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vited. W. M. Maupin, state labor commissioner and

most popular member of Typographical Union No. 209, gave us a very pleasing address on labor conditions. We all considered it a rare treat.

On June 14 Mr. and Mrs. Sayer were most pleasantly surprised, it being the twenty-fifth an. niversary of his service in the Nebraska State Journal office. They were presented with a handsome picture, the gift of some of their printer friends.

Mrs. W. S. Leonard, wife of a member of No. 209, was made a member of No. 11 since our last writing. Look for the Lincoln bunch at St. Joe.

MRS. ORVAL F. YOUNG.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. Our regular business meetings are being held in Trades Council hall on the first Thursday of each month. The attendance at our last meeting was above the average, and enthusiasm for the work did not seem to be deterred by the hot weather. We have had several names presented for membership since the last regular meeting of Typographical Union No. 172, as a result of a very enthusiastic talk made by one of our printers.

On May 26 the members and their husbands gathered at the home of our president, Mrs. M. S. Vance, where a delightful evening was spent. Progressive high five was the feature of the evening.

A dancing party was given June 9, at Electric Park pavilion.

Our sick committee, taking fruit and flowers, called on Gabe Hendon, a member of Typograph. ical Union No. 172, who has been confined to his bed for several weeks.

We are each and every one of us trying to increase our membership, and believe Mrs. R. J. Lowther's statement in the last issue of The JOURNAL true,"If a handful of us can produce any effect at all, two handfuls could reasonably be expected to help a little more." So I feel that while our little band has, during the past year, been do. ing some good work, still a few more added to the roll will help a great deal. Each and every printer should be just as anxious and proud to have his wife become a member and carry an auxiliary membership card as he is to keep in good standing with his union, carry a card and an International Typographical Union button on his coat lapel. Robert A. Miles, the new president of No. 172, is quite an auxiliary booster, and we are confident he will be of material assistance to No. 61 during the ensuing year. MRS. C. B. HARRIS.

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ST. LOUIS, MO. It must be a real pleasure to our International officers to note the increased interest manifested in auxiliary work throughout the country, and resulting in the formation of auxiliaries north, south, east and west. The hope of 2,000 members before the 1909 convention may fall a trifle short of fulfillment, but the ball has been started roll. ing, and every new auxiliary added, as well as each new member gained, makes it that much easier to secure the next one.

A bill signed recently by Governor Hadley, of Missouri, is evidence of what can be accomplished by a woman's organization when it takes hold of a matter. The bill in question provides for not longer than a nine-hour day for girls and women, and prohibits their employment later than o'clock at night, and earlier than 5 o'clock in the morning. The Woman's Trade Union League of St. Louis had the bill introduced, and worked hard for its passage by the legislature, the manufacturers' association making a bitter fight against the proposed law, declaring it unconstitutional and un-everything else. Amendments which would have destroyed the efficiency of the law were introduced, but the league persisted, and the bill finally passed practically as presented.

Applications for membership in No. 29 were received during the month from Mrs. J. W. Steele and Mrs. W. J. Gibbons.

Of course, there will be the usual crowd from St. Louis at the convention, and indications point to a larger representation than ever before. We've met some mighty fine people from St. Joe, and want to see if they're all as good as those we know.

Mrs. R. J. LOWTHER.

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LINCOLN, NEB. Capital Auxiliary No. has not been heard írom for some time, and the writer wishes to mention most particularly the biggest surprise she ever received. On the night of her birthday she and her husband visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Bustard, when all of a sudden came a crowd of printers and wives with well-filled baskets, and spent a most enjoyable evening. At the close of a sumptuous repast she was presented with a handsome auxiliary pin. Words could not be found to express her appreciation.

On May 11 we held our International election, as well as our meeting to elect our delegate and alternate. Our most worthy president, Mrs. Frank H. Hebbard, will represent us at St. Joe. Mrs. W. M. Maupin was elected alternate. Following our meeting we held a meat pie supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Young, to raise money for our delegate fund. Lincoln will be largely repre. sented at St. Joe.

