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months. In order to gain this, he must and our highest estimate was sixty tons carry sixty-seven inmates through the (including fifteen tons of green silage). eight winter months for $20.50 per The acreage seeded was also larger. This month. in other words, Mr. Clark must year, with less ground planted and a provide for each inmate during winter, much lighter yield, they gain forty tons. when the cost is the highest, for $2.40 Ten tons of feed should last the Home less per month than during the summer, six weeks, and on October 12 there should when the cost is lowest.
be ninety tons of feed on hand. The Mr. Clark, himself, does not believe committee should not promulgate such this can be done; hence my belief that rash assertions. the figures were intended to deceive. If It is also reported that I purchased the it is done (without injury to the inmates) labor of inmates with liquor. It would I will be the first to apologize and give be sad, indeed, to think that the Home Mr. Clark credit for the reduction be- was occupied by men who would work cause of his personal efforts to economize. all day for a drink of liquor. I would
But I would challenge the correctness not like to have that opinion of any one in of the figures for May, and can demon- the Home. The men who worked the strate by Mr. Clark's books and invoices most did not use liquor. There was that they are wrong. For this reason we never any difficulty in securing the servwill not even concede a reduction through ices of the inmates. They worked about personal efforts of forty-four cents per in- the stable, helped to plant the trees, cut mate, until the books and invoices have weeds, assisted in planting, cultivating been thoroughly overhauled. *
and gathering the truck; they helped to A careful reading of the foregoing will cut silage, oiled the floors, and two were lead to the belief that the committee's re- engaged in painting the outside of the port is as wild as was their statement building. The remaining paints and varthat 100 tons of feed had been raised nishes are in the attic still. No, I do not from about twelve acres of ground. About think there was ever a man in the Home ten acres were planted in corn and two so low that he would do a day's work for acres in roots. A first-class yield cured a drink. Neither before nor after the corn stover from ten acres would be about date of my using stimulants in the field twenty tons. Thus the two acres in roots was there ever any difficulty in securing would have to yield the remaining eighty the services of inmates when requested. tons, or forty tons per acre. This is A stimulant at times was considered necrather amusing. If the ground will yield essary, and eggnog was generally served so heavily, why not plant the remaining at the table on holidays. Yet, even with land and sell the produce?
my willingness to use liquor upon such Last year the yield was unusually heavy occasions, I never purchased drinks for
the inmates in bar-rooms. During the *A careful examination of the dummy account kept at this office fails to show that Mr. Clark's
past spring there was a decided disposiaccounts for May are in any way inaccurate. It tion upon the part of the inmates to asmay be our correspondent believes the superin
sist the superintendent. If they have tendent has placed to the credit of some other account items which should have appeared un
since refused to be of assistance to the der the head of maintenance; if so this is a
Home the cause must be attributed to mere matter of bookkeeping. Then it is just possible Mr. Schuman's claim of inaccuracy is
other reasons than the absence of whisky. based on the fact that in determining the aver- While I believe the inmates should enage number of inmates for that month Superintendent Clark did not reduce it to fractions,
deavor to assist in conducting the Home, which was the ex-superintendent's habit. The having originated the rule, yet one can accounts are carefully scanned every month and this is the only possible basis we can find for
not help having a feeling of opposition to the challenge.-[ED.
the slave-driving expression used in the
report of “make them work at whatever
Cheering From Connecticut. cost,” or words to that effect. They have Hartford Union No. 127 has made great assisted in the past freely and without progress the past year, and to President compensation, and I believe they will in Allen much credit is due for his untiring the future. Such criticisms upon the in- efforts in behalf of the union. It is mates are unwarranted, unjust and un- mainly through his work that the Case, called for.
Lockwood & Brainard office is soon to bePaint will not prevent the roof from come a strictly union office. When the leaking. Reconstruction is the only safe New England union held its convention remedy. A first-class architect decided in this city last June, Mr. Brainard, at the that one coat of plumbago would be as banquet, made a speech which was most good as two coats of paint. His advice enthusiastically received. He said, among was followed.
other things, that he was in hearty acThe painting of balconies was done by cord with the idea of trades-unions, and inmates (not drinkers) and was almost that anything that was for the betterment finished before we left. The materials of the wage-worker would have his suphad been purchased for varnishing the port. He won the hearts of the 150 guests inside and the furniture. We had no at the table by his fair-minded and clear trouble in finding “knights of the brush” ideas of unions. among the inmates.
