Oklahoma Labor Unit (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 34, Ed. 1 Saturday, February 6, 1909 Page: 2 of 4
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OKLAHOMA LABOR UNIT.
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paper for the home.
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(° TRADES COUNCIL °> %
Saturday, February 6. 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.
'Too often we iiear of some "knowing" union man
"fussing" at the editor of a labor paper saving he
ought to do f.iis or ought to do that.
Wonder if it ever occurred to the "knowing ones"
that it might be well to inquire as to what portions
of the income of a labor paper comes from organized
labor? Inquiry would show that not one-tenth of the
income of the average paper comes from the members
of organized labor—on an average not enough to pay
ha 1 f a week's running expenses of the paper.
Now, then, wr.iat is the poor fellow to <lo who pub-
lishes the "official organ?" There are a few things
lie must do—pay his bills, make a living for himself
and family—and always fight labor's battles.
There can be no departure from the latter. He
cannot take an advertiseim-nt [ram any concern that
is unfair to the least of the unions, and it matters not
whether members of t'liat union arc subscribers or not.
He must discard any advertisement of any concern
that has the least trouble with any labor union, no
matter how trivial that trouble may be.
We will admit that the system is wrong, but who
is to blame for it ?
Surely the unions must be.
An opponent of the union lal>el wrote a ffiiTTadelphia
business mail protesting against the appearance of t'ic
man's printed matter, and asked
why the IiiIm-I was used Among other things, the
business man said: "I can reinenil er when, in inv
boyhood days, littie boys and girls from ti years of
age trudged through snow and mild, winter and sum-
mer. to twelve hours of toil in the mills of Lawrence,
liowell anil Fall River, Musssachusets*. When women
wTio were employed in the mills or factories were sub-
jected to the grossest familiarity upon the part of
sensual men. When there wesr no private dressing
rooms and practically no separation of the sexes in
any of the toilet arrangements. When all the in-
fluences of old and young were to promote immor-
ality. When there was no protection to employes at
dangj'rous occupations, for the safety of life and limb.
.601 When there was no mining inspection or factory in-
spection. And I '.iave been associated in n practical
way in the development of labor legislation, so called,
which has covered nil the points referred to, as well
as to the system of sweat sho|>s and employment of
ni'T' babies under unhealthy conditions at laborious
toil, making the very cradle a part of the mechanism
of profit to the employer. I desire t;> say, upon the
evidince written in every line of rented'.i! legislation
Ilia*, union labor has been tr.ie great instrumentality of
reform. I do not remember in ai! my experience
which has covered such legislation in several states,
that manufacturer's' associations, or associations of
employers in any industry, or general reform organ-
izations, have, been prominent in their demands for
the application of remedies. It has always been the
labor unions thai have knocked at the doors of legis-
lative balls. They have imperatively demanded rec.ig-
nition . They have abolished to a great extent el'.ilj
labor. They have protected the employers in every
industry against injustice and brutality, and have al-
most transformed labor conditions throughout the
"I realize that in the progress of reform there have
been hardships, injustices, and, to a certain extent,
a limitation of contract and perhaps of personal lib-
erty, but this is inevitable, and in the aggregate the
injustices are insignificant compared with the great
good that has resulted. So far as non-unon labor is
concerned, it has participated in all these benefits, in
every reduction of hours, in every increase of pay, all
improved conditions, and at the same time has been
a menace to the siteci-ss of every reform because it lini)
been the dependent* of I lose whose greed disregards
every impulse of humanity, and every principle of
righteousness. Non-union labor is like the mendicant
on the street corner, with hat in hand, receiving the
dole of benefit bestowed upon labor universally bv
the organized unions 1 want to say further that in
improving conditions, that in making industrial life
more humane, in securing the maximum of good and
the minimum of evil, union labor has been a protector
of those employers whose sense of justice exreeds their
love of gain. Under this state of facts without fur-
ther elaboration, 1 assert that under no eircur-tanc>-
would I knowingly patronize non-union intitution-
of any kind for fear that I hinder the progress of la-
bor and promote a return to the condition- where bru-
tal greed would destroy the good that has been s>-> tired
through years of hardship and concentrate! effort.
As to the efficiency of the work, in m\ wide • - r.
