The Oklahoma Labor Unit (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 51, Ed. 1 Saturday, June 3, 1911 Page: 4 of 8
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u member of th * board of directors of
the new l^abor Temple Association.
Mr. Fear wan one of the bcxisters of
ihe Kansas City Labor Temple Asso-
ciation for several yearn, when he wa*
Identified with the unions of Kansas
City. That city now boasts of a com-
pleted labor temple and is a credit to
the city on the Kaw.
Oklahoma City will have a labor
Th® temple some day. One i« very much
needed at present, but it takes time to
Atl communications intended f.-r pub- jM*rl'crt the arrangements and raise
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OKLAHOMA LABOR UNIT
A r«BMrvatlv , Independent,
iuu i a/tiHi n revs «|.*|.«r for
" Published every Saturday hy the
LABOR UNIT PUBLISHING CO . (Inc.)
•01 > S State National Bank B'dg
Phone Walnut 3114-J.
H M. CASLER
Editor and Manager.
(Addraae all communication*
OS lahoma labor t'nit )
UNION LABOR'S ROYAL HAND
but for the editor's Information and
a Kiiarantee of good faith
Subscribers will confer a areat favor
if they win promptly notify tne bustneaa
cfri.e of an> failure «.r Irregularity In the
delivery of their paper
Entered at the Oklahoma City. Okla-
homa, p<>at"fTUe a« aecond clan* mall,
ander the act of March 3, 187V
(payable In advance >
Regular contract and flat rates fur ad
vertlHirig on application
fe; TRADE S] [_J^JC0UNCIL>
of such buildings
One of the Inexcusable absurdities
of exist ItiK law is made manifest
through the Standard Oil litigation. It
look that corporation two years to def-
initely learn whether or not it was
violating the law. The ablest attor-
neys that its money could employ in
formed It that it wa not. The judge*
of the supreme court were unable to
say whether it had or not, but had to
$i oo fhlnk about the matter for weeks be-
lore deciding. Yet the ordinary lay-
man who has never been to a law
school is held strictly responsible for
any violation of law, even if the law
happens to be one that no one who
had never heard of it would think pos-
sible for a sane legislature to pass.
"Ignorance of the law is no excuse."
The matter would be a proper subject
for a comic opera if it did not so fre
quently have results that are not at
THE EIGHT HOUR DAY.
The New Jersey legislature passed
recently an employers' liability law,
which was approved by Governor
Wood row Wilson. The law embraces
some new features in Americun Juris-
prudence; it provides a scale of dam-
ages for the loss of one liantl, leg, eye,
etc., Including temporary or total dis-
ability. It abolisheK the so-called fel-
low servant responsibility, based upon
judicial decisions, better known as
ihe common law, and places the bur-
i den of proving carelessness upon the
I corporation and the employer. This
Twenty-five years ago the Cigar
makers International t'nlon of Amer-
ica inaugurated under its Jurisdiction
the eight-hour day as a day's work in
all union factories.
To let this anniversary pass, with-
out calling the attention of our young-
er members to iihh Important period law is a great step in advance in the
in 111., history orKaiii/.alloir progress of nllior legislation.
would appear to be uiiderestlmntliiK1 — . ' ~
the real value of this achievement. I here will be an oil monopoly in
From a historic standpoint the the Unlied States as ioiik as the right
movement for shorter hours dates Mo transport goods over public high-
back to 182". and in (ireat Britain It «">« ' be allowed to remain the
is still older The working hours in j special privilege of certain corpora-
the early days of the American labor 'ions, as long as tariff laws enable big
movement were. In the building trades, corporations like the Standard to im
from sunrise to sunset. In the print- ! <"« '"""V supplies practically free of
lug mules ami factory work in Ken.'duty, while the same privilege Is de-
eral the work was sometimes ,„n nlcd smaller concerns, and as long as
tlnued in the evening at candlelight. <>« producing lands can be monop-
The hopes and aspirations of the ollied. There ih no monopoly in the
labor movemenl were centered from I country that would not prefer an anii-
1825 to 1845 upon a ten-hour day. In I trust law, a hundred nines as drastic
184H President Van Huron issued a I«« the Sherman law, to a mild inter-
proclamation which reduced the hours I ference with its tariff privileges,
of labor in the navy yards and other ~ " ~~ „ .
