Oklahoma Labor Unit (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 33, Ed. 1 Saturday, January 30, 1909 Page: 4 of 8
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OKLAHOMA LABOR UNIT.
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C("TR A DETSTP ^] COUNCIL^)
Saturday. January 23. 1909
The merchant who does not advertise at all may
or may not be your friend, fellow worker, but it is
a foregone conclusion that he who liberally patron-
izes the columns of all other papers and refuses to
advertise in your paper, is not looking for the
working man's patronage, does not wish it, and is
not desirious of your friendship.
You will find that those who advertise in these
columns are Worthy of your every consideration, for
we shall use every precaution to protect your in-
When you patronize the man who advertises in
your paper see that he knows where you saw the
advertisement. You will find this a benefit to you
as well as to the paper.
VAV CLEAVE IS A NATIONAL MENACE.
If Van Cleave, the heail of the National Mann
factuurs' Association could lie put away for the rest
of his life, that would he a very good thing for this
We arc not advocating any penal punishment for
Van Cleave, because uv arc willing to admit that he
is actiug within his rights as guaranteed by the con-
stitution. At the sumo time, whether you arc a mem-
ber of organized labor or not, we wish to call your at-
tention to some things which make Van Cleave a na-
tional figure and "his purposes and activities matters
of natinal concern.
The end toward which the Manufacturers' Asso-
ciation of this country, of which Van Cleave is tho
head, is striving is admittedly the destruction of or-
Van Cleave is a fanatic on the subject. He has
consecrated his life to the task of breaking up and
obliterating the labor movement.
Incidentally his organization is bringing every
possible pressure to bear on the people's representa-
tives in congress to prevent a revision of the tariff
schedules under whivh Van Cleave and his associates
now have a license to rob you and me.
Sfunr time ago Van Cleave announced that he
was going after organized labor. As the head of the
Buck's Stove & Range company, he found a federal
judge at Washington who was willing to condemn
President Gompera of the American Federatin of
Labor and Vice-President Mitchell and Secretary
Morrison of the same organization to long terms in
Van Cleave's next move against organized labor
was to have the National Association of at Manu-
facturers, employing nearly 20000 union men, agree
that thev would no longvr use the hatters' union
label, and that they would declare for the "open
Van Cleave and his colleagues have robbed the
American people under cover of high tariff sched-
ules f r many years. They have built their private
palaces and launched their private yachts. Out of
the skill and ingenuity and labor of the toilers they
have exacted their selfish toll. They have worked
foe wage-earner as many hours as he would stand
and raid him as little as lie would take. Thev have
built up fabulous fortunes upon a foundation of
misery and want. They have sacrificed myriads of
children to their god of greed. With churlish, av-
aricious barbarity they have opposed every reform
that meant sanitary workshops and the abolition of
pestilence-breding industrial hells. They have
gouged the workingman and crowded the producing
toiler as far down the ladder of civilized humanity
as a rather thoughtless and selfish country would
Do you think this is overdrawn?
Go look at f.ie bread line in New York.
Make a tour of the East Side of this city and
find out how the jieople LIVE, or rather, wonder
HOW they live.
We started out to say that Van Cleave and hil
crowd were bent on the destruction of organized
labor, tnd they are.
Do you know that Van Cleave's association
brought aliout the trouble between the Hat Manufac-
turers' Association and the men who make hats?
Do you know that that is part of Van Cleave's
ampsign against organized labor?
Do you know it is part of Van Cleave's scheme
to put all union labels and all labor unions out of
Now let us think a little und see what Van
('leave's campaign, if successful, means and what it is
that he proposes to destroy,
We are writing ti'is for the special benefit of
those who do not belong to organized labor for, of
course, no union man would ever dream of buying
a hat that did not have the union label in it.
To better understand the situation let us tell
you, in the first place, that Van Cleave believes in
working the men in his stove foundry (Buck's Stove
& Range Company) ten hours a day. If you will
just digest that thought and get it into your system,
you will be able to better understand Van Cleave's
attitude toward the workingman. For instance, how
would you like to toil ten hours a day in a foundry.
What do you as a man think about it?
