Oklahoma Labor Unit (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 1, Ed. 1 Saturday, June 13, 1908 Page: 8 of 8
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OKLAHOMA LABOR UNIT.
June IS, 1908.
BELLE ISLE PARK
■ OKLAHOMA CITY
Magnificent new high-class recreation resort
of KJO acres, with lake covering I 50 acres. Fine
bathing pool and "Old Swimming Hole."
Launches and row boats. Picnic grounds. Re-
freshments. Band concerts. On double-track
car line. 1 ake Belle Isle cars.
Demand an Eight-Hour Day
and Standard Scale—Sched-
ule Signed With Eleven
Houses Out of Twen-
fair houses and workmen.
Although the local is but five weeks
! old they are in good condition finan*
j cially, and with almost a majority of
their membership still at work, no fear
1 is felt from a financial quarter.
: The officers of this local are careful,
I systematic men, and we predict for
: 'his movement speedy success.
STREET & HARPER
I 14 Grand Ave. Phone I 120
Hospital Ambulance Phones, 1120—PBX 22
DEAD ON A CRUIS« R.
Four Killed and Ten Injured by Boiler
Explosion on the Tennessee.
l.os Angeles, Cal.—Four men were
killed and teu Injured on board the
armored cruiser Tennessee at sea at
eleven o'clock Friday when a holler
tube broke, hurling fragments of iron
about the engine room and filling it
with scalding steam. The accident
happened an hour after the cruiser
left Santa Barbara on her way with
six other of the Pacific tleet to Los
Angeles ports. The cruiser was steam-
ing at full speed when the explosion
""ad: George Wood, water tender;
Karl Hoggs, fireman, second class;
Adolph Relngholdi machinist helper,
second class; George Merk, fireman,
Probably fatnlly injured: F. 9. Field,
fireman, second class; N. F. Exnates,
first class fireman; 12. J, Hums, coal
passer; W. F. Burns, coal passer; J.
J. Carroll, fireman of second class;
T. P. Parsons, fireman, second class,
The Tennessee is Admiral Sebree's
flagship, commanding the second di-
vision of the Pacific fleet.
Rear Admiral Sebree himself es-
caped death or serious injury in the
fated fire pit by a mere moment's
time. He had left the room where tho
explosion occurred not 50 seconds be-
fore the fatal blast. The admiral
stood in the engine room adjoining
the fire room with Chief Engineer Rob-
ertson and Capt. Howard, His first in-
timation of the tragedy was as he
mounted the ladder and a half naked
fireman leaped past him suffering from
To Oust a Police Judge.
Topeka, Kan—A suit to oust from
office John T. Sims, police judfve of
Kansas City, Kan., was filed to the
Kansas supreme court Wednesday by
C. \V. Trickett, assistant attorney gen-
eral for Wyandotte county. The suit
is based on .12 counts.
The confidence with which farmers
are turning to the department of ag-
riculture and the readiness with which
scientific methods are accepted shows
what education along this line !■ ac-
complishing. Many a farmer In the
weBt and elsewhere is now raising bet-
ter and more profitable crops because
o' the Instruction ho has received and
heeded, and the results thus obtained
and also from the teaching of the vari-
ous agricultural colleges are highly
gratifying. In other ways much is be-
ing accomplished. Obeying the wishes
of constituents, says the Troy (N. Y.)
Times, members of congress from
Kansas have applied to the depart-
ment of agriculture for experts to go
to their state and teach the people
how to make passable roads. In cer-
tain sections of Kansas the soil Is
light and sandy, and the difficulty Is to
create durable highways. The experts
will give the matter careful attention,
and no doubt much practical good will
come of the Inquiry. The circum-
stances are significant as showing how
the farmers are coming to a realiza-
tion of the fact that good roads are
most valuable adjuncts to profitable
The Canadian farmer works from 12
i 1', hours n day in the busy season.
The house and senate reached a
compromise agreement by which was
stricken from the pension appropria-
tion bill the house provision to abolish
the 18 pension agencies and consoli-
date the entire pension work in one
central agency at Washington. The
compromise leaves in the bill the en-
tire amount of money appropriated
for the conduct of tho 18 agencies, but
with a provision that only so much of
ft as Is necessary in the opinion of
the president shall be used, Ihe presi-
dent having the right to abolish such
of the agencies w in his judgment
may be wise.
• Demanding a standard scale of
|; wages and an eight hour work day, the
, | Gas Fitters' Local Union, No. 449, are
; conducting a winning strike against
| the Master Plumbers of this city.
This local of the United Association
of Journeymen Plumber, Gas and
Steam Fitters' Helpers of the United
Slates and Canada was organized the
| first of last month with but twenty-two
j charter members. They at once began
a thorough campaign of roganization.
which resulted in securing as members
every man in town working at tills
craft. They have had no scale of
wages in Oklahoma City, some of the
men working for wages as low as $2
per day and a ten-hour work day.
On May 25th, a scale of wages ask-
ing for the standard wage of $3.50 per
day and an eight-hour work day was
presented to the twenty-nine firms in
the city. Up to June 3rd only eleven
of these firms had signed the scale.
