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Official Journal 


THE 

ELECTRICAL 

WORKER 


JULY ISSUE, 1902 


THE INTERNATIONAL 

Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 






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OFFICIAI< JOURNAI, OF THF INTERNATIQNAI, 
BROTHERHOOD OF EEECTRICAE WORELERS. 

Entered at the Post Office at Washington, D. C., as second-class matter. 


VOE. II. No. 9. 


Washington, D. C., July, 1902. 


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THE PROBLEM OF PERPETUAL 
MOTION. 


BY VICTOR J. EVANS. 

(Courtesy of the Patent Record.) 

The term “ perpetual motion” is generally 
meant to convey the impression of a mo- 
tor which creates power and runs indefi- 
nitely , or , in other words, a self -actuating ma- 
chine' that will start itself, overcome the 
resistance of air and friction, and possess a 
surplus of (power sufficient to propel other 
machines. In this limited sense it means 
any machine which, independent of wear, 
will not run out. A ball always rolling, a 
fluid always flowing, a wheel always tnrn- 
ing, each operating by gravity alone, would 
exactly fulfill the required condition. This 
term could not be applied to machinery 
moved by any external communicated 
power, as the tides, wind, electricity, tem- 
perature or like agencies. We may even 
'go so far as to assert that in this strict 
mechanical sense even the planetary system 
offers no exhibition of perpetual motion in 
the planets themselves, although each is in 
perpetnal motion. The distinction lies in 
the fact that the motions of the earth, for 
example, are referable to other causes than 
its own structural arrangement, internal or 
external. By perpetual motion, then, is 
simply meant a sustained continuous me- 
chanical power. 

The solution of the problem of perpetual 
motion still engages the minds of many in- 
ventors, who, in spite of centnries of failure 
to solve this problem, persist in wasting 
time, energy and money in pursuing this 
fallacy.. 


It is remarkable that some of the most en- 
thusiastic devotees of this will-of-therwisp 
are possessed. of a high degree Of mechani- 
cal ingenuity and inventive faculty, from 
which they would realize large profits were 
they to turn their attention to something 
practical. .Thns, the long-hidden truth re- 
specting perpetual motion has exercised the 
energies of men of the highest intellect, as 
well as entangling in its toils men' of the 
humblest attainments. 

Those who seek to solve this problem seem 
to take great pleasure in the endless contri- 
vances it requires and suggests. This prob- 
lem always presents itself to the mind as 
exceedingly ' simple and easy of solution, 
paiticnlarly to those who have had no expe- 
rience in attempting to solve this mystery. 
It is really remarkable that inventors, al- 
though possessed of no proof of its possi- 
bility — even in direct opposition to every 
announcement of its impracticability, and 
in Titter contempt of every censnre heaped 
on the pursuit, are still to be found rushing 
into this hazardous arena. It has been con- 
demned as a chimera and an absurdity, yet 
this class of inventors are still undaunted. 

Surely this opens to us a curious phase 
of the human mind, that sets at naught 
the dictum of mechanics and mathematics 
and the laws of nature. It would almost 
seem as if each inventor in this field has 
acted independently of his predecessors, as 
he frequently reinvents as new some ex- 
ploded fallacy. These retrograde opera- 
tions and failures have caused this class of 
inventors to be greatly censured, and to be 
charged with ignorance, stupidity and folly. 
The history of invention leads to the con- 



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elusion that if all that has been discovered 
and is known were to be swept from the 
earth, the whole would be reinvented in 
coming ages. 

Most inventors of supposed perpetual mo- 
tion machines, believing that they have dis- 
covered this power, make it a matter of pro- 
found secrecy. This renders investigation 
difficult. The inventor is led to believe in 
a bubble, and the public is deluded. It is an- 
nounced from time to time that some in- 
ventor has at last solvedithe problem. Upon 
investigation, however, it is invariably found 
that some enthusiastic devotee has built a 
model which is claimed to demonstrate the 
practicability of perpetual motion. The 
failure of the model to work is always as- 
cribed to defects in its construction, and a 
perfect model is speedily promised which 
will be thoroughly practical. These invent- 
ors sometimes spend the balance of their 
lives in the vain attempt to build a work- 
ing model that will operate successfully. 
The history of the search for perpetual mo- 
tion does not afford a single instance of 
success. 

Many persons are under the impression 
that a large sum of money has been offered 
by the United States Government for the 
solution of the problem of perpetual mo- 
tion. No such offer has ever been made. 
On the contrary, the United States Patent 
Office refuses to grant patents on devices 
of this character, and will not even con- 
sider an application for a patent claiming to 
solve this theory without a full-sized work- 
ing machine. It is advisable, therefore, 
for an inventor who wishes to make appli- 
cation for a patent for an invention founded 
on perpetual motion to file a caveat instead. 
The Patent Office also refuses to grant 
patents for air ships or flying machines 
which have no balloon attachments, but con- 
template creating power to provide for their 
own buoyancy. 

Whether perpetual motion, capable of 
communicating motion without losing 
power, will ever become an accomplished 
fact is something which the future alone can 
determine. It is often contended by the 
student of this problem that had the ques- 
tion, “ Can the sound of the human voice 
be transmitted from ocean to ocean,” been 
asked fifty years ago it would have been 


considered equally as absurd as the solution 
of perpetual motion. 

While it is true that the possibilities of the 
future cannot be foretold by man, neverthe- 
less all power produced so far has been the 
mere transformation of one form of energy 
to another form by means and methods 
which, in creating^such transformation, have 
simply taken from one source just what has 
been added to another. 

A motor capable of communicating mo- 
tion without any loss of power must over- 
come the resistance of air and friction, a.s 
no movement is produced without the ex- 
penditure of energy, and as nothing gives 
that which it does not possess, it is impos- 
sible for the generating force to give a 
greater amount of power than that which it 
itself produces. In order that a motor be 
perpetual it must be maintained by some ex- 
ternal cause involving the expenditure of 
energy. The question of perpetual motion 
is, therefore, finally reduced to the finding 
of a weight that is heavier than itself; or an 
elastic force having a greater elasticity than 
that _ which it actually possesses, which is 
clearly an imposibility. 

There is no single motion in nature which 
can be called perpetual, though change is 
perpetual and eternal, and motion in some 
form must always exist. No atom of energy 

in the universe ever perishes, nor can any 
atom of energy be added to the existing 
supply, the only changes possible being 
those of transformation of energy from one 
form to another. Thus heat energy may be 
developed from. electrical or mechanical en- 
ergy, but for every unit of heat energy de- 
veloped an exact equivalent of the other 
form of energy must disappear. Energy 
can only be transformed, and cannot mul- 
tiply itself. It can take all shapes, but 
must leave one to assume another. It is 
just as impossible to create energy as to 
create matter, and any method which has 
for its object to produce from a pound of 
coal more energy than the said pound of 
coal possesses should be regarded as equiva- 
lent to the claim that ten pounds of coal could 
be made into eleven. 

It is very difficult to explain why some of 
the problems and theories regarding per- 
petual motion are impracticable, as some of 
these theories appear on their faces to be 


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perfectly feasible to the average mind, but 
any one who has knowledge of the true 
principles of mechanics can arrive at but 
one conclusion, anc that is, that under ex- 
isting circumstances it is an absolute impos- 
sibility to produce perpetual motion. 

Attempts have been made to effect perpet- 
ual motion by water, mercury, sand levers, 
inclined planes, water wheels, Archimedian 
screws, single wheels, drum wheels, mul- 
tiplied wheels, and other mechanical means. 
It would be very difficult to discover some- 
thing that had not been put on trial to 
make a wheel continually turn itself. A 
thousand failures do not prove a thing is 
impossible, but it proves that something, 
however trifling, is wanting. Suppose it to 
be something to act as a lubricator or as a 
detent at some point. Does not this suggest- 
the weakness of such a machine for any 
practical purpose ? It must be plain that at 
the best it would be little more than an ex- 
quisitely curious toy. In the words of the 
poet : 

“ This sublime problem with delight 
Have students posed to prove it right, 

And equally to prove it wrong; 

In argument each side is strong. 

Yet centuries cannot suffice 
Perpetual motion to surprise.” 

We present herewith drawings and de- 
scriptions of a few of the principal attempts 
to solve perpetual motion. The great simi- 
larity of machines invented hundreds of 
years ago with those of recent origin will 
be readily apparent, carrying out the old 
adage that “There is nothing new under 
the sun.” 

Figure i illustrates a wheel involving a 
changing of center of gravity principle. In 
this form the wheel is equipped with equal 
distantly spaced levers pivoted to the cir- 
cumference of the wheel, each having a 
weight at the outer end, the several levers 
so pivoted or hinged to the wheel that in 
one direction they can rest on the: wheel 
rim, while on the opposite side, being swung 
out by centrifugal force, they artange them- 
selves eccentrically to the axis, and in con- 
sequence supposed to rotate the wheel in 
the direction indicated by the arrow. Not- 
withstanding this apparent operative wheel 
it will not work, for the reason that at all 
times the center of gravity of all the weights 
is in a vertical plane passing through the 


point of suspension, and therefore the 
wheel must stop as the weight of gravity at 
each side is balanced. 

Figure 2 illustrates a machine devised 
by the celebrated astronomer, James Fer- 
guson, about 1770, for the purpose of show- 
ing the fallacy of perpetual motion ma- 
chines. 

The axle at A is placed horizontally, and 
the spokes B, C, D, etc., turn in a vertical 
position. They are jointed at s, t,u, etc., as 
a common sector is, and to each of them is 
fixed a frame, as R, S, T, etc., in which the 
weights, 7, 8, 9, i, 2, etc., have liberty to 
move. When any spoke, as D, is in a hori- 
zontal position, the weight i in it falls down 
and pulls the part b of the then vertical 
spoke B straight out, by means of a cord 
going over the pulleys K and k to the 
weight I. The spoke C, c was pulled 
straight out before when it was vertical by 
weight 2 belonging to spoke E, e, which is 
in the horizontal position, D, d, and so of all 
the others on the right hand. But when 
these spokes come about to the left hand, 
their weights 4, 5, 6 fall back and cease pull- 
ing the parts f, g, h, i, so that the spokes 
then bend at ;their joints x, y, z, and the 
balls at their ends come nearer the center A, 
all on the left side. Now, as the balls or 
weights at the right' hand side are further 
from the center A than they are on the left, 
it might be supposed that this machine 
would turn round perpetually. However, 
it will be found to be only a balance. 

Figure 3 illustrates a form embodying the 
principle of the ^rchimedian screw. This 
machine includes a lower supply tank, con- 
taining water, and an upper receiving tank, 
supported by a hollow standard having out- 
lets in the sides to deposit the water carried 
up to the receiving tank into their recepta- 
cles below. Between the lower or supply 
tank and the receiving tank an inclined 
shaft is arranged, which projects upwardly 
through one corner of the said receiving 
tank, and is encircled by a spiral pipe hav- 
ing its lower end submerged in the tank and 
upper end directed to discharge the water 
elevated through the pipe into the receiving 
tank. At an intermediate point an impetus 
wheel is secured on the shaft, and in a plane 
at right angles to the latter, the said impetus 
wheel partaking of an inclination corres- 


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ponding to that of the shaft. The wheel is 
formed with a plurality of peripheral pockets 
having partitions tangential to the axis of 
the wheel or shaft, and in each pocket is a 
weight or ball. The wheel is started to ro- 
tate by the application of manual force, 
and the balls gradually travel outwardly and 
inwardly at regular intervals in relation to 
the shaft, and this operation is presumed to 
maintain a constant rotation of said shaft 
and create a suction in the pipe spirally sur- 
rounding the latter, and thereby cause the 
water to be elevated through said pipe and 
deposited in the receiving tank. It is also 
presumed by the inventor that the impetus 
of the shaft will be assisted by the water 
passing through the spirally-disposed pipe 
thereon, and this force, conjointly acting 
with that of the wheel, will result in perpet- 
ual motion. 

Figure 4 shows a form of perpetual motion 
often repeated in various ways. A indicates 
a boiler, B engine, C power transmitting 
wheel, D dynamo, E electric heater or coil 
in boiler, F electric heater circuit, G a Bun- 
son or other burner. The idea is to gener- 
ate steam in the boiler sufficient to operate 
the dynamo, after which the dynamo, gener- 
ating current in circuit, energizes heat coil 
F and maintains steam generation within 
boiler without use of burner G. This form 
of motor is one advanced by many amateur 
electricians. 

Figure 5 represents an artificial machine 
for constant motion invented by Col. Kran- 
ach, who, in a book printed at Hamburg, 
Germany, asserts that when once put in 
motion for any of the following works it 
will continue in operation, both day and 
night, without any other help or assistance 
except that of a small quantity of standing 
water ; that by it large and heavy weights 
may be drawn, up to 2,000 weight; that in 
twenty-four hours it will fling out 2,400 bar- 
rels of water, and is therefore highly neces- 
sary for the draining of land overflowed by 
inundations ; and that it may be employed 
instead of wind or water mills for all man- 
ner of uses, and that the machine may be 
in either a quick or slow motion. 

In Figure 6 the inventor has sought to 
avail himself of the property of bodies of a 
certain specific gravity, when immersed in 


a flnid of a greater speifific gravity, to rise 
to the surface of such fluid. 

A number of floats, constructed of thin 
sheet metal, are linked together in a simi- 
lar manner to the buckets of a chain pump. 
This chain of floats is passed over two sets 
of pulleys, one placed vertically above the 
other. One-half of this chain of floats passes 
through the center of the tank holding 
water, and the other half passes outside 
through the air. The floats, when in mo- 
tion, enter through the bottom, and rise by 
their buoyancy through the water, thence 
passing over the top pulley to the bottom 
pulley, again enter the tank, and so on. 
The bottom and top of the tank are provided 
with double slides, which open and close as 
the floats enter and leave the chamber. 

Figure 7 is one of the oldest attempts in 
this direction, and is the idea that catches 
the thoughts of the novice more frequently 
than any other form. It consists of a tank 
of| water having an outlet, from which flows 
a stream of water, which turns the paddles 
of a water wheel, to which is attached a gear 
wheel, which meshes with a small gear 
wheel operating a pump, by means of 
which the water is pumped back into the 
tank. The fallacy of this form can be seen 
at a glance. 

Figure 8 is an electrical self-moving de- 
vice which is supposed to operate as fol- 
lows : The frictional electric machine A is 

started by any means which magnetizes the 
magnet C and draws armature G to it. This 
breaks circuit at I E, which demagnetizes 
the magnet C and permits spring J to again 
shift armature G to close the circuit, which 
allows magnet C to again draw the armature 
G over as soon as the crank B passes its 
dead center, which operation is repeated 
perpetually (supposedly). 

Attempts have been made to accomplish 
perpetual motion by the discovery of some 
substance that will prevent the passage of 
the lines of force of a magnet, or, in other 
words, some substance that will screen a 
magnet just as an opaque substance will 
screen light. There is a substance that 
will screen a magnet, and that substance is 
iron. In a perpetual motion machine, how- 
ever, if the screens were made of iron the 
magnets would attract the screens and stop 
the machine. 




MACHINES INVENTED FOR PERPETUAL MOTION. 



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The problem of perpetual motion has at 
some time been seriously considered, if 
only to a limited degree, by almost every in- 
ventor, although the careful student and 
close observer quickly abandons the attempt 
to solve this chimera for something more 
practical and tangible. Yet it often hap- 
pens that persons possessed of mechanical 
ingenuity of a high order persist in work- 
ing on this theory, producing mechanical 
mixtures which are but repetitions of 
other attempts to solve this problem. To 
those who still occupy hemselves with this 
fallacious idea it is only proper to state that 
no perpetual motion machine — that is, a ma- 
chine capable of moving itself — has up to 
the present time been produced. 

Persons who are attempting to solve this 
problem should carefully study what has 
been presented, and remember that many 
minds, both scientific and otherwise, have 
followed this phantom for centuries, and 
those who have studied, experimented and 
produced various forms of. such motion, 
have found nothing but failure and dis- 
appointment. 

In conclusion, we wish to state that seek- 
ers of perpetnal motion would find it equally 
as difficult to “ lift themselves by their own 
boot straps." 


THE *‘SCAB" IS WELL NAMED, 


Any Worker who Sides Against His Fellows and 
Helps Break Tip a Strike, is indeed a “ Scab ” on 
Humanity. His Hatnre is a Combination of 
Hyena, Hog, and Shark. 

The fat man, with full stomach, hard heart 
and selfish blood, has a haughty way of set- 
tling questions that he does not understand. 

Most sickening of platitudes, most non- 
sensical of nonsense concerning man’s rela- 
tions to man is the customary talk about the 
“ scab ” workman. 

A number of men combine to better their 
condition. The law will not help them — it 
considers only supply and demand, and the 
rights of property. Public opinion helps 
them a little, but not much. 

They must strike, and their only hope is 
in their own courage and theloyality and de- 
cency of other workingmen. 

They are making a sacrifice for their wives 
and children. They are fighting one of the 


fights that gradually bring up the scale of 
living to a grade of decency. 

And each time their enemy appears in the 
form of other workers. Every time that 
men, hard pressed, strive to better them- 
selves, there are found vile, and selfish, and 
heartless creatures to take the places of the 
men on strike. 

And what does smug prosperity say to this ? 
What is the attitude toward the “ scab ” of 
those who should be at least sympathetic!? 

They talk balderdash about the ‘ ‘ right of 
the laborer to work where he will.” 

They shriek and howl this tune : 

‘ ‘ The sacred right to earn a living must 
not be interfered with. Whatever else hap- 
pens, remember that any man may sell his 
labor to whom, and where he pleases, to do 
what work he pleases.” 

Sickening hypocrisy, heartless hypocrisy! 

When this nation is fighting another na- 
tion do we allow any of our men to sell ‘ ‘ his 
work ’ ’ to that other nation ? 

Suppose an American in the Philippines 
were starving, and sold his muscles and fight" 
ing ability to our enemy. What would hap- 
pen? Would the prosperous say that he 
must be permitted to sell his labor, and do 
as he chooses with himself? 

Not at all. He would be despised by every 
human being, even by those who hired him. 
And if caught, he would be hanged, as he 
deserved to be hanged, with the shortest of 
trials and all possible disgrace. 

The ‘ ‘ scab ’ ’ workman is simply a traitor 
in the army of human labor. He is a miser- 
able, cowardly renegrade. He is despised 
by all honest workers, he is despised equally 
by those who hire him. Unless utterly de- 
praved he despises himself. 

Some strikes are based on righteousness 
and need — most of them are. Some strikes 
are based on hasty decision, on a misguided 
sense of power, or on other evils. 

There are good strikes and bad strikes, 
good workmen and bad workmen, good em- 
ployers and bad employers. 

But of “scabs ’’there is only one kind. 
They are all cowards, all traitors at heart, and 
all deserters for profit. 

Of course, the “ scab,” like the hyena, the 
vulture and the shark, must exist and play 
in the world’s economy. He exists as one 
of the necessary adjustments in social dis- 


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putes. Without him the power of the union 
would be supreme, and no union or union 
man, no man on earth is fit for supreme 
power. The “scab” is a check upon the 
avarice of labor — which is often as avari- 
cious and as obstinate as capital. He could 
not be dispensed with in our selfish civiliza- 
tion, where every man, laborer or employer, 
tries to get all he can. 

But if we must endure the “ scab ” let us 
at least not try to excuse him. Let us not 
shed sorrowful tears over the plight of a hy- 
ena eating a corpse. 

No man has a right to take the law into 
his own hands. The right to vote gives, to 
the majority, power to make laws. If work- 
ers lack brains to use that power it is their 
own fault, and they have no right to make 
themselves the law. 

Therefore it is wrong, criminal, unworthy, 
to visit physical punishment upon even the 
meanest “ scab.” But contempt he should 
have, and he has it. 

The men who plead for the “scab,” al- 
ways hypocritically and always despising him 
in their hearts, are those who use him, the 
employers fighting their men. 

These employers are not to be blamed. 
Fight is fight, and every army takes advan- 
tage of deserters from the other side. 

But the employers should cease to defend 
the “ scab.” They do not tolerate “ scabs ” 
among themselves. 

Let some capitalist try to make profit out 
of the present dilemma of the coalmine own- 
ers, and see what will happen to him.. He 
will be boycotted by the banks and rail- 
roads, shut out of clubs, snubbed in public, 
jeered at in private — his life will be made a 
burden. 

If the prosperous man with everything 
that he needs — even in strike times — hates 
the “ scab ” in his class, let him not wonder 
that the laboring “ scab ” is despised. 

He seeks to make profit of his brother’s 
suffering. He works knowing that he is 
keeping women and children hungry. For 
immediate gain he opposes Ae permanent 
welfare of the whole class, to which he be- 
longs. 

He is unspeakably vile and repulsive, and 
his well-chosen name of “scab” describes 
him. — New York Evening. Journal. 


THE FLOATER’S DREAM. 

He could see his dear old homestead and the 
schoolhouse on the hill. 

The blue waters of the river, as it flowed on 
to the mill. 

And the sun as it set that evening, in the 
far off golden West ; 

’Twixt him ancj the horizon, the cross on 
the old church looked best 
When on Sundays in his childhoo(i days, 
with his little sister he would go 
And ask forgivness for his sins, because his 
mother taught him so. 

It all came back to him so plain, though it 
happened long ago. 

For many a summer’s rain had passed, also 
the winter’s snow ; 

But now that he’s returned to where he spent 
his boyhood days. 

He must hurry on to his dear old home, 
which behind the old elm lays. 

The lights were fast appearing, as the shades 
of night drew on ; 

Some glittered through the elm leaves on 
his father’s farm. 

He hastened cross the village road to the old 
familiar place 

Where many times, in his boyhood days, 
with his scoolmates, he would race. 

He knocked loud on the panel, his heart 
was most on .fire 

To kiss his dear old mother, also his aged 
sire ; 

Quick steps were soon heard coming, who 
opened wide the door — 

Why, Grandma, here is Uncle Jack! from a 
boy not more than four. 

The scene need not be mentioned, but his 
mother wept tears of joy. 

Also his aged. father, meeting their long lost 
boy. 

And the little sister he had left for twenty 
years or more 

Was now grown up and married, with a 
child of nearly four. 

Pray tell us. Jack, they all inquired, when 
gathered round the fire. 

How you have spent these twenty years, 
working amonst those horrid wires ? 

For when we’d read the papers of how some 
poor lineman he would die ' 

Without a moment’s warning, alone on the 
poles so high. 



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THE EEECTRICAE WORKER 


Which often hasoccured son, since you have 
been away, 

That’s what has made us both grow old, 
fearing that some day 

A message it would come saying how, per- 
haps, you slipped and fell. 

Oh, Jack ! we’re all so happy that you’re 
alive and well ; 

Sometimes we thought that you were dead, 
no letter from you came ; 

And so the years kept rolling on, winter’s 
snow to springtime’s rain. 

Yes, said the aged father, with gray hair and 
wrinkled brow. 

You must not leave us soon again, my days 
are numbered now. 

My step is not so firm, and my eyesight it is 
dim ; 

It cannot be so many moons before I’m called 
by Him, 

And when I'm Jayed at rest in the church- 
yard o’er the hill 

Cheer up your poor old mother, my thoughts 
are with her still. 

And little Willie now spoke in. Oh, Grandpa ! 
don’t talk that way. 

You’re looking younger this very night than 
you have for many a day. 

And let’s hear Uncle Jack tell us, oh, won’t 
you. Uncle Jack, 

About the poles and wires (ain’t they, mam- 
ma ?) higher than our haystack. 

I used to ask those men last fall who put in 
the poles so high. 

If they didn’t know my Uncle Jack — if he 
wouldn’t come home by and by. 

They would ask me if you were a gainer, or 
some other strange word ’twould be ; 

But I knew all the time. Uncle Jack, they 
were just a fooling me. 

And wanted to surprise us, as you have done 
to-night. 

I told them how grandma worried, but they 
didn’t care a mite ; 

And when I heard that knock on the door, 
I kinder thought ’twas you ; 

The way you stood, with your knees bowed, 
just like those other men, too — 

That’s the reason I called to grandma, I was 
sure that I was right, 

I can tell a lineman. Uncle Jack, if its ever 
so dark at night ; 

So little Willie chattered on in his childish 
glee, 


Saying that when he was a man a lineman 
he would be ; 

Asking a dozen questions, which none but 
children can. 

Telling what he was going to do, when he 
grew to be a man. 

And tell me the truth. Uncle Jack, I know 
those men ■wrere fools. 

Who, with the Western Union last fall, said 
linemen turn'ed to mules. 

And would talk all the time about the wires, 
like a bee, they said, would sting them ; 

Using forty-eleven different words, some- 
times the Ingham Bingham. 

Oh, Willie ! you must hush now, and its 
time to go to bed. 

Uncle Jack will tell us in the morning, the 
loving mother said. 

About his travels o’er the land when he has 
rested some. 

Who must be now quite weary, listening to 
you, little one. 

The house was soon in slumber, and Jack, as 
he laid down in his bed. 

Where for twenty years or more he’d not 
laid his head. 

Thinking of his travels, but ramble he’d no 
more. 

He would stay with his dear old parents 
now, be a homeguard to the core. 

But hark, it cannot be, as a light flashes in 
his eyes. 

Come, Budy, what are you riding on, here’s 
where you hit the ties ; 

Dig up the big iron dollar, hard luck stories 
here don’t go. 

How long have you held her down — from 
Y uma or Indio ? 

We are eighty miles from Tucson now, a 
place where there is no water ; 

Come, get a hustle on, old man. Is that all 
you have got, a quarter ? 

Well, seeing you’re a lineman, I let you 
make her through. 

But this cutting down the price, old man, is 
something I don’t often do. 

Poor Jack, he was heartbroken, how differ- 
ent was this sand 

Prom the pretty elm trees way back on his 
■father’s land. 

For he was down on the Arizona desert, 
and how different did it seem 

From the pleasure he’d experienced in that 
lonely box-car dream. 




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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


Now, brothers, I will cut this short, and bid 
all good night, 

I’m Jim Brown, from Jimtown, at Everett 
with the Light. 


JUSTICE. 

If the editor can find room in the Worker, 
I would like to write a few words on the 
subject of our work to the fraternity and to 
any one else who wishes to spend the time 
to read them. They may not express what 
is intended, but there will be an endeavor to 
express some of the thoughts of one who, 
though only a recruit in the ranks, believes 
that the working man has a work to accom- 
plish and a place to fill, as a united body, in 
the advancement of this country and of the 
world. 

Mindful of the fact that “there is nothing 
new under the sun,” the writer does not 
doubt that the old veterans in unionism will 
say, “ I knew all this before ; ” but, being a 
convert to the subject, he has the conviction 
very strongly rooted in his heart, as he be- 
lieves converts to any belief usually have. 

The members of our local still have the 
bundles of hay and straw tied to their feet, 
and do not know yet the hayfoot from the 
strawfoot, so far as unionism is concerned, 
but they see that, whether it be capital or 
whether it be labor, it is a struggle for exis- 
tence and “the survival of the fittest.” 

We have had some little skirmishes, and 
know something of what is before us, and 
that there will have to be a great deal of 
convincing on both sides before results are 
obtained. We realize that by reason and 
justice alone can attainments be made, and 
we hope, indeed, that an attainment toward 
an ideal will not be entirely fruitless. 

It is not my belief that the great portion 
of employers are unjust ; in fact, if we con- 
sider, it will be found to be the reverse to a 
great extent. 

In a matter of business the parties to a 
contract cannot consider personal feelings. 
Business, in a strict sense, is a cold transac- 
tion between parties concerned ; therefore, 
the employer, who is considered the busi- 
ness man, cannot be blamed, and is not un- 
just when he gets the best men he can to 
produce his output for the least money. If 
he offers the market price for labor of the 
sort he wishes, can any fault be found with 
him ? Surely'none at all. 


But who regulates the market price? 
Who controls the market for experienced 
workmanship ? Thanks to organizations, 
the parties who furnish the experienced 
workmanship are to-day beginning to take 
control of it ; and are they usurping any- 
body’s right in dbing so ? 

If the workingman is incapable of -doing 
it, it is, by all means, high time that he is 
educating himself to do it. But he has 
already shown himself to be capable of doing 
it, and it is gratifying that it is so. It would 
be, in fact, exceedingly deplorable if it were 
not so. 

And should the employer say that we are 
taking too much into our own hands when 
we attempt it? He has so long held the 
right to state the price that he should pay 
for the labor which he buys that he feels 
that he is being robbed of something that 
belongs to him. But does it rightfully be- 
long to him ? In what other transaction does 
the buyer state the price to be paid except 
in a “gold brick” scheme or some other 
such villainous arrangement ? 

Why does the retail coal dealer, the grain 
dealer and many others organize an associ- 
ation in his line of business? We all know 
that it is to regulate the price of the article 
which he sells and to control the output so 
that they will not be prevented from carry- 
ing on their business profitably by under- 
sellers. 

Now that is exactly what workingmen of 
various crafts are doing, and yet they are 
considered to be acting an injustice. Is the 
right of the coal exchange, or of the dealer 
in any other supply, to combine for the con- 
trol of their output, questioned by the busi- 
ness man ? 

It does not seem to me that the labor com- 
bination is any less legitimate than the 
other. 

The employer says that the workingman 
does not know how to properly handle this 
matter. In other words, he is not supposed 
to know how to control his own affairs ; for 
they are his own affairs, though the em- 
ployer has lost si^ht of this fact from long 
continual habit of controlling the matter 
himself. The population of this country is 
very largely composed of workingmen, and 
yet it is considered to be a very much ad- 
vanced and intelligent country. Is it pos- 
sible that the workingman has no part in 



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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


making it so? Is it possible that the brain 
of the workingman is nothing but a load for 
him to carry about, and his existence is to 
be ground out like a mere machine ? 

Should not the body that God has given 
him be governed by the mind that he has 
coupled with it, or should it be governed, in 
relation to the compensation for the work 
that it accomplishes, at least by another ? 

We are told that in connecting ourselves 
with a labor union we are giving up our 
right to think and act for ourselves ; that 
a man loses his identity by combining 
with his fellow-worker. When we pause 
to think of the principles underlying the 
government of this great and glorious coun- 
try of ours, it hardly seems necessary to 
argue this question. For over a century and 
a quarter the government which was so won- 
derfully framed has stood the test even 
when the land was rent almost from ocean 
to ocean. The workingman would see it 
stand forever, and would give his life’s 
blood, as he has done before, to defend the 
principles that underlie it. 

And what are they ? A government of the 
people, by the people and for the people. 

And a labor union is nothing if not an or- 
ganization of workingmen to govern ‘ the 
workingmen, by the workingman and for 
the workingman. They recognize, as did 
the founders of this country and the framers 
of its principles, that no one is better fitted 
to know what conditions are best for a body 
than that body itself. 

The employers would, no doubt, hold up 
their hands in horror to hear the forefathers 
named in the same breath with a labor 
union. But why not mention them to- 
gether? If union is advantageous in gov- 
erning the affairs of a country, or the people 
who- constitute a country, why not in gov- 
erning the affairs of a people constituting a 
craft ? The governing is no more personal 
in one than in the other. There must be 
laws in both, yet no one feels that his 
identity is lost in being a citizen of this 
country. 

Each and every individual member of a 
labor organization has a free and equal right 
with every other member, whether he be an 
officer, a forqier officer or only a member, to 
debate in open meeting any question before 
the union for action. If he has a conviction. 


but is unable to express it, then he still has 
an opportunity to act with his vote ; and , 
brothers, don’t hesitate to vote in opposi- 
tion to other members if you believe you 
should. 

No ; it seems to me that a man is placing 
himself in a position to think and act that 
is superior to any other he may take when 
he enters a union. Why is it that a man, 
when he wants to try individually to bring 
an effort to a climax and obtain a little in- 
crease of revenue to supply the needs and 
wishes of his family, goes into his employ- 
er’s office weak-kneed, with a faint, sick 
feeling, and stammers out something en- 
tirely different from what he wished to say, 
but from which the employer can usually 
gather that he is talking about money, and, 
like Oliver Twist, he wants more. 

Is it because he is asking for that of which 
he is not entitled even to think ? Is is be- 
cause he does not understand his business? 
Is it because he is asking something for 
his family which they have no right to ex- 
pect? 

The tvorkingman loves his family as much 
and is as proud of it as any capitalist. The 
only difference in the love and pride lies in 
the fact that he is unable to educate and 
present his family as the capitalist is, and 
therefore they have not the attainments. 

No ; the reason there is such doubt in his 
mind is simyly this : He knows he has no 
ground on which to stand. 

If his employer says he is paying him the 
limit, and he can get plenty of men for less, 
what can the workman do but walk out, 
pick up his tools and go to work ? This is 
not an exaggeration. It has happened, we 
all know, too many times. 

Nor do I wish to infer that this is always 
the nature of the reply. In some rare in- 
stances the workman is,^ranted his request, 
but then sometimes only after he is made to 
feel that he is receiving a favor for which he 
owes his life-long gratitude and to which he 
is not by any means justly entitled. 

In regard to identity, ask yourselves, any 
who are in doubt, does a man lose his iden- 
tity when he enters a citizen’s organization ? 
They are formed to enable him to gain in 
his surroundings what he is individually un- 
able to obtain. Does a man lose Hs identity 
when he enters a business men’s associa- 



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THE EEECTRICAE WORKER 


tion ? They are formed to better business 
conditions. If he did, there would surely 
be no citizen’s associations and no business 
men’s associations. 

In the case of the government, the associ- 
ations, the exchanges and the labor unions, 
the transactions are carried ©ut according to 
the opinion of the majority of the body 
after the action has been stated and de- 
bated. 

Is it, then, I ask again,. that it is alone in 
the body of workingmen that there is inca- 
pability of acting wisely, or even rationally ? 
L,et this question remain unanswered for 
the present. The workingman will answer 
it, and the world will know his answer. 

The employer says : Labor organizations 
employ methods that are unjust and unrea- 
sonable. Are his methods perfected ? 

If they are, his life-work is nearly done. 
He needs to worry, and chafe no more about 
his business affairs. No doubt there are 
gross imperfections in labor systems, but 
they can be adjusted, and they will be ad- 
justed. 

The workingman is the bone and sinew of 
business, and the capitalist is the heart-beat 
and the life-blood. Should the life-blood 
forget that it is the bone and sinew that 
bears it about, and no matter how inferior 
may be a certain bone, that it has its place 
to fill in the perfection of the whole ? 

It is gratifying to state that some of the 
greatest corporations in the country have 
men at their head who recognize manhood 
throughout their organization— they will 
not be losers by it. 

It is gratifying also that the working 
people have'in their ranks, or it should be 
said, on account of their ability, at their 
head, such men as John Mitchell, president 
of the United Mine Workers of America, 
who said at the close of his published ad- 
dress, which was, it must be recognized, 
both a business statement and self-evidently 
a justifiable appeal : “It is now apparent 

that the real purpose of the coal operators 
is to destroy organization among their work- 
men. If by any chance they should succeed 
in their design — which is not at all likely — 
another labor organization will spring from 
the ruins of the United Mine Workers of 
America, and the contest for living wages, 
for humane conditions of employment, for 


better education, for higher citizenship, will 
go on until the men who produce coal, the 
originating motor power which drives the 
wheels of commerce and industry 
shall receive for their labor sufficient com- 
pensation to relieve them of the necessity of 
sending their boys and girls, of tender years 
and frail physique, to the mines and mills, 
there to destroy \their youthful vigor in an 
effort to assist their underpaid parents to 
maintain their families. 

‘ ‘ Conscious of the great responsibility 
resting upon us, apprehensive of the danger 
threatening our commercial supremacy, 
should the coal miners of the entire United 
States become participants in this struggle, 
we repeat our proposition to arbitrate all 
questions in dispute, and if our premises are 
wrong, if our position is untenable, if our 
demands cannot be sustained by facts and 
figures, we will again return to the mines, 
take up our tools of industry, and wait the 
day when we shall have a more righteous 
cause to claim the approval of the American 
people.’’ And of John Wilson, of the Track- 
men’s Association, who, after adjusting suc- 
cessfully and satisfactorily a matter between 
the organization and a corporation , refused 
a cash bonus of |25,ooo and a yearly salary 
of $ 5,000 from that corporation, saying that 
if he could bring about a better condition 
of the . trackmen of America he would feel 
better repaid than that. 

And when these men are mentioned the 
list is not completed, for there are many 
more such men, and they are men to the 
back bone — exactly the same sort of men 
who have made the country’s greatness. 

They are leaders, not of their own voli- 
tion, but by circumstances. Their position 
is not one to be sought for ease or recrea- 
tion, it is not a sinecure or a position that is 
productive of great personal gains. They 
are representatives of a business organiza- 
tion, and must of necessity do the drudgery 
and bear the brunt of failure if they fail, 
and if they succeed the gratitude they re- 
ceive, if any, is deservedly won. They are 
men who have measured their convictions 
and have the courage to maintain them, and 
I say, that within ten or, perhaps, twenty 
years the workingman, by the grace of God, 
through the leadership of such men as these, 
will be able to meet his employer as one 


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THE EEECTEICAE WORKER 


business organization meets another — both 
with recognized rights, and both with busi- 
ness principles and methods, and that the 
workingman will be a better craftsman and 
a better man than he is to-day. 

So, brothers, if you have enough man- 
hood, work to accomplish as an intelligent 
body some of these results for the sake of 
our children and our successors, even though 
we do not see a direct application of them 
to our own case. 

Henry C. Montague. 

Washington, D. C. 


A 8TIRRI^G CALL TO DUTY. 

Editor Electricae Worker: 

The celebration of the anniversary of the 
Declaration of Independence by all true 
Americans has come and gone, and naturally 
brings to mind the the question — “When 
will all true union men be able to celebrate 
their anniversary of independence from serf- 
dom and oppression at the hands of the 
trusts?” and echo answers, “When?” 

When will the laboring man see that it is 
to his advantage to combine in labor unions, 
to make a common cause against oppression 
and vice ? 

When will trades unions stop wrangling 
among themselves and harmonize all diffi- 
culties in an honest endeavor to benefit their 
own condition ? 

When will the members of our trades 
unions get down to business — each for all 
and all for each — and fight out the battle of 
trade unionism on trade lines ? 

When will our members feel that it is their 
duty to attend each and every meeting of 
their union, take an active part in the work 
thereof, serve in any office, and on any com- 
mittee they are capable of filling ? 

When will our members vote on election 
day as they march on Labor Day — in short, 
when will they be true to their obligation 
36s.days in the year ? 

Outsiders are apt to ask, “What has the 
union done? ” but are not ready to join a 
union and help to do something for the 
benefit of humanity in general and them- 
selves in particular. Are they entirely at 
fault ? Are not we ourselves somewhat to 
blame ? Do we, as union men, do our full 
duty to our brothers outside the fold ? Is it 
not barely possible that Tom Smith or John 


Jones, whom we are railing at in our union 
because they have not yet joined, have not 
yet had the matter placed before them in the 
proper light ? 

Is it not barely possible that if the proper 
one asked him that Tom Smith would will- 
ingly join the union ? 

Are you, my brother, doing your full share 
for the cause you |;iave taken a solemn vow 
to support ? If not, how can you expect any 
one else, officers or members, to do more 
than you are doing ? 

Perhaps you, my brother, are one of those 
who sit back in the corner and talk to your 
neighbor during the progress of the meeting ; 
disturbing the one to whom you are talk- 
ing and every one around you ; compelling 
the president to rap for order when another 
member is speaking, and then you go out to 
the nearest bar room and in the hearing of 
every one rail against the conduct of the 
union, the business which you should have 
taken part in, but didn’t ; the officers, be- 
cause they have not met your expectations, 
yet you have done nothing to assist them ; 
in fact you have done all you could to hamper 
them in the discharge of their official duties. 
And yet you have the courage'to say that 
the officers do not do their duty ; the busi- 
ness is not properly- conducted. Why, then, 
not give them the benefit of your superior 
knowledge — assist the earnest members to 
carry on the affairs of the organization as 
they should be ? 

You are a good bar room or street corner 
orator. You can kick on the job or in the 
shop ; in the hearing of those whose delight 
it is to see friction between the members of 
the union — then, why, in the name of coni- 
mon sense don’t you do a little kicking in 
the meetings? Your voice there is silent as 
the tomb, but once outside one would think 
you had a megaphone attachment. Come, 
my brother, do your talking in the proper 
place and quit doing business outside the 
hall, and perhaps the union will be run more 
to your liking. 

Another matter — when will the members 
of the I. B. E. W. devote as much time to 
the advancement of the common cause as to 
the discussion of trade lines? When will 
the members be as ready to work for the ad- 
vancement of the Brotherhood as they are to 
assail some other organization for encroach- 



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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


ing on the sacred precincts of the I. B. E- W ? 
Not that the fixing of trade lines is of no 
importance, for all realize that the lines 
must be drawn, but our time should be de- 
voted also toward thorough organization of 
our craft. In many of our meetings, espe- 
cially in the C. L. U’s and the B. T. C’s, we 
find that delegates come for the sole purpose 
of advancing the interests of their own par- 
ticular craft, unmindful of and caring noth- 
ing for the rights of others. 

If organized labor would expend the same 
energy in fighting the common enemy that 
they use in battling among themselves, vic- 
tory would soon crown our efforts. 

If organized labor would present a solid 
front on election day, vote for the acknowl- 
edged friends of trade unionism , much of the 
trouble we now have would be eliminated. 

I am not a socialist in the common accepta- 
tion of the term, but I do believe that “bal- 
lots, not bullets, are the workingman’s 
arms.” Why do we grumble against oppres- 
sion on the part of those in authority, and 
then vote for the same officials again when 
election day rolls around, unmindful of our 
own cause, and the previous records of those 
who seek our votes ? 

Can you, my brother, honestly say that 
you are doing your part in the labor move- 
ment, when you look back on your votes for 
the past two or three election days ? 

Have you attended your union meetings 
regularly in the past, or have you said ‘ ‘ there 
will be enough there without me ; ” and 
remained at home, or, worse yet, spent the 
evening in some bar room when your wife 
thought you were at the union? 

Did it ever occur to many of our hot-air 
orators that one half of the energy displayed 
in scoring the E. B. and those unions more 
fortunate than ourselves, if directed towards 
building up our own locals, securing better 
wages and shorter hours would place us all 
on a basis of $3.50 a day and 8 hours work ? 

The writer is free to acknowledge that in 
the past he was guilty of breaches of this 
kind, but experience has taught him better. 

If our E. B. makes a few mistakes do we 
not ourselves do the same ? Are we not all 
human and liable to mistakes ? Are any of us 
infallible ? In an organization composed of 
workingmen, as ours is, we cannot expect 
to find men who are not liable at times to 


make mistakes. Let us, then, brothers, di- 
rect our energies towards the upbuilding of 
our Brotherhood, the securing of the 8-hour 
day and better wages. 

Let us labor for the union conditions, when 
every man engaged in our trade shall carry 
the card, and no card, no work, shall be the 
universal condition. 

Let us work for the end that every man in 
our craft, from Maine to Honolulu, shall re- , 
ceive $4.00 for 8 hours’ work. This can be 
accomplished if we can do our part of the 
work of the union-, and do it with a true union 
spirit. 

Let the time come when our meetings 
shall be models of order, when at least 80 
per cent of the members will be present at 
each meeting, when all will feel that they 
are part and parcel of the labor movement, 
and each do hiS part toward the advance- 
ment of the cause. 

This can be done by making our meetings 
interesting to the members ; by having strict 
decorum ; by showing a proper respect for 
our officers, both grand and local ; by having 
at each meeting some live topic for discus- 
sion ; by all presenting a united front for 
the trades union cause. 

It never will be accomplished by remain- 
ing at home ; by spending our time quarrel- 
ing with other crafts over jurisdiction ; by 
scoring the E. B., or by assailing other locals 
more fortunate than ourselves. 

We are apt to wonder |why our local does 
not grow as it should ; why new members 
do not come in ; why our old members cease 
to attend the meetings. Is not the reason 
to be found in the fact that we do not do our 
share to make the meetings interesting ; 
that we do not live up to our obligation to 
“help, aid, and assist a needy brother ; ” that 
we do not approach those outside in the 
proper spirit ? Many a man who would have 
readily joined the I. B. E. W. had he been 
approached properly, has not joined because 
some overzealous brother tried to force him 
to join. 

Then, is it not true that too little respect is 
shown some of the brothers, who, while una- 
ble to express their ideas as well as some 
others, are nevertheless honest, upright, 
union men ? Is it not true that many a mem- 
ber leaves the hall, with a feeling that he is 
not wanted in the union ? 



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THE EEECTRICAT WORKER 


Is it not true that many a member has re- 
ceived some unkind treatment from some 
brother just at the moment when he most 
needed a kind word and a helping hand ? 

Cannot many a worthy brother say, with 
Shakespeare, 

“ Man’s inhumanity to man 
Makes countless thousands mourn.” 
Are we, any one of us, doing our full duty 
by our brothers? Let us stop for a moment 
and consider our duty as union men. Then, 
at this time, let us make a firm resolution to 
do our part in the work in the future that 
the day may soon come when we as work- 
ingmen may celebrate our emancipation 
from serfdom and oppression, 

‘‘And the foe you cannot brave. 

Scorn at least to be his slave.” 
Fraternally yours, 

S. E. Sanborn. 
Providence, R. I., July 5, 1902. 


MORE THOROUGH ORGANIZATION- 

Brothers, we must go in for a more thor- 
ough organization of our craft. We must 
reach out and gather in the men who are 
working at our trade in the smaller towns in 
the States, not only in our State, but all 
over the United States, men who think that 
they have a life job perhaps, and for that 
reason think there is no necessity for join- 
ing us. We must show them that we are 
able to help them, that by joining their con- 
ditions will be bettered. But until we have 
a closer State organization, and consequently 
an organized, well-planned method of bring- 
ing these non-union men into the fold, it 
will be hard work to convince them of the 
fact that we mean business. 

We need a State association for the fol- 
lowing reasons : To keep in better touch 
with each other in order to impress upon 
our employers the fact that they are dealing 
with an organization composed of over 
twenty thousand men instead of a small 
local union of only eighteen or twenty. 

Then we need a State scale, which we can 
only obtain by coming together and discuss- 
ing, the conditions of the various localities 
and deciding upon a basis to work from, 
iwhich shall be fair and just to all. 

It will take time, but time is all a work- 
n gman is sure of. 


Of all the electrical workers in the State 
probably not more than one-third are union 
men. When we can go up to a man and tell 
him that we are in a position to ultimately 
raise his wages from $1.50 or $ 1.75 to at 
least $2.25 and nine hours, that we can do 
this inside of twenty-four months, then we 
will have him w|th us as soon as he can 
make the raise. 

When we do this, and not till then, will 
we be classed among the trades at our proper 
rating. We are classed as hazardous risks 
by the insurance companies, and we pay extra 
for protection, but do we get paid in accord 
with these facts ? H. C. Moore. 

Ypsilanti, Mich., June 2, 1902. 


BOOKS AND MEN. 

How closely men resemble books ! 

For instance, when one merely looks 
At covers dull, or bright with sheen. 

He ne’er can tell what is between. 

Until he reads. A gaudy dress 
May be the cloak of emptiness. 

While bindings, plain and poor and thin. 
May hold a wealth of thought within. 

Men are like books ! Made page by page 
To count the records of their age — 
Telling a story all may read. 

Trying to sow achievement’s seed. 
Delving in mysteries of the deep. 

To open plain, the mountain steep. 
Spreading the wisdom of the world, 

And keeping freedom’s flag unfurled. 

Like books, some men are good, some bad. 
Some humorous', some dull and sad. 

Some shallow, others strong and deep ; 
Some swiftly move, while others creep,, 
Some are but fiction, others, truth. 

Some reach old age, some die in youth ; 

But just a few can dimly see 

The goal of immortality ! ' • 

— James Courtney Challiss, in Success. 


THE floaters. 

Say, Bones Lynch, you must have taken a 
day off to write me such a long letter and to 
tell me so much news, and all about who was 
playing in Baltimore this summer. There 
have been quite a few commercial travelers 
passed through here lately, and several of 
them stopped to work with us — Bill Dona- 



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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


ker, better known as the Poor Solitary Man ; 
Bat McCarty, Micky McOuaid, Shorty San- 
ford, Kid Jeffries, Jack Couple and the Boy 
Tramp, Kid Gillet, Jack Groues, Little Willie 
Campbell, Little Robbie Grant, Mike Con- 
nors, Deuaney and Fitzpatrick, and last, but 
by no means least, Danny Duff and John 
Quinlan, bound west. Any one who meets 
them will please give them the very best in 
the house, as they are O. K. every time. If 
I don’t land that South American trip, 
Danny, I’ll meet you in Texas this fall. Kid 
Rivers, they are betting lo to i that you 
will pass this way within a week. I have an 
abundance of news, but I don’t mean to en- 
croach on the grounds of 137’s press secre- 
tary. 

Listen, fellows, this is a secret. It’s the 
sweet, lovely, dear, little, dainty collar 
girls that’s the cause of all the old rounders 
sticking here so long. They can’t leave 
them, and just think, there are twenty of 
them to every fellow, according to the 
census. 

Say, Lee Fosburg, I am awful glad you 
wrote me so soon. 

Kid Lindsay. 

Troy, N. Y., July 6, 1902. 


RECOGiMITIOlS OF THE UNION- 

Editor Edectrical Worker; 

I would like to take up a little space in the 
July issue on the subject .of recognition 
of the union. Brothers Blake and Burnett of 
No. 13 and iS appear on two very important 
and similar lines of advance for the benefit 
of the I. B. As I have before written on the 
subject of special assessment, I will not take 
up valuable space upon that now except to 
give my heartiest endorsement. If the as- 
sessment is not levied the saloon men will 
be that much richer in five chances out of 
ten, and if it is levied it will place the 
Brotherhood on an infinitely better basis for 
the fulfillment of Bro. Blake’sideaof increas- 
ing the number of organizers in the field. 
What our craft most needs is recognition 
of the union by the companies that control 
the work. The greatest menace to a labor 
organization is overcrowding the craft with 
too many workmen, and the lineman’s craft 
especially. We nearly all know that there 
are companies whose mapped out policy is to 


put as many apprentices on the work as pos- 
sible, and at the same time a first-class jour- 
neyman cannot go to work if they have 
enough journeymen to guide the work, and 
break in the grunts. To remedy this evil 
we must be able to form contracts and also 
hold the firms to those contracts, when we 
have reached tljis stage. Just then will be 
found any benefit derived from apprentices’ 
unions. We should have enough organizers 
in the field to canvass every bit of territory 
once a year, that is ever}' town in every state, 
and use their efforts in behalf of weak locals 
and organizing new ones. We all know that 
to compel recognition between labor and 
corporations, as well as between individuals, 
each must first recognize the other’s strength, 
if one man will be respected by a competi- 
tor, he must be able to show a sufficient 
amount of strength or power to arrest the 
other’s attention, recognition will follow 
on a mutual basis. Nowhere is this better 
proven than in the late trouble at Chicago. 
If one force is brought to a stand by an op- 
posite force there is mutual recognition, 
and only in such case can the best results be 
obtained. 

Brothers, let us call for a stronger founda- 
tion for our union. The only foundation that 
will arrest the attention of the monopoly is 
a foundation of gold, and a contribution 
from each of our 20,000 members monthly 
would put us on a foundation upon which 
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers could 
stand united and receive the recognition of 
the telephone monopolies and e.stablish con- 
ditions for the betterment of ourselves and 
families and our country. 

I wish I could see this taken up and dis- 
cussed more thoroughly. When onc‘e the 
corporations are forced to admit that the 
union is a formidable affair, and studied op- 
position to it is a thing dangerous to the 
purse, they will find plenty of stored and 
moldy politeness which they will be able to 
bring out and 'brighten [up for use on con- 
tract day, and then a firm reasonable demand 
will not be made in vain. The wood kicker 
will get what he should and at the same 
time be able to protect his ranks from over- 
crowding and undue competition. 

Yours with the goods, 

Louis McCrary. 

La Crosse, Wis., July 6, 1902. 