government works to len hours per I he Move Mounters I'nlon No. i, of
day Hut many years passed before Kvansvllle. Ind., have sent out lelters
it was fully enforced I1" organized .labor and their friends
To the ship carpenters belongs the i advising them that Hie product of the
credit of having been the pioneers in | Indiana Stove W orks, Southern Stove
the eight-hour movement; the year j Works, (descent. Stove Works and
of 184ti marks the mile-stone in the Kvansvllle Stove Works have been de-
struggle for the emancipation of labor j clared unfair to their organization, and
from long and excessive hours of toil, asks members of union labor and
It is still In its infancy, and it will friends to refrain from purchasing
take many years of hard-fought battles | goods made by these linns until satis
before it will become general. j factory settlement has been made with
From lKtitl to 1873 the eight-hour their empolyes.
day was gained by the building trades
in many cities, btii was lost after the Labor Day is not ho lar away and
financial panic of 1873. and the Indus j the Trades Council should gel busy
trial stagnation which followed. The; appoint the necessary committee
building trades returned to the ten lo make the preliminary arrange-
hour day with less than half the wages roents. It takes time and a great deal
earned before °f work to make the Labor Day eel-
To the Clgarmakers' International ©bration a success. It likewise re-
Union belongs the credit of having In 1ulr,es committeemen and team
augurated the eight-hour day on May ««rk results. Let the Council
1, 1886, and retained it continuously
for twenty-five year* It has paved
the way as a pioneer, which promises
to the laboring classes more economic
and social opportunities than ever en-
joyed in the past.
Two hours more leisure per day of-
fers an opportunity for healthful recre-
ation, study and mental development.
The general adoption of an eight hour
day by all branches of Industry is but
a matter of time; all economic forces
are working in that direction.
HOEFGIN RE ELECTED.
William L. Hoefgin has been re-
elected president of the Texas State
Federation of Labor. Mr. Hoefgin
was given a standing vote of thanks j may arise
at the recent convention in Waco for employe
the faithful performance of his duties
as president in the past year and for Wait until
iated organization in the Federation. the town
Mr. Hoefgin is an anti-prohibitionist, "joints" printed
and says the prohibition amendment to | azines recently,
be voted on in Texas soon, if carried,
get busy at its next meeting.
Our legislators are evidently willing
to do anything to destroy the trusts
except to repeal the laws thai create
them. Congress and the state legis-
lators could long ago have wiped every
monopoly out of existence without any
resort to litigation had they been wil-
ling to act on the question sincerely
and in a rational manner.
Jack Spain was loaded to the guards
last Sunday in front of the Terminal
Building. A nice situation for a bunch
of deputy sheriffs to stand guard of a
building and a few cars when Okla-
homa City has a well-equipped police
force to cope with any situation which
between any employer and
the eastern papers gel
The union label should symbolize -t
ti dene y, high ideals and fidelity to i
home, city and state. It should be au
insignia of the est product of labor,.
and a guarantee that the man who car-
ries a card is worthy of confidence
and able to make good in his chosen
profession or line of labor.
Masons, Odd Fellows, hllks and
Knights of Pythias have to prove to
the best men of their respective com-
munities that they are worthy of mem-
bership in these orders before they
may be elected.
Men and women have to profess re-
ligion and live up to certain prescribed
rules before they may become members
of the Christian, Baptist, Presbyterian
or Methodist churches, and no society
or business organization can hope to
rise higher in the public mind than
the individual membership of its body
The college that has maintained
high ideals of scholarship for a half
century and refuses to griyit any man
his diploma until he has won it by
careful study has built for itself an
enviable position in the public mind,
anil to carry a degree from such a
school is an absolute guarantee that
its graduates are fully equipped for
the positions they seek.
