International Association of old.

Machinists monthly journal online

. (page 132 of 140)
Online LibraryInternational Association of oldMachinists monthly journal → online text (page 132 of 140)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

He forgets what a sucker he's been in the
past, -

And repeats the same thing the next day.
When a man talks only for the firm,

And won't try to improve our condition;
He ranks with a renegade, traitor and spy.

And should be sent straight to perdition.
— "Stringham," No. 184.


Toronto, Ont., Nov. 7, 1899.
Editor Journal:

While we occasionally see a para-
graph in the Journal from this section,
and sometimes an item from Stratford
or Winnipeg, we feel that the growth
of the order in Canada, and more par-
ticularly in Ontario, justifies some
special effort being made to have a
Journal correspondent here, to keep our
interests more prominently before the
Journal readers.

Actuated with this motive, we expect
our worthy president to make such an
appointment at our regular meeting to-
night, so that we will not find corres-
pondence from here the exception to the
rule, but, having a man who will
be a permanent fixture, we can be as-
sured of opening our Journal and find-

ing the Toronto Tales, in each and
every issue.

We are all enthusiastic at present of
the prospects of increase and success
for No. 235. The more so, since the
G. L. has approved of our choice for
Business Agent. Unbiased, and without
flattery, I san say he is the unanimous
choice here. A splendid worker, im-
mensely popular, and has the nicest and
most approved method of abstracting a
few dollars from the delinquent mem-
bers of anyone between here and Wichi-
ta, Kansas. He is Irish (high bred),
fair to look upon, and his motto is Ex-

And now a few words in justice to
our financial secretary. He is the fellow
who devised a scheme that has done
more to increase our membership than
anything else in a long while. Same
fellow who was delegate to Buffalo and
"hustled around, bribing other delegates
with Seagram, to plump for Toronto as
a nice restful spot to convene in about
May I, 2001. Also good as a financial
secretary, keeping tab on accounts to a
picayune, and ever patient with him who
is short or financially embarrassed, or
afflicted with some other of the many
pecuniary trials that beset a machinist.

We learn with regret of the death
of Bro. Dee's father and hasten to ex-
tend our sympathies to one who is and
always has been foremost in the cause
of labor and the welfare of our lodge.

Bro. Stuart Reid, our General Or-
ganizer, spent a few days here on his
return from Winnipeg, delivering two
splendid addresses, one at Toronto
Junction. The C. P. R. boys there are
now thoroughly aroused from their
state of apathy since their western
brothers have accomplished such a com-
plete victory over that monopolistic
and avaricious corporation, which has
feasted on the western farmer and
glutted itself on the public treasury so
successfully ever since its inception.

Last Thursday night, Bro. A. W.
Holmes, our president, and several
others of the local talent, betook them-
selves to Kelly's Hall at the Junction,

Digitized by




and completed the work so well started
by Bros. Tyson, Bradley, Young and
others. Thirty-one names are on the
application for a charter to reorganize
Hazel Lodge of that place. The new
craft will be well manned with Bro.
Gibson on the bridge, ,sails well filled,
favorable winds, and the log book
saved from what was once a goodly
boat, but encountering too liberal a
share of adversity proved a derelict.

The lodge has been renamed Hazel,
in order that we might perpetuate the
name and memories of our late Bro. A.
D. G. Hazel, who has done so much for
us, and who remained a faithful and
active member of No. 235 until his

Concerning the linotype brothers
here, they still maintain their connection
with us, although they have been forced
to join that most arrogant and malod-
orous of all labor bodies, the Typo-
graphical Union.

Bro. Holmes presented a resolution
some time ago in the central labor body
here, condemning the action of said al-
leged labor body for its overbearing and
malicious efforts to force our members
into their body, but although pressing
the resolution in the clearest and ablest
manner, and being supported by other
delegates there, we were forced to allow
the matter to be placed on the table.

However, every dog has its day, and*
this ill-bred and illegitimate mongrel
that has grown fat on its policy of thiev-
ery and pillage may some day have to
disgorge its ill-gotten surfeit.

That we in Toronto are abreast of the
times in matters municipal, although
well known here, may be news to oth-
ers. To much of this advancement we
are indebted to Aid. F. S. Spence, who
has fathered and brought to a success-
ful issue an amendment to one of our
civic by-laws, providing that nine hours
shall constitute a legal day's work for
all municipal employes in the street
commissioner's department. We have
also succeeded in having the custom
tailors' union label placed on all cloth-
ing for our fire department.