1 have discovered that the product of union !a. r
on the average, superior to that of non-unio'n labor,
and for merely business reasons and excellence of
product I would prefer to patronize unionized insti-
tutions. This is w hy I use the union label."
t^uite a little comment is being made among busi-
Every labor paper ought to be absolutely independ-1 ncss men and those connected with the building
trades of the city in reference to the Oklahoman giv-
ing t.ie contract for its now building to outside con-
tractors. Personally, it is no business of the Unit's,
other than to state that the Oklahoman is a big pa]ior
representive of a good city and state ami has always
been a booster of home industries and pleading for
ent of any patronage other than that of organizt'tl
Now some editors of labor papers happen to be
strong en nigh to maintain every rule of everv union,
but many are not, able editors though they may be.
Some, however, can not resist the temptation to place
a good sized advertisement from some concern that
is unfair to some union that is not a patron of the
paper. And, besides, very few labor papers do mofr
than barely eke out an existence. Take it during
any political campaign. Organized labor is always
the bone of contention, and the candidates for office
vie with each other in their efforts to get votes. This
means all sorts of offers are made to the labor paper
men, and once in a while the temptation is great. But
isn't it the union's fault?
What organized labor ought t<> do is to have have
some standing committee to look after matters of this
kind, and this committee should see to it that some
way is devised by which all papers can be independ-
Labor papers are a necessity No organized lal>or
movement can prosper in any ciiy without an aggres-
sive lalior paper.
It would lit' well for all unions to give this matter
T.icn the unions should stop and consider what i-
expected of the editor of their paper.
Labor pap r editors are expected to act it-* jjeaee-
makers in case of internal trouble—in brief, to work
from the moment he awakens in the morning until
lie goes to slep at night.
It is the eight-hour day for all except the labor
a home patronage—the revenue derived through the
publication <>f the Oklahoman has come from our
home people. Its great success luw been founded upon
the liberal patronage of those who depend upon the
money earned in our city, and we would like to
inquire of the Oklahoman's management if if were
not possible to have placed their contract within the
boundaries of our great state. Have we not just as
good construction companies and just as intelligent
labor, at just as reasonable wage as can be obtained in
other states, or are they too busy to take on new con-
tracts in Oklahoma City?
As we stated before, it really is none of our affair
other than to inquire if it was not possible to give this
work to Oklahoma City people?
Wonder if it hurts some union men io call for th.*
union label. If you an; awake you will know that
there are a few firms in Oklahoma City that carry a
good line of union label goods, especially as regards
wearing apparel. If you will read some of the ad-
vertisements that appear in the I'nit from week to
week, you can readily see who are voiir friends. Walk
in and inquire for tl)C label and see if they are not
in a position to gupplY your demands. The goods are
there: it is up to you.
m -'v I
Twenty thousand union halSrs fifehting for their
rights and their label. Wlult are you go in to do.
brothers? Wear a scab or a lab® bat':
An Up-To-Date City of the
A prosperous Ciklahoma city, popu-
lation 11,000 and located in onv of the
largest oil fields of the world, an
abundance of natural gay, a division
point of three lines of the Frisco rail-
road. and a railroad pay roll of $125,-
000 per month. This together with
oil refineries, cotton compress, electric
railway, machine shops, besidvs a
splendid farming country surrounding
it bespeakes for Sapulj a a bright
The public spiritel citizens welcome
the investor, the manufacturer, the
homeseeker, and all to their city, as-
suring them a hearty welcome. The
firms of Sapulpa who are friends of
labor ando its cause we mention be-
FRISCO DRUG COMPANY.
This up-to-date pharmacy is located
at III South Main street. Nothing but
first class drugs and supplies of all
klmls of high class patent medicines,
toilet articles, perfumes, etc., and are
also agents for Itexall Remedies. Their
prices are always reasonable and their
treatment of their customers has al-
ways been mau'ied by the utmost cour-
tesy. Their prescription dejxartment is
presided over by registered pharma-
cists of long experience and they use
nothing but the purest and best drugs
in the filling of their prescriptions.
The proprietors of this well known
drug store are known to be true
friends of the worsting people and
they number many of our working
classes among their well satisfied cus-
tomers. We take pleasure in necom-
metiding such an honorable firm to you
and if you should be in ncv d of any-
thing in this line don't fall to call at
SAPULPA LIVERY COMPANY.