In some lines of work these ideals
are maintained by Union labor, and
in such cases its member never have
to defend their organization, nor the!
action of its members. They are ef-
ficient, worthy and reliable and seldom
have to seek a position. This could
be made true in every labor organiza
tion of the laud, and it should be. It
would be a boon to the public—a guar-
antee of delivery of the best in all
their respective lines. One thing every
member of the Union owes to himself
and his organization—to see that the
members of his organization are more
efficient tlum I hose who are not mem-
bers, and that better results are ren-
dered to the employer. Such a stan-
dard will place all organized labor on
a plane that will command the con-
fidence and respect of the public and
create a demand for the services <>t
(Sold i more valuable than silver
only because it has more intrinsic
worth—w ill buy more. Union Laor is,
and should be, more valuable than un-
organized labor, just in the degree that
it is more efficient, more reliable,
higher minded and seeks ever to in-
crease its standards by taking into
its organizations only such men and
women as are worthy and able to in-
crease its good name in every commu-
There was a time in America when
capital sought to dominate by organ-
izing a trust, but today such an organ
ization is an outlaw. The new rule is
to give the public higher merit and
better service than the other fellow,
and this is the only real method to
success, and it applies as forcibly to
labor as it does to capital.
That labor should be organized is no
longer a question; that it has higher
and nobler rights than capital is ad-
mitted; hut the royal road to greater
success, to larger results, to a higher
appreciation of its rights can only
come by refusing to admit to its mem
bership any man or woman who is not
at least efficient.—Oklahoma City
UNIONS AS DIVIDENDS PAYERS.
If a bank should advertise that it
would pay 2." per cent interest on ac-
counts, every man that had a dollar
would be breaking his neck to get it
deposited in order to draw some of
that large interest. But when you tell
them that a labor organization will
pay 500 per cent on their investment,
many of them pass it by without the
least bit of consideration.
To convince any non-union man who
may chance to read this paper we will
illustrate the fact and let him be the
judge. We know a man who was work-
ing for $2 a day. He joined the organ-
ization of his craft and his wages were
increased to $3 a day. He had in-
vested in this organization his month-
ly dues, which were 50 cents. He
received just $25 a month increase on
his investment of 50 cents a month,
which is just exactly 5,200 per cent
a month oil his investment. Is there
any institution in the world that will
give you more for your money? Still,
when an international union sends out
a heavy expense, en-
progressive policy pursued by him some of the photographs which were 'jn 1 '! 11 'V \ ^!w|!h,Vii WV
was instructed to continue said taken of the brave deputy sheriffs in |' eavo1 8 ° 1
?y In the future and to render all front of the Terminal building last ' "°. ° "■ ,h« « wely,ed with
stance In his potter to any aftil- Sunday It will be a worse slam on 1U"'; Wh#1 vil l I get out of
[1 organization In the Federation. the town than u.e pictures of the How will It betefi' ine ' Il ls
one of the
! strange that the organizer can hold
his temper when such foolish questions
| are put to him.—Exchange.
would be disastrous to organized labor Bill (.race of Shawnee was in Okla-j
in that state, as all workers in the big honia City last Sunday with a force
breweries of the state belong to some of 20 men help protect the Okla
union. The members of the unions in | homa Street Railway Co. Union men
question affiliated with the federation of Shawnee will confer a favor on or-
in good faith and are earning a 11 veil- ganied labor of Oklahoma City by
hood for themselves and their families keeping this matter in their minds for
by working at the only trade which future reference.
they have learned, and, in view of
these circumstances, the president of Under the arbitration agreement of
the Texas Federation of Labor is of the International Typographical Union
the opinion that every man carrying a with the American Newspaper Pub-
union card is morally bound to protect Ushers' Association, disputes must be
the members of the unions threatened peaceably adjusted, work continuing
with extinction or injury by doing all in the interim between raising of the
in their power to prevent the adpotion question and its settlement.
of the state-wide amendment.
This position is upheld and is clear- The Oklahoma Railway Co. have
ly in line with the American Federa- provided wire screens for the front end
tion of Labor, which guarantees its of their cars to protect the motormen
support to the affiliated unions when from coming in contact with overhang-
endangered from any source whatever, ing stones.