There is still another small matter
on which I wish to touch, namely and
to wit, the forecast for our next conven-
tion. This is occupying the minds of
No. 235 to no small degree, and we are
prepared, even at this early stage of the
game, to intimate that we intend to en-
tertain even more extensively than Buf-
falo ever knew how to, lavish as they
were in their hospitality.

Then will the city fathers scramble for
positions of honor near some of our

G. L. staff and Messrs. Seagram and
Gooderham vie with one another in their
efforts to concoct that which must needs
excell in mellowness and flavor to merit
the approval of such aesthetical epicures
as the representatives from Lexington.
Peoria and Milwaukee.

Thfen, too, will our local Delmonico's
hasten to incur our approbation and
good will, by introducing the premium
system among their chefs for the crea-
tion of viands and relishes that would
grace the boards of the gods.

All these and more, Mr. Editor, sub-
ject to your, whims and likes, for* you
know our willingness, and as to our
ability — well, in justice to ourselves, we
must say of him who disputes our abil-
ity that he displays less truth than a
professional alibi witness in a police

There arc many other matters which
might be spoken of here, concerning
the two brothers at Grey's who are
toying with Cupid and courting the re-
sponsibilities of double cussedness, but
that is none of my business, so be good
enough to deep my identity a dark se-
cret, under the nom-de-plume of



Chicago Heights, 111., Nov. 10, 1899.
Editor Journal:

I have had several inquiries about
what was the matter with and why we
did not run the free excursion train
which we had advertised so extensively
to run from Chicago to Chicago
Heights on Labor Day.

I will take the liberty to explain the
matter through the Journal if you will
allow me space.

When our committee on arrangement
of picnic and celebration of Labor Day
were soliciting assistance from the busi-
ness men of the town to make the affair
a success, they were notified one day
that the manager of the Chicago
Heights Land Association wished to see
the committee. The committee inter-
viewed the gentleman and he proposed
that he would pay for a train to be run
free of charge to anyone we wished to
allow to ride on it. The offer was thank-
fully accepted, and the committee set to
work to advertise the free excursion on
Labor Day and had tickets printed and
sent out to different parties. Everything
looked very promising and tickets for
the excursion were in great demand,
and we were counting on a big day.-
But lo! our great benefactors, the rail-

Digitized by




road corporations, were to be consid-
ered, and on Thursday before Labor
Day the committee were sent for by the
manager of the Land Association and
informed that he had been refused the
use of the train for Labor Day, but
wished the committee would go with
him to interview the management of the
road, which they did. And after con-
siderable planning and arguing, the rail-
road manager asked the manager of the
Land Association, Was it not a labor
organization you intended to carry out?
The latter answered that it was the
friends of a labor organization, or rather
the friends of members of a labor organi-
zation, and he tried to convince the
former that it would be to his benefit to
run the train, and that it would be an
unfair deal not to. Well, you can have
it for $85 a car — $850 for the ten
coaches. That, of course, was an enor-
mous price to pay, and the committee
proposed to buy regular tickets and
pay for the passage of the excursionists.
You can buy as many tickets as you
wanf, but we will not guarantee any
extra coaches. The committee and the
manager of the Land Association went
out for dinner, and in the afternoon they
resumed their argument, but could do
no good, and finally were told that they
could not have the train at any price.
The committee did all in their power to
notify the public of this great unex-
pected disappointment, had dodgers
printed and distributed, and notices put
in the newspapers .they could, but it be-
ing so near the time everybody did not
find it out, and many came to the depot
only to be disappointed.

Although the railroad company dis-
appointed us we had an exceptionally
good time. Bro. P. J. Cowley got out
of bed to deliver the Labor Day ora-
tion, in place of our worthy Internat-
ional vice-president, who also disap-
pointed us by not coming out, for rea-
sons not known. Bro. Cowley deliv-
ered an excellent address, which would
be a credit to a master in oratory.
Mayor Fellows gracefully welcomed the
people, and Village Attorney Geo. A.
Brinkman delivered an eloquent ad-
dress, full of encouragement and good
suggestions to the toilers surrounding

The celebration and picnic was a suc-
cess, in spite of the antagonism of the
Chicago* & Eastern Illinois Railroad
management towards organized labor.
Your fraternally.