On June 9 Capital Auxiliary created a scheme by holding an open meeting at the home of Mrs. Bustard, to which all who were eligible were in

VIRTUE and a trade are a child's best portion.-Franklin.

Don't think to hunt two hares with one dog.Franklin.

Saying and doing have quarreled and parted.Franklin.

THERE is no wisdom like frankness.- Beaconsfield.

Let all who can be here when the Bell taps, for the Smiths will have the Mills going and you will be welcome whether you are a Mason or Shriner.

J. E. MURPHY.

ST. JOSEPH, MO. Now that the convention is only a few weeks off, the members of No. 40 are ready to meet all comers with open arms. Every preparation is being perfected to have every detail in readiness before the crowd arrives in August. During the past month a new feature has come to light, but as it is in the nature of a surprise I am forbidden to divulge the same until Monday, August 9, when the "dope" will be handed out very carefully.

The souvenir committee is very busy now, `as the book has gone to press. F. M. Walsh has been engaged to look after the advertising and arrangement of same. He has an artist busily engaged making the drawings for the art pages, and the delegates and visitors will receive one of the most costly souvenirs ever gotten out by a convention city.

"Billy" Jones, chairman of the hotel committee, has his hands full, but he has told your corre. spondent that he will provide all who come with first-class accommodations. Those who have writ. ten to reserve rooms will be taken care of first.

Arrangements have been made with C. F. Bretzman, of Indianapolis, to take the large convention pictures, and as he is one of the best in the country, the delegates and visitors can rest assured that the photo they take back to their homes will be first-class in every detail.

The woman's auxiliary is also busy piling up gold in its treasury to help their brothers in entertaining the ladies in attendance. They will give a trolley ride to help swell their fund, and from the way they are disposing of the tickets a neat sum will be raised.

The sample delegate badge has arrived from the Whitehead & Hoag Company, of Newark, N. J., and it is a beauty. It has the American and Canadian flags enameled in colors on the gold background, making a most beautiful design. Each badge will have printed on it the name of the city the delegate represents.

From a perusal of the list of delegates, I have lined up the following, which will surely take place during convention week:

You can Wager what takes place during the Weakley event. You can have no Fear that the Campbells can go eight days without water, as there will be no Water here. You can take it Straight for it is in Bond behind the Barr and the White man and Black man will leave no Stone unturned, so none will return the next day with a Brown taste or feeling Moody. Those who are fortunate enough to make this Tripp and have traveled Miles in their Carr will find a welcome and a Trump card prepared for their entertainment. Even the ladies attending can be presented with a Diamond, and as there is a Hart to go with it, the girls that can not come will have to say Shaw and look Green with Envy.

BOSTON, MASS. The excitement of election day is over for another year,

and President McPhail and Secretary Curtin were re-elected by overwhelming major. ities. The vote in the delegate contest was a close one. Joseph J. Dallas and Walter B. Stoodley were the successful candidates in the book and job branch and George H. Hobin and Eugene F. Sweeney on the news side. The union placed itself on record as favoring the retention of the present priority law by a vote of 698 to 357, a slight increase in favor over the International referendum. This pledges the delegates accordingly. There is a probable contest over one seat on the news side, owing to the action of the Post chapel judges in allowing a member to vote who was not entitled to. If the whole chapel vote were thrown out, William E. O'Leary would be elected in place of E. F. Sweeney. A humorous incident of the election was the personnel of the judges selected by the Boston Journal chapel. One member was minus a leg, another had only one good arm, while the third suffers from an impediment in his speech which practically renders him dumb. The latter expressed himself on paper thus: “I ain't got no head; So-and-so ain't got no leg; the other fellow he got no arm! Hellova election board," while another member suggested the chairman be authorized to go out and hire half a man to complete the board.

