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California the only machine in the east. This company advertises in THE JOURNAL, and the machine is union made. It has a keyboard arrangement similar to the linotype machine, making its opera. tion easy for any one familiar with the latter. Mr. Russell will be pleased to show the machine to any interested at his home, 138 Bowdoin street, Winthrop.
Gen. Charles H. Taylor, proprietor of the Boston Globe, was presented with a handsome loving cup at a recent meeting of Bostonians in Beverly, in commemoration of his birthday. General Taylor sails shortlv on a trip to Europe.
The Globe Relief Association declared a divi. dend of $3 to 243 members, which was the cause of much rejoicing.
When you find a man's pocketbook, with $21.75, and he gives you three cigars, and somebody swipes the cigars, does honesty pay? Ask Louie Sommers.
chusetts for membership on the homestead commission, authorized by the last legislature to study the propriety of the commonwealth opening up lands for the purpose of aiding worthy wage earn. ers now living in congested districts to establish homes in the suburbs of large cities. Mr. Saltus would unquestionably be a valuable man on such a commission, as his work for many years has brought him in personal touch with just the conditions which it is the purpose to reach, and his study and experience have fitted him to see and apply the remedy.
One of the ex-regulars on the Herald triumphantly announced to his wife that he had caught a couple of nights on the “lobster" shift of the American. “Lobster shift; what's that?" queried his better half. "Oh, that's the shift where you go to work at 12:30." "Lobster shift, indeed; why don't you call it the burglar shift?"
John H. Fitzgerald, for many years an activ member of No. 13, died July 6. He was an employe of the Boston Journal and resigned about ten years ago, opening a hotel in conjunction with his brother. He was a consistent union man, and at the time of the boycotton Hugo's beer some years ago, had a serious difference with his brother over the matter.
The champion baseball team played an exhibi. tion game July 19 for the benefit of the “Gus" McCraith fund.
Harry K. Pearsons, of No. 13's executive committee, stole a march on his friends last month and was quietly married to a Pittsburg young lady. A honeymoon trip to Albany and other places was enjoyed, and Harry is again wearing out a keyboard on the Monitor and blushingly acknowledging congratulations.
Organizer Maloney has secured signatures to a contract with the proprietors of the Lowell Cour. ier which runs to 1913. The present scale is to rule, increasing soon to $21 per week.
Boston is to have a City Record, which is to contain all city advertising and other municipal business. The mayor's secretary will be editor and it will be produced at the city plant.
Thomas H. Gilman was elected chairman of the Globe chapel. Mr. Gilman was a delegate to Pittsburg in 1886 and president of No. 13 in 1890. He is an alderman of the city of Melrose. The Globe chapel averages 250 cards, and is the fourth largest in the country, being exceeded only by the three large New York chapels, the Herald, World and American-Journal.
The following is the baseball team which will represent Boston at the Chicago tournament, as selected up to date: Whitcomb (Globe), Barry (Post), McCarthy (Globe), Rogers (Globe), Roon. ey (Globe), Hockman (Post), Farrell (Journal), Eberts (Transcript), Donovan (Globe), MeDonnell (Globe), Crosby (Globe). Subs--McClain (Traveler), Welch (Journal), Riley (Transcript).
George H. Russell, formerly of the Globe night force, who was so severely burned at the time of the accidental death of his wife that he lost the use of his left hand, has taken the agency for the Buckner lino-typewriter, and has received from
STREATOR, ILL. Streator Union is about to more than double its membership. Negotiations whereby the BrownCooper Typesetting Company, of Chicago, would remove its plant to Streator are almost complete. The only question now to be determined is the building to be used as temporary quarters. President Perry was summoned before the representatives of the company, in session here, and asked about signing an agreement. They wanted a threeyear contract. The company wants to use the Streator scale as a basis for an operator making good, and will pay a bonus above a certain amount of type set. The coming of this company to Streator means much to No. 328. We now have twenty-one members, and the new concern will add about thirty-eight to our rolls. The company has eight machines (Mergs.), and intends to run two shifts. The object of the move of BrownCooper to Streator is to get away from high rents and cost of power.