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THE EEECTRICAIv WORKER 



OFFICIAIv JOURNAL OF THF 

Internationa! Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 

PUBLISHED MONTHLY 


H. W. SHERMAN, - - Publisher and Editor 

103-4 Corcoran Building, Washington, D. C. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

Grand President — W. A. Jackson, 

25 Metropolitan Block, Chicago, 111 . 

Grand Secretary — H. W. Sherman, 

103-104 Corcoran Bldg., Washington, D. C. 

Grand Treasurer — F. J. Sheehan, 

86 North street. New Britain, Conn. 

First Vice-President — F. E. Lockman, 

2524 Howard street, St. Louis, Mo. 

Second Vice-President — H. J. Hurd, 

Deer Park, Ontario, Canada. 

Third Vice-President — J. J. Reynolds, 

2316 Fourth ave., S., Minneapolis, Minn. 

Fourth Vice-President — Chas. Eaton, 

2402^^ Third avenue, Seattle, Wash. 

Fifth Vice-President — L. F. Spence, 

1538 Manton street, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Sixth Vice-President — J. F. Buckley, 

P. O. Box 181, MuiTy, Utah. 


Subscription $1 per year, in advance 

■ 9 ®“ As The Electricai, Worker reaches the 
men who do the work and recommend or order the 
material, its value as an advertising medium can be 
readily appreciated. 


Washington, D. C., July, 1902. 


W. N. Gates, Special Advertising Agent, 

29 Euclid avenue, Cleveland, O. 


THE HENRY E. WILKENS PRINTING COMPANY 


The items appearing in our expense col- 
umns, as strike benefit, have been given to 
locals who have been called out by the Cen- 
tral Bodies, and have complied with the con- 
stitution in every sense of the word. 


In the June issue we published an appeal 
for aid for Brother McManus of Local 17, 
and referred to the collection on another 
page. This was an error, as we have not re- 
ceived a cent for this up to going to press. 
We start the fund with one dollar, and, boys, 
the members of our Brotherhood will re- 
spond cheerfully. We do not expect a dol- 
lar from every member — only a few cents 



will do the work. A few cents will put a 
poor afflicted brother in business and make 
him self-supporting. Come boys, and get 
together, and help Brother McManus. 


Often items appear in our expense col- 
umns that call for arf explanation. An exec- 
utive officer is sometimes given advance 
money, as it is impossible for him to travel 
without money in his pocket. If he is 
given I300 it is charged up in the next 
month’s Worker. He submits his reports 
and expense list to the Grand Secretary, 
who places them on file, to be turned over 
to the auditing committee at the end of the 
fiscal year. 


We received word from our organizer. 
Brother Kennedy, that electrical workers in 
San Francisco belonged to the Street Car 
Men’s Union. On receipt of this we wired ' 
Brother W. D. Mahon, president of the 
Amalgamated Association of Street Car Em- 
ployees, to have all electrical workers in 
Street Car Men’s Local in San Francisco go 
where they belong — in the I. B. E. W. We 
received the following reply : 

“ Detroit, Mich., July 2, 1902. 

“ Mr. H. W. Sherman, 

“ Secretary I. B. E. W., 

“ Corcoran Building, Washington, D. C. 
“ Dear Sir and Brother ; Your telegram of 
the 30th, asking me to notify Mr. Cornelius 
of San Francisco to turn over the linemen, 
etc., has been received. Now, I did not know 
that there were any linemen connected with 
our organization there, and have written 
them regarding the matter, and would say 
that I am going to San Francisco next week. 

I will not get there probably for eight or ten 
days, as I want to stop along the road and 
straighten out some matters, but I assure 
you that I will look after the matter and 
straighten it out when I get there. In all 
our years of organization there has never 
been any disputes over jurisdiction between 
your Brotherhood and our organization, and 
I assure you this matter will be straightened 
up satisfactory if in my power to do so. 

“ With best wishes, I remain 
“ Fraternally yourSj 

“W. D. Mahon, 

“ International President.” 
This, to our mind, will be satisfactorily 


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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


adjusted by Brother Mahon, as what he says 
is true. There have never been any disputes 
between us before. 


CLOSING DATE. 

It is our desire to get the Electrical 
Worker out as early as possible each month, 
and the sooner we get the correspondence 
from press secretaries the sooner we can get 
the paper out. While the closing date is the 
loth of each month, it is not absolutely nec- 
essary for the press secretaries to hold off 
until the last moment. But they should 
make a special effort to get copy in our 
hands as soon as possible. We respectfully 
ask them to send in matter as early as possi- 
ble each month. It takes some time to print 
the paper, as it is a large one, and we have a 
large membership. 


THE McMANUS fund. 

H. W. Sherman SI 00 


CHARTERS GRANTED IN JUNE. 

June 2, 265 — Lincoln, Neb. 

5, 267— Schenectady, N. Y. 

7, 268 — Newport, R. I. 

7, 69 — Dallas, Texas, (reorganized.) 
II, 269 — Princeton, Ind. 

11, 270 — Augusta, Ga. 

12, 271 — Altoona, Pa. 

16, 272 — Sherman, Texas. 

16, 273 — Clinton, Iowa. 

16, 274 — Marinette, Wis. 
i 9 > 275 — Muskegon, Mich. 

20, 276 — West Superior, Wis. 

20, 277 — Huntington, Ind. 

21, 278 — ^Rock Island, 111 . 

30, 235— Cincinnati, Ohio. 

279 — Chicago, 111 . 

280 — Hammond, Ind. 

281 — Albany, N. Y. 


CONDUIT. 

There has been a tendency on the part of 
the gas fitters to usurp our place in the con- 
duit work for some time past. The matter 
was brought up at the convention of the Na- 
tional Building Trades Council, held at 
Worcester, Mass., and a decision given in 
favor of the electrical workers. At the con- 
vention of the A. F. of L-, held at Scran- 
ton, Pa., the matter was reported to the 


Executive Board of the A. F. of L. Up 
to now there has been no decision from 
them, as they reserve the right to thoroughly 
investigate the claims of both parties. We 
have no fear of the decision. We are con- 
vinced that after a thorough investigation 
the board will decide it should be done by 
the electrical workers. There are several 
trades who are encroaching on the work of 
our organization , and by so doing are creating 
a breach instead of harmony in the ranks of 
organized labor. For the gas fittersto claim 
the conduit work is preposterous, as much 
so as it would be for a boiler maker to claim 
the gas fitting. In our estimation, both the 
gas fitters and the electrical workers have 
their hands full fighting the bosses without 
starting trouble among themselves. We 
hope the Executive Board of the A. F. of L. 
will soon give a decision and end the strife 
between the two organizations. We are 
sure the gas fitters, as well as the electrical 
workers, stand ready to obey the mandates 
of the board. 


SMALL FRY. 

Many times the agreements presented by 
local unions to contractors are signed very 
readily by the men who have capital invested 
in their business. Men who know a strike 
would cost them more in a few weeks than 
the slight increase in wages would in years, 
readily concede. But it is positively disgus- 
ting to hear the small fry contractor, nine 
times out of ten an ex-mem.ber of a labor 
organization, and the only capital his un- 
mitigated gall. Just listen to him ! Why, 
he won’t let any set of men run his estab- 
lishment, generally a dingy old cellar with 
a few broken chairs and a desk; a few pounds 
of wire, and several old fan motors. This 
comprises his establishment. This is what 
he won’t let any set of men run. Why, if 
he got a two hundred light job he would 
have to mortgage his furniture to raise 
money enough to start the work. This very 
important employer of labor, with a pay 
roll with two names on it, must lie awake 
nights thinking of his help. One of these 
small fry contractors, a former ^member of 
the I. B. E. W., positively refused to grant 
an eight-hour day, when every other con- 
tractor in the city gave it. Just think, a 
former member of the Brotherhood refusing 



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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


au eight-hour day ! What a good union 
man he must have been at heart when he 
belonged. It pays locals sometimes to get 
rid of men of this stamp, as it shows them 
up in their true colors. What a living lie 
fellows of his stamp must have been when 
they would holler themselves hoarse about 
the downtrodden workingmen ; about their 
overworked conditions ; about the hard- 
hearted employers of labor. What a farce. 
What a subterfuge. But perhaps in this 
progressive age of hours, when a fellow may 
be a contractor to-day and a journeyman to- 
morrow, this fellow may come sneaking back 
and think it very hard if the locals should 
charge him a few dollars to get back. Did 
you ever notice one of these fellows when 
then they lose the two chairs and desk — 
their establishment — how they would plead 
to have the local let up on them ? They 
never felt any pain when they stepped on 
the other fellow’s corns ; but, oh, what a 
pitiful cry when some one steps on theirs. 
We have no forgiveness in our make up for 
this class of men. They are a menace to 
both organized labor and the contractors. 

W. E. KEIMNEDY, ORGAMZER. 

The following about one of our Washing- 
ton electricians, from Organized Labor (San 
Francisco, Cal.), June 7, will be of interest 
to his many friends and acquaintances : 

“ W. E. Kennedy, Grand Organizer of the 
International Brotherhood of Electrical 
Workers, with headquarters in Washington, 
D. C., has been'in the city for some time, 
and has been valuably employed in success- 
fully settling disputes over the jurisdiction 
between the two local unions in the city — 
No. 6, composed of inside men, and No. 15, 
of line men. 

“Mr. Kennedy is a man of sterling worth, 
a successful organizer, with a large fund of 
good sense and considerable executive 
ability, backed by an extensive experience 
in the trades union movement. He will go 
to San Jose and Santa Cruz next week in 
the interests of his organization, and it is 
likely that he will remain on the coast for 
some time. 

“Organized Labor bids him welcome to 
stay for years. We like for a neighbor and 
co-worker the man whose sincerity extends 
from his heart to the tips of his fingers, and 
such a man is W. E. Kennedy.’’ 


The above shows that the Executive Board 
made no mistake in its selection. In its 
choice for organizer it shows that W. E. 
Kennedy is the right man in the right 
place. 


MALOISEY A BENEDICT. 

Married, at St. Vincent He Paul’s church, 
St. Louis, Wednesday morning, Juiie ]S, 
John H. Maloney, of Chicago, and Miss 
Mary Honzik, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
William Honzik, 2019 Menard street, St. 
Louis. 

The happy couple at once took up their 
residence at 234 South Albany avenue, 
Chicago . — Chicago Paper. 

Brother J. H. Maloney and his wife are 
well known in the Brotherhood. Brother 
Maloney first came into prominence in our 
Brotherhood at the convention held in Wash- 
ington, D. C., when by his manly and fear- 
less way of fighting he won the admiration 
of his fellow delegates. At the Detroit con- 
vention he was elected Grand President. 
He has been our delegate to the A. F. of L. 
and N. B. T. C. several times, and has done 
good work for the Brotherhood, His wife 
was stenographer and bookkeeper for 
former Grand Secretary J. T. Kelly, and is 
well known to most of the Brotherhood 
men. Here’s 

“ That your lives maybe as happy and free 
from care 

As the beast of the forest and birds of the 
air.’’ 


information wanted. 

Editor Electrical Worker: 

Mrs. A. P. Ryerson is very anxious to 
learn the whereabouts of her son, Charles S. 
Ryerson. He was a member of this union. 
No. 134, up to last March, at which time he 
took a traveling card. He was last heard 
from at New Orleans. Mrs. Ryerson’s ad- 
dress is 708 A East 8th street, Kansas City, 
Mo. Yours fraternally, 

J, H. Maloney, 
Chicago, 111 ., June 28, 1902. 


According to statistics prepared by Car- 
roll D. Wright, the United States Commis- 
sioner of Labor, 50 per cent of all the strikes 
in this country are successful, 13 per cent 
succeeded in part, and 36 per cent failed ab- 














THE EEECTRICAE 

WORKER 



^9 


solutely. About 28 per cent of all the strikes 

No. 

P. C. 

Int. 

Sup. But. 

Total 


are for higher 

wages, II per 

cent for higher 

S2 

83 

4 •'>0 


1 00 

1 00 
4 


wages 

and fewer hours, and ii per 

cent for 

86 

8 40 


1 75 

10 15 


fewer hours alone. 



87 



75 

75 







S8 

9 20 

10 00 


19 20 


Grand Secretary’s Report for June. 

90 

91 

11 .10 
8 SO 

4 00 
4 00 

1 75 

2 50 

17 55 
15 30 


tfo. 

P. C. 

Int. Sup. 

But. 

Total. 

92 



25 

25 


1 

59 60 

12 00 


71 60 

93 

8 60 

^3 00 


21 60 


2 

73 40 

2S 00 

1 00 

102 40 

94 

1 80 


1 SO 


8 

437 85 

6S 00 


505 So 

95 

5 00 

8 00 


- 13 00 


0 

94 40 

14 00 


108 40 

90 

IS 40 


1 00 

19 40 


7 

11 20 



11 20 

97 

3 60 



3 60 


8 

40 00 

10 00 


50 00 

98 

42 00 

112 00 


. 154 00 


10 

26 40 

2 00 


28 40 

100 

3 20 

0 00 


9 20 


11 

5 SO 

12 00 


17 80 

101 

2 00 



2 00 


12 

7 00 

2 00 


9 00 

102 

8 SO 

2 00 


10 SO 


li! 

16 00 

10 00 S 50 

3 00 

37 50 

103 

41 00 

7 00 

4 00 

52 00 


15 

7 40 

4 00 25 


11 65 

104 

32 20 

6 00 


38 20 


16 

10 40 

10 00 

1 00 

21 40 

106 

11 SO 



11 SO 


17 

46 00 

50 


46 50 

109 

6 40 

3 00 


9 40 


18 

10 80 

2 00 


12 80 

110 



9 00 

9 00 


21 

93 80 

50 00 2 00 


145 SO 

111 

10 40 


2 75 

13 15 


22 

6 40 



6 40 

112 



5 20 

6 20 


23 


50 

50 

1 00 

113 

11 00 

4 00 

1 00 

10 00 

St 

25 

14 20 

50 


14 70 

114 

26 40 

19 00 


45 40 


27 

44 40 



44 40 

115 

3 20 

2 00 


5 20 


28 

14 40 

6 00 


20 40 

116 

15 20 



15 20 


30 

10 20 

6 00 


16 20 

117 



2 00 

2 00 


32 

4 40 



4 40 

118 

10 40 

4 00 


14 40 


S3 

4 60 

6 00 


10 60 

120 

9 60 



9 60 


31 

4 60 



4 60 

121 

15 60 


2 00 

17 60 


36 

7 00 

8 00 


15 00 

123 

2 60 

2 00 


4 60 


37 

14 00 

20 00 


34 00 

127 

3 20 

8 00 

1 50 

12 70 


38 

45 60 

16 00 S 00 


69 60 

128 



62 

62 


39 

36 40 

24 00 

S 00 

63 40 

129 



5 00 

5 00 


40 

5 SO 

75 


6 55 

131 

8 40 


60 

9 00 


41 

27 60 

2 00 


29 60 

132 

25 00 

16 00 

2 00 

43 00 


42 

7 00 

2 00 


.9 00 

134 

180 00 

20 00 


200 00 


45 

11 60 

S 00 


19 60 

135 

7 80 



7 SO 


47 

3 00 



3 00 

136 

11 00 


50 

11 50 


48 

14 00 

2 00 3 50 

1 00 

20 50 

137 

8 SO 

8 00 

1 50 

18 30 


49 

6 80 

2 00 20 


9 00 

139 



4 60 

4 50 


50 

8 SO 



8 80 

140 

4 80 

2 00 


6 80 


61 

4 SO 

4 00 25 


9 05 

143 

9 20 

2 00 

75 

11 95 


53 

1 40 



1 40 

145 

11 00 

6 00 


17 00 


55 


50 

1 00 

1 50 

146 

9 20 

2 00 


11 20 


66 

14 00 



14 00 

147 

8 40 

4 00 


12 40 


58 

12 00 



12 00 

148 

9 CO 



■ 9 00 


59 

10 00 

20 00 1 00 


31 00 

150 

4 60 



4 60 


60 

13 60 

1 00 

2 00 

16 60 

151 

72 40 

36 00 

3 75 

112 15 


61 

21 00 

30 00 1 00 


52 00 

152 

4 40 


50 

4 90 


62 

S 60 

12 00 

2 00 

22 60 

153 

15 00 

10 00 

1 00 

26 00 


63 

2 00 



2 00 

156 

10 40 

4 00 


14 40 


64 

41 80 

107 00 1 75 


150 55 

157 

3 40 

2 00 


5 40 


65 

■16 40 

4 00 


20 40 

158 

11 40 

4 00 

6 00 

20 40 


66 

IS 20 



18 20 

159 

2 60 


5 00 

7 60 


67 

2 20 



2 20 

160 



3 00 

3 00 


68 

22 80 

4 00 20 


27 00 

162 



1 25 

1 25 

^ . 

69 


0 00 


9 00 

163 

7 20 



7 20 


71 

3 SO 

6 00 

4 00 

13 SO 

166 

7 SO 

6 00 


13 80 


72 

3 40 

1 50 


4 90 

168 

12 SO 

6 00 

2 50 

21 30 


73 

14 20 

8 00 


22 20 

169 

10 80 



10 SO 


75 

21 60 

16 00 


.37 60 

170 

4 00 



4 00 


77 

67 20 

14 00 2 75 


S3 95 

171 

5 00 


1 06 

6 05 


79 

10 60 

2 00 


12 60 

172 

5 20 

4 00 

50 

9 70 


80 

10 15 

4 00 


14 15 

173 

3 20 


10 

3 30 



20 





THE EEECTRICAE WORKER 


No. 

P. C. 

Int. 

Sup. 

But. 

Total. 

174 

6 60 




6 60 

178 

3 SO 

2 00 



5 80 

179 

4 20 


50 


4 70 

183 

7 60 

2 00 



9 60 

184 

6 40 




6 40 

185 

7 20 

2 00 

50 


9 70 

186 

8 40 

8 00 



16 40 

189 

7 00 

8 00 



15 00 

190 

4 60 

1 00 



5 60 

191 

9 80 




9 80 

192 



1 50 


1 50 

193 

9 40 




9 40 

195 

5 60 

12 00 

50 


18 10 

196 

3 40 

2 00 



5 40 

197 

7 20 

14 00 

50 


21 70 

198 

4 80 

6 00 

3 75 


14 55 

200 

15 40 

6 00 



21 40 

201 

5 60 




5 60 

202 

2 00 




2 00 

204 

2 00 




2 00 

205 

7 00 

4 00 



11 00 

206 

10 60 

6 00 



16 60 

207 

2 20 




2 20 

208 

4 40 




4 40 

210 

7 40 

4 00 

1 00 


12 40 

212 

18 00 

2 00 



15 00 

213 

9 80 

4 00 



13 80 

214 

3 60 


1 75 


5 35 

217 

15 00 




15 00 

220 

9 00 

4 00 

2 50 


15 50 

221 

7 60 

10 00 

1 75 

3 00 

22 35 

222' 

8 00 

2 00 

1 00 


11 00 

223 

8 00 




8 00 

225 



1 00 


1 00 

228 

5 00 

2 00 



7 00 

230 

4 00 




4 00 

231 

4 60 




4 60 

232 



3 50 


3 50 

233 

5 80 

10 00 



15 80 

234 

1 40 


1 00 


2 40 

235 


10 00 



10 00 

236 

3 80 


1 00 


4 80 

237 

10 60 

1 00 

2 50 


14 10 

238 

2 80 

12 00 



14 80 

240 

8 00 

30 00 



38 00 

243 

10 00 




10 00 

244 

28 80 




28 80 

245 

6 00 


1 25 


7 25 

246 

5 40 

2 00 

1 25 


8 65 

247 

240 00 

113 00 



353 00 

248 

10 20 




10 20 

249 

5 20 

16 00 



21 20 

250 


5 00 

2 00 


7 00 

251 

2 80 

1 00 



8 80 

253 

4 60 


4 78 

50 

9 83 

254 

10 40 

28 00 



88 40 

257 



25 


25 

258 



4 25 


4 25 

259 


8 00 

13 


8 13 

261 

10 00 

25 00 

12 60 

6 00 

53 50 

262 


35 00 

13 75 


48 75 

263 

8 00 


9 00 


17 00 

265 


20 00 

10 50 


30 50 

266 



5 50 


5 50 

267 


35 00 

15 00 


50 00 

268 


29 00 

11 50 


40 50 

269 


8 00 

2 00 


10 00 

270 

5 00 

11 00 

8 60 


24 60 


No. 

P. C. 

Int. 

Sup. 

But. 

Total. 

271 


11 00 



11 00 

272 


9 00 



9 00 

273 


18 00 

9 00 


27 00 

275 


14 00 

12 75 


26 75 

276 


26 00 



26 00 

277 


10 00 

8 00 


18 00 

278 


20 00 

9 50 


29 50 

279 


10 00 



10 00 

280 


18 PO 



13 00 

281 


8 00 



8 00 


$2,972 20 $1,561 00 

$275 43 

$28 50 

$4,827 18 


Watch charms 3 00 

Advertisements in Electrical Worker . . 43 00 

Bues from members of G. 0 3 50 

Buttons not sold through Local Unions. 49 50 

Carnegie’s Golden Key 7 75 

Robinson’s Key Prac. E. W 2 00 

Total $4,935 88 

Fraternally submitted, 

H. W. SHERMAN, 

Grand Secretary. 

Grand Treasurer’s Report for June. 


EXPENSES. 

Death claim. No. 197, J. W. Cllflord 100 00 

Death claim. No. 198, W. C. Ferguson.. . 100 00 

Death claim. No. 199, Thos. Sloan 100 00 

Death claim. No. 200, Jas. Millett 100 00 

Death claim, No. 201, Wm. Murphy 100 00 

Death claim. No. 202, M. Duggan 100 00 

H. V. Jackson, Org., 267, Schenectady, 

N. Y 7 00 

L. C. Edwards, Org., 207, Stockton, Cal. . 13 50 

L. C. Edwards, Org., 250, San Jose, Cal.. . 10 00 

Geo. C. Campbell, Org., 273, Clinton, la.. 15 00 
C. E. Sautters, Org., 239, Williamsport, 

Pa 7 60 

Geo. E. Russell, Org., 265, Lincoln, Nebr 26 40 

W. J. Joyce, Org., 259, Salem, Mass 4 20 

J. J. Collins, Org,, 275, Muskegon, Mich.. 18 20 
Frank Mattlin, Org., 262, Pullman, 111.. . 32 00 

J. P. MacGllvray, Org., Chicago and vi- 
cinity 102 14 

S. E. Sanborn, general organizer, exp. . . 23 10 

W. E. Kennedy, general organizer, exp. 190 00 

L. F. Spence, general expenses 263 83 

F. J. Sheehan, general expenses 200 00 

W. A. Jackson, general expenses 35 00 

J. F. Buckley, expenses. Salt Lake City. 4 95 
F. E. Lockman, expenses, Cincinnati. .. 95 00 

F. E. Lockman, general expenses 100 00 

H. J. Hurd, strike expenses, Detroit 26 20 

H. J. Hurd, expenses to Hamilton 84 81 

Robt. Thorne, loan 138, Detroit 500 00 

F. J. Sheehan, strike benefit. No. 99, 

Providence 200 00 

F. C. Sprague, Com. on Adv 33 25 

E. Morrison Paper Co., books and pa- 
pers 7 90 

F. J. Robinson, Key Prac. Elec. Worker 7 20 

H. E. Wllkens Printing Company, print- 
ing Electrical Worker 764 60 

H. E. Wllkens Printing Company, print- 
ing local union supplies 25 00 

H . E. W likens Printing Com pany , print- 
ing general oflJce supplies 6 50 

Rent 30 00 


THE BIvECTRICAL WORKER 


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Janitor 

H. W. Sherman, salary 

M. K. Clinton, salary 

N. H. Gray, salary 

B. I. Surguy, salary 

J. E. Hilton, lawyer’s fee, Montreal 

Mailing Worker 

Per Cap. A. F. of L., for Apr., May, and 

June 

Office supplies 

Express 

Postage 

Telegrams 

Wm. Baumgarten, seals 

Wm. Baumgarten, buttons 

■ $4,372 22 

RECAPITULATION. 


Amount on hand June 1 $8,822 11 

Receipts for June 4,935 88 

Interest 

Total receipts, June, including Int .. 4,986 17 

13,808 28 
4,372 22 

Amount on hand July 1 9,436 06 

Fraternally submitted. 


F. J, Sheehan, 
Grand Treasurer. 

QUESTION candidates. 

THIS OUTGENERALS THE MONOPOLISTS AND 
POLITICAL BOSSES. 

Party politics are managed by the machine 
or boss. One of the ways whereby the 
Monopolists continue their reign is to con- 
tribute campaign funds only to such of the 
machines and bosses as keep from the cam- 
paigns the issues which, if successful at the 
polls, would put an end to private monop- 
oly. 

Therefore, in most places, the party ma- 
chines and bosses of both the old parties 
have nianaged to keep out of the campaigns 
the ^lieStion of placing in the voters them- 
sewe^* a veto power as to statute law (the 
voiets p.dssess thisipower as to constitutional 
la:\v*iik'the several States) and the power to 
directly, propose measures and have them 
p;it to 'aT)allot of the voters. Such a sys- 
t4m, the Referendum and the Initiative, 
terminates completely the power of the 
'monopolists. Majority Rule is instituted as 
/to each bill that passes the legislative body, 

1 and k small proportion of the voters, usually 
> five per cent, can initiate whatever questions 
they^choose. Furthermore, the final legis- 
j' latrve' ^ower being in the voters there is 
( little Incentive for the monopolists to con- 
. ■ trpl the election of the people’s representa- 
/ tives, therefore the legislative body again 


becomes representative of the people’s in- 
terests. 

This is shown in the history of South Da- 
kota and of Switzerland. 

To outgeneral the Monopolists and their 
tools, and to do so with the least possible 
effort, organized labor should question all 
legislative candidates as to what they, if 
elected, will do toward the establishment of 
the Referendum and the Initiative. 

This makes it an issue, and as the candi- 
dates who rely upon a majority vote to be 
elected dare not deny the right of the Ma- 
jority to rule, it results in a practically 
unanimous agreement by the legislative 
candidates to jnstall the proposed system. 
This was demonstrated”in the recent elec- 
tion in Oregon ; both the old-line parties de- 
clared for the system, and at the polls the 
vote was 12 to i in favor of the Referendum 
and the Initiative. In'South Dakota and 
Utah the question, when forced to an issue, 
was agreed to by both the old-line parties, 
and, of course, the voter gladly adopted it. 

Organized labor in Missouri and Iowa have 
adopted the programmeloutlined above. ■ In 
Missouri a joint committee, consisting of 
the legislative committee of the State Fed- 
eration of Tabor and of a committee of three 
from nearly every central labor union in the 
State, has issuedCan Address and Questions 
to candidates for Congress and for the 
General Assembly. Thus is each candidate 
in Missouri placed where he must proclaim 
his attitude toward Majority Rule — the 
Referendum and the Initiative. In case 
there is a refusal to reply, it is a declaration 
against the proposed system. 

In Iowa, the recent annual convention of 
the State Federation instructed that within 
the State the candidates for Congress and 
the State Legislature should be questioned 
as to what they, if elected, will ° pledge 
themselves to do for the establishment of the 
Referendum and the Initiative. 

In all the other States provision can at 
once be made fori Questioning Legislative 
Candidates. The local and central unions, 
meeting as they do at frequent intervals, can 
instruct their Legislative Committees to as- 
sist in questioning candidates, and the Leg- 
islative Committee of the State Federation 
of Labor can join them, for the national 
bodies of organized labor have repeatedly de- 
clared for the Referendum and Initiative. It 
is the fundamental political demand of or' 


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52 00 
52 00 
250 00 
42 00 

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24 89 
36 11 
15 46 
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86 40 



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THE EEECTRICAE WORKER 


ganized labor. In this there is no division, 
for those who declare for the, programme of 
the Socialist Party thereby endorse its de- 
mand for the Referendum and Initiative. 
By questioning the candidates of all the par- 
ties, the Monopolists and their tools are com- 
pletely outgeneraled : The mere ptiblicity 
of the demand for Majority Rule restUts in 
its immediate installation. 


REPORT OF SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

I submit report of troubles in my dis- 
trict, with copies of agreement, acceptance, 
etc., of Bocal 105 of Hamilton, for publica- 
tion in the Worker. Our friend, Mr. Haw- 
kins, after agreeing to submit the difficulty 
between the company for whom he was 
manager, and members of Local 105 thought 
he could have everything his own way by 
sending a letter to the local that he was 
willing to arbitrate if the local would allow 
him the privilege to name two of the arbi- 
trators, and then had the nerve to publish it 
in all the daily papers. You should have 
seen the ripping up those papers gave our 
friend from Boston, and the result was, all 
the boys failed to turn up for work, and 
those on watch shut down the generators 
and walked out after giving him 24 hours 
notice. ■ The result — three days trouble ac- 
cepting agreement — everybody back to work 
wages and hours to be arbitrated for, with 
ninety-nine chances of the boys getting the 
big end of it. Local 133 is still on strike. 
The contractors could not beat them in any 
other way, so they got out an injunction 
restraining any member of the local from 
interfering with any non-union men they 
should bring in, consequently they suspend- 
ed all members but seven, and will keep on 
endeavoring to induce non-union men from 
going to work. Local 114 of Toranto has 
been out after eight hours and more pay. 
The contractors have formed an association, 
agreeing not to employ any union men. To- 
day was their first victory, when the agree- 
ment was signed by a contractor to pay 25 
cents an hour until the first of August, after 
that 30 cents for a period of one year. That 
is the first break, and undoubtedly more will 
follow in a few days. In Toronta we have 
just passed through the most successful 


street railway strike, I believe, in the his- 
tory of the street railway men’s association. 
One thousand men out ; no cars ran for three 
days, with between 3,000 and 4,000 sol- 
diers marching through the streets. In the 
face of that the men won. Everybody at 
work again, and everybody happy. 

Yours fraternally, 

' H. J. Hukd. 

Deer Park, Ontario, June 26, 1902. 

REPORT OF organizer F. J. SHE EHAN- 

Editor Electrical Worker: 

On Monday, June 2nd, as had been previ- 
ously arranged with a committee of No. 99, 

I met the contractors’ association in meet- 
ing assembled, to talk on the matter of the 
agreement that had been submitted to the 
contractors of Providence and vicinity, and 
which had been modified to suit local and 
existing conditions, to the extent that all the 
men asked for at this time was an eight- 
hour day and a minimum rate of wages of 
I2.50 per day. Owing to some of the con- 
tractors being absent from the meeting the 
necessary arrangements could not be made. 
It was the intention, however, that the mat- 
ter had been pending a sufficient length of 
time and the contractors had given the de- 
mands of No. 99 so little notice, that Local 
No. 99 intended to take prompt and deci- 
sive action at their regular meeting the same 
night. The contractors claimed they could 
not give us the desired information, and 
while some of them seemed anxious to give 
the men an eight-hour day and recognition 
of cards there were others who refused to 
say what they would do. More in justice to 
the contractors than ourselves, pe:^ags (a,s 
our patience had about been taxed J:Q^t^e. 
limit) we allowed them one more tp 

decide what they would do, and du^g^th.e- 
week I had been working between 
dence and Newport, and incidentay.y_.p^J,l. 
River. I succeeded in getting a suJ^c’i^p;^. . 
number of names for a charter at 
but before I could attend to matters as 
planned at Fall River and nearby citii^s,i^ jvas 
instructed by the Grand President tq pro- 
ceed to Canada, as Vice Hurd had issu^^A, 

call for an executive officer. . 

ado von.. 

Before proceeding to Canada, and qn Sup? : 
day, the 8th inst., I was called to atg|ijd,a- 
meeting of the New England District.^^jOrm- 

t'i r. 


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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


cil, held in the city of Boston. To those 
who are not familiar with the New England 
District Council, I will briefly mention the 
fact that the constitution, article 4, sec- 
tion 5, sanctions the right of local unions in 
districts to organize thethselves into coun- 
cils. The objects aimed at, of course, to be 
as prescribed by and followed in all detail as 
in the above article and said section 5. It 
takes some little time to get things in good 
working order in district councils, and we 
recognize the fact from our own experience, 
that it is quite an undertaking, and, per- 
haps, there is no section of the country 
under our jurisdiction where a district coun- 
cil could be worked so advantageously as in 
the New England States. While we are not 
as yet perfectly organized in this direc- 
tion, I believe we are now in a fair way to pro- 
gress and will yet be enabled to adopt a uni- 
form wage scale and have a uniform sched- 
ule of hours, and a perfect system of work- 
ing rules in all details. 

I will now refer to my trip to Canada. 
While the difficulty seemed to be principally 
on constitutional points, and was brought 
about principally by the action of our Toronto 
local, I found that the Toronto local, in their 
anxiety to better their condition, seemed to 
lose sight of the constitution bearing on im- 
portant matters and were acting, in a sense, 
a little contrary. 

If there is a section in our jurisdiction 
that needs a change for the better it is cer- 
tainly in the Dominion of Canada. We must 
take notice of the fact, however, that the 
Canadian locals are just beginning to seethe 
light, and if they will only exercise a little 
good judgment and endeavor to build up 
their locals to a state of perfection it will be 
the same easy sailing that it has been for us 
in the States. 

It is only after years of labor and much 
sacrifice that we, who have been in the or- 
ganization from the start,' are enabled to 
better our conditions, and we were no 
better off ten years ago than our sister locals 
of the Dominion. The principles of union- 
ism show the will, and the union itself in 
due time shows the way. 

I had the pleasure of attending a meeting 
of the local ;at Hamilton, Ont., and I was 
certainly surprised at the wages that a^e 


paid to our men in that clean and appar- 
ently enterprising city. 

The men here have submitted an agree- 
ment, and it is so long pending that I am 
led to believe that the companies, or rather 
company, for I believe one company hires 
about all the men in the electrical business, 
have made up their minds that the- men 
would not force them to issue when it came 
to it. I could not help instructing the men 
to make one more demand and to see that 
some recognition was given them. 

I expect that Vice Hurd will have some- 
thing to say as to what has been done and I 
will ask the members to look over the re- 
port. 

Immediately after returning from Canada 
I went to Providence. It became necessary 
for the local to strike, the contractors refus- 
ing, as a body, to grant the demands of the 
men. They agreed, however, that the indi- 
■vidual contractors could do as they saw fit in 
the matter, consequently most of the con- 
tractors took the men back, giving them an 
eight -hour day and recognizing the build- 
ing trades and elecrtical workers cards only 
hereafter. It seemed strange to me to learn 
a few days after the trouble that a list of 
names had been passed to the different con- 
tractors of men who were practically dis- 
criminated against. 

We must necessarily expect to face such 
conditions to better our own, but we rarely 
see them done so openly and barefaced as 
they were done in Providence. 

I am pleased to say that out of 125 men 
only about 20 needed assistance from us. 
The last time I was in Providence the num- 
ber had been lessened by two or three going 
to work. Two or three contractors still re- 
fuse to recognize the ffinion, and all the 
necessary means are being tried to keep 
work from them, and they are losing many 
jobs. 

I attended a meeting of No. 37, of Hart- 
ford, the 2oth, and was agreeably surprised 
to meet a lot of new ones. The old-time 
enthusiasm was manifest and considerable 
business was transacted. 

On a call from New Haven I went there 
and learned from Secretary F. J. Horan that 
some missionary work was needed to bring 
non-union men into line. There were a few 
men employed by the telephone who had 


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THE EIvECTRICAL WORKER 


signed applications to become members and 
at the last moment they changed their 
minds. I have yet to learn the reason, but 
am informed it is the wish of the company 
that they do not belong to a labor union. 
Several of their men do belong and I am 
inclined to think that the company does not 
make any such rules. In years back they 
asked men to sign such an agreement, but 
the scheme did not work well, and they 
practically abandoned the rule. The State 
laws have been changed recently to the ex- 
tent that no company can intimidate work- 
ingmen by asking them, not alone forcing 
them, to sign their right to belong to any 
union. 

The inside wiremen at New Haven still re- 
main in the same old rut. Men in their line 
of work all around them are getting an 
eight-hour day, but they are happy with the 
thought, perhaps, that they still work ten 
and for less wages. It seems too bad to have 
to force men to better their condition, but 
such things have been done, and we have to 
do it sometimes for our own best interests. 
We will soon be in a position to call for 
building trades cards for wiremen at New 
Haven. There is only one way for them to 
be provided, and that route is mapped out 
through the local union there, and all in- 
formation will be furnished by our secretary, 
F. J. Horan, of Local No. 90. 

I attended a meeting of the building 
trades at New Haven. The delegates of the 
different locals pledged their support to 
the electrical workers. 

The Connecticut Railway and Lighting 
Company, operating railway and lighting 
plants, have given the men in their employ 
throughout the State a nine-hour day. This 
affects several construction men, all mem- 
bers of our Connecticut locals. 

I had occasion to go to Lynn, Mass., last 
Sunday, to explain to the men employed in 
the General Electric shops there the impor- 
tance of connecting themselves with our or- 
ganization. 

While the shopmen are new to us, and the 
recent wave of unionism which struck the 
city of Schenectady, N. Y., has put several 
men into our organization through the ef- 
forts of H. V. Jackson, not a member of the 
electrical workers, but a man who has been 
prominent in labor'circle.s, and has been in- 


strumental in organizing all trades in that 
city. The electrical workers of Lynn, em- 
ployed by the same company, were not so 
willing to fall into line, as they were at 
Schenectady, from the fact, perhaps, that 
some effort had been made to organize them 
through the alliedimetal mechanics. 

Brother Joyce and myself spent some time 
in convincing the electrical workers of Lynn 
that to have international affiliation they 
must belong to the electrical workers. Our 
prices seemed to stagger them when they 
could get a charter from some other interna- 
tional body so much cheaper than ours. 
When the matter was sifted down bur prices 
did not seem so high, the per capita paid to 
our organization per member being much less 
in proportion to other organizations. 

After explaining all that it was possible to 
explain. Brother Joyce and I were asked to 
vacate the hall for a while, so that they 
could go into session and take the matter up 
by themselves. We were called back in half 
an hour and pledged the majority of the 
men in attendance, some paying-the amount 
necessary for their initiation to the secre- 
tary pro tern. 

There was a matter which they desired 
me to look into immeditately, as it was 
necessary for them to have the same inter- 
national affiliation as the men at Schenec- 
rady, and inasmuch as that they were led to 
believe that the Schenectady locals had 
other international affiliation than ours, 
they were given to understand that I would 
go to Schenectady the next day, and in due 
time I would report back. I have looked the 
matter up and sent them all the information 
and letters are on the way or have been re- 
ceived from others interested in the I. B. 
E. W. at Schenectady. Also letters from 
Mr. Jackson, who organized the men there. 
I could not stay at Schenectady as long as I 
desired. I met quite a few of the shop men 
while there and attended a meeting of Local 
No. 140 and was pleased to see some old 
familiar faces at the meeting — Brother 
Doherty of No. 20, and Jay Anderson, form- 
erly of No. 37 and No. 99. 

The bu.siness of the meeting being finished 
the boys enjoyed a little spread, prepared 
by the local in honer of the newly elected 
officers, who were installed. 

I bad tbs pleasure of meeting President 


THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


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J. G. Winnie, of No. 232, and President J. 
W. Rediker, of No. 247, to whom I pledged 
my word that I would attend a meeting of 
their locals in the near future. They both 
report progress for the I. B. E. W. at Sche- 
nectady. 

The Lynn matter will be continued on 
Sunday, July 13, and I hope to have a char- 
ter at that time to start the men off as bona 
fide members of the I. B. E. W., and am 
convinced from what I have seen of them 
they can handle their own affairs in proper 
shape thereafter. 

I have taken considerable space, Mr. Edi- 
tor, but I feel that the members should 
know what their organizers are doing. To 
conclude, I will say that, incidental to the 
shopmen of Lynn, I expect to place a char- 
ter also with the linemen and wiremen. 

I have tried to include all important mat- 
ter in this report and if I have omitted any- 
thing or forgotten anything I hope they will 
let me down easy. 

Yours fraternally, 

F. J. Sheehan, 

Grand Treasurer and Organizer. 

New Brittain, Conn., July 6, 1902. 

P. S. — I might have included in reference 
to Newport, R. I., that Brother Sanborn 
and myself were in attendance at their elec- 
tion of officers and, incidentally, twenty- 
three members rode the goat. 


REPORT OF ORGANIZER W. E. KENNEDY. 

On my appointment by the Executive 
Board as General Organizer I was instructed 
to proceed to San Francisco to try and ad- 
just the differences that had arisen between 
our two local unions. No. 151 and No. 6. 
No. 6, not knowing of my appointment or 
assignment, had wired V. P. Eaton, who, on 
his arrival, was indeed a great assistance. 
We arranged several meetings between the 
executive boards of the two locals and were 
able to arrange matters satisfactorily to both 
locals. This was only done, however, 
through the good disposition displayed on 
the part of the members of both locals, and 
they certainly did their utmost toward creat- 
ing that feeling of brotherhood and harmony 
necessary to keep down friction and work 
along as two sister locals should. They are 
now closely cemented and I feel sure there 


will be no further unpleasantness between 
them. 

I then started to work to organize the tele- 
phone men, and after several meetings and 
a joint smoker, which No. 15 1 and No. 6 
kindly arranged, succeeded in getting 
about fifteen applications. They were not 
willing, however, to have a separate local, 
but wanted to join No. 6. Here, again. No. 
6 showed their' good will to assist ine, and 
were willing toitake them all in on very fair 
terms, which they, the telephone men, 
agreed was “.liberal,” but some of the lead- 
ers thought they should be permitted to also 
carry B. T. C. cards;and work on all new 
buildings along with members of No. 6. 
When you consider how many sacrifices No. 
6 has made to reach the wage and hour scale 
which they now receive, I do not think there 
is a man in our Brotherhood who would ex- 
pect them to allow the telephone company 
to place their men on new buildings,' and 
with any number of helpers and a few jour- 
neymen, some of them, perhaps, getting the 
scale, do the work that No. 6 men are now 
doing and which they, the company, can 
not do unless their men hold a B. T. C. 
card. It was a nice plan, worked up by 
some one, to allow the telephone company 
to do a great deal of work on new buildings 
that is done by our electrical contractors 
and men of No'. 6 working for them. 

The company played the old game of 
boosting the wages of a few of their “ safe ” 
men just as soon as they thought there was 
a possibility of the men organizing and then 
told them how good they were to them. Of 
course, they did not want them all to join 
No. 6, but were willing for a few to go in if 
they could get B. T. C. cards cheap. There 
is still a way to do business with them and 
should No. 6 help me out, I think we will 
yet win out, and if we do, there will be no 
proposition other than come in at the regu- 
lar price. 

I have succeeded in having all the trolley 
linemen, about ten , fill out their applications 
for No . 1 5 1 , and they will go in after the 13th . 
Some of these men are also members of the 
Street Car Men’s Association, and there are 
quite a number of shop men who should 
properly belong to us that the car men want 
to keep. This matter I called to your atten- 
tion some time ago, and trust that you will 



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THE EEECTRICAE WORKER 


urge upon the Grand President of the 
street car men our claim for this class of 
men. 

I have succeeded in organizing the station 
men, and with the trimmers, who are very 
closely allied to the station men, they 
ought to be a good strong local ; at least 90 
or 100. The station men are sadly in need of 
organization, as they work very long hours 
and their pay is not su£B.cient forthe respon- 
sible positions they hold. 

The Independent is the one exception, as 
their men get much shorter hours and bet- 
ter conditions than any of the other com- 
panies, but they are all -willing to join, and 
if the company does not intimidate, them, 
by the time the charter reaches here I hope 
to have all their applications for the ne-w 
locals. 

I was down to San Jose and Santa Cruz, 
and found a good local in San Jose, but 
there was not enough material in Santa Cruz 
to get a charter, so they requested me to 
have the San Jose local wait upon them, and 
I presume ere this time they have gone into 
the San Jose local, as at the meeting of San 
Jose local the president, Mr. Cooper, assured 
me that he would send a committee to Santa 
Cruz for that purpose. 

I have a request from Sacramento to come 
up there and do what I can towards building 
them up. I will go there about the yth of 
the month. 

No. 151 is fast forging to the front as one 
of the strongest of linemen’s unions, and 
this has been brought about under very ad- 
verse circumstances ; in fact, only through 
the earnest work of its old members. 

There is little chance of securing enough 
men in any of the small towns in the State 
to .support a local, and I arri sure that more 
good can be accomplished by building up 
our membership in the cities already organ- 
ized. 

At this time there is a fight between the 
Brotherhood of Carpenters, who are affili- 
ated with the labor council, and the other 
trades affiliated with the B. T. C. How it 
will terminate it is hard to foretell at this 
time, but it could place our two locals in the 
same position they were in when it was 
found necessary to order me here, but I 
hope to see it ended within two weeks 


With best wishes for our Brotherhood I 
remain fraternally, 

W. E. Kennedy, 
General Organizer. 
San Francisco, Cal., July 3, 1902. 


JUST TO REIVIjIND THE FLOATERS. 

Editor Electrical Worker : 

Just a few lines to let the floating frater- 
nity know I am still in it. 

Jess Wells, Bill}^ O’Halloran and myself 
have succeeded in convincing the superin- 
tendent of the Selma Light and Power Com- 
pany that the knottys are N. G., and have 
sent to Local No. 136 at Birmingham for 
one inside and two outside fixers. So much 
good done for Selma. 

I thank Jack Cameron, in Seattle, for his 
long newsy letter in answer to mine. 

Van Harlinger, in Jacksonville, asks for 
me. Here I am Van. A letter to Selma 
Tel. & Tel. Company will catch me. 

O’Halloran wants to know where the 
“Big Bo” is. 

Jim Brown, write to me. 

Thanks, Brother Sherman, for the copies 
of June Worker. I assure }'ou they were 
appreciated. 

Hurrah for No. 9. Once more my coaster 
friend, Sabin, is defeated. 

With best wishes to the I. B. E. W. 

S. H. McIntyre. 

Selma, Ala., July 4, 1902. 


DOC^’T LOSE YOUR “GRIP.” 

Editor Electrical Worker: 

Will you kindly publish this notice ; 
Brother J. F. Hamm will write to E. C. 
Flory, Box 217, Denison, Texas, and get 
dressed, or go to Trinidad, Col., and get his 
grip- 

I shipped Brother Hamm’s grip to Trini- 
dad, and he has never called for it. 

Very respectfully, 

E. C. Flory. 

Dennison, Texas, July i, 1902. 


KEEP AWAY. 

Linemen are requested to keep away from 
Appleton, Wis., as there is trouble on. 



THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


27 


A PR0BLEIV1. 

A Workingman had a bit of ground on 
which he lived. It seemed to be worth very 
little, so, after a while, he gave it to the 
Thinkingman. Nevertheless, the Working* 
man had to live on the land, so the Think- 
ingman charged him rent. Then the Work- 
ingman called the Thinkingman a Monopo- 
list. 

The Thinkingman thought and made a 
law ; then he nominated lawmakers and the 
Workingman voted for them — the lawmak- 
ers adopted a Constitution, to prevent any 
change. 

The Workingman worked and made a gun ; 
then he gave it to the Thinkingman for the 
rent. The Thinkingman said : “What good 
is a gun to me unless I have a man to use 
it? I can’t risk my own life.” So the 
Workingman voted an appropriation out of 
his wages to the Thinkingman to hire a man 
to use the gun. Then the Workingman 
called the Thinkingman an Aristocrat. 

The appropriation set the Workingman 
behind with his rent, so the Thinkingman 
sent the hired man (with the gun) to turn 
the Workingman out of his tenement. The 
Workingman called the Thinkingman an 
Oppressor. 

Now the question is, Who really dispos- 
sessed that Workingman ? — Bolton Hall. 


POLITICS AND THE UNION* 

I have read with great interest several let- 
ters which have appeared in our Worker at 
different times regarding politics being con- 
nected with the Union, and I would like to 
inquire just what objection our worthy E. 
B. might have against the discussing of them 
at meetings or through the Worker. 

I presume the main reason might be that 
it may cause a split in the ranks. Such a 
thing might be possible, but I cannot see 
why intelligent men would consider it in 
in that light. 

I would like to ask the brothers which, in 
their minds, the voters should consider of 
the most importance, the source of supply 
or the supply? I believe the source should 
be looked after at all times, and you can rest 
assured the supply will take care of itself, 
provided the source is conducted in a proper 
manner. 


If we do not have a well conducted gov- 
ernment we can not expect to have an over 
abundance of prosperity, and if we do not 
have prosperity we cannot have the pros- 
perous union we are all striving for. 

Oftimes a person after having had a 
cool, refreshing drink of water will ask 
the question, “ Where is your source of 
water supply?” Perhaps the reply will be, 
“ a spring far back in the mountains.” You 
don’t say from the street mains, for he does 
not wish to know that, he wishes to find the 
starting point. We should be the same way 
getting at the foundation of all things that 
will benefit us so we can place the credit 
where it is due. Our object in being or- 
ganized is to help the ones who have be- 
come so. Now the thing to do is to find those 
who will assist our cause, if in office, do all 
we canto keep them there, if not, see that 
they are placed there. You are all familiar 
with the old saying, “ the laborer is worthy 
of his hire.” Now don’t you believe he is 
equally as worthy of a good, honest, upright 
representative in office as well. I don’t be- 
lieve there is a better place than in a labor 
organization for the discussion of politics. 
There would be no unions if we had the 
proper kind of politics, and yet you and I 
are the ones who help make what w« have. 

The three cities in Connecticut got their 
labor mayors no other way than through the 
organized labor vote. The cause is just and 
should be studied more than what it has 
been by the working class, who could hold 
the key to the whole situation if they were 
not so ignorant on the subject. You all can 
see the result of the ignorance that has been 
displayed at the polls more and more every 
day, and it will continue to be so until such 
time as it will be made clear to the working 
people by one of their own class instead of 
one of the moneyed class being their teacher. 

One of the most supreme rights a man has 
is to execute his power at the polls, and in a 
great many cases, all for nothing, voting for 
a man who casts you aside after he has suc- 
ceeded in being elected, perhaps, with the 
aid of your vote. 

Please don’t mistake . my meaning they 
are all that way, for there are many earn- 
est workers for their constituents, but they 
are in the minority, and cannot accomplish 
as much as they would like. I, for one. 


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would consider that politics coming under 
the head of Good of the Union is in its right 
place. 

I would like to hear some of the other 
brothers’ opinions on this subject. Anything 
that might tend to strengthen the Brother- 
hood is best discussed through the Worker, 
as it reaches many more than as though it 
were confined to any one local. 

Wishing the E. B. plenty of success 
along with all the brothers, I will remain 
quiet waiting to hear what comments may 
follow. 

Brother or Local No. 190 


DON’T LET THEIVI FOOL YOU, BOYS. 

If you hear them saying we’re dying. 

And there ain’t no use in trying 
To preserve the dear old order, it is sure to 
pass away, 

Do not stop' and go to crying. 

Tell that fellow he is lying. 

And that linemen by the thousand are join- 
ing every day. 

If they tell you we are busted. 

And to pay we can’t be trusted. 

And our rates are way down lower than our 
assessments ought to be. 

You can tell them just to ponder. 

On some happy home just yonder. 

Where the mortgage has been lifted and the 
the home is safe and free. 

If they say that we’ll diminish. 

And that now they see our finish. 

And that shortly our order will be known 
among the past. 

You can tell them that old story 
Has grown old and worn and hoary. 

And that liars ought to konw it, as they see 
us grow so fast. 

If these old line fellows greet you. 

And with outstretched hand will meet you. 
With the new and startling story ’bout the 
union going down , 

Just take them out and show them. 

As your friends and brothers know them. 
That our union’s daily growing from the best 
there are in town. 

Then when your foes are banished. 

And the last objections vanished. 


And you contemplate the union in which 
you and I delight. 

Turn to him who rules above us. 

And to those around who love us, 

.And thank God who made you, and you’re a 
union man to-night. 

Decatur, Hi., June 29, 1902. 


I OUR LOCALS I 

Local Union No. 1. 


St. Louis, July 4, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker : 

Nothing of importance has happened in 
these parts during the last month. 

