large (perhaps the larger) portion c
5 our citizens are demanding a cleai
s sweep of all office-holders, and tha
new competent men be put in thei
[ places. If you should decide to adop
this policy, do not act upon the exam
pie of the party now in power and elec
. men simply because they have renderei
you service on the day of election, bu
rather select them for their competenc;
a l and fitness for the position to be filled
and under no circumstances let it b
. I said of the Reform candidates that the
r removed a competent man and put a
incompetent one in his place.
We believe that there is much rol
, tenness in some of the departments i
this city, and were it not for the fac
,' that we already have the assurance o
, ' wAi.r parties '..tint tLey intend to expos
| it, we would not hesitate to call th
names of. the places where to our mind
and the minds of many others, rotten
ness reigns supreme.
You should hold a caucus, and maj
out your course so that you can act in
1 telligently. You should freely discus
' j among tfie Reform candidates as to th
best plan to adopt, and as to the bes
I men for the positions to be filled.
If the same state of affairs is permit
ted to remain in force that have rulee
i for so many years, it will be a bur
1 lesque to call yourselves reformers. I
those who have grown insolent anc
' I neglectful of the people's rights througl
' long years of ease and remunerate]
, are still to hold forth in the places the;
1 have abused, there will be little reforn
worked, and the people will not be sat
1 isfied, and will regret the day they pu
you in power. Do your duty to thi
people and the people will sustain you
Reassuring reports come fron
i Canada that Archbishop Taschereai
, exceeded his authority in issuing hii
i mandament against the Knights o
1 Labor, and that the bulk of the clergy
in Canada do not accept his position
but are in sympathy with the peacefu
organization of labor,
• The following parties are patrons of
Baughman Brothers, the only rat print
ing office in the city of Richmond.
The list will be revised weekly.
Weisiger & Co., wholesale clothiers
13th, between Main and Franklin.
Fonrqurean, Price, Temple <fe Co.
Antrim & Bowie.
West, Johnson & Co.
Horace Blackmur, tobacco factory,
25th street bet. Main and Franklin.
R. H. Dibbrell, general tobacco broker,
corner 12th & Cary streets.
P. Lambert & Bros., butchers, New
Slater & Atkinsr, general merchandise
brokers, 14th bet. Cary and Canal.
W. H. Turpin, agricultural implements
and seed dealer, 152 C Main street
Exchange Hotel.
T. R. Wyles & Co., commission mer
* chants, Cary Street
J. B. Kidd, special agent, Life Insu
rance Company of Virginia.
J. A August, Hot Springs, Va.
J. H. Yarbrough, green grocer, Mar
shall street near New Market.
R. E. Tiller, New Market.
Carter & Ryland, Tobacco Brokers &
commission merchants, 15 & Cary.
N. W. Bowe, real estate agent 11th st.
Powers, Taylor & Co., wholes Je drug
gists, Main street
J. R. Cooke, grocer, Main between
Second and Third streets.
W. J. Johnson, wholesale grocer, 14th
and Oarr. f
McCarthy & Haynes, grocers, Broad
street near 7th.
Watkins, Cottrell & Co., hardware,
Main street
J. B. Moore, insurance agent.
City Bank.
S. H. Hawes, coal dealer, corner 18th
and Cary streets.
iB. S. Howard, stationer, corner 9th
and Broad streets.
Walford & Son, stationers, Broads be
tween 4th and sth streets.
Cringan, Watkins & Co., wholesale
grocers, No. 18 14th street.
Hall, Powers & Co., wholesale confec
tioners, 1320 Main street
| W. S. Forbes & Co., provisions, Ninth
and Byrd streets.
F. H. Dean, agent for "Tip Top" Flour.
Valentine's Meat Juice.
Charles Watkins & Co., commission
merchants, wholesale grocers, and
fertilizers, 1412 Cary street
John F. Toler, florist, 18 Laural street.
' Sublett & Cary, commission merchants,
13th street between Main and Cary.
Sublett & Frayser, commission mer
chants, Basin bank.
Charles S. Gates & Co., general mer
chandise brokers, Virginia street.
T. C. W T illiams & Co., tobacconists, 117
7th street and Arch and 7th.
Silas Shelburn, commission merchant,
120!) Cary street.
Charles D. Hill & Co., Centre ware
' James R. Ellyson, leaf tobacco com
mission merchant, 1304 Cary street.
R. G. Dun & Co., mercantile agency,
1311 Main street (second floor),
i John L. Williams, banker and stock
\ broker, 1014 Main street
• ■ E. P. Reeves, druggist New Market.
! Franklin, Davis & Co., Main street.
. W. A. James & Read, tobacco fertili
zers. Basin Bank.
ML. A. Sadler, Old Dominion Paper
I Co.. Cary bet. 17th and 18th.
11' The following names are ordered off
II the BMff £ist •
F Slater, Myers & Co.
John W T esley. produce dealer, 18th st.
J. J. Wright & Co., collar manufac
I hereby respectfully announce my
i self a candidate for the position of
[ and request the consideration of mem
bers of the Board of Aldermen and
L Common Council in their selection of a
1 person for that position.
James T. Lewis.
i —• — —
For Better Conditions.
j . The combination of the workingmen
i ! throughout the country is a surprising
3 movement considered from all points;
t it is one of those movements which
i come unexpectedly. The spirit of
- organization is permeating every branch
f of trade and arousing laborers to
t organization who never thought of
3: combination before. The Knights of
. | Labor are over one million strong,
f and without doubt in twelve months
i; time at the present rate of progress
t will reach 1,100,000 in membership.
r The power which labor has gained is
t being used wisely in most cases and to
- the' better aim of its present and pros
t pective condition. As power develops
I I among the laborers, a spirit of conser-
II vatism also develops itself. Employers
f have for months past been apprehensive
, that this growing spirit of organization
i would result disastrously to employing
c i interests, but the contrary is the case.
i Labor is intelligent, resolute, and pru
dent aud is asking only its just share
. out of the increasing productiveness of
i capital and machinery. It is not acting
t rashly only in isolated cases. Organi
t zation has done much good and can be
mndo to *%tab!ish a permanent harmony
» between the two great factors of pro
, duction. There is nothing at war with
. the interests of capital in the mere fact
of organized labor. A wise nianage
, ment will overcome nineteen twentieths
. of all the objections which can possibly
j be raised to the control which organ
) ized labor will exert It is of course
t possible that this enthusiasm among
the wage workers may be but a pasaing
. storm, but those who think so will
[ probably find themselves in error.
. This general movement of labor is not
f simply for better wages, but for better
I conditions. It is a movement made
, necessary by our higher civilization
i and by our greater intelligence as a
• people. This movement is forced upon
i the producers by reason of the great
. increase in machinery and the greater
; producing capacity of the country at
, large. It will do no harm, but great
good; it will fix the value of labor as
it ought to be; it will remove one
1 [ cause of uncertainty and enoble manu
-1 facturers and business men to regulate
1 their investments and enterprises with
■ more certainty.— Paper and Press.
800 pairs Ladies' Sample Shoes, for
I one half their value, at Kaii-mans, 1539
I Main street.

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