The Streator Improvement Association has induced a new heating, light and power company to locate here, which company, it is claimed, will furnish power and light so cheap that the Brown-Cooper Company can save $3,500 a year on light and power. Now, if No. 328 can only induce a few more printing concerns to locate here, it can bid strong for the International Typo. graphical Union convention some day. We are near Chicago, Joliet, Aurora and Peoria-and, lest your forget, Streator is one of the best towns in the country.
The May meeting of No. 328 was postponed on account of the strike of the electrical workers and street car employes. The men did not want an increase in wages-only the recognition of their union. When the company found everybody was in sympathy with the men, and many would not use its light or gas, it granted the request.
Streator will probably celebrate Labor day in Peoria, so voting at the last meeting.
Here's hoping the matters to come before the convention will be disposed of to please allespecially the priority law and insurance question.
R. T. Coates.
NEW YORK, N. Y. The Flint Glass Workers' Union of America met in convention July 5 at Brooklyn Labor Lyceum. They were addressed on July 8 by Edward F. Cassidy and George Stein, vice-president and organizer, respectively, of Big Six, on the campaign for the union label, the especial feature being the fight against the Butterick patterns. They received an ovation. Mr. Cassidy outlined the part played by the women in the contest, and said: “They have been actively enlisted in the trade union struggle throughout the country. They have rendered loyal and invaluable aid, and they must be brought into every struggle, as no movement can succeed without their assistance." The following resolution was adopted, after eloquent speeches in its support were made by President Rowe and Organizer Convoy, of the glass workers:
Resolved, That the thanks of the convention be extended to the brothers from Typographical Union No. 6 for their visit; that we pledge ourselves to carry out the suggestions made and give their request to induce our friends and women folk not to patronize the scab patterns of the Butterick Publishing Company, publicity in our Journal and print this resolution in our next circular to the membership.
It was further ordered to print the speeches of Mr. Cassidy and Mr. Stein in the official minutes of the convention. Such action shows that there is solidarity in labor. The activity and huge corruption 'fund of the manufacturers' association has aroused a spirit among the workers that only awaits a spark to blaze forth in enthusiastic resistance to tyranny.
And there is no tyranny so galling as that now manifest in American industry, because it is insidious and intangible, and before the victim is aware the chains of slavery are riveted.
International conventions will be held by the following organizations, and the officers and defense committee of Big Six urge typographical unions of the cities named to send representatives to address these bodies in a similar manner. There is no doubt that they will be hospitably received:
August 10, Indianapolis, Ind.-Shirt Waist and Laundry Workers' International Union.
August Kansas City, Mo.-International Stereotypers' and Electrotypers' Union of North America.
August 16, Boston, Mass.-Metal polishers, buffers, platers, etc.
September 6, Eureka, Humble county, Califor. nia- International Brotherhood of Wheelmen and Sawmill Workers.
September - Springfield, Mass.--Table Knife Grinders' National Union.
September 6, St. Louis, Mo.--National Federa. tion of Postoffice Clerks.
September 7, Milwaukee, Wis.-International Photo-Engravers' Union of North America.
September 9. Boston, Mass.-International Spinners' Union.
The Allied Printing Trades Council of New York State met at Buffalo on July 6. It endorsed the Industrial Educational Society and recommended that the Joint Conference Board send men throughout the state to gather comprehensive statistics of every branch of the printing trade,
union and non-union, the inquiry to include publications, men employed, hours, sanitary conditions, etc. This plan was formulated by the New York City Allied Council. The council elected the following officers: President, Thomas D. Fitzgerald, Albany Typographical Union; secretary-treas. urer, David A. Walsh, New York Stereotypers' Union No. I; first vice-president, Patrick J. Mooney, New York Pressmen's Union; second vice-president, P. J. Brady, Brooklyn Photo-Engravers' Union; third vice-president, William Kreangel, Brooklyn Stereotypers' and Electrotypers' Union; fourth vice-president, John McArdle, Brooklyn Mailers' Union; fifth vice-presi. dent, Miss M. E. Murphy, Woman Bookbinders' Union No. 43, New York; sixth vice-president, Charles E. Kinskey, Buffalo Typographical Union; seventh vice-president, John H. Malin, Fort Edward International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers; eighth vice-president, Jeremiah T. Carey, Watertown International Brotherhood Paper Makers, Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers..