The remaining eighteen firms com-
prise eleven firms who are members
of the Master Plumbers' Association
and seven firms who are standing out
awaiting the action of the "Big Fel-
lows." The eleven firms who are
members ut the Master Humbers' As-
sociation intimated a proposition to
the Gas-Fitters' Union along a line
agreeing to sign the scale if the union
WOULD REFUSE TO SIGN WITH
THOSE FIRMS WHO ARE ,V)T MEM-
BERS OF THE MASTER PLUMBERS'
ASSOCIATION. One of the basic
principles of unionism is fairness and
equity to all. which precludes any such
biased agrements. and the fact that
the members of the Master Plumbers'
Association are "standing pat" on this
point is proof positive that they have
no desire to be fair either to their em-
ployees OR TO THE PUBLIC. An
agreement of this nature, If signed by
the Gas-Fltters, would bring about a
monopoly of trade that would result
In much higher prices being paid by
the public for this kind of work. The
public should recognize this condition
and assist the Gas-Fltters in every
way possible/ You can do this by as-
certaining whether or not the men sent
to do your gas fitting are competent,
experienced men. DEMAND TO SEE
THEIR WORKING CARD, AND IF
THEY ARE UNABLE TO PRODUCE
ONE. DON'T HESITATE TO DE-
CLINE THEIR SERVICES.
The refusal of the members of the
Master Plumbers' Association to sign
the scale forced the present strike,
which was called on June 3rd. The
men employed by the following firms
who signed the Sicale remained at
Metropolitan Gas Appliance Corny
Schott & Patton.
Oklahoma Stove Repair Works.
Oklahoma Plumbing Company.
Rauche & Brouche.
The Incandescent Light and Supply
Southwestern Electric Company.
Larimore Hardware Company.
Robinson & Graham.
One of the largest housefurnishing
firms in the city who advertise very
extensively as the workingman's friend
is employing a non-union gas-fitter.
The Fitters are conducting a clean,
business-like, sober strike, with head-
quarters in Central Labor Hall, 13
South Robinson street. After the
strike was called they lost no time in
putting Into effect a working-card sys-
tem which is enabling them not only
to carry on the strike without friction,
but assists in teaching the public how
to discriminate between fair and un-
j The above concern is the popular
and well appointed laundry located at
J 128 Washington street. It is truly a
model laundry In all that this term Im-
plies. It Is equipped with the latest
j iind most modern machinery money
j wil, purchase, and the quality of the
! wjrk turned out at this place Is tho
! best possible advertisement for the
e< neern. The prices are low and the
delivery is prompt and excellent. Ex-
treme care is taken with finer fabrics,
and you will find that you will be able
to have certain articles as you would
net entrust to another laundry, done
up fere in the best possible manner.
H> unflagging energy and tireless ef-
fort they have built up a large and
constantly increasing business. If you
have not yet given them a trial it will
be to youi Interest to do so.
They have earned a large and stable
reputation for themselves as citizens
and business men. They are true
friends of the working people.
NEW THEORY A3 TO LAW.
Method That Does Not Seem to Work
as Well as the Old.
Mr. Bryan, being the Democratic
candidate for defeat, ratified by the
Republican preference of him in that
capacity, his Ideas upon such a sub-
ject as the currency at this time are
Important. They seem similar to those
of Mr. Roosevelt regarding the anti-
trust'law, that Is, that our currency
laws are bad, but that they should he
enforced. Thus, in his colloquy with
President Forgan at the Chicago din-
ner,as reported in various papers, he
declared that certain National bank offi-
cials ought to be sent to jail, although,
"if the law had been enforced in New
York during the panic, the panic
would have been a great deal worse."
That Is the new fashion in legisla-
tion. The old theory used to be that
the laws embodied the best practice of
the commercial community. The new
theory is that the commercial commu-
nity, at Its peril, shall adjust itself to
the happy thoughts of the legislators.
It is within the record that the new
method does not work as well as the
old. In fact, it hardly works at all. Al-
most nobody goes to jail, and almost
no impression is made upon commer-
cial practices which are sustained b>
public opinion and good merchant cus-
tom. The chief fact is that the law Is
brought into disrepute and loses its
sanction as a standard of good prac-
It is obvious that If in fact the law
was capable of producing an alteration
of ancient and approved mercantile
practice we should have easy and fre-
quent commercial convulsions. We do
not have them, nor will Mr. Bryan
have more success than Mr. Roosevelt
In rallying the opinion which counts in
the last analysis to the support of laws
discredited by universal rejection of
them because of the faults of the laws,
rather than because of the vices of the
violators of the law. Th idea is gain-
ing headway that the batter way of
getting the law obeyed Is to pass laws
deserving to be obeyed, rather than to
send good men to jail for breaking
laws incapable of being obeyed with-
It certainly will. One Dillar will open an ac-
count at this bank. One dollar deposited weekly
to that account will soon accumulate a good
sized balance. As your savings increase month
by month, year by year, when thus set aside in
a savings account, you will be astounded to learn
just how much a dollar will do.