Mr. Hoefgin has taken the broad
stand in the matter and should have
the support of all union men in the
state of Texas.
JOPLIN LABOR TEMPLE.
Jack Spain ought to be
leather medal for bravery (?
played Sunday in frontv of the
It has been suggested that John \V.
Shartel buy baseball masks for the
j "scab" motormen operating his cars.
The Joplin, Mo.. Labor Temple As-
sociation has started things In earn-
est for the new home for the different
unions in that city. Recently a full Wonder of the cartridge trust will
set of permanent officers and directors advance the price of cartridges if the
were elected and instructions given to! Oklahoma Railway Co. continues to
proceed with the preliminary work of purchase?
getting the organization in proper or- —-
der to begin business right away The ammunition stores of Oklahoma .. .... .
This is a comnyndable step for the City are enjoying an unusual spurt of this W1,y ,lie monopoly question will pe
• 1 - 1 - ■ - few Woeks. solved. No order of a court will be
To handle the trust question prop-
erly it may be necessary to elect legis-
lators of different calibre than has
heretofore been the rule, or it may
have to be done through the initiative
and referendum. Restrictive legisla-
tion like the Anti-Trust Law or Inter-
State Commerce Law can bring no
genuine relief. The repeal of old laws
is a far more urgent requirement than
the enactment of new ones. It is never
unconstitutional to repeal a bad law.
It frequently is fo enact a good one.
One bad law that must he repealed is
tlie tariff law. That will put an end to
all the trusts that are upheld by pro-
tection. It will also enable small oil
refineries to get supplies on as good
terms as the drawback system of the
tariff allows the Standard only to en-
Private monopoly of highways must
be abolished, that will let all ship-
pers, great and small, use the high-
ways on equal terms. Such a rule can-
not be strictly enforced, on private
corporations even with an incorrupt-
ible Inter-State Commerce Commis-
sion. Public revenue must be raised
through the taxation of land values
only. That will make it unprofitable
to withhold valuable land from use
and consequently there will always be
enough of such products as oil, coal
and othr things on the market to keep
prices down to a reasonable figure. In
enterprising unions of the Missouri, business the last
town and no doubt the association will
meet with the desired success in the
construction of their magnificent home
in the very near future.
Charles W. Fear, representative
from the Joplin district in the last
Missouri legislature, and a stanch
union man of many years' standing, is
Not a shot fired, yet. still the Okla-
homa Railway Co. have a comer on
all the firearms in Oklahoma City.
Some people can even do their duty
without patting themselves on the
needed. Xo litigation will be neces-
The Tile Layers, Improvers and
Helpers of Newark, N. J.. during the
last six months have secured an in-
crease of $1 per day, with union shop
Reward the Merchant
Who Shows Enterprise
Merchants of Oklahoma Citv are lighting their
display windows the modern way in order to better
exhibit their goods to the public.
Oniy honest merchandise can be placed in electric
lighted windows. Effective illumination is too
penetrating for inferior products.
The best the market affords may be seen to splendid
advantage in Oklahoma City show windows any
''Why not buy in Oklahoma City?'
Telephone P. B. X. 14
Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co.
Local Union No. 807 Painters, Decora-
tors and Paperhangers of
(Bert Dixon, Bus. Agt. Phone Walnut
List of fair painting contractors: T.
L. Osberg & Co., 6th and Harrison;
H. S. Roberts, 729 W. 4th St.; R. A.
Lowe, 1725 W. 5th St.; W. T. Black.
9(12 Herskowitz Bldg.; J. E. Reeme,
1421 W. 30th St.; J. M. Rice, 518 W. '
6th St.; G. W. Harsin, 1501 W. 25th
St.; L. H. Doctor, Capitol Hill; W.
W. Morris, 417 Columbus Ave.; Har- j
ley Woodruss, 1101 W. 24th St.; J. J.
Clede, 1222 W. 26th St.; Frank Martin,
817 w. loth St.; i). r. Trimble, 910 W.
24th St.; T. B. Sowell, 217 12 W.
California ;E. C. Roylfy, 421 Cotton- ,
wood; B. Qoerlitz,T026 x
Successor* lo ]. //. MmnhaU Co.
