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ber of another organization, and his administration of the office of president of the state federation will doubtless reflect much credit on the entire labor movement of Tennessee.
Arch Faidley, of the Arcade Printing Company, is wearing a broad smile, the result of the arrival of a fine young "typo" at his home a few days ago.
The label is required by law to appear on all printing for the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton county.
The death of Jesse Heabler, at Knoxville, a short time ago, is noted with sorrow. Mr. Heabler was foreman of the Knoxville Journal and Trib. une composing room, and was popular with his fellow workers.
good service was chosen by a friend of mine. The patrons of the house are for the most part clerks and others who work for a livelihood, hence a combination of congeniality and comfort was antic. ipated. It happened that his first meal there was a dinner on Friday, Seated at a table with several others, he was approached by the fairy of the din ing room, who pleasantly inquired, “Will you have roast beef or fish?” She was told that fish would be acceptable, and to the kitchen she flew. In a few minutes she came back with the inquiry, “Are you a Catholic?" Being told "No," she informed him that “Mrs. C. says she has only enough fish for the Catholics; you had better try some of the roast beef.” And the same day he moved.
The fact that The Pike is no longer an attraction in St. Louis should not be taken as an indication that all the "pikers" have left the city.
Through the January JOURNAL I learn that Bert H. Bates, who represented Rochester Union at the convention last year, has been elected president of No. 15. I know he possesses both the dignity and the ability that go to make an ideal presiding of ficer, and am pleased to note that honors are fall ing to the lot of a worthy man.
From the same source I learn that an old friend, “Phil” S. Evans, has been chosen for recording secretary by New Castle Union. There are yet in the archives of No. 118 the records which Evans kept in the early nineties, and they remind one of a "pi” in a dye works. In those days my friend had an ambition to get on the market with a line of colored inks, and the books show the results of his experiments in working the colors into smoothly flowing fluids. The scheme failed to pan out for some reason, and he is printing yet. He was a good secretary here, and will serve No. 270 satis. factorily, I am sure.
J. B. Nesbit.
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. At the last regular meeting of this union two very important questions were thoroughly dis. cussed--the eight-hour day and the collection of the assessment for the eight-hour fund. Great in. terest was manifested. Secretary Gardner submitted a very good plan for the collection of the assessment. Some members, naturally, had “ideas of their own,” which were exploited at length. The matter of collection, I believe, will be left to each chapel, as it sees fit.
The erstwhile hustling eight-hour committee has been aroused from its lethargic state, and is now a-comin'.
Gordon Russell and “Hank” Martin, two of the oldest members of No. 89, left recently for St. Augustine, Fla., to permanently reside. Excepting two years while serving as a county official, Mr. Russell had held the foremanship of the Mac Gowan & Cooke Company since 1885.
Several job offices have combined, and are now being operated under one management.
The recently-elected president of the Tennessee State Federation of Labor, W. L. Bork, of this city, was, up to a few years ago, a thorough union printer, a member of Chattanooga Union and a faithful worker. Mr. Bork is now a useful mem
SIOUX CITY, IOWA. I am in favor of the establishment of a printing office and workshop for the use of our brothers at the Home in Colorado Springs. It can and would be made a source of interest and profit to the Home in time. No printer does his full duty to himself or to his craft who does not at all times endeavor to inculcate a love for books and literature in those with whom he comes in contact, either in his leisure hours or in a business way. Many valuable literary gems could be put into book form, with handsome bindings, and could be sold at remunerative prices. Suppuse, for instance, tha: George Washington's "Farewell Address” were put in type in plain, neat design, printed on some of the modern beautiful paper and bound in leather boards, a la Roycroft, or some other design equally ornate. They would soon find their way to the parlor tables of many families and to school rooms. Suppose that Ben Franklin's Autobiography were similarly printed, or any one or two of Daniel Webster's speeches, or Jefferson's “Parliamentary Manual,” or chapter I of the second book of Blackstone's "Commentaries" (being a dissertation on "Property'), or Henry Drummond's essay on “The Greatest Thing in the World," or Goldsmith's “Deserted Village," or John Hay's speech on "Peace,” or Christ's sermon on the mount, and many an. other "gem of purest ray serene," I doubt not that they would be of untold benefit to the people of today and to the people to come. Who can estimate the value of “Poor Richard's Almanac" as "a proper vehicle for conveying instruction among the common people who bought scarcely any other books?” Ah, Mr. Editor, I studied that picture of the inmates of the Home in the November issue of the Inland Printer. I saw, or thought I did, in the countenances of not a few of them the genius of art and initiative which needs but the match of free play to kindle the fire of artistic production. I saw in their faces the love of life, of work and of men and country. Surely there is yet time for many of them to leave their "footprints upon the sands of time" ere the Author of Life shall pull the last proof for final correction.