You want a bank account—we want to assist
you to have one. It only remains for you to
bring in your first deposit and you will be "on
A DOLLAR WILL DO
FARMERS STATE BANK
COR. GRAND AND ROBINSON
A Good Bank in a Good Place
OKLAHOMA SUPPLY CO.
WASH BLUE, ETC.
FOUR PREMIUMS STATE FAIR OP
OKLAHOMA, OCT. 5 TO 16, 1907
SOLD BY ALL LEADING GROCERS
SAVE HEALTH AND MONEY BY USING PURE GOODS
An Adept at It.
The art photographer had
"I want to make an exhaustive study
of tous particular bit of landscape," he
said, "and would like to have your
hired man retain his present position
on the fence there. Can he sit still?"
"For days at a time," replied the
AT OKLAHOMA CITY
October 1st to 10th, 1908
QUINTANO'S ROYAL ITALIAN BAND
Under the leadership of Quintano, the youngest bandmaster in
the world will give morning and afternoon concerts during
STATE FAIR BAND
Composed of Oklahoma Musicians and directed by Mr. P P
Peterson will also entertain visitors during the fair.
EWEBY DEPARTMENT OF THE FAIR WILL BE COMPLETE AND
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND
The State Fair Grounds are reached direct by electric car line stearr
railway service and asphalt boulevard. Grounds lighted by electricity.
SEND FOR PREMIUM LIST
BEGINNING MONDAY AND CONTINUING DURING ALL OF NEXT WEEK OCCURS OUR
SEMI ANNUAL PRE INVENTORY SALE
duE a fessrs a-as JtSU
only one eye on cost; we have lessened prices that will insure rapid selling. "Sell all you can during this sale Znev
easier to count than yards and dozens," is the message from headquarters to all departments. -money is
n Ju y st begins our Semi-Annual Stock-Taking and to reduce stock before inventory extreme orice mi-tin y U
been done m all departments. Below we mention a few of the bargains you'll find: P "mg haS
15c WHITE INDIA LINEN 7>/2c
1200 yards of 40-inch White India Linen
(note the extra width) in a nice sheer
quality, usually sold at 15 cents a yard.
I're-Inventory Sale *71
Price / *C
39c WHITE WASH ORGANDY 19c
Twenty-five pieces of White Wash Organ-
dy or Paris Mousseline, full 2 yards wide, j
V ery fine and sheer; five yards makes a
full dress. 39c value. Sale price 1 A,
a yard |
DOUBLE WIDTH CHEVIOT SHIRTING
Extra yaTd quality, double width, hook
fold Cheviot Shirting. Good weight wov-
en cloth in many choiw designs. While!
40 pieces last the sale price will
50c ROMPER SUITS 25c
25 dozen Children's Romper Play Suits,
of good quality, solid blue cheviots, well
made and finished. Regular 50c J r
values. Sale price «.<'L
WOMEN'S UNION SUITS 25c
Women's fine ribbed, summer weight
Union Suits, sleeveless, made umbrella
knee, lace trimmed. Sale price 1 r
the suit, only LuC
9-4 Unbleached Pepperell Sheeting, worth
on today's market 25c a yard. Limit-
ed quantity to each purchaser
19c HOSIERY 10c A PAIR
W omen's fast black seamless Hose, with
white soles or feet. Also Children's col-
ored Stockings worth up to 19c 1 A
a pair. Sale price 1UC
10c GAUZE VESTS 5c
50 dozen Women's fine ribbed Gauze Vests,
bleached, made full size, taped yoke and
arm, and worth regular 10c each.
STANDARD FANCY TABLE OIL CLOTH
Rest quality. Will sell at this f *l\__
Pre-Inventory sale for a yard. .. I L - C
We have grouped together all small lots
and broken sizes of Women's fine White
\\nists that sold from $1.00 up
to $1.50 and priced them for. .. . OVC
BEST PRINTS 5c A YARD
In this sale you will have choice of all the
best standard makes of Prints and Cali-
coes in light and dark dress
styles at a yard
2,000 yards of regular 10c Dress
Lawns and Dimities, at yard ....
KERR DRY GOODS COMPANY, Inc.
226-228 WEST MAIN STREET, OKLAHOMA CITY
50c WASH GOODS 19c
Silk Tissues and Mulls in fancy colorings
Silk Warp Eoliennes and Lisle Tissues
in stylish dress fancies. Goods that sold
tit Joe, 4Jc anil 50c a yard. Pre- t
Inventory Sale Price..... | VC
50c CURTAIN TAPESTRY 25c
45-tnch Curtain Tapestry, good weight
and pretty striped designs usuallv sold by
regular dealers at 50c a yard. ' if
Pre-Inventory Price LuC
FABRICS WORTH TO 25c FOR 9c
Sheer Lawns and Batiste, white grounds
with polka dots and figured designs—also
plain Silk Tissues and Wash Panamas
worth from I5c to 25c a yard Q
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