Oklahoma Leader (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 117, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 29, 1921 Page: 2 of 6
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POLLY AND HER PALS—Ashur's Running No Risk.
—by CLlt't S1LKKET!
But Labor Receives More
Than In U. S., It Is De-
BY CLARENCE DUBOSE
United Prs*& Staff Correspond* n
TOKYO. (By Mall.)—The increas-
ing slump in Japanese exports is
causing much worry in business and
The foreign trad« in silks, cotton
goods and other important items of
Japanese manufacture has fallen off
grostly and the business men say the i
end is not yet in sight.
Failure CauM** Worry.
. The reason is that Japanese prices
pre so high, and the reaaon Japaneso |
prices are ho high is that cheap labor
here has almost ceased to exist.
In some lines, such as silk, artifi-
cial stimulation or maintenance of
pricea by government pools, or by
pools tacked by great financial
groups, has been practised. However,
business men are wondering, with
considerable alarm, whether this pol-
icy Is wise, how much longer it can
last and what will happen when it
r.Wng Cost Hlfffc*
They face the fact that they aro
losing trade while the inflation is
maintained, but that they will lose
much money with deflation.
Living cost* are higher here than
in any part of the world today. La-
borers refuse to return to pre-war
scales and are securing still fur-
ther Increases in pay.
Holders of merchandise bought at
boom prices refuse to "Stand the
loea" of readjustment and hold out
for a profit on the high pricea they
The result la that Japan ia losing
world markets she gained when, as
a result of low labor coat, she could
imderaell all competitors.
Formerly Japanese industry could
employ half a doxen coolies, where
an American factory would have
one workman, and the wages of the
aix would not equal that of the one
American. Other factors being equal,
Japan could and did undersell.
But now Japanese wages are in-
BL'KNOS AIRES (By I P.)
During the j-even years since the
outbreak of the war. notwithstand-
ing almoet complete cessation of j
emigration, tbe population of Buenot
Aires has increased by over 300,000.
In the lust decade the growth was
over 630,000, a truly astonishing
figure, as compared with the cen-
sus of other capitals.
There has been, however, a some-
what disquieting decrease in the
birth rate of the city. With a popu-
lation of 1,692,600, the births were
only about 24,000 per annum, whereas
In 1914. when the population was
much less, tbeae numbered nearly I
In some cases this decrease is at-
tributed to the high cost of living. [
the great Jump in price taken by |
necessities, it is alleged, has led to
a "strike of mothers."
Reserve Board Governor Says
Outlook ''More Hopeful"
BY LAWRENCE MARTIN
Copyright 1921. United Press
WASHINGTON. Dec. 29. The
bells that ring in 192-' will usher in
a business revival that will develop
in due course Into a "new ers of
prosperity" for the United States.
This confident prediction was
made today by W. P. O. Harding, gov-
ernor of the federal reserve bourd.
Choosing his words with care and
weighing his phrases before he ut-
tered them, Harding told what his
exceptional opportunities for survey-
ing the nation's financial condition
have shown him.
"Business has passed through the
primary stage, the acute period of re-
action," he said, summing up his ob-
"It is my sober conviction that
basic financial conditions are very
much better than they were twelve
months ago. There are many Indi-
cations that the revival cycle is not
far distant. When it does definitely
set In, it will be followed in due
course by a new era of prosperity."
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—By WALTER HUMAN
JERRY ON THE JOB —
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^ _ Speaking thus. Harding sitting at
t r^TedTrom three to tin Umea the ' his desk in the treasury, looked like
scale of a few years ago and many i * finance expert. Reaching out his
times that of a decade ago. The great j hand to press a button he marshalled
bulk of Japanese labor is untrained, battalions of figures and facts to
Several of them are required to equal ! support his prediction*
the production of a skilled foreign "There are well defined cycles in
workman. So the low-cost labor ad- j business," he said. "V\c are nearly
vantage is lost and Japan s labor at the end of a long period of slow
"overhead" is the highest In the , liquidation, business depression and
world. stagnation. Such a period is fol-
It's easy enough to say "reduce J lowed by revival."
wages." But Japanese workmen have
learned to strike and like it A typi-
cal result or the situation is the ex-
perience of a Japanese, recently re-
turned to Tokyo from New York
where for years he was a large im-
porter of Japanese cotton manufac-
tures. His once extensive American
business dwindled to almost nothing
during the last six months, because
the prices of American-made goods
w ere cheaper than he could possibly
meet. He is not going back to New
"Production costs In America are
TO SELL MILK
New York Aldermen Say That
Is the Only Way to
End Milk War.