The elevator constructors are making a 
fight to take some of our work from us — 
that is, the wiring on the shaft — but I think 
Local No. I will be there when they do it. 

The last meeting was election of ofidcers, 
and we have at the present almost an entire 
new set of officers. 


The following are a few of those elected : 

President — S. Garrigan. 

Vice-President — Brother Gier. 

Recording Secretary — H. Morrison. 

Financial Secretary — H. Ellison. 

Business Agent — A. Northwang. 

Brothers Bates and Curtis, from Local 
130, are again in our midst shaking hands 
with old friends. Brother H. Farranc, of 
Local 109, has also deposited his card. 

The storm of last week will keep the line- 
men busy for a few days. 

There was a letter from Local No. 7 in 
last month’s Worker in regard to a brother 
member with a traveling card out of St. 
Louis. If they want to know anything 
further, I think that several of the members 
of No. I, and also members at Buffalo could 
tell them something interesting. 

But I guess this will have to do for this 
time, so I remain 

Yours fraternally, 

H. J. Morrison, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 2. 

St. Louis, July 7, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Brothers, having been elected press secre- 
tary for No. 2, I will endeavor to state the 


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condition of our craft in this city. As our 
press secretary was a little late in getting his 
letter in last month’s Journal I suppose that 
all the brothers will be very anxious to hear of 
the condition in this city. We will acknowl- 
edge that No. 2 has had a bad reputation 
among the brothers throughout the country 
ever since the 1898 strike. 

But, brothers, we are back on the main 
line again, and we believe that the time is 
coming when the world at large will ac 
knowledge and honor No. 2 for her good 
work. I am proud to say that the electrical 
business is improving nicely. Brothers, 
stand firm and face the blizzard, and we are 
bound to win. 

The telephone companies are paying |2. 75 
p^r day, and the light companies $3, with 
the exception of the Imperial, which pays 
$3.25. Everything is eight hours. There is 
not a great .deal of new work going on at 
present, but we manage to keep about all the 
boys working. 

We have quite a number of visiting line- 
men, and we manage to place quite a num- 
ber of them, but those that cannot get work 
are provided for. We expect to have lots of 
work in the near future. 

Brothers, when you come this'waybe sure 
and have that little ticket up to date. 

We have with us P. J. Tigue of No. 4, and 
C. Morton of No, 221, and also Sherman 
Ahlo and quite a number more that are 18 
karat, to whom we extend a hearty welcome, 
for they are good material, and we can use 
good material to good advantage. We are 
something like the desperado of olden times, 
we are fond of good material. 

By request of S. P. Jackson, we would 
like to hear from Local No. 126 in regard to 
her trouble. 

Brothers, we have held our regular elec- 
tion and elected and installed our officer for 
the ensuing term. They are as follows. 

President — H. H. Horton. 

Vice-President — S. P. Jackson. 

Recording Secretary — J. H. Brennan. 

Financial Secretary and Business Agent — 
John Manson. 

Press Secretary — G. A. Kelly. 

Foreman — G. A. Kelly. 

First Inspector — E. P. Lynn. 

Second Inspector — Larry Tripp. 

I will bring this little message to a close 


for this month. With best wishes to all 
brothers, I remain 
Yours fraternally, 

G. A. Kelly, 
Press Secretary. 


Local Union liTo. L. 

New Orleans, La., July 5, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As press secretary for No. 4, I will for the 
first time insert a few lines and let the elec- 
trical workers know how things are down 
South, as I think it has been some time since 
they have heard from us. We are still alive 
and taking in new lights at every meeting. 
We were favored at onr last meeting with a 
visit from First Vice-President, Brother F. 
E. Lockman, who gave us some very inter- 
esting news of the union. We elected the 
following officers at the same meeting. 

President — Wm. Murphy. 

Vice-President — Chas. Niemeyer. 

Recording Secretary — Wm. Kane. 

Financial Secretary — Robt. Benson. 

Foreman — R. E. Strad. 

Before finishing my letter I wish to say 
that we are up to date. We had Brothers 
Rodrguzos and Neimeyer on the sick list 
from an accident, but they are better and 
will soon be at work again. Brother Tom 
Joyce met with a painfull, but not serious 
accident on July i. There was a trimmers’ 
union formed here on July i, with 18 out of 
24 trimmers. I will give more particulars in 
my next letter. Hoping you will forgive 
this feeble attempt. 

Yours truly, 

H. R. Young, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union IS'o. 6. 

San Francisco, Cal., July i, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker : 

Well, once more it is up to me to pen a 
few lines to your valuable paper. All I can 
sa}' is that we are going along in the same 
old lines, only a little smoother. Locals Nos. 
6 and 15 1 are now working harmoniously 
and have buried their hatchets deep down in 
the waters of the ocean, near the Farrolan 
Islands, and we hope they are down so deep 
that they can’t be raised with grappling 
hooks. 



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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


Nos. 6 and 151 gave a joint smoker on the 
evening of Friday, June 13th, and the best 
of goodfellowship prevailed, and all our little 
differences went up in smoke. To Brother 
Kennedy, grand organizer, is due the credit 
of having settled our little troubles. Brother 
Kennedy is still hers, hard at work in the 
interest of the Brotherhood, and from pres- 
ent indications he seems to be in a fair way 
to organize several locals in the different 
branches of the electrical trade. 

Our base-ball clubs gave an entertainment 
and dance last Saturday evening. June 28th, 
which was a big success, both socially and 
financially. The club realized quite a 
piece of money to add to their fund to carry 
on the game with. Brother W. E. Kennedy 
attended our last meeting, which was elec- 
tion night, and is now satisfied that our 
called meetings are corkers. 

The following officers were elected: 

President — A. E. Drendell. 

Vice-President — J. E. Fiandt. 

Recording Secretary — A. E- Yoell. 

Financial Secretary — Nelson Bray. 

Press Secretary — Ed. Smith.' 

Trustee (long term) — W. Sterling. 

Foreman — A. Schuhman. 

First Inspector— H. Lndolph. 

Second Inspector — W. McDowell. 

Business Agent — R. G. Alexander. 

Examining Board— J.J. Marshall A. Schuh- 
man, Will M. Law, and Chas. Murphy. 

Special Examining Board — J. J. Marshall, 
R. A. Simms, and C. A. Murphy. 

Executive Board — C. C. Tracy, A. H. 
Barnes, and W. J. Fisk. 

Finance Committee — H. Warfield, Frank 
Raye, and F. Smith. 

Delegates to B. T. Council — F. Haskell, 
A. E. Yoel, J. Hammersley, and J. Fiandt. 

Brother Dal Scott, who was seriously 
burnt some time ago at Santa Rosa, is re- 
ported as getting along nicely. Work has 
been fairly good of late. We have had a 
little trouble now and again on account of 
the carpenters’ controversy, but in other 
respects we are doing quite well. 

Yours fraternally, 

Roundhouse, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union Xo. 8. 

Toledo, Ohio, July 8, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

The officers of No. 8, for the ensuing term 
are as follows : 

President — L. J. Paratchek. 
Vice-President—i^Wm. Nagle. 

Recording Secretary — W. J. Gilsdorf. 
Financial Secretary— J. W. Strub. 
Inspector — A. M. Elbert. 

Foreman — Chas. Robbins. 

Trustee — Wm. Nagle. 

Member Inside Examining Board — Wm. 
Harbauer. 

Press Secretary — W. J. Gilsdorf. 

Aside from myself I think the selections 
are good. This is a way I have of throwing 
bouquets at myself, because I know each 
and every one of you will say that I also was 
a good selection. Help ! Help ! In taking 
this office I will neither promise or apolo- 
gize, but simply put my nose to the stone 
and grind. As long as the local will buy the 
paper I will throw ink on it. 

There are no developments in sight for 
this month, as far as work is concerned, 
linemen and cablemen going along nicely 
with the two telephone companies. Inside 
men are plugging along on jobbing work 
mostly, with nothing large on the list until 
the Elk’s carnival next month, which will 
take, perhaps, every man available for a very 
short time. Nevertheless we cannot com- 
plain. We have had it good from the first 
of the year. 

Three weeks ago we buried our Brother, 
James Carney, who was employed as a. line- 
man by the Central Construction Co. on the 
lines of the Home Telephone Company here. 
No. 8 turned out in a body, and certainly 
made a fine showing. While trying to clear 
some telephone subscriber’s wires from a 
2,200 circuit he became grounded on a mes- 
senger, and was killed. Poor fellow. He 
was a good support for his mother and sister, 
■and a good friend to all who knew him. May- 
be rest in peace. 

Brothers, when we think of the dangers 
and risks we are compelled to undergo in 
order to perform our work, we cannot fail to 
realize that we are a poorly paid craft. 
Those who may have occasion to use the 
’phones which are connected by the wires 
upon which Brother Carney was working, 



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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


will, perhaps, never stop to think that a life 
was sacrificed for their convenience ; will 
never think that there is a mother, sister, 
and brother in this city who cannot look at 
a pole strung with wires without a shudder. 
And it may easily come to pass that any one 
of his family may be compelled to listen to 
a lot of rot and non.sense being transmitted 
over the wires which took away the life of 
their Jim. Toledo has a new and modern 
telephone plant, but, James Carney is no 
more. Yours fraternally 

W. J. Gilsdorf, 


Local Union No. 10. 

Indi.^napopis, Ind., June 20, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

This is the second attempt at scribbling. 
Election of oflicersis at hand, and No. 10 is 
busy, or her members are, rather, selecting 
timber. I believe we are equal to the occa- 
sion, however. 

I would like to make the 50-cent assess- 
ment on each member working strong, im- 
pressive, and actual. ’ Brothers in the craft, 
what steps are to be taken to make it eight 
hours and $2 and $3.50 .per day ? If we in- 
tend to better our condition we, at least, 
must prepare for the fight that is certain to 
occur when we make a demand, and what 
better way can we do this than by creating 
a fund to fallback on when we are out, if it 
comes to that? Then, again, let me urge 
you to be in touch with the best class of 
citizens by so conducting yourselves as to 
merit the respect of all good people, and 
you will get to that period in life where self 
respect predominates, and then the problem 
is solved. When a man has conquered him- 
self, he has done more than a Napoleon, or 
a Grant, or a Washington. “ Self preserva- 
tion is the first law of nature,” as is, said, 
and how better can we preserve ourselves 
than by abstaining from these habits which 
tend to wreck us ere we are aware ? If the 
men following the electrical trade would 
only get down to actual and real life, with 
all its pleasures and responsibilities, eager 
and ready to grasp any means by which 
their intellectual and moral propensities 
would be enlarged, they would be doing one 
of the very things for which they were cre- 
ated, for by the primary laws of the civilized 


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world each and every creature has a work 
to perform, and if we neglect that work 
what is the result ? 

One man alone cannot accomplish any- 
thing, but the combined efforts of many 
men can perform wonders. Therefore, 
brothers, let us lay aside all little petty 
spites and jealousies, and be broad and char- 
itable in our opinions and deeds. Let us 
reason together, bringing out the best 
thought, and place it on the high pedestal of 
right and justice. In all matters let us con- 
sult our judgment instead of our feelings, 
and I believe we will be better off in the 
end. 

This is the hour of man, and it is for us to 
determine whether the man who labors shall 
be buried in oblivion or elevated to the posi- 
tion which he should deserve. 

Yours fraternally, 

W. P. Snoddfrly. 


Local Union No. 13. 

El Paso, Tex.as, July 4, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Work here in El Paso is very slack at 
present. Our trouble is still on with the 
Street Railway Company. 

I see Brother Reid, of Erie, Pa., makes a 
very good point when he says, why do not 
the unions take the bosses into their unions 
and let them make their by-laws, and, in 
fact, run their unions in their own interest. 
No ! There is not one union that would en- 
tertain such a proposition, but they will go 
to the polls and elect them to any political 
ofl 5 .ee that they may be running for, where 
they can make laws that the people have to 
live up to from year to year, and that is all 
right to the union man. I often hear them 
make a roar about some law that don’t suit 
them, but they have not tumbled to any- 
thing, so far. 

I mentioned in my last letter that the 
Western Federation of Labor, that was in 
convention at Denver, was leaning towards 
Socialism by four-fifths majority, and decid- 
ed to use their funds to purchase Socialistic 
literature to carry on the education of their 
members in the Socialist doctrines. They 
also cut loose from the A. F. of L. They 
call theirs the Western Labor Union, and 
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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


32 , 

of getting into politics for the betterment of 
their condition. The A. F. of L. had some 
of their most influential men there to try 
and persuade them to affiliate with the A. 
F. of L- The Western Labor Union said 
they had waited for years for the A. F. of L. 
to do something for the working people. 
But as they could see no signs of any im- 
provement, that they thought it was best 
for them to cut loose and see if it were not 
possible to better their conditions along 
lines they had mapped out, but principally 
through them electing their own members 
to the political offices now held by their em- 
ployers’ nominees. 

They reasoned something like this : We 
have voted for both political parties for 
years, and whenever we did succeed in get- 
ing a favorable law passed it was declared to 
be unconstitutional. 

Now, brothers, I do not see how any one 
can blame the Western Labor Union for the 
move they have taken. I mean all brothers 
that have the welfare of the union at heart. 
I think that the Western Labor Union will 
entirely supplant the A. F. of L. in the 
West. The way the political tricksters will 
be side-stepping and trying to balk their 
game. But it won’t do any good, as the men 
who compose that body have given this 
question years of study, and are willing to 
stand or fall by their acts, but it surely looks 
as if they will stand and sweep the country 
with their ideas. There is sure to be some- 
thing doing here in the West. 

Brother Burnett, I see that there a good 
many of the unions that favor your sugges- 
tion of the assessment. I do not believe in 
strikes when there is any other way of set- 
tling your trouble, and I am very glad that 
the E. B. have demanded that the constitu- 
tion be followed. A strike would have to have 
a vastly larger sum of money behind it than 
$120,000 if every electrical worker belonged 
to the union, if the bosses desired to make 
a fight. What’s the use of our local union 
trying to win a strike against a lot of men 
that have all the money they want to fight 
the union. If all unions would quit out of 
sympathy and all laboring men were union 
men then they might win. The innocent 
people that cannot prevent strikes and can- 
not settle them, cannot understand why 
they should be put to so much suffering 


when they are in no way to blame. Their 
sympathies will not be with the strikers, 
their opinions will not be favorable to the 
strikers, and as all laws are enforced ac- 
cording to public sentiment, if this senti- 
ment is against strikers, how can anything 
be gained through strikes. 

Now, if the unions would work as hard 
and spend their ’ funds as freely electing 
their fellow union men to the political offices 
then, and not until then, will they have won 
for all time, for then you have changed the 
conditions of society, and with the changed 
conditions labor will have come to its just 
reward, therefore there will be no occasion 
to strike. There is no occasion for any 
union man to deny this, for it is a proven 
fact. There has not been a strike in New 
Zealand since 1896. On that date the work- 
ingman secured control of the politics in 
that country, and be it said to his credit, 
that the whole people are better governed 
than they ever were before. The conditions 
that exist to-day in these United States are 
just what the wealthy class want, and they 
and their hirelings have made them so by 
holding political offices and making laws 
that will work to their interest, and always 
against the interest of the laboring class. 
Political tricksters will tell you that your 
interest and your employer’s are identical, 
and any man with a grain of sense ought to 
know that their interests, were exactly op- 
posite . If your interests were identical, why 
does not your employer, whom you have 
made rich by your exertions, take some in- 
terest in your welfare ; why does he not see 
that you own a little house, that you could 
call home ? He does not care, nor does he 
concern himself about you, but he gets your 
labor just as cheap as he can get it. But he 
has got a home for himself and family. 

Take all the laborers out of the country 
and the wealthy class would starve to death ; 
let all the wealthy class leave and the labor- 
ers would not starve, but would create more 
wealth. There was a day when there was 
very little wealth in this country, and what 
we have now was created by the laboring 
class. 

With regards to all locals, I remain 
Yours fraternally, 

John Bi,ake, 

Press Secretary. 


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Local Union l^fo. 20. 

New York, July 4, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

It is time for another letter, so I will get 
together and see what news I have this 
time. 

Well, things are running along about the 
same. Only a few of the brothers that went 
out on the N. Y. and N. J. strike have been 
taken back again. It will not be long before 
every one will be taken -back, and then the 
card will be there and control the job. The 
poor scabby that has been doing all the dirty 
work and getting all kinds of abuse from 
every one has got to go somewere else to 
work. If the scabs would onl}”^ realize that 
when the companies can get their old men 
back they have no use for them — but you can 
not teach them so. The foreman makes 
little gods out of them while the trouble is 
on, but when the trouble is declared off they 
have to get out— no use for such men. In 
my way of thinking all good men have the 
goods. 

The Edison Light of Brooklyn is still out, 
but I think before long we will come to some 
kind of terms with them, although they 
think we did not use them just right. Per- 
haps we did not, but as long as we have got 
our foot in it we will keep it there till they 
do something about it. They seem to worry 
along with a few men. They have only the 
same men climbing — that is, the general 
foreman, L. Duncan, and Ted White. We 
have tried every way to get this White off, 
but of no use. He said he is there to stay, 
and will not quit. 

Well, we had an election of officers — a new 
set all round. They are as follows : 

President — M. L. Nichols. 

Vice President — P. McGloughlin. 

Financial Secretary and Business Agent — 
T. J. Convery. 

Recording Secretary— J. H. Wright. 

Assistant Financial Secretery — A. J. 
Dougherty. ^ 

Corresponding Secretary — ^W. Taylor. 

Foreman — Brother Wooton. 

Inspectors — P. Lee and J. Riely. 

Sergeant-at-Arms — C. Cheicks. 

Trustee — Brother Fisher. 

Press Secretary — J. H. Wright. 

I think the above set of officers will do 
justive to any local, as they are a good lot of 


union men. I will not forget the past offi- 
cers. They filled their offices faithfully. 

Well, we have had a great deal of troqble 
in the last six months, which kept them 
busy. 

We are sorry to lose our past president, C, 
H. Elmore. He would not take the office 
again. His feet are itching, and he is going 
away and leave us. Well, wherever he goes 
he will have friends, as he is the card man’s 
friend. 

Charlie Cheicks, did you get to Chicago ? 
The boys told us that you would not get that 
far. Good luck to you, anyhow, my boy. 

Well, I think I have taken up enough 
space for this month, so I will close with 20’s 
best wishes to all locals. 

Y ours fraternally , 

J. H. Wright, 
Press Secretary. 

Local Union Ifo. 23. 

St. Paul, Minm., June 21, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Since my last letter in your valuable 
Worker no important facts have taken place 
within the jurisdiction of this local. Brother 
Jos. McCauley and your humble servant 
were the two delegates to the State conve n 
tion of the Minnesota State Federation of 
Labor, held at Rochester, Minn., on June 9, 
10 and II last, from Local Union No. 23. 

This convention was one of the most suc- 
cessful ones ever held. The attendance was 
very large, and the amount and nature of 
the business transacted of the greatest im- 
portance. 

Brother Jos. McCauley was elected a mem- 
ber of the Federation Council, whose ses- 
sions will be held at St. Paul, Minn., this 
year. 

My last letter in the Worker was without 
doubt the cause of a very large influx of the 
“traveling element ’’ of the profession, and 
it has been my great pleasure to have been 
in a position to place over 90 per cent of the 
brothers wanting employment with the dif- 
ferent companies. However, many of the 
applicants for positions were very particular 
about the kind of work they were going to 
get. The majority preferred employment 
in the Twin Cities, while others did not 
want to go outside the cities but for a very 
short distance. 


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Furthermore, quite a few of the brothers, 
after having been provided with employ- 
ment, would leave their jobs on the merest 
pretext, and in several cases in a way which 
reflected very much upon the members in 
general of this Brotherhood. 

Such actions are a detriment to the craft 
and does more harm than possibly can be 
rectified by the good conduct and behavior 
of the rest of the boys, and the names of the 
guilty ones will be held in remembrance for 
a long time to come by the local here. 

The following officers were elected at our 
last meeting : 

Pre.sident — H. W. Manning, No. 260 West 
University avenue. 

Vice-President — C. P. Donnellan. 

Recording Secretary — C. B. Berryrnan, No. 
650 Rice street. 

Financial Secretary — Hy. H. Tubbesing, 
No. 447 West Central avenue. 

Foreman— James Lawton. 

Inspectors — M. McCarthy and J. H. Road- 
house. 

Trustee — N. F. Marks. 

Press Secretary and Business Agent — 
Chas. Van Camp, No. 189 West Fourth 
street. 

Local Union No. 23, in conjunction with 
Local Union No. 24, of Minneapolis, got the ' 
new scale of wages, hours, etc., signed by 
the contractors of the city of St- Paul. The 
main points of this scale are as follows : 

1. Scale to go into effect April i, 1902, 
and to remain in force to June i, 1903. 

2. Eight hours to constitute a day’s work. 

3. Thirty-one and one-quarter cents per 
hour for qualified journeymen inside wire- 
men. 

4. Time and one-half for all overtime, - 
with the exception of Sundays and legal 
holidays, for which overtime they shall re- 
ceive double the regular time. 

5. One helper allowed for everytwo jour- 
neymen inside wiremen. Helpers to work 
same number of hours as the journeymen. 

6. The appointment of an arbitration 
board to adjust all differences. 

7. The employment of union men as far 
as possible. 

8. No discrimination to be shown by con- 
tractors to employees for “ active participa- 
tion ” by the latter in union matters and 
affairs. 


I would advise such brothers as are in 
quest of employment not to head for the 
Twin Cities at the present, as the demand 
for linemen has been fully satisfied during 
the past month. All gangs are just now to 
their full capacity, and the superintendents 
of the different companies have informed 
me that they will require no more men for 
the present. i 

Thanking you for the valuable space ac- 
corded me, and with best wishes to all the 
brothers. 

Yours fraternally, 

Chas. Van Camp, 

Press Secretary Local Union No. 23. 
Joint Business Agent Local Unions Nos. 23 
and 24 I. B. E. W. 


Liocal Union No. 24. 

Minneapows, Minn., June 25, 1902. 
Editor Electric ai. Worker: 

It is my pleasure, as newly elected press 
secretary, to announce the names of the 
newly elected officers of Local No. 24 for the 
ensuing term and to wish them and all mem- 
bers of the I. B. E. W. Godspeed and the 
heartiest encouragement and co-operative 
success.' 

It is only by the practice of forbearance 
and consideration in our mutual and outside 
relations that we can expect to receive the 
respectful recognition that our Brotherhood 
is entitled to as a craft, that is foremost in 
promoting the welfare and comfort of that 
vast body of society which looks to us for 
the installation and maintenance of modern 
electrical requireinents and appliances of 
conveniences ; depending on us, too, for its 
safety in using them, and which we endeavor 
to gurantee and can gurantee only by main- 
taining a high standard of excellence in skill 
and workmanship and theory, as necessary 
qualifications for membership. These quali- 
ties can be developed by the discussion of 
electrical subjects in meetings, and new 
ideas are always welcome when they have a 
bearing on the health of union principles or 
mechanical problems. 

Along this line I wish to congratulate the 
editor of our official organ for the improve- 
ment I note in its subject-matter and the 
able articles on vital questions, contained 
especially in the June Worker. 

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union labor could, by concerted action on 
political questions, exert an influence so 
great that they could easily better their con- 
dition in every way if they would. Now, as 
long as the present system is in force and 
union men — men organized to protect them- 
selves from the direct results of this sys- 
tem — vote for it again and again, so long 
will there be strikes and strife between em- 
ployers and employees. Independent politi- 
cal action, even to the extent of that recently 
taken by the Denver building trades’ craft 
and miners, is the only salvation for the 
millions of working people of the United 
States — yes, the world. Their liberty, their 
right to; think and have an opinion, their 
privilege to grow old in peace and comfort, 
their right to live in exchange for their 
ability to produce, is in grave danger of 
being denied them unless they wake up and 
throw off the lethargy that is blighting their 
powers for good, true, helpful, self-sustain- 
ing government and the uplifting and bet- 
tering of social and working conditions. 

As unions have power it should be exer- 
cised — “ idleness is decay” — progress means 
going forward, and progress is the watch- 
word of the age. Don’t be afraid of any- 
thing because it is new. Everything on the 
earth was new at some time in the world’s 
history and don’t be afraid to advocate a 
new principle, or rather an old principle 
just revived. The other fellow may not be 
alive to his own good and welfare, he may be 
so narrow-minded that he will not do any- 
thing unless he can see some benefit to him- 
self to be gained by it, and some even won’t 
do anything then — they are freaks ; no back- 
bone. 

No. 24 has been absorbing eligibles a • 
‘ ‘ right smart ’ ’ ithis spring. They are all 
‘‘ union made ” and we hope will not dis- 
honor the “ label.” Our membership foots 
up something near 250, not all in this town 
however, as we are endeavoring to get as 
many of the stragglers in the outside towns 
as we can. There is. a chance to help them 
and in this way secure an immunity from a 
possibility of these towns becoming a source 
of supply for the companies in case of 
trouble. 

Just at present there’s nothin’ doin’ ” in 
Minneapolis. Our own boys find that they 
need all the work there is in sight and they 


do not put on their glasses to see it either. 
There is likely to be an ” unpleasantness ” 
about July ist, owing to the refusal of a 
number of contractors to sign any agree- 
ment ; the one now in force is a verbal one 
and its provisions are like “ Waddy’s pants,” 
‘‘ baggy at the knees,” and for the same rea- 
sons. 

S. L. B., of Nd. 6r, surely doesn’t think 
he can conceal his identity that way, does 
he ? The tone of his letter reminds me of 
an incident he told me of about one time : 
A S. S. oflBcial observed two linemen warm- 
ing the curb, and said in speaking of it, that 
there was some other man talking to them 
who looked like a politician. More power 
to your ‘‘ pen arm,” Sylvester, and success 
and best wishes to all the boys. I often 
think of you all, and Ed. Sutton particu- 
larly. I see that Prosser found unionism 
better pasturage than non-unionism, and I 
guess No. 61 helps him to enjoy the posi- 
tion he now holds. 

Well, as the country girl wrote, ‘ ‘. I guess 
I’ll wring off.” 

The following is our official gallery. Only 
air-rifles used and ‘ ‘ hot shots ’ ’ prohibited : 

President — Ludwig Foss. 

Vice-President — George Raymond. 

Financial Secretary — J. J. Reynolds. 

Recording Secretary — James M. Rust. 

Treasurer — W. F. Carpenter. 

Inspectors — First, Wm. M. McCarthy ; 
second, Charles Burns. 

Foreman — George Poff. 

Trustees— L. Hillier, J. T. Webster. A. H. 
Sellar. 

Yours fraternally, 

A. H. Sbi,i,ar, 

Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 28. 

Bai,TIMORE, Md., July 5, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As time goes on, and as it always will, un- 
til that day when we shall neither know sun 
nor moon, just so long will there be jeal- 
ousy among men, and it seems as if all 
locals are afflicted with it ; that is, there are 
some such members in each in the I. B. E. 
W. Jealousy is one of the worst evils in the 
world, and I, for one, would rather face a 
man armed to the teeth with firearms than 


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one armed with a jealous disposition, be- 
cause you can be on your guard against the 
former, whereas you cannot against a jealous 
disposition. If all our brothers would try 
to follow the motto “ Do unto others as you 
would have them do unto you,” we would 
get along a whole lot better, and it would be 
for the welfare of our Brotherhood, which 
is our only salvation, and to make us stand 
firm and united in the fight against the tyr- 
anny of capitalists we cannot be jealous ; if 
we are we lose, and that is just what the 
moneyed people are looking for. They are 
looking for a vital point where to hit back 
at organized labor, and they have good cause 
to find a point where jealousy exists in a 
a local among its members — where one man 
or brother talks in a way not becoming him. 
If we would live up to our by-laws and re- 
member our obligation we would not have 
so much discord in the I. B. E. W., and 
would have more unity, and in unity there 
is strength, which the moneyed people 
of to-day know, and which, if they can 
break, they are all right, and they can then 
gain their victory which ought to belong to 
to us. 

Brothers, the work here, in Baltimore, is 
still nothing to brag of, but there will b ; 
something doing pretty soon. There is no 
big work here except the Armory Building, 
which, is being done by McCay Eng. Co., 
and the International Trust Building, by the 
John E. Howe Company, which at the pres- 
ent time is hardly out of the foundation, 
therefore, brothers, don’t huny to the Monu- 
mental City, as there is nothing doing here. 

Don’t the press secretary of No. 171 think 
that it is a very short time between writings, 
as there would be but one meeting night 
before the paper went to press, and there is 
not much doing any time at one meeting ? 
I would like to hear our editor as to its 
feasibility, and if it could be gotten to 
press in time, as he knows how long it takes 
to get ready. 

We had the election of officers at the last 
meeting night in June, and as it seemed 
fitting to the brothers they made your hum- 
ble servant again do their scribbling, which 
he will try to do faithfully. I will also give 
the names of the officers elected. They 
are as follows : 

President — George Jackson. 


Vice-President — Arthur Heim. 

Recording Secretary — W. W. Davis. 
Financial Secretary — William Reese. 
Foreman — Billy Woods. 

Inspectors — Bob Gray and C. Davis. 
Sergeant -at -Arms — William Goudy. 
Trustees — Dawrence Kries and J. P. Jones. 
Hoping that the I B. E. W. will prosper 
and live forever, '> 

I remain yours fraternally, 

Geo. J. Schmidt, 

Press Secretary. 


Liocal Union No. 31. 

DueuTH, July 4, 1902. 
Editor Eeectricae Worker; 

Thanks, Brother Sherman, for publishing 
my last two letters. 

Since . writing for the June number we 
have had one more strike on our hands — with 
the Zenith Telephone Company. This time 
it was the result of the company putting on 
a new foreman, Ed. Andrews, formerly of 
Docal No. 4. As you say. Brother Sherman, 
it is best to avoid a strike, but before going 
out the brothers were informed that they 
had to work under whoever the company 
chose to employ. After being out a week 
the trouble was adjusted, Mr. Andrews 
giving his promise, backed by a note, to 
make good with No. 4, and to make the job 
strictly union in future. This makes our 
fourth strike on this company in two sum- 
mers, and we sincerely hope the last. 

I would like to say a word to No. 4, and to 
other locals. When Local No. 31 sends a 
telegram we want an immediate answer. 
Don’t forget this. In our last strike settle- 
ment was delayed at least two days by not 
receiving answer to telegram promptly. At 
the time of the strike there were a number 
of non-union linemen and trouble men em- 
ployed by the company, but they came out 
with the brothers, and have taken out appli- 
cations since. They are all right. There 
are two or three fellows working there yet 
who would not come out, but as we have 
not decided what we will do with them I will 
refrain from calling them names at present. 

A local was organized at Superior, just 
across the creek, on June 18 We under- 
stand they start with twenty-five members. 
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work in organizing them, and was given a 
vote of thanks at our last meeting. 

Work is slack here at present ; just enough 
to keep us going. 

Brother Spellman is here, and we have not 
been able to place him yet. 

At our last meeting the following officers 
were elected for the ensuing term: 

President — E. J. Meagher. 

■Vice-President — H. C. Merriam. 

Press and Recording Secretary — C. W. 
Higgins. 

Financial Secretary — M. A. Hibbard. 

Treasurer — Robert Jennings. 

Foreman — -James Scanlen. 

Inspector — George Fisher. 

Trustee — Richard Thayer, for eighteen 
months. 

We have added at least ten new lights in 
past month, although all have not been 
initiated, as one or two were out of town. 

Our local was represented at the State 
Federation of Labor by Brother Thomas 
Marks, “a well known electrician,” as the 
papers say. 

The brothers here would like to know the 
total membership of our organization. Will 
close for this month. 

Yours fraternally, 

C.W. Higgins, 

Press Secretary. 

Local Union Ifo. 33. 

New Castee, Pa., July 2, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As the newly elected press secretary I will 
try to make a starter. Undoubtedly the 
brothers will be surprised to hear a word 
from old No. 33, as it seems the press secre- 
tary has been dead, or it looks that way any- 
how. 

Brothers, of No. 33, wake up, as you have 
one of the best organized cities in the United 
States, and to keep it so all it requires is 
good and regular attendance, as we must 
keep up our eud, and can by taking an in- 
erest in the good work. 

The brothers here have been quite success- 
ful in their demand for higher wages and 
shorter hours. 

We have with us Brother F. A. Feigirt, a 
good union and interest taking man. who 
has jiist returned to work from a siege of 
yphoid fever. 


Hello, No. 218! Why don’t you answer 
your correspondence with chairman of sick 
committee? C. E. Cunningham, has writ- 
ten to you several times in regard to Brother 
Feigert’s benefits. 

Brother J. Warren, a letter from you to 
No. 33 would get a hearty welcome. If any 
one should see him in his travels give him 
the glad hand, as he is true blue and there 
with the goods, and can deliver them'. 

Thomas Fenton of No. 62, a word from 
you would do Feigert and Curley good. 

Brother Frankfort, we would like to hear 
a word from you. We did finally land on F. 
Brainard and W. Steward of New Brighton. 

Well, brothers, there is very little doing 
here at present, but a brother is always wel- 
come here as long as he can flash the green. 

We extend a cordial welcome to all locals 
to attend our grand labor day celebration, 
as we expect to have the largest demonstra- 
tion of organized labor in the history of the 
city, especially so in regard to the I. B. E. 
W. Now, boys, all come, as we have strong 
and many organizations that will be repre- 
sented that grand day. Now blow in, fixers. 

We had quite a delegation of No. 62 mem- 
bers to-night, which we were very glad to 
receive, and has no doubt saved a lot of ill 
feeling between the sister locals. Speeches 
were in order, and quite a lot of them were 
heard, among them being Brothers Cock- 
ran and Johnston. 

Last meeting night was election night, 
and you, will find a list of new officers 
below : 

President— H. C. Akens. 

Vice-President— Ollie Brixner. 

Financial Secretary — H. C. Stockman. 
Recording Secretary — Paul Gaston. 
Inspector — Frank Runkle. 

Foreman— John Davis. 

Press Secretary— Ollie Brixner. 

Trustee— H. C. Aken. 

Good bye to all for this time. 

Yours fraternally, 

Ollie Brixner. 

Vice-President and Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 38. 

Clevel.and, Ohio, July 6, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Having been elected press secretary of 
local No. 38, it is up to me to tell our sister 
locals what the local is doing. 



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The following officers were installed at 
our last meeting night ; 

President — Brother Mackey. 

Vice-President — Brother Boynton. 

Financial Secretary — Brother Esting- 
hausen. 

Recording Secretary — Brother Linder. 

Treasurer — Brother Love. 

Foreman — Brother Burkholder. 

Inspectors — Brothers Ceszens and Ken- 
neley. 

Trustee — Brother Runyan. 

Examining Board — Brothers Veits and 
Soop. 

Press Secretary — Brother Bunton. 

Delegatts U. T. L. Council — Brothers 
Creigg and Runyan. 

Outside of the press secretary’s office I 
think the local has as good a set of officers 
as ever came down the pike. 

With Brother Mackey in the chair, and 
the two old war-horses at each side of him, 
for support, I can see no reason why local 
No. 38 should not continue on and be one 
of the banner locals of the I. B. E. W. 

Picnic ! Did I hear some one say. Well, 
I guess yes. We had one, and not a failure, 
either, as I overheard Brother Esting say he 
had paid all expenses and turned quite a 
sum of money over to the treasurer. And 
speaking about the picnic, don’t forget 
about the races, and to see some of those 
women run it was worth a dollar of any man’s 
money. Then, there was the base-ball game 
between the wire fixers and helpers. 

Score . Well, I won’t say, as I am 

only a fixer and don’t pretend to be a ball 
player (Annie Moor). But if any local has 
a good team they would do well to get in a 
match game with our helpers’ nine. Most 
all the boys were out to the picnic, and we 
were glad to see many brothers from other 
locals, especially Rube, better known as 
“ Cy ” of No. 39. 

We still keep adding more lights to the 
circuit esch meeting night, and several 
helpers have gone before the Examining 
Board, and are now holding wiremen’s cards. 

Now, brothers, this being my first attempt 
as press secretary, I will not make it too 
long for fear I might reach as far as St. 
Louis and catch the eye of our brother, Wm. 
Dixon, who was last heard from with a 
tie pass from Pan Am., 1901, to Worlds Fair 


1904. Should any brother meet such a fixer 
just drop a card to Brother Esting of 48, as a 
large reward is offered for same, dead or 
alive. 

I have just received a line from one of 
38’s old members of Denver, Col., stating 
that there was a scab union starting there, 
how about that, 68?, Now, with greetings to 
all the old pan fixer's, I remain. 

Fraternally yours, 

Ai,. Bunton, 

Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 42. 

Utica, N. Y., June 29, 1902. 
Editor Euecteicai, Worker : 

Wow ! Wow ! Hell o! What, a new 
press secretary for No. 42 ? Yes ; and a poor 
one at that. But will make no excuses for 
the poor items that will appear in our jour- 
nal in the future. As I was the only victim 
for the position, I was pleased to learn that 
I was elected by so large a majority, and as 
I am to do the howling for the next six 
months I expect that the brothers will have 
me in the junk pile by that time. 

The brothers were all sorry to have Brother 
Lacy refuse the nomination for the second 
term, as his letters were all very creditable 
fpr Union No. 42 or any other local. But 
we have placed him at the front as our 
president and are confident of good meet- 
ings for a while. 

The Union loses a good officer when 
Brother McCoy, our president, resigns his 
office, and I think I can safely add that all 
the brothers of Local No. 42 extend their 
thanks to him for the interest and efforts 
that he has shown in conducting the meet- 
ings of No. 42 for the past term. 

We have quite a few new brothers with us 
employed by the different companies, and 
am glad to say that nearly all carry cards 
and attend the meetings regularly ; in fact, 
better than some of our home brothers. 
Come, brothers ; come and join our meet- 
ings, our attendance is good and you can 
find no excuse in small meetings, and I am 
pleased to say business is disposed of in a 
business-like way and the brothers are re- 
leased in good season. 

The birds are singing, if the sun didn’t 
shine but one day out of seven for the last 
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uly order comes we will have a little shine 
mixed in with the rest. 

Nearly all the companies here are paying 
$2.50 per day, the only one not paying this 
being the C. N. Y. Tel. & Tel. Co. 

The new Tel. company has not a very 
large force working yet. I believe lack of 
material is keeping them back. 

Will inform the Worker in my next letter 
who our officers are for the next term who 
will guide our craft along life’s troubled sea. 
I will cut out for this time. 

Yours fraternally, 

L.. A. Pryne, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union Jfo. 44. 

Rochester, n. y., July 6, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker : 

I see there is another letter due the 
Worker, and it is up to me to furnish it. 

We have been having some very severe 
electrical storms in this section, doing con- 
siderable damage to light, power, telegraph 
and telephone systems, especially telephone, 
as you all know a two amp. fuse don’t stand 
much show with a thunderbolt, consequent 
ly it keeps us hustling to keep the lines 
closed with two to three thunder storms 
daily. 

There is nothing out of the ordinary doing 
in the electrical line at present, although 
about everybody seems to be working. 

Rochester has been having quite a small- 
pox scare. We have had over one hundred 
cases, but the doctors are getting it under 
control now. 

The following is the list of officers for the 
ensuing terms : 

President— Michael Galitzdorfer. 

Vice-President — James Maley. 

Recording Secretary — C. W. Brown. 

Financial Secretary — W. G. Carroll. 

Treasurer — A. E. Murdock. 

Assistant Financial Secretary — ^James Gul- 
ley. 

Press Secretary — Louis Kelly. 

Foreman — John Higgins. 

Inspector — Seth Creighton . 

Trustees — J. P. Haley, John McLeod and 
D. Holland. 

This being my last letter to the Worker I 


will bid you all good bye, hoping that my 
successor will do better than I have. 

Yours fraternally, 

C. W. Brown, 
Press Sec’y. 


Local Union No. 49. 

Chicago, III., July 2, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

I take pleasure in letting you know that I 
have been once more electtd to fill the chair 
of press secretary. I am not much of a 
writer, but when prosperity looks me in the 
face I think it enough to make me a good 
man at the pen. As I have been a member 
of the Brotherhood for only two years, and 
as there are older heads in the business than 
I, it make me feel as though I didn’t know 
my business. But I take it for granted I do, 
and I am going to let you know what Local 
No. 49 has done in the past month. 

At our first meeting in June a committee 
was appointed to wait on the corporation 
and company trimmers to bring them into 
our Brotherhood. We have found it a very 
hard task to wake some of them, and to 
teach to theni the meaning of unionism and 
the benefits to be derived from it. I, per- 
sonally, happened to be on a committee ap- 
pointed to wait on the trimmers of the 
Chicago Edison Company, which, with the 
assistance of Brothers Fold, Callaghan and 
Winegar, we made a grand success. We 
made it our business to go to the company’s 
plant and stay there from ten in the morning 
until four in the afternoon, and to talk to 
every man as he came along to get his pay 
check. From some we got a very pleasant 
reception, and again there were others who 
who were too ignorant to recognize a union 
man or a man working at his own trade. 
But that did not discourage us, for we went 
back there on the following Thursday, 
and did the same thing over again, and we 
will continue until we have them all in our 
local or else on the scab list. 

At our second meeting we enrolled four 
of the Edison men on our books and initi- 
ated them in our Brotherhood. What a sur- 
prise. They have begun to wake up. But 
who should get the credit ? Not the broth- 
ers who never come to a meeting, but the 
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a lifting hand. There are about fifteen 
members who have not been to a meeting 
for a long time, but they ought to. feel 
very cheap, and if they don’t we will try and 
let them know about how cheap they are. 

We held an open meeting on Sunday, 
June 22, and enrolled eight new members 
from the Chicago Edison Company, and I 
tell you we will have them all in a very short 
time. 

When you come to think about our grand 
Teamsters’ Union and the great victory they 
won we ought to try and show them that 
we are some one. Just look at the glorious 
victory No. 9 won with the Chicago Tel. 
Company after nine months of hard strug- 
gle. They have received the respect of all 
the world. 

We had a small entertainment at our open 
meeting, with a few good speakers and sing- 
ers. Our Grand President, Brother Jackson, 
spoke on organized labor and its benefits. 
Brother Cullen, of No. 9, gave a grand lec- 
ture on their trouble with the Chicago Tel. 
Company and the victory they won after a 
nine months struggle. 

Our Grand Organizer has been working 
very hard to help No. 49 make a success. 
He spoke of how a man who is a union man 
in his heart would seek to be a union man to 
the world at large. He spoke of where, he 
had a man call on him and ask him to help 
him get his fellow workmen in a body. Mr. 
McGilray asked him what his trade was, and 
he said he was one of those fellows who 
open safes when they lost the key. Brother 
McGilray asked him if he was not getting 
enough wages. He said he was getting $5 
per day, and he was satisfied, but his reason 
for wanting to carry a card was to stop people 
from thinking he was a scab. He said every 
time he is called to open a safe he is asked 
to show his card, and it makes him feel very 
cheap. Now, that is the way it will be with 
the trimmers in a short time. When you go 
into a store to trim a lamp you will be asked 
to show a card. If you have not got one 
you will be told to get one as soon as possi- 
ble, or if you don’t let a union man have 
your place. 

Well, brothers, it was one grand pick when 
they chose Brother McGilray for Grand Or- 
ganizer. He certainly is a hard worker, and 
a man who gives every one a square deal. 


Brother McGilray has only been in the city 
about one year. He comes from Local No. 
7. He is an old memberof the Brotherhood, 
but quite young in years. Local No. 49 
wishes to thank him for his assistance, and 
wish him the very best success in his hard 
work, and we hope his good work has only 
commenced. 

Brother Byrne, you have certainly made 
the trimmers of the Chicago Edison Com- 
pany know we mean business, and No. 49 is 
very grateful to you. 

The following are the new officers of Local 
No. 49 : 

President— James Byrne. 

Vice-President — John Kenney. 

Recording Secretary — William M. Hickey. 

Financial Secretary — Michael J . Malloy . 

Trustee — William Callaghan. 

Foreman — A. McGregor. 

Press Secretary — John M. Dennehy. 

Well, brothers, I will close for this time, 
hoping we will have as grand a sriccess in 
the future as we have had in the past month. 
With the best of wishes to all brothers of No. 
49, as well as all other locals, I remain your 
reporter, 

John M. Dennehy, 

Press Secretary. 

P. S. — We are sorry to hear of the trouble 
our friend, Robert Folk, went through with 
the sickness in his family, but we must con- 
gratulate him on the new. addition to his 
home — a baby girl. Jack. 


liocal Union No. 56. 

Erie, Pa., July 7, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker; 

Once more I have the pleasure of writing 
to our ever welcome Journal, and next month 
our far more able Brother O. Fuller will offi- 
ciate as press secretary, and will enliven the 
columns of this Journal with good live ar- 
ticles on Trades Unionism. 

Well, brothers, our strike situation is un- 
changed. We are still fighting as vigorously 
as ever, and the scabs are leaving us slowly. 
The king scabs who are here are two that 
hail from Baltimore, and. who claim that 
they once belonged to Local 27. They are 
brothers. One we designate as the evil eye 
and the other the mixture of the frog boy 
and a diving duck, for a more misshapen in- 
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out the shapes of the vultures he puts on; 
this earth to prey upon humanity. 

But on reviewing the evolution of the scab, 

I come to the conservative opinion that he 
is not wholly to blame for the position he 
assumes in society, for he is a natural pro- 
duct of the competitive age under which we 
live, where humanity’s only religion is the 
greed for gold, and with the scab’s lack of 
knowledge of his class interests in society, 
he becomes the tool of the oppressor, the 
employing class. Therefore condemn the 
conditions that prevail that make it neces- 
sary for a scab to exist. 

In one or more preceding issues of our 
Worker I published a list of scabs who are in 
Erie, and one of the list named was Geo. Bur- 
ger. Now, brothers, there are two Geo. Bur- 
gers in this city. One is a lineman that is well 
known by brothers all over the country, and 
he is A No. i union man of our local ; but 
the scab is an inside man, and no relation 
to the other, so I hope you won’t conflict 
one with the other. 

About a month ago Local 56 received a let- 
ter from an ex-member of this local, who 
now is located in Franklin, Pa., in the elec- 
trical construction business, asking to be 
reinstated in the union, claiming that it 
wasn’t his material interests that dominated 
his action, but his spirit of unionism that 
prompted such action. His application was 
refused on account of past actions, for every 
time he worked outside this city he would, 
allow himself to become suspended and the 
last time he left here he left several unpaid 
bills, but the secretary was instructed to no- 
tify him of the action taken on his applica- 
tion. 

Brothers, this local is going to hold its 
annual picnic on the first Saturday in Au- 
gust, and you know the welcome that greets 
you. 

Now, Brother Prank Cosgrove, if this 
meets your eye, don’t forget to let me hear 
from you, for I am getting anxious. 

With each issue of our Journal, I see let- 
ters advocating independent political ac- 
tion, some suggesting labor union parties, 
some fusion , and some advocating Socialism. 

Well, it may be interesting to explore a 
little and pick up a paper at this time and 
read carefully the platform of one party ; 
look for its declarations to better the condi- 


i ons of the workingman ; but with the aid 
of a microscope you cannot find any. Then 
look at the platform of another, and you will 
meet with the same success. Still the work- 
ingman will say, “Why, we are enjoying 
the most prosperous times we have seen for 
years.” Well, admitting that we (?) are, 
then refer to the reports of the Commis- 
sioner of Labor at Washington, and find out 
what he has to say about our prosperity, viz: 
For the last six years wages have increased 
10 per cent, and on referring to his table of 
commodities we find that the sixteen com- 
modities of living — that is, the principal food 
stuffs on which the wage earner exists — have 
increased 37 per cent in the same time. So 
according to those figures wages have de- 
creased 27 per cent. Then who are getting 
the benefits of this much talked of pros- 
perity ? It must be the manufacturers. But 
still a workingman will vote to perpetuate 
such a system, and as a brother in last 
month’s Worker puts it ; The landlord fixes 
the price we have to pay him for the house; 
the butchers, the meat; the baker, the bread, 
etc. But we have nothing but our labor 
power to sell. Then our employers says, 
“ why should my workmen dictate to me 
that I shall have to pay them so and so, or 
they will go on strike, and will not allow 
other men to take their places ? ” Then, if 
you concede your employer the right to own 
the buildings and machinery by which you 
can earn a living, what right have we to stop 
him, or try to stop him from running such 
an institution as he deems fit? Then, if 
your employer owns the tools by which you 
work to earn a scanty livelihood, he is your 
master and you are virtually his slave. “ Oh, 
no,” you say ; I can quit and go some other 
place.” Well and good; but in the other place 
you are confronted with the same conditions. 
Naturally you will say, how can I better my 
condition ? I belong to the union of my craft 
and with our fights for shorter work days 
and increased pay we have gained so much. 
Admitting all that, at the same time your 
commodities of living have increased with 
more rapidity. Therefore, you are poorer. 
Then you try independent politics, and you 
elect a labor union mayor, like Smitz, of 
San Francisco, but don’t see much differ- 
ence in your condition. No, why ? Because 
you cannnot elect your Congressman and 



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Senators by your city vote alone, and the 
farmer don’t know anything about union 
labor. Now, brothers, we have to go into 
politics if we want legislation for the work- 
ing class. 

Wise wage workers are becoming class 
conscious, that is, conscious of their economic 
dependence as a class upon another social 
class which own the mines, the lands, the 
machine of production and distribution. 1 
would abolish all classes, and make honest 
workers of all. Are you opposed to that 
proposition ? If not, cast your ballot for .the 
party of your class. 

Wishing the Brootherhood success, I am 
Fraternally, 

Hot Air. 

Press Secretary. 

liOcal Union ifo. 57. 

Salt Lake City, Utah, June 3, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

No. 57 has been a little slow in the last 
two months in furnishing news for the 
paper. At the present writing work is 
pretty steady, but no room for any new 
hands. We have received something like 
twenty-five traveling cards in one month. 
By those cards it would seem that all of 
Colorado is emigrating to Utah. 

The inside men gained their point in the 
trouble with the contractors, by a compro- 
mise, getting everything they asked for, 
except 25 cents, making the present scale of 
wages for inside men $3.25 for eight hours. 

Brother J. F. Buckley has returned from 
Washington, D. C. He states that he was 
treated royally by the Washington locals 
while in that city. 

We are glad to note that the Executive 
Board intend to spend money in organizing 
this country; in fact, the whole United 
States. We think it will do more good 
spending money that way than so much in 
useless strike benefits. 

I am sorry to note that a great many of 
the financial secretaries throughout the 
country are slow in answering communica- 
tions. In one instance, one traveling bro- 
ther arrived in Salt Lake with a card that 
was six months past due. We held him up 
for his dues and sent them back to his old 
local, but before we could get connections 
made and his card here he had left this city. 


Now, brothers, if you expect Local 57 to 
collect money of your members who come 
through here with past-due cards and for- 
ward same to you, we expect you to do your 
little part and give us quick returns. 

To Local No. 6 of San Francisco we sent a 
communication in. regard to an individual 
who has placed his application in this organi- 
zation for membership. We understand that 
he has not done the right thing there. The 
letter was returned to us marked ‘ ‘ uncalled 
for.” If you happen to see this notify 
Local 57 about the facts of the case at once. 
We also would like to notify all locals to 
look out for one Jerry Simpson. He is a 
bad actor, and is indebted to Local 57 to the 
amount of $ 10 . 00 . 

The Rocky Mountain Bell Telephone Com- 
pany have their new building under way and 
have a large force of men of their country 
gangs at work. Inside shops are full at the 
present time. 

We gave a smoker on the first of May and 
the result was that we were able to obtain 
the applications of all the inside ’phone men 
for membership. We consider this a great 
stroke, as it has been a hard matter to get 
them to see the wa,ys of unionism, but now 
they are in, no doubt it will be the making 
of good union stock. 

Fraternally yours, 

Sejayr. 


Salt Lake City, Utah, July 2, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker; 

Well, here is a Salt Lake letter at last ; 
but I had to come a long way to write it. 
But what is the odds as long as it is here. 
Our officers for the next term are as follows; 
President — R. Blair. 

