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was to be made we had great hopes, of newspaper worker a very bad man," to course, but our wildest expectations have which the Buffalo Journal tartly replies been exceeded. As for myself, not car- that “the same may be true of the Times ing to mention any names, I must say but does not apply to the Journal." that the men who look after the welfare But Bros. Eaton and French never did of the JOURNAL have simply "done them- have much time for each other. selves proud."
A woman's edition of the Grand Forks Friday evening, Jan. 10, occurred the Plaindealer is now well under way. How semi-annual meeting of the Northwestern those who have been there will pity the Publishers' Association. It was held in poor compositors. the rooms of the Commercial Club and At the recent annual election of the was well attended.
trades and labor council, E. E. Stevens, N. C. O'Connor, better known as of Typographical Union No. 42, was “Nick,' a popular member of No. 42, elected president, and T. W. Schmidt, who has been holding a situation on the another member of our union, was recensus board, has made application for a elected secretary. The other delegates clerkship in the office of the secretary of from No. 42 were nominated for various state. 'Tis said his prospects are good. offices, but they firmly declined, stating
Stevens, Martin & Martin, printers and that they were not desirous of doing the publishers, who were partially burned hog act. The printorial delegation cuts out the fore part of last month, have be- no small figure in the council, and can gun work again.
always be relied upon to “tote fair." Mrs. S. E. Palmiter, wife of Eugene The daily papers of Minneapolis all had Palmiter, of Harrison & Smith chapel. something more or less appropriate and died December 11, 1895. The remains gushing to offer anent the new year, but were taken to Monona, Iowa, for burial. it remained for a quill driver of the counMr. Palmiter has the heartfelt sympathy try press to eclipse them all. He conof all.
cludes his remarks thusly: "The old Several members of No. 42 took part custom of New Year's calls was most inin the civil service examination held in nocuously desuetuded by reason of exMinneapolis recently for positions in the cesses. Dollars to doughnuts that editor government printing office, and the fol- takes the JOURNAL and has been reading lowing have been notified that they stand "Hyperion's'' letters.
CHAP. some chance of securing positions: E. E. Minneapolis, Minn. Stevens, Frank Hoover, W. H. Dedrich, Theo. Paulfranz and R. Whitman.
Notes of the Passing Show. Fred Hudson, a former member of No. The control of the Journal has gone out 42, was in the city recently. He is pub- of the hands of the Rogers heirs, a synlishing a paper on his own responsibility dicate of wealthy persons having recently in the neighboring state of Wisconsin, purchased four-fifths of the stock. Stephand is doing well.
en O'Mera is again managing editor and The long-felt and much-advertised-for Thomas B. Reed is being boomed for the want at Maple Lake has been filled. presidency. Frank Hamilton has started a paper there. William H. Kennedy died on December There is no question as to Frank's ability 23. He had been employed in the Globe as a printer, and he ought to make a go composing room for thirteen years, and of it.
was born in Ireland in 1852. The Monticello Times makes the state- On New Year's day the employes of the ment that “a printing office is generally Post in all departments held their annual considered a pretty tough place, and the banquet at Young's Hotel. Nothing like
these gatherings to cement a fraternal do more deadly work when called out to feeling between employer and employed. repress workingmen who have the courage
The seventy-second annual meeting of to strike against tyrannical conditions. the Franklin Typographical Society was But an order appropriating money for this held on January 2, and the annual reports purpose was passed by the aldermen last were most encouraging, there being a cash year, a site selected and approved, and balance of $500 on hand, besides the val- all in readiness for the mayor's signature, uable real estate which the society holds. when it was discovered that the land specThe sum of $2,920 has been paid out in ulators who owned the location were about sick benefits and nine members died dur- to pocket $100,000 by the transaction. ing 1895. The total membership is 507. Two years ago the land was bought for At the request of the society flags will be $23,500, it is assessed for $25,300, and displayed on all public buildings of the the owners were willing to sell to the city city on Franklin's birthday, January 17. for $120,000. The mayor vetoed the purThe following persons were re-elected to chase. Had this deal been consummated the most important offices: President, M. could it be called a steal? C. C'pham; vice-president, M. P. Higgins; While on this subject it may be well to secretary, C. W. Brown; collector, Leon
record the fact that at a banquet of the ard Raymond; treasurer, W. H. Cundy; Beacon Society at the Hotel Vendome on librarian, J. F. Ford, Jr.; trustees, C. W.