At that convention an organizer for There are several other misstatements, this state was appointed in the person of but space will not perinit their correction. James H. Godkin, a member of No. 127, If, when the convention meets, there is and a pressmen's union has since been anything else wrong, blame it upon the started under most favorable conditions. ex-superintendent. Make him responsi- The Evening Post, after being out of the ble for all that has occurred since he left ranks for four years, is again numbered the Home or that may occur in the among the faithful. The rats walked future. I can stand it.
the plank and the following "tried and However, the books and invoices can true” now comprise the staff : S. T. be carefully examined and the foregoing Pfund, foreman ; Thomas Crosby, Frank statements verified.
White, James H. Godkin, Thomas HastThe report of the committee is, in some ings, Paul Shepherdson, Thomas Ward, respects, truthful and timely. In other M. M. Dacey, John Stevenson, Job Harry, respects it would also be a good report if Misses Carrie King, Addie Beck, Mary the convention were not to meet at the Pedlow aud Annie Warren. With such Home.
an array of talent it is not surprising to Politics should be eliminated from the learn that the Post is on the right road to Home, and care should be taken that the success. craft is never misled through attempts to
The Connecticut Catholic, a religious create prejudice. It should be the en
It should be the en- weekly, has also been recently unionized. deavor of all to attempt to build up the All things considered, old No. 127 is institution. If the inmates are contented making great progress, several new apwith the present accommodations the plications being received every meeting, same should be adopted as the standard. while former members are being reinIf three-fourths of the inmates are satis- stated. fied no one will make a harder struggle A new constitution is under considerato maintain Mr. Clark in his present tion, which will probably be adopted at position than the undersigned.
the October meeting. Work is very dull. W. C. SCHUMAN.
MORE ANON. Denver, Colo.
An Imperative Demand.
can be had. I agree that enthusiasm The sky of hope clouded with black alone is a bad policy in pursuing this and threatening storms awakens the mind question, but its staring necessity ought to hasty thought and causes forcible con- to convince us of its sterling value. I clusions. We find ourselves surrounded look at it as one of the great solutions to by these very conditions at the present the perplexing out-of-work problem, and moment, with the future predicted in no doubt am joined by many others such gloomy and discouraging pictures as equally conscious that its immediate into startle all the sensibilities in a human auguration was never before so urgent. body. We look to the great issues of the We see before us, unparalleled in
day for evidence of the conditions of the American history, the surging masses of working classes, and by the manifested men parading the streets unemployed, interest of this contagious question have many of whom are worthies of the "art ample proof to substantiate the cry “we preservative," who, unable to apply want work !” At this critical moment themselves to other occupations, owing we usher in a great but unnovel factor to limited demand and overflowing marwhich has agitated the mind of the in- ket, have to contend with discouraging tellectual American workman for years, and painful consequences. Viewing this namely the eight-hour work-day. Its fact we at once apprehend that immediate alleviating powers at once become ap- relief is compulsory, and where to go for parent but awaits the co-operating forces it has seemed like solving the perpetual of trades-unions to declare themselves be- motion problem. Here we have it mirfore the chance of demonstrating them rored out to our imagination without the seeking, yet we abstain from action when
From Far-Away Washington. the booming of cannon announce the ap- It has been quite awhile since there proach of a revolutionary crisis. This is have appeared in the JOURNAL any news not mere sentiment but compounded facts items from Tacoma, once the far-famed which challenge contradiction by their City of Destiny, but now, in printorial as sincerity and truthfulness.
well as in other circles, the city of utter It is unanimously admitted that an despondency. After an absence of five eight-hour-day is the only immediate
years from this, the first union I ever help at this moment for a working peo- was a inember of, I am sorry to chronicle ple, and it being such, why should it not the fact that No. 170 is no longer the at once be launched into the sea of toil
gay and frisky girl she was in the halcyon ing humanity where it will undoubtedly days of the boom. Hard times, the inprove the factor represented. Let us troduction of machines and the long uptherefore strain every muscle and cord in hill fight against the Ledger have reduced one great effort while instigating this the number of union members in this grand and noble cause, believing at once place from nearly 170 five years ago to that prolific results will crown these ef- less than 50 now, while the rate per forts by giving this question its victori- thousand, or per day, or per week—well, ous termination.
CAP. G. that's the saddest part of the story. Detroit, Mich.