There is no more useful institution
in any town o~ city than a well con-
ducted livery, and it is with pleasure
that we can point to the above con-
cern as being up-to-now in every re-
spect being fully equipped with a nice
ilne of vehicles, safe horses and care-
ful drivers, this barn has won a large
patronage of Sapulpa and the traveling
public of which it is well deserving.
The Sapulpa Livery Company has
alway been conducted on a plan fa-
vorable to labor, and they recognize
in tlie union man a desirable citizen
and a town builder, hence they get a
large share of this patronage. In mat-
ters pertaining to the wvlfare of the
city none have taken a more hearty
interest, and we urge our friends and
readers to call and give them a trial
when in need of anything in their line.
their families to jaUionize this worthy
and deserving enterprise. They have
proven themselves to hold the inter-
ests of labor at heart and have been
liberal and straight-forward in all
FAIR AND UNFAIR
FAIR PLUMBING SHOPS.
J. 1. Sullivan.
McGee & Gordon.
Fox & Son.
Schott & Patoen.
Veigiard Plumbing Company.
W. A. Hod well.
Kumbaugh & Flannigan.
Few & Son.
E. C. ABERNATHY LUMBER CO.
This is a commercial interest of Sa
pulpa that contributes largely to th-*
favorable reputation of the place for
materials in the building line. Hard
and scft pine, lime cement and a gen
e ai assortment of lumber ui*>n wnich
are cuo'cd lowest prices, arv the u;)"-
cialties, and the Abernathy Lumber
Company may safely be consulted for
estimates. Their stock is open for in-
spection and the manager is always
ready and courteous at all times in
thv matter of showing people how they
may probably save money and be
promptly waited upon by bringing
their orders here. The company is
friendly to conservative organized la-
bor, is considerate and reasonable at
all tinves and justly deser\es the lib-
eral}', increasing patronage they are
receiving. By handling the best that
the public demands , and treating all
with courtesy, the.'r flourishing public
consideration has oeen earned and is
S. S. MENDENHALL LIVERY.
Located at 112 North Park street is
the well known livery of Mr. Menden-
hall, who is being complimented by
people of Sapulpa and the traveling
public generally on account of his
splendid service. Safe rigs and care-
ful drivers are the rules at this barn.
Those who leave horses at this barn
may be sure that they receive the
best of wire and attention.
In matters pertaining to the welfare
of Sapulpa, Mr. Mendenhall has al-
ways taken a hearty interest and is
known to be -staunch and true friend of
labor. We trusj our friends will give
him a trial when in need of anything
in his line, knowing full well the best
of service will be given.
Unfair Plumbing Shop#.
B. Z. Hutchinson.
Rice & Boismer.
A. F. Binns.
Fitts & Mann.
Phillips & Wilson.
Home Heating & Humbing Co.
Harrell & Anderson.
B* E. McDonald.
the hours of work are longest; and in
many cases those who go into them
are driven by necessity so great that
they have practically no alternative.
Decisions such as those alluded to
above nullify the legislative effort to
protect the wage-workers who must
need protection from those employers
who take advantage of their grinding
need. They halt or hamper the move-
ment for securing better and more
equitable conditions of labor. The
talk about preserving to the misery-
hunted beings who make contracts for
such service their "liberty" to make
them, is either to speak in a spirit of
heartless irony or else to show an utter
lack of knowledge of pie conditions
of life among the great masses of our
fellow-countrymen, a lack which unfits
a judge to do good service just as it
would unfit any executive or legisla-
SAPULPA STEAM LAUNDRY
One of the best laundries to be found |
anywhere in this country is the one
whose name heads this article. They
have a reputation forturning out only
first class work and it is for this reas-
on they have a large patronage. The
laundry business cuts no small part
In the make up of a city's progress and I
prosperity, as a great many skilled op-
erators are required to conduct a grow- j
ing business. Messrs. Hegberg and i
Bailey are men of keen business judg-
ment. fair in their dealings with their
customers and employees, and it gives
us pleasure to recommend the above
firm to our members and the general
Everything in wearing apparel that
can be washed, can be safely sent to '
the Sapulpa Steam laundry, and all j
can rest assured that the best of work
and treatment will follow. Call a wag- [
on for a trial bundle and be convinced |
of their superior work.