The May meeting of No. 13 was a most interesting one. Eight candidates were initiated and the election reports were received. Only six candidates for nine vacancies on the central labor union delegation being elected, the other three will be chosen at the next meeting. Under the new constitution scattering votes for names not printed on the ballot do not count. The important question of the day came before the union on an appeal by members of the Herald chapel from the decision of the executive committee that the Herald had only one force, and that priority should be figured accordingly. The union voted to sustain the executive committee and a further appeal will be taken. This matter governs some forty situations, a further reduction of ten having taken place since the evening editions were suspended. Boston, in the old days, had a system which seems to have been peculiar to itself, men who worked on the morning paper had to report in the afternoon at

1 o'clock and work on the evening editions until good-day was given at 3:30.

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a system which the union strove unsuccessfully to end, and which only the advent of the machines finally terminated. At that time the idea of two separate forces was

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unheard of. No night man considered he was Forking on a different paper when he put in three hours in the afternoon. Moreover, if he decided to put a sub on that night, the afternoon dupes went with the night's work. On Saturdays composition was continuous from noon onward, the day men on that day working from 9 A. M. to 3 A. M. on Sunday morning. When the machines were installed the force was picked indiscriminately from both day and night sides, and while the operators no longer had to work on both ends,

against their will, and no one suggesting that the day force was entirely separate and should be treated as such. The only argument which the appellants advanced was that the present scale recognized a difference in the rate of pay between day and night work. Up to the negotiation of that scale morning papers with evening editions were compelled to pay the morning scale on the day side because they transferred the matter set indiscriminately. Ads also ran through the whole morning and evening editions without resetting.

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Standing, left to right-W. B. Churchill and Charles H. Miller (pressman). Sitting-Leroy B. Carter, Thomas

Hale and Charles Thompson. Mr. Churchill is still a resident of St. Joseph.

the day makeups still had to work on the Sunday paper for half the night. On the occasion of the first state election after the machines were installed two men, experts on tabular matter, were transferred from the day to the night side for that occasion. No question of two forces there, either. In addition to all this, the office itself recognized the one-force idea in the several small layoffs which occurred previous to the suspension. In these cases the reduction was always made on the night end, some of the older employes on the day side being forced back on nights, much

The present scale, however, allowed all day work to be done at day rates, the difference being some $2 a week.

This, the appellants claimed, constituted a separation of the two forces. They also cited the case of the News, which was practically an evening edition of the Boston Journal. No record of that case could be found, however, and no appeal was made at the time from the action taken there, while the opponents claimed the cases

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ever settled finally, is of great importance to the other papers in Boston, and will probably come before the convention. The question of priority is again complicated by that of competence, especially in the case of handmen unable to operate the machine, and the laxity observed in the giving of cards many years ago is forcibly brought to attention. Appeals on the ground of priority were made to the union by two members of the Herald force, and the matter was left in the hands of the president and chairman of the Herald for adjustment With every sympathy for men who have been members of the union for so long and spent the best years of their life in the service of the Herald, “it is a circumstance, not a theory, that confronts us." The priority law is plain and applies only to reduction of the force. Nothing in that law will save a man from discharge on the ground of incompetence. Boston's scales have never recognized departments, and they have plainly stated that the operators were at the call of the foreman for other work when required. If foremen require all men to be competent on both case and machine, they are within their rights under our scale. In cases where the office has virtually separated the machine and ad de. partment, section 113 could with justice be held to apply, so far as men are able to meet present day requirements, for, unfortunately, it is not what we were, but what we now are, that counts. This is one of the hardest problems that Boston Union has had to face for years. The larger papers of this city have been so uniformly pros. perous that places have been found for older men without any friction, but now that adversity has overtaken one of them, combined with a “Pharaoh which knew not Joseph,” old employes are the first to suffer from the retrenchment.

Two more situations have been dropped, but prospects appear somewhat brighter. November 1 is given as a critical time in the financial affairs of the Herald.

The union has voted to advance another $100 to the hatters in anticipation of subscriptions, and instructed chairmen of offices personally to bring the matter of the 5-cent weekly contribution to the attention of members.