Vice-President — J. Brinkman. 

Recording Secretary— P. Goodrough. 
Financial Secretary — C. J. Reeding. , 
Treasurer — Rob Scott. 

Trustees — Joe Lovell, Joe Brinkman. 
Foreman — Bob Currie. 

First Inspector — Fred Johans. 

Second Inspector — Roy Bosh. 

Trustees election delayed one week. 

We have a fine hall and it is a source of 
revenue instead of expense. Have just 
leased it for five years and furnished it com- 
plete, so by renting it five nights a week we 
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and initiatory features show that it is up to 
date. We owe much of its success to the 
untiring work of our progressive Brother 
McBride, who handles the business part as 
if he was a graduated landlord from the old 
country. His efforts are appreciated if we 
do not say much, and may he continue. 

Another hard working brother is our Fi- 
nancial Secretary, Brother Reading, who is 
making every effort to further the local’s in- 
terest, but he does not receive the encour- 
agement his efforts are entitled to. We all 
are on the lookout for all the bouquets that 
may come our way, and if we get some we 
do not deserve, we smile and look for more, 
but we do not see our way to put in a 
friendly word and helping hand to help 
another co-worker who has taken many 
times as much work on himself as we have. 
To get the best results we should encourage 
those that do the most work, for no man 
likes to work without appreciation. 

Local No. 57 has a very fine set of officers 
for the next term and you can look for a 
big improvement in the condition of the 
local before long. I guess there are repre- 
sentatives from twenty different locals here 
in 57, and when you get things mixed up 
like that there is bound to be something 
doing. 

This local heartily endorsed the last Execu- 
tive Board meeting, and its conclusions, 
which goes to show that there are members of 
the I. B. E.W. here that can lookito the future 
as well as the present, and I for one feel that 
a great stumbling block has been removed 
from the path of our organization. 

The letter in the last Worker of Brother 
S. L. B. of Local No. 6i struck me as very 
good and hope to hear more from him. 

Work is fair here both inside and out, but 
more brothers are turned away than are put 
to work, so can offer no encouragement for 
those out of work. 

Best wishes to all the Brotherhood from 
this local. 

Fraternally, ‘B. B. Flack, 

Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 58. 

Niagara Falls, July lo, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

I think that it is just about time for the 
boys to know that Local No. 58 is still on 


earth. Having been elected press secretary, 
I will try and let the boys know how things 
are running here in the Falls. We do not 
have much work here. Some of the brothers 
are not doing anything. Say, old boy, where 
is your card ; what’s that, not yet a clear card? 
I am pleased to tell you that it will have to 
be a clear card 'or nothing right here in Nia- 
gara Falls. I am English myself, but we 
have a man here whose name is Mr. Eng- 
lish, who will be pleased to tell you how to 
get a card, and I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts 
that you will have to get a card before you 
do any inside wiring here in the Falls. I wish 
to say to the brothers that have left us that 
we are after a dime contractor by the name 
of Lee. Well, Mr. Lee has just found out 
that there is such a thing as an electrical 
union here in the Falls. I see that within 
the last two weeks, on two of his con- 
tracts, the carpenters and plumbers refused 
to work if Mr. Lee was allowed to do the 
wiring. I see that one of the jobs is still 
under fire. I see that McCarthy & Ford, 
contractors of Buffalo, are doing the construc- 
tion work of the new tvheel pit here. They 
have promised that they would only put on 
union men, with a working card from Local 
No. 58. 

Hello, there, 41. How are you, old man, 
Scotty ? I wish we had a few men like you 
and Brother Will Cunningham in 58. Thanks 
to you, for you are ever ready to help a sister 
local. Well, I think I must close. Well, I 
must give you a list of the newly elected 
officers. 

President — Fred Newell. 

Vice President — W. Irving. 

Treasurer — W. Bean. 

Financial Secretary — W. A. Allen. 

Recording Secretary — R. A. Rawson. 

First Inspector — Louis Friel. 

Second Inspector— E. F. King. 

Foreman — Henry Shultz. 

Press Secretary — D. J. Storkam. 

Trustees — Chas. Robinson Ernest Blinco, 
and Thomas Levick. 

Local Union No. 69. 

Dallas, Tex., July i, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As we have no press secretary, I will write 
a few lines to our Journal, to let the brothers 
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the country. We have had two meetings 
since being reinstated, and the way things 
look we will have a good union here. Local 
126, we welcome Brother Woods and Eckels. 
We are always glad to have such brothers 
with us. 

Brother George Wright left us last week 
for parts unknown to me. Treat him right, 
for he is all O. K. Work was good here last 
spring, and so far all the boys are working 
that want to work. Brother Joe Connor, 
while working for the Dallas Electric Co. 
oh June 5, got crossed with a circuit of 2,200 
volts, and was badly burnt on the right and 
left arm and shoulder. He had to have his 
arm taken oft at the shoulder, and lost one 
finger of the right hand. He is at the St. 
Paul Sanitarium, doing well. He says he 
will be in line Labor Day. We elected offi- 
cers last meeting night, as follows ; 

President — A. Kramer, Dallas Electric Co. 
Vice-President— J. F. Woods, Dallas Elec- 
tric Co. 

Recording Secretary — R. S. Carmack, 143 
Crockett street. 

Financial Secretary — ^J. P. Coughtry, 178 
Cabell street. 

Treasurer — ^Joe Fugitt. 

Inspector— Jack Ballard. 

Foreman — George Wright. 

I will close, and write more next time if 
it falls to my lot to write. Wishing you all 
success, I am, yours, fraternally 

R. S. Carmack. 


Local TJnion Ifo. 76. 

Tacoma, Wash., June 29, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker; 

As I have been elected to the office of 
press secretary, although riot duly installed, 
I thought it proper that I should pen; a few 
lines to the Worker, so that 76 would be on 
the slate for July. 

I will first call attention to the' fact that 
76 had election of officers last meeting. We 
had a pretty good membership present and 
everything went off very pleasantly. These 
are the new officers : 

President — W. A. Truesdale. 

Vice-President— R. F. Gleason. 

Financial Secretary— C. A. Young. 

Recording Secretary— J. M. Dean. 

Inspectors— Frank Hallett and G. Woods. 


Trustees — W. Dyslin, J. E. Wills and R. 
Kronz. 

Press Secretary — J. E. Wills. 

Tacoma: Building Trades Council — Chas. 
Purdy. 

Trades — R. T. Gleason and Fred Bayha. 
The term of treasurer not being expired 
Brother Fred Bayiia still holds the office, 
and I wish, to say that 76 could not find a 
better man for the office of treasurer. 

We have just granted two of our first-class 
apprentices journeymen cards on the recom- 
mendation of the examining board on in- 
side wiring. We ffi.ve been a little out of 
order the last two meetings on account of 
moving, but we expect to get straightened 
out soon, however. We are still doing busi- 
ness and are looking forward to good results 
this summer, for there is lots of good work 
to be done here this season, so brothers get 
in and dust — we cannot work too hard for the 
good of the order. 

I am sorry to say that we will not have the 
pleasure of seeing Brother Sitton at the 
meetings any more — at least for a while — as 
he has moved out of town and is now at Au- 
burn. He has a division for the Snoqualmie 
Falls Power Co. However, he comes to 
town once a week, so he will have a chance 
to pay his dues. Speaking of dues I would 
like to impress upon the members of 76 who 
do not attend meetings regular that the finan- 
cial secretary would like to see you once in 
a while, for remember if you are not O. K. 
on the books you stand a poor show in case 
you get hurt to get what is due an electrical 
worker in good standing. Note Article X, 
Sec. I, of the constitution. 

Owing to our past press secretary not get- 
ting a letter in our worthy paper for the 
last two months we have failed to call the 
brothers attention to the fact that Brother 
Geo. Wood, recently from Everett, Wash., 
is city foreman for the city, and has made a 
good impression with the boys of 76. He is 
the only general foreman in the city who be- 
longs to the I. B. E. W., but I hope we will 
have more of them in time, for in that way 
we may have more union men in the town. 

Brother Frank Hallett has left the Tele- 
phone and gone to work for the Interurban. 

Brother Shortand Bolyard from Joplin Mo. 
Local No. 95, came floating in last week and 
went to work for the Interurban. They car- 


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tied the green goods paid up to July 31st. 
Those are the kind of fellows we like to 
meet. It is expected that their cards will 
be deposited with 76 in the near future. 

The base ball team has been doing good 
work since they started, and it is the desire 
of the manager, Brother Young and Captain 
Gleason that the boys give the team all the 
encouragement they can. The team has 
played three games and won out on all three, 
and now have two new balls to their credit. 
Friday the 20th they played the Letter Car- 
riers Association ; score 27 to i, in favor E. 
W. Sunday 22, played Company A boys ; 
score, II to 10 in favor E. W. A new ball 
was the prize for each game. The third 
game being a practice game I have no note 
of it. SufiBce to say we caine out winner. 
The nine meets every Tuesday and Friday 
evenings for practice. Let all the brothers 
that can come out and have a good time and 
play ball. The boys are right there with the 
grease and Brother Gleason is doing some 
fine work in the box. 

Well, brothers, at this writing there is 
quite a good deal of work in and around this 
vicinity, four companies wanting men with 
wages from $ 2.75 to $3.25, eight, nine, and 
ten hours, time and a half for overtime and 
Sundays. 

Brother J. J. Simpson, if this letter catches 
your . eye, accept regards from the boys of 
76, and don’t think because you have not 
seen 76 in the Worker, that Mt. Tacoma or 
Mt. Rainier or any other old name you wish 
to call it by, no offense to 27 or 217, has 
opened up and wiped us out of existence 
for it has not, as you will see by this. 

Brother Rod Kennedy who came here by 
card from New York, I think from Local No. 
20, left here a short while ago for Alaska. 
We were very sorry to lose him but wish 
him success in the North. 

Well, Mr. Editor and brothers, I believe I 
have taken up enough space for this time. 
I wish to say one thing and that is, that I 
I am glad to know San Jose is organized, 
have looked for it for a long time. Stick to 
it, boys, and you will pull the Santa Clara 
Valley out all O. K. It has been three years 
since I left there. Good luck to Local 250, 
also 230, at Victoria, B. C. Good luck to you, 
Teddy. Yours fraternally, 

J. E. Wills, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 80. 

Norfolk, Va., July 9, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Since my last letter to the Worker we have 
laid away another brother, W. V. Johnson. 
He had not been a member long, but gave 
promise of being an up-to-date hustler. He 
was in Brother Harry Burnett’s gang, string- 
ing feeders on the Bay Shore Railway when 
he got crossed up with a 2,280 alternator, 
burning one leg and one arm half off. He 
was dead before any one could get to him, 
although Brother Burnett was looking at 
him when it happened. He was buried on 
Sunday afternoon, about fifty members 
of No. 80 being in attendance. For several 
weeks we have had trouble with the Build- 
ers’ Exchange, which affects the building 
trades. We have about 150 inside men out. 
Brother H. W. Sherman spent the 4th, 5th, 
and 6th with us. To say that the boys were 
glad to see him is putting it mild. His 
presence here did us a world of good. His 
talk to us last Saturday night put new life 
into all of us, and let us see plainly that we 
are really coupled np to a Brotherhood that 
stands ready and willing to help us at any 
time, provided vve go about it in the right 
way. 

W e have cou pled up som e of the scabs since 
Brother Sherman left. This fight here is a 
fight to the finish, one way or the other. If 
the trades win, then we can sail right into 8 
hours per day, if we lose, then we go back 
to 10 hours per day. Please find enclosed 
list of officers for the ensuing term. 

C. W. Breedelove, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 84. 

Atlanta, G.\.,June25, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker; 

As it is near time for our able Journal to 
go to press again, and wanting to be in 
time, I start a little earlier and cut into the 

9 

circuit again. I wrote you some two months 
ago when I returned from Florida. I 
thought that I would remain in Atlanta, 
though had to float out with my gang after 
stopping in Atlanta one day. Well, old 84 
is still doing business at the same old stand 
with a fine lot of material in stock. I have 
not had the pleasure of attending my local 
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away to go, but I hear from the boys once 
and awhile. Work seems to be very good. 

I find no men that are men worth mention- 
ing, and especially those who carry the 
strip of blue with the seal of the Local, out 
of work. It’s surprising to see men follow- 
ing an occupation, each day eating bread in 
the sweat of their face, holding themselves 
aloof, as much as to say, “ You union men — 
Idon’t need your aid and influence.” Now, 
it’s all right, scaber, I’ts well enough for 
the brute creation to say how burdensome 
a tail is when flies are out of season, but he 
will need the tail again when the season gets 
ripe. I have seen men that boasted of their 
prominence with their company thrown 
down 'by the men with the certificate of 
honor, the working card. I do not wish- to 
antagonize capital, neither does any other 
conservative union man. In union there is 
strength. The capitalists are all organized 
into associations. For what purpose ? Sim- 
\ply to set a price on your labor, skill and 
muscle. No sensible man will deny it. It is 
part of human nature to crave always'for 
more. You are simply placing your asso- 
ciation against theirs in self defence. This 
is legitimate and honorable. Every man 
has a right to place a price on all things that 
he has that are marketable. Your labor is 
your merchandise. Then why not place a 
■a. price in this case ? You are the merchant 
land your employer the customer. If they 
can’t agree as to the price of your goods, 
then let your representative meet theirs and 
decide. If you can afford to take less for 
your goods — your labor — this can be done in 
a nice way, as you would in any other busi- 
ness to the entire satisfaction of both the 
employee and the employer. Therefore I 
say that it behooves every man to be a union 
man that is following a trade. Watch them, 
boys, and drill them into line. 

Now, Mr. Editor, a word in regard to the 
negro problem. I see Brother Butler of 136 
has told how he sees it, and I wish to speak 
as I see it, without reflecting on Brother 
Butler, for I know him very well and like 
(him. 

I will say to start with, that if the negro 
"had enough of the ingredients in him that 
it takes to make a man — enough of self pride 
to make them truthful and honorable, 
■enough interest to realize that a vow taken 


is not a spasmodic venture, but something 
that shall stand forever — then I would say 
organize them. But show me one out of 
every hundred that has these cardinal vir- 
tues, and that respect virtue, honesty, and 
truth, and I will show you that the man has 
disappeared from\the moon. A man with- 
out honor, let him be of whatever color, is 
not a man to trust with the slightest thing, 
much less to mingle with and ridicule the 
virtues of an honorable set of toilers. Take 
a man’s honesty away and you have left a 
batch of corruption that if mixed with will 
corrupt all that it comes in contact with. 
While seeking to better our conditions finan- 
cially we should be careful to observe all 
moral laws. Trusting you will give this 
space in your valuable Journal and with 
good wishes to all the I. B. E. W., I am, 
Fraternally yours, 

W. Richard Johnson. 


LiOcal Union No. IIO. 

Sandusky, Ohio, June 25, 1902. 
Editor Electrical 'Worker; 

As press secretary of Local No. no I have 
not much to say for the first time. 

We were organized a month ago, and 
started with twenty-two members. We have, 
at present, about thirty, with a few applica- 
tions on hand. I think before we. are six 
months old we will have every man working 
at the business in the union. We are having 
a little trouble in getting some to get in line, 
but they are falling in, one by one. We will 
have them coming our way soon. 

Well, this will be all for this time. Will 
have a bunch of it for the Journal next 
month. Yours fraternally, 

George Spiegel, 
Press Secretary. 


Local Lnion No. 112. 

Louisville, Ky., July 2, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Being elected press secretary I will try 
to inform the absent brothers how things 
are going in Old Kentucky. 

For awhile No. 112 was placed in a very 
embarrassing position through bad system 
and having too much confidence in our late 
treasurer, but thanks for the patient work- 
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Ed. Clements, who corresponded regularly 
with the Grand Secretary in regard to our 
financial standing, we are proud to say that 
No. 1 12 is on top again and we hope to keep 
her that way. She has 173 member, all in 
good standing and anxious to see that things 
are kept in good order. 

The following is the list of officers elected 
at our last meeting : 

President — Ed. Clements, Hosier’s Hotel, 
Market street, between Fifth and Sixth 
streets. 

Vice-President — Ed. Allwell. 

Financial Secretary — Thomas Redding- 
ton. Capital Hotel, 325 East Market street. 

Recording Secretary — W. T. Burns, 528 
East Chestnut street. 

Treasurer and Press Secretary — George 
W. Evans, 933 East Jefferson street. 

Inspectors — Turner and Rosenbaum . 

Foreman — Joe Hardin. 

Trustees — Reddington, Witting, and Cle- 
ments. 

I will mention about Brother Will Flem- 
ing for the benefit of some of our brothers 
who may run across him. He was in Louis- 
ville and the boys tried to treat him as well 
as they could. But after getting him a job 
and loaning him the tools to work with he 
pawned the tools and skipped out. 

The Home Company has started opera- 
tions with about 2,500 subscribers and they 
'expect to send men out on the toll lines. 
Both companies are all right to work for, 
but some of the foremen forget to look at 
their watches at quitting time. 

Well, as the brothers of the I. B. E. W. 
may be anxious to know how the cable work 
is run and done for the Central Construction 
Company, a splicer, well informed will 
endeavor to let you know. Sam Frazer has 
charge of the U. G. cable work. I will tell 
you what he and his men are doing and you 
can decide for yourself if they are not trying 
to put cable splicing on the bum for men 
with principle and regard for the business. 

Fred Frazier has broken in six or seven 
laborers to do all the testing and cutting-in 
of the U. G. cables and he and they did 
all the work in the terminal room, 51-150 
pr., and they did it in about fourteen days, 

I understand ; and these laborers receive 
f 1.50 for ten hours’ work. 

Two brothers-in-law of S. Frazier, George 


and Bob Werner, are seeing who'canido the 
most work in a day, and are getting 40 cents 
an hour. 

I will tell you what is expected of a 
splicer for a day’s work and the splicers do 
nothing but splicing — 2-150 pr. a day, 3-200 
in two, days’ tests, for opens and guards ; i 
branch, all 150 pr. cable multiples ; do your 
own testing and bunching, no over-time 
for any kind of branch ; 120 and 100 pr. 
patent head, or 120 or 60 pr. patent head 
tag splice ; any mistakes, wires run wrong,' 
trouble or work not satisfactory to Sam Fra- 
zier to be done over on the splicer’s time or 
be docked for the time of the splicer doing 
the work. Any time you fail to do the re- 
quired amount of work you are docked and 
no excuses go with Frazier. The wages are 
40 cents per hour. Now, brothers, this 
could have been a good job, as well as what 
it is, only for the bunch that is in it here, 
and I think the way to do is for the splicers 
to give this man (Sam Frazier) a wide berth, 
and then he will learn to appreciate a good 
man’s work and treat him as a man and 
be reasonable, which he certainly is not 
now. He does not recognize a man with a 
card, or, in fact, any other man unless he is 
willing to jump in and do two days’ work in 
one. 

I understand the two splicers who put the 
job on the bum for the splicers in Toledo, 
Ohio, were run out of town by the police for 
selling junk two weeks ago, so you see 
they lost out after all. They were Charles 
Setts and John Morgan, from Michigan. 
Ed. Pugh, the splicer who started the job, 
made a good start, but was taken sick about 
the time they came, and when he had, got 
out of bed, four weeks after, they had put 
the job on the bum, by doing two days’ 
work in one, and because he tried to reason 
with them they wrote to Mr. Polk and ad- 
vised him to remove Pugh, which he did. 
There was no reason for their acting the 
way they did, as the foreman, Fred. Hum- 
mel, was with the men, and is a good scout, 
in our opinion, forgetting what he had done 
in the past. Now, brothers, I think we 
should turn down such men if we have a 
chance, which we have now. 

I do not say anything from any personal 
offense, but it is all the truth and can be 
proven, and I think these men should be 



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known, as they are certainly unfair to their 
fellow workingmen. 

George W. Evans, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union J^o. 118. 

Dayton, Ohio, July 3, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Well, brothers, election of officers over, it 
falls to my lot to write a few lines for the 
Worker, and as I am new at the business, I 
hope to escape your criticism. 

June 26 meeting opened at 8 p. m., and 
after the usual business, brothers nominated 
for office were elected, as follows : 

President — J. H. Sheets. 

Vice-President — A. Loughman. 

Financial Secretary — J. W. Holt. 

Recording Secretary — Charles Reiter. 
Treasurer — C. O. Clark. 

Press Secretary — S. H. Kitchen. 

Inspector — E. C. Conley. 

Foreman — R. M. Rike. 

Trustees — W. M. Houser, W. M. Carney, 
C. Y. Sohnes. 

Brother Ed. Ashenfelter is at South Bend, 
Indiana, Brother Sherwood is at Cleveland, 
Ohio, and Brother Joe E. Homerick went to 
Trenton, New Jersey. All three are good 
men'from Dayton, and if any brother meets 
them treat them right, for they are O. K. 

Work at present has not opened up yet, 
and line work with the Home Tel. Company 
■will not open up for at least four weeks. 

Well, as I have told all I know, I will 
“‘ring off,” hoping this will reach the 
Worker in time for publication, I am 
Fraternally yours, 

S. H. Kitchen, 

Press Secretary. 

r-:' ^ — - 

Local Union No. 132. 

South Bend, Ind., July 9, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Well, brothers, this is my first attempt, 
and the first letter we have had in the 
Journal for some time. 

This town is all O. K. for a man with a good 
ticket, but none other need apply. We have 
only two or three here who are not right, 
and they are working for the Singer Sewing 
Machine Company at the new plant. 


We had an accident last week. Brother 
Williams, of Wichita, Kan., got hold of a 
live wire, and was badl}' burned and hurt by 
falling on the pavement, but he is able to be 
around town some, and is on the road to 
health again, for which we are all thankful. 

We lost a good brother when the old war 
horse, Pug Beal, left for Marion, Ind., to 
take charge of a job of work, and that old 
timer, Jim Boswell, is the assistant ring 
master for the Home Telephone Company, 
under that old Buckeye, Sam Wyenager ,who, 
everybody knows, is on the square. 

Well, a good many brothers have dropped 
in and gone again, and there are quite a few 
left yet. The work is not just as brisk as it 
might be, but if any brothers come this way 
get off, get a meal ticket, and see us any 
way. We all carry meal tickets, and they are 
good. 

Brother Al. Wheeler is in Logansport for 
awhile. We hope to see him around this 
way again, as he was all right. 

Brothers McGill and Stnith are training a 
bunch of colts for the telephone company, 
also the renowned Slim Slams, the great 
midway dancer. 

Well, I will give you a list of the new offi- 
cers, and you will see where they made their 
mistake. Your humble servant was elected 
president and also press secretary. 

President — J. E. Perry. 

Vice-President — W. R. Smith. 

Financial Secretary — F. R. Hudson. 
Recording Secretary — Doc. Miller. 
Foreman — F. Gard. 

Inspectors — F. Shirley and Ed. Kohler. 
Trustee — McCurdy. 

Delegates to Central Body — McGill, Sams 
and Williams. 

Well brothers, I will ring off for this time 
and try to do better next. 

Yours fraternally, 

J. E. Perry, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 134. 

Chicago, July 2, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

It seems monotonous to write about the 
same thing every month, but it maybe some 
satisfaction to some to see No. 134 take her 
regular place among the locals with a short 
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for other cities may desire to see a line or 
two from Chicago. 

We elected ofdcers at our last meeting. 
Brother Sam Grimblot, who filled the chair 
last term, was again elected. He has given 
g;ood service and was elected upon his 
merits. 

For vice-president, E. P. Magoon secured 
the seat. 

Recording secretary. George O. Johnston. 

Wm. A. Cummings was elected financial 
secretary. 

Thomas E. Lee was made business agent. 
He will make a good officer, if his past 
record in that capacity goes for anything. 

Expecting a large attendance at election, 
the trustees rented the County Democracy 
Hall, which proved a great convenience, as 
every one could be seated with comfort. 
Two hundred and eighteen members were 
present. 

Now, brothers, I hope that each one will 
lend our newly-elected officers their hearty 
support, and as far as possible assist them in 
every way, and put away all ill-feeling that 
may have been caused by the defeat of your 
choice for office. The success of the local 
depends largely on the encouragement given 
them at various times and is greatly to be 
desired. 

Many of the boys who were idle at the 
last writing have gone to work again, but 
there is a larger surplus yet than I like to 
see. 

The gasfitters are installing the conduit at 
the Tremont House, and I suppose they 
imagine they have gained the work for all 
time, but time will tell. The architect on 
the job is supposed to be hiring them, and 
as this man has worked in other cities this 
local will probably proceed against him 
through other locals of the I. B. E. W. 

I will probably have more to tell you 
about them in my next letter. 

The Fourth of July is near with its noise 
and patriotism, and I hope all will enjoy 
themselves. The boys here will do but 
little work between Thursday evening and 
Monday morning, as some of the contract- 
ors are giving them Saturday forenoon off, 
and the afternoon is always holiday with us. 

Organization with the working people in 
this city is rife at present, and indications 
are good for the same in several of the elec- 
trical branches. 


Brother Joe McGilvray, our organizer, has 
a good field to work on, and so far he has 
had good success, and I hope to see several 
more locals before his work is finished. 

I am fraternally, 

J. W. Burch, 

Press Secretary. 

Local TJnion No. 139. 

Elmira, N. Y., July i, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

In looking over the Worker for May I 
noticed quite a gap in our locals, between 
Nos. 138 to 144. As our local comes after 
No. 138 I have decided that it was our place 
^o fill in the gap, at least one number. I 
hope the other numbers that are shy will fall 
in soon. How about it. No. 140? 

Well, for the boys of No. 139, they are as 
busy as bees these days. Part of the swarm 
are at home keeping things in line, others 
swarm for fifty miles or so about us. 

The fact is, we had such a time to call 
them to a week-day meeting, being at such a 
distance, that we voted to change our meet- 
ings from the first and third Monday even- 
ings to the second and fourth Sundays, at lo 
o’clock, sharp. Brothers will please remem- 
ber this when contemplating coming our 
way. All are welcome who carry the green 
stuff. 

We have nothing to crow over, but we 
have plenty of work, both inside and out, in 
and around Elmira. 

Perhaps it would sound good to mention 
that the inside wiremen have had a nine- 
hour day since June i, 1902. We expect to 
do as much for the inside fellows before 
long. 

We have been working the goat so hard of 
late that he has been completely wrecked ; 
in fact, he collapsed at a most critical mo- 
ment. So, at a recent meeting, after a long 
debate on the subject of a different breed of 
goats and the character of each, it was de- 
cided to employ a certain variety and call it 
Shoe O. 

Brother Bradley, of Local No. 14, made us a 
flying visit a short time ago and proved to be 
O. K.,No. I. Brothers wherever you meet 
him give him the right hand of fellowship, 
as he is O. K. and rhade of good stuff. 

Yours faternally, 

F. A. Ridall, 

Press Secretary. 



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Local Union No. 146. 

Bridgeport, Conn., June 8, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

I am sorry to inform you that I have been 
elected press secretary of the local to repre- 
sent them in the official journal, and to say 
they have elected a poor scribe, is putting it 
mildly, but with your patience and the good 
will of all, I shall endeavor to do the best 
that I can. 

To begin with, Bridgeport is an eight-hour 
town for inside wiremen and nine hours for 
linemen. 

Some few weeks ago the wiremen drew up 
a set of resolutions asking for eight hours’ 
time and one-half for overtime, with the 
prevailing rate of wages, but appeared to be 
stalled in the Electric Light Company, the 
leading firm in town. The climax was 
reached when on one Saturday night they 
were informed the company had quit their 
inside work for the present, and would prob- 
ably give it up altogether. Through the 
affiliation of the B. T. C. we succeeded in 
stopping their work on a very important 
job, which they claimed to have sublet. 

Then the linemen for the same firm wen 
out in sympathy, and also made a demand 
for $2.75 for nine hours. Matters rested 
that "way for two weeks, with the exception 
of two committees being appointed at dif- 
ferent times. Brother Sheehan was tele- 
graphed for and responded promptly. He 
had an audience with the manager, reported 
to our meeting the same night, and every- 
thing was settled satisfactorily, the wiremen 
receiving eight hours, linemen taking the 
nine hours at $2.50, instead of ten hours at 
$2.75, wiremen to work on new station, then 
in course of construction, nine hours, until 
completed, as the building when figured for 
was ten-hour work day. The men accepting 
the offer, it being only verbal, were watched 
closely, but up to the present time there have 
been no complaints, only the linemen re- 
port on the job instead of at the station, as 
heretofore. 

The next move was an independent one 
on the part of the linemen employed by the 
Traction Company. They appointed a com- 
mittee, who drew up a resolution, or request, 
for nine hours, presented it, and after quite 
a consultation with the superintendent, the 


agreement was signed by both parties, with 
the exception of the part that called for 
time and one-half for over time, which, after 
it was shown how little overtime there was, 
and considering the company expected to 
grant all their linemen in its State nine 
hours. The time and one-half was elimin- 
ated, some of the boys did not think it 
looked very good, but the conservative men 
in the city thought it was the best way. 
Brother Sheehan, who was here when we 
had returned, I understand also commented 
upon it, and was very favorably impressed 
with the outcome. 

We have had some visitors here of late, 
the famous old-time roustabouts and comi- 
cal sketch team, known the country over for 
their marvelous trips over the alkali plains, 
mountain regions and hop fields. Kid Rivers 
and his sparring partner. Chapman. They 
are billed for the snake regions in the fall. 
Then there was old Davenport, the Kid’s 
father. He dropped anchor here for quite 
a time, but got to drifting, and putting down 
his center board went down the pike for 
Norwalk. But he will be with us when the 
roses bloom again. 

We still have all our old-timers with us. 
They are getting to be what they term home 
guards. 

I will give you a list of the officers for the 
ensuing term, and with the exception of 
your humble servant, I think they would do 
justice to any local : 

President — H. Demure. 

Vice-President — George Saltzgiver. 

Recording Secretary — E. M. Botsford. 

Foreman — Brother Brivault. 

Financial Secretary — Frank Quinlan. 

Inspectors — St. John and Townsend. 

Trustees — St. John and Spencer. 

That let’s me out. 

Yours fraternally. 

Chop Suea. 


Local Union No. 148. 

Washington, D. C,, July 9, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As the honor has been bestowed on me 
again as press secretary, I will try and have 
14S represented in this month’s Worker. 
Everything in Washington is moving along 
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■weather we are having. We are making 
great preparations for our excursion on July 
28. We have had an invitation from Brother 
Gerhardt, admiral of the “ Oom Paul,” to 
take our committee out sailing on that date. 
Brother Eddie Divver has not been back to 
work since he was married, but he will soon 
be here, as his honeymoon is nearly over. W e 
have moved our headquarters to hall 737 7th 
street northwest, and meet the 2d and 4th 
Tuesdays of each month. We had election 
of officers last Monday night. 

President — W. J. Fish. 

Vice-President — J. W. Young. 

Financial Secretary — W. T. Malloy. 

Recording Secretary— J. A. Carroll. 

Inspectors — J. E. Divver, D. N. Waters. 

Foreman — C. Mills. 

Treasurer — H. J. Wright. 

Trustees — J. S. Ballard, J. A. Carroll, and 
M. V. Murphy. 

Brother Lafourcade and Brother Linden 
of 27 deposited their green tickets in 148 
last month. Brother Prigg Holiday and Bro- 
ther Dutch Ware of 148 have gone on the 
bumpers again. We had the honor of hav- 
ing Little Dick Keller, the piker of 21, with 
us, and he staid one night and said that was 
enough for him. How about it, Dick? Will 
have to switch off now. Regards and best 
wishes to all brothers until we meet again. 

Yours. 

Oi,D War Horse, 

Local Union No. 170. 

Findlay, Ohio, July 10, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Some time has passed since Local Union 
170 appeared in the columns of our worthy 
Journal, but nevertheless we are still doing 
business at the same old stand. Several of 
our members are employed in the neighbor- 
ing towns, therefore we hold a meeting but 
once a month. Although we expect the 
Tel. Co. to re.sume operations on their un. 
completed construction soon, and if such is 
the case, there will be a considerable amount 
of work. Fraternally 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 171. 

Ann Arbor, Mich., July 2, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Well, we will soon celebate the the anni- 


versary of our National Independence, and 
if we should all vote together inside of the 
next three years we could celebrate our in- 
dependence from the capitalist and power- 
ful corporations who now dictate to us as 
to what we shall pay for everything we eat, 
drink, and wear, jas well as the Wages we re- 
ceive. Brothers,' if Uncle Sam can run the 
postal service he can run the telegraph, the 
telephone, the railroads, and all the public 
utilities which in private hands are monopo- 
lies, and are the basis for such fortunes as 
those possessed by the Goulds, the Vander- 
bilts, and Rockefellers. Brothers, do you 
realize that as a rule we kill by our votes on 
one day nearly as much as we have gained 
by hard work in the course of one or two 
years ? You may think I am wrong, but 
look the situation over carefully and you will 
arrive at the same conclusion. Take the 
coal strike in the East, for instance. The 
very men who the union puts in ofBce forbid 
their marching on the public highways, but 
at the same time give the mine owners per- 
mission to hire and arm men, technically as 
deputy sheriffs, but in reality as strike break- 
ers. Think it over carefully, read up on the 
subject. Try the “Appeal to Reason ” pub- 
lished at Girard, Kans., a weekly at fifty 
cents per year, and by the time election 
comes you will be willing to vote for 
the “Public ownership of Public Utili- 
ties.” 

As stated in our last issue we were success- 
ful in getting Brother Wilkinson to bridge 
in on our line, but Brother Mull went to 
Jackson. Brother G. F. Haggitt has been 
very fortunate and also unfortunate. In the 
first case he was married on the i8th of June 
to Miss Clara Peasco, of Detroit, an estima- 
ble lady who will make him a good compan- 
ion during life’s journey ; but in the second 
he had to have two joints of the first finger 
on his left hand amputated on account of 
blood poison, caused by a copper sliver. 

The A. T. & T., are working between 
Dearborn and Wayne, but cannot say as 
to what they are doing as they are notin my 
range yet. Brother Sherman, you are pub- 
lishing one of the best labor papers in the 
United States. Why, we have got men in 
this I. B. E. W., who could put two-thirds 
of our United States Senators in the clear 
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and business. And, brothers, if you will 
only nominate and vote for them we can 
have them in ofl&ce in every town in the 
United States. Then when it comes to a 
show down we will be sure of fair play. 

H. C. Moore. 


Local Union No. 179. 

Chareeston, S. C, June 14, 1902. 
Editor Eeectrical Worker: 

Will write a few lines to let the floating 
population knowhow things are here. 

The exposition is now over, and things 
are not very bright for the fixer. There is a 
little work in town, but the home talent can 
take care of it. Brother Fred. Krepps and 
his gang are busy, while the non-union 
shops are dead. Brother Bill Stearns, of ex- 
position faine, is superintending the dis- 
mantling of the exposition grounds of 
wire— another “ white man.” 

Brother Cunnard, I noticed your poetry in 
April Worker. How much did it cost you ? 

Brother Welsh rolled his nail keg out of 
here February, 26 for Coney Island. Brother 
Thomas carried his chicken crate out the 
same day for the same place. Would like to 
hear from you, Charlie. 

Brother Kincaid has commenced training 
animals for Bostock, so they say. 

No. 197 got a good union man when Ed. 
Mullin floated into Bloomington. 

Wid close, with best wishes for the Broth- 
hood. Yours fraternally, 

W. H. WOOEEEY, 
Financial Secretary. 


Local Union No. 182. 

Montreal, Can, July 8 , r902. 
Editor Electrical Worker; 

At the last meeting of Local No. 182 we 
elected a bunch of ofiScers who intend to try 
to make unionism an accomplished fact in 
the ranks of the electrical workers of Mont- 
real and vicinity. Owing to the past set- 
backs we may have an up-hill road to travel, 
but we intend to try to educate our people 
as to what trades unionism really means, 
and if our Excutive Board could see their 
way to prepare some educat'onal leaflets, 
such as the machinists, engineers, and other 
trade bodies circulate for organization pur- 


poses. they would be of incalculable value 
in enabling many of the boys to success- 
fully do organizing work among those who 
do not realize the importance of joining the 
Brotherhood. 

Trade here at present is rather dull, but 
we are expecting better times. 

Several of our brothers have moved to 
other parts, but we have beenispecially care- 
ful to warn them of all places where trouble 
was or expected. 

I was rather surprised at the manner in 
which the recording secretary of Pittslurg, 
No. 5, appears to treat communications from 
other locals. I noticed an advertisement 
some time ago in the ‘‘ Montreal Gazette,” 
a daily newspaper, for ‘‘linemen wanted 
immediately” by acompanyin Pittsburg. 

I at once wrote to the secretary, asking for 
full information and inclosing the cutting 
from the paper, so that they might know 
what was being done by this company, and 
I regret to say have not been favored with a 
reply of any kind up to the pre.sent date. 

If we are to succeed in our endeavors for 
bettering our condition we must keep up 
communication with the various locals, 
especially when any trouble is brewing. 
The trusts, companies, and building ex- 
changes keep in close touch with each other 
for mutual benefit, and the workers must do 
likewise. 

Yours fraternally, 

A. W. Walshe, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 184. 

Galesburg, III., June 28, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker : 

Well, as it is about time for another letter 
for our valuable Worker, I will take time to 
write for our press secretary, as he left town 
to-day. His name is E. E. Kerr, and broth- 
ers if he comes your way welcome him, for 
he is a No. i card man, and our loss is some- 
body’s gain. 

Since the last letter a great deal has hap- 
pened around us. We had to call a special 
meeting on account of the foreman trying 
to run in a burr head fixer. We soon stopped 
that. 

Well, No. 75, we have Brothers Lester 
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are all O. K. Their wives arrived later, and 
they are now happy. 

Hello, No. 155! You are a dead one, we 
think, or you would have a letter twice a 
year. You came very near having a chance 
to say one of 155’s charter merubers was 
burned to death. It surely did put me out 
for awhile. 

Hello to Scott. Waller, Deifendorf and 
Sadlers. I never hear of you. . Try and get 
a letter in the Worker next month. I wrote 
to No. 188 in regard to a Brothereood man, 
and a brother of mine, but received nothing 
satisfactory. His name is B. A. Whitehead. 
Please look him up, and address me at 86 
North Seminary street. 

We have learned about the settlement ’of 
the Chicago strike, but the sister locals that 
struck in sympathy were not mentioned in 
the strike. That looks bad, brothers. 

To the boys of No. 75. Brothers Curry 
and Driscol wish to inform you that they 
found Roundey Turner working for the 
the Chicago Tel. They asked him to quit, 
but he would not, so you know the rest. 

We have a brother with an apprentice 
card up at Rockford, 111 ., and the brothers 
there will not recognize his card. I would 
like to see him treated right. He is a better 
man at heart than some that I have heard of 
around here. 

I will ring off for this time. Wishing all 
brothers success, I remain 
Yours fraternally, 

R. G. Whitehead. 


JLocal Union No. 185. 

Boston, Mass., July 8, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

The time for the appearance of our 
monthly letter being at hand I will endeavor 
to keep the Brotherhood posted on the do- 
ings of Local No. 185. 

Our nomination and election has taken 
place and resulted in putting the affairs of 
the local in the following hands : 

President — E. W. Chamberlain. 

Vice-President — Robert Lever. 

Recording Secretary — R. M. Bassett. 

Financial Secretary— J. S. Kavanagh. 

Treasurer — F. J. England. 

Inspectors— E. E. Wyman and Wm. Pitt- 
man. 

Foreman — William Burgess. 


Brothers Chamberlain and Lever have 
been promoted from minor offices in the 
local, and all the officers have been hard 
workers and prompt in their attendance at 
all the meetings, and so can be relied on to 
do great work for the local in the six months 
to come. 

As usual, after submitting an agreement 
and having it rejected by most of the shops 
(only two having signed the samel, we find 
it hard to get the brothers to attend the 
meetings, and we alsi expect to lose a few 
of the members. This is not as it should be. 
The brothers should remember the hard 
work done by the various committees, and 
even if their work was not crowned with 
success the brothers should rally to their 
support and carry the work along until such 
time as they see fit to try again, as it is only 
by hard work and repeated trials that any- 
thing can be won, and we need every mem- 
ber for that work.. 

Local No. 103 expects to carry through 
their agreement very soon now, and if they 
do it will be a big help to local No. 185, and 
the shopmen will find that they will have to 
carry a card on lots of work that at the 
present time they are not questioned on. 

Great efforts are being made to organize 
the old Thom pson-Houston factory, at Lynn, 
and if this can be done it will be a great help 
to our local also. 

We were greatly pleased to see the com- 
munication in last month’s Worker from 
Local No. 190. of Newark, and we will be 
glad to hear from them at any time. Espe- 
cially if they have anything “up their 
sleeves’’ for the advancement of the shop- 
man, as that sadly neglected member of bur 
craft is sorely in need of help from some 
direction. At the present time he is con- 
tent to sit in silence, with heavy heart, hop- 
ing that the future will bring forward a 
“Moses,’’ who will lead him into the 
“ promised land ’’ of high wages and shorter 
hours without any effort or sacrifice on his 
part. When such a leader does appear he 
will tack on behind, carefully keeping under 
cover until the goal is reached, when he 
will rush forward, proclaiming his great 
attachment to union principles and shower- 
ing unstinted praise on the one that has 
raised him above the level of the helper of 
other trades. 


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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


Business at present is very fair in most all 
of the shops, and all the members of Local 
No. 185 are employed at the present time. 
Your fraternally, 

A. T. LAIDtAW, 

Press Secretary. 


Liocal Union No. 193. 

Springfield, III., July 9, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Local Union No. 193 elected the following 
officers : 

‘ President — H. M. Logan. 

Vice-President — Wm. Rachford. 

Recording Secretary — John Mansfield. 

Financial Secretary — R. L. Flanigan. 

Press Secretary — W. M. Chiles. 

Work at this time is not very plentiful in 
this locality. There may be plenty of work 
in the future when the new Tel. Company 
gets to doing ariel work. 

At present they are only getting their 
conduit in place. 

The Central Union Tel. Company, in the 
Springfield district, is on the unfair list. 

Following are a few of the men who are 
working on this job : 

Wm. Wallace, residence Peoria, 111 . 

Ira Dudley, former member of 193. 

John Springfloat, former member of 193. 

“ Rurk ” Ishmeal, former member of 193. 

Deeb Creglow, former member of 116. 

Art. Coe, former member of 109. 

Besides the above-named, they have some 
ten or twelve boys, who I don’t consider 
worthy of mention. 

There are a few organizations in existence 
who send communications to labor organi- 
zations asking their co-operation without 
fully stating their motive for existence. The 
one I refer to in particular is the National 
Federation for Majority Rule. I should like 
for some member of the above organization 
to point out why organized labor should 
have anything in common with it. 

Yours fraternally, 

W. M. C. 


liOcal Union No. 194. 
Shreveport, La., July 3, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As this is my first attempt at writing for 
194, I will only say a few words to let our 
brothers know that we are still in existence. 


We are getting new recruits every meeting, 
and I think that we will soon be the strong- 
est I. B. E. W. local in the south. The in- 
side wiremen are making I4.00 for eight 
hours here now, and everyone working in 
fair shops carry a card up to date. We have 
been having trouble with one Albert Hill, 
who refuses to pay our examination fee of 
$25.00. He says that if he had it to pay he 
would bring the matter up before the Grand 
President, and see what right we had to 
make him pay it. Well, he heard from the 
G. P., and still he will not come across. 
There is a committee to wait on the manager 
of shop and explain matters to him and then 
see that no brother goes to work in said shop 
until matters are settled. There is lots of 
work in this burg for both inside and outside 
gangs. But don’t drop in without the green 
goods. 

We had our old friend Tangle Foot in a 
few days, but he could not get away without 
going to work. So, now his card is depositd 
in 194. Well, as we have a new set of offi- 
cers, I will give their names ; 

President — A. Dill. 

Vice-President — B. A. Stevens. 

Recording Secretary — L. W. Kerr. 

Financial Secretary — F. M. Jones. 

Press Secretary — H. H. Rayner. 

Well, brothers, as this is my first attempt 
I will have to blow a fuse or I will burn up 
something, and as to-morrow is the 4th of 
July I don’t want to burn anything but 
powder. Fraternally yours, 

H. H. R., 
Press Secretary. 


Uocal Union No. 196. 

Rockford, III., July 3, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Well, I am press secretary now, but do 
not know how long I will have the job, as 
there were six nominated for the office. 
However, as long as I have the honor I will 
do my best to have a letter in our Worker 
once in three months. There are a great 
many things to write about here, in Rock- 
ford, but as the weather has taken a sudden 
change for the better I will cut it short. 

We had an election of officers last meet- 
ing and elected the following : 

President — Clarence Bennett. 
Vice-President — H. J. Miller. 



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Recording Secretary — W. E. Kelley. 

Financial Secretary and Treasurer — A. N. 
Huckins. 

Inspectors — Frank Church and George 
Crawford. 

Foreman — M. Lane. 

Press Secretary — H. J. Miller. 

Six of the names on the list are good fel- 
lows. 

If every local has as good a president and 
as live a one they are very lucky, and they 
will have to get up early in the morning to 
beat our Financial Secretary-Treasurer. 
They would not, however, have to get up 
very early to be about before him, but he is 
there with the goods. 

Rockford and its unions are having 
trouble of all kinds. 

The carpenters are out on a strike and ex- 
pect to win, and we most certainly hope they 
will. I do not know enough about the con- 
dition of affairs to attempt to describe the 
situation. 

The Jones & Winter job is still to the bad, 
and alwys will be as long as they have any- 
thing to do with it. I understand they are 
going down into Texas. I hope so, for there 
is where they belong, with the negroes, as 
some of their help is lower than the mining 
nigger. There are a good many on the job I 
would like to roast, but an article in the 
Worker said we must do away with personal 
abuse, so I will cut it out. 

P. B. Simonton, a floating lineman, drop- 
ped in on us the other day, but dropped out 
suddenly. 

Wonder where old man Fred Huse is now- 
adays. Local No. 196 wishes him all kinds 
of good luck. We would like to have him 
with us, we need a few more like him. 

Tom M. Grif&th is back among our ranks 
and is working for the Rockford Edison 
Company. 

Well, as to-morrow is the 4th of July and 
there is no telling what will be doing I will 
close. 

Fraternally yours, 

H. J. Mii,i,ER, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 206. 
Hamilton, Ohio, July i, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker : 

Through my own carelessness I did not 


get a letter to our official organ last month, 
but will get this in in time, I think. 

Charleston, W. Va., was finished, and 
the construction gang left there June 25, 
and without them there is not enough boys 
to hold a charter, so we propose to move 
206 to this town. 

Work is just commencing here. Began 
shoring poles July i. The work will be done 
under the supervision of Brother Pete 
Hutchins, with W. Griffiths as foreman. 
There is a probability of a year’s work here, 
and it is a strictly union job, so don’t come 
without the card. We expect to have our 
new charter here by July 10, and then there 
will be something doing — you can gamble 
on that. There have been quite a number 
of boys working here that have had the idea 
that because there was no local here they 
did not need a card, but I think they will 
come in now. 

Well, this will probably be rhy last letter 
to the Worker in the capacity ot press sec- 
retary, as there will be a new, and probably 
better, one elected. 

Brother Hardy and his Indians left 
Chalreston, W. Va., June 15th for Vin- 
cennes, Ind. Have not heard whether they 
arrived or not yet. Take good care of them, 
brothers, as they are O. K. 

With regards to all brothers, I remain 
Yours fraternally, 

J. G. Mackenzie, 

Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 208. 

Muscatine, Iowa, June 29, 1902 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As our press secretary seems to be dead, 
lost, strayed, or stolen, we know not which— 
at least, he has never written to the Electri- 
cal Worker that we know of — I have been 
appointed to write to you and let you know 
we are still on earth, and we wish to be in 
the ranks of the sister locals in the Electri- 
Worker. For the new term we have elected 
new officers. 

We have twenty-one members, with good 
prospects of getting more. We were tempo- 
rarily organized March i, 1902, and perma- 
nently organized April ii, 1902. We have 
adopted no scale as yet, but we have been 
discussing several and hope to come out at 
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meetings pass by. We are a mixed union. 
We meet every second and fourth Friday in 
the month at the Assembly Hall. 

Hoping a copy of the above will be seen 
in the next Worker, I am, 

Yours fraternally, 

L. P.' Davis, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union 2fo. 218. 

Sharon, Pa., J uly 6, 1902. 
Editor Epectricai, Worker; 

As it is my duty, I will try and give you a 
brief sketch of the life of No. 218. 

Now, everybody knows that there is a 
Local No. 218 in a town called Sharon, which 
is located on the west side of Wm. Penn’s 
woods, but very few brothers ever knew this 
place was on the map, but it is, and it is a 
good town, as it has everything that any 
town needs. It is an eight and nine hour 
town. The phone companies pay $2.55 and 
^2.75, and the street car company and elec- 
tric light pays $2.50. They are willing to 
pay more, but the boys don’t want it until 
No. 62 gives them permission to take it. 

The companies keep their work arranged 
so we have from two to four idle men most 
of the time. This allows us two to three 
walking delegates or business agents with- 
out any expense to our local or income to 
their families. 

We have union men, card men, ground 
men and grunts. 

We have a machine in South Sharon for 
making iron and steel that takes the ore out 
of the cars and carries it up through the 
mill, about 10,000 feet, and drops it in 
another car ready for use. This allows 
about two-thirds of the mill men to remain 
at home without pay. It also allows us 
a possible chance to have another new 
library some place in the United States or in 
the Philippines. 

Brother A. McDonald has left us. He made 
a report from Le Roy, N. Y. Brother L. 
Ryan has also stepped out of the State. It 
is said he registered at the Stillman in Cleve- 
land, Ohio. 

Brothers L- Murphy and H. O. Siers 
passed over this valley a few days ago. 

Brother George Gleason stepped in with 
his sample case a few days ago, and made 


us an eight-hour visit. What time is it, 
George ? 

No. 218 has elected for their new officers 
the same old ones, except the press secre- 
tary, who has been appointed extra bar 
tender at the Hotel Rankin, and has no time 
to do any writing. He has our sympathy, 
and all of our cashless trade. 

Yours fraternally, 

Nuf Ced, 
Press Secretary. 


Local Union Jfo. 230. 

Victoria, B. C., June 21, 1902. 

Editor Electrical Worker: 

Well, fellow workers. Local 230 1 can assure 
you is anxious to have a letter in the Worker 
just as often as it’s possible, providing it 
can get something exciting as well as inter- 
esting, although “ fish stories ” are cut out. 

