Oklahoma State Labor News (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, March 13, 1908 Page: 1 of 4
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Oklahoma State Labor NeWs
VOLUME 2, NO. 44
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.. FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 1008.
Ofiicial Organ of the Oklahoma County Farmers Union No. 69, and Various Local Labor Unions,
FIVE CENTS PER COPY
IDA STARRING SHERMAN, Musician Grand Fraternity
SENATOR GEO. 0. JOHNSON'S
ADDRESS ON CONVICT LABOR
"Mr. Chairman, there is no particu-
lar reason why, if it becomes neces-
sary for the state of Oklahoma to go
into the mining business, that it
should not hire proper laborers, and
set them to work. It can find plenty
of hands to take advantage of the
opportunity of working for the state,
and at the same time the laborers of
this state should receive compensa-
tion for their work, the same as if
working for a private corporation, and
I am opposed to placing convict la-
borers in these mines. I do not be-
lieve it is practicable, or fair to the
miners. I do not think the state is
called upon to do what the other
states are not allowed to do, and I
think it is unjust to the miners, and
the actual miners would be supplanted
and others put in their place.
"Now, Mr. Chairman there is an-
other phase of the question that ap-
peals to me—and very strongly—
and that is that convict labor never
makes success. You may put them
out on the road, and put enough men
around to keep them at that labor, but
they never become profitable to the
state. There is another proposition to
consider, Mr. Chairman, and that is
that when we establish a state prison
in order ot hold men in confinement
for crime, there is a large percentage
of those placed within the walls of
this prison who are unfortunate in
the crimes they have committed, and
it is unjust to them that they should
be put in the ground in mining prop-
erty. It is dangerous to life and hu-
"I believe that when you establish
a state prison, which we must, that
it should be placed upon a humane
plane. I believe that the state of
Oklahoma, the last state admitted into
this Union, should be broad and ad-
vanced in her ideas, and that trade
should be taken into these institu-
tions and taught, and that these men
confined there shall be permitted to
learn those trades, and that after
they are turned out on the public
may be able to earn an honest living
and not be put back into the same
condition, with the same surroundings
which led to the crime. Three-fenths
of the crimes committed are com-
mitted through necessity, or supposed
necessity or unusual excitement and
environments have had to do with a
great deal of the crime committed.
These men many of them have not
been reared in crime, but circum-
stances have led to the same, and
when at last when their term of im-
prisonment is over for the crime which
they committed—years of confinement
in the penitentiary—and they are
turned out to fave the world, they at
least should have a chance to be-
come god citizens, and successful in
A WEARING APPAROL FEATURE THAT
WILL INTEREST YOU AND ONE THAT
WE CARRY STRONGER THIS SEASON
THAN EVER BEFORE.
A line of them that carry the Label and the
VERY NIFTIEST in patterns.
While you are interested in Shirts, it may be
also to your welfare to figure with us for a
We have some beauties and can fit you, no
matter what build you may require.
YOUNG'S HATS IMPERIAL HATS
WILLIAMS & KNEELAND SHOES
GIVE US A CALL
KNIGHT. HILTON J BECK
THOSE WHO DARE WORK FOR
LIFE SAVING BILLS LOSE JOBS
(By Staff Correspondent.)
Guthrie, Okla.. March 12.—The bat-
tle of the railroad corporations against
the life-saving measures urged for leg-
islation by the railway trainmen's or-
ganizations have culminated In dis-
charges of offending trainmen, who
have ventured to appear before the
I). A. Anderson, chairman of the
legislative committee of Hallway Train
Men, has been fired, bag and baggage,
from the Roclc Island. Two of his
associates have been discharged by
the roads employing them. Trainmas-
ters ^nd roadmasters all over the
state are intimating to employees
that they must stop all agitation or
lose their jobs.
The pressure has been so great that
numbers of the conductors, who had
officially approved the legislation, are
now facing the other way. A dozen of
them, mostly from other status, are
in Guthrie lobbying against it. Tin1
expenses of these men are being paid
by the railroads. By night they con-
sul: v* ith the small army of railway
si perintondents and special attorneys
who are gathered here most of the
tirne in their special cars. Nine of
these legislative specials were in the
yards at one time.
