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NO STRIKE IN VAIN.

Each Protest of Labor Has Its Effect On Subsequent Battles.

In his report to the Colorado State Federation of Labor convention President McLennan made these optimistic references to the recent strike of Colorado coal miners:

The astounding manner in which it has opened the eyes of the general public to the ordinary injustices and abuses with which the worker is beset has made it worth while and laid the foundation for future dividends for labor, and it can be set down as a hard and fast rule that "no strike was ever lost." Behind all the expense, the suffering and the hardship are the hidden gains, which will only be realized and appreciated in the future. Each strike will have its effect on subsequent strikes. It must have a tremendous effect on each subsequent occasion when labor confronts capital with a bill of industrial rights.

As an instance of the effects of the strike on the coal operators of Colorado, the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company, in a burst of repentance and with a desire to play to public applause, asked its nonunion men in the various camps in southern Colorado to meet, discuss any grievances they might have, select their committeemen and have their wrongs, real or fancied, brought to the attention of the company. There is no record of their having been so kind, so indulgent, so paternalistic prior to the strike. The non-union men came together in several of the southern camps. They formulated demands very similar to those which the union had asked in the first place. They asked for a 10 per cent. increase in wages, and also something that the union had never asked for, the discharge of several harsh and tyrannical pit bosses. It was what these men had learned from the union and its fight that made them ask for those things. They had learned the things which the union had demand

ed. They had compared their own unhappy state with what it would be if they were union men enjoying all the fruits of successful unionism, and being given a chance they asked for these things. They

did not get them until backed by the strength of the organization.

STOP COMPENSATION CUTS.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.-Referee Scott of the State compensation board has ruled that where a worker is a member of a profit-sharing fund and receives benefits for injuries through the workmen's compensation law, no portion of this money shall be deducted and placed in the fund.

The technical point raised by the insurance adjusters for the Ford Motor Company of this city was that under a plan in effect among all employes of that concern they paid $2 a week into the profitsharing fund from wages or any sick or accident benefits they might draw. The adjusters allowed an injured worker $10 for the first two weeks he was hurt, then cut him to $8 under their decision that the balance should go into the fund. Referee Scott ruled that this conflicted with the compensation law. The decision applies to all similar profit-sharing or bonus agreements.

STICK TO UNIONISM.

The editor of a western labor paper recently said that President Gompers was one of the first to see the danger of depending on legislation for things that organized labor should get by its own power and that many experiences have shown his warnings were well grounded. There is a lot of opportunity for reflection in this statement. The more lawmakers are encouraged to interfere by making special laws the more complicated the laws are apt to become, the more liberty will be restricted, the more boards and commissions there will be to support and the less able wage earners will be to work out their own salvation in their own way through their own organizations. If wage earners are loyal to each other through their trade unions they will not need to call upon the outsiders so often for assistance, which is very often of a doubtful noture.-Shoe Workers' Journal.

CLERGYMAN LAUDS UNIONISM.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., May 20.-"I believe in the cause of organized labor. We are confronted today, not with the question of labor conditions in Europe, but in our own country," said Rev. Bastian Smits, of Jackson, in an address to the organized carpenters of this city.

"The organization of the workers is fundamental to the growth and prosperity of America," he continued. "If labor is to come into its own the workers must take the same steps which have been taken by the capitalists. The employers learned by bitter experience that they could succeed only by merging their interests. The toilers are learning this same lesson.

"Labor has the right to organize and it is at fault when it fails in this regard. I have no apology to make because I belong to a labor union. I feel that I am doing a Christian duty and don't care what others think. It is an humanitarian movement, one which needs the support of eevry fairminded, Christian man and woman of America."

CHILD LABOR.

Child labor is a wicked practice, one totally abhorrent to all ideals of intelligence and devoid of heart understanding. There is nothing in later life that can ever compensate a neglected or abused child for the losses which were a part of its childhood. As the human body, the human mind and the human personality develop they remain fundamentally unchanged. There is a time to grow and a time to develop which never return. The fundamental problems which confront our nation are those of child labor and education.-Samuel Gompers.

IMMIGRATION EVILS.

The wage earners believe in effective regulation of immigration because they desire to retain the American standard of living. The standard of wages for both unskilled and skilled labor in this country is the result of many years of effort by organized labor. When an immigrant accepts work at less than the

standard wage he not only takes the place of a man working at a higher rate, but he assists in forcing downward the prevailing rate of wages in that industry, which result carries with it a corresponding reduction in the physical, moral and intellectual standard of American life.-Ex.

GOVERNOR FAVORS UNIONISM.

HOUSTON, TEXAS.-In his address to the convention of the State Federation of Labor Governor Ferguson reiterated this statement made by him at Dallas, last Labor Day:

"I beseech and plead with every laboring man in the country to join some union and let the union have the benefit of his counsel and help. If he has more ability than the average man the union will need the benefit of his counsel and he should join it for that reason. If he should have less ability than the average man he had better get in and let the union take care of him."

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