I have a story to relate that looked as though 
at the first stage was going to be sorrowful 
enough to tell, but thanks be to Providence 
has turned into a blessing, we hope, in so 
far as Brother C. R. Bogart is concerned. 
He came up here from Local 250, San Jose, 
with a smiling countenance, and winning 
ways, and a green card, and immediately 
went to work for the Telephone Co., and 
after working away for a few weeks had the 
misfortune to fall from a 50-foot pole on 
Quadra street. At first all thought it was a 
bad day with him, but all have had the 
pleasure of being wrong again; as Brother 
Bogart is doing fine and your humble serv- 
ant, the writer, has seen him, and although 
no physician, can say he looked fine ; no 
bones broken from a fall that has put many 
such another as he out of trouble for aye. 
All I hope is that should any of our brothers 
meet with such flight downward they may be 
as fortunate as he was. Now, Local 230 is at 
a sad disadvantage in many ways, for we 
have, I’m afraid, an up-hill fight for many a 
long day to come. There are a few whom 
the members of the local have to work for 
who have no use for union men ; at least, 
only to do the work of teaching, so to speak, 
a lot of beginners, who get the same pay, 
as encouragement, but are yet outside the 
pale of the union, and who are gaining 
knowledge from men who have worked years 
at the business, and who at the same time 


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are thought the least of by the (instructed 
from headquarters all about what to do 
with the union men) foreman. Now, here 
is a problem which I should like to hear 
how some of the very successful locals would 
act upon ; and again, it certainly looks bad 
on the part of men who once joined our 
locals, and leave off, never coming to our 
meetings or attempting to pay dues. It 
looks as though there is something (as the 
canny Scotch woman) behind the scenes with 
a big cudgel, or as the Australian black fel- 
low says, “Mullah, mullah.” However, we 
hope they will all take heart and not be 
frightened of any unseen hand, as the hand 
is seen, for he has said as long as I am here 
non-union men shall be in the majority and 
that majority have to thank union men for 
what they know to-day for the most part, 
and if I am not greatly mistaken will yet 
have a chance to thank them again only in 
another way, unless they get their minds on 
a par with other thinking and practical men 
and views. One thing we could do is to 
have no union men work for such people, 
and then they may come to think, perhaps, 
those folks that carry I. B. E. W. buttons are 
all right after all. But the most unmerciful 
part of it all is that men who risk their lives 
every hour of the day do not bring forth 
the better senses of both employers and their 
understrappers; but no, the one shows to the 
other that with one man dead two come for 
a job. We have had three killed and two 
seriously hurt, and yet if one asks that this 
be righted, it’s no go. We say shame to 
those people who try not to recognize us by 
pulling down the standard of protection and 
workmanship. Well, every dog has his day, 
and although Local 230 may be small, yet 
they are often the trickiest in the circus, 
and look out for their day along with the 
larger ones. But that day may be afar off, 
and take a longer time to come unless every 
individual member puts his shoulder to the 
wheel and do the right thing to one another 
and to our locals. There are a few things 
that are not as they should be, but let us not 
think the whole system revolves from its axis 
by any means, but let us widen our intelects, 
look at the thing fair and square, and say, 
is that the way I’d like others to serve me, 
and it’s ten to one you’ll get the proper solu- 
tion for that problem. There are none so 


blind as those who won’t see. Brother J. C. 
Brickley is here, and as jolly as ever ; same 
auld stick. J. McKenny is here, and C. R. 
Bogart is in the Royal Provincial Jubilee 
Hospital, and I guess he’ll soon be out again. 
Frank Shapland, an old Cleveland, Ohio, 
stick walker, is here this last three years 
with the same company, and the home 
guard is a very small one. As we don’t have 
a big lot of the boys here I don’t expect the 
local will be a gigantic concern unless we 
can invent a new kind of fertilizer for grow- 
ing the town. 

Well, Mr. Editor, I must thank you for 
writing those few remarks on behalf of 230, 
and as we are nearing the next quarter I ex- 
pect we shall have a new lot of officers in 
power, and then it remains to be seen which 
does the best, the new lot or the job lot. 

I’ll ring off, with success to each and every 
local. Yours fraternally, 

E. E. K., 

Financial Sscretary. 


Local Union j 5 Jo. 24:4. 

East Mauch Chunk, Pa., June 30, 1902. 

Editor Electrical Worker: 

Having been elected press seeretary of 
Local 244, and this being my first letter to 
the Worker, I will try to have my little .«ay 
in our good Journal, too. There is not much 
doing here just now. Our meetings are not 
so bad, for beginners. Give us a little time 
and we will be light to the front. There are 
a few more men around here, and we are try- 
ing to get them along with us. But they 
are holding back. They will be around ytt, 
when they see how good the brothers stay 
together. We have good old Brother Meuch 
and his old pipe. What good old times they 
have together ; but when Brother Dettinger 
comes in he does not hold a feather. Bro- 
ther Dettinger and Brother Meuch are good 
lads, but God help the man who is at the 
bottom of the pole they are working on, 
for when they are putting on arms they will 
have the arm ready to put on the gain, and 
will let it go to light a cigarette. So here’s 
to good old 244. Best wishes and success to 
all sister locals. 

Fraternally yours, 

H. V. Armbuster, 

Press Secretary. 


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Local Onion Jfo. 24t3. 

Vincennes, Ind., July i, 1902. 

Editor Electrical Worker: 

As it is time to write, and as our first let- 
ter did not appear in the June Worker, I 
hope we may be more successful with this 
one. We have quite a number of the boys 
from No. 206 with us at present. And every- 
body is busy, and we are taking care of all 
of the traveling brothers who produce the 
long green, but a man without a good card 
need not light here, for it will not do him any 
good. 

The C. U. is doing a little toll- line work 
at present, and the Northern Construc- 
tion Co. started to setting poles to-day, and 
will soon be under headway, having almost 
completed the Washington exchange. The 
floaters that tried to put the Washington job 
‘ ‘ on the bum ’ ’ would do this local a great 
favor if they would return and pay the 
board-bills they left behind, so that a 
man in good standing and all right can find 
a place to stop when he comes in broke 
without borrowing off of some brother to 
pay in advance. I think a man’s card ought 
to be called in when be jumps a board-bill ; 
when he daws full pay and could pay just as 
well as not.' 

We all send best regards to Brother Mc- 
Kinzie, and all of the boys of No. 206, and 
we would like to hear from some of them. 
We must close, as we have taken more than 
our space already, but hope brother editor 
will allow us a little extra. 

Yours in true fellowship, 

W. A. SOYEZ, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 254. 

Schenectady, N. Y., June 26, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As our press secretary has been quite busy 
of late, I will attempt to give you a slight 
idea of what is going on in our little union. 
Isay little, although we now number 78 tried 
and true members, and all willing to help 
one another, as all brothers should do. 

Our meetings are held the second and 
fourth Tuesdays of each month, at Machin- 
ists’ Hall, corner Jay and State streets, and 


are called to order at 8 o’clock, sharp, and 
business is done in a business-like way. 

For our officers we have ; 

President — Chas. Hentschell. 

Recording Secretary — H. H. Myers. 
Financial Secretary — Ed. Kenelty. 
Treasurer — George Nitchman. 

Our shop corpmittee is composed of 
brothers who are riot afraid to do their duty 
in every way, and our increasing member- 
ship shows that they are doing good work, 
and we want to assure them that their ef- 
forts are appreciated. 

Old 64 died an ignominious death from not 
doing enough hustling ; but from present in- 
dications we will not die from the same cause , 
as our members are hustling all the time. Of 
course, weihave to exceptBrother Northrup, 
who was married on June 14, and has not 
appeared at the shop since that day. The 
last reports we have of him he was on a 
cruise up Lake George, enjoying the moun- 
tain air. Well, we all wish him a pleasant 
journey through life, and will be glad to 
welcome him back in our midst once more. 

Brother Greenwald, of the marble room, is 
doing great business at laying out panels, 
and, in fact, so much so that he was obliged 
to procure an assistant, in the way of a 
watch dog, to take care of his drawings. 
The whole marble room is on the qui vive 
to see what the dog will be named, but at the 
present writing it still comes without call- 
ing. We would suggest that the dog be 
called “’ Sweitzer,” for, as we do not know 
if itislof the masculine or feminine persua- 
sion, we are sure this name would fit in any 
case. 

Brother Cormick is assisting Brother 
Greenwald in securing Brandyyine Park for 
a dance some evening in the near future, and 
then we will pass the merry hours away 
with good music, fair ladies and good sports 
of various kinds. 

Brother Herrington, of the marble room, 
declares that all members coming to work 
without working cards shall go home for 
them at the first opportunity, as things are 
to be done in “ Irish style ” in the marble 
room. We agree with him, and if nothing 
new turns up you will find the assembling 
floor being run on the same plan. 

Brothers Henrich and Kenelty are still 
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have frequent disputes as to who is boss, 
they get along very nicely. 

Brothers Cheney, Broeland, Phillips, Sta- 
ley, and Probertall report good business for 
their gangs, and as do also Brothers Murphy, 
Myers, Barber, Lyke, Harrison, and An- 
drews, of the connection-bar and circuit 
breaker department. 

The slate and marble polishers also report 
plenty of work, and taking all in all we are 
in very good shape. 

In tendering this, our first message to the 
Worker, we come in good spirits and hope 
that you will see our reports in your valua- 
ble paper very often, and in closing we pro- 
claim our union’s sentiments when he say, 
“ Long live unionism, and especially Local 
Union No. 254 of Schenectady.” 

A P'riend of the Union. 


Liocal Union No. 263. 


Shamokin, Pa., June 7, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Shamokin Local No. 263 is having troubles 
of its own . About one-third of our members 
are working and the balance becoming 
blind looking for a job. E a erything is s 
utterly slack that the men are starting to 
to leave this province for metropolitan quar- 
ters. 

Brothers Ed. Harrison and Michael Buggy 
have gone to New' York and Philadelphia. 
These men have their traveling cards and 
are all O. K. We commit them to the care 
of those brothers whom they may happen to 
ground, and trust that they will be well re- 
ceived and their troubles made all right. 

Brother A 1 Brear, of Local 104 was in our 
city a few weeks ago splicing cable, but re- 
mained only a few days. He is an all 
round No. i man, and a jolly good fellow, 
but didn’t stop long enough to meet all the 
boys, which is our one regret. 

Harrison and Buggy we hope you have 
been successful. 

Yours, 


Dick Walker. 


Local Union No. 265. 

Lincoln, Neb., June 29, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Woe^ler : 

Well, brothers, here goes for the first one. 
Having material enough in this beautiful 


town of Lincoln, we had Brother Russell, of 
Omaha, come down and start a new ‘‘plant ” 
here. He set up a few “sticks” and then 
got his “belt and climbers” on; starts up 
these “sticks,” took out his “pliers” and 
commenced to run a “ circuit.” After plac- 
ing thirtj'-three “lights” on his circuit he 
left us with a set of officers to run the plant 
as good and true td the I. B. E. W. as can be 
found anywhere. We are adding new lights to 
the circuit every meeting night, and have 
eight new lights for July 3. We meet every 
Thursday night at 128 South Tenth street, 
and will welcome all brothers of the I. B. E. 
W. We are trying very hard to organize a 
Building and Trades Council, or a Central 
Labor Union here, and by next month we 
hope to report as having accomplished our 
purpose. We intend to make this town 
right, and will keep at it until we do. 

Hello ! Schock and Bull, how are you 
making it among the brothers of Omaha and 
Denver ? Let us hear from you. Must close 
for this time, signing myself. 

Yours fraternally. 

Geo. W. Neally, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 276. 

West Superior, June 29, 1902. 
Editor Electrical "Worker: 

Being elected press secretary of our new 
local. No. 276, I am sending you the direc- 
tory. 

I will now give you a detail of our doings. 
We organized on the 28th with a member- 
ship of twenty-eight. All are very anxious 
to join, and there is every prospect of hav- 
ing a first-class local. Of course, we are all 
new and a little green at the work, as you 
may expect, but in time we will be O. K., I 
hope. 

There is one thing I would like to men- 
tion in the way of a correction, and that is 
that Burman should be Brennan on the 
charter. 

Our organizer, Mr. Macoskey, will be 
with us until we get on our feet all right. 

Well, I will close. Awaiting your in- 
structions, I remain 

Yours respectfully, 

M. H. Brickley. 

Press Secretary. 


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JLocal Union No. 17. 

Detroit, Mich, July 9, ]902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Having been elected Press Secretary at 
the regular semi-annual election, held on 
June 26th, I suppose, Mr. Editor, it is up to 
me, for the next six months to keep the 
Brotherhood informed in regard to matters 
of interest to our craft in this city. 

The officers elected for the ensuing six 
months are ; 

President — J. H. Wood. 

Vice President — William Cochrane. 

Recording Secretary — A. H. Davis. 

Financial Secretary— F. W. StubenvolL. 

Foreman — E. Stevens. 

Inspectors — Lindsay and McConnell. 

Press Secretary — George Burns. 

Trustees — Davis, McConnell and Lindsay. 

Outside Guard — James Golden. 

Delegates to Trades and Labor Council — 
Burns, Chisholm and Davis. 

It will be noticed that we had to elect a 
new board of trustees, all the members of 
the old board having been compelled to 
leave the city to seek employment, two of 
them. Brothers Scanlan and Weeks, having 
gone to Los Angeles, Cal. 

No. 17 is to be congratulated on the wis- 
dom which dictated the election of officers, 
and I believe that each and every one of 
them will give a good account of his stew- 
ardship at the end of his term. 

Brother E. G. Smith was appointed Busi- 
ness Agent temporarily, with the view to 
more thoroughly organize the members of 
our craft in this vicinity, and I am pleased 
to report that he is meeting with success. 

“Organization” should be the watchword 
and motto of every Local in the Brotherhood. 
Through perfect organization only can we 
hope for that success for which we are lon^f- 
ing. Once we have all the members of our 
craft organized tEen, and not till then, every- 
thing we could in reason ask for would be 
ours for the asking. Some will ask. How 
are we going to do it? John Sherman said 
the only way to resume was to resume, and 
the only wav to organize is to get to work 
and do it. It means work, it means expen.se, 
but no good object was ever obtained with- 


out work and some sacrifice. I am con- 
vinced that along this road, in a large meas- 
ure, lies our way to success, and to that time 
when we can demand fair pay and fair play, 
which is all any fair-minded trades unionist 
asks for or expects. 

The members of No. 17 would like to 
know what became of our appeal in behalf 
of Brother McManus. An editorial in the 
June Worker refers us to another page, but 
we have been unable to find that page. I 
believe an explanation from the Editor of the 
Electrical Worker is in order. 

Fraternally yours, 

George Burns, 
Press Secretary, 

Local Union No. 39. 

Cleveland, Ohio, July 7, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

We have had our semi-annual election, 
and the following officers as a result : 

President — A. B. Cooley. 

Vice President — -P. J. Ryan. 

Financial Secretary — H. B. Kistner. 

Recording Secretary — Harry Smith. 

Trustee — T. J. Tobin. 

Foreman— F. H. Phalen. 

Inspector — W. H. McCarty. 

Press Secretary — C. W. Gechter. 

We expect that the above staff will take 
old 39 through anything, which may arise, 
and help her to continue on her march 
of progress. But one thing so many mem- 
bers seem to forget is that they cannot do 
much without your assistance and co-opera- 
tion. Too many are prone to complain 
about this or that which should have or 
should not have been done, when the chances 
are that they are seldom seen at a meet- 
ing. If every brother would attend meet- 
ings regularly and attend to business when 
he does attend, things would move along 
much smoother. 

Some seem to imagine that one must be an 
orator in order to get up and say what is 
in one’s mind. They do their talking on the 
outside of the hall where it usually does 
more harm than good. Others, and they are 
just as bad, think that they really are orators, 
and want to monopolize the floor all the 
time to the exclusion of other business. If 
brothers would only realize that our meet- 
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everybody’s good, and not for any one indi- 
vidual or clique, put their shoulders to the 
wheel and help the machine along when it 
drags, cut out petty jealousies and feuda, 
we would soon be where we belong — in the 
foremost rank of labor organizations. 

While work has not been booming, most 
of the brothers have been working. A great 
many have come and gone. We have lost 
some valuable members and gained others. 

Scottie Locker has returned to his first 
love, the Michigan Bell; D. V. Baker to 
Youngstown; Mike Fox, eastward; Billy 
Coleman, Chicago. We have with us “Mis- 
tah Coopah,” our old friend who is work- 
ing for the Cuyahoga Telephone Company; 
Jack Percell, same place; A. W. McIntyre' 
has also returned to us and is in harness 
again with Cuyahoga. Duncan McIntyre is 
still on earth and very busy signing members 
for his baseball team, with which he expects 
to clean up everything at out picnic Satur- 
day, July 12, at Manhattan Park. 

Have been instructed to ask No. 14 for . 
a list of the unions who contributed to their 
fund during their trouble. 

Have heard all kinds of complaints from 
brothers about changing design of cover on 
the Worker, and think they are justified. 
While the idea of the nymph or whatever 
she may be, snatching lightning from the 
clouds may be fine from an artistic point of 
view, the old hikers woud rather see “Bones 
Kennedy” fixing things, and think the old 
design more truly representative of the rank 
and file of the I. B. E. W. 

Our Labor Day Committee is hard at 
work, and we expect to make a good show- 
ing, together with 38. 

If D. J. Pierpont will let me know his ad- 
dress I will forward a lettter to him. 

This being my first attempt as P. S., I 
will close before making too many errors 
and bad breaks. 

Fraternally yours, 

C. W. Gechter, 

Press Secretary. 


liOcal Union No. 30. 

CiNCiNNATTi, Ohio, July 9. 
Editor Eeectricai, Worker; 

’Tis with pleasure I write you these few 
lines, hoping that they will find yourself and 


the Brotherhood enjoying good health -and 
prosperity, as much as this hot weather will 
allow. 

On our regular meeting night, July i, the 
following officers were elected and installed : 

President — Sam Johns. 

Vice-President — J. Lancaster. 

Financial Secretary — C. Palmer. 

Recording Secretary — V. Burbridge. 

Treasurer — William Sidel. 

Foreman — W. Conley. 

Inspectors — M. Summers, A. Berklay. 

Trustees — Joe Early, M. Summers. 

Press Secretary — M. Summers. 

Well, brothers, the wish of these new offi- 
cers is that you all come up to the meetings 
now and help them along with the good 
work. We had a large crowd on election 
night, and I hope to see a big gathering of 
the brothers at all future meetings, as it will 
be indeed encouraging to these newly elected 
officers. So, come up, boys, you are as wel- 
come here in your common working clothes 
as if you took time to put on those glad 
rags. 

The telephone men have got their charter 
and will hold a meeting on Thursday night 
at 8 o’clock, July 17, at 3249 Jefferson ave- 
nue, the Arbor Garden. 

Well, the weather here is good and warm, 
and plenty of work for any one who can 
work on these hot summer days. There are 
some two or three Traction Company's 
building in town who are in need of men, so 
I am informed. 

Martin Summers, 
Press Secretary 


Liocal Union No. 62. 

Youngstown, Ohio, July, 1902'. 
Editor Eeectricai, Worker: 

This being my first effort in the journal- 
istic line, I am not fully acquainted with the 
duties of my important office, my election 
being of recent date, and I trust my brothers 
will excuse all errors and omissions that may 
occur. 

No. 62 has not had a letter in the Worker 
for — well, I can’t recall the time, as it is too 
far back. But No. 62 is doing business at 
the same old stand. 

At our recent election the following new 
officers were elected : 

President — J. Fletcher. 


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Vice President — J. Mallery. 

Recording Secretary — William Cavanaugh. 

Financial Secretary — C. Onstott. 

Treasurer — H. Baughman. 

Inspectors — D. McKee, T. Lardendor. 

Press Secretary — F. C. Fraunfelter. 

Delegate to Central Labor Union — Wil- 
liam Lewis. 

All of our boys are working at present. 

The Youngstown Telephone Company is 
doing a little outside work now, and have 
on a good force of men. 

At our last meeting the brothers turned 
out in good shape, and a good meeting 
followed. 

One of tne best things that was put 
through was the election of a Business 
Agent. That is something this Local has 
never had since it was organized, and the 
important position was filled by the election 
of Brother Hansen, who I assure you will do 
everything in his power to get all of the 
non-union linemen and elctricians that work 
here and about the place to come in and 
place themselves on a foundation that they 
may not be ashamed of looking their next 
door neighbor in the face. 

Well, as this is getting pretty late in the 
month, I hope, Mr. Editor, you will find 
space some place, so I will close by wishing 
all the Locals of the Brotherhood success. 

Fraternally yours, 

F. C. Fraunfelter, 
Press Secretary. 

liocal Union No. 68. 

Denver, Colo., July 7, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Some of the brothers may not have heard 
of the “Improved Order of Electricians,"’ 
that we have here, and to give them a line on 
the same I will tell something of this new 
bunch that has come up here in a night, as it 
were, and you mav ask. Who are they, and 
where did they come from? And now to 
tell you. 

During the strike and lock-out here last 
month, some of the contractors got all the 
boys who were not going to school (and as 
it is vacation at this time they found plenty 
of them), and put up the dollars for them 
to get out a charter under the State law, 
and call themselves the “I. O. of E.’’ Now, 
there is one in the above order who has 


changed his spots from what he wore at one 
time, and his name is W. L. Green; but for 
some reason he picked up the wrong color 
when looking for a name. He should have 
chosen the word “yellow,” and it would 
have suited his nature better than what he 
now carries. He wa^ a member of this 
Local union, and,- when he went to Cripple 
Creek he took a traveling card and worked 
there some time.- He has been back here 
over a year, and when some of the boys 
asked him why he was not working at the 
trade he replied: “Oh, he had something 
better than work any more.” Yes, he must 
have had; but it did not pay, for when we 
and all the other union men were out here 
for the good of some one else, he goes and 
does an act for which he will get kicked 
out from the men he did the dirty work 
for, and they will be the ones who will kick 
him. But with all of the scheming and low 
tricks they have resorted to, 68 is still at 
the old stand and has most all its members 
at work, and keeping an eye open for “the 
improved order.” It is wonderful what love 
some men have in their hearts for the scum 
of this earth (scabs), and how soon that 
affection cools when the breezes of union- 
ism begin to blow good and hard on their 
shirt fronts. Yes. And Why? Because 
that same air causes the money in the pock- 
ets of these same lovers of scabs to begin 
evaporating, and when it comes to that, in 
the smoke that follows the scab is lost sight 
of, while the man who patted him on the 
back at first is now watching his pocketbook 
to see that no more stuff is lost. 

The bosses — or some of them — have told 
us that when the “improved order” had us 
whipped here it was to branch out to other 
towns through their national association 
and whip the I. B. E. W. to a standstill. 
But then some of the brothers have heard 
that same rag-time talk before, and do not 
feel disturbed for the safety of the Brother- 
hood. 

Work here at this time is not plentiful, 
and some of the brothers who might be 
thinking of seeing the mountains around 
here .soon had better come prepared to live 
on their income for some time to come, as 
the boarding houses here ask for their money 
in advance every time. 

H. C. Perrine, one of the valued mem- 



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bers of this Local union, has handed his 
last card and left all strife behind. He 
took a heavy cold on June 20, and went to 
the hospital on the 23d, and on the night 
of the 28th he passed away. Brother C. B. 
Thorn was with him when the end came. 
It is rather sad in view of the fact that his 
wife was on a visit to their former home in 
New York City^ and did not know he was 
sick. He was one of the older members of 
the Brotherhood, having joined No. 3 years 
ago, and while among us he showed himself 
to be true as steel ,and he had the respect 
and good will of all who knew him. 

The officers for the next six months are as 
follows : 

President — C. W. Doss. 

Vice President — F. F. Miller. 

Recording Secretary — William Lorenz. 

Financial Secretary — T. B. Spellissy. 

Press Secretary — H. W. Holloway. 

Inspector — R. W. Steele, A. G. Godare. 

And with these to run the ship 68 will have 
nothing to fear from anything that may 
come up for the remainder of the year. 

I am the Press Secretary no more. 

Thomas B. SpEplissy. 

Local Union No. 77. 

Seattpe, Wash., June 29, 1902. 
Editor Electricap Worker: 

As it is time for some more of my yellow- 
hammer journalism to make its way into 
the pages of the Worker, and being re-elect- 
ed last meeting night for another term, I will 
give you all of the little news that is going or 
coming my way. The Fourth of July is to 
be celebrated in true Western style here this 
year, by the unions, and the merchants of 
Pike street. 

All ■ kinds of’ games, and bands, and 
soeeches, and fireworks, and in short, every 
imaginable sport, and labor parade. Mo- 
ran’s battleship celebration will be celebrated 
wholh' by the Moran family and Governor of 
Nebraska, no one else being in attendance. 

We are also to have a picnic at Pleasant 
Beach, on the 20th of July that will eclipse 
anything of the kind ever attempted in Seat- 
tle. Climbing rope, throwing ball, races, 
everything, for large prizes. The committee 
in charge merit all kinds of praise for vigi- 
lence in conducting the program, it being on 
a large scale. 


6i 

Brother Archie Gordon, our recording sec- 
retary fell from a pole at Twentieth and 
Madison streets, and hit on his head and 
shoulders. He is at the Providence Hos- 
pital and grave fears are entertained for his 
recovery. Brother James McLaughlin is out 
on his ranch, a few miles out of town, try- 
ing to recuperate from his recent injuries, 
which he sustained while working on a lad- 
der for the Seattle Electric Company, the 
ladder breaking and letting him fall. 

The Seattle Electric Company is hard at 
work getting the interurban railway com- 
pleted, which is to run between Seattle and 
Tacoma, a distance of some 32 miles. Their 
cars are to be supplied with four high-speed 
motors of 150 horseoower eacn, giving 600 
horsepower to each car. They are to use the 
three-rail system, and in places the cars will 
be required to make a mile a minute. 

Hello, old Kickapoo, of Local 100, you 
will not be with us to be pulled off the pole 
bv Eli this picnic. You want to read the 
book entitled “The Passing of the Grunts,” 
as it is very interesting. 

Hallo, John Angus Curry, I see you are in 
Memphis. You are certainly doing some 
traveling. Do you see any “fluseys” now in 
that part of the country? I hope that goat 
didn’t hurt you, as he would be rougher 
riding than anything at the Rochester. Well, 
as I have run out of. ideas, I will bring this 
letter to an abrupt ending, hoping that all 
the brothers will live long enough to enjoy 
death. 

Brother Ben Slater is on the convalescent 
list. 

Fraternal Iv, 

Jack Cameron, 

. Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 86. 

Rochester, N. Y., July 6, 1902. 
Editor Eeectricae Worker: 

It was my unfortunate lot to be chosen for 
Press Secretary for another term. The rea- 
son I say unfortunate is that there are oth- 
ers in the Local who are far more capable of 
filling the office than I, but I could not get 
out of it, so will have to go away back and 
sit down, and do the best I can. Our Local 
is still in a very flourishing condition, which 
is not the fault of all who should be con- 
cerned. During the past month we have 


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added several new lights to our circuit, and 
have also handed out a few traveling cards. 
W ork at the present time is not quite as brisk 
as it was, although all of the boys are work- 
ing. I am glad to be able to report that 
Brothers Fred Hart and Bob Kane are on 
the road to recoverv and will soon be at 
work again. At our meeting held June lo, 
we were honored by the presence of our 
Grand Secretary, Brother Harry Sherman. 
That he was welcome was shown him by the 
hearty applause that was given him on his 
entrance to our room. 

Under the proper head he was called upon 
for a few remarks, and in those remarks 
he told us of the wonderful growth of the 
International body, and you can rest as- 
sured that it was gratifying news to the 
boys. It goes to show that there are some 
who are awake and doing; and also shows 
that if everyone would wake up and get 
around and do their share, it would be but 
a very few years before the International 
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers would 
represent a mighty body of men, one that 
could hold a commanding position among 
the liodics of organized labor throughout the 
United States and Canada. 

And not alone that, my brothers, but it 
would also make it a body of men that the 
different corporations and contractors’ asso- 
ciations throughout these two countries 
would stop and think it all over more than 
once before making the attempt to put the 
different Locals out of business over a tri- 
fling notjv.ng. So let us join hands and for- 
ward all. 

Before it comes time for my next letter 
Locals 44 and 86 will be in their new home, 
and then I will tell you all about it I will 
now give you a list of officers elected at our 
last meeting for the present term. 

President— T. J. Keenan. 

Vice President — James Toolin. 

Recording Secretary — James Morgan. 

Financial Secretary — Adolph Denniston. 

Treasurer^W. R. Cook. 

Inspectors — Charles Yarnick, George 

Frankenberger. 

Foreman — Janies Mangin. 

Trustee for i8 months — James Gibson. 

Press Secretary — Harry Pearce. 

Delegates to B. T. U. & U. T. & L. U. — 


W. Howell, C. Yarnick, J. Mangin, R. Kane,. 
H. Pearce. 

Fraternally yours, 

Harry PsarcE, 
Press Secretary Local 86. 


Local Union No. 87. 

Newark, N. J., July g, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

No doubt many of the boys were looking 
for a “wee bit’’ of news from No. 87 last 
month, but news as well as a press secre- 
tary, w;as about as scarce as holy water in 
..ades. Everything and everj'body seemed to 
have lost all interest in the welfare of our 
Union simply because we failed to win out 
in our recent strike. Even though we failed 
to land on top o. the heap, we certainly suc- 
ceeded in making quite an excavation in the 
“millions” that the telephone company had' 
stored up, I presume, ostensibly for the pur- 
pose of downing all such people, who dare to 
declare themselves as we have done. Not 
one man who went out in this trouble need 
ever be ashamed that he did so; that is, as 
far as his staying qualities are concerned, 
for it certainly was a very creditable stand, 
aitnough very poor judgment was used in 
declaring the strike on, inasmuch as hot- 
headedness was allowed to prevail. That, of 
course, is not saying that many suggestions 
were not offered as preventives ; neither 
need these few lines be taken in the light or 
tone of a “yellow streak,” only I believe in 
that little saying; “Be sure you are right, 
then go ahead.” If ever such an occasion 
should arise in the future we should do our 
utmost to follow the example of the grand 
lesson shown us by starting right, and our 
past experience we should also profit by. I 
wish a few words to the brothers who have 
been so sore on those locals that were im- 
plicated in the strike. Don’t get your “mal- 
let” to work when everything doesn’t come 
your way; don’t go around making broad 
assertions, threatening one thing and an- 
other; don’t lose all confidence in the union 
in the face of a reverse. That is j ust where 
your best effort should be confined. In the 
time of war is when we want Tood soldiers, 
but you can’t pick out a good fighting regi- 
ment from a dress parade. On the fighting 
line is where we want you, and not in the 
hot air line. 



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65 


It was a most discouragingr realization to 
note the foremost promoters and most en- 
thusiastic agitators, who started the parade 
with chest' pushed out arms’ length, after a 
few days marchino- quit the front ranks and 
leave for parts unknown, leaving command 
to those who were practically on the tail end 
of the. procession. They, however, proved to 
be the real thing, and did conduct busines.s 
as good as could be expected. There are no 
names mentioned, but if it hits you don’t tell 
anybody else — only know better another 
time. 

Now, a few words to other guilty ones. 
It is needless to write any names here; just 
di.g down in your silks, and look your due 
book over; you can tell in one-half minute 
whether dr not you are guilty. As you are 
to be your own judge, don’t be too lenient 
with yourself. While you are summing up 
your case, ask yourself how many towns you 
can work in with this book so much in ar- 
rears, and then I owe so much for asses.s- 
ments, what am I to do ? That is a question 
that should make you blush at yourself. 
Now, I’ll tell just how your chances are. 
There are five weeks’ assessments of one 
dav’s pay per week, from March 21 to April 
18, inclusive, and then the assessment was 
reduced to $i per week for four consecutive 
weeks. Now, then, most of you can easily 
figure on how much you owe the local, con- 
sidering, of course, full weeks steady work. 
If you ' still continue to put this off much 
longer you might just as well throw your 
card away, for you are only compelling us to 
suspend or expel you, and what credit is 
that to you. But you must remember that 
what is against you holds eood till paid. 
Don’t hold back because some one else does ; 
if you are a union man do your duty regard- 
less of anyone else. It is a pity that so 
many of you good ( ?) union men should 
compel ihese lines to go through Gen- 
eral Office. If you haven’t got all of it, the 
least you can do is show your good intent. 
If all hands “pull” in the opposite direction 
vou ain’t going to have any local left. There 
is little better than a quorum to direct busi- 
ness now, but with your help you can do 
your “bit” to boom things once more. If it 
was P. O. N. you would be there all right. 
Sne is still in evidence, boys. A word ta 
the wise should be sufficient. Come around 


attend to a meeting, even though you 
haven’t got a barrel of money. Pay what 
you can, for you know every little helps, and 
it is you whose help we want and need. It 
would be a great pity if we should appeal- 
to outsiders to come in and hand us som;- 
thing. After our first meeting in our new 
hall. July 10, we a're going to have a regular 
indulgence in r. O, N., so all members aware 
of such pleasures must not fail to come early 
and often. 

We are glad to hear of Brother Ed. 
Tompkins on his feet once more; also 
pleased to know he is able to be at stunt 
work again. K. M. Ferguson was confined 
to his bed for a few days also, but I guess he 
will be with you ere this goes to press. 

We wish to extend a few lines of gratitude 
to Local 29 for their lenient measures to our 
traveling members, also the great brotherly 
devotion being bestowed to our unfortunate 
Brother John Bath, whom we all sincerely 
hope will soon be restored to his former 
health and strength. 

There are a number of the brothers who 
are not aware of certain actions that have 
been taken by this local. That, of course, is 
not the fault of the local. One action I re- 
gret very much to relate, and that is the 
changing of the meeting rooms. While, of 
course, it is a small matter of economy, 1 
can’t truthfully believe it a matter of preju- 
dice, but a lack of appreciation on the part- 
of the local in general. In leaving our pres- 
ent hall and proprietor we are also leaving 
one of the very best friends that a common 
wire fixer ever had, and those who are ac- 
quainted with him, 1 am sure, will not di.s- 
pute these lines. A few of the favors; to 
be appreciated may be told briefly. When 
our trouble came on two large halls were 
put at our disposal, absolutely free of charge, 
cards, pool tables, shuffle boards, and other 
amusements, also a good wholesome lunch, 
with the regular “wet attachments” (and 
I’ll wager that there are some of the broth- 
ers who could “hit” a plate of those steamed 
clams right this hot minute). Still more, 
there were two good clean, airy beds for a 
weary head to rest on. I might add, that 
some of the brothers were furnished with 
financial assistance. Now, I know many of 
you brothers who would never consent tu 
vote this man down, not at this time, ?t 


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least, when we should be doing our best to 
show our appreciation. The gentleman in 
question the most of you will readily recog- 
nize as Mr. W. H. Garigan, No. 37 Market 
street, and he is worthy of all the individual 
credit that any member can bestow on him 
as a friend of unionism. All that can be 
asked is, boys, always remember your 
friends — not those who stood by you when 
you had money, but those who were Johnny 
on the spot when you were broke. 

I cannot dwell longer on the subject. 
Some of the brothers will no doubt think 
that many strong allusions are contained 
herein, but I ask you, sum up facts and 
don’t j udge wrongly. In regards to the new 
hall, I can truthfully say, it is a beauty, and 
is located on Washington street, just off of 
Market, and directly over the Empire Cafe. 
The proprietor of the Empire Cafe does not 
employ any union help, and he has the lease 
of the building in which the hall is situated. 
We have, I believe, selected a good set of 
officers, who I believe by hard earnest work 
will be able to rebuild our local to its for- 
mer strength. They are officers elected as 
follows: 

President — ^William Mongay. 

Vice-President — John Collins. 

Treasurer — M. J. Breslin. 

Financial Secretary— H. Richter. 

Recording Secretary — B. Lewis, No. 113 
Springfield avenue. 

Press Secretary — H. Richter. 

First Inspector — J. Stack. 

Second Inspector — N. Gilleck. 

Trustee (18 months) — Wm. Mongay. 

These officers can’t be installed until it is 
too late to send to press. 

As this is my “maiden trip” as press sec- 
retary, I don’t want to be considered too 
“gabby.” But some of you boys, certainly do 
need a good “jacking,” and I am not able 
to hand it out. If any of you have any seri- 
ous problems regarding your standing just 
invest a few minutes scribing and a two- 
cent stamp. We will do our best to alleviate 
you of your quandary. Trusting these few 
lines will have the desired effect, I will “roll 
the pole” with hope and best wishes of suc- 
cess to all. 

Truly and fraternally yours, 

H. R., 

Press Secretary (elect). 


Liocal Union No. 9. 

Chicago, III., July 8, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Not having written a letter to be inserted 
in the last issue of our journal, I will en- 
deavor to prepare a small item for the com- 
ing issue. 

Again No. 9 has had the misfortune to lose 
one of our most esteemed brothers, and one 
of our truest and most ardent workers, 
Thomas Sloan, who while working for the 
Commonwealth Electric Company, received 
a shock which caused instant death. Long 
will his smiling face be remembered, as well 
as his charitable deeds, and it is the wish of 
every member of our local that he will for- 
ever rest in peace. 

No doubt, a great many of the brothers 
will be pleased to learn that No. 9 is again 
at peace with the Chicago Telephone Com- 
pany, all grievances having been satisfac- 
torily adjusted, the men returned to work 
June 23, 1902. It has been a long and fierce- 
ly fought battle, in which No. 9 has come 
out even by arbitration. 

Within a month or six weeks, no doubt, 
there will be employment for a number of 
men, but at present I would not advise any- 
one to come to Chicago seeking employmenr., 
for it will be some time before the telephone 
company will have their work in such shape 
that they can materially increase the num- 
ber of men in their employ. 

I am glad to see that we have a brother 
who has been successful in organizing the 
wiremen of the Pullman Company. A num- 
ber of experienced organizers have tried at, 
different time to bring these men together, 
but all have failed, and it was considered by 
our past grand officers a useless undertaking, 
but Brother Mattlin has shown his ability to 
be far superior to any organizer who has 
ever visited there before. 

I am glad to see that Brother Henry Boe- 
der is again able to be out and around with 
the boys, he having some time ago received 
severe injuries which have been the cause of 
him being confined to his home for the' past 
three months. 

No. 9 was very sorry to learn of the mis- 
fortune which has befallen Brother Henry 
Quinlan, which will render him a cripple for 
life. It is ever the wish of the members of 
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to our afflicted brother, that his recovery will 
be speedy. 

The following officers have been elected 
for the coming six months : 

President — W. A. Jackson. 

Vice-President — H. Cullen. 

Recording Secretary — J. L. Collins. 

Pinancial Secretary — P. E. CulHnan. 

Trustee — M. J. O’Malley. 

Business Agent — P. E. CulHnan. 

Sergeant at arms — James Rushford. 

I expect this to be the last letter I will 
write for this valuable journal, as it is im- 
possible for me to find the time to devote to 
gathering such news as would be interesting 
to our craft 

With best wishes to all,T remain. 
Fraternally yours, 

A. E. Jacksok, 
Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 11. 

WatbrbukYj.Conn., July 8, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker; 

The long-sought-for has arrived. The 
Connecticut Power and Lighting Companv 
gave their men nine hours, commencing 
July I, and full time, and the brothers ail 
appreciate it. 

No. II has a picnic the 19th of this month, 
and we want to see some of the sister Locals 
represented,. We’ve a great programme and 
a good place to spread ourselves. 

For sports the customary lineman’s pas- 
time, a climbing contest ; hand-line throwing, 
putting the shot, baseball and tug of war, 
and that, with dancing and refreshments, no 
one ought to have any complaint. 

The Fourth passed in one sense of the 
word quietly. A few “stills” were seen 
floating around, but not many. 

Number Eleven’s last meeting took place 
on the 27th, and being due, we had election 
of officers. The following is the result ; 
President — Wilson Tuttle. 

Vice President — L. W. Ballou.. 

Recording Secretary — J. Morgan. 

Financial Secretary — W. J. McNellis. 
Foreman — R. C. Coburn. 

Inspectors— H. Morse, J. J. Brennan. 
Trustees — (18 months) George Clapp, 
(12 months) L. W. Ballou, (6 months) H. 
Morse. 

Press Secretary, L. W. Ballou. 


All the brothers thank the old officers for 
their past services, and wish success to the 
new ones. 

Building seems to be tied up for the 
present. The hod carriers struck for 22 i -2 
cents an hour and the bricklayers are out 
with them, and If they will only hold to- 
gether it will be a case of have to with the 
masters. 

Waterbury still continues to grow stronger 
and stronger unionized. Even the paper 
boys are getting one up, so it is rumored. 

Fraternally yours, 

L. W. Ballou, 
Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 14. 

Pittsburg, Pa., July 8, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As another month has rolled around it is 
again time to enlighten our o^rand organiza- 
tion as to the workings of No. 14. I will not 
attempt to go into details as to our condi- 
tions ; suffice to. say that in bringing our 
strike to as successful finish as we have done 
is in one way a great bit of work. When we 
went out on April i, 1902, for $3 per day 
and nine hours, we expected to win, and up 
to one week before we settled we still 
thought we could win all, but I am sorry to 
sav that we got only $2.75 on telephone com- 
panies and $3 per day on light jobs. But 
you must remember that before that we were 
getting $2.15, $2.33 and $2.53. Now it is 
$2.43 and $2.73 on the BelP Company, $2.75 
on P. & A. Telephone Company, so that the 
company will not make men every day. We 
now know our men. No. 14 wishes to thank 
all who helped us during our struggle. At 
some time we may be able to repay what we 
received. 

This strike that we have just passed is to 
my way of thinking the greatest struggle 
our Brotherhood ever got into. We did not 
strike just one, but went at them all, includ- 
ing that great Philadelphia company. The 
combined capital is over $1,200,000,000. Just 
think what a great thing it would have been 
to have had monev enough to have carried 
to a successful finish. 

At our last meeting we elected officers, 
and I think they will make a very good 
bunch, having all been tried and found to be 
true. 



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President — John Scanlon. 

P'inancial Secretary — R. E. Collier. 
Recording Secretary — G. J. Pender. 

Foreman — M. F. Curdy. 

First Inspector — A. M. Baxter. 

Second Inspector — M. Gordan. 

• It is good policy for the linemen to 
keep away from here for a month or so, to 
let the companies know that linemen are 
scarce. 

I would like to hear from Brother Ed. 
Murlay. My address is 303 Collins Avenue. 
Wishing all locals success, I am. 

Fraternally yours, 

R. E. Collier, 

Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 15. 

Jersey City, N. J., July g, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

This being my last letter to the Worker, 

I take pleasure in introducing Brother Thos. 
McBride as my successor, and I know he 
will make a good press secretary, as he is an 
intelligent gent with a high forehead. We 
had election of officers and fared very well, 
considering the weather — the boys love this 
weather. It is so nice to sit beneath the 
spreading branches of the lofty chestnut 
pole, or cedar, as it may be. We hold on 
pretty ’well although we have had quite a 
few brothers take out traveling cards. There 
are always new ones to take their places. 
We hear the telephone in New York and 
New Jersey are again hiring union men, an 
objection they held to for a long while, but 
they could not do without us, you knov/. 
Boys, if we all stick together we will always 
win. I suppose the secretary will send in a 
full return of the election. There seems to 
be plenty of work in this neighborhood at 
present. Every one seems to be happy. So 
I will bid you all good bye for the present, 
and make room for my successor in office, 
knowing he will satisfy you with his lengthy 
and witty sayings. I wish good luck to 
Thomas McBride, and remain. 

Fraternally yours, 

John Byrne. 

Local Union No. 52. 

Newark, N. J., July 8, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As the time has come again for us .to let 
the boys know how things in Newark ar-e 


getting along I take my pen in hand to write 
a few lines. 

Well, things at the present writing are 
very good and the prospects for a busy year 
were never better, but brothers, don’t forget 
to have a paid-up card when you stop here 
or we can’t talk business with you. 

The following officers were elected at our 
regular meeting, June 30: 

President — C. Smith. 

/ice-President — E. Judson. . 

Recording Secretary — J. Sharp. 

Financial Secretary — H. Sayre. 

Business Agent — F. McNulty. 

Treasurer — W. - Banford. 

Press Secretary — E. Cooper. 

First Inspector — A. Rossitor. 

Second Inspector — J. Anderson. 

Foreman — J. Toonis. 

Well, brothers, as I have no more to say 
I will have to close for this time, 

Fraternally, 

Edward Cooper, 

Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 78. 

Chicago, III., July 4, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Do not look upon this as a voice from the 
. dead, but as a voice from the long ago. 
No. 78 was not dead, only sleeping, and only 
waited the coming of the prince to awake 
and come forth in all its splendor. The 
prince in this case was Brother MacGilvrey, 
to whom all thanks are due. What the E. 
B. needs is a few more like him, for he cer- 
tainly has the vim and enthusiasm that is 
contagious. He has succeeded in getting 
the old members together, and also a fe v 
new ones as well. 

Our first two meetings were productive of 
pledges from all present to do all in their 
power to interest the great number of under- 
ground linemen and cable splicers in Cook 
County who at present do not belong to any 
labor organization. In fact, these men seem 
to fight shy of anything that savors of 
unionism, but I have no doubt that the per- 
suasive powers of our organizer will win 
out in the end, and that they will be made 
to see the error of their way and come into 
the fold. 

The cause of the lethargy experienced by 
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habit formed by the members failing to 
attend the regular meeting. That, I kno'V, 
was mainly the cause of the retrograde 
movement of 78. It finally became so that 
it was impossible to get a quorum, and the 
few members who are willing to hold to- 
gether became disgusted and stayed away 
altogether. Another reason is the habit 
some members Have of letting the dues 
mount up,' so that they soon amount to sev- 
eral dollars, and that to the average wage 
earner is a whole lot of money. 

If the 'members would pay their dues at 
the regular time they would not miss the 
money so much. The method used by some 
Locals to check this evil is to fine the brgther 
who is al-ways absent or tardy in the pay- 
ment of his dues. This may work very well 
for a few times, but soon becomes obnoxious 
to the party who is fined, and nearly always 
results in the brother withdrawing or being 
expelled from the order. 

One remedy I would suggest is to have 
a traveling inspector, who' would have the 
power to call for and examine the books of 
any Local at any time without previous no- 
tice, and if on his examination he should 
find that there were any brothers being car- 
ried by the Local the executive board should 
fine the Local ; then the brothers of the 
Local could act as they see fit, either by fin- 
ing the party who is responsible for the 
notification of brothers who are in arrears 
or censuring him for his lack of zeal. I 
have no. doubt that would stop the practice 
of favoring any brother with an extension 
of time. 

There is only one way to make your Local 
a success, and that is to keep your old mem- 
bers in line while you are trying to get new 
ones to join. 

Every large insurance company in the 
world is striving to increase its membership, 
because it realizes that its whole existence 
depends upon this one point. Look back 
over the records of those fraternal societies 
that have gone to the wall, and you will find 
that the evils I have mentioned have been 
the cause of the downfall of most of them. 
God helps those who Tielp themselves, and 
the brothers of =>ny Local cannot expect to 
receive help if they do not try to help 
themselyes, and a dilatory brother is a mi- 


crobe that threatens the existence of otir 
whole order. So, boys, pull together and 
don’t be backward in telling your backward 
brother that he must attend the meetings 
more regularly.' 

With this I will close, thanking you in 
advance, and assuring the E. B. that it has 
Seventy-eight’s best wishes for its. future 
welfare. 

Fraternahy yours, 

Harry T. Bayard, 
Press Secretary. 


Local Union Ho. 89. 

AKR0^r, Ohio, June 29, 1902. 
Editor Edectricad' Worker : 

No. 89 is still able to hold meetings.- We 
added a new light last month. Brothers 
have left No. 89, worked in other towns for 
awhile, come back to visit friends in Akron, 
who never show their faces in the old Lodge. 
There has also been some brother saying 
that a card from 89 was no good, and that 
other locals would not recognize a card 
fiom 89. I would ask the brother who 
brings such reports here how he ever worked 
in other towns, that is union towns, when 
he carried a card out of No. 89. Nov/, 
brother, if you have nothing good to say of 
No. So. dc not try to do her harm. It looks 
as tiicugh you were not as good at heart 
as you might be yourself. We pay 60 cents 
per month, the same as our sister Locals, 
and if her card is not good why does the I. 
B. H. W. accept her per capita tax? 

Now. this is pr/'tty thin, and if I hear of 
any more such talk I will ask for an expia- 
tion. I for one am not here to do any one 
harm, nor have anyone feel hard toward me, 
but I want to do what is right by all who 
will allow- me to. Brothers of 23 and 24 , 
we are glad - to know you found the goid 
hunter and sent him on his way rejoicing. 
We have a victim who called. here and wants 
to become a -union man now. I think it is 
time to teach such things a lesson. He can 
get work if he could get a card. He might 
just as well taste some of the forbidden 
fruit as the ones he helped to defeat last 
fall. I hope there will be more come -to 
where this miserable thing has. He is not 
any better than we are. I am working with 
a gang of Italians for $1.50 per day. Work- 



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ing for W. O. T. Co. Now, I have some 
good brother union men who could have 
helped me to a better job than I have; but 
never mind, one good turn for another. If 
this is fraternity and brotherly love I never 
earned the right thing. When I promise to 
do a thing I will make an effort to live up to 
my word. I think it is our duty to help one 
another all we can without discommoding 
ourselves. This is my belief. Now, I have 
no apology to offer for writing this way, 
for this is just as I feel. 

Would say No. 89 is prospering some. 
She has had two additions in the past month. 
We expect some change here soon. There 
is not much work here for linemen no'v. 

If there is any brother who wishes to hear 
from me he may drop a line to G. M. Kirk- 
patrick, 103 Schell Avenue, Akron, Ohio. 

I will ask Brother Sherman to excuse my 
letter this time, for I do not have any time 
to sleep at present. Have worked sixty- 
seven hours in the last five days. 

Fraternally yours, 

Jasper, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union Ko. 91. 

Easton, Pa., July 8, 1902. 
Editor EeEctrical Worker: 

No. 91, of Easton, is still alive and doing 
all in her power to uphold the cause, and 
better the condition of all brothers of the 

I. B. E. W. 

We are sorry to report that so far we 
have not been able to secure any settlement 
with the Bell Telephone Company, and all 
of the members of the Local are struggling 
along, securing work at other places ; we 
have a few members who are not permanent- 
ly employed, but have no one in distress so 
far, and if present prospects hold out we 
shall be able to place all our brothers here in 
better positions than the Bell Telephone 
Company ever had for them. They may 
have to work equally as hard, but the pay is 
better. 

The wages of mechanics in Easton is from 
30 cents per hour up, and all crafts work 
a nine-hour day in the building trades. The 
Bell Telephone Company pays $40 per mouth 
and expenses away from home (to the line- 
men). Should a brother live in the town 
where he is working he is allowed 20 cents 


per meal, or 60 cents per day, for board. 

Now, $40 per month of twenty-six days 
would be almost $1.54 per day and board 
(don’t forget the board, as that is the item 
the company prides itself on). 

Any other mechanic gets 30 cents per hour 
or more, and in case he works out of town, 
his meals are furnished at no expense to him. 
The lineman who works for the Bell Com- 
pany, countinr>- his board as wages, gets $40 
and $18 board allowance, $58. Fifty-eight 
dollars for twenty-six days (and ten-hour 
days at that), makes about $2.24 per day, or 
224-10 cents per hour. 

We believe our brothers are justified in 
trying to get better wages from the Bell 
Company,’ and shall try our utmost to do no 
work for the Bell Company until they can 
grant our .request, which was only for a 
nine-hour day in place of ten hours. 

We feel that we should have demanded 
a nine-hour day, a pay-day once a week, and 
an advance in wages. 

The brothers, however, did not desire any 
trouble if same could possibly have been 
avoided, so asked only for a day of nine 
hours. 

Several of the men who were not anxious 
for a strike, after getting the strike rushed 
through, and the men out, returned to the 
company; one of them has since been ad- 
vanced down the line for his faithful ser- 
vices, and will most likely in the near fu- 
ture be lookinc" for both a job and friends. 

Of course we cannot always see ahead 
far enough. to know where we may get to„ 
but present prospects are in our favor. 

At the present time we have only a few 
inside wiremen in the Local; there is, how- 
ever, a prospect of a Building Trades Coun- 
cil being formed here. . Should the council 
be a success we shall in the near future se- 
cure several inside wiremen into No. 91. 

This town, as all others, has quite a num- 
ber of would-be inside wiremen. We are in 
hope that the' Building Trades Council will 
place us in such a position that we can se- 
cure proper wages for mechanics and chase 
the would-be to where he can learn and be- 
come a mechanic in time. I will here men- 
tion the fact that we desire to thank the 
members of Local No. 244, of East Mauch 
Chunk, Pa., for their assistance in chasing 
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cality; such favors certainly help the union 
cause to success. Keep on in the good work, 
brothers of No. 244, and we hope we can re- 
turn a favor at some day in the future; many 
thanks to you for your assistance. 

Brothers out with traveling cards coming 
this way, please be sure to comply with Sec- 
tion 8, article XIV of the Constitution. We 
had a card from a brother at our last meet- 
ing which we had to refuse, as the card had 
been carried around until it had expired, and 
the brother working right here in our juris- 
diction. 

All brothers should read the Constitution 
often, and they wilt save work and worry 
for themselves and the officers of their 
locals. ' ' ! ■ 

I should like to write some more, but will 
postpone until next month, as there are 
others who will want some space. 

. Fraternally, yours, 

E. D. Weber, 
Press Secretary, No. 91. 


Liocal Union No. 96 . 