THE STAR LIVERY.
J. E. Black, Prop.
C. E. JACKSON, BAKERY.
It has always been of the utmost
importance that the manufacture of
strictly pure and wholesome baker's
goods be encouraged. Mr. C. E. Jack-
son, the proprietor of the Mode)!
Bakery, is amastr hand at his craft
and theiv are many of us who can
vouch for the excellence of his prod-1
ucts. His large and complete bakery [
is located on East Dewey avenue, and
is a model of its kind. He uses abso-
lutely nothing but the very best of ma-
terials in his wares and his delivery
service is beyond reproach. Our cit-
izens have not bev?n slow to appreciate
the importance of such a large r.nd
worthy business as this in our city and
he has built one of the largest and
most staple trades to be had in fine
cakes he excells. If there is anything
special that you want, as for instance,
a wedding ca#ke, fancy or plain, or
anything of this kind, you will find
that he will fill your order with tne
utmost promptness and dispatch and at
the most reasonable figures. V. you
are not already dealing with this up-
to-date and prosperous baker, ir J*
tim ■ for you to give him a trial.
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.
The Viba Painless Dentists for hon-
est dental services. Once you see our
work and know our low prices, you
will go nowhere else. Our painless
system is the wonder of the age. Big
gold to 3th at foot of stairs. 122 1-2
The Star Livery is one of the en-
terprises of Sapulpa that furnishes ac-
ceptable livery service. Mr. Black
purchased the bam about two months
ago, and is being complimented very
highly on account of his fine rigs and
prompt service. We gladly commend
this courteous and plvasant citizen to
the hosts of laboring people and urge
our members and other rea.Ters to give
him a fir trial for their patronage. His
methods have always been strictly
square and honorable and he is sure
to continue in the popular fancy of the
We are glad to patronize business
establishments which are operated by
our friends. In the bakery business w(i
count a true and substantial friend in
the above concern. From this bakeT.v
many of our members secure their
supplies in this line and all endorse
this concern as one of the finest in
the city. You are always sure that
the products of this concern are pure
and wholesome, and up to the finest
standard. The gentleman at the head
of this enterprise is thoroughly ex-
perienced and personally superintends
the baking department. They are cer-
tain to win your trade if you give them
a trial, and we urge our members and
THE BUSY BEE.
11 North Main.
This worthy place of Sapulpa enjoys
a trade second to none. The confec-
tions turned out by them is of the high-
est order and by the amount of trade
that constantly patronize them it is
proof that their goods are right.
The reputation of this establishment
is the natural and legitimate outcome
of patience and perseverance, steadily
devoted to the accomplishment of a
business object by honorable business
Messrs. Whittaker and Son are weK
known and to their popularity can be
attributed the success that they have
had in their important line.
Mr. F. H. Mendenhall is one of our
new subscribers of Sapulpa Mr. Men-
denhall has just returned from the
west. We are glad to note that Mr.
Mendenhall is a true friopj ci union
Paying particular attention to
the entertainment, comfort and
convenience of ladies and child-
ren. Presenting at all times the
: best o] •
"Some Decisions Were Detrimental to
There are certain decisions by vari-
ous courts which have been exceeding-
ly detrimental to the rights of wage-
workers. This is true of all the decis-1
ions that decide that men and women j
are, by the constitution, "guaranteed |
their liberty" to contract to enter a
dangerous occupation, or to work an I
undesirable or improper number of |
hours, or to work In unhealthy sur I
roundings: and therefore cannot re j
cover damages when maimed In that'
occupation, and can not be forbidden j
to work what the legislature decides is j
an excessive number of hours, or to
carry on the work under conditions
which the legislature decides to be un-
The most dangerous occupations are
often the poorest paid and those where!
European and Ameri-
can Vaudeville Attrac-
The Only Theatre in the
City Fair to Organized
Rice, Kerr & Crumpacker
Real Estate and Fire Insurance
104 1-2 WEST MAIN STREET
Rocm 241. Up-itairs
FRANK P. 8HEPAHD
Registered Patent Attorney,
Ma Aitoraej-j la
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