December 28, two prominent citizens Holden and H. B. Danforth.
talked on the war question. Col. Albert The annual meeting of the Globe Re
A. Pope, who is at the head of the comlief Association was held on January 7, pany manufacturing Columbia bicycles, when the following officers were elected:
delivered himself of the following: “I President, J. C. McMahon; vice-president, wish we had a full brigade of regiments R. H. Cohn; treasurer, Stephen Booth;
of the regular army stationed permanently secretary, A. W. Tyler; auditors, W. H.
right here in Boston, and that four times Jordan 2d and H. A. Benedict.
a year they could be marched up State The percentage dues plan was submitted
street, that they could be pointed out as to the referendum on January 2. Although the strong arm of the law, to show sociala large majority of votes were cast for the ists and anarchists that we won't stand plan, still it lacked a few votes of the nec
any of their nonsense. The militia can't essary two-thirds majority. This means
be depended on to fire on their brothers that a ten-cent assessment per week must in case they have a mob to contend with, be again levied.
but the regulars will do their duty, and The machine is making inroads on week
that is why we should have an increase ly papers. The writer knows of an office in the regular army." in a neighboring city where one machine
I am neither an anarchist nor a socialist, is in use, the operator performing duty as but these people were simply used to hide his own machinist.
what the speaker really meant—that wageTHE TYPOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL in its
earners must not resort to such nonsense new form presents a handsome appear
as striking for higher wages, shorter ance. It seems to me that the contents hours or better conditions. Good union were not up to the usual standard. The
men can consistently refrain from purpage of editorial items dealing blows at chasing Columbia bicycles in future. monopoly, the enemy of labor, was missed
S. T. C. with regret.
Boston, Mass, The militia of this city have no rifle range where they can, by practice, become EXAMINE closely “Want” ads in the expert shots and thereby be better able to JOURNAL.
A Compositor's Happy Idea.
Forest F. Stone Two compositors have put on the mar- Is a prominent member of Minneapolis ket a substitute for card and paper spaces, Typographical Union No. 42. He is a called copper thin-spaces. These are made native of Pennsylvania, and was born in of fine copper, about 4 point thick, accu- 1867. His parents removed to Minnesota rately machine cut to 12, 18, 24, 36 and when he was thirteen years of age, and 48 point bodies. They are advertised as after two years' additional schooling, he
"the biggest little thing for printers," and entered as apprentice at the printing once used, will be regarded by the expert business, in a small office in the southjob compositor as indispensable. They ern part of the state. He has been a save the time of cutting card, are always habitue of the Twin Cities off and on for accurate and do not swell when wet, be- several years, and is now a manipulator sides being indestructible. They are put of Merganthaler keys on the Times. He up in fonts of about one thousand five is enthusiastic in his devotion to unionhundred pieces, assorted sizes, and sell for ism, is held in warm regard by his felone dollar net. The sale of these spaces low-craftsmen, and has been frequently for the inventors has been undertaken by honored with responsible duties, among the American Type Founders Co. If you others that of president of Minneapolis order them or cause them to be ordered, union. He is yet young, but has given say you saw them mentioned in THE TYP- many indications of an honorable and OGRAPHICAL JOURNAL.
Action of the St. Louis Mailers.
ceased hostilities towards it and amended I was somewhat surprised to see in your our circular. The Chronicle sent for me recent issue a letter from the president of and I had quite a talk with the manager, No. 8, criticising Mailers' Union No. 3 in but he refused to give in and our fight on its efforts to unionize the mailing rooms in the Chronicle was continued for several St. Louis. I can not believe that Mr. days before he saw the error of his ways. Hyams is familiar with the trials the mail
We are glad to state that all mailers at ers have undergone during their attempts the Republic and Chronicle are now memto secure recognition, and for that reason bers of No. 3, and with the exception of desire to explain.
about six we have every mailer employed When the mailers first presented their on any English publication in the city in scale they were met by the publishers who the union. The publishers of all the Encombined and agreed amongst themselves glish newspapers have met a committee of not to recognize our union or to have any- the union, and as soon as some minor thing to do with the committee from the changes are made in our scale, will recogunion. We then presented our case to nize us as a union, after which time every the allied trades council, and were re- mailing room in town will be run on a ferred to the organizer; we were also told strictly union basis. that we could not expect any assistance Perhaps we could have accomplished from No. 8, as they had a contract that this some other way, but I can not see had several years to run. The organizer how.