Worcester, Mass., July g, 1902. 
Editor Eeectricae Worker: 

As I have been elected press secretary I 
will write a few lines. We had our election 
of officers June 30. Am sorry to have to re- 
port our first death. Brother P. F. Bayle was 
run over by a train on the B. and A. at 
Jamesville_early in the morning of the 4th. 
No one there knows anything about it. His 
body was found badly cut up. As far as 
is known he was not a drinking man. So 
that could not have been the cause, and it 
will have to go without our knowing just 
how it happened. He was employed at the 
south works of the American Steel and Wire 
Company. Brother Bayle became a member 
of Local 96 in January, and not having been 
a member nine months, is not entitled to 
death benefit, but he was in good standing 
at the time of the accident. Brother F. H. 
Break met with another accident at the 
Worcester Brewing Corporation that put 
him in the hospital about ten days, but is 
back at work again. We are in hopes that 
he will not have the third while on that 
building. A few years ago when Worcester 
held charter No. 47, Jack Gardner was killed 
by a fall there, and we do not want any 


more. This Local has succeeded in getting 
an agreement with the contractor for the 
eight-hour day and only union men. The 
committee is to be thanked for their good 
work. It was brought about by hard work 
and some waiting on the part of some of 
the members of Local 96, and I hope the 
boys will prove to the contractors .from now 
until the first of .May next that it is best for 
them to employ only union men. They can 
do it if they will do the square thing, and I 
trust they will. Next year they will want 
more money and still better conditions. So, 
boys, make it to the interest of the contrac- 
tors to have only union men. One thing 
more, I will say. As I have been elected 
Financial Secretary I would like to have all 
brothers pay up their back dues, so that by 
the August report I can send in per capita 
tax for every member for that month, and 
not have them stringing along from last No- 
vember to July. It will be much easier for 
me and will cost you no more. It will also 
keep you in good standing in the general 
office, and that would be a great thing for 
your family in case of death. 

S. A. StrouT, 
Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 98 . 

Phieadeephia, Pa., July 9, 1902. 
Editor Electricae Worker-: 

Having been elected press secretary of Lo- 
cal No. 98, I will endeavor to make my first 
attempt at journalism and hope the broth- 
ers who have any news that might be in- 
teresting to the members at large will please 
let me have it each month and so assist 
in spreading news and useful, information. 
I will assure them tnat their efforts will be 
appreciated. This being the -beginning of 
the term I will give you a list of our new 
officers. They are a fine set of men and I 
am sure that at the end of the term the local 
will be satisfied with their labors in its be- 
half. .. . . 

President — ^J. S. Meade. 

Vice-President — R. G. Tatem. 

Recording Secretary — L. Fowler. 

Assistant Recording Secretary — W. Fer- 
guson. 

Financial Secretary — W. A. J. Gusscott. 

Assistant Financial Secretary — H. C. 
Smith. 



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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


Treasurer — S. Meredith. 

Press Secretary — C. Sommer. 
Inspectors— J. Kiefer, B. C. Hilliard. 
Foreman — Charles Free. 

Trustees — C. Bergendahl, W. S. Wright, 
J. Burrows. 

Executive Board— J. S. Meade, L. Fowler, 
W. A. J. Gusscott, S. Meridith, H. Denton, 
C. Fithian, W. W. Zackey, R. G. Tatem, Jr, 
C. Bergendahl, W. Ferguson and H. Eck- 
stein. 

Arbitration Committee — L. Fowler and J. 
S, Meade. 

Alternate— H. Eckstein. 

As there is not an abundance of work here 
I would advise wiremen to stay away from 
-Philadelphia for the present. 

Fraternally yours, 

JoHN.C. Sommer, 

• ' ■ Press Secretary. 


Liocal Union No. 103. 

Boston, Mass., July 6, 1902. 
Editor Eeectricae Worker: 

" At our last meeting we initiated eighteen 
new menibers, and as we had as many ap- 
plications read, we expect at the next meet- 
ing to be able to report a greater increase. 
No. 103 has gained in numbers lately to such 
an extent that to-day we have a union of 
greater numbers than was ever thought of in 
Boston. We have drawn up an agreement 
' which our committee has submitted to the 
contractors’ committee. Our committee so 
favorably impressed the contractors’ com- 
mittee by their able arguments that they 
1 have been asked to appear at a meeting of the 
contractors. From present indications wo 
feel sure that something will be done with 
- this agreement, and before long any man 
coming to Boston will have to carry a paid- 
un card. 

We frequently hear it said, from the 
preacher in the pulpit to the political boss, 
that the American laborer is the best edu- 
cated and best paid in the world. There is 
no doubt that he is better educated than the 
majority of laborers of the old countrie.s, 
but that is as it should be, as he is a part 
of the vast machinerv of the most progres- 
sive country on the globe. 

But there is such a thing as having know- 
ledge of a kind which when applied to his 
condition does not improve it in the lease. 


He may be a first-class workman, and bright 
in many ways, but he does not seem to un- 
derstand that the only thing which he, in 
his position as a workman could applaud 
would be the building up of his union to 
such a degree of efficiency that it could deal 
with the capitalist on an even if not a better 
basis. He should also know that he cannot 
well call' himself 'educated until such time 
as all laboring people of the country are .a 
unit and affiliated in one great national 
body. When such a condition is possible 
he can without fear of contradiction say he 
is educated. While we agree that he is bet- 
■ ter educated than the majority of laborers 
of the old countries, we cannot. agree that he 
is better paid. It might appear to some 
that he is from the fact that he sells hi.s 
labor for a greater price, but if we investi- 
gate the matter we will find that the capital- 
ist whose education has taught him to com- 
bine and form trusts has forestalled him 
and the money for which he sells his labor 
has not the purchasing power it should have. 

Let us take for example the Chinese coolie, 
a laboring people whom everybody looks 
upon as the cheapest laborers and the lea.st 
educated people on earth. I say that every- 
body looks upon them as the cheapest la- 
borers. But is this so? From statistics we 
find that they receive what is equal in our 
money to twelve cents a day, and that it 
costs them only from three to six dollars 
a year for food. Now consider the wages 
of the electrical worker, which we will aver- 
age of $2.50 per day. He cannot live for 
less than 50 cents a day, and I doubt if there . 
are many who can exist on that. As he.ha.s 
to eat every day in the year his food bill will 
amount to $182.50;' he works but about 310 
days, so his wages amount to $775. It will 
readily be seen that he spends close to 24 per 
cent, of his earnings for food. 

The coolie whose wages amount to $37.20, 
and an average cost of food of $4.50, only 
spends about 13 per cent, of his earnings. 
In the ‘ above statement I have only tried 
to show the difference in the cost of food in 
proportion to wages, but the comparison 
could be continued, and would show like 
differences in clothing, fuel, and all the 
necessaries of life. We might say with their 
low standard of education they do not need 
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73 


things which we have come to call neces- 
sities, but the fact remains that they live 
and could by the amount of wages spent 
save a greater per cent, than the more en- 
lightened, workman. 

. The education of the American worker has 
brought about a standard of living which 
has increased in greater proportion than his 
wages. Why didn’t the wages increase.? 
We may offer many explanations for this, 
but to the writer it seems as if the capi- 
talist has improved his time and perfected 
his organization to such an extent that he 
can dictate to the partially organized labor 
forces. 

In last month’s Worker some of the press 
secretaries advocated assessing each member 
of the I. B. E. W. so cents a month to be 
held as a general strike fund. As this 
would amount to a vast fund and could only 
be drawn for one purpose, I tmnk we would 
have, in a short time, strikes all over the 
country brought about on the least provoca- 
tion, by the different locals, knowing that 
they would be taken care of for a certain 
time. As all these strikes could not pos- 
sibly succeed we would have many dis- 
rupted Locals, which would offset the good 
which might be accomplished by the success- 
ful ones. There is another way we might 
use such an assessment, simply by each Local 
collecting it as an organizing fund, use it for 
that purpose only, get all the workers in the 
locality in, and then we would have no fear 
of that menace to labor organizations, a 
lost strike. It must be clear to everybody 
that with perfect, organization all just claims 
of the workman could be settled and strikes 
would be an exception rather than the rule. 
Labor organizations can do no better than 
to follow the example of the trusts. 'They 
united with a purpose to control' certain 
goods, though there were many outside of 
their organization, men who might be called 
capitalistic scabs, they kept true to their 
purpose and finally overcame all opposition. 
Having won they were then in a position 
to dictate prices and reimburse themselves 
for the losses, sustained in their fight. Now, 
why can’t we.. do the, same? If every man 
in our organization would only bring in 
.another, 'we would soon be a power, and 
could dictate in many matters. 

F. J. Reardon, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 104. 

Boston, Mass., July 6, 1902. 
Editor Electricae Worker: 

As it has been some months since there 
has been a letter in the Worker from 104, T 
thought I would scratch a few lines, and if 
you can find space in your valuable paper 
please insert them. 

No. 104 is doing business at the old stand, 
No. 987 Washington Street. We corrall 
strays once in awhile and rustle them 
through and stamp them with the union 
brand. 

We installed a new set of officers at our 
last meeting and I think they are a likely 
lot of officers. I feel sure that if the mem- 
bers will take an interest and attend the meet- 
ings and help the officers we have chosen we 
will have a sucessful term; but if they stay 
away from the meetings, only coming once a 
month or so to pay their dues, and a lot not 
doing that, but staying away and" criticising 
the officers, we can’t expect to accomplish 
much. Now, boys, don’t stay away from 
the hall. You all know where it is. It has 
not moved since you were there last. We 
have been having some lively meetings -late- 
ly; lots of discussions, and some warm ones. 
Now, boys, don’t be backward, but come up 
and get acquainted with our new Financial 
Secretary. He will be there smiling over 
the top of his desk, waiting to take your 
dues and put a nice little stamp on your dues 
card. Say, boys, you want to get some of 
those picnic tickets to put out among your 
friends. We are going to hold a picnic on 
August 23. Any brothers from out of to\yn 
will be made welcome. We are going to 
have games and contests and a good- time in 
general. , 

It is with regret that I write of the loss 
of our estemeed brother, James Millet. He 
was a man esteemed by all who know him. 

■ He was a staunch -union man, who lived up 
to the principles of unionism jn his every- 
day life. He was held in great esteem by 
his fellow workmen, and will be sadly 
missed by them. Brother Millet passed away 
on June 9, after a short illness. ^The re- 
mains were taken to Sherbrook, Canada, for 
interment.- 

Our staff of officers for the ensuing year 
are as follows: 

President — Leod McLeod. 



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THE EEECTRICAT WORKER 


Vice President — William Reid. 

Financial Secretary — F. H. Judson. 

Recording Secretary — H. Mclnnis. 

Treasurer — D. McDonald. 

Trustees — D. McLean, Alex Campbell, 
George McDonald. 

Inspectors — A. S. Young, James Elsworth. 

Foreman — James Tanner. 

Work around Boston is good at present. 
All the linemen are at work as far as T 
know. 

I am vary glad to hear that Brother Dike- 
man is getting along so well. I hope wc 
will see him around again soon. 

Well, Mr. Editor, hoping you will find 
room in your valuable Worker for part of 
this at least, I will ring off. Wishing all 
the brothers success, I remain 
Fraternally yours, 

George L. Wieeey. 

Press Secretary. 


TLiOcal Union No. 108. 

Tampa, Fla., July 3,1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker; 

Local 108 is enjoying ordinary prosperity 
at this time, but would advise all brothers 
to remain away at present, as there are quite 
enough men in town to fill all jobs, as the 
Peninsula Telephone Company, which has 
been building an independent system, is near- 
ing completion, many of the boys will prob- 
ably be leaving town within the next two 
months. 

The Martin Syndicate, which- has been 
“going to start up” for several months past, 
has not, as yet, broken ground. 

One strike against the Tampa Electric 
Company (one of the Stone & Webster con- 
cerns), is still on, and, with the assistance 
of three scabs and several “bum grunts,” 
who can only manage to get up a pole with 
the assistance of a forty-foot ladder or” a 
tower wagon, are getting on as might be 
expected under such circumstances. 

Brother Hank Quinlan, of No. 176, who 
nearly lost his life here several months ago, 
was out in charge of a gang Tuesday last, 
the firsLwork since his accident. 

Brother L. W. Kelly, one of the squares! 
men we have ever had among us, was the 
victim of a fierce assault at the hands of 
F,d Purcell, a lineman in the employ of the 


Peninsular Company. Kelly’s friends claim 
the asault was cowardly and entirely un- 
called for, as his assailant is much superior 
physically and used a hand-axe, with nearly 
fatal results. Brother Kelly is now getting 
along nicely under the care of the Tampa 
Sanitorium. His assailant is in jail, failing 
to give $1,000 bcpd. 

At our last meeting the following officers 
were elected for the ensuing six months ; 

President — John Vaughn. 

Vice President — H. G. Folan. 

Recording Secretary — Ed Fitzgerald. 

Inspectors — Russell and Carter. 

Foreman^Herb Woodford. 

Trustees — Goldthwaite, Elliott and Thiat. 

Press Secretary — Ed. DeLeon. 

Quite a number of the boys who have been 
working upon a toll line for the Bell Com- 
pany, are leaving town this week. 

During the month past we have initiated 
three candidates, and have before us three 
applications for membership. We feel that 
108 is doing well for a small Local and ex- 
tend our best wishes . for success and pros- 
perity to all sister unions. 

Fraternally yours, 

Edward DeLeon, 
Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 109. 

Davenport, Iowa, July 7, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker : 

As I have been elected Press Secretary I 
will try and let the Brotherhood know how 
things are here by the Father'of Waters. 

The Iowa Telephone Company has quite a 
gang of men at work rebuilding, and have 
just installed a central energy system. The 
Independent Telephone Company that se- 
cured franchises in the Tri-city is laying 
conduits in Rock Island and Moline, but 
they are not using any wood walkers yet. 
As there is a union clause in each franchise 
none but those with the little card need 
look this way, as 109 intends to see that 
it is in full force. As this is my first at- 
tempt I will ring off, and if this does not 
find the waste basket I will try and do better 
next time. 

Fraternally yours, 

F. J. Garwood, 
Press Secretary. 



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Liocal Union No. 114:. 

Toronto, Ont., July g, 1902. 
Editor Edectricai. Worker: 

As Local 1 14 was not heard from in the 
June Worker and as I have been elected zo 
take Vice-President Hurd’s duty as press 
secretary, I will write a few lines to let the 
brothers know we are still alive. We were 
disappointed that there was no word about 
our strike in the June Worker, but we are 
glad that onlv one traveling brother, una- 
ware of our trouble, was unfortunate enough 
to arrive in Toronto during the month. 

The strike affected only the shopmen and 
wiremen in our local. The shopmen had all 
kinds of trouble to put up with, and after 
four weeks’ fight had to surrender and re- 
turn to work under the old conditions, al- 
though the wiremen did their best to help 
them win. The wiremen are still out. This 
is the sixth week, but we have only had one 
deserter, which I think is a good record, 
considering the support we have had so far 
from the Grand Officers, w;hich has been 
nothing up to date, except the few encour- 
aging words we received from Grand Treas- 
urer Sheehan when he visited us. 

We have been organized in Toronto for 
over two years, but this is the first time we 
have made any demand on our employers to 
improve our trade, which has been in a very 
bad condition. We have run up against 
troubles we never dreamed of, but we are 
just as determined now as we were the day 
we came out, to get what we have demand- 
ed, and I. don’t think there is a Local more 
deserving of support than Local 114, as a 
better lot of union men would be hard tc< 
find anywhere. 

We would advise all traveling brothers to 
keep away from Toronto for awhile, if they 
are looking for work, but we are always 
glad to welcome any brother who may find 
it convenient to visit us, and give us a few 
words of advice and encouragement We 
hope Organizer Brother Kennedy will give 
us a call some time. 

I would like to compliment you for the 
publishing of the two leading articles in the 
June Worker. They are all right So are 
the letters from the press secretaries of Lo- 
cals 13. 55, 56, 230, 61, 64, 68, 142, 9, 137. I 


would advise the brothers to look them up 
in the June Worker and read them. 

I think the members of Local 114 will 
agree with me in endorsing Brother Fish’s 
idea of having literature printed explaining 
tae reasons why a non-union man should 
join our organization. It would help us m 
convincing them that it is their duty to be 
with us. 

We ask any local or brother who has any 
evidence of our right to conduit work to 
ship it along to Toronto, as we have to fignt 
this question with the plumbers here. We 
know it is electric work and we are not go- 
ing to rest until we get it. So we ask every- 
one to help us. Recording Secretary, W. C. 
Clark, 346 Sackville Street. 

Arrangements are being made by the To- 
ronto, Hamilton, St. Catherines and London 
locals for a grand picnic and games to be 
held on Saturday, July g, at Island Park, 
T oronto. We hope everyone will do their 
best to be present. We send Marconigrams 
to all Locals, inviting all the brothers to 
join us. If they go astray, come anyway. 
Hello, III, get your Santos-Dumont ready; 
we will be looking for you. Hoping to see 
this published, I remain. 

Fraternally yours, 

George Robinson, 
Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 121. 

Denver, Colo., July 3, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker; 

Once more the time has arrived when all 
good patriots are getting ready to celebrate 
our independence. There will be any 
number of picnics and other skin, games to 
relieve us of what is left, but owing to the 
late Building 'Trades strike, there is not 
much left, I judge. 

Local No. 121 started in the second half 
of this year by installing the newly elected 
officers for the next term: 

President — Dave Reed. 

Vice President — Ben G. Wheeler. 

Financial Secretary — F. J. Currigan. 

Recording Secretary— James M. Murray. 

Press Secretary — J. M. Klein. 

Trustee for six months — Jack Palmer. 

Inspector — Tom Mannix. 

Foreman — M. Currigan. 


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These are all tried brothers, and we are 
sure of having the officers in the chairs on 
meeting nights. 

Work is not very brisk at present, and 
whether the consolidation of the Lacompe 
Light Company with the Denver Gas and 
Electric will improve the condition any we 
can’t tell as yet. 

Brother 0. H. Barney went to New Mex- 
ico to take charge of the place vacated by 
Brother Mannix. Good luck to you. 
Brother Barney. 

Brother C. S. McDermott, of Trinidad, is 
reported sick. 

Deliver is a poor place for scabs to thrive 
in, as one Thomas McLoughlin found out 
recently, as all the men and foremen re- 
fused to work with him. I understand this 
fellow had a recommendation a yard long 
from the Silver State Electric Company, 
a concern he scabbed for during the late 
lockout of 68, and who dropped him quicker 
than a hot iron after the settlementt of that 
lockout. You may draw your Own conclu- 
sion! 

As it is getting late and the youngest line- 
man is getting restless, I will cease writing 
to take up the paternal duties of floorwalker, 
and remain as ever. 

Fraternally yours, 

J. M. Klein, 
Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 122. 

Great Falls, Mont., July 3, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker; 

Well, we are still in the swim at Great 
Falls and everything is going smoothly here. 
The boys all take great interest in the busi- 
ness of the union now. We are starting to 
prepare for our dance January i, 1903. We 
expect to have the biggest time we have ever 
had. Our dance last January i, 1902, was 
the best that ever took place in Great Falls. 
The hall was not large enough to accommo- 
date all who came, but we’ll run our dance 
from 9 p. m. to ^ a. m. at our next. 

We have had quite a few floaters here 
during the past month, but they all failed to 
be paid up to date, so we passed them all 
by. If they get the reception every place 
that they got here they will get paid up be- 
fore they go very much further. 


The following officers were elected last 
Thursday evening: 

President — D. D. Barnes. 

Vice President — J. D. Livingstone. 
Recording Secretary^ — C. W. Todd. 
Financial Secretary^ — George Riley. 
Treasurer — William Daniels. 

Press Secretary— M. Potee. 
i'oreman — C. Wi Kiser. • 

Inspector — A. W. Greor. 

Trustees — William Holtzberger,' C. Kiser, 
J. Thompson. 

So hello to all wandering hikers. 

M. Potee, 
Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 137. 

Albany, N. Y., July 10, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

The strike in Troy is settled, and things 
are all O. K., and they are getting $2.75 a 
day and straight time and time and a half 
for overtime, and the boys won in a manly 
way. There is plenty of work for good men 
with the green ticket, and it must be good, 
you know, and if not please keep moving 
fast, and don’t stop here in this part of the 
country. A few of the boys stood it alone, 
and won out in a short time in a successful 
way. Anyone coming this Way should leave 
other people’s tools behind them, and nor 
ake them with them. 

We received badges for Labor Day, and 
they are something fine. We expect to turn 
out in a large body. 

Geo. j. Schwer. 

Local Union No. 140. 

■ Schenectady, N. Y. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As I have just been elected Press Secre- 
tary and am not yet posted in the workings 
of the office I trust the brothers will excuse 
this letter. 

Local No. 140 is in a good, flourishing 
condition. New members are coming in as 
fast as can be expected under the condition 
of things in this city. From now on I be- 
lieve we will build up much faster, as the 
strike which has been on since April i, in 
James F. Burns’ shop is now a thing of the 
past. Mr. Burns has signed the union scale. 
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our craft. This is certainly something Lo- 
cal 140 can teel very proud over. 

Only one short year ago wlremen were 
working ten hours a day and for anything 
they could get, from $7 per week up. Noiv 
eight hours and $2.50 for same. The trou- 
ble heretofore in this city has been that any 
one could do wiring; boys and young men 
would work in the General Electric Works 
for a few weeks or nionths and come out and 
go to work wiring houses with no knowledge 
of the business, no care for the safety of the 
buildings thus wired. This was an easy 
matter to accomplish, as' no inspector was 
to see after the work, competition among 
the contractors for work was so great that 
prices for work were forced away down, and 
the natural result was that the wiremen must 
work for small pay. Again, some con- 
tractors in the business knew nothing about 
their business, whether the work was right' 
or wrong, and cared less; the only question 
asked when you applied for a job was how 
cheap you would work; nothing about your 
qualifications as a workman, as quantity and 
not quality was what they wanted. 

But a change has come, and Local 140 is 
to be thanked for this change. The older 
brothers of 140 have worked hard to accom- 
plish this end and the proof of their labors 
is showed in the signing by Mr. Burns of 
our agreement of union scale of wages and 
making his shop a union one. 

Everj'thing in Schenectady seems to be 
union, in fact this good old city will have 
nothing but union labor, and it is much bet- 
ter so, as is proved in our business. A much 
better class of work is done by getting a 
better class of workmen to do the work. ' The 
owners of buildings • are more satisfied. 
They can see the difference in the class of 
work done. All this is to be charged to 
Local 140. 

Now, to the brothers of 140 and others: 
While our condition has been bettered let 
us not forget that we have a duty to perform 
for the sake of ou'r union. Show to our em- 
ployers that the union workman is better 
than the non-union, that they are more care- 
ful, more attentive to their work, and 
give full value for money received; that we 
seek not only to better our financial condi- 
tion, but also to better their financial affairs 


by giving better satisfaction in our work. 
Our last meeting was quite interesting, as it 
was installation of officers night, also we 
had the honor and pleasure to have with 
us Brother F. J. Sheehan, Grand Treasurer, 
and he gave some good and wholesome ad- 
vice, which the brothers will no doubt fol- 
low. 

Brother Sheehan shows by his earnest 
work in the cause' of labor that he is' the 
right man in the right place. We hope to 
see him with us in the future, and can prom- 
ise him a hearty welcome. We certainly 
had a good time ; something to eat, some- 
thing to smoke, and a little to quench our 
thirst. Brother Smith says he is sorry he 
can’t drink anything, but wait until the next 
time we have a smoker, and he will pay up 
for it. 

The committee on smoker deserve thanks 
for their work, as they certainly did nobly. 

With best wishes to the Brotherhood, I re- 
main 

Fraternally yours, 

John J. Dowling, 
Press Secretary. 

liOcal. Union Ifo. 14:3. 

Ashtabula, Ohio, July 7, 1902. 

Editor Electrical Worker: 

The time has come when I suppose I must 
greet the readers of the Worker as the new- 
ly elected Press Secretary of 143. My let- 
ter this month must of necessity be very 
short; as there is very little doing here at 
present. 

A couple of brothers from Erie, Pa., drop- 
ped in here last week. I have been unable 
to get their names, but I understand they arc 
going to stay with us for a time, and will 
be in the employ of the Pennsylvania and 
Ohio Electric Railroad in building their ex- 
tension to Jefferson. 

Word reached us a few days ago that 
Brother Frank Bisbee was at Pittsburg sick. 
We hope to hear that the brothers of that 
city are giving him the very best they can, 
as Frank is “true blue.” 

The electric light company is doing consid- 
erable repair work here at present. The 
Home Telephone Company will have a little 
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into their new office, but are doing but little 
now. 

Hoping I may be able to give you some- 
thing of more interest next month, I am 
Fraternally yours, 

W. G. McCorkle, 
Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 149. 

Aurora, Ile., July 6, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

It is with pleasure that I send a few lines 
to the Electrical Worker, but I am afraid 
my letters will lack the interst I find in 
reading the others from different Locals. 

I have nothing special to mention about 
Aurora, as we haven’t come to a settle- 
ment with the Conklin Construction Com- 
pany about the scale of wages for the year 
commencing July i, igo2, and ending July i, 
1903, but hope to make it a union job in the 
three local districts of Aurora, Elgin and 
Joliet. 

We have about enough work to keep the 
home boys busy. The Chicago Bell is still 
away from us. They refuse to recognize the 
Local. 

Wishing success to all Locals, I remain 
Fraternally yours,’ 

Jules L. Quirin, 
Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 151. 

San Francisco, Cal., July 3, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As the time has arrived for all Locals to 
have one little piece in our Journal, I will en- 
deavor to do my part. Everything is boom- 
ing in our part of the country at present, 
especially in the way of swelling our organi- 
zation and forming others. 

We have had with us Brother Kennedy, 
Grand Organizer, for the last month, and 
hope that he may stay with us for another 
one, if not longer. He could not be in a 
place in this whole brotherhood that needs 
a man like him more than we do. He has 
lone lots of hard work and has much more 
ahead of him. 

W’e have the coast pretty well organized — 
that is, we have a Local in almost every 
town that could support one. But what we 
want is a man to do something in the large 
cities. We have a very large field here. 


The liimmers are not in line as yet, nor afe 
the station men in line. Brother Kennedy 
informed me that he has sent for a charter 
for them to go in together for the present, 
which will make a large Local. He has also 
met a majority of the trouble men (switch- 
board) of the Sunset Telephone Company, 
whom he expects to have go into No. 6. 

We have about* doubled our membership 
in the last eight months, and are taking them 
in from three to six every meeting night 

We installed our new officers last night 
We will give our first annual picnic on July' 
13, which we expect to make a grand suc- 
cess. It will be held at Fern Brook Park. 

Brother Kennedy expects to go to Sacra- 
mento and other towns as soon as he can get 
away. 

I am glad to see that No. 116 is in the land 
of the living, and hope that they succeed in 
their demand, as well as No. 61. 

Fraternally yours, 

L. C. E. 

Local Union No. 162. 

Editor Electrical Worker: 

Omaha, Neb., July 6, 1902. 

Having been duly elected to the office of 
Press Secretary I shall do all in my power 
to keep a letter in each issue of the Worker. 

All the brothers are working, but I would 
not advise any one to come here. Local 
Unions Nos. 22 and 162 can feel proud of 
the fact that we now have an assistant city 
electrician who is a good union man and a 
member of No. 22. A scab thought he had 
the position sure, but he now has another 
think coming. We are certainly putting 
these scabs on the run. 

Any floaters coming this way can find 
Busines Agent Russell at Labor Temple, 
Fifteenth and Dodge. 

T. J. Wilson, 
Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 168. 

Mobile, Ala., July 8, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Things are in a bad shape in Mobile. Our 
strike is not settled yet. Brother Lockman 
will be with us soon. Linemen, stay away 
from Mobile until further notice. 

Yours respectfully, 

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Press Secretary. 







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liocal Union No. 172. 

Newark^ Ohio, July 7, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Another feeble effort on my part I trust 
may bring a letter to the Worker in time for 
our next issue. Well, things are humming 
here this season — plenty of work for every- 
one that wants it, and more expected. Both 
telephone companies are rebuilding. It 
makes one feel good to see the boys hustling. 

I. am glad to say that the picnic given on 
June 15 by the Electrical Workers was a 
grand success in every particular, and all 
enjoyed a good time and we also realized 
a nice sum for our treasury. 

Our meetings are becoming more interest- 
ing, as we have some grand good union 
brothers and many traveling brothers, such 
as James O’Brien, of Sandusky, and Faraha, 
of Columbus, and others who are true union, 
and who would push nobly to the front in 
defense of a worthy brother. We are sorry 
to say that we have one who has shown the 
cloven foot and proved to be a traitor of 
the blackest type. 

During our recent misunderstanding with 
the telephone company concerning our scale 
of wages, in which we asked all -legal holi- 
days,we were very careful to observe that this 
so-called brother sat idly by and had nothing 
to. say. The company signed, but the man- 
ager was a bitter opponent to unions, and 
says they are a detriment to any man, and the 
employers are entitled to all holidays. A 
member, none other than your humble ser- 
vant, observed the Fourth of July as a holi- 
day. The next morning he was told by the 
managerthathehad no further use for him, 
while his man Friday took a sneak and 
boasted that he could get Brown’s situation 
and would. He worked all day on the 
Fourth, and this was the result, He got up 
in our last meeting and admitted that he had 
said and done things to undermine and in- 
jure a brother. He denied nothing; and 
now, brothers, there must be steps taken to 
guard against such foes. We band together 
as a laboring class for. protection against 
the capitalists of our land that are daily 
placing us under bondage worse than slav- 
ery. I admire a man that will come up and 
frown and let you know he is not your 
friend, not one that will stand back with a 


smile, and at the same time a serpent in his 
bosom seeking to sting you in the dark; 
and any > man that can degrade himself in 
such a manner must stop and consider he is 
only laying up heartaches for the future. 

I once knew a young man who went over 
300 miles to undermine another — a line- 
man — and to take his position at less wages, 
he being single and the other one married. 
However, he learned on the day before that 
the young man was coming, and that the 
manager was to keep silent until he could see 
if the young man could fill the place; but on 
the day before he arrived the other one re- 
signed his positon and gave him all the 
chance he wanted, and the consequence was 
he remained two weeks, when they discov- 
ered he could not fill the position, and was 
asked to resign. But before he had the op- 
portunity he fell and broke both legs, and he 
has not and never will be able to do any more 
line work. While a manager or company 
may smile on such a principle, God does not. 
How true are the words of Brother Edward 
Hilton, of Local 137, when he says a crim- 
inal guilty of murder may be sent to the 
electric chair, and thousands of dollars 
spent to convict and perhaps more be used 
to free him, but the poor lineman may lose 
his life in honest toil by the same deadly 
current. Volumes are not written about him. 
Almost every day you will hear of some poor 
lineman being hurled into eternity without 
even time to speak a word or look upon his 
loved ones, and still we have in almost every 
city a humane society for the protection of 
dumb brutes, and you are not al- 
lowed to let a horse stand out in 
a storm unprotected ; if so you are 
subject to a fine, and such cases are readily 
reported. But how about human beings who 
hang suspended fifty or sixty feet in the air, 
working hard all day through rain, wind 
and sleet until when they get down they 
are wet through and through, or their 
clothes frozen. What does the humane so- 
ciety do? Nothing. The public must have 
good service even though it be at the sacri- 
fice of human lives. 

Now, brothers, unless we work together 
hand in hand and endeavor to break the 
shackles that have bound us so long, it will 
remain so, an "3 instead of seeking to harm 
these brothers who endure these hardships. 


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let us extend the hand of fellowship one to 
another. 

Should this reach Brother John Ryan, of 
Pittsburg, his old friend Janies O’Brien, of 
Sandusky, would like to hear from him. Ad- 
dress James O’Brien, care of C. U. Tel. Co., 
Newark, Ohio. 

As I have written at some length, and 
am a little late getting this in, I will close, 
wishing abundant sucess to all Locals. 

FratPriially yours, 

Claeuncb F. Brown, 
Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 178. 

Canton, Ohio, July 6, 1902. 
Editor Erectricai, Worker: 

No. 178 is not dead. The absence of our 
Corresponding Secretary accounts for our 
not having anything in the June Worker. 

We are having pretty good times here at 
present, everybody working, and' it looks 
bright for a good summer. 

Last- Wednesday evening was meeting 
night, and the boys turned out well. The 
addition of a new name to our membership 
roll shows that we are not quite in a trance. 

There is a bunch of Bell men here that 
ought to be in line, and we mean to get 
them. 

Our best wishes to old 39, Pat Ryan, Cy 
Gechter, Joe St. Alban, and others. 

The election of officers has not taken place 
yet, but by next meeting night we expect to 
start out strong. I would like to hear from 
Harry Callaghan if he is not too busy. 

Fraternally yours, 

' Pete J. Staeford. 


Local Union No. 189. 

St. Louis, Mo., July 7, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Local 189 had election of officers June 27. 
A few new ones took the helm, of pur ship, 
but the course will be kept as started and 
the destination unchanged. We have elected 
them in a brotherly way, and bear allegiance 
toward them as before. This is the only way 
to success. An officer of any organization, 
knowing he has the good will of each and 
every member with him, will work and dis- 
charge his duty cheerfully and with spirit, 
and the results can’t be otherwise but ac- 
cordingly. 


I wish and hope this to every local in our 
Brotherhood. Snobbish' appearance in meet- 
ings should be a term impossible for any 
electrical worker to be accredited with. The 
rest of people will treat us according to our 
conception. If we appear as gentlemen we 
will be treated as such, and if not, then we 
have the right to demand just recognition; 
but on the otneiS hand, if we sow the wind, 
what will we reap? 

We have a few candidates on our list for 
initiation, and while it goes rather slow, v/e 
unerringly see the time before us that every 
trimmer of electric lamps in St. Louis will 
belong to our local. That' this means an- 
other advance step of civilization only a 
union man can appreciate. 

Fraternally yours, 

E. D. E., 

Press Secretary. 


St. Louis, Mo., July 5, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker : 

“Ignorance is a calamity,” says Brother 
Fish in the April Worker, and he advises 
further on, to provide for literature to en- 
lighten those who are ignorant. Brother 
Fish is right in his assertion, and I consent. 
Give us literature, if of the right kind, it will 
be a great help for the organizer and for the 
individual worker. The capitalists do not 
like labor literature, for they say “Ignorance 
is bliss” (for the laborer), and if a capitalist 
says this it must be right, for capitalists -are 
in general “smart” and “honest” people ! 
Now, I for one always believe in the oppo- 
site to the capitalist. Not so very long ago 
a St. Louis judge issued an injunction 
against striking workingmen, forbidding 
them to speak to those who kept working. If 
you hand the scab a printed sheet and he 
takes it the inj unction falls flat. Of cour.;e 
the police .may interfere, but if the case Is 
handled right they can do very little. If the 
judge includes (which they generally do) 
the distribution of “agitating” printed mat- 
ter, then the poor union man is at the end of 
his wits. “Ignorance” then is a “calamity” 
for the workingmen, but bliss for the capi- 
talist, for the workingmen did vote the 
wrong man into office. 

The workingmen are so ignorant that they 
don’t see the real obstacle. Nobody can trim 
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let nobody trim them for me, if I am able 
to do so. If I am not able, then somebody 
else will trim the lamps I used to call mine, 
and he will feel the same as I stated above. 

The motto, tiferefore, is : Look after your 
interest yourself ! A workingman must go 
to the polls and vote for his own men, who 
know what is ailing the working class, not 
like they have been, "for injunction/' Union 
men, just think of it, struggle 364 days in 
the year against their bosses, and on the 
36$th they vote the boss and his tools into 
office, and cry "hurrah" for the fine gentle- 
man; but this gentleman sits down from that 
very day on, working out calamities for the 
ignorant! 

Brother Editor, do your utmost to see that 
we get what Brother P. C. Fish advised, for 
it will do a lot of good ! But please agitate, 
a little only, for the kind also, of which we 
are so much in need, and of which I spoke. 

Fraternally yours, 

E. D. Em ME, 


Local Union No. 201. 

AppeETon, Wis., July 6, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker; 

During the ' excitement of the Fourth oi 
July I almost forgot a letter to the Worker, 
but still hope to be able to get it in in time. 

Work up here is still about the same- 
nothing much doing. We had election and 
installation of officers since my last letter. 
They are as follows : 

President — F. J. Constantine. 

Vice President — J. Smith. 

Secretary and’ Treasurer — ^U. J. Denester. 

Recording Secretary — C. J. Mackey. 

Press Secretary — James Hickey. 

Foreman — John Tempest. 

We re-elected nearly all the old officers, 
which shovys the confidence reposed in them 
by all the niembers. 

There is an effiort being made to organize 
a Central Trade body here. There is to be a 
meeting of the committees from the differ- 
ent Locals to decide it in the near future. 
Will let you know in my next letter what 
success they have met with. We received 
a report from No. 83, of Milwaukee, stating 
the brothers have gone out for more wages 
and less hours. Wish you every success, 
brothers. 


The telephone and electric companies have 
had their own way in this State for a long 
time. It is time to stir some of them up 
and let them know we are not satisfied with 
the present scale of wages — $2.25 per day 
and ten long hours. It’s too little, too little. 

With best wishes to the Brotherhood, I am 
Fraternally yours, 

James Hickey, 
Press Secretary. , 


Local Union No. 205. 

Jackson, Mich., July 7, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

I sit down this warm evening to tell you 
what news there is. We are all able to eat 
and drink our beer. We had a fine turnout 
the Fourth, There was a nice parade, tak- 
ing us and the other locals. The brothers 
working for the new coinpany had a swift 
game of ball the other Sunday. The Liners 
and the Ground Hogs played. The score 
was 30 to 8 in favor of the Liners. Beer was 
plentiful. We expect a large crowd here 
Labor Day, and we are making great ar- 
rangements for that day. Everyone,' I think, 
will turn out. It will be to their interest to 
do so. ■ We are having some fine crowds :it 
meetings, but is is' awful hot. The boys all 
turn out, for they are interested in it. The 
new company is rushing business here. They 
are expecting to have things in full force by 
the 15 th of August, and I think 'they will. 
We have presented an ag^reement to the new 
company and to the old company also. We 
don’t Icnow how they will take, but the 
new company manager thought it was all 
right, and said he would do all he could 
for the boys, but the'old Bell manager didn't 
say much about it. He said he would look 
it over and write in and see about it, and 
that is all he said about it. We struck for 
$2.50 per day and straight time and time and 
a half for overtime and double time for Sun- 
days and holidays and nine hours per day. 
We have election of officers next Thursday 
evening. We send our best wishes to all 
brothers. The new members are coming in 
all the time, and we are going to have the 
biggest day here Labor Day- that Jackson 
ever witnessed. The unions in this man'.s 
town are about 5,000 strong, and are coming 
all the time. , . 


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Well, brothers, as this is all I think of at 
this time I will say adieu. 

F. G. Cummings, 
Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 209. ■ « 

Logansport, Ind., July 5, 1902. 
Editor Elbctricai, Worker: 

As I missed getting a letter in last month’s 
Worker I will try and have it there on time 
this month. As there is plenty of work here 
for first-class liners, if they want to drop 
around this way, but they must have a good 
up-to-date card. 

The Home Telephone Company is looking 
for a few men and there are two interurbans 
building out of Logansport at the present 
time. 

We were all glad to have Brother A 1 
Wheeler come back to Logansport, for he is 
a union man all the way through. Brother 
Pug Beal went through here on his way to 
Marion to take charge of the construction 
work for the Marion Telephone Company. 

Brother Gegrge Gilsinger missed a meet- 
inor night at the Local to take the glad hand 
of a lady to say he would work in union 
for her. We all wish George and wife a 
happy and prosperous life. 

, Brothers, don’t forget that Logansport 
Trades Assembly is going to have a Labor 
Day celebration, and you are all invited to 
come to Logan on Labor Day. 

Brother Rosco Jones is so that he can get 
out in a cariage and ride around with a lit- 
tle help. How we would like to see him nt 
our meetings again, for he was there at all 
meetings regularly. 

Brother Ed Seaman, of Marion, Local No. 
15.3, fell from a pole and struck a step. He 
is getting along very nicely at the hospital. 

Fraternally yours, 

C. Clugston, 
Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 210. 

Cairo, III., July 4, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As this is the Fourth of July, a day we 
celebrate and lay business aside for a few 
hours, I will endeavor to let the brothers 
know that Local 210 is still in existence, and 
that the Press Secretary, who has been sleep- 


ing for many moons, has finally awakened. 

Our Local has been in existence for ten 
months, and the first accident to mar our 
record and cast a gloom over the brother- 
hood happened June 25. Our genial and 
well-liked Financial Secretary, Frank Neil, 
while in the discharge of his duties as trou- 
ble man for the Cairo Telephone Company, 
had the misfortune to fall from a cable pole 
a distance of twenty feet, shatterincr his right 
thigh and breaking both wrists. He was 
taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he has 
good quarters and the best of medical at- 
tendance. At present he is getting along as 
well as anyone could under the circum- 
stances, but according to the doctors’ verdict 
it will be at least two months before he is 
able to get out. Our managers, Messrs. 
Speed and Garmon, have left nothing undone 
to make him and his comfortable. Work ’s 
slack here at present without any indications 
for any change for the better, and the broth- 
ers at present employed here expect a lay- 
off about the fifteenth. So, Brother Globe 
Trottter, you can just cut Cairo off your vis- 
iting list for av/hile at least, unless you hap- 
pen in, which in that case we have so far 
been able to take care of men with a paid-up 
card. 

Our meeting nights have been changed 
every Thursday night; have very good at- 
tendance and a great deal of interest is 
taken. We have some men here that it 
seems we can’t do much with, especially the 
C. U. and light men. We are affiliated with 
the Central body here, and are giving non- 
union men some trouble, 'as the light men 
have been turned down on two jobs the past 
week by the carpenters, plumbers, and paint- 
ers. So I am of the opinion that at that rate 
they will soon want to get in line if \/e 
are willing, but I have found that a person 
who has to be driven into a union doesn't 
make a very good member. 

Since our last meeting we have taken into 
the order brothers Ed Wilson and Law- 
rence, both men of good standing, and we 
know they will make good members. 

As I think 1 have scribbled enough for 
this time, I will close with best wishes to 
the Brotherhood. 

Fraternally yours, 

Martin Crayton, 

Press Secretary. 


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Editor Electrical Worker : 

As the Press Secretary has omittted an 
important item to my views, I will try to 
make it known. Brothers, I want to give 
you a little knowledge of one W. P. Mans- 
field, who has for the past two years been 
foreman for the Cairo Telephone Company, 
at this place, but at present his address is 
unknown. Up to the present time he was a 
member of this Local, and claimed to be a 
union man, but from general appearances 
one couldn’t have told it. But to come to 
the point. I will j ust state that he is on the 
beat proper, having beat bills of every de- 
•scription at this place, and two board bills 
amounting to some $35 more. Brothers, 

I will just state that the union is bettter off ■ 
without such men, and the quicker we get 
them out of the union the better. He is 
about twenty-four years of age, about five 
feet eleven inches tall, red complexion, dark 
brown hair, stoop-shouldered. So, brothers, 
look out for him and treat him as he de- 
serves. Hoping this will find space in your 
valuable paper, I am 

Fraternally, yours, 

L. L. Campbell. 


liOcal Union No. 216 .'^ 
Owensboro, Ky., July 7, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

I beg you to excuse the oversight shown 
by Local 216 in electing me to the office of 
Press Secretary, but suppose I will have to 
make the best of it. 

Well, things are still in a bad way here as 
far as the Cumberland Telephone Company 
is concerned. We have been locked out now 
something over two months, but have not 
lost hope by any means. To the contrary, 
we think everything is progressing in a 
favorable way for us. 

The company has some scabs in here, but 
if they don't soon remove them this burg 
will become depopulated. 

To begin with, on June 15th two little 
boys, about nine or ten years of age, got 
hung on a guy which was snubbed two feet 
from the ground, crossed with an alternator. 
They were burned from head to foot, but 
fortunately it didn’t kill either. On the 19th 
one of their best men, of about ten days’ ex- 
perience, got on a hot one, fell and died. 
On the 26th the superintendent was shot by 


a foreman whom he had discharged for 
some cause. We were very sorry to hear 
this, as we don’t believe in that way of 
doing business. Although Mr. Hunter has 
been very hard on us, he has our sympathy, 
and hope he will have a speedy recovery. X 
haven’t been informed whether his assail- 
ant was a union, man or not, but hope not, 
for we do not wish for that to happen in 
our ranks. 

You can see from the above that the com- 
pany is having trouble of its own. I hope 
it will be a lesson to them, for we only ask 
what is just, and that is what we must have 
before we return to work. There have been 
a few narrow minded men, I am sorry to 
say, but not many. 

Well, we have been with the company for 
a few days, and I heard just now they had 
come to terms. They agreed to put the 
men back at $2.50 per day for ten hours, 
which the men accepted, so that settled this 
struggle, but not altogether to my satisfac- 
tion. 

The following officers were elected for 
the ensuing term: 

President — Mostyn Martyn, no Maple 
Street. 

Vice "President — Clarence Sniith. 

Reaordir.g Secreteiy — R. L .Woods, §15 
CIi«rry Street 

Finrncial Secretary — Ed Wilke, Home 
Telephone Company. 

Foreman — William T*otts. 

Trustees — William Potts, Clarence Smith. 

I see by the Worker that No. 9 has at last 
won out, which they justly deserve. I no- 
ticed also , that Brother Sheehan has a little 
surplu.s after paying for Brother Burnett’s 
artificial limb. I would suggest that>thi.s 
money be given to Brother Wright (Old 
Crii)"), who no doubt can make good use of 
•it.- 

Well, this is about all I can stir up for the 
present, so I will close by wishing all mem- 
bers success. 

Fraternally yours, 

C. G. Kern, 
Press Secretary. 

LiOcal Union No. 228 . 

Franklin, Pa., July 6, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

A few words to let the brothers know that 
Local 228 is still alive. 




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Brother W. Guy passed from our midst on 
the 9th of June by blowing hirhself up with 
dynamite. 

At our last meeting we decided to have 
our charter transferred to Oil City, as quite 
a number of the boys are leaving here and 
most of the brothers are located in Oil City. 
We held a special meeting in Oil City to-day, 
and the boys turned out very well. 

I cannot give you the list of our officers 
this month, but I will have it for next 
month, as we have election of officers next 
meeting night, July 12. 

Work is not very brisk here at present. 

As there is very little news this month, 
I think I will ring off with the best wishes 
to all brother fixers, and remain 
Fraternally yours, 

Charles Mann, 
Press Secretary. 

liOcal Union No. 222. 

Lafayette, Ind., July 5, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Not seeing anything in the Worker from 
222, and as I have just been elected press 
secretary I feel under obligations to write. 
While 222 has been silent in the Worker, 
we have not been silent here. We are doing 
business, and getting along fine. Our mem- 
bership is increasing, and we are getting 
things our way. We have had considerable 
trouble getting all wire companies in. As 
yet the street car company is out, also Postal 
Tel. Co., but we are all O. K., and all the 
boys working, doing fine. All other unions 
in the city are with us to a finish, and when 
we hear of a scab he goesP. D. Q. by request. 
The painters, carpenters, and plumbers, are 
ever ready to stop and wait until a scab can 
get his grip packed. So, boys, 222 is flour- 
ishing, and wish all locals success. We meet 
on Thursday evening at Labor Temple, 
Come up, boys. Fraternally, yours, 

W. E. Williams. 

Press Secretary. 


Uocal Union No. 242. 

Decatur, III., June 29, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Well, Brothers, I am sorry to say there is 
nothing doing yet, but when there is I will 
let you know. 


Pat Crow says “hello ! ” to Shorty Purple, 
wherever he is, and would like to hear from 
him. 

We all say “hello!” to Roy Wilson, 
wherever he is. 

We would like to see something in the 
Worker from No. 203 next month. 

Well, I guess I will “ring off” for this 
time. ; Chas. Owens, 

Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 126. 

Little Rock, Ark., July 2, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As I have been, elected press secretary for 
the first time, I will try and let our other 
brothers hear from 126 once a month, at 
least. 

We are getting a few new lights in our 
circuit. They are slow, but sure. 

Brother Woods left us to take a job in 
Dallas, Texas. You have to carry the green 
goods to work for him. No. 69 show him 
and he will go you one better. 

There were five brothers visiting us last 
meeting night, but could not learn their 
names. 

Can some one suggest some way to get 
the stay-at-home brothers out to meetings. 
If they don’t come I am going to mail them 
a Worker, so they will see how they have 
dropped behind. Members of 126, please 
come once a month, if nothing else but pay 
dues. Don’t send it by a brother, but come 
and bring it. 

The boycott is still on the Little Rock Tel. 
Company. 

Work is not very good here. 

The Street Car Company is doing new 
work. Brother Kelley, president of 126, is 



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foreman of the work, and they all carry the 
long green, or no go with him. 

Wishing success to all our sister unions, 
I remain 

Fraternally yours, 

Chas. Jobert, 

Press Secretary. 


Local Union No. 225. 

Topeka, Kans., July 6, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As Local No. 225 has not had a letter in 
the Electrical Worker for a month or two, 
I will write a few lines to let the Brothe-- 
hood know that we are still doing business. 
There is plenty of work around here for all 
the union men, and there are a few nons at 
work. I think we can handle them in time. 

There seems to be a great many Brother- 
hood men through this town, and they all 
have the same cry “Lost card,” but that is 
getting too old for No. 225. We have got 
one of that kind on our hands now, or have 
had; the city has charge of him now; 
goes by the name of Box Car Carney. 
I suppose the brothers will remember the 
name. He has no card of any kind that I 
know of. Mr. Carney and orte of the local 
brothers could not agree on some subject, so 
they went to fight it out. When the smoke 
of battle cleared they both looked as if they 
had been through a sausage mill. 

Any of the brothers traveling this way had 
better give this town the go-by, as there may 
be a battle here that would outclass Mr. Car- 
ney’s. The Bell people have got some farm- 
ers here on two weeks’ trial. These farmers 
are to be made trouble men and are supposed 
to work for two weeks for nothing, and the 
way things look now the manager for the 
Bell is going to depend on the linemen to 
post these idiots, but I guess he will get 
badly fooled. I think he has played hor.se 
with the linemen long enough. Brothers, 
there is lots of talk about an electric road 
from Kansas City to Topeka, and if it does 
go through it will make some work for the 
linemen. I think the union should control 
this work if possible. I think if Kansas City 
brothers and Leavenworth local would look 
out for their end we would take care of this 
end of the line, and between the three locals 
we could do some good. 

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work. One was from St Joseph, Mo., and 
we got rid of him in about a week. We are 
keeping a close watch on the other one. He 
savs he worked in Houston, Texas. 

We are letting two brothers loose from 
this union,' both with good cards and both 
good union men. Brothers, if you meet 
them give them a hearty grasp, because they 
are all right. One is Brother D. C. Piatt, 
our Financial Secretary; the other one is Mr. 
Adams. With best regards for the brother- 
hood we remain Local No. 225. 

W. J. McLaughun, 
Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 237. 

Lorain, Ohio, July 7, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker : 

It would be obviously unwise to attempt 
to tell the good that has already been de- 
rived from the organization of our new local 
in Lorain, but we can truthfully say that 
the outlook never seemed brighter than it 
does today. 


We cannot help but feel a pardonable pride 
in the record we have made so far, having 
organized less than four months ago, with 
twenty-eight charter members, we now have 
about seventy (70) brothers in good stand- 
ing. 

Although we have as yet no agreement 
with the companies employing electrical 
workers, the boys will always find that the 
little slip of pasteboard is a very essential 
requisite toward securing a job and the 
friendship of the members of 237; 

Our meeting nights are the first and third 
Thursday nights of each month, in the I. O. 
O. F. Hall, on Broadway, where any worthy 
brother will always find a, hearty welcome. 

Yours fratema.lly, 

F. M. SCOTTON, 
Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 246. 

Steubenville, Ohio, June 8, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

As I have but two days left to write this 


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every drop of it. We send in per- 
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I will not get to tell all the news from here. 