High railroad rates and taxes, high
costs of fuel and rent and the im-
paired condition of agriculture are
barriers to complete economic res-
toration, Harding said.
"But," he added. "I think the out-
look for the farmers is more hopeful.
Also for some months past there has
been a marked easing of the credit
situation. Notwithstanding some
features of our revenue laws, the in-
vestment market is now absorbing
securities at rates which would not
have been considered a few months
ago. Liberty bonds are at or ap-
By Federated Press.
NEW YORK. Dec. 29.—The alder- j
manic committee which for two weeks j Constitutional
has been investigating the milk 1
strike here, has issued a report urg- j
ing that the pasteurization and dis-
tribution of milk in New York city*
be done by the municipality, and
that the distribution of milk be "en-
tirely by municipal operation."
The report "finds that the strike
was Ill-advised, but from that point
On "Slave Law"
livered by Chief Justice Taft, in un-
mistakable terms clearly expressed
its views concerning the right to
strike. Speaking of the purposes of
j labor unions and the right to strike
the court said:
i "They have long been thus recog-
nized by the courts. They were
organized out of the necessities of
i tie situation. A Ringle employe was
! helpless in dealing with an employer.
He was dependent ordinarily on his
: daily wage for the maintenance of
Rights Violated — Community Prosperity '^p'aThfm
Blighted—Miners Await Court Decision in jhe thought fair, he was nevertheless
Hnwat Hahpas Pnrnnc Pa<;p ! unable to lcave 0,8 employ and to re-
nUUeaS Uurpilb OUoL. jsist arbitrary and unfair treatment.
Union was essential to give labor-
the matter is determined in this ac-
tion that a clean cut declaration of
the law relating to the issues raised,
will be made, and without any con-
sideration for the question of poli-
"After almost two years of Cha-
tuaqua barnstorming and legal acro-
batics on the part of the supporters
of the Industrial Court the citizens
of Kansas are certainly at last en-
titled to a sincere judicial pro-
nouncement as to the constitutional-
ity of the law. They are entitled to
know whether we are to continue to
adhere to the bedrock principles
upon which this nation was founded
or whether we are to scrap th«
Declaration of Independence and the
United States Constitution, and be-
come the slaves to a state bureau-
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 29.—Fhil I the vicious falsehoods circulated con- rrs opportunity to deal on equality
H. Callery, general counsel for Dis-; cerning the people of that locality to ; with their employer. They united toj
trict No. 14, United Mine Workers of I bolster up the fortunes of certain • pxert influence upon him and to
America, and personal counsel for | politicians and to justify the shame- leave him in a body in order by this
Alexander Howat when interviewed ful misuse which they have made of
on it also finds that the distributors ! this morning concerning the Indus-1 their offices.
cheaper than in Japan now. because ! proaching par. Good railroad and in-
labor wages have Increased so here," dustrial bonds have gained, as have
he said. I some standard stocks."
Letters to The Leader
Lettsrt, frum readers are w lcom* Those of three hundred words or
Icm have thn best chsnoe of publication. Ws reserve the rlsht to edit or
condense. The leader Is to be understood as neither appro\lng uor agree-
ing with any opinion here expressed.—Editor.
ILLINOIS ME!t FOR HOWAT.
KUJitor Leader: The following resolu-
tion Was adopted In regular meeting of
l^ooal Union No. 1806, Thursday night.
December 15, 1921. by unanimous vote.
Whereas. Alexander Howat and
August Dorchy. officials of District No.
14. V. M- W. of A . stats of Kansas, have
gone to Jail in defense of the principles
which are dear to all men, namely, that
men can not be half free and half slaves,
Whereas, w« believe that the incar-
ceration of Brothers Howat and Dorchy
I hss been heralded from coast to coast as
! a blow to organised labor, and
Whereas, we the members of Local No.
1S06 oondemn the aotlon of our last In-
ternational convention, controlled and
' dominated by John L. I-ewls, because it
> did not support Brothers Howat and
j Dorchy in this trying crisis of their
Therefore Be It Resolved, that we
' he members of Local No. 180S pledge to
Brother Howat and Brother Dorchy our
I moral and financial support In their
fight against the coal barons of this
country and their enemies within our
union who are seeking to destroy them.
r. D. hood.
WORKERS ONLY COMPETE.
Editor Leader: 1 hope the Leader
will be able to increase its cir-
culation to the 30,000 mark. The work
the Leader is doing to educate the Farm-
ers and Laborers that they have the
same interests Is the most vsluable serv-
ice the Leader could render.
The Japanese are flooding the western
part of the country with cheap oranges.