Dr. G. W. Galvin and J. D. Williams were at the May meeting on behalf of the New York Call. The former recited his efforts to obtain from the legislature an investigation of conditions in insane asylums such as resulted in the death of R. F. Mitchell, and urged the need of a daily paper which would support the workers. Mr. Williams spoke of the aid the Call had given in exposing imitations of the label.

The hustling members of the Atlanta convention committee keep up their work of influencing opinion. Atlanta, 1910, looks good to me. The Boston delegation could step on board a steamer for Savannah and reach Atlanta in a comfortable and restful way.

Here's hoping they land it. Henry McMahon, a former president of No. 13 and known throughout the New England district as an efficient organizer, is confined to his home with valvular disease of the heart. A. G. Davis,

secretary during his administration, who is also suffering from a heart affection, is able to work part of the time again.

The annual report of the Boston American Relief Society shows a total of $691 paid in sick benefits and $174 in death benefits. W. R. Henry was elected president and F. W. Thorpe re-elected secretary.

By a slight change from copy, the item in last month's correspondence in reference to the late J. B. Johnstone was made to say that he had been employed on the Post forty-seven years, instead of being 47 years old. The matter is only material because of the fact that the Post has been ratted at least once during that period, at which time Mr. Johnstone had no connection with it.

Seven of the summer amusement enterprises in this city and vicinity have agreed to carry the label on all their printing during this season. They are Wonderland, Paragon park, 101 Ranch Wild West show, Revere bicycle park, Nautical gardens at Revere, Bass Point Steamship Company and Ringling Brothers' circus. The label has been granted on their application to the Publishers' Press, Massachusetts Press, F. D. Locke bindery and C. M. Landers' bindery.

The two men found guilty of manslaughter in causing the death of R. F. Mitchell were sentenced to two and one-half and three years, respectively, in the house of correction. This seems a most inadequate sentence for the crime. The matter was twice postponed, and in the interval every influence was used to secure leniency for the prisoners, which no doubt had its effect.

The annual meeting of the Boston Proofreaders' Association was held on Thursday, June 10, in Tremont Temple. Miss L. Mabel Stone elected president, Mrs. Myra B. Lord vice-presi. dent, Mrs. Anna A. E. Anderson recording secre. tary, Miss Julia G. Tobin employment secretary and Miss Augusta A. Grubb treasurer.

The annual convention of the New England Allied Printing Trades Council was held at Lynn, June 8, Joseph S. McGirr, of Boston, presiding, and thirty delegates being in attendance. Mayor Rich, of Lynn, welcomed the convention to the city. In the afternoon the convention had a trolley ride to Marblehead and a motorboat trip along the north shore to Beverly as the guests of Lynn Union. The delegates attended a ball game in the afternoon, and a banquet was held at the Hotel Seymour in the evening. President McPhail represented No. 13 as a guest at the banquet, and Organizer R. S. Maloney was also present.

The itinerary of the baseball trip to Chicago has been compiled, and promises a first-class outing. The rate, $62.10, covers all expenses of the trip. Fifty persons, including twelve ladies, have already signified their intention of going, and the list will close July 31. Applications should be made to P. J. Guerin, of the Boston Globe chapel.

The St. Joe club of the woman's auxiliary held a successful whist and dancing party on June 8.

At the annual meeting of the United States volunteer life saving corps, of South Boston, E. J. De Freitas, retiring vice-president of No. 13, who

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has been captain for four years, resigned, and was appointed quartermaster for the state, with the rank of commodore. The association recently sig. nalized itself by saving two persons from an overturned boat in the harbor. Andrew Carnegie's secretary, who noted the accounts of the incident in the press, has announced his intention of endeavoring to obtain medals for those engaged in the rescue.

A proposition is on foot to establish a New England Federation of Typographical Unions. The matter has reached the stage where it is proposed to hold a field day at the Point of Pines or some other resort in August, invitations being extended to all New England unions. No. 13 will be asked to take hold of the matter and push it along. Since the withdrawal of Boston and other unions from the New England Allied Printing Trades Council, that organization does not cover the field, and the need is felt for co-operation between the unions throughout this section to advance the interests of all.