■Everything is hustling along and a good 
chance for some of the brothers around here 
on street car work. 

Our Local here needs a good stirring up 
to get them awakened, and attend the meet- 
ings more regularly. 

Well, as I don’t know anything else to 
write on, I will close, wishing all brothers 
success as we have at present. 

Fraternally yours, 

E. D. R., 
Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 248. 

Chulicothe, Ohio, July 7, 1902. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

Well, another moon has made her ap- 
pearance, and finds the boys of No. 248 
working. 

The job is just now on the wind-up, and 
the boys are beginning to look out for an- 
other land of fragrant flowers. 


With saddest regret we inform you that 
our most esteemed Brother W. S. Gettle met 
his death on board a boat going from Mil- 
waukee to Chicago. Although Brother Get- 
tle’s sad death has cast a gloom over our 
Local, we give it all over into the hands of 
the One All Omnipotent, and say, “Thy will, 
Oh Lord, be done.” 

We still hear from Brother Dan Rail. He 
is sending us candidates for initiation. You 
are good as gold. Old Kentuck. Go ahead. 
We appreciate your good work. 

Well, hoping this will reach you in time 
to be in your most worthy Journal, I remain 
Fraternally yours, 

Ed C. Benjamin, 

• Press Secretary. 

Local Union No. 258. 

Providence, R. I.j July 7, igo2. 
Editor Electrical Worker: 

The time for another letter to our valuable 
Journal has arrived, and though as a scribe 



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I am a failure, I will do the best I can to let 
the Brotherhood know how we are getting 
on. 

We have got things running smoothly now' 
— new members being initiated' at every 
meeting. Last month we had the pleasure of 
adding fourteen new members to the list, 
and Soon expect to have the few remaining 
members of the craft on the' inside. 

I tell you, brothers, we are in the business 
,to stay. Providence will soon have a Local 
to be proud of. .We have hired a new hall 
in the Stanley Building, on Washington 
Street, to hold our meetings, and expect all 
the brothers to show up on Friday nights 
and do their talking in the hall, as “curb- 
stone meetings” don’t go with us. 

At the semi-annual election of officers, 
Friday, June 21, all the officers, with the 
exception of one trustee and one inspector, 
were re-elected, and it is needless to state 
that they are all capable and willing work- 
ers, every one of them. 

The inside men of 99 are still out in this 
city. They are making a good fight for their 
demands and expect to win out in the end. 
We wish our brothers every success. 

The labor organizations of this vicinity 
are beginning to get next to themselves in 
regard to a workingman’s right to vote 
and the way the registration officers were 
kept busy during the past two or three weeks 
is a sign that there will be something doing 
next election. 

Well, brothers, I have told you about all f 
know of in these diggings, and if there i.s 
space enough, will insert a bit of poetry by 
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There is a place called LFnion Town, 

At least so runs the fable. 

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The men of Union Town all smoke;. 

To the pioneer craft they are true, 

They see each brand has on the box 
The Cigarmakers’ Label Blue. 

A lineman reached this Union Town, 

His stoinach was quite liffht; 

An_d .the .first old rounder that he met 
Was the. Indian, Old Dan Wright. 

Says Dan: “You better fill your tank 
' With something good to ate. 

And when you finish don't forget 
Local 258. ^ 

Will close, wishing the Brotherhood every 
success. I am - ■ ‘ 

Fraternally yours, 

James Coweey, 
Press Secretary. 


Local”Union Ho. 259, 

Saeem, iMkss., July 6, 1902. 
Editor EeEctrical Worker : 

As this is the second time that I have had 
.. the pleasure of vvriting to your valuable 


paper, I will try and make it as interesting as 
I can, but there is not much of interest going 
on in this district this month. 

In reading the ElECTricai, Worker I see 
that the East is far behind the West in the 
matter of wages and hours and the electrical 
workers of this , -section are away behind all 
other trades in the .way of organization. It 
is almost impossible to get them to join 
when they can see the great benefit derived 
by other trades in the way of wages and 
hours by being organized. The electrical 
workers are as a rule an intelligent, studious 
class of mechanics, but in the matter of or- 
ganization they seem to be very indifferent. 
To use a slang phrase, they are “thick,” and 
cannot seem to see that it is for their own 
good to be thoroughy organized. ' 

• Perhaps I have dwelt long enough on this 
subject, but I will say a few more, words in 
closing. If every one of the members in this 
part of the country would make himself a 
committee of one and bring in at least one 
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double by the first of September. Let every 
member put his shoulder to the wheel and 
work with a will and see if we cannot bring 
the East up on an equal footing with our 
brothers of the West. 

We are a small organization as yet, but 
are steadily growing, taking in new mem- 
bers at every meeting. 

We have changed our meeting night from 
once a week to once in two weeks, the first 
and third Tuesdays of the month. 

Business is fairly good in this locality. 

I will close, wishing the unions all over 
the country a grand success. 

Fraternally yours, 

F. A. Corker, 
Press Secretary. 


IN MEMORIAM- 

Whereas it has pleased Almighty God, in 
His infinite wisdom, to call from our midst 
our esteemed brother, P. F. Bayle; there- 
fore be it 

Resolved, That as a union we bow in meek 
submission to the will of an all-wise God; 
and be it further 

Resolved, That we have lost a good and 
faithful brother, who was possessed of a 
character beyond reproach, worthy of confi- 
dence, honor and justice," and his family a 
kind and loving son and brother; be it fur- 
ther 

Resolved, That we tender to his afflicted 
family our sincere condolence and our earn- 
est sympathy in their affliction in the loss 
of one who was a devoted brother and an 
upright man ; and it is further 

Resolved, That we drape our charter as a 
token of respect, and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
be presented to the family of our deceased 
brother, a copy be sent for publication to 
the ElECTRicai, Worker, and daily press, and 
a page be set apart in our minute book and 
these resolutions inscribed therein. 

E. B. Sawyer, 

S. A. Strout, 

J. C. Croneey, 

Committee. 

Local Union No. 96, Worcester, Mass. 


Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God in 
his wisdom to call from us our esteemed 
Brother H. C. Perrine ; therefore be it 


Resolved, That we have lost a most worthy 
brother, who had all the confidence and re- 
spect of his fellow man, and his family a 
loving husband and son ; be it further 
Resolved, That we tender to his afflicted 
wife and parents our sincere condolence in 
their hour of sorrow ; and it is further 
Resolved, We "drape our charter for a 
period of thirty days as a token of respect 
to his memory ; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
be presented to the wife and parents of our 
deceased brother, a copy be sent for publi- 
cation to our official journal, and the same 
to be placed in the minutes of our next 
regular meeting. 

H. W. Haeeoway, 

F. F. Mieeer, 

T. B. Speeeissy, 

Committee. 

Local Union No. 6 %, Denver, Colo. 


Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God, in 
His infinite wisdom and mercy, to remove 
from our midst our esteemed member and 
brother, William. P. Murphy, therefore be 
it 

Resolved, That we, the members of Local 
No. 2, of St. Louis, Mo.',” in brotherly love, 
pay tribute to his memory by expressing our 
sorrow at his loss, and extend our heartfelt 
sympathy to his bereaved widow and family ; 
and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
be spread on our minutes, a copy sent to his 
widow, and a copy forwarded to our official 
Journal for publication. 

WM. J. REDDINGTON, . 

Aebert Van Jeankle, 

H. G. Fox, 

Committee. 


Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God to 
remove from our midst one of our most es- 
teemed brothers, one who was glad and 
willing at all times to help bear the burdens 
of hisfellowman, and a most loyal member. 
Brother William McCoy, therefore be it 
Resolved, That we, the members of Local 
No. 2, of St. Louis, Mo., bow in humble 
submission to Divine Providence, knowing 
that he has left an impression in our mem- 
ory that we will ever cherish, and we tender 
to his bereaved children our heartfelt sympa- 


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thy in this, their sad afSiction ; and be it fur- 
ther 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolu- 
tions be spread on our minutes, a copy be 
sent to the relatives of our deceased brother, 
and that they be published in our official 
Journal, 

Wm. J. Reddington, 
Albert Van Jeankle, 

H. G. Fox, 

Committee. 

■ ~ y ■ 

Whereas,^ It has pleased the Supreme 
Ruler of the Universe, in 'His infinite wis- 
dom, to remove from our midst our worthy 
and es(;eemed brother, Wm. M. Foster, be it 
therefore ' . 

Resolved, That we, the merhbers of Uocal 
No. 2, of St. Louis, Mo;, do hereby express 
our most heartfelt sympathy for the loss of 
such a genial- brother 'and a noble conipan- 
ion ; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of. these resolu- 
tions be sent to his parents and spread on 
our minutes, and a copy sent to our Journal 
for publication, and that our charter be 
draped for thirty (30) days. 

Wm. J. Reddington, 
Albert Van JEANKLE, 

H. G. Fox, 

Committee. 


At a recent meeting of Local Union No. 
233, Colorado Springs, Colo., the following 
was adopted : -- s 

Whereas, it has. pleased Almighty God, in 
His wise providence, to cailrfrom-our ranks 
our esteemed friend and ' brother,' George 
Nichols, therefpre be it • 1. 

Resolved, That we, as members of Local 
Union No. 233, do boiv inEuihble submission 
to the will of the all-wiSe God l and be it 
further •' ■- J ' . 

Resolved, That we tehdei tO' his befeaved 
family our sincere sympathy ; in this' their • 
hour of affliction ; and be it furtheb ,i 
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
be presented to the family of ouir deceased 
brother ; also', a copy sent to be published in 
the l^ectrical 'Worker. ■ ' : . 

' ■ Geo. S. Badeag-' , ; 

■ r’" ■ Chas. ELLIOTT) 

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93 


Whereas, It has pleased God, the Father 
Almighty, to again send His messenger, 
death, into our midst and remove another 
esteemed brother, W. V. Johnson ; therefore 
be it 

Resolved, That while we sincerely mourn 
his absence and our loss, we do consider it a 
lesson and warning from Our Heavenly 
Father to be ready at all times, for we know 
not at what hour nor in what way the call 
may come from’Him that giveth and taketh, 
in accordance with His wisdom ; be it 
further 

Resolved, That we extend our heartfelt 
sympathy to his bereaved parents, brothers, 
sisters, and all others by whom he was 
loved ; and further 

Resolved, That we drape our charter for 
thirty days as a token of the esteem in 
which he was held by this union • 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolu- 
tions be sent to his parents, a copy to cur 
journal, and that they be spread on our min- 
utes. 

C. W. Breedi,ove, 

R. R. Grant, 

J. W. Smith, 

Committee. 

Eocal Union No. 8o, Norfolk, Va. 


Whereas, The Ruler of this universe has 
removed from us our beloved and esteemed 
fellow worker, George F. Nichols, on the 
17th day of June, 1902 ; therefore be it 
Resolved, That the earnestness and zeal 
which he has exercised in our local union, 
by his service, contribution, and counsel, 
be held in grateful remembrance by us ; and 
be it further 

Resolved, That the sudden removal of such 
a life from among our midst leaves a vacancy 
and a shadow that will be deeply, realized by 
all the members of this local union and com- 
munity ; therefore be it 
Resolved, That we extend pur heartfelt 
sympathy to his bereaved relatives in the 
hour of their deep sorrow. 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
be spread upon the records of this local 
union, a copy sent to the press, and, also a 
copy forwarded to the bereaved family ; and 
be it further ■ , - • : 

Resolved, That we drape our charter in 


mourning for the next thirty days in memory 
of the deceased. 

John C. Reed, 
Recording Secretary. 
Local Union No. 200, Anaconda, Mont. 


'keep AWAV. 

To Workingmen ; 

Advertisements are being run in hundreds 
of eastern newspapers for the purpose of 
inducing carpenters, bench hands', millmen, 
machinemen, lathers, plasterers, hodcar- 
riers, and, in fact, mechanics of all kinds, to 
come to Los Angeles, where they are proin 
ised steady work at big pay. 

WARNING. 

In conjunction with these advertisements, 
circular letters are being sent broadcast, in 
hopes of getting men to come here in order 
to disrupt the unions of this city and break 
a strike which is being waged against several 
planing mills. 

Many of the merchants and manufacturers 
of this city have organized themselves into 
an employers’ association, for the purpose of 
destroyingorganized labor. This employers’ 
association hopes to flood Los Angeles with 
workingmen that the struggle for jobs will 
be so keen it will result in the disruption of 
the unions and consequently reduce the 
wage scale now being paid. 

The mouth-piece of this secret organiza- 
tion is the notorious scab Los Angeles 
Times. This infamous newspaperis engaged 
in a bitter stauggle with the Los Angeles 
County Council of Labor and the Interna- 
tional Typographical Union, and hopes, by 
aiding the employers’ association, to break 
up the unions of this city and thereby save 
itself from destruction. 

The advertisements and circulars being 
sent out by the employers’ association are full 
of lies and misrepresentations. Do not be 
deceived by them. 

Help us circulate this warning by furnish-- 
ing same to your local newpapers. 

By order of the 

Los Angeles County 

Council of Labor. 

J. A. Gray, President. • 
Lemuel Biddle, Secretary. 

Los'Angeles, Cal., July i, 1902. 



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THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 


FROM BROTHER HEIM- 

Editor Eleci'ricai, Worker: 

I am sorry to say that I have resigned my 
office as recording secretary in Local No. 239. 
I have been working in Harrisburg the last 
two months. I was in Williamsport on the 
4th, and saw a few of the brothers, and they 
said they had not held a meeting for seven 
or eight weeks, as most of the boys are work- 
ing out of town. There are only two or 
three left, and they thought it was- all off 
with the local. 

If you have any more business with No. 
239 please -write to Clayton Kitchen, as I 
don’t know -where I will be next, but I will 
always be a brother, no matter where I am, 
and if I go where there is a local I shall join 
it. Yours truly,' ALBERT Heim. 

Williamsport, Pa., July 10, 1902. 

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96 “' ■ ' ' THE ELECTRICAL WORKER 

^ OF UNIONS 

‘TAKE NOTICE! . 

This Directory Is compiled from the quarterly 


reports furnished by local secretaries. If your 
local is not .properly olassllied, It Is because no 
report, or an Imperfect one, has been furnished.' ' 
Local secretaries should promptly report any 
changes. ' , " ' ' ' ' - ' ' 

Locals are composed of branches of the trade, 
as per the following signs : ' 

•Mixed, t Linemen. | Inside Men. 
r 2 Trimmers. J Cranemen. H Cable Splicers; '■ 

' ®Swltch-board Men. ''Automobile Operators. 

? Shopmen. ' ‘ ' r ' , r • 


. INo. 1, St.: Louis. Mo.— Meets eyery Tuesday at ’ 
Llghtstone’s Hall, Eleventh and, Franklin ave^; 
nue. Pres fdeht , . Steve Garrlgan ;■ 2514 Coleman - 
street; recording secretary, H." Morrison, SlSl; A 
Wagner avenue ; financial secretary, iH-.-Elllson,-, 
6097 A Minerva strept.''; 

i t No. 2, St. Louis, Mo.— Meets. Saturday-evenlngs 
at Electrical Worker’s. Hall, 1028. Frarikllh' ave- 
Tuue. President, P. Horton, 2028 Pine, atreet re- 
cording spcjetary, Jas/ T. ’ Bre.nhan,: 2316' Nbrth- 
Sarah strept; financial secretary, John J. Man- 
son, 28F2 S.alena street. ., . 

I No. 3, Np\y York.— Meets Tuesday and Thursday 
at Brevort Hall, 154 'East Plfty-IourtH street. 
President, D.^H.'Arrhstrong, 850 De G'raw street, . 
Brooklyn ; recording secretary, G. W.'Whltfordf 
441 Ekst Eighty-third street • financial secretary, 
M. R. Jarvis, 154 East Fifty-fourth street. 

t No. 4, New Orleans,' La. — Meets first and third 
Wednesday evenings at P. O; S7 A. Hall, Caron- 
delet, near Peridldo street. "President, Jake Sei- 
bert, 2741 Conti street ; recording secretary, G. F. 
Selle, 2637 Conti street ; financial secretary. Geo. 
Selle, 1241 Mandeville street.l 

iNo. 5. Pittsburg, Pa.— Meets every Friday at 
Electrical Workers’ Hall, 404 Smlthfield street. 
President, C. Hv'^CampV 66 Irwin avenue, Alle- 
gheny, Pa:; recording secretary, J. S Haskins, 
404 Smlthfield street; financial secretary, A. S. Bo- 
vard, 404 Smlthfield street ; business agent, J. J. 
Zlmner, 404 Smlthfield street. 

t No. 6, San Francisco, Cal.— Meets every W ednes- 
day evening at Myrtle Hall, Alcazer building, 120 
O’Farrell street. President, A. E. Dreridell. 89 
Brosnan street; recording secretary, Robert A. 
Simons, 618 Diamond street ; financial secretary, 
E. Schlesslnger, 703 Geary street. 

•No. 7, Springfield Mass.— Meets every Monday 
at Room 19, Court Square Theater building. Pres- 
ident, J. J. Maloney, 13 Butler street; recording 
secretary, R. J. Blnford, 266 High street, Holyoke, 
Mass,; financial secretary, D. B. Ahgreen, P. O. 
Box 81. 

•No. 8, Toledo, Ohio,— Meets every Monday at 
Friendship Hall, corner JeSerson and Summit 
streets. President, J. J. Duck. 318 Sherman 
street ;‘recordlng secretary, Jos. A. W. BUllnslea, 
1612 Madison street; financial secretary, L. J. 
Paratschek, 241 Park street. 

t No.9, Chicago, III.— Meets every Saturday at 
Empire Hall, 148 West Madison street. President, 
William Hicks, 891 West Madison street; record- 
ing secretary, Jas. L. Collins, 6907 La Salle street ; 
financial secretary, P. E. Culllnan, 1061 West 
Adams street. 

♦ No. 1 0, Indianapolis. Ind.— Meets every Monday 
at Morrison’s Hall, Circle street. President, Thos. 
Forbes, 3218 West Michigan street; recording sec- 
retary, P. M. Lans, 232 W. Maryland street ; finan. 
clal secretary, W. F. Clark, 17 South West street. 


•No. 11, Waterbury, Conn.— Meets every Friday 
at Carpenters’ Hall, Schlltz bldg. President. J. 

J. 'Byrnes, P. 0. Box 364; recording secretary, W. 

K. Eldridge, -18 Division street;. financial secre- 
tary, W. J. McNeills, 80 Kingsbury street. 

• No. 1 2, Pueblo. Colo.— Meets every. Friday even- 
ing at Trades’ AssemblyvJlalL. Maln .street, be- 
t-ween , Third and- FOurth-.'StreetB. President, B. 
A\ Reeser, 4193?^'’Sahfa.:Pei»venue ; recording 
secretary,M. S.,Bevah,.: 117 .West Fourth street; 
financial- secretaryrE''.®--^^**®^^^“B> 407% Santa 
Fe a-venue;-. 

- ' 13, El Paso,'tex^:^PreBldent, F. Dldlsch, 

•VI09 North Oregon street;. recording, secretary, S. 
iMllllsbn, Southern Blectflo Cohipany ; finan- 
cIal-secretary|'B.;Harbourt,'70.5';Me6a avenue. ■ 

' t No. 14, PIttsburg','Pa.’i-Meets every second and 
fourth Saturday, at 1000, Fifth 'avenue. President- 
Thomas, Steeh,.3738 Frazier, street ; recording sec 
. retary. D. Warinan,'1000 Fifth avenue ; financial 
secretary, Frank Steen, 1000 Fifth avenue. 

+ No. I5,‘ Hoboken, pj. j.— Meets every Friday 
evening at Hoboken, Fischer’s Hall, 125-127 Hud- 
son .street., President, S. 'H. Klng-, 1110 Garden 
street ;. Hoboken, N. J. ; recording secretary, Jas. 
Morrison, ISNlneteenth street, "Weehauken, N. J. ; 
financial secretary, J. Shillcodk, 1110 Garden 
street, Hoboken, N. J. 

•No. 16, Evansville, Ind.— Meets every Wednes- 
day: at.: Electrical Workers’ Hall. Eighth and 
Maln .streeti ' President, E. L. Mitchell, 608 W. 
^Eighth street; recording secretary, E. E. Hos- 
kinson, 406 Mar.y street; financial secretary, J. 
Ervin, 108 East Franklin street. 

•No. 17, Detroit, Mich.— Meets Saturday even- 
ing, at 'Trades Council Hall, corner Farrar and 
Monroe avenue. President, John H. Wood, 292 
Brooklyn avenue; recording secretary, A. H. 
Davis, 469 Sherman street; financial secretary, 
F. W. Stubenyoll, 497 Sixth street. 

!No. 18, Kansas City, Mo.— Meets second and 
fourth Tuesdays at Labor Headquarters, 823 Cen- 
tral avenue. President, J. T. Byars, 1819 Norton 
street; recording secretary, G. 'W. Jones, 823 
Central ; financial seccretary, W. K. Lamm, 
1317 East Eighth street. 

•No. 19. Atchison, Kans,— Meets every Tuesday 
at Electrical Workers- Hall, 710 Main street. 
President, F. J. Roth, Atchison. Kans.; recording 
secretary, Hugo Walters, Atchison, Kans.; finan- 
cial secretary, Ed. Wentworth, Jr. i 

tNo. 20, New York City.— Meets every Tuesday 
night at Military Hall, 193 Bowery. President, 
M. L. Nlckols, 92 Clarkson Street, Brooklyn ; 
recording secretary, J. H. Wright, 101 Lawrence 
street, Brooklyn ; financial secretary, T. J. Con- 
very, 193 Bowery, New York City. 

tNo. 21, Philadelphia, Pa.— Meets every Friday 
at Elks’ Hall, 232 North Ninth street. President, 
C. Stockleger, 114 North Thirty-second street; 
recording secretary, C. A. Brelsford, 4227 Penny- 
grove street ; financial secretary, R. H. Keller, 
1308 Drury street. 

X No. 22, Omaha, Nebr.— Meets every Wednesday 
at Omaha Labor Temple, Fifteenth and Dodge 
streets. President, H. P. Kerr, 2245 North Nine- 
teenth street ; recording secretary, Charles W. 
Dutton, 1612 North Twenty-fifth street; financial 
secretary, T. D. Huhn, 1912 Dodge street. 

•No. 23, SL Paul, Minn.— President, H. W. Man- 
ning, 260 West University avenue; recording 
secretary, G. "W.- Berryman-, 660 Rice street ; finan- 
cial secretary, H. Tubberslng, 447 West Central 
avenue. 


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97 


*No.24, Minneapolis, Minn.— Meets every Tues- 
day at Halcomb’s Hall, 43 Fourtli street, south. 
President, Louis Foss, 616 Nineteenth avenue, 
south ; recording secretary, J. M. Rust, 47 
Eleventh street, south; financial secretary, J. J. 
Reynslds, 2316 Fourth avenue, south. 

•No. 25, Terre Haute, Ind.— Meets every Thurs- 
day at C.' L. V. Hall, 626 Wabash avenue. Presi- 
dent, James Nlchalson, 1809 North Tenth street ; 
recording secretary. Dean Bostlch, 610 Walnut 
Street; financial secretary, Lee Dickerson, 609 
South Thirteenth street. 

tNo.26, Washington, D.C.— Meets every Thursday, 
Royal Hall, Seventh and N streets, Northwest. 
President, E. Nothnagel, 916 P street. North- 
west; recording secretary, H. Wartham, 8340 
Fourteenth street. Northwest; financial secre- 
tary, George A. Malone, 48 L street, Northwest. 

tNo. 27, Baltimore, Md.— Meets every Monday 
at Border State Bank building. Park avenue and 
Payette street. President, George W. Sutton, 711 
West Saratoga street; recording secretary, G. W. 
Spillman, 602 Wyeth street; financial secretary, 
J. A. Connolly, 1728 North Bond street. 

X No. 28. Baltimore, Md.— Meets every Thursday 
night at Printers’ Hall, 506 East Baltimore street. 
President, Wm. W. Welsh, 1520 Preston street. 
East; reoor ding secretary, J. Carroll Wernlg, 
1864 North Strieker street; financial secretary, 
W. M. Reese, 2824 Parkwood anenue. 

tNo. 29, Trenton, N. J,— Meets every Tuesday 
evening at Rlbson building, corner Front and 
Broad streets ; fourth floor ; take elevator. Pres- 
ident, Geo. Proffatt, 362 Brunswick avenue ; finan- 
cial secretary, Frank J efirles, 22 Bank street. 

• No. 30, Cincinnati, Ohio.— Meets every Wednes- 
day atFiremen’s Hall, 1112 Vine street. President, 
J. M. Perry; recording secretary, F. A. Stinch- 
field, 668 Clark street ; financial secretary, 0. A. 
Palmer, ^22 Cherry street, 

•No. 31, Duluth, Minn.— Meets first and third 
Thursdays at Bricklayers’ Hall, Axa Building, 
221West Superior street. President, B.J.Meagher, 
216 West Superior street ; recording secretary, C. 
"W. Higgins, 216 West Superior street; financial 
secretary, M. A. Hibbard, care of Northern Elec- 
tric Company. 

•No. 32, Lima, Ohio.— Meets first and third Tues- 
days at Donze Hall, South Main street. Presi- 
dent, O. G. Snyder, 905 Bellefontalne avenue ; 
recording secretary, W. C. Holmes, 110 Harrison 
avenue; financial secretary, E. Kraus, 706 North 
Main street. 

•No. 33, New Castle, Pa.— Meets every "Wednes- 
day night at Dushane Hall, Washington street. 
President, H. C. Aiken, 2 Ridge street; recording 
secretary, Paul Gaston, 203 Pitts street; finan- 
cial secretary, H. C. Stockman, 291J^ Pitts street. 

• No. 34, Peoria, iil.— Meets second and fourth 
Mondays at Pettitt’s Hall, 809 Liberty street. 
President, James Conger, 319 New street ; record- 
ing secretary, Neal De Werth, 916 Smith street; 
fllnanclal secretary, C. MacKnlght, general de- 
livery. 

•No, 35, Massillon, Ohio. — Meets second and 
fourth Wednesdays at Maso. Trades’ and Labor 
Assembly Hall, South Erie street. President, 
Frank F. Fllcklnger, 188 Rlchville avenue ; re- 
cording secretary, R. S. Hardgrove. 22 E. Charles 
street; financial secretary, A. Shorb, 882 West 
Tremont street. 

' •No, 36, Sacramento, Cal. — Meets second and 
fourth Mondays, at Federation Hall, J street, be- 
tween Tenth and Eleventh streets. President, 
M. A. DeLerr, 611 J street ; recording secretary, 
B. Yarlck, 1124 I street ; financial secretary, Fred 
A. Holden, 915 Nineteenth street. 

• No. 37, Hartford, Conn.— Meets every Friday at 
Central Labor Union Hall, 747 Main street. Pres- 
ident, F. J. Sheehan, 86 North street. New Britain, 
Conn.; recording secretary, M. Collins; financial 
secretary, J. J. Tracy, 58 Temple street. 

t No. 88. Cleveland, Ohio.- Meets every Tuesday 
at 199 Superior street. President, Edw. T. 
Mackey, 14 Arnold street; recording secretary, 
H. H. Linder, 163 Windsor avenue," financial sec- 
retary, Frank Estingbausen, 83 Prospect street. 


t No. 39, Cleveland, Ohio.—Meets every Thursday 
at Arch Hall, 393 Ontario street. President, F. J. 
Sullivan, 90 Woodbine street; recording secre- 
tary, C. W. Gechter, 898 Logan avenue ; financial 
secretary, A. F. Cooley, 57 Tracy street. 

•No. 40, St. Joseph, Mo.— Meets every Friday 
night at K. of P. Hall, Seventh and Edmond 
streets, third floor. President, W. E. Noonan, 913 
South Twentieth street; recording secretary, 
W,m. Dorsel, 1710 Calhoun street ; financial sec- 
retary, Chas. B. Ellis, 734 So. 4th street. 

t No- 41 , Buffalo'VN. Y.— Meets every Thursday at 
Council Hall, Huron and Elllcott streets. 'Presi- 
dent, G. C. King, 179 Waverly street; recording 
secretary, W. R. Rosenstengel, 179 Laurel street ;, 
financial secretary, L. Whlpperman, 164 Peach 
street. 

* No. 42, Utica, N. Y.— Meets first and third Fri- 
days at Labor 'Temple, 18 Hotel street. Presi- 
dent, W. B. McCoy, 47 St. Vincent place; record- 
ing secretary, L. D. Lacey, 124 Mary street ; finan- 
cial secretary, C. Reame, 236 Miller street. 

I No. 43, ■ Syracuse, N- Y.— Meets second and 
fourth Fridays at Myers’ Hall, corner Montgom- 
ery and East Genesee streets. President, F. H. 
Kenney, 307 Cedar street; recording secretary, 
W. M. Sllllman, 119 Malcolm street; financial 
secretary, J. F. Williams, 243 Seneca street, Onan- 
dago Valley. 

tNo. 44, Rochester, N. Y.— Meets first and third 
Wednesdays at Odd Fellows’ Hall,90State street. 
President, Michael Galitzdorfer, 304 Campbell 
street; recording secretary, Charles W. Brown, 9 
George street; financial secretary, W. G. Carroll, 
245 N orth street. Flat 4. 

t No. 45, Buffalo, N* Y.— Meets second and fourth 
Saturdays at Schwarts’ Hall, corner Gbodell and 
Washington streets. President, Frank Devlin, 
177 Cherry street; recordlngsecretary, A. J. Moss, 
401 Bristol street; financial secretary, L. Dill, 
118 South Division street. 

X No. 46, Lowell, Mass.— Meets every Thursday 
evening at Engineers’ Hall, Wyman’s Ex. build- 
ing, Central and Merrlmac streets. President, 
Geo. W. Conant; recording secretary. Geo. C. 
Smith, care Tucker & Parker, Middle street; 
financial secretary, J. H. Hight. 

•No. 47, Sioux City-— Meets every second and 
fourth Thursday at Building Trades Hall, Rooms 
42-3-424 Joy Block, Fourth and Jackson streets. 
President, Leon W. Tyler, 805 West Fifteenth 
street ; recording secretary, W. D. Treloar, 817 
Eleventh street; financial secretary,. C. A. Blg- 
ings, 1623 Omaha street. 

* No. 48, Richmond, Va. —Meets every Tuesday 
night, at Washington Hall, Laurel and Carey 
streets. President, J. W. Evans, Gen. Delivery ; 
recording secretary, E. A. Lindsey, 505 St. James 
street; financial secretary, W. S. Wev, 2319 West 
Main street 

§No. 49, Chicago, ill.— Meets first andi third 
Thursdays at Labor Row, 187 Washington street. 
President, James Byrnes, 10 East Forty-sixth 
street; recording secretary, W. M. Hickey, 208 
Cass street ; financial secretary, M. J. Malloy. 628 
Tremont avenue. 

* No. 50, Belleville, III.— Meets every Monday a 
Electrical Workers’ Hall, 9 North Illinois street. 
President, Henry Christian, 103 East Main street ; 
recording secretary, A. Welnel, 15 East C street; 
financial secretary, D. Mallinson, corner A and 
Jackson streets. 

•No. 51, Reading, Pa.— Meets at Harugarl Hall, 
48 South Sixth Street. President, L. U. Bowman. 
215 Spruce street ; recording secretary, E. P. De 
Turk, 133 Second avenue. West Reading; finan- 
cial secretary, Walter F. Black, 633 Moss street. 

t No. 52, Newark, N- J.— President, C. Smith ; re- 
cording secretary, J. O. Sharp, 144 Penn avenue ; 
financial secretary, H. Sayre, 144 Penn avenue. 

•No. 53, Harrisburg. Pa.— Meets first and third 
Tuesdays, 256 North street. President, C. A. 
Swarger, 622 Forster street; recordlngsecretary, 
R. E. Bleyer, 255 North street; financial secretary, 
Carl A. E. Andersen, 46 Summit street, 


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*^]o. 54, Columbus, Ohio. — Meets' second and 
fourth Wednesdays at Trades’ and Labor Assem- 
bly Hall, 121^ East Town street. President, J. 
A. Pllger, 240.f Medary avenue; recording secre- 
tary, J. C. Lang, 221 Livingston avenue ; financial 
secretary. Wm. Crevlston, 486 East Mound street. 

*No. 55, Des Moines, Iowa. — Meets second and 
fourth Thursdays at Trades’ and Labor Assembly 
Hall, Seventh and Locust street. President, A. 
R. Morse, 1033 West Fonrthstreet; recording sec- 
retary, Fred A. Wallace, 810 Tenth street ; finan- 
cial secretary, Chas. Lafiln, Thirty-ninth and 
Woodland avenue. 

t No. 56, Erie, Pa.— Meets first, third, and fifth 
Mondays at C. M. B. A. Hall, 721 State street. 
President, J. P. Hanlon, 201 West Fourth street: 
recording secretary, J. J. Reid, 1309 Sassafras 
street ; financial secretary, E. H. Brooks, 241 
W est Twenty-first street. 

No. 57, Salt Lake City, Utah.— Meets Saturdays, 
Electrical Workers’ Hall, 11 West, First street. 
South. President, Ralph Blar, P. O. Box 402; 
recording secretary, P. J. Goodro, P. O. Box 402 ; 
financial secretary, C. J. Reading, Box 402. 

’*No. 58, Niagara Falls, N.Y.— Meets every Friday 
night at Crick’s Hall, corner Third and Falls 
streets. President, R. A. Rawson, Home Tel. Co. ; 
recording secretary, F. L. Baird, Home Tel. Co.; 
financial secretary, C. J. Quackenhusb, 268 Third 
street. 

No. 59, St. Louis- Mo.— Tel. Wlremen— Meets 
Mondays at Llghtstone’s Hall, 1028 Franklin ave- 
nue ; President, Wm. L. McForley, 2810 Randolph 
street; recording secretary, M. D. Callahan, 1533 

A. North Jefferson avenue; financial secretary, 
Wm. M. Walsh, 1362 Qoodfellow avenue. 

* No. 60, San Antonio, Tex.— Meets first and third 
Saturdays, at K. of P. Hall, Alamo Plaza. Presi- 
dent, J. F. Wellege, 1009 South Alamo street; 
recording secretary, W. A. White, 229 West Com- 
merce, care W. G. Shuwirth Co.; financial secre- 
tary, John Thompson, 819 Lubook street. 

*No. 6l,Los Angeles, Cal.— Meets every Thurs- 
day at Council of Labor Hall, 488 South Spring 
street. President. W. A. Woodls, 2009 East First 
street; recording secretary, F. C. Van Cleave, 
702 South Grand avenue ; financial secretary, C. 

B. Smith, 773Ceres avenue. 

*No. 62, Youngstown, Ohio. — Meets first and 
third Tuesday nights at Finn Hall, northwest 
corner public square. President, John Fletcher, 
338 Mercer street, Youngstown, Ohio; recording 
secretary, Wm. Cavenangh, 871 Summit avenue; 
financial secretary, C. A. Onstott, 613 Covington 
street, Youngstown, Ohio. 

*No. 63, Warren, Pa.— Meets first and third 
Wednesdays at D. O. H. Hall, corner Second and 
Liberty streets. President, John Burns, New 
York and Pennsylvania Tel. Co., Warren, Pa. , 
recording secretary, C. W. Simpson. Warren; 
Pa; financial secretary, N. H. Spencer, Warren, 
Pa 

No. 64, New York, N* Y.— Station Men— Meets 
every Friday at Schnetzen Hall, 12 St. Marks 
Place, N. Y. President, H. L. Meyer, 111 East 
One hundred and Twenty-third Streep record- 
ing secretary, W. T. Fernandez, 600 East One 
Hundred and Twenty-first street ; financial sec- 
retary, Chas. Lanaban. 298 West One Hundred 
and Thirty-Seventh street. 

• No. 65, Butte, Mont— Meets first and third Sat- 
urdays at I. O. G. T. Hall, West Broadway. Pres- 
ident, E. A. Cherry, general delivery; recording 
and financial secretary, W. C. Medhurst, P. O. 
Box 846. 

*No. 66, Houston, iTex. — Meets first and third 
Mondays at Caledonian Hall, Texas avenne. 
President, C. T. McIntyre, Citizens’ Telephone 
Company; recording secretary, A. G. Thomas 
12 New Orleans streets; financial secretary, W. 
H. Willson, Citizens’ Telephone Company. 

*No. 67, Quincy, III.— Meets second and fourth 
Thursday at Trades’ and Labor Hall, Main street, 
between Sixth and Seventh streets. President, 
O. L. Preston; recording secretary, L. S. HuU; 
financial secretary, J. M. Redmond, 313 South 
Fourth street. 


I No. 68, Denver, Colo.— Meets every Monday at 
Room 512, Charles block. Fifteenth and Curtis 
streets. President, C. E. Jackson, P. O. Box 614; 
recording secretary, Henry Teele, Box 614; finan- 
cial secretary, T. B. Spelllssy, Box 614. 

tNo. 69, Dallas, Tex.— Meets every Wednesday 
night at Labor Temple, 388 Main street. Presi- 
dent, A. Kramer, 124 Cora street ; recording sec- 
retary, R. S. Carmack, 143 Crockett street ; finan- 
cial secretary, J. P. Coughtry, 178 Cabell street. 

*No. 70, Cripple. Creek, Colo. — Meets every 
Wednesday at Electrical Workers’ Hall, Fairley 
& Lampman block. President, Taylor D. Chunn ; 
recording secretary, W. Ross; financial' secre- 
tary, E. P. Steen, P. O. Box 684. 

•No. 71, Lancaster, Pa.— Meets every Sunday 
morning at A. F. of L. Hall, South Queen street. 
President, P. Lawrence, 836 Green street ; record- 
ing secretary, J. Lawrence, 551 Rockland street ; 
financial secretary, Wm. O’Connors, 446 South 
Christian street. 

* No. 72, Waco, Tex.— Meets second and fourth 
Saturday nights at Labor Hall, ^anklln street. 
President, C. G. Davidson, 115NorthFlfth .street; 
recording secretary, C. F, Mans, 1215 Baylor 
street; financial secretary, J. E. Caple, 108 
North Sixth street 

* No. 73, Spokane, Wash.— Meets every Monday 
Central Labor Hall, First and Post streets. Pres- 
ident, W. A. Davis, 1204. College avenue; re- 
cording secretary, M. McCain, 1503 Mallon ave- 
nue; finan. lal secretary, E. A. Ross, Sixth and 
Magnolias :eets, P. O. Box 635. 

•No, 74, Winona, Minn.— Meets first and third 
Thursdays at ofiBce of City Superintendent of 
Fire Alarms. President, Daniel Bahmer, 509 Wil- 
son street; recording secretary, John P. Fromm, 
467 East Fourth street ; financial secretary. H. B. 
Kline, 610 Olmstead street. 

* No. 75, Grand Rapids, Mich.— Meets every Satur- 
day, at Electrical Worker’s Hall, corner South 
and Main streets. President, H. B. Warner, P. 

O. Box 402 ; recording secretary, P. J. Gooddro, 

P. O. Box 402 ; financial secretatry, C. J. Reading, 
P. O. Box 402. 

* No. 76, Tacoma, Wash.— Meets first and second 
Saturdays at Sons of Veterans’ Hall, 137 Com- 
mercial street. President, J. E. Willis, 4121 
Thompson avenue; recording secretary, J. W. 
Dean, 1606 South E street; financial secretary, 
J. M. Dean, 1606 South B street. 

* No.77, Seattle, Wash.— Meets every W ednesday 
evening at Masonic Temple, Second and Pike 
streets. President, A. Wagner, 306 Pike street; 
recording secretary, 6. W. Davis, 2085 Fifth ave- 
nue ; financial secretary, G. W. Walten, 222 Sixth 
avenue. North 

UNo. 78.'Chlca^o. III.— Meets second and Fourth 
Fridays at Fitzgerald’s Hall, corner Halsted and 
Adams streets. President, J. E. Kaiser, 504 Ar- 
mour avenue; recording secretary, H. Lind, 249 
West Erie street; financial secretary, George 
Foltz, 975 Clifton Park avenue. 

tNo. 79, Syracuse, N. Y.— Meets first and third 
Mondays at Myers’ Hall, corner of East Genesee 
and Montgomery streets. President, Samuel 
Young, 525 Cedar street; recording secretary, V. 
8. Whitney, 236 West Onondaga street ; financial 
secretary, John Walsh, 220 Hawley avenue. 

•No. 80, Norfolk, Va-— Meets Tuesdays at Eeo- 
trical Workers Hall, 268 Main street. President, 
R. R. Grant, P. O. Box 232; recording secretary, 
Harry Jackson, P. O. Box 232 ; financial secre- 
tary, J. W. Smith, P. O. Box, 232. 

* No. 81 , Scranton, Pa.— Meets second and fourth 
Monday at 220 Laokawana avenue. President, 
D. Laverty, 813 Mulberry street ; recording secre- 
tary, Gall Bonham, 813 Linden street; financial 
secretary, T. B. Sturdevant, 905 Cedar avenue. 

* No. 82. Henderson. Ky.— Recording secretary, 
Tinsley Rudy, 327 Second street ; financial secre- 
tary, Arthur Quinn, 818 North Elm street. 

* No. 83, Milwaukee, WIs.— M eets every Friday at 
Llpp’s Hall, corner Third ' and Prairie streets, 
president, Wro. Brazell, 884 Cass street; record- 


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Ing secretary,. H. F. Johnston, 1312 W street; 
financial secretary, O. Walloth, 471 South Pierce 
street. 

tNo. 84. Atlanta, Ga.— Outside men — Meets every 
Tuesday at 23J4 South Brand street. President, 
G. T. Chaflin, 13 South Brand street; recording 
secretary, E. M. Gandy, 108 % South Forsyth 
street; financial secretary, A. R. Rodgers, 206 
S. Forsyth street. 

* No. 85, Sault Ste- Marie, Ontario, Can. — Meets 
second andlourth Friday at DawsonBlock,Q,ueen 
street East. President, Ed. M. Rlcklnson, Sault 
Ste. Marie., Ontario, Can. ; recording secretary, 
Harry Lamberton, Sault Ste. Marie ; fllnahcial 
secretary, Chas. J. Onley, Sault Ste. Marie. 

tNo. 86, Rochester, N- Y.— Meets second and 
fourth Tuesdays at Durand building, 68 Main 
street. West. President, James Gibson, Hotel 
Savoy; recording secretary, L. J. Ferner, 204 
Fulton avenue ; financial secretary, A. Dennls- 
ton, 3 Baldwin street. 

t No. 87, Newark, N- J-— Meets every Friday at 
G. A. R. Hall, 87 Market street. President, F. 
Houstln ; recording secretary, W. Hull ; financial 
secretary, W. Peer. 

* No. 88, Savannah, Ga.— Meets second and fourth 
Thursdays at Eabor Hall, Whitaker and Brough- 
ton streets. President, W. U. Clalbone, P. O. Box 
316; recording secretary, J. T. Finnegan. P. O. Box 
316; financial secretary, F. Hudson, P. O. Box 316. 

*No. 89. Akron, Ohio.— Meets first and third 
Thursday nights at Bricklayers’ Hall, 168 South 
Main street. President, George Burgoon, 145 
Benjamin street: recording secretary, F. F. 
Loomis, 111 Viaduct; financial secretary, Fred 
Bien, 126 Dayton street. 

*No. 90, New Haven, Conn.- Meets every Satur- 
day night at Forester’s Hall, 781 Chapel street. 
President, Sam’l Johnson, 63 Derby ave.; record- 
ing secretary, Frank Horan, 247 Lombard street ; 
financial secretary, W. J. Dobbs, 73 Lafayette 
street. 

*No. 91 , Easton, Pa.— Meets First and third Sun- 
days at Odenwelders Hall, Seventh and North- 
ampton streets. President, Edward Welch, 123 
South Fourth street, Easton ; recording secre- 
tary, Tllghman A. Martin, 308 Wllkesbarre Street, 
Easton, Pa.; financial secretary, W. C. Pearce, 
40 Wllkesbarre street, Easton, Pa. 

*No.92, Hornellsville, N- Y.— Meets every second 
and fourth Saturdays at I. O. G. T. hall, corner 
Main and Broad streets. President, C. M. Kelly, 
83 Broad street ; recording secretary, C. A. Smith, 
lock box 478 ; financial secretary, D. D. Smith, 
lock box 473. 

J No. 93. Atlanta, Ga.— Meets every Monday at 
Electrical W orker’s Hall, 28*^ South Broad street. 
President, George Foster, 64 Larkin street ; re- 
cording secretary, L. L. Barnes, 159 Nelson street ; 
financial secretary, J. J. Peters, Edgewood, Ga. 

* No. 94, San Diego, Cal.— Meets first and third 
Thursdays at Council of Labor Hall, corner Fifth 
and G streets. President, Sam McGovern, 422 
Kearney avenue ; recording secretary, Egbert C. 
Bangs, 320 Logan avenue : financial secretary, 
George E. Stewart, 867 Seventh street. 

•No. 95, Joplin, Mo.— Meets everv Thursday 
night at Labor Hall, Sixth and Wall streets. 
President, A. L. Downing, S. W. Mo. Light Com- 

S sny ; recording secretary, J. A. Woodson ; 

[slsourl-Kansas Tel. Co. ; financial secretary, 
Charles Nelson, box 461. 

• No. 96, Worcester, Mass.— Meets every Monday 
at 419 Main street, room 19. President, S. A. 
Strout, 419 Main street ; recording secretary, W. 
F. Heath, 419 Main street; financial secretary, J. 
Torkelson 419 Main street. 

• No 97, Mt. Vernon, 0.— Meets every first and 
third. Saturday, at Lightning Club Hall, corner 
Main and Gambler streets. President, Howard 
Chase, East Hanetraneck street; recording sec- 
retary, Frank D. Morrison, Mt. Vernon, Ohio ; 
financial secretary, O. Layman, Mt. Vernon, 
Ohio. 

tNo. 98, Philadelphia, Pa.— Meets every Tues- 
day night at Odd Fellows’ Temple, Broad and 


Cherry streets. President, Mort B. Gleeson, 972 
North Sixth street ; recording secretary, Chas. 
Sid Andres, 804 Odd Fellows’ Temple; finan- 
cial secretary, Louis F. Spence, 1538 Manton 
street; business agent, Chas. Sid Andres, 304 
Odd Fellows’ Temple. 

♦ No. 99, Providence, R. I.— Meets every Monday 
night at Hanley Building, 63 Washington street. 
President, S. E. Sanborn, 82 Trask street; record- 
ing secretary, R. A. Ripley, 447 Washington 
street; financial secretary, R. A. Joyce, 10 How- 
ard avenue, Pawtudket, R. I. ■ 

•No. 100, Jacksonville, Fla.— Meets every Tues- 
day over Florida Cafe. President, B. J. McDon- 
nell, 2M Stuart street ; recording secretary, J. O. 
Barnwell, 401 West Duval street ; financial secre, 
tary, S. B. Kitchen, 722 West Monroe street. 

tNo. 101, Middletown, N. Y.— Meets first Satur- 
day in each month at Times Building, Center 
and King streets. President, Charles Cunning- 
ham, 109 East avenue; recording secretary, Chas. 
Carvey, 22 Grove street ; financial secreretary, 
Charles Schaefer, 30 Cottage street. 

•No. 1 02, Paterson, N. J.— Meets second and 
fourth Mondays at Oakley Hall, 226 Paterson 
street. President. E. J. Clancy, 37 Ward street, 
recording secretary, V. Graglla, 348 Straight 
street; financial secretary, W. H. Cross; 84 Sher- 
man street, Passaic, N. J. 

tNo. 103. Boston. Mass.— Meets every Wednes- 
day at Arcade Hall, 7 Park square. President, 
John J. McLaughlin, 213 Maverick street; record- 
ing secretary. William H. Sullivan. 123 Hudson 
street. Boston financial secretary. Ernest H. 
Chase, 19 Allston souare, Allston. 

tNo. 104. Boston. Mass.— Meets every Wednes- 
day at Machinists’ Hall, 987 Washington street. 
President, Leod McLeod, 12 Wesiey street, 
Somerville, Mass.; recording secretary, Hugh 
Mclnnls. 97 Pine street, Cambridge, ■ Mass. ; 
financial secretary, T. H. Judson, 388 Warren 
street. Roxbury, Boston. Mass. , 

•No. 105. Hamilton. Ont— Meets second and 
fourth Thursday at Trade and Labor Hall, 17 
Main street east. President, John Mitchell, 138 
Breadlbrane street; recording secretary, W. J. 
Griffith, 266 Catharine street, north ; financial sec- 
retary, Chas. Fry, 114 Ferguson avenue, north. 

♦No. 106. Jamestown. N.Y.— Meets every Monday 
at Textile hall, over 20 Eest Third street. Presi- 
dent. K. W. Spenser, 230 Crosby street ; recording 
secretary, Fred D Tlflany, 205 Jefierson; finan- 
cial secretary, W. Torrey, 44 Park street. 

1 No- 107 Louisville. Ky.— Meets first and third 
Thursdays at Reeb’s Hall, 516 Flfthstreet. Presi- 
dent, Charles Kincaid, 2319 West Broadway; re- 
cording secretary, John Magness, 2231 Brook 
street : financial secretary, John Stone, 2109 Strat- 
ton avenue. 

•No. 108. Tampa. Fla.— Meets every Monday 
night at Armory Hall, Lafayette street byldge. 
West End. President, W. R. Clarke. 1907 N ebraska 
avenue; recording secretary, George A. Bethell- 
mew, Morgan street: financial secretary, J. L. 
Brown, 1708 Tampa street. 

•No. 109, Davenport. Iowa.— Meets first and 
tblrdTuesdays at Lahrman’s hall. Second and 
Ripley streets. President, George Weatherby, 
care of J. S. Bills, flat G, Warner Flats ; recording 
secretary, W. C. Bloom, 108^ East Fourth street; 
financial secretary, James Dallner, 202 East Fifth 
street, Davenport, Iowa. 

♦ No. 1 10, Sandusky, Ohio. - 

•No. HI. Honolulu, Hawaii.— Meets first and 
third Fridays at St. Antonio Hall, Vineyard 
street. President, Wm. Gltt. Hawaiian Electric 
Company; recording secretary, Carl Taylor. P. 
O. Box 546; financial secretary, R. J. Berger, Ha- 
waiian Electric Company. 

tNo- 112. Louisville. IW.— Meets every Tuesday 
at Odd Fellow’s Hall, Jefierson streets, between 
First and Second streets. President, Ed. Clem- 
ents, 628 West Market street, or Bosler Hotel; re- 
cording secretary, Thomas Burns, 623 Chestnut 
street; financial secretary, Thomas Reddington, 
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♦No. 113, Colorado Springs, Colo.— Meets every 
Friday at O. A. H. Hall, over Voorhees’ store. 22 
South Tejon street. President, G. G. Macy. 17 
W. Costilla street; recordingsecretary, H. H. Van 
Dusen, general delivery; financial secretary, H. 
T. Paschal, Box 1057. 

♦No. 1 14,Toronto,Can.— Meetssecondandfonrth 

Wednesdays at Richmond Hall, 27 West Rich- 
mond street. President, Charles H. Smart, 575 
Delaware avenue; recording secretary, W. C. 
Clark, 846 Sackvllle street; financial secretary, 
K. A. McRae, 102 West King street. 

♦ No. 1 1 5, Austin, Tex.— Meets second and fourth 
Wednesdays at Trades Council Hall, over 1000 
Cong, avenue. President, R. N. Leok, 709 Cong, 
avenue; recording secretary, B. F. MoICaughan, 
1504 Sabine street; financial secretary, B. F. Mc- 
Donald, 200 East Sixteenth street. 

t No. n 6, Los Angeles,Cal.— Meets every Tuesday 
at Brent’s Hall, 534 South Spring street. Presi- 
dent, T. Storle, 1412 East Twenty-first street ; re- 
cording secretary, H. V. Eaton, 1106 West Jeffer- 
son street; financial secretary, E. H. Fleishman, 
1389 Union avenue. ' 

♦No. 117. Elgin, III.— Meets first and third Thurs- 
days, at Trades Council Hall, Room 31, Spurllng 
Block. President, A. N. Soper, 719 Highland 
avenue; recording secretary, W. C. Beardsley, 259 
Ann street ; financial secretary, John O’Rourke, 
476 Locust street. • 

♦No. 1 18, Dayton, 0.— Meets Thursday nights at 
Dlster Post Hall. North Main street. President, 
J. H. Sheets, WUoughby street; recording secre- 
tary, Charles Reiter, 911 West Third street; finan- 
cial secretary, J. W. Hott, 2 Stanley street. 