The December meeting of No. 180 was the twenty-fifth anniversary meeting of the organization. The occasion was signalized by the adoption of resolutions reciting that as an earnest of the faith of the union in arbitration and mutual cona multiplicity of laws that can not, are not and never will be enforced with equal effect and impartiality in all the unions throughout the jurisdiction of the International Typographical Union. To be sure many of them have wise and salutary effect in some unions; but the fact is, my dear brothers, our irade is progressing much faster than our lawmaking wisdom. Our constitution could be legitimately encompassed in much less space, and as for our by-laws, some of them are actually puerile. I refer in part to such laws as sections 88, 90, 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, and many others might well be left with the local unions to regulate according to the circumstances in their respective localities. It seems hard for the average delegate to understand that laws contrary to the common conscience are of themselves negatived and thus a waste of time and effort. I recommend that every prospective delegate read at least, and at the outset, Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay on politics. If he be a man of understanding mind he will get some idea of the nature and application of laws. I will defer to some future time a critical analysis of some of the laws of our organization, but will close with the remark that were they lived up to we would hear more about them, and perhaps the burdensome ones would be repealed. The idea of a gentleman from Sioux City attempting to enact a law relative to the internal affairs of a printing office in Philadelphia is a preposterous one, to say the least.
A. D. SCOUGAL.
ciliation in the settlement of disputes, and as an example for other organizations to follow, it there. by placed the names of Hon. George D. Perkins and Hon. John C. Kelly, proprietors of the Journal and Tribune, respectively, upon the list of its hon orary membership. President Henry Michelstetter, having gone into business for himself, tendered his resignation, and Dean Wheeler was elected in his stead. The resignation of Treasurer Hugh C. Colley was also read and accepted, and Earl T. Hoyt elected to succeed him.
The $3,000,000 fire in Sioux City took every building but one in two solid blocks of the business portion of the town, the Tribune being the only one to escape. The fire looked very serious for the Tribune for a time, and a few cents would have bought a considerable number of good jobs. But the boys were lucky and went to work as usual the next morning-some slightly the worse for the wear and tear on their nerves by reason of the cold and worry. For once, be it recorded, "booze” in magnanimous and unrestricted quantities saved a printing office. Only a few doors distant was a wholesale liquor house, and when the flames in all their fierceness were reaching out after the build ing and contents of the Tribune, which are valued at no less than $100,000, they swooped down into the cellar of that wholesale liquor store and drank up the entire contents in one drink. The explosion toppled the three-story wall and smothered the blaze --and the Tribune was saved thereby. Of my own knowledge and experience I can testify that many businesses have been ruined by "booze" in such magnanimous quantities, but this is the first tine it has come to my notice where not only one but several businesses were saved by "booze."
"The Machine Operator and Ilis Nerves" was a valuable contribution to the technical literature of our craft. It caused me to revise some well grounded opinions which I had hitherto clung to
ly. My thanks for the benefit of the clear thought and lucid writing of Brother Cooke, of Boston. While I am thus constituting myself a committee of one on thanks, I also desire to thank G. I. Brayton, the gentleman who so understand ingly wrote of things and conditions in New Zea land. But then, if I did my full inclination in the thanking business, I know not when I would be able to stop.