The railway conductors, that body
of men who style themselves the con-
servative element of the railroad labor
movement, after endorsing most of
the legislation now pending, have sud-
denly decided 'lhat these bills are
very radical legislation and some of
them, after signing the petition for
their passage under the seal of their
local, have decided that it will greatly
interfere with the conductor to have
a full crew on his train and that it will
be detrimental to them to have the
mother-hubbard type of engines put
out' of business, says their legislative
They also take a fall out of the
boiler inspection bill, while at moBt
times they are making cupola geran-
ium out of themselves at from ten
to forty car-lengths away from the
Most of these gentlemen, who are
not citizens of Okiahoa, frankly admit
tHey are not representing any labor
organibation, but are here as indi-
viduals. Fellow. workers, did you
ever hear tell of any greater feeling
of brotherly love than this, when con-
ductors become so interested in leg-
islation that they will leave their
work in other states and come to
Oklahoma to defeat legislation that
in no way concerns them. The bills
that they are trying to defeat are bills
that only concern other crafts.
If. as they say, they are not repre-
senting the laboring people, then who
can they be representing? Surely
not the railroad interests, and if they
are merely here to express their
views, they are evidently consuming
plenty of time and money to do so.
and it is the first case on record
where laboring men are willing to lose
time and defray their own expense to
defeat legislaiton that the most of the
men directly concerned are asking
Though discharged by his road,
Anderson is still in the fight at Guth-
rie. and will remain.
. For the active part I have taken in
representing the Brotherhood of Hail-
way Trainmen, as chairman of the
state legislative board of that order
before the legislative bodies of our
state in an effort to procure legisla-
tion for the public, and ourselves as
well, I have been presented with a
request from the management to turn
in the company property now in my
possession. Says he: "I have been
a conductor and brakeman in the em-
ploy of the Rock Island for the past
two years and over."
D. A. ANDERSON.
MERCHANTS TO PATRONIZE
Corder's, Fine Footwear. 125 Main
Cook with Gas.
Gas & Electric Co.
Union men will find Labor Brand
collars and cuffs at Knight. Helton
W. H. Butcher. Fresh and Salt
Meats, Poultry, Game, etc. Second
and Robinson. Both phones, 242.
Are you using Union Brand Cof-
ee? You should. Many members of
organized labor are using it.
Curtis & Gartside Co. Doors. Win-
dows. Hardwood finishing a special
ty. Wholesale only. Oklahoma City.
GREELY LOCAL NEWS.
Mr. H. W. Jones, one of Greely's
local members, is contemplating the
building of a new house in the near
future. Mr. Jones is doorkeeper of
the Farmers' union local No. 69 of
Oklahoma County union, and when
you knock at his door you will be
found welcome if you are a union
man and have the password. Some
come right along. Let us have a
good turnout at our next county meet-
ing in Oklahoma City.
¥ "V* •
h\ A. SIIEUMAN, Vice Commander Grand Fraternity
See Gibbons & Sappington, real es-
tate, rentals, employment. Phone,
Black 3738. 12 Ms N. Robinson St.
I!.—"A LIVING WAGE."
(By the Rev. Chas. Stelzlc.)
To no two men does it suggest ex-
actly the same thing. For some, to
"live" means automobiles, steam
yachts, summer houses and mansions;
while to others it means Bimply
bread and meat, rent and fuel, clothes
and the barest necessities of life. To
live, then, is a matter of temperament,
taste and disposition.