The local allied council has signed with a large show printing house in Brooklyn.
This will result in placing the label on a good percentage of theatrical posters there. This announcement is gratifying, for those who have taken the trouble to look at the average billboard must have noticed an appalling amount of non-union printing.
The following members of the union have died since last report: James J. Fay, May 21; Patrick Reynolds, May 26; Henri Bertrand, May 29; V. D. Bannigan, May 29; E. Heritage, June 4; Guy Paine, June 6; A. W. Koehl, June 6; Alexander Park, June 9; Edward Sweetwood, June 15; Ernest Werner, June 18.
Relief Clerk Armstrong has compiled a list of all members of the union who have died and been buried by the officers of the union since 1892. Although the officers bury only those who have no family ties here, the list is one of considerable length.
The ex-delegates' association, composed of print. ers who have been delegates to the International Typographical Union convention, from anywhere, at any time, held a barbecue at the farm of exDelegate John F. · Busche, in the New Jersey mountains, June 20. A special car was necessary to accommodate the host. As one of the principal objects of the meet was to get outside of sundry refreshments, I can safely say that the situation was at all times well in hand.
The local typothetæ elected the following delegates to attend the national convention at Detroit: William Green, I. A. Blanchard, T. A. De Vinne, N. L. Griswold, Frederick Alfred, Charles W. Smith and J. Clyde Oswald. Some of these gentry have awakened to the fact that they do not know how to estimate on work. It is reported that they have an expert at work trying to devise a basis that will stop "cutthroat” bidding. They have found that sometimes in cutting the other fellow's throat one is apt to slash his own in the recoil. I beg to suggest that those who do the work are not the least item in the transaction.
The application of the Brooklyn Central Labor Union for permission to erect a consumptives' sanatorium and camp on its site of sixty-odd acres at Coram, in the town of Brookhaven, Suffolk county, has been granted by the state commissioner of health and the health officer of Brookhaven. The central labor union, in co-operation with organized labor generally throughout the greater city and Long Island, comprising about two hundred labor organizations, including No. 6, proposes to erect buildings costing in the neighborhood of $50,000. In Albany the central federation established about two years ago what it calls a tuberculosis pavilion. It is proposed to make the rate as low as $5 or $6 a week and to admit all workingmen, whether union or non-union. The money is to be raised by voluntary subscription. There is great need for an institution of this kind. Physicians advise against removal to high altitudes after consumptives have reached certain stages of the disease.
FRED E. Martin.
MILWAUKEE, WIS. The writer has been presented by Henry W. Blcyer, a veteran Milwaukee editor, with a little book, entitled, “Constitution of the Milwaukee Typographical Union No. 23,” and dated March 30, 1867. Mr. Bleyer has been employed on the Milwaukee Sentinel for a number of years, and can recall printers who have been his personal acquaintances for over half a century back. With only one exception, Mr. Bleyer has been a resident of Milwaukee a larger number of years than has any other person who is living here today. The little book referred to is full of interesting data, and, among many other things, it informs us that Milwaukee Typographical Union was organized in 1853. I intended to "feature" this date, but I have just been reading of the centennial celebration of the New York Typographical Society, and this has taken some of the wind out of my sails. But, like the old man who found he could not be the “first white child” at the homecoming, and declared that at any rate he was the first child born in the third ward, I will say that, without doubt, our good old union is the pioneer of the northwest. A full list of members from the date of organization down to the time the book was published is given, and among them can be found men who have been prominent in this and other communities. Many are still living and numbered among well-known citizens. The year in which the writer was born-1864—the presidency of Typographical Union No. 23 was held by Joseph H. Yewdale, founder of the present large printing concern of this city which bears his name.