♦No. 119, Fall River Mass— Meets second and 
third Thursdays, at Crosson’s hall. Market 
square. President William A. Kell, careof Auto 
Tele. Company, N ew Bedford, Mass.; recording 
secretary, A P. Adams, 290 Ridge street ; finan- 
cial secretary, George E. Kimball, Fall River, 
Mass. 

♦No. 120. London. Ont.— Meets second and fourth 
Tuesdays at Oriental Hali, Clarence street. Presi- 
dent, Frank Stevens, 189 Wellington street; re- 
cording secretary, J. G. Rushton,12Naplerstreet; 
financial secretary, L. R. Folley, 189 Wellington 
street. 

tNo. 121, Denver. Col.— Meets every Wednesday 
at Charles Block, room 202, Fifteenth and Curtis 
streets. President, David Reed, 135 Archer 
street; recording secretary, James McMurray, 
2916 Arapahoe street; financial secretary, F. J. 
Currlgap, 1118 Twenty-seventh street. 

♦ No. 1 22, Great Falls, Mont— Meets every Thurs- 
day at Foundry Onion Hall, 16 Second street 
north. President, D. D. Barnes, care of Tele- 
phone Company; recording secretary, C. W’ 
Todd, P. 0. Box 885; financial secretary, George 
Kleley, P. O. Box 385. 

♦No. 123, Wilmington, N- C. —Meets every Mon- 
day at Bank Building, Front and Princess 
streets. President, A. H. Weedon, Wllmlng- 
ion Gas Light Company ; recording secretary, E. 
C. Horton, 503 South Sixth street ; financial sec- 
retary, W. W. Thigpen, 719 Princess street. 

tNo. 124. Galveston. Tex.— Meets second and 
fourth Fridays at Cooks’ and Walters’ Hall, 
Tremont street, between Market and Mechanic 
streets. President, W. D. Gumming, 1406 Twenty- 
seventh street ; recording secretary, G. a. Collier, 
2112 Winnie street; financial secretary, F. W. 
Gillmau, 2211 Post Ofifice street. 

♦No. 125, Portland, Ore.— Meets every Wednes- 
day at Arion Hall, Second and Yamhill street. 
President, A. Mills, 207 Fourth street ; recording 
secretary Thomas Synnot, Bar Hotel; financial 
secretary, F. E. Wooley, 81 Thirteenth street. 

♦No. 126, Little Rock, Ark. —Meets every Tuesday 
■ at Trades’ Council Hall, southeast corner Mata 
and Markhem streets. President, T. M. Kelly, 
1314 Worth street; recording secretary, Chs. Lo- 
bert, P. O. Box 472; financial secretary, C. M. 
Milham, Edison Light Company, Traction Com- 
pany. 



♦No. 127, New Rochelle, N. Y.— Meets last Friday 
In each month at New Rochelle, N. Y., 8 Lawton 
street. President, R. K. Johnson, 8 Lawton 
street ; recording secretary, John Hughes, 8 Law- 
ton street ; financial secretary, J. C. Irwin, Green- 
wich, Conn. 

*No. 128, Alton. III.— Meets every Monday at 
Nlssbltt Building, Second and Market streets. 
President, Edgar Rice, 330 Bluff street; record- 
ing secretary, J. A. Martin, Haagan Building 
Second and Plnso streets; financial secretary, W. 
E. Mumby, 11 Eastern street. 

♦ No. 1 29, Nashville, Tenn.— Meets every Monday 
at B. T. C. Hall, 327J4 Union street. President, C. 
Snider, 401 Church street; recording secretary, 
L. L. Berry, 214 South High street; financial sec- 
retary, Jno. B. Plain, 150 North College street. 

t No. 130, New Orleans, La.— Meets every Thurs- 
day at Finnan hall, 618 Gravler street. Presi- 
dent, L. V. Lindsey ; recording secretary, W m. 
Fisher, 615 Third street ; financial secretary, T. J. 
Preston. 

tNo. 131, Traverse City, Mich.— Meets second and 
last 'Tuesdays in month In C.S. P. 8. Hall, South 
Union street. President, Frank Alvord, 340 East 
Front street; recording secretary, H. E. Maillat, 
City Tel. Co. ; financial secretary, W. L. Porter, 
Mich. Tel. Co. 

♦No. 132 South Bend, Ind.— Meets firstandsecond 
Wednesday at Federal Labor Hall on Mich, street 
and N orth J efl'erson. President, J. E. Perry,' 1214 
Washington street; recording secretary, R. W. 
Miller, Home Tel. Co. ; financial secretary, F. E. 
Hudson, Colfax and Michigan streets. 

JNo. 133, Detroit, Mich.— Meets every Wednes- 
day night at Armstrong Hall, 200 Randolph 
street. President, W. Walters, 209 Labrosse 
street ; recording secretary, L. A. Berg, 164 Locust 
street; financial secretary, H. Chapman, 521 
Champlain street. 

. tNo. 134, Chicago, III.— Meets every Thursday 
night. Building Material Trades Council Hall, 124 
S. Clark street. President, Samuel Grlmblot, 647 
West Harrison street ; recording secretary. Geo. 

O. Johnson, 1250 West Van Buren street; finan- 
cial secretary, W. A. Cummings, 124 SouthClark 
street ; business agent, T. E. Lee, 124 South Clark 
street. 

tNo. 1 35, Trenton, N- J.— Meets every Monday at 
A. P. A. Hall, corner Broad and State streets. 
President, J. H. Brlster, 50 Fountain avenue ; re- 
cording secretary, P. L. Morris, 223 West Broad 
street; financial secretary, N. Mountford, 20 
Poplar street. 

♦No. 136, Birmingham, Ala.— Meets every Tues- 
day at DunkaidHall, 210 North Twentieth street. 
President, F. S. Williamson, general delivery; 
recording secretary, J. E. B. Vincent, 630 Third 
avenu^ financial secretary, G. W. Brown, 321 ^ 
North Eighteenth street. 
tNo. 137, Albany, N- V— Meets every Sunday, 1 

P. M., at Labor Temple, Pearland Beaver streets. 
President, E. J. Landy, 80 Trinity Place ; record- 
ing secretary, T. E. Best, 100 Rail Road avenue. 
Cohoes, N. Y. ; financial secretary, James Ryan, 
25 Catherine street. 

♦No. 138, Fort Wayne, Ind.— Meets every Thurs- 
day at 62 Clinton street, third fioor. President, 
H. E. Wtmeland, 24 Spy Run avenue ; recording 
secretary, E. L. Fisher, 29 East Washington 
street ; financial secretary, M. B. Larimer, room 
28, Bank Block. 

♦ No. 1 39, Elmira, N. Y.— Meets first and third Sun- 
days at 10 o’clock, at Federation of Labor Hall, 
between Lake and Baldwin streets. President, 
Tim Horigan, 417 Columbia street ; recording 
secretary, Dan Lynch, 130 West Water street; 
financial secretary, C. H. Owens, 104 Exchange 
Place. 

♦No. 140, Schenectady, N- Y.— Meets first and 
third Wednesdays at Carpenter’s Hall, §tate 
street. President, Wm. Van Vechten, 115 Irving 
street; recording and corresponding secretary. 
Geo. W. Colony, 510 % State street ; financial sec- 
retary, J. H. Reed, 489 South Center street. 


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tNo. 141, Frankfort, Ky.— Financial secretary, 
Geo. M. Egbert, 406 St. Ulalr street.- 

*No. 142, Wheeling, W. Va.— Meets every Friday 
night at Trabert & Vogt’s Hall, Market’ street, 
between Seventeenth and Eighteenth. Presi- 
dent, Isaiah Tuttle, 80 Main street ; recording sec- 
retary, C. W. Grlffln, General Delegate. 

*No. 143, Ashtabula, 0.— Meets first and third 
Tuesdays, at B. 1. L. of A. Hall, Spring street. 
President, A. B. Chase Palmer, 10 Kinsman 
street; recording secretary, John Brady, New 
Commercial Hotel; financial secretary, H. J. 
Williams, 233>^ Main street. 

•No. 144, Wichita, Kan.— Meets every Tuesday 
night at 400 East Douglas lavenue. President, J. 
A. Snyder, 929 South Water street; recording 
secretary, L. W. Ray, 1218 Waco street ; financial 
secretary, R. George, 250 North Main street 

•No. 145, Saginaw, Mich.— Meets first and third 
Wednesdays of each month at Engineer’s Hall, 

218 Genesee avenue. Presldent,Edward J. Dandy, 
914 Fltzhue street, east side; recording secretary, 
Peter Jerome, 1012 Atwater street; financial sec- 
retary, Burt Randall, 185 Pleasant street, west 
side. / 

* No. 146, Bridgeport, Conn.— Meets every Friday 
at Sons of Veterans’ Hall, 955 Main street. Presi- 
dent, Henry Demne, 1287 Pembroke street ; 
recording secretary, C. J. Carmody, 623 P. O. 
Box.; financlalsecretary, Jno. J. Beirne, 272 Ben- 
ham avenue. 

•No. 147, Anderson, Ind.— Meets every Friday 
night at Bricklayer’s Hall, Main street, between 
9th and 10th streets. President, F. A. W artenby, 
1824 Jackson street; recording secretary, Earl 
Cherlngton, 1022 Main street ; financlalsecretary, 
J. T. Griffin, 1022 Main street. 

tNo. 148, Washington, D. C.— Meets second and 
fourth Tuesdays, at 737 aeventh street, north- 
west. President, J. Fish, Brlghtwood, D. G.; 
recording secretary, Jf. A. Carroll, 468 M street 
southwest; financial secretai-y, W. T. Malloy, 
403 Eighth street, northwest.. . 

•No. 149, Aurora. III.— Meets second and fourth 
Tuesdays at Trade and Labor Hall, 9 and 11 South 
Broadway. President, Charles Monroe, No. 505 
Railroad street ; recordlufe secretary, John Glen- 
non, 858 Spruce street; financial secretary, Ed- 
ward Mllihouse, 23 North Broadway. 

•No. ISO, Bay City, Mich.— Meets second and 
fourth .Tuesdays at A. O. U. W. Hall, corner Cen- 
ter and Adams streets. President, O.-D. Remey, 
113 North Munroe street ; recording secretary, W. 
D. Parker, Essexvllle, Bay County, Mich.; finan- 
cial secretary, James M. Ferguson, 268 Jefferson, 
street. 

tNo. 151, San Francisco, Cal. — Meets Wednes- 
days at Forester’s Hall, 102 O’ Farrell street. Pres- 
ident, George Cooney, 214 Third street; recording 
secretary, J. F. Leonard, 1227 Filbert street; 
financial secretary. Jas. J. Farrell, 1027 O’ Farrell 
street 

•No. 152, Ft Scott, Kan.— Meets first and third 
Wednesday evenings at B. of L. F. Hall, 701 East 
Main street. President, C. S. White, 524 Clark 
street; recording secretary, O. M. Chin, National 
Hotel; financial secretary, J. E. White, 529 North 
National avenue. 

•No. 153. Marlon, Ind.— Meets every Tuesday at 
Riley Hall,West Third street. President, Marlon 
Frank Knapp, Oyster Bay Hotel; recording sec- 
retary, J. O. Clark, Homestead Hotel; financial 
secretary, John Gormley, South Gallltln street. 

•No. 154, Cleveland, 0.— Meets first and third 
Fridays at O’Donnell’s Hall, 89-91 Prospect street. 
President, Martin Durkin, 328 Waverly avenue; 
recording secretary, Wm. Rlelley, 11 Sibley 
street; financial secretary, Chas. Ruttle, 25 Nor- 
wich street 

•No. 155, Oklahoma City, 0. T.— Meets every 
Monday evening at Labor Hall, corner Second 
and Broadway. President, M. H. Scott, 9 North 
Broadway; recording secretary, A. A. Holcom, 

219 Noble avenue; financial secretary, W. J. 
Stewart, 724 West Fourth street. 

•No. 156, Ft Worth, Tex. —Meets first and third 
Wednesdays at B. T. C. Hall ' Main street. 


President, J. R. Hancock, 1106 Jennings avenue.; 
recording secretary, Lee Stephens, 602 West Fir st 
street; financial secretary, C. F. Crabtree, City 
Hall. 

•No. 157, Elkhart, Ind.— Meets first and third 
Thursdayln Central Labor Hall, corner Main and 
Franklin streets. President, Asa Klntsier ; re- 
cording secretary, H. A. Row, 506 Beardsley ave- 
nue; financial secretary, L. D. Whittlg. 

•No. 158,Temple, Tex.— Meets second and fourth 
Wednesdays at Odd Fellows’s Hall, Post Office 
Building. President, George Grotehouse, general 
delivery; recording secretary, H. S. Newland-, 
506 South Eleventh street; financial secretary. 
Miss Lizzie Hard, West End. 

•No. 1 59. Madison, WIs.— Meets s^ond Thursday 
at Union Hall, State street. President, Wm. Nefi, 
1316 Day ton street ; recording secretary, H. W: 
Schroeder: financial secretary, Hiram Nelson, 
426 West Washington avenue. 

•No. 160. Zanesville, 0.— Meets every Wednes- 
day night at Union Hall, corner Seventh and 
Main streets. President, J. Simmons, 268 Keen 
street; recording secretary, C. G. Kern, 766 Orch- 
ard street ; financial secretary, J.. Mangan, Kirk 
House 

•No. 161, Unlontown, Pa.-^Meets second and 
fourth Saturdays, on Main Street. President, J. 
D. Riffle; recording secretary, Charles Berg; 
financial secretary, Clyde Cottom. 

tNo 162, Omaha, Neb.— Meets every Tuesday 
night at Puller Hall, corner Fourteenth and 
Douglass streets. President, Tom Casebolt, Coun- 
cil Bluffs, Iowa; recording secretary, George 
Russell, Labor Temple; financial secretary, 
Fred. Witters, 2874 Maple street; 

•No. 163, Wlikesbarre, Pa.— Meets first and third 
Mondays at Koon’s Hall, 88 East Market street. 
President, I. Y., Williams, 125 Gaylor avenue, 
Plymouth, Pa.; recording secretary, H. S. Krum, 
15 W’est Hollenback avenue; financlalsecretary, 
Henry Feldler, 12 East Jackson street. 

tNo. 164, Jersey City, N- J.— Meets Monday, Feh- 
ren’s Hall, 168 Beacon avenue. President, Jos. 
Brennan, 60 Twelfth street, Hoboken; recording 
secretary, Edward Cook, 139 Grace street, Jersey 
City; financial secretary, Edw. P. Kenna, 1119 
Washington street, Hoboken. 

♦No. 165.NewportNews, Va.— Meets every other 
.Tuesday evening at C. L. U. Hall, corner Thirty- 
second street and Washington avenue. Presi- 
dent, J. W. Drlvbr, 1015 Twenty-sixth street; re- 
cording secretary, H. A. Nycum, P. O. Box 374; 
financial secretary, R. A. Gentls, 1080 Twei-’ty- 
eighth street. 

*No. 166, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Can. — Meets sec- 
ond and fourth Tuesdays in month at Trades Hall, 
corner Market and Main streets. President, L. 
Woodman, 582 Pacific avenue; recording-secre- 
tary, C. H. Wilks, 700 McDermott avenue ; finan- 
cial secretary, W. Girard. 114 Hallett street. ■ 

•No. 167, Bowling Green, Ohio.— Meets first and 
third Mondays at Oil Workers' Hall, South Main 
street. President, Otis Mollencup, ; recording sec- 
retary, Frank Morse; financial secretary, J, H. 
Brown, 71 North Prospect street. 

•No. 168, Mobile, Ala.— Meets first and third 
Tuesday at Odd Fellows’ Hall, Royal and St. 
Michael streets. President, H. C. Rawlings, 207 
South Emanuel street; recording secretary, 
Felix Meloncoln, 304 Palmetto street ; .financial 
secretary, R. E. Smith, general delivery. 

• No. 169, Fresno, Cal.— Meets second and fourth 
Wednesdays at Edgerly’s Hall, corner I and Tu- 
lare streets. President, J. E. Sutherland, gene- 
ral delivery; recording secretary, B. M. Collins, 
P. O. Box902; financlalsecretary, R.W. Sanford, 
655 K street. 

• No. 1 70, Findlay, Ohio.— Meets Thursday nights 
at Bartenders’ Hall, 107J4 So. Main street. Presi- 
dent, R S. ’Wilbur, Home Telephone Company; 
recording secretary, Charles A. O’Donnell, Home 
Telephone Company ; financial secretary. Clark 
Reed, Home Telephone Company. 

• No 1 7 1 , Ann Arbor, Mich.— Meets first and third 
Saturdays at A. P. of L. Hall, northeast corner of 
Main and Liberty streets. President, A1 St. 



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Clair, 717 Brook street; recording secretary, Geo. 
Hall ; financial secretary, F. C. Phelps, 114 Peloh 
street. 

*No 172, Newark, Ohio.— Meets every Friday 
night at Painters’ Hall, South Side Park. Presi- 
dent, V. H. Efflnger, Box 252, Newark, Ohio; 
recording secretary, D. S. Hollister, Newark, 
Ohio; financial secretary, D. S. Keller, Newark, 
Ohio. 

■* No. 173, Ottumwa, Iowa.— Meets first and third 
Saturday at Labor Hall. President, James Pol- 
ing, 217 South Schuyler street ; recording secre- 
tary, John Mitchell, Ottumwa Traction & Light 
Co.; financial secretary, W. 1). Farrell, 226 Wa- 
pello street. 

• No- 174, Mansfield, Ohio.— Meets every Thurs- 
day night at Trades Council Hall, North Main 
street. President, J oe Dooley, Brunswick Hotel ; 
recording secretary. J. D. McLellen, 83 East 
Fourth street ; financial secretary, R. D. McIn- 
tyre, 111 Ritter street. 

No. 1 75, Benton Harbor, Mich.— President, C. C. 
Maddux; recording secretary, R. G. Moats, 322 
Lavettestreet; financial secretary, E. W. Mason. 

?No 176, Joliet, III.— Meets every Wednesday at 
BulMlng Trades Hall, 227 J eflferson street. Presi- 
dent^, Joseph Helmbach, general delivery ; rec- 
ording secretary, J . W. Gates, 2lu Jeflerson street ; 
financial secretary, I. J. Huston, 111) Van Buren 
street. 

• No. 1 77 Leavenworth, Kana.— Meets second and 
fourth Wednesday at Labor Hall, Fifth and 
Shawnee streets. President, A. S. Pelpher; 
recording secretary, W. W. Marks ; financial sec- 
retary, Roy 0. Easton, 517 North Second street. 

*No 178, Canton, Ohio.— Recording secretary, 
Otis Roocker, 608 North McKinley avenue. 

*No. 179, Charleston S. C.— Meets every 1st 
and 3d Tuesday night at Aldlne Club Hall, King 
and Hasel streets. President, Wm. E. Stearnes, 
24 Amherst street ; recording secretary, F. B. 
Krepps, 164 Meeting street; financial secretary, 
W. H. Wooley, 63 George street. 

*No. 180 Vallejo, Cal.— Meets first and third 
Friday at Labor Hall. President, George W. 
Broulllet, 1416 Sacramento street ; financial sec- 
retary, F. N. Klllan, 418 Georgia street. 

INo. 181, Utica, N- Y.— Meets third Tuesday in 
each month at Labor Temple, Hotel street. 
President, John Greenwood, 21 William street; 
recijrdlng secretary, Herman Wamellng, 247 
Seymour avenue; financial secretary, N. J. 
Dempster, 121 Mary street. 

♦No. 182, Montreal, Can.— Financial secretary, 
J. A. Shea, 46 Congregation street. 

♦No. 183, Lexington, Ky.— Meets every Wednes- 
day at Lexington, Ky , 22 West Main street. 
President, E. C. Rogers, 49 North Mill street; 
recording secretary, M. M. Welch, General De- 
livery; financial secretary, G. D. Earl, 130 West 
Short street. , 

♦No. 184, Galesburg, III.— Meets first and third 
Wednesdays of every month at Trades Assembly 
Hall, corner Boons avenue and Main street.- 
President, J. H. Brown, 47 Simmons street; re- 
cording secretary, William Kellar, 47 Simmons 
street; financial secretary, J. H. Shull, 266 Duf- 
fleld avenue. 

7 No. 185, Boston. Mass.— Meets second and 
fourth Thursdays at Ancient Landmark Hall, 3 
Boylston Place. President, E. W. Chamber- 
lain, 73 Worcester street, Boston ; recording sec- 
retary, R. M. Bassett, Lakeville, Mass.; financial 
secretary, J. S. Kavanagh, 27 Oakdale street, 
Jamaica Plains, Mass. 

JNo- 186. Hartford, Conn.— Meets second and 
fourth Dridays In each month at Central Labor 
Building, Main street. President, W. J. Goiter, 
38 Burnside avenue. East Hartford, Conn. ; re- 
cording secretary, G. B. Warner, 164 Babcock 
street; financial secretary, C. B. McDonald, 144 
Governor street. 

•No. 187. Oshkosh. WIs.— Meets every Tuesday 
night at Stationary Engineers’ Hall, cor. Main 
and Pearl streets. President, J. Wilson, 61 School 
Street; recording secretary, R. Waters, 187 Wan- 


goo street; financial secretary, P. S. Blxby, 118 
Pearl street. 

t No 188, Dallas, Tex.— Meets every Monday at 
Martenb Hall, 346 Main street. President, A. L. 
Jameson, 159 Main street; recording secretary, 
D. T. Rader, 199 North Akard street; financial 
secretary, E. 110 Woodslde avenue. 

JNo. 189, St. Louis, Mo.— Meets every second 
and fourth Friday at Lightstone’s Hall, 11)28 
Franklin avenue. President, .Jno. Westfall, 4429 
Garfield avenue; recording secretary, Wm. 
Pfeifer, 3837 North Market street; financial sec- 
retary, E. D. Emme\ 3734 Minnesota avenue.^ 

? No. 1 90, Newark..N- J.— Meets second and fourth 
Mondays at iSbawgers Hall, corner Roseylllie ave- 
nue and Orange street. . President, Morris R. 
W elch, 113 Dickerson street ; recording secretary , 
Joseph 0. Heines, 18. North Second street; finan- 
cial secretary, Joseph Hoch, 510 Orange street. 

*No 191, Everett Wash. — Meets Monday at Car- 
penters Halt, 2{)10}4 Hewitt avenue. President, 
J. E. Grayson, Everett By. & Elect. Co.; record- 
ing secretary, Edward Barkhart, corner Wet- 
more and Callforn la streets ; financial secretary, 
L. V. Harper, Las Palmas Hotel. 

*No. 192, Memphis, Tenn.— Meets every Tue.sday 
at Labor Temple, Second and Union streets. 
President, R. L. Cruchtfleld, 469 Fifth street ; re- 
cording secretary, Bruce Gernsey, 1100 Lane 
avenue ; financial secretary, C. L. Hamilton, 223 
Beal street. 

♦No. 193, Springfield, 111. — Meets every Tues- 
day at 1. B. E. W. Hall, 210>^ South Fifth street. 
President, R. L. Flannlgan, 1501 South College 
street; recording secretary, John Mansfield, 1007 
East Cook street ; financial secretary, H. M. Lo- 
gan, 628 North Eighth street. 

•No. 194, Shreveport, La.— Meets every Tues- 
day night at Painters Hall, corner Texas and 
Edwards streets. President,' Alvey Dill, 1122 
Jordan street; recording secretary, Lyle, W. 
Kerr, Ivle Watson Elec. Con. Co.; financial sec- 
retary „F. M. Jones, Ivle Watson Con. Co. 

♦No. 195, Marietta, 0.— Meets every Thursday 
at Labor Hall, Putman street. Front and Second. 
President, Lorain Ha^a, care Marietta Eeletrlc 
Company: recordln ty ecretary , Wm. H. Reed, 
417 Second street ; financial secretary, E. Davis, 
P. O. Box 684. 

*No 196, Rockford, III. — Meets first and third 
Fridays at Central Labor Onion Hall, East State 
street President, Clarence Bennett, 807 .South 
Winnebago street ; recording secretary, Wm. E. 
Kelley, 507, Elm street; financial secretary,' A. 
N. Hucklns, 971 Grant avenue. 

•No. 197, Bloomington III.— Meets every Friday 
at Electrical Workers’ Hall, over 106 West Front 
street. President, A. A. Barr, 710 East Market 
street ; recording secretary, W. S. Briscoe, Lock 
Box 286; financial secretary, H. H. ’Thompson, 
Lock Box 274. 

*No. 198, Dubuque, Iowa. — President, H. J. pow- 
ers, Hotel Paris; recording secretary, W. Har- 
ney; financial secretary, Jas. Herkes,2024 Wash- 
ington street. 

UNo. 199 St Louis, Mo- — Meets first Sunday, 2 p. 
m., at Lightstone’s Hall, No. 2, Eleventh and 
Franklin avenues. President. J. 0. McCarthy, 
5612 Pennsylvania avenue; recordln g secretary, B. 
J. Holland, 220 South Fourteenth street ; finan- 
clal secretary, T. F. Lapping, 8926 McKee avenue. 

♦No. 200, Anaconda, Mont — President, B. W. 
Smith ; recording secretary, J. C. Reed, P. O. Box 
483; financial secretary, J. A. Hamilton. 

t No. 201, Appleton, WIs. — Meets first and third 
Tuesday at Master Trades Hall, corner Appleton 
and Edward streets. President, Frank Constan- 
tine, Appleton, WIs. ; recording secretary, C. H. 
Macke.v, 667 Appleton street ; financial secretary, 
C. W. Quinn, 751 Appleton street. 

J No. 202, Seattle, Wash.— Meets second Tuesd ay 
of each month at Sternberg Building, 1807 Sev- 
enth street. President, R.iC. Williams, 508 Fifth 
avenue; recofdingsecretary, R. Douglass, Eighth 
avenue west and Blaine; financial secretary, J, 
H. Brickley, 4015 First avenue northeast. 

*No. 20" 'lampaign. III. — Meets every t'wo 
weeks, <• day nights, at Percival Hall, Mell 


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street. President, H. G. Eastman, Champaign, 
III. ; recording secretary, A. L. Chandler, 412 
West Oregon street, Urbana, 111.; financial sec- 
retary, Guy Fox, 604 Godwin avenue, Urbana, 111. 

tNo. 204, Springfield. Ohio. — Meets first and 
second Saturdays at Johnson Building, corner 
Main street and Walnut alley. President, F. C. 
Rotsel. 896 West Main street; recording secre- 
tary, G. C. Snyder; financial secretary, G. E. 
Craig, Flat 5, Clark Building. 

* No. 205, Jackson. Mich. — Meets Thursday of 
each week at Labor Hall, corner Jackson and 
Main streets. President, Ed. Kelly, 610 Hamlin 
street; recording secretary, Ernest Wldeman, 
358 South Park avenue: financial secretary, F. G. 
Layher, 307 Water street. 

*No. 206, Hamilton, Ohio.— Financial secretary, 
F. M. MoCullon, general delivery. 

*No. 207. Stockton, Cal.— Financial secretary, 
Wm. H. Bennett, .Boom 426, Yosemlte Building. 

*No. 208, .Muscatine, Iowa.— President, A. C. 
Adams, 417 Chestnut street ; recording secretary, 
L. P. Davis, 111 East Fourth street ; financial sec- 
retary, W. Demorest, Hi East Fourth street. 

tNo. 209. Logansport. Ind.— Mfeets every Wed- 
nesday night at Butchers’ Hall, 238^ North 
street. President. N. Costenborder, 820 Race 
steet; recording secretary, F. D. Tam, 522 Linden 
avenue ; financial secretary, A. W. Tam, 5^ Lin- 
den avenue. 

"’No. 210, Cairo, III.— Meets every first and fourth 
Saturday each month at Union Hall, 602 Com- 
mercial avenue. President. James D. Phillips, 
710 Thirty-fourth street; recording secretary, 
Martin Crayton, Jr., 2706 Commercial avenue; 
financial secretary, Frank Nell, 809 Commercial 
avenue. 


*No. 221, Beaumont, Tex.— Meets every Sun- 
day night at Carpenter’s Hall, on Pearl street. 
President, J. DeVoke, Beamont, Tex.; recording 
secretary, G. Gibs, P.O. Box 561; financial secre- 
ry, O. H. Ryan, Box 561. 

’* No. 222, Lafayette, Ind.- Meets first and third 
Fridays in each month at Labor Temple, Sixth 
and Main streets, southest corner. President, A, 
A. Targent, 418 North Fifth street; recording sec- 
retary, I. S. Edwards, 827 North Sixth street, 
financial secretary;, F. G. Burchby. 1740 Union 
street. 

:tNo. 223, Brockton, Mass, — Meets second and 
Fourth Monday af Red Men’s Hall, 47 Center 
street. President, Harrv R. Allen, 46 Puller 
street ; recording secretary, Everett W. Cole, 418 
School street. Whitman, Mass.; financial secre- 
tary, Arthur B. Spencer, '228 Cresent street. 

■"No. 224, Halifax, N-. S.— Meets first and third 
Tuesdays at Mechanics’ Hall, 161 Hollis street. 
President, Wm. Soper, 25 Russell street; record- 
ing secretary, John A. Dickson, 135 North 
street ; financial secretary, John S. Ackhurst, 212 
Morris street. 

No. 225, Topeka, Kans.— Meets every Saturday 
at 418 Kansas avenue. President, W. J. McLaugh- 
lin, care of Missouri and Kansas Tel. Company; 
recording secretary, f. H. Wolford, care of Inde- 
pendent Tel. Company ; financial secretary, D. 
C Piatt. 411 East Seventh street. 

’"No. 226, Vicksbtrrg, niss.-Meets every second 
and fourth Saturdays at K. of P. Hall, corner ol 
Clay and Washington streets. President, George 
Gandln, 202 China street; recording secretary, 
C. D. McKenna, 338 McRovers avenue ; financial 
secretary, A. B. Jones. 

*No 227, Staunton, Va.— Financial secretary, G. 
L, Keister, Western Union Telegraph Company. 


*No. 211, Windsor, Ont. -President, S. Jenkins, 
General Delivery; financial secretary, W. H. 
Madge, P. O. Box 17. 

t No. 2 1 2, Cincinnati; 0.— Meets every Monday at 
Stationary Firemen’s Hall, 1112 vine street. 
President, J. A. Cullen, 962 West Sixth street ; 
recording secretary, Harry Falquett, 1125 Jack- 
son street. 

’"No. 213, Vancouver, B. C.— Meets second and 
fourth Tuesdays at Labor Hall, corner Horner 
and Dansmulr streets. President, Geo. Cowling, 
60 Front street, West Mt. Pleasant, Vancouver, 
B. C. ; recording secretary, A. D. Hotson, 663 
•Richard street; financial secretary, J. E. Dub- 
berly. corner Reymonr and Davie streets. 

’"No. 214, Olean, N. Y.— Meets every Tuesday at 
Selgl^Blook, North Union street. President, J. 
B. Dower, Clean, N. Y. ; recording secretary, 
Paul W. Miller. 125>^ North Union street; finan- 
cial secretary, W. N. White, Box 4‘24, Olean, N. Y. 
o. 215, Hot Springs', Ark.— Financial secretary, 
S. Shelton, Hot Springs WaterCompany. 

*No. 216, Owensboro,' Ky. — Meets every Thurs- 
day at Lehman Hall, Main street, between St. 
Ann and Findlay. President, Mostyn Martyn, 
K. & I. Tel. Co. ; recording secretary, I. P. John 
son, American Restaurant; financial secretary- 
Wm. Kellam,705 Elm street 

No. 217, Seattle Wash. — President, C. H. Knapp, 
1109 Fifth street; recording secretary, A. Rhoades, 
1616 West Seventh avenue; financial secretary. 
Geo. W. Johnson, 218 Ninth street. 

*No 218, Shnron, Pa. — Meets every Tuesday 
nignt at A. O. U. W. Hall, shenango and River ' 
streets. President, Ed. O’Day, 25 Pennsylvania 
avenue; fecordln" secretary, L. E. Carson, 25 
Pennsylvania avenue; financial secretary, Stan- 
ley Tallman, Box 271, Sharpsvllle, Pa. 

■"No, 219, Sullivan, Ind. — Meets first and third 
Tuesday night at Electric Plant Building Pres- 
ident, S. M. Riggs ; recording secretary, H. R 
Helney; financial secretary, N. S. Worley. 

§No, 220, Rochester. N. Y. — Meets first and- 
thlrd Tuesdays at Durand Building, Main street 
west. President, N. Devereux ; recording sec- 
retary, C. McGovern, 8 Adpilral Place ; finan- 
cial secretary, B. A. Thompson, 486 Main street 
east, Flat 14. 


’"No. 228, Franklin. Pa.— Financial secretary, 
Chas. Mann, care 0. D. T. Co. 

’"No. 229, 'Manchester, N- H.— President, O. W. 
Warner; recording secretary, F.B. Grant; finan- 
cial secretary, F. B. Grant, 23 Peneoock street. 

’"No. 230 Victoria, B.C.— Meets every second and 
fourth Thursday at Labor Hall, corner Douglas 
and Johnson streets, President, W. MoMlcklng, 
17 Kingston street;' recording secretary, R. J. 
Jameson, 62 Fort street, Victoria, B. C. ; financial 
sacretary, E. C. Knight, 53 Bridge Street. 

tNo. 231, Grand Rapids, Mich.— Meets second 
und fourth Fridays at Lincoln Club Rooms, 
66 Pearl street. President, William McFadden, 
134 North Division street; recording secretary, 
J. L. Fausey, 115 Sigsbee street; financial secre- 
tary, H. R. Erdmann, 991 Hall street. 

No. 232, Schenectady, N. Y.— Second and Fourth 
Tuesdays, at Bradt-Yates Building, State corner 
Center streets. President, J. G. Wlnne, 853 Ein- 
met street ; recording secretary, J. Leo Kelly, 810 
Albany street; financial secretary. Geo. W. 
Stuart, 131 Non Terrace. ' 

t No. 233, Colorado Springs, Colo.-’— Financial se- 
cretary, Chas. Elliott, General Delivery. 

’"No. 234, Chattanooga, Tenn.— President, T. 
G. Wallace; recording, secretary, Ii. Briggs, 
Shipp’s Hotel. 

tNo.'. 235, Clncinnattl, Ohio.— Financial Secre- 
tary, J. M. Perry, 3249 Jeflerson avenue. 

* No. 236. Streator, III.— Meets first and third 
Mondays, at Casey’s Hall, 105 East Main street. 
President, Albert Schuler, Streator Ind. TeL Co.; 
recording secretary, Ed. Holdeman, 212 West 
Second street ; Financial secretary, H. M. Grif- 
fith, 208 High street. 

No. 237, Lorain, Ohio.— President, R. Lindsay; 
recording secretary, C. D. Gott, care of Black 
River Tel. Co. ; financial secretary, A. C. Marsh. 

No. 238, Asheville. N. C. — President, Chas. Hol- 
lingsworth; financial secretary, J. H. Graham, 
10 Church street. 

No. 239, Williamsport, Pa. — Financial secre- 
tary, Albert Hein, 510 Pine street. 

No. 240, Philadelphia, Pa.— Telephone.— Meets 
every Thursday at Morning Star Hall, corner ol 
Ninth and Callowhlll streets. President, W. B. 


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Whorton, 1418 Borle avenue]- recording secre- 
tary, R. L. Giles, 143 North Thirteenth street ; 
financial secretary, R. T. McKinney, 227 North 
Camack street. 

No. 241, Pitbburg, Pa. 

* No. 242. Decatur III. — Meets Thursday, at Hod 
, Carriers Hall, 118 Merchant street. President, 

S. D. Kuster, 712 West Decatur street; recording 
secretary, Thos. P. Gordon, 807 N. Church street ; 
financial secretary, C. E. Owens, 426 E. Main 
street. 

*No. 243 Vincennes, Ind. — Meets Wednesday 
night at Cooper & Dralne Hall, 117 Broadway. 
President, C. T. Klsslck, 807 N. Thirteenth street; 
recording secretary,®. G Wertz, corner of Sixth 
. and Harrison; financial secretary, W. H. Patter- 
son 426 Falrvlew avenue. 

tNo. 244, East Mauch Chunk, Pa. — Meets first 
and third Sunday Hess’ Hall, 2 p. m., at Center 
street bet. fourth and fiith. President, Henry 
Hascher, East Mauch Chunk; recording secre- 
tary, A. Armbruster, P. 0. Box 232, East Mau6h 
Chunk; financial secretary, J. P. Tracy, East 
Mauch Chunk. 

fNo. 24S Marlon, O. — Meets every Monday even- 
ing at W. Center street. President, H. D. Fltzell, 
258J^ N. Main street ; recording secretary, W. H. 
Splczer, 409 N. Main street; financial secretary, 
Frank 'T. Click, 151 JeSerson street. 

*No. 246, Steubenville, O. — Meets first and third 
Wednesday at Druids’ Hall, North 4th street. 
President, J. J. Barry, 213 Washington street; re- 
cording secretary, s. M. Richards, 213 Wash- 
ington street ; financial secretary, F. M. Ross, 
213 Washington street. 

No. 247, Schenectady, N. Y. — Meets second and 
fourth Fridays of each month at Carpenters’ 
Hall, Van Horn building, corner of State street 
and Canal bridge. President, J. W. Hedlker, 
Schenectady, N. Y. ; recording secretary, C. H. 
DeLougue, 940 State street; financial secretary, 
Cbas. Splegal; Scotia, N. Y., Schenectady P. O. 

* No. 248, Chllllcothe, Ohio.— Meets first and third 
Thursday at Federal Labor Union Hall, North 
Paint street, third floor, Kaiser Block. President, 
Edward Jackson, 221 North Hlght street ; record- 
ing secretary, G. F. Rldgway, 362 Mulberry street ; 
financial secretary, W. B. Godwin, 354 South 
Paint street. 

* No. 249, St Catherines. Ontario. — Financial sec- 
retary, Bert Markle, general delivery.- 

♦No. 250 San Jose, Cai. — Meets every Tuesday 
at Hall of Justice, 13 South First street. Presi- 
dent, Nick Cooper, Bristol Hotel; recording sec- 
retary, F. W. Bustln, 57 South Fourth street; 
financial secretary, Vernon Smart, 1090 Park 
avenue. 

tNo. 251, Pine Bluff, Ark.— Meets Thursday, 
every two weeks, at Board ot Trade Hall, Barra- 
que slreet. President, A. Harrington, Pine Blufi 
recording secretary, B. R. Brown, Pine Blufif; 
financial secretary, G. C. Cady, Pine Blufi. 

♦No. 252, Schenectady, N. Y.— Meets first and 
third Thursday at Carpenter’s Hall, Ellis’ Build- 
ing, State street. President, William Copeland, 
141 Lafayette stteet; recording secretary, C. A. 
Bates, Box 655; financial secretary, William 
Spencer, Broadway, Bellevlew. 

♦N". 253. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. — President, R. A. 
Simons, 511 South Eighth street , financial secre- 
tary, E. B. Herman, 802 First street. West 

No. 254, Schenectady, N- Y. — President, Chas- 
Hentschell, Jay street; recording secretary H. 
H. Myers, Albany street; financial secretary, 
Ed. Kenelty, 302 Lafayette street. 

♦No. 255, Raleigh, N. C. 

♦No. 256, Battle Creek, Mich. — Fnanclal secre- 
tary, D. Cole, 243 East Main street. 

t No. 257, Washington, D. C.— Meets Friday each 
week, 719 Sixth street, northwest. President, E. 
M. Wev, 1235 C street, southwest; recording sec- 
retary, M. G. Bundick, 1107 Tenth street, north- 
west ; financial secretary, H. C. Montague, 921 R 
street northwest. 

tNo. 258, Povidence, R. 1.— Meets Hanley Build- 
ing Washington street. President, Thomas P.. 
Reed, 171 Washington street; recording seore- 


tai’y, John Grant, 486 Atwell avenue; financial 
secretary, Dan’l J. Spellman, 27 South Court 
street. 

♦ No. 259, Salem, Mass.— Financial secretary, 

F. A. Coker, 41 March street. 

♦ No. 260, Montgomery, Ala. — Recording secre- 
tary, J. Northlngton, Southern Bell Tel, Co. 

t No. 261 Saratoga Springs]N. Y.— First and third 
Wednesday, Phylhian Hall, 464*4 Broadway. 
President, Edward R. Rayher, 41 Church street ; 
recording secretary, J. P. Dalzell, 69 Church 
street; financial' secretary, Wm. H. Owen, 42J4 
Caroline street. 

♦ No. 262, Pullman, III.— Financial secretary, H. 

S. Myers, 129 Watt avenue. 

♦ No. 263, Shamokln, Pa.— Meets Sunday after- 
noon at Seller Zimmerman building. Room 7, 
35-39 East Independence street. President, Harry 

T. Morgan, 21 North Diamond street ; recording 
secretary,®. H. Shipman, 238 South Shamokln 
street ; financial secretary, E. D. Harrison, 227 
Diamond street. 

§No. 264. Greater New York. — Financial secre- 
tary, T. J. Burke,'27 Jackson Place, 

♦No.' 265, Lincoln, Neb.— Every Thursday, I. O. 

O. F. Hall, 128 South Tenth street. President, M. , 
Caster; recordlngsecretary. Geo. W. Neally, 1215 
O street, room 8; financial secretary, Thos. E. 
Arundel, 706 North Thirteenth street. 

*No. 266, Sedalla, Mo.— Meets every Wednes- 
day night at Second Regiment Band room, op- 
posite Post Office, on Lamlne street. President, 
L. Elsmau, 705 East Fifteenth street, Sedalla, 
Mo.; recording secretary, R. R. Cunningham; 
financial secretary, Milo J. Spahr, 312 West 
Eleventh street. 

*No. 267. Schenectady, N- Y.— Mohawk Club 
Rooms, corner State and Center streets. Presi- 
dent, Peter Baumler, 69 York street; recording 
secretary, Owen M. Behan, .306 Jay street ; finan- 
cial secretary, G. J. Jones, 180 Barre street. 

♦No. 268, Newport, R. I.— Flfst and third Fri- 
day. Forrester’s Hall, Thames street. President, 

G. B. Reynolds, Jr., 32 Newport avenue; record- 
ing secretary, F. Gurnett, 28 Mann avenue; finan- 
cial secretary, J. Albers, 85 Washington street. 

♦No. 269, Princeton, Ind. — Financial secretary. 
E. P. Maxwell, Princeton, Ind. 

tNo. 270, Augusta, Ga.— Every Sunday after- 
noon, 2 p. m., KidweU’s Hall, corner 15th street 
and May avenue. President, Murray Smith, 
Southern Bell Tel. Co. ; recording secretary, W. 

P. O’Keefe, 730 Ca'houn street; financial secre- 
tary, W. P. O’Keefe, 730 Calhoun street. 

♦No. 271, Altoona, Pa. — First and third Mon- 
day, each month. Carpenter’s Hall, Eleventh 
avenue and 'Thirteenth street. President, Chas- 
S. Downs, 1018 Howard avenue; recording secre- 
tar.v, F. T. Kleffman, 910 Lexington avenue, 
financial secretary, C. H. Smith Hollldaysburg. 

*No. 273, Clinton, Iowa’.— Meets second and 
fourth Tuesdays, at Labor 'Temple, Fifth avenue. 
President, J. J. Davie, 202 South Second street ; 
recording secretary ,0. A. Prest, 425 Dewitt street ; 
financial secretary, H. w. Dean, 308 Ninth ave- 
nue. , 

♦ No- 276, West Superior, WIs. — M eets second and 
fourth Saturdays, at Union Hall, Hammond 
Block. President, J. C. Driscoll, 1405 John ave- 
nue; recording secretary, E. J. Banks, 288 
Eleventh street; flnanclalsecretary, J. A Shape, 
1114 Fourth street. 

No. 278, Rock Island, III. (Wiremen)— Finan- 
cial secretary, George H. Briggs, 2005 R. I. street, 
Davenport, Iowa. 

No. 279, Chicago, III.— Armature winders. 

♦No. 280, Hammond, Ind. 

i No. 281 , New Orleans, La.— President, C. Klster, 
2719 First street ; financial secretary, George 
Lowcok, 6050 Constants street. 

♦No. 282, Chicago, III. 

I No. 283, New Orleans, La. 

No. 284, Rochester, N- Y.— Station men. 

H No. 285, Philadelphia, Pa— C. W. Walterman, 
1630 Vine street. 


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1902 July Index 


Aid for Brother McManus, of L.U. 17, no money yet 1902.07.16 

Charters Granted in June 1902.07.17 

Closing Date, Press Secretaries, please submit earlier 1902.07.17 

Conduit, paramount fight to control our craft from the gas fitters 1902.07.17 

Directory of Local Unions 1902.07.96 

Executive Expenses, an explanation of the advanced draw 1902.07.16 

Floaters, The, traveler tale 1902.07.14 

Grand Secretary Sherman Report for June 1902.07.19 

Grand Treasurer Sheehan Report for June 1902.07.20 

In Memoriam 1902.07.90 

Just to Remind the Floaters, traveler tale 1902.07.26 

Justice, brothers need to think and work with long term goals 1902.07.09 

Keep Away Workingmen, Los Angeles County warns 1902.07.93 

L.U. l,St. Louis 1902.07.28 

L.U. 2, St. Louis 1902.07.28 

L.U. 4, New Orleans 1902.07.29 

L.U. 6, San Francisco 1902.07.29 

L.U. 8, Toledo 1902.07.30 

L.U. 9, Chicago 1902.07.66 

L.U. 10, Indianapolis 1902.07.31 

L.U. ll,Waterbury 1902.07.67 

L.U. 13, El Paso 1902.07.31 

L.U. 14, Pittsburg 1902.07.67 

L.U. 15, Hoboken 1902.07.68 

L.U. 17, Detroit 1902.07.60 

L.U. 20, New York City 1902.07.33 

L.U. 23, St. Paul 1902.07.33 

L.U. 24, Minneapolis 1902.07.34 

L.U. 28, Baltimore 1902.07.35 

L.U. 30, Cincinnati 1902.07.61 

L.U. 31, Duluth 1902.07.36 

L.U. 33, New Castle 1902.07.37 

L.U. 38, Cleveland 1902.07.37 

L.U. 39, Cleveland 1902.07.60 

L.U. 42, Utica 1902.07.38 

L.U. 44, Rochester 1902.07.39 

L.U. 49, Chicago 1902.07.39 

L.U. 52, Newark 1902.07.68 

L.U. 56, Erie 1902.07.40 

L.U. 57, Salt Lake City 1902.07.42 

L.U. 58, Niagara Falls 1902.07.43 

L.U. 62, Youngstown 1902.07.61 

L.U. 68, Denver 1902.07.62 

L.U. 69, Dallas 1902.07.43 


L.U. 76, Grand Rapids 1902.07.44 

L.U. 77, Seattle 1902.07.63 

L.U. 78, Chicago 1902.07.68 

L.U. 80, Norfolk 1902.07.45 

L.U. 84, Atlanta 1902.07.45 

L.U. 86, Rochester 1902.07.63 

L.U. 87, Newark 1902.07.64 

L.U. 89, Akron 1902.07.69 

L.U. 91, Easton 1902.07.70 

L.U. 96, Worchester 1902.07.71 

L.U. 98, Philadelphia 1902.07.71 

L.U. 103, Boston 1902.07.72 

L.U. 104, Boston 1902.07.73 

L.U. 108, Tampa 1902.07.74 

L.U. 109, Davenport 1902.07.74 

L.U. 110, Sandusky 1902.07.46 

L.U. 112, Louisville 1902.07.46 

L.U. 114, Toronto 1902.07.75 

L.U. 118, Dayton 1902.07.48 

L.U. 121, Denver 1902.07.75 

L.U. 122, Great Falls 1902.07.76 

L.U. 126, Little Rock 1902.07.84 

L.U. 132, South Bend 1902.07.48 

L.U. 134, Chicago 1902.07.48 

L.U. 137, Albany 1902.07.76 

L.U. 139, Elmira 1902.07.49 

L.U. 140, Schenectady 1902.07.76 

L.U. 143, Ashtabula 1902.07.77 

L.U. 146, Bridgeport 1902.07.50 

L.U. 148, DC 1902.07.50 

L.U. 149, Aurora 1902.07.78 

L.U. 151, San Francisco 1902.07.78 

L.U. 162, Omaha 1902.07.78 

L.U. 168, Mobile 1902.07.78 

L.U. 170, Findlay 1902.07.51 

L.U. 171, Ann Arbor 1902.07.51 

L.U. 172, Newark 1902.07.79 

L.U. 178, Canton 1902.07.80 

L.U. 179, Charleston 1902.07.52 

L.U. 182, Montreal 1902.07.52 

L.U. 184, Galesburg 1902.07.52 

L.U. 185, Boston 1902.07.53 

L.U. 189, St. Louis 1902.07.80 

L.U. 193, Springfield 1902.07.54 

L.U. 194, Shreveport 1902.07.54 

L.U. 196, Rockford 1902.07.54 



L.U. 201, Appleton 1902.07.81 

L.U. 205, Jackson 1902.07.81 

L.U. 206, Hamilton 1902.07.55 

L.U. 208, Muscatine 1902.07.55 

L.U. 209, Logansport 1902.07.82 

L.U. 210, Cairo 1902.07.82 

L.U. 216, Owensboro 1902.07.83 

L.U. 218, Sharon 1902.07.56 

L.U. 222, Lafayette 1902.07.84 

L.U. 225, Topeka 1902.07.85 

L.U. 228, Franklin 1902.07.83 

L.U. 230, Victoria 1902.07.56 

L.U. 237, Lorain 1902.07.86 

L.U. 239, Williamsport 1902.07.94 

L.U. 242, Decatur 1902.07.84 

L.U. 243, Vincennes 1902.07.58 

L.U. 244, East Mauch Chunk 1902.07.57 

L.U. 246, Steubenville 1902.07.86 

L.U. 248, Chillicothe 1902.07.87 

L.U. 254, Schenectady 1902.07.58 

L.U. 258, Providence 1902.07.87 

L.U. 259, Salem 1902.07.89 

L.U. 263, Shamokin 1902.07.59 

L.U. 265, Lincoln 1902.07.59 

L.U. 276, West Superior 1902.07.59 

Linemen, please keep away from Appleton, WI, trouble on 1902.07.26 

Maloney A Benedict, past Grand Pres. Maloney marries Mary Honzik 1902.07.18 

Masthead 1 902 . 07 . 1 6 

McManus Fund, starts with a $1 donation 1902.07.17 

More Thorough Organization, organize in small towns 1902.07.14 

Organizer Kennedy gets linemen from San Francisco Street Car Union 1902.07.16 

Politics and the Union, brother from L.U. 190 1902.07.27 

Problem, A, Bolton Hall 1902.07.27 

Problem of Perpetual Motion, The, Patent Record 1902.07.01 

Question Candidates, vote your pocketbook 1902.07.21 

Recognition of the Union, call for a stronger foundation for our union 1902.07.15 

Report of Second Vice President Hurd 1902.07.22 

Report of Organizer F. J. Sheehan 1902.07.22 

Report of Organizer W. E. Kennedy 1902.07.25 

“Scab” is Well Named, The, selfish people make profits for capitalists 1902.07.06 

Small Fry, smaller contractors give us grief. 1902.07.17 

Stirring Call to Duty, A, be emancipated from serfdom and oppression 1902.07.12 

United States Commissioner of Labor presents strike statistics 1902.07.18 

W. E. Kennedy, Organizer, right man in right place 1902.07.18