Funeral Directors andEmbalmers
120 North ffiroadway
613-514 State Nat'l Hank Bldg.
Office Phone 4100. Ok lahoma City Okla.
Than; 900 and 1836
Chas. Mart inola, 18 E. Reno; Myers j
& Co., 416 N. Broadway; R. J. 1 logan,
218 W. 30th St.; J. D. Traylor, 150B W. I
Main; W. H. Herron, Capital Hill; H.
A. Peas, 303 E. 3rd St.; Roach Bros .
fi22 \V. 8th St.; J. E. Singleton, 111 llllllimiHIIIIW
W. Main St.; R. J. Dailey. F. T. Shind-
ler, P. M. Hill, Gross Construction Co ,
(J. C Horner, C. E. Lee, Miller Bros. DRS. DEAN & DEAN
Dry Goods Co., W. T. Cummins, Tins- |
ley & Walkins, S. White & Son, Ed.
Smith, Cordell & Hansen, J. H. Rogers, i
R. S. Havens, Guy F. Smiser, (J. W. ;
Siniser,1529 W. 27th St.; G. W. Miller
Wall Paper Co., Frank Mattison, 30 • |
FAIR LIST REST AUPrANTS.
Following is official list of fair rest j
aurants In the city:
Bonns Cafe, 128 W. First street.
Ruebs Cafe, 111 N. Broadway.
Manhattan Cafe, 8 South Harvey. :
Press Cafe, 110 W. 4th street.
Metropolitan Cafe, 324 W. Grand
Gridiron Lunch, 312 N. Broadway.
Buck Horn Cafe, 19 South Harvey.
Sterns Cafe, 520 N. Broadway.
Model Restaurant, 9 N. Broadway.
Ralls Restaurant, 111 W. First St.
One Minute Restaurant, 205 W.
Famous Annex Restaurant, 205 W
Widewake Restaurant, 16 South
Quality Lunch, 9 South Hudson.
Lee's Cafe No. 1. 15 S. Broadway.
Houri 8 30 to 6
Sunday 10 to 12
133 ,z W. Main Over Boairn Broi Store
Keep the Wolf
From the Door
Protect Your Income
Save Your Savings
Insure Your Producing Hours
Only 7 Cents a Day
BAKERS' FAIR LIST
Capital City Bakery.
Trollinger & Krift.
Oklahoma Steam Bakery
Vienna Steam Bakery.
THE STANDARD OIL DECISION.
1 he I i)j<« d Htal'rK '-.upM-me court
has decided a^ali, t „. Hta/idard Oil
company 'Hum- ]-, no /«•;,*#, why
any one should f<-< i jubilant ,,, ofh«-r
wise about p A* f;,r ft* pr; <i)<;,| r,.
suits are < on' erned, n,\%
lory for the v.'iv-t
Important an tKt ,
Tfae i luion do** ,. ,t
Standard Oil 'omj/;>ny „
privilege that ...
ferred upon It I*
the blfc corporalK/. .-.v «
probably put it o,
and e*pe/n .
"I VI-RY TIME the CLOCK TICKS
livery Working Hour
Continental Casualty Company
. It. Alexander, President
s about fix
ti hint r of a
Pays a Dime fo Somebody, Somewhere
Who is Sick or Hurt"
MORI III AN $1,000,000 A YEAR
will be benefitt
anti-trust law «
has taken a lotiy 41
petihlve taguj tmii|e
It is the
(.RKATKST Health and Accident
Insurance Company in the World. Ash
K I.. IRWIN, City Mgr.
Vi.'t llaiirtt Building. 115 1-2 North Bro*dw«f
OW lahoma City, Okla.
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STANDARD ENG. GO.
laundry workers fair list
Crystal Laundry, 19 W. Frisco
Model, 116 N. FraneiH
Wet Wash, 613 W First
strike in (.al'fc TOWH
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Hti.iMll.iK tiy tha "fr«« „„,i
limitH, jui t ti,i, mum llH twintinil ,
occurs In Amerlf n
MOV CD TO —
5 W.GRAND AVE.
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