The activities of No. 23 during the coming year will be directed toward the booming of the union label. This all important work has never been neg. lected by our members, but the present season will witness special and more strenuous efforts in this direction. Our delegation to the local federated trades council, nine in number, has assumed charge of the work of pushing the label in the central body, and with other trade unions of the city. The
delegation held a meeting and organized by electing Julius Hinz secretary, and also mapped out a plan for its label campaign. At the last meeting of the council the campaign was started by the distribution of stickers and by a neat little ex. planatory speech by Delegate Albert J. Welch. The entire membership of the union should now become imbued with the label spirit, and every one should constitute himself a committee of one to use the sticker and induce at least one friend to do like. wise. We know all about the efficacy of the sticker -it will deliver the goods. It is up to us to see that it is used-it must be used!
Fred C. Dittman, a longtime member of No. 23, died at his home on Fifth street in this city on June 30 after a long and severe illness.
He was 41 years of age and leaves a wife and four chil. dren. The funeral was conducted by No. 23, the pallbearers-George Schaller, William Wussow, Ludwig Usinger, John Kohl, Win Dorman and George Dilges-being selected by the union. The services were held at the house and at the Reformed Lutheran church. Interment was in Union cemetery.
Dr. Woodrow Wilson, of Princeton University, in a front-page article, declared that labor unionism is the "industrial menace of the nation," and Bishop James A. McFaul, of Trenton, also in a front-page article, says that "sending young men to college is sending souls to hell." The bishop has in mind, no doubt, the fact that many young men who attend college are spending a great deal of their precious time and money to have their heads filled with false notions by liars.
Although much more could be said in favor of the flat-rate plan of collecting dues for the old age pension, still, believing that brevity is the soul of wit, and that the matter is now well understood, we will leave the remainder to the intelligence of that honorable body—the St. Joe convention. Gentlemen, our case is in your hands.
Michael J. Ronan, a member of No. 23, who has been on the sick list for some time, entered the Union Printers Home at Colorado Springs last month. We fully appreciate the prompt and businesslike manner in which the Home officials acted upon the application of Mr. Ronan.
JOSEPH LA FLEUR.
TOPEKA, KAN. T. B. Brown, who for many years past has been, and who still is, foreman of the state printing office, has announced himself as a candidate for the office of state printer, subject to the republican primary, in 1910. Mr. Brown (Tom Brown, as he is familiarly known to the fraternity) is the bestequipped man for the position in the state of Kansas. He is familiar with the office and all the details in every department in connection with it. It has been his head and his hand that has guided the various state printers through the breakers in every emergency for a number of years past, and when the state installed its own plant, with a view to economizing in the matter of the state's print. ing, it was very largely due to Mr. Brown's wide of the late Philip R. Freas, founder of the Germantown Telegraph, a bequest made by the venerable publisher becomes operative. According to the terms the poor of Germantown will be furnished coal free of cost during future winters.
A party, composed of some thirteen French jour. nalists, honored Philadelphia with a visit July 1. They were well pleased with our city, and during their brief stay made an inspection of several newspaper and book offices.
Robert G. Smith, a member of No. 2, died June 28, age 68 years. He was buried from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. E. B. Burt. Adelegation from Typographical Union No. 2, Newtown Lodge No. 47, F. and A. M., Veteran Legion and Greble Post No. 10, G. A. R., paid their last tribute to the deceased.
WILLIAM F. KNOTT.
experience and wise discretion that the state has practically saved a sum equal to the original investment during the past four years, and this is said with due deference to the ability, honesty and zealous endeavor of Mr. McNeal, the present state printer. The members of the craft who have known Mr. Brown at close range for many years will all testify to his absolute honesty, his executive ability and wise discretion in times of trials and difficulties. He has been a member of the union for many years, and has ably represented No. 121 as delegate to the International conventions several times, and is now and has always been an energetic, forceful and untiring worker in behalf of his fellow craftsmen. Here is a chance for working men to vote for a competent, honest, straightforward workingman, and they should either do it or hang up their harps and quit singing about electing workingmen to office.