It was because Van Cleave increased the hours
of labor from nine to ten hours a day that he got
into trouble with organized labor. His men were
willing to work nine hours a day, but they thought
it was too much to ask them to work ten hours.
Van Cleave considers a man who works for him
just the same as a farmer considers his ox. He thinks
the man, like the ox ought to be satisfied if he can
go home to his stall to sleep until foe rising sun
marks the beginning of another day of patient, slavish
Do you wonder now that organized labor de-
clared Van Cleave's Buck's Stove & Range Company
What do you as a man think about it?
Van Cleave would destroy organized labor. Or-
ganized labor has placed on the statute books of
many states a law which prohibits greedy manufac-
turers from employing children in their factories.
Organized labor has brought about an eight-hour
FAIR AND UNFAIR
FAIR PLUMBING SHOPS.
J, I. Sullivan.
McGee & Gordon.
Fox & Son.
Schott & Patoen.
Veigiard Plumbing Company.
W. A. Rodwcll.
Kumbaugh & Flannigan.
Few & Son.
Unfair Plumbing Shops.
B. Z. Hutchinson.
Illce & Bolsmer.
A. F. Binns.
Fitts & Mann.
Phillips & Wilson.
Home Heating & Plumbing Co.
Harrell & Anderson.
B. E. McDonald.
James A. Niblo.
Candidate for Chief of Police of the
city of Oklahoma, subject to the de-
cision of the Republican party.
Will R. Walters. "* ■
Candidate for Street Commissioner
of the city of Oklahoma, subject to the
decision of the Republican party.
LOCAL LABOR NEWS OF *UKJLA*
The new Building Trades Council
is now in splendid shape and in the
hands of capable officials. This is
one of the branches of labor that will
help to increase the prestige of Union
Labor in our city.
If there is a man looking for work
in the city you can rest assured he
does not carry a card; if he did he
would not need to look for work.
J. Luther Langston, secretary-treas
urer of the State Federation, has been
in Guthrie the first part of the week,
Luther has plenty to do these days
and to one less energetic the task im-
posed upon him would, toe almost im-
possible to handle.
We often wonder if those not con-
nected with labor realize that Okla-
The Plumbers and Gas Fitters report
work as being a little slow at present
but prospects for a rushing spring
business is bright, the controversary
work dfifi', and eight hours is long enough for any wlth the Masler Pi„mbers is as yet
man to toil. Organized labor has increased the av- unsettled but from present indications
erage wages and that 'has helped to do away with all difficulties will be soon cleared
poverty, ignorance and crime in America. Organ- ui'-
ized labor, in a large degree, has put an end to the
cruel, unsanitary sweat shop. Organized labor his
nduced the government to insist on clean, whole- homas prosperity can be based upon
some, well lighted, sanitary factories, meat markets, the splendid wage conditions existing
bakeries and barber shops. In other words, organ- throughout the new state and if they
, , , , , also realize that thfs condition has
zed labor has been a mighty uplifting, conserving ^ ^ resuU ot unceasing etfort
influence. | on the part of organized labor and of
Van Cleave and his association of tariff thieves , the Farmers' Union.
would destroy it. | w A Nasj,, city electrician, while
Now let us suppose for an instant that Van on ,iuty, met with a painful Injury a
Clove accomplished what he has set out to do. Sup- few days ago, having stepped on a nail
pose he does establish the ten-hour day, destroy or- which penetrated hls foot, earning
ganized labor and erislave the American workingman,
do you suppose conditions, even from his viewpiont,
would be better?
Do you know what would happen if Van Cleave
should lie successful? You would have more an-
archy in this country than you ever believed possible.
You would have established here, class hatred that
would explode into manifestations more terrible and
disastrous than any social funatic now dreams of.
Don't you understand, or are you childish in
your ignorance of conditions at work in this country.
Van Cleave is a national enemy. His associa-
tion of tariff pirates is a national menace. The ac-
complishment of their ultimate objects will work so- l6m_
cicl and industrial ruin and chaos. Iy you do not
understand that it is beoausc you refuse to think, or
listen to the voice of reason.
severe wound. Mr. Nash is out again
In It on crutches. This is hard on
him as he is a hustler and not accus-
tomed to being held down.