C. L. Leinhard, of the Methodist Book Concern, New York, formerly of the Boston American, visited Boston on his wedding trip.

J. H. Farrell, of the American, long an employe of the Globe, is in the city hospital, suffering from nephritis. Mr. Farrell has a son a member of the champion baseball team of the printers' league.

JOHN MITCHELL.

reunion. It was either the Kaw river water he drank or the familiar sound of the bugle that turned his head, but, anyhow, he woke up in St. Joe the day after, his credentials in his pocket, but two years ahead of time.

Printers are scarce through this section now. No one

can give out overtime, as the foremen put everyone to work who drifts in. The good old summer time and Oklahoma's stringent prohibition laws are thought to be the cause.

Tourists coming through report that Okmulgee printers are going to apply for a charter. This will make six organized towns within a radius of fifty miles of Tulsa, which is doing very well for a state just out of its swaddling clothes.

Views of the Home are being shown in the local theaters, free of charge to the printers, and are being advertised as an attraction—which they certainly are.

FRANK KAVANAUGH.

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SCRANTON, PA. The Scranton trolleymen have been granted a very satisfactory increase in wages and betterment in working conditions by the board selected to arbitrate the demands of a

new scale.

The arbitration board was composed of D. P. Atherton and H. E. Paine for the company, William Cor. less and M. J. Kilcullen for the men. tlemen selected Judge Gray, of Delaware, as the fifth member of the board. This is the second time that Mr. Corless has acted as an arbitrator in trolley disputes in this city. While the award of the arbitrators was satisfactory to all concerned, the greatest victory belongs to the principle of voluntary arbitration of labor disputes.

Delegate-elect Walton, commodore of the good ship"Scranton,” has issued a formal statement declaring that his election to delegatorial honors will in no way interfere with him taking command of the craft that will cruise from this city to St. Joe in August. The commodore reports that he has several applications for billets, and, judging from the character and capacity of the applicants, he believes that a record trip will be made. The able navigator seems to be little concerned over the reported lack of deep water anchorage, and the members of the crew of the ship are not the kind to share the worries of the commanding officer. The arrangements committee of the convention city has been asked to make provisions for keeping the crowds from the dock while the vessel is making a landing, as it is no small job to dock a craft like the good ship"Scranton," especially where there is a shallowness of the water. Among those already assigned positions in the crew are Organizer Gibbons and this humble scribe.

Ex-President Corless successful in the recent primary election in securing the republican nomination for the office of prothonotary of the county. In view of the relations of Mr. Corless and the working people of this vicinity, his election should be an assured fact.

It is the general opinion in this section that the cause of organized labor has been advanced many

TULSA, OKLA. Tulsa labor unions are preparing for the convention of the state federation of labor, which meets here August 2. The printer delegates attending will find the entire membership of No. 403 an entertainment committee, which will spare neither time nor expense to make their visit a pleasant one.

are urged to attend the regular meeting of Tulsa Typographical Union, which will be held Sunday, August 1, at 2:30, in Labor Hall. Those arriving on Sunday, wear a button; we'll do the rest.

The Democrat has added a rebuilt No. 1 linotype to its battery of machines and is now ning second and “lobster" shifts on state work. It is probable that it will order another machine before the summer is over. The management has also ordered a web press for the newspaper.

**Shorty" Clark, the well-known printer-comedian, who has won local fame by putting on several shows here, is financing a scheme to start a summer resort eleven miles up the river from the city. While the resort will be primarily for print

others who have the price will be welcomed. Mr. Clark, assisted by Pocahontas Smith, of the World adroom, probably will put on several shows there during the summer, the heat being too great in the city.

Tulsa has the original St. Joe man in the person of President Thomas. Mr. Thomas elected delegate to Hot Springs from lola, Kan., and went to Kansas City to accompany the bunch from there and incidentally meet his old comrades of the Twentieth Kansas, who were holding a

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