They will be able to undersell :he Amer-
ican orange growers. The newspapers
seem to think it is legitimate for the
government to prohibit euch competition
We industrial workers know that it will
destroy the orange growers and throw
thousands of (Americans out of employ-
ment and then the traders would ell
oranges higher than ever. The same
holds true with ever thing else.
When cheap labor is thrown on the
market against American labor, or union
labor, we find no sympathy for the la-
borers. "If they do not like to work for
low wages let them qui: and give the
work to men that want it."
There is no class that is expected to
meet competition, except the laborers.
A man with eight children and an invalid
wife must be able to live on the same
wage a Mexican batchelor gets, with
no one but himself to support and who
is accustomed to lower scale living.
Not all Mexicans, no more than Amer-
icans. will scab, but the workers are
called on to meet any and all competi-
tion. Such is the last of the competitive
system. There is no longer competition
among businees men. Titty have passed
ths whole system down to the workers
Moral, Join the Reconstruction league.
IRA W. FINLEY.
Elk City, Okla.
TAKE OYER THE MIIfFf*.
Editor Leader: I am writing you to
call your attention to a question that is
of great interest to organized labor.
As you no doubt are well aware, the
coal miners are Idle, practically all over
this district. The miners have been
locked out here for more than a month,
and from what I can find out, the same
condition prevails In the surrounding
1 have it from good authority that the
operators aro closer together than they
have been for some time, or possibly
Now there is no question in my mind,
or yours either. I am sure, but that there
is a great conspiracy on to starve the
miners Into submission.
Now it is an established fact that when
the MINER locks the mines our govern*
ment steps in and unlocks them and put
the men to work. Now with this pre-
cedent I am sure that if we car. K**t be-
hind this Just light and prove this con-
spiracy we should be able to force the
state to take over these mines and oper*
I am only calling your attention to
this, as it seems to me that It is a fine
chance to call OUR government's hand.
With the best of holiday greetings, I am
E. W. BARTMESS.
ELECT OUR OWN KIND.
Editor leader: From the action of
the corporation commission in allowing
the Increased of gas rates by the com-
pany to the consumers it looks as if the
oommission assumes authority to abolish
the right of contract to the city and to
champion the Interest of the gas com-
pany and help them to rob the people
who consume the gas This shows them
to be truly a commission for promoting
and protecting the Interest of corpora-
1 would suggest that in the next legis-
lature we abolish this commission po
that we may go direct to the courts for
the enforcement of our contracts How
ever, to accomplish this we must elect
diffei-ent men to the legislature.
As a rule. We elect a class of men to
the legislature who favor enacting laws
favorable to corporations and capitalists
and then we support an expensive lobby
to prevent them enacting laws to our
Let's elect men of our own kind and
see If can't get laws like we want.
J. W. SAXON
assumed an arbitrary attitude and
not only refused the good offices of
the mayor, but at this late day re-
fused to meet this committee and
Health Commissioner of the city,
even a quarter of the way."
The condition of the milk plants,
tho report says, Is not normal and in
some instances is unsanitary. It
says that tho companies appear to
have a price fixing ugreement and
that they refused the committee any
Information as to the character and
permanency of tho strikebreaking
wa«on men with which tho concern
are attempting to operate.
MATERNITY WORK BY
STATE IS PROMISED
Matsrnity and child welfare branch
to tho state health department will
soon be organized, according to Dr.
A. It. Lewis, state health commis-
sioner. A federal appropriation
under the Sheppard-Towner bill will
start the work.
Miss Leila Hoagland. now with the
publicity department, will have
charge of the new department, ac-
cording to Dr. Lewis.
The false hair worn by American
women is imported chiefly from
China, France, Italy and Switzer-
trial Court law and the probable i
outcome of tho habeas corpus action
for the release of Howat and Dorchy
The Industrial Court law of Kan-
sas is additional proof that there is
now pending before Judge Pollock In rQothin new umle!. the sun. n is
the Tnlteil States district court for L, „„ „. ,h„ -
Kansas, made the following state-
"Two years of the Industrial Court
has indeed been a costly and bitter J
experience for the people of Kansas,
and especially the citizens of south-
eastern Kansas. In the counties of
but an echo from the sixteenth cen-
tury when a statute was passed in
England making the organization of
workmen into labor unions a crim-
conspirancy, and providing
severe penalties for the hame, and
further providing that .ill persons
^ . . . .able to work as laborers and arti-
Crawford and ( bcrokee the coa in- wpr0 bolin(l to work 0Il rte.
dustry has been practically ruined, man,'j ;in,]
and many business concerns that two
years ago were highly prosperous
are now said to be tottering on the
verge of bankruptcy.