The old gang who drew down princely Arthur W. Puttee
bills on the Ledger in '89, '90 and '91, Was born in Kent, England, in 1868, are nearly all scattered to the four winds. and made his bow to the printing busi- Kaiser, Maulsly, Milne and “Scotty" ness fifteen years later at Woolwich. He Hamilton are here yet. Oh, yes, Secrecrossed the big pond, at the age of twen- tary B. H. Bennett—“Our Ben''—on the ty, to the Canadian Northwest Territo- Morning Union, is the same jolly old felries, and, after a year of rural life, went low as of old, as is also Ed Herriff, for south, being initiated a member of St. years recording secretary. They and Paul union December, 1889. After a their offices in the union seem to be the year spent at the West Publishing Com- only unchangeable things. pany he went west visiting the Puget Perhaps some of the old guard in variSound cities, and was engaged during one ous parts of the world would like to know session in the state printing office at how things are in general in Tacoma. Olympia, Wash. He returned to Canada
He returned to Canada Awful-simply awful. First, there is the in 1892, and shortly after settling in Ledger; you all know about it-rats from Winnipeg took an extended trip to the top to bottom. The Morning Union, old country, returning with a partner. started by No. 170 to fight the Ledger , He was chosen president of No. 191 the is now a co-operative concern, and the following year, and its secretary in 1895, compositors (it has never been able to being re-elected to the latter office last buy machines) get twenty per cent. of spring. He represented his union at the the scale in cash-some weeks only fifconvention in St. Paul, which organized teen per cent.—and for the balance due the Tenth District union, and was the them receive stock which is worth about first secretary of that union. He has ten cents on the dollar. The News is been deputy organizer for Manitoba and also co-operative and the union men rethe Northwest Territories for the past fuse to accept less than fifty per cent. of two years. During his stay in Winni- the scale in cash, but they generally have peg he has been continuously employed a couple of weeks coming. The old Puget on the Morning Free Press, and is at Sound Printing Company is now the Compresent manipulating a Roger's machine mercial Printing Company, also co operaon that paper.
tive, with E. L. Herriff, A. A. Sargent,
Ed Griffiths, and another whose name backcapping, fault-finding and general I do not know, as partners. Next in
Next in session-holding goes a long way towards order is the job office of F. T. Hough- retarding the peaceful settlement of any ton & Co., formerly Berry & Houghton. question in a manner which will be adMr. Berry is now the rat foreman of the vantageous to the union and its members. Ledger. Houghton & Co. employ a few Gentlemen, please remember that if all is extra men occasionally. A. Hamilton, not as it should be in some other office, Dick Milne and Harry Moore work here in all probability there is much room for once in a while, and the office gives out improvement in your own shop, and that, more work to our members at the scale, until we are prepared to let bygones be I believe, than any other office in Ta- bygones and get together for the commion
It should be remembered, how- good, the condition of things can not be ever, that about every other shop is co- improved. The policy of "every man operative, with more partners than there for himself and the devil take us all," is is work for.
just what has brought us to where we Some trouble arose in the Houghton are today. Get together, boys. Get tooffice last week and a lockout resulted. gether. The office desired the men to work nine There are a number of smaller job hours for $2.50, the scale being eight offices in the city, most of them co-operahours for $2.50, claiming they could get tive.
tive. T. V. Copeland has a small office men for those hours at that rate. Three on Tenth street and Edwin R. Ray anmen were locked out. Two took their other on Thirteenth street, while Stanley places, one with the knowledge of the Bell is foreman on the Tacoma Sunday facts in the case and the other without. Herald, which his father owns. The imThe former-A. H. Marfield—was ex- mortal Dr. Watt subs on the Union and pelled at last Sunday's union meeting. genial, lengthy Willie Waring is pushing The other gentleman ceased work when a truck in the Northern Pacific car shops called upon to do so by union officers. at Edison. He says subbing is out of Organizer Howell of Portland was sent sight. for, and, after sifting the matter thor- One thing I want to know. Why isn't oughly, he recommended to the union a the Tacoma Ledger included in the “We compromise measure which the proprie- Don't Patronize" list published in the tors had promised to accept and abide by. JOURNAL? Put it in by all means. The union adopted the recommendation Let me see. I said the old gang were of the organizer, which was to the effect scattered to the four winds, didn't I? that the locked out men be returned to Well, ex-Presidents George W. Alexwork at $2.50 for eight and a half hours' ander, H. Older and C. E. Crittenden work, and the men resumed work last are tickling Mergenthalers in Frisco, the Monday morning. There was a tempo- two latter on the Bulletin and the former rary rush of work in the office and one or on the Chronicle, where your humble two additional men were put on. After servant held boxes for three years previawaiting the settlement of the difficulty ously. W. E. Ditchburn is in Victoria, Mr. Howell returned home. The thanks I hear, and an officer of the union there. of our members are hereby extended to Buchanan, formerly foreman of the News, him for his wise assistance in settling the is in Frisco. Fred Baker, another Tatrouble.
coma boy, wields a humpback on the There seems to be too much of what Examiner, I am told. C. E. Hawkes, may be termed "malicious personality' formerly receiver for the Morning Union, indulged in by members of 170 whenever has been elected president of No. 21, any trouble of this kind arises, and the and Miss Maggie Isaacs is also in the