With Brother Bloomer, of Washington, I agree as to the interest and benefit of the “President's Page,” but suggest that the title, “President's Page," be pluralized to conform to the exigencies and necessities of the occasions. If the president could make them all as good as the December pages he has my permission to “tripleize" the title.
Oh, yes, I nearly forgot: The new book of laws of the International Typographical Union has ar rived, and I spent some time in reading its contents, and I do not want to be accused of being pessimistic if I express a cold and unvarnished opinion about our laws. I think the book contains more superfluous, nugatory, invalid and impracticable laws than any other organization of which I have any knowledge. It is one of the anomalies of the time that the most intelligent labor organiza tion in the world should be encumbered with such
NEWARK, N. J. Newark can be depended upon to be in line when the eight-hour movement becomes effective. We have one advantage to date, and that is that the thirty odd employers here are aware that we want the shorter workday and are determined to have it. When No. 103 secured an increase in the book and job scale three months ago this point was emphati. cally explained to the proprietors, and for that rea. son the local body was content to accept an increase of $i per week, making the scale $19. No contracts were signed, but during the agitation it was explained to the committee by some of the employers that eight hours would be granted in 1906.
The Trades Union Protective Association has been granted a charter of incorporation in this state, with a capitalization of $125,000. The object of the association is to protect the interests of union men in general, furnish legal talent, etc. The incorporators are Hugh McLaughlin, Charles Roden and William Stites, all of Jersey City.
The Baker Printing Company will start operations shortly on the proposed extension of its build. ing from Market to Clinton streets. When completed, new machinery will be added and the force of men increased. Two monotypes, it is said, will be among the additions.
A committee of hustlers is at present engaged in trying to unionize the several small offices in Newark that are not within the fold. When these places are secured the town will be as tight as a drum from our standpoint.
At the January chapel meeting of the Evening News, R. V. Taylor was elected chairman and some of the young blood was trotted out, for we have an abundance of material that can be utilized. Stir 'em up, ye politicians.
Bishop O'Connor, of the Newark Catholic diocese, has been petitioned to have a mass celebrated at one of the local churches between 2 and 3 o'clock on Sunday mornings, for the benefit of printers, newspaper men and other late workers.
James Manning and Roderick McGregor vice-chair. men. New chapel rules were adopted and ordered printed.
The Osborne Printing Company, on Summer avenue, it is said, has made all arrangements to move to New York in March.
Fred Dealy, a former president of No. 103, and Lon Ballon, one of the best known printers in the country, dropped in recently for a sufficient length of time to relate some of their interesting experi. ences since leaving Newark.
No. 103's plot in the Arlington cemetery, which contains twenty-four graves, is shortly to have a monument placed upon it, and a committee is now considering the best plan to accomplish the desired end.
The Typo bowling club, composed of about twenty-five of No. 103's members, has decided to have a "ladies' night" once a month, when the wives and sweethearts of the bowlers will be initiated into the mysteries of strikes and spares. It is the intention to hold the first mixed event in February
No. 103 on New Year's day sent a check for $50 each to St. James, St. Michael's, St. Barnabas, Beth Israel and the German hospitals. This is an annual custom with the local body.
H. E. L. Boyer, of the Town Talk Publishing Company, has purchased the Newark Catholic Ledger from M. J. O'Connor, and it is currently reported that it will be changed from a weekly pa. per to a non-sectarian morning newspaper. The Ledger's Mergenthaler has been purchased by the W. H. Shurts Company, on Broad street.
A Toronto club is being formed here, and it is expected that about twenty-five or thirty members will make the trip to the convention city.
E. E. Shultz, formerly of the News chapel, now advance agent for the "Darkest Russia" company, writes to friends here from the west that he is im. proving in health. He expects to remain on the road until May.
Jenks Beaman, justice of the peace in the Fourth ward for a number of years, and an old member of No. 103, has embarked in the refreshment serv. ice and is now supplying the Advertiser chapelites.