R. S., No. 377.


Portsmouth. Va., Nov. 12, 1899.
Editor Journal:

Portsmouth Lodge No. 441 and Nor-
folk No. II, I. A. of M., held a public
meeting at Rosenbaum's hall last
night. The meeting was called to order
at 8 o'clock by Mr. D. J. Reardon, who
announced the following features of the
program for the evening in the order

Instrumental Selection — Messrs.
Moulton, Shieman and McHugh.

Virginia State Federation of Labor —
J. B. Casey, president.

Song — Mr. E. C. Moulton.

Central Labor Union of Southeastern
Virginia — L. V. Curtis, president.

Instrumental Selection — Messrs.
Moulton, Shieman and McHugh.

Recitation, "Gladiator" — Mr. Warren

Central Labor Union of Newport
News, Va. — W. J. Herrman, secretary
No. 137, I. A. of M., Newport News.

After which came the address of the
evening by Mr. James O'Connell, In-
ternational president of the I. A. of M.

Mr. O'Connell spoke for one hour
and forty minutes, and handled his sub-
ject in a masterly manner, showing by
facts, figures and a thoroughly strong
argument what organized labor is do-
ing in this country and Europe. A ban-
quet followed at Elks' Hall.


Erie, Pa., Oct. 30, 1899.
Editor Journal:

Never having seen anything in the
Journal from Erie Lodge No. loi, I
think perhaps it would interest the craft
to know how things in the union line
are progressing in this city.

The union spirit is taking a good hold
of the workers in the city, and the de-
sire is now to have a solid union city in
the near future.

Our craft is the weakest, according to
the number of machinists employed, of
any trade here. But what there are of
us are working to bring it up and hope
soon to be one of the strongest locals
in this part of Western Pennsylvania.
We number at present about thirty-five.

There is a large Central Labor Union
here. They have good attendance, and
all are hard workers for the cause. At
their last meeting a committee of two
members of the board of trustees of the
Erie Public Library called and re-

Digitized by




quested that the central appoint a com-
mittee to visit all local unions in the
city and secure from them lists of such
books pertaining to the different trades
as each might select — books that will
educate them in their work. This com-
mittee is to meet the libary trustees and
submit the lists so collected. The ma-
chinists will have a very large list of
valuable works which they may use for
their mental improvement during their
spare time. There is to be a reading
room especially fitted up for their use,
which will contain all the books on sci-
ence and mechanical arts, where the
workingman may go any day or evening
and have free access thereto, undis-
turbed by the general public. The
Central takes it as a step forward in our
struggle for recognition and justice, as
well as an honor to trades unions, that
the library board would consult them in
^his matter.

The Moulders* Union is having a big
boom now. Their hall is filled every Fri-
day night and they are taking in new
members by the dozen or more every
meeting. The 20th instant was a banner
night for them, for they received fifty
new members in a bunch. They have
swelled their numbers in the past four
months from ninety to over four hun-

You may soon expect to hear of Erie
as a first-class union city all throughout.
Yours for unionism,



Milwaukee, Wis., Dec. i, 1899.
Editor Journal:

At this time, when gladness should
fill the hearts of all mankind, I think we
oup'ht to do all we can to throw aside
everything that would tend to destroy a
full enjoyment of the season. I mean
the merry Christmastide. It only comes
once a year and we ought to enjoy our-
selves; that is, if we have the where-
with to do so. If we haven't, then we
can cheer ourselves up with the knowl-
edge that there are lots who would not
be in a position to enjoy themselves if
we had not provided the wherewith.
Anyway, let the geniality of the season
open your ears to the jingle of the


Sweetly on the zephyrs stealing

Silver accents soft and low.
Comes the angel's voice revealing '

Christmas Day so long ago.
Comes the song of* peace and glory

That the angel voice foretells.
Comes the ever happy story

Of the chiming Christmas Bells.

Sweetly on the xephyrs stealing.

After years have passed away.
Comes the same true tender feelini^

As It came that Christmas Day;
Comes the hope that sweet within ua

Wakens to the magic spells.
Comes the only sound dan win us

Of the chiming Christmas Bells.