! The Carpenters are increasing tehir
membership at a lively rate these days
days and the boys report work as im-
j One of the largest and most suc-
cessful organizations in Oklahoma
City is the Typographical Union. We
can point with pride to this craft.
Their present standing is due to intel-
ligent organization and goes to show
what can be accomplished by union-
OIVE ITT OUS STRAIGHT.
The Painters , Paperhangers and
Decorators Local 807, of the city, are
in fine condition, both as to mem-
bership and finance. Working condi-
tions are Improving and all are look-
ing forward to a big spring rush in
On February 1, the Klein Hardware
When the Gompera case goes up to the supreme
court, the one thing we want is a decision as straight
out as Justice Wright's was. If we cannot get a clear Co., will move to their new location t
,, , , ... , . , n 113 West Main, where they will be at
statement that the speaking and writing which Gom- ' .. , , . . _. „
r s " homte to their many friends. The
pers did was legal, that they acted merely as free men, K,eln Hardware Co., is true blue
then we want a clear statement that they are, in tho to our caulse and enjoys no doubt
court's eyes criminals. We know what they are. We the best trade of any similar concern
know their terrible crime of being members of organ- ,n ttle clty flom ,he membirs-of or
... ... , , , gnalzed labor. We wish for them a
ized lilior. We ned to know exactly how the law is to continuous prospCT,ty in their new lo-
treat them. The one thing we dont want is a shifting, cation
sidestepping condemnation, that will serve later for
a precedent to crush less prominent workers with. Governor Haskell has granted a pa-
. , , . nnole to John T. Mew. convicted In
And wr* believe Gompers is too manly to accept any WnsblH co,lnty in isooof the murder
pardon that can be regarded as acknowledgement of of Henry Boyle, his brother-in-law.
In Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream,"
one of the comic characters says lie will "roar as gen-
tly as a sucking dove." Just how gently this was the
Laborer rever knew till this week. It is Toaring with
the same force that Bryan displays in his comments
on tlie Gompers verdict.
FRANK P. SHEPARD
R.gi.t.red Patant AttorMy.
PATE N TS
THE SQUARE DEAL STORE
Klein Hardware Co.
138 West Main Street
Shelf Hardware Builders' Supplies
Gas Stoves flechanics Tools, etc.
"We Want Your Trade
Oue new location after February 1st, 113 W. Main Street
EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT
$1.25 Alarm Clocks at
$2,00 Alternating Clocks ut
hartwell Jewelry Co
105 Main Street
McGEE & GORDON
AND GAS FITTERS
204 West California Telephone 1096
The Brotherhood of
Issues a combined Life and Accident Certificate to men and women alike. The
society has assets of over a million dollars, and has a membership of over one
hundred thousand. The Yeomen Society being less than twelve years old shows
the best record of any fraternal insurance society doing business. A feu) more good
deputies can secure excellent contracts by applying to—
C. L. MOREAN, State Manager
635 East 6th Street Oklahoma City, Okla-
F. W. TAYLOR
Estimates Furnished. All Work Guaranteed
Jobbing Promptly Attended to
Sanitary Plumbing, Steam and Hot Water Heating
Open Evenings. S. E. Cor. Main and Harvey Basement Security Bldg.
Phones 880. Oklahoma City
W. P. KNAPP
113 1-2 W. Main Street Phone 1335 Oklahoma City, Okla.
Pbome 2447 Open Day and Night
Meals 25 Cent Rooms 50c, 75c and $1.00
COMMUTATION TICKETS $4.00 FOR $3.50
—■ LUNCH ROOM
(SoccMsors to Ideal Restaaraat)
And Ideal Lunch Room for Ladies and Gentlemen
at Popular Prices
J. I. & C. G. ROGERS, Proprietors
17 N. BROADWAY Opposite Lee Hotel OKLAHOMA CITY
iPay Less and Oress Better
ALL-WOOL TAILOR MADE OVERCOATS AND SUITS
Our Clothes Are Made to Fit and Fit to Wear. Seeing Is Believing.
United Woolen Mills
124 West First Street Oklahoma City, Okla.
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