A number of the members of No. 121 live in the suburbs of the city, and are engaged in various side issues, according to inclination. Those who are constitutionally opposed to overexertion become apiarists, and sit in the shade of their own vine and fig tree while the bees work for them. Then there are those who, desiring to widen their shadows and lengthen their lines, have gone out where they can drink in pure Kansas ozone (that is the strongest we can get under the new prohibitory law), and run a dairy or farm a truck patch, and some have even become miniature agriculturists. I verily believe there is no more happy, healthy, contented element in No. 121 than is the rural contingent.
There will be a number of Topekans who will attend the convention at St. Joseph, and there be those who do say that St. Joe is the peer of any city in the country when playing the part of host. So come along, boys; it will make you smile to see yourself mirrored in Lake Contrary.
RALPH W. LOWE.
After months of travail, the financial egg has been hatched out tha will enable the local union to be represented in the union printers' national baseball tournament, to be held this month at Comiskey's South Side stadium, Chicago, Ill. The wampum
committee deserves several votes of thanks for bringing about this successful culmination. No guess will be hazarded as to the probable standing of the clubs at the windup of the tournament. Suffice it to say that it is better to have tried and lost than never to have tried at all.
The field day program looks good to the denizens from the town of Penn. The hammer throwing contest should bring out a large field.
On the Belmont plateau recently, Southwick, one of the local union's clubbers, poled the ball for a homer. The sphere alighted on a passing freight train and was carried twenty-three miles. Beyond peradventure, this has all other long-hit records whipped to a custard.
With its characteristic enterprise, the Trades Union News has retained the services of a member of the team for a comprehensive review of the tournament. Must expect us to get ours quick
PHILADELPHIA, PA. An apparently more friendly feeling is noticeable between
local International Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union and the International Typographical Union. Well, we read occasionally of a wayward child returning to the fostering care of its parent.
Thomas Jacobs, a printer well known to the older members of No. 2, died June 23, age 74 years. For several years past he has not been affiliated with our union. He, however, held connection with the Typographical Beneficial Society.
The printing trade of our city has entered upon its usual summer dullness, and more idle men are to be seen just now than recently was the case. Two or three of the larger plants are reported as somewhat busy yet.
The recent appointment of August Donath to the office of superintendent of public documents, at the Washington (D. C.) printery, seems to meet with general approval by the craft. We deem it a welldeserved honor accorded to the above gentleman.
By the death of Miss Imogene Freas, daughter
Philadelphia's athletes will be augmented by the presence of Smyth, Hill •and Callan, homeward bound from the International Typographical Union convention by way of Chicago.
Subsidiary to the baseball fever that is now rampant in printorial circles was the genuine love feasts that were indulged in last month by the local union. One marked the presentation to William Young, jr., who was re-elected to the presidency of No. 2 for the third successive time, of a handsome gold watch and chain. The other was the presentation of a beautiful floral horseshoe to Edgar J. Martin, foreman of the Evening Times, on the occasion of the first anniversary of that sheet. Is everybody happy?
On June 17 there was held in Philadelphia the first conference of the Pennsylvania League of Typographical Unions. Experience has proved that non-union towns, villages and hamlets are as so many millstones about the neck of the unions in the larger places, and are a well-nigh impassable obstruction in the path that leads to increased scales, shorter hours and improved working conditions. To the betterment of conditions such as these, the Pennsylvania League has set for itself the task of collecting all available information of such places, so that should a favorable opportunity present, the work of organization could be taken up instantly, thereby saving the time that otherwise would be spent in a search for details. Already co-operating with the new league are the unions in Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Erie, Pottsville, Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg, Williamsport, York, Reading and Scranton, and a number of others have signified their intention to join this movement, The next conference will be held in Reading, at a date to be set by the executive council of the Pennsylvania League.
JAMES P. Bowen.
FORT WORTH, TEXASA. B. Moore, aged 49 years, died of congestion of the lungs. Deceased joined the typographical union in Waco, Texas, in 1882. Attached himself to No. 198 in 1894, and remained in its jurisdiction. He represented No. 198 in the International Union at Toronto, Canada, in 1905. In June, 1908, he was placed on the honorary roll at his own request. The Knights of Pythias had charge of the funeral and buried the remains in Oakwood cemetery, July 6.