Sweetly on the zephyrs stealing

When the ground Is white with snow.
Comes the soft and gentle pealing

Of the sweetest bells we know.
Comes their Joy to cheer life's sadness

From the One who loving dwells
'Mid the song of hope and gladness

Of the chiming Christmas Bells.

Can't you hear them? Can't you hear
the "glad tidings of great joy," when
you think of them? The hearty hand-
clasp; the merry homecoming of those
who wander, and the joyous reunion
and romping* 'neath the berried holly
and mistletoe? I can imagine all these
things when my memory swells with the
music of the "loud vociferous bells."
Don't you? No? Well, I can under-
stand what is the matter with you. You
are not a poet! You haven't got that
mystic, godlike — but never mind what.
Here is something you will understand
— not only you, my dear Editor, but all
the brothers in the organization as
well — that is:

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New

From yours fraternally.



Bridgeport, Conn., Oct. 28, 1899.
Editor Journal:

If the labors of the International As-
sociation of Machinists is efifective in
this city a great number of working-
men, who have hitherto existed as a
disintegrated class, will be coipbined
into a unified body, with the object of
mutual protection and benefit.

There are about 500 machinists in
Bridgeport, and of all branches of
skilled labor they have heretofore
seemed the least inclined to organize.
There has been a Bridgeport lodge of
the International Association of Ma-
chinists in existence for some time, but
it has been effective only as affording
a nucleus for further organization. Its
members have been earnest enough,
but up to last night the movement
has not been of that whirling velocity
which characterizes cyclones.

At Emmet Hall, State street, last
night, however, the organization move-
ment took a long stride forward. About
sixty machinists had gathered in re-
sponse to invitation of Bridgeport lodge

Digitized by




to listen to what John T. Connelly, of
Boston, had to say about unionism
among machinists. Mr. Connelly is a
member of the general board of trus-
tees and General Organizer of the na-
tional association. He has been work-
ing among the ntachinists in Massa-
chusetts for several months past and
has accomplished the organization of
lodges in Lowell, Worcester, Spring-
field. Westfield and Fitchburg. He ex-
pects to spend the greater part of the
winter doin^ missionary work among
the unorganized machinists of Connec-
ticut. He is an easy and convincing
speaker, an ideal type of the American
skilled mechanic and totally lacking in
demagoguery. He pointed out the ben-
efits of organization among skilled la-
bor and the disadvantages of lack of a
common purpose. He attacked convinc-
ingly the attitude that a good work-
man can afford to be independent of his

A large proportion of those present
were non-union machinists. Almost'
all of them took blank applications for
membership in the lodge with the
promise to fill them out and turn them
in at the next open meeting, which
will be held in a week or two. More
than a dozen filed their applications
last night. The members of the lodge
and the organizer were apparently
highly gratified at the result of the
first determined attempt to organize
the machinists of the city and expect
a big and enthusiastic attendance at
the next meeting.

Delegations were present from ma-
chinists lodges at Ansonia and Derby,
and John W. Kelly, of Ansonia, ad-
dressed the meeting after Mr. Connelly.
Fraternally. CONN.


Washington. D. C, Nov. 15, 1899.
Editor Journal:

On Tuesdav evening, Nov. 14, Colum-
bia Lodge No. 174 welcomed the in-
stallation of the Grand Lodge at Wash-
ington, D. C. and in honor thereof held
a reception and banquet.

It was a splendid affair in every way.
Anticipating a very large attendance,
the committee had engaged the National
Rifles' Hall for the occasion, and the
large reception and ball rooms, with
various ante-rooms, were crowded with
an assemblage which gratified the pro-
moters and reflected the highest de-
gree of credit upon the management
and upon the members of Columbia

Lodge, who responded so willingly and
in such numbers to the invitation.

It was a meeting that will not be soon
forgotten. The policy of issuing double
tickets only was amply justified, for of
every two guests one was a lady, and
the graceful presence and beautiful
dresses of the gentler sex made a scene
long to be remembered in Washington.

The banquet hall was tastefully dec-
orated with flowers and Haley's superb
orchestra furnished delightful music
from eight o'clock until the small hours
of morning saw the end of a delightful

The dinner, which was in seven
courses, was announced at about nine
o'clock, and, as is quite usual in such
cases, continued longer than was ex-
pected. This was unfortunate, as the
speeches which always follow festivities
of the kind were in several instances far
too short for their interesting character
and importance. Notably was this so
in regard to the speech of President
O'Connell, who responded to the toast,
"The I. A. of M."