John Mulgrue, who cntered the Printers' Home from Newark last year, in letters to former co. workers here, states that he has improved so rap idly under the Colorado Springs treatment that he expected to leave the institution in January
The annual banquet of the allied printing trades council will be held at Michael's hall on March 1.
J. W. Dobbins, of the Advertiser machine force, has secured the Elizabeth franchise in the Hudson River Baseball League, and says he intends to have a pennant winner.
The rumor to Mergenthalerize the Prudential plant has been revived. They say it is an 'assured fact this time.
No contests have developed to date for any of the local offices. But three candidates have announced themselves-Ed Vreeland, for financial secretary, and Elmer Throssell and Edwin Garrison for delegates. Tom. Ringrose's friends want him to enter the delegate race, but that popular young man says he will think it over. It's abous time
BUFFALO, N. Y. One of the gratifying events of the month wag the cheerful spirit in which everybody accepted the assessment for the eight-hour movement. This augurs well for its success. Of all the movements ever started by the International Typographical Union and its officers, we can not recall one where so much confidence was expressed in its ultimate success. President Kinskey has appointed a strong committee to assist in looking after the eight-hour movement in this vicinity, and if all hands go to work and boom it along we are sure to succeed.
Judging from the letters, circulars, etc., that are being received here, the eastern representative of the Cummings memorial committee is attending strictly to business.
The New York state bureau of labor statistics reports that Buffalo was the only important industrial center in the state reporting a net gain in membership (2.2 per cent). Increases in member. ship of the transport workers helped to swell the figures in this locality.
Richard H, Edmonds, editor of the Manufacturers' Record, claims that one of the disadvantages of the new south is the disorganized condition of labor. Coming from such a high source this news must be discouraging to the Parryites.
Organizer McLoughlin dropped into our meeting on Sunday. Having to lay over in Batavia he de. cided to run up and look us over. Incidentally he stirred some of us up on the eight-hour question, and informed his friends that they had better get busy.
Julius I. Lowell's term of office as business agent expired the first of the inr, and he has accepted a position as traveling ag 11. for a well-known Cin. cinnati ink firm. Mr. Lowell did good work for the allied trades during his incumbency of the office, In the language of a turf writer, we will wish Julius success always.
A couple of hold-up men tackled John Walters near his home the other morning, but by successful sprinting John escaped. They chased him into his back yard and got tangled up in the peanut vines, allowing John time to unlock his back door, from which vantage point he brought his artillery into play.
We wish to congratulate Johnny Kelly, of Toronto, on his successful appearance in the enter. taining line.
Sam Coulter, known professionally as Sam Adams, played a successful week's engagement at a local theater. A bodyguard composed of Sandy McLay, Donald Cleghorn and Alec McDole, who used to print with Mr. Adams in the long ago, escorted him about the city. The walls of the Vega Mr. Gompers at some time or other, and all are acquainted with his views. We believe that if some of his views were inculcateu into outsiders his ad. dresses would have a more far-reaching effect.
Three of our large department stores have started the old trick of opening up on Saturday night, and it looks as if the others will follow suit. Our unions should take a decided stand in the matter and put a stop to this at once.
Steve Vandershure, who is afflicted with loco. motor ataxia, is going the rounds of the printing offices selling tobacco. He is not eligible for the Home, and is worthy of any patronage the printers can bestow.
S. V. Galvin is a candidate for trustee of the trades and labor council.
echoed with songs, recitations and dances all week, and when Sam de parted he declared that he never was so glad to get out of a city as Buffalo. He figured it out that he had had about three or four hours' sleep during the engagement.
Charley Kinskey and Charley Beilman appear to be pretty well thought of in regimental circles. We note that Kinskey is treasurer and Beilman as sistant secretary of the athletic association of the Sixty-fifth. Two good men in the right place.
The Union and Times has closed a contract to print the C. M. B. A. Advocate, official organ for that society, for two years. It is a twelve-page sheet and will be issued monthly. Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburg and Rochester also put in bids.