"A living wage" means the securing
of that which will permit each man to
obtain that which will /satisfy the
cravings of his soul, his mind, and
his body. There are some folks who
would be content to live in a house
which was built as by a machine,
with no Individuality and no personal
selection in the matter of architec-
tural design or beauty. They have
that right. But why should you be
compelled to live in that kind of a
house? Others ar«> quite content to
keep the beautiful pictures and art
pieces in the public museums and
galleries. But suppose that you
should prefer to have some of them
in your own home, so that they may
really possess you, as well as you
If you have tastes and desires
which are different from those of the
great mass of people, and if you are
willing to work and sacrifice in or-
der to satisfy them, without injuring
or retarding your fellowmen, why
should you be hindered in your en-
deavors? Your "living wage" must
not be limited by anybody, if you
have the power to earn it. If others
are satisfied with less, well and
good—that Is a matter which they
must decide for themselves. But
their standards of living and their
method of life must not be foisted
Your life is your own. You desire
to live as God has shown it to you.
If you can help any other man to live
a batter and fuller life, it Is your
privilege to do so. for that Is also a
part of the life which you desire to
FAIR ASSOCIATION IM
The State Fair association has be-
gun the work of grading, draining
and macadamizing the streetB at the
It is the intention of the associa-
tion to have the grounds in such
shape next fall that a heavy rain
will in no way prevent the carrying
on of the fair or result in a muddy
and disagreeable f'ondttrlon for the
visitors. All the streets are to be
macadamized and the drainage per-
fected to such an extent that after a
rain the grounds will be In a normal
condition In a very short time.
The cost of these improvements has
not been estimated as to exact fig-
ures, but the work will be done in a
Don't fail to read the ad of Bass &
Harbour in this week's Issue.
Ask your grocer for Union Brand«
Coffee. He will charge you no more j
than you pay for some other brands.
The Oklahoma City Mill and Ele I
vator Co. leads tin trade through 111«•
merit of "Rival'* and "Choctaw"
flours. See ad. on page 4.
Call on Rosenthal & Hfirris ;for I
new and second hand furniture. They
are located at 218-220 North Broadway
and will supply your wants.
F. W. Miller Trunk Co., manufac !|
turers and retailers trunks, Sample
cases, leather goods, etc. 130 West
Grand avenue. Trunk and bag re-
Ridenour & Baker Wholesale Groc
ery Co. "Quail." Moca and Java.
"Amber Cream," "Cocoa Blend," Cof-
fee. "Our Own Make. Wholesale ex-
N. S. Sherman Machine Co., Found-
ers and Machinists. Engines and |
Boilers, all types -and sizes. Brick I
machinery, Cotton Gins. ets. I"
beams in stock for immediate ship-
SPRING IS MERC!
We are showing the largest and newest lines of
Clothing, Shoes, furnishings
in this city. We have no old stock as we sold every dollar's worth to
James Bros., of Olustee. This leaves us v. ith a nice clean line of new
We are not on the main street and our expenses are much smaller than
our competitors: TIIU CUSTOMER PAYS THE EXPENSES. We sell
for cash. You do not have to pay for the credit customers goods.
Oklahoma City Botling Works.
Both phones 32. Bottlers of the cele-
brated Dr. Pepper, Socks Pruden's
Ginger Ale, Iron Brew. Largest plant
and best facilities in the city fori
handling orders on the shortest no |
tlce. Stiller Bros., nrourletnrs.
Southwest Texas Lands
Irrigated farms yield $100
to $4000 per acre each year;
eight crops of alfalfa per year;
[grows all garden products.nuts,
sugar cane and all kinds of fruit,
including oranges, lemons, ba-
nanas, figs, etc. Next excursion
March 17th, round trip $27.40;
Room 12, American Express |
Bigg , lOSVi W. Grand ave.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
We are showing special styles in the following well known lines:
MICHAELS STERN & CO., Fine Clothes.
SOLOMON BROS. & LEMPERT, Bench Made Clothes.
"LARRY LEVY" Pants.
John B. Stetson Hats. Cluett Shirts. Monarch Shirts.
Florsheim Shoes. Dorothy Dodd Shoes. Ralston Health Shoes.
REMErVBER WB SAVE Y0U MONEY" ON eve^y
HOLLAR YOU SPEND.
CLOTHING -SHOES-FURNISHINGS -
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Krogh, Nora I. Oklahoma State Labor News (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, March 13, 1908, newspaper, March 13, 1908; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc154800/m1/1/: accessed October 27, 2020), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.