The city of Pittsburg that has been
the most prosperous and fastest
growing city In the state is today, in-
dustrially, paralyzed, and another
year of the Industrial Court will
doubtless complete the financial ruin
of the entire district.
The financial loss suffered by the
coal district of southeastern Kansas
which also gave full
power to the justices to fix the hours
of labor and the rates of wages.
Similar legislation has reocctirred
from time to time through the cen-
turies until its latest reoccurrence in
the passage of the Industrial Court
Law. The law is subversive of the
fundamental principles upon which
our institutions are founded, and fin-
ally It will be so declared by the
Very recently, and within the
.. . . .. .present month the United States su-
through the interference of the in- preme COurt has made an important
dustrial court since its establishment
is variously estimated at from $20,-
000,000 to $25,000,000.
While but little honest expression
of opinion from the mass of the
people of the coal section, finds its
way into print nevertheless I believe
Two hundredth anniversary of the ' it is a conservative estimate when I
birth of the celebrated Marquise de
Ohio will open bids today for a
$20,000,000 bond issue to provide for
the soldiers' bonus.
Washington University. St. Louis,
today will bestow an honorary LL. D.
upon M. Jusserand, the French am-
bassador to the United States.
The annual oratorical contest of
the Southern Inter 'ate Young Judea
association is to take place today at
St. Paul, which has been under the
commission form of government
since 3914, today will vote on a new
city charter which provides to some
extent for the old aldermanic type of
Plans to bring about the general
use of the metric system of weights
and measures In the United States
and Canada w ill be considered by the
American Metric association, meet-
ing in annual session today at Tor-
Beginning today and continuing
over tomorrow the University of
Pittsburgh will act as host to the
eighth annual convention of the
American Association of University
Adoption of a definite program of
action by 4.he American Library as-
sociation on library revenues, na-
tional certification of librarians and
copyright legislation is anticipated
when the council of the association
meets in Chicago today.
say that 95 per cent of the business
interests, the farmers and the labor-
ing class of Crawford and Cherokee
pronouncement touching upon the
right to strike which the industrial I
court law has sought to prohibit. The I
case before the court in which the I
opinion was rendered was that of
American Steel Foundries against
the Tri-City Central Trades Council,
et al. While the legality of the
strike was not directly before the j
court in this case, it being an action j
touching the validity of a court In- i
Inconvenience to induce him to make
better terms with them. They were
withholding their labor of economic |
value to make him pay what they j
thought It was worth. The right to j
combine for such a lawful purpose]
has in many years not been denied !
by any court.
Strike Law fill.
"The strike became a lawful in-
strument in a lawful economic strug-
gle or competition between employer
and employes as to the share or di-
vision between them of the joint
product of labor and capital."
This opinion, coming from the
highest judicial tribunal in the
United States is the enlightened
twentieth century view of the labor
problen^ as distinguished from the
voice from -the dark ages expressed
in the Industrial Court Law.
Speaking of the. probable outcome
of the habeas corpus proceedings
now pending before Judge John G.
Pollock in the United States district
court for Kansas, Mr. < allery con-
"It is needless to say that we can-
not now state what the result of the
action now pending before Judge
Pollock will be. We hope, however,
and confidently believe, that when
county are bitterly opposed to the junctlon restrainins picketing, never
industrial^court law. theless the court In its opinion, de- I
Despite the poison propaganda that
Undelivered New Tailor-Made
Suits, Overcoats and Pants are
being sold for less than one-half
former prices. Look them over.
122 West Grand
has been manufactured and distrib- i
uted to the people of Kansas by the !
Allen newspapers against the resl-
dents of the coal fields it can be j
truthfully said that there is not to be
found anywhere in the state of Kan-
sas or in any other state a more
peaceful, charitable and neighborly
class of people as a whole than those
who reside in the coal fields.
"Pittsburg and the surrounding
cities of thai locality have suffered
an incalculable injury as a result of
We Specialize on Remodeling
and Repairing, Cleaning.
Our Prices Are Reasonable.
Call West Grand
Al,WAV'S THE BEST
Set Teeth $10.00
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While They Last
We Carry Retread Tires
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Cold weather will soon be
here and we have now on dis-
play a complete line of com-
bination gas and coal stoves,
both heaters and cooking, and
priced much lower than up-
town stores must charge.
Our fine equipment has
helped fill many a sports-
man's bag and our rea-
sonable prices, made pos-
sible by low overhead
expense and volume buy-
ing-power, means added
joy to the hunter.
At the JONES store you will find a complete line of
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Hill—to JONES' store—and buy at TODAY'S prices.
You'll appreciate the SAVINGS.
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