A spirit of economy has struck the allied printing trades, and it decided to abolish the office of business agent. Whether this will prove a wise move, time alone will tell. In the aest, when the work was left mostly to committees, it was i sually done in a slipshod manner, and at the end of the month, when the bills started to come in, they would figure up pretty close to what a business agent's salary would amount to.
There is a movement on foot in the Newspaper Bowling League to have whoever wins the championship to challenge the winners of the Toronto Printers' League. The secretary of the Toronto league might get some information by addressing W. J. Kelly, care of Courier.
Rumor reaches us that a number ci ? Xews chapel journeyed to the Falls reccatly, and were taken into camp by the Falls Indians.
Book and job men have had a pretty hard row to hoe the past season. Hardly enough work to keep them warm, and the outlook at present is not very encouraging. The wind-up of the season of 1904 came pretty close to being as bad as the year of the last panic. The introduction of a number of double-deckers and improved machinery in the newspaper composing rooms is also beginning to have its effect. All in all, the hand men of Buffalo have had a pretty tough time of it. If trade here does not soon resume its normal condition, things will be pretty blue in this neighborhood for the balance of the winter.
The News chapel was very happy over its bowl. ing team taking three points from the leaders in the tournament.
No. 9's next entertainment is to be a musical and athletic show. Three or four good boxing bouts are to be put on, and the show is bound to be a winner.
All records for hurdling were broken last month, according to reports of chairmen, one chapel re. porting six jumps. A goodly number of them were the result of ignorance of chapel rules and local laws. They provoked a good deal of merriment, but the fact remains that No. 9 should not be too lenient with professionals at this business.
Sam Gompers paid Buffalo a visit and delivered a speech at Council hall. Anybody presenting a working card was admitted. We believe the commitiee having this in charge made a mistake in not securing a larger hall and admitting the general public. Union men the country over have heard
MILWAUKEE, WIS. John Bensemann, chairman of the Hendee-Bamford-Crandall Printing Company, was married on January 5.
One of the recent changes of proprietorship in the job line was consummated on January 16, when your correspondent, Julius Buran and G. E. Merredeth formed a partnership and bought the Daily Reporter, a legal riblication, and job office. The office has not hcrctofore carried the allied label, but it is the intention of its recent purchasers to make the “little joker" a part of the equipment.
At the January meeting of No. 23 a proposition to change from the flat to 1:e percentage system of collecting dues was killed. While the question was before the house the usual f.uw of oratory was indulged in both in favor of and against the proposed change.
At the February meeting a proposition to exclude proprietors from membership will come up for final decision.
Sons have been born to Charles George, of the South Milwaukee Journal, and Otto Schmeling, a jobman. Both fathers are doing nicely.
E. S. Waldschaky, president of Madison Union, is nothing if not a sure money getter. One of the stories told on him certainly demonstrates his abil. ity along that line. A few years ago, before he had moved to Madison, and while holding a situation in a country town, he was selected as justice of the peace. One of the men working in the same office with him was afflicted with a slight ailment which worried him to a considerable extent. He approached Mr. Waldschaky on the quiet and asked his advice, and was told that if he (Mr. W.) was troubled the same way he would commit suicide. No more was thought of the matter until the next day, when the dead body of the unfortunate young man was found in a lake near the town. Mr. Waldschaky, as a justice, was called in and pre. sided at the inquest, for which he drew his fees. llis comrades in work to this day accuse him of advising suicide to collect fees.
Work has been slack for the last month in Mil. waukee, especially in the adrooms and job offices.
During the last month No. 23 has been putting forth special efforts to unionize the Madison Jour. nal office. The object sought was to put the state printing in a union office. No. 23's efforts were
now publishing his paper from the presses of the Newspaper Union. A new plant will be ordered immediately.
I don't remember meeting Mr. Nesbit, of Des Moines, at the World's Fair, so it must be Dele. gate Hill he is referring to in last month's issue.
G. F. T.
greatly augmented by Victor Berger, who personally visited Madison and solicited the manager to unionize his plant. The efforts were unsuccessful and No. 23's influence was directed to placing the work in the office of the Milwaukee Free Press.