Mr. H. M. Rose, representing Sena-
tor Burrows, who was unavoidably ab-
sent, was especially felicitous in his re-
marks, and frequently raised the patri-
otic enthusiasm of his audience in re-
sponding to "Our Country."

Bro. Chas. Squier was toastmaster
and, after the guests had assembled in
the banqueting hall, he, in a few well
chosen words, introduced Pres. R. J.
Jones of No. 174, who extended to the
Grand Lodge officers and other assem-
bled guests the welcome of Columbia
Lodge. This was responded to by
Pres. O'Connell, who briefly expressed
his and his colleagues' appreciation of
the reception of the evening. Follow-
ing this the guests proceeded to discuss
the very excellent menu provided by
Caterer Woodbury, after which the
following toasts were listened to:

President James O'Connell, "The I.
A. of M.": Vice-President D. Douglas
Wilson, "The Ladies"; Secretary-Treas-
urer Geo. Preston. "American Indus-
tries": A. F. of L. Secretary Frank
Morrison, "Organization;" Mr. H. M.
Rose, "Our Country"; Saml. DeNedry,
"The Statesman." Bro. Wilson, for the
"Ladies," while paying due tribute to
the charms and virtues of the subject
of his remarks, left the impression that
a veritable Don Juan had been selected
for his pleasant task, except that his
adventures had lead him over a range of
nationalities and complexions never
contemplated by Byron's hero.

Amid so many pleasant topics, men-

Digitized by.




tion must be made of the poem writ-
ten especially for the occasion by Bro.
Scantlebury, whose glowing lines were
rendered with deep intonation and
wonderful dramatic effect by Bro. M. D.

Welcome! Welcome!! Welcome!!!
Thrice again, we say.
"Columbia Lfodge" now hails you
As its guests to-day.

Our honored craft it tenders,

Words of great, good cheer,
As it now assembles

Around its tables here.

There is no place so fitting.
Our "Grand Lodge" here to stay.

Where Presidents may help you
To banish trusts away.

We greet you in our city.

The dearest spot on earth.
Where Congress here assemble,

And laws are given birth.

The noble band which started.

In eighteen eighty-eight.
To look for fruits so glorious.

Have not had long to wait.

The work went on with rushes.

So beautiful its aim,
To help a trodden workman

To be a man again.

Our great and noble order.
Throughout the world has grown.

One grand fraternal body.
Which we are proud to own.

Our craft to-day stands highest.

Of any in the land;
Our brotherhood the brightest.

That none would dare disband.

'Twas we who made the cannon.

Our navy used so well.
That drove the haughty Spaniard

Away down into h— i.

Without our craft no wheel could turn

To cross the briny sea;
No armor'd ship could ere be launched.

Nor used by great Dewey.

At the building of the Temple,
King Solomon did say:
"The Ironworker let all hail—
The honor'd guest to-day."

Who makes the swtft and silent wheel.

That glides along the street?
Not like the horse,— it never tires.-

Yet it is quite as fleet.

Who makes the ponderous engine
That speeds us o'er the land?

Or ploughs the mighty ocean?—
It is our craftsman's hand.

Who makes those wondrous presses

That print our dally news?
And to our nobler manhood

New thoughts our mind Infuse?

Who makes the plow and reaper.

To get God's given grain?
To feed the poor of nations

By sending o'er the main.

Our country leads the world to-day

In the machinist's art;
And tenders to our craftsmen

Her thanks for their great part.

"Columbia Lodge" did well respond
To call for men and skill.
To help our country In her trial.
And work with right good will.

So night and day we toiled.

To avenge the "Maine,"
And were we called upon once more.

Our every nerve would strain.

O'Connell Is our pride and chief.
And to him we would say:
"Columbia's men will aid you. too.
In every honest way."

To our Grand Lodge, now we say:

"God speed you every one;"
And when your labor's finished here
Then may all say: "Well done."

William Scantlebury.
"Columbia Lodge."
October 30, 1899.

Now that the banquet has actually
been given and has become a pleasant
remembrance only, it may be said that
more of the same kind of social gath-
erings cannot but promote frietidliness
and good fellowship among the lodge
members and assist their national ad-

Online LibraryInternational Association of oldMachinists monthly journal → online text (page 132 of 140)