The organizer how. I do not believe with Mr. Hyams advised us to work upon two papers, viz.: that we have made a mistake, and I am Republic and Chromcle, as every other glad that he admits we have gained our English paper employed union mailers, point, but we have done it without the although not as union men and were not assistance of No. 8, and have our union paying the scale.
in good shape, whereas had we waited for All the mailers in the Republic office the contract of No. 8 to expire we should had once been members of our union, but not have been in existence when that time were forced out of it by the foreman came. (since fired). The mailers at the Chron
If No. 8 would take a little more inicle were not union men, nor were any
terest in the mailers in the future than members of the union regularly employed they have in the past, they may find it to there, as stated by Mr. Hyams. After our mutual advantage. quite a delay, our union not making any
M. J. GRADY, progress toward a settlement, decided to
President Mailers' Union No. 3.
St. Louis, Mo. ask the aid of the trades and labor union. The committee from that body could do
Machine Gossip in the West. nothing, as the publishers would not meet All of the daily newspapers here are them, and we did not see how we were to now using machines, and all the hand secure recognition unless we took some composition required on them is in the decided step or waited about four years for setting of the ads and heads. No. 8's contract to expire, so we began a The Times was the first to introduce fight on both the Republic and Chronicle, machines, and put in a plant of ten. The and did not single out the Chronicle as Journal followed soon after with eight, Mr. Hyams states. Both the Republic and the Star with twelve. Some six and Chronicle employ union printers, but months later the World, the only remainneither employed union mailers. The ing paper, put in seven linotypes, and the manager of the Republic agreed to em- day of hand composition in Kansas City ploy union mailers and pay scale before was past. As a rule, but few outside a dozen circulars were issued, and we operators were imported, and nearly all
the men now operating machines here effort will be made to make a straight were case-holders on their respective pa- eight hours a night scale for morning pers. Without a doubt, the members of papers, thus doing away with the three No. 80 have been very successful in learn- extra hours tacked on Friday and Saturing the new style of things, and of those day. who had the opportunity to become oper- As a whole, machines have been a brillators, very few have failed. In fact, the iant success in Kansas City, as far as the standard of competency here has been set amount of work being done by them is very high. When the machines first ar- concerned. Probably in no town in the rived the proprietors announced that an country has the average of speed attained average of 3,500 per hour would be per- by Kansas City operators been excelled, fectly satisfactory. However, at the end and employers have shown their appreciaof the apprenticeship period of eight tion of this fact by readily paying over weeks, it was found that no operator had the scale to any good operator. There any trouble in getting over the 3,500 line, are several operators on the morning paand the majority were setting about 4,000 pers who are now receiving $1.50 per an hour. Then the proprietors thought night, or fifty cents over the scale, and 4,000 an hour would be about right, and all operators on the evening papers, as that amount was then required of the stated above, are receiving the same adoperators. The limit continued to get
All machine work is done on higher and higher, until, at the present time, no piece-work being done, or bonus time, there are but few operators holding paid for averages over a certain amount, regular machines here who do not average and, as a result, everything runs along in 5,000 an hour or over-or a string of good shape, and there has never been, 40,000 for eight hours' work. There are practically, any dispute between the emany number of operators in Kansas Cityployers and No. 80 since the machines who can catch the machine whenever they were first put in. Another good feature feel so disposed.
connected with the machines here is the The machine scale is a very fair one, fact that No. 80 has placed but few rebut a peculiar feature is the fact that strictions in the way of those desiring to operators on evening papers are receiving practice on them, and there are a number better wages than those on the morning of good operators here who practically papers. The scale for night work calls picked up what they know by practicing for eight hours per night-except on
at odd times. This same system is being Fridays and Saturdays, when nine and pursued now by several men in each ten hours, respectively, are worked- office, and in the course of six months or making a total of fifty-one hours per a year there will be plenty of operators week, for $24, or $4 per night. The day
The day here who will be able to hold their own scale calls for eight hour per day, or forty- in almost any office. eight hours per week, for $21, or $3.50 A new evening paper, the Public Pulse, per day.
Now comes the peculiar feature is to be started here in a few weeks. The above mentioned. All of the operators paper will be set by hand, for several on the two evening papers—the Star and months at least, and will employ about the World—are receiving $24 per week, twenty-five printers, all of whom will be the same wages as are being paid to oper- members of No. 80. This will be quite ators on morning papers, and besides, are a pick-up for several of our old newsworking three hours less per week. This paper printers who were thrown out in matter will probably be changed soon, as the cold by the linotype, and who have in the new machine scale to be presented since been working in the various book at the meeting of No. SO in February, an and job offices.