In accordance with instructions of the last International Typographical Union convention, efforts are making to establish a state printing office in Madison,
In the present session of the Wisconsin legisla. ture Hon. J. S. Bletcher, a member of No. 23, is chairman of the committee on banks and banking, and a member of the bills engrossing cominittee.
On January 16 the Journal and Evening Wis. consin bowling clubs played a match game, in which the Journal club won by a safe margin. The Wisconsin's loss is attributed to the ragged punts of G. Lee Benson.
Prospective candidates for the Toronto convention of the International Typographical Union are bobbing up thicker than flies around a molasses barrel in July.
At the January meeting of No. 23 the executive council was petitioned to submit to the referendum Philadelphia's plea for assistance, without a dissenting vote.
On February 5 the Picas will give their annual entertainment and dance. The Picas is a sick ben. eft and relief association, composed wholly of No. 23's members.
The woman's auxiliary is preparing for its annual May festival and dance. These entertain. ments are looked forward to with pleasurable anticipation by Milwaukee printers and their friends.
At the January meeting $100 was voted to the Cummings memorial fund.
The Free Press of January 15 contained a halfpage illustrated write-up of the Home at Colorado Springs and its management. The local situation in the printing industry was also touched upon.
The latest move by the Milwaukee board of business agents is to establish a municipal repair shop. The work to be performed in such an institution would be the repairing of all police and fire apparatus, and would employ principally machinists, electricians and workers in the building trades.
. Alas P. YORRICK.
PAWTUCKET, R. I. On page 51 of the January number of The JourNAL, under the head of “Pawtucket, R. I.," is a paragraph questioning the good taste of one of our union printers telling his experiences in a gospel mission, etc. I have been, for twenty years or more, acquainted with the gentleman in question, and no one who knows him questions his sincerity, or his usefulness, in the line he has taken up. He has always been a union printer, and a good printer at that, and I question if as much can be said of your correspondent, “Juventus," at all times. He still follows his profession of printer, and is well thought of by his employers and his fellow work. men; and his friends strongly resent any aspersion brought on him, either as to his motives in making such statements in the mission he conducts, or his record as a steady and consistent union printer in all that that implies.
ANENT THE SEVEN-DAY LAW. During the month of January a number of sub. ordinate unions throughout the country consid. ered the question of the enforcement of the seven. day law, which was endorsed by an overwhelming vote at the last referendum, and it seems that some of the subordinate unions are endeavoring to devise means by which the law may be evaded or ignored.
The fact that impresses me is that the only thing remaining for subordinate unions to do is to enforce the law. It further strikes me that any member who votes to evade this law in his subor. dinate union is violating his solemn oath and obligation to abide at all times by the decisions of the majority, to all of which they pledged their sacred honor.
The argument has been advanced in this city that it would work a hardship on the members of the union, and was not meant for towns in the position occupied by Newark. If this holds good in the case of an individual union, why not in the case of the individual member? When asked to obey the law of the union, why may he not answer that it would work a hardship in his case, and, furthermore, that it was not intended to apply to him?
However, it is not my intention to enter into the merits or demerits of the law, but simply call the attention of brother members to their obligation. Why have laws if we do not enforce them?
If the law proves detrimental, the only place to remedy it is through the referendum, not in a subordinate union. Meanwhile, let us abide by the will of the majority.
The house divided will surely fall.
H. L. Rowan.
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. Business has been quite brisk all winter, practically all men working steady. The newspapers handied an enormous amount of advertising during the holidays.
The Advance Publishing Company has purchased the Rant Printing House, and will immediately en large the plant to carry on an extensive publishing business.
The City Paper Company will soon be in a building of its own, on First avenue. This change is being made on account of the printing department outgrowing the present location.
The American Newspaper Union is now occupy ing a handsome new building of its own on Third avenue.
Fire nearly destroyed the entire plant of the La bor Advocate a few weeks ago. Mr. Moseley is