At the last meeting Messrs. C. W. Woodman, C. A. Burton and Brice Frazier were elected to represent the union in the proceedings before the National Arbitration Board. R. W. Parrent was elected alternate.
R. W. Walker was selected to meet with the printers of the different unions of the state, who meet in 'Dallas, August 10, for the purpose of organizing a state printers' association.
Stacy Wells, one of the valuable members of No. 198, has severed his connection with this jurisdiction and hied himself to the precincts of the effete east.
Charles L. Stowe, jr., has been elected vicepresident to fill out the term, C. A. Burton having advanced to the presidency, vice A. E. Markwell, resigned.
About July 15 the Reimers Publishing Company will occupy a fine two-story building, about ten thousand square feet of floor space, on Monroe street, built especially for the business. The Reimers Engraving Company will occupy the same building. The publishing company equipment will be one Potter magazine press, one Miehle and two jobbers, and one or more Mergenthalers. In addition to engraving, the company will do electrotyping, being the only electro plant in Fort Worth. The company
owns the National Co. Operator (official organ of the farmers' union) and the Texas Stockman-Journal. The company will also do a general publishing and job printing business. W. D. James is machine operator, Ed Windle adman and Walter B. Atchley foreman. It will be one of the finest equipped publishing houses in the southwest.
Departures: C. A. Flanagan, H. V. Ruter, N. K. Allen, George N. Appleby, C. W. Whyte, A. E. Markwell.
R. W. WALKER.
BALTIMORE, MD. One who has conscientiously read the pages of The Journal during the past year, and waded through voluminous contributions anent certain laws, must be impressed with the fact that there is either something radically wrong with the laws or with the makers of them. To my mind, the trouble lies in the certainty that we send to our annual conventions too many men who are good “mixers," but unqualified as statesmen; too many who are "good fellows,” but poor thinkers. The result is that in many instances scant respect is paid fundamental principles of government, and there prevails little or no concern for the abstract merits of law. Therefore, instead of the laws being the expressions of big minds which have weighed the large elements involved, they often are embodiments of the prejudices, ignorant narrowness, demagogy and meddlesome dispositions of the men who by a chance of election come into the possession of the authority to pass statutes. They are enacted va. garies. They are passed because the author would like to see such a thing done for the gratification of his own notion, not because they are right. The making of laws is the highest work possible for the craft, and only those qualified by breadth of vision, by appreciation of the gravity of their work, and by well-balanced mentality, should be entrusted with the duties. With the right sort in our conventions, we will have laws worthy the name in their largeness of spirit and point of view. We will see an end of the enactment of individual animosities and crankisms.
The following resolution, which is of the utmost importance to members of No. 12, was adopted at the last meeting of the union:
Resolved, That the financial secretary of the union be instructed to give written notice, under the seal of the union, to the employers of book and job men in the city of Baltimore, of the intention of Baltimore Typographical Union No. 12 to open the book and job scale of wages on July 1, 1909, as per existing agreement; that a special committee be elected by the union, said committee to be composed of three jobmen, two newspaper men, and the president ex-offcio, whose duties shall be to enter immediately into the revision of the job scale of wages, and whose aim shall be, by communication, consultation and arbitration, to affect an increase in the scale of wages which now exists in the book and job branch of the printing industry,
The wages of jobmen in this city of approxi. mately 700,000 souls amount to $2.57 per day, or $15.40 per week! A princely remuneration, is it not? And Edmonton, way out on the Saskatchewan, with its 3,000 inhabitants, signing a book and job scale for three years, the price for the final year being $21! However, the prospects are bright for a substantial increase, and with Billy Stubbs chairman of the committee, the membership can rest secure in the knowledge that no stone will be left unturned in the work of bettering scale conditions. The provisions of the present scale continue in force until January 1, 1910.
Charles Haydn was elected a trustee of No. 12 to succeed Edward B. Cromwell, deceased. Mr. Haydn is one of the most popular men in this