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Executive Council on Labor Day.


HALL Labor Day lose its distinctive character and become a mere holiday for general meaningless purposes and for the exploitation for private profit?

Labor Day belongs to the working people of America. It is for them to determine its value and significance. Those outside the labor movement test its strength and virility by the way in which Labor Day is observed. Their test is justified by the fact that the power of the labor movement consists in its appeal to the hearts, minds and wills of the workers. Rouse the working people to a sense of their rights and interests and the labor movement becomes an irresistible power for their realization.

In the labor movement, as in every human endeavor, we become familiar with the heart forces and the ideals that brought the movement into existence and sometimes forget that these spiritual forces must be revived and nourished or they wither and die. Some labor organizations have fallen into this error. They have abandoned regular Labor Day demonstrations, parades, meetings, addresses, in the belief that such expenditure of time, effort and money is wasteful. This is a most serious mistake.

Such labor demonstrations are not wasteful and they do pay, even if only through publicity for the cause of Labor. Men and women marching shoulder to shoulder typify impressively the purposefulness and the unity of the labor movement. They are a physical demonstration of the devotion to principles-a proof that none can fail to understand. Observance of the day is a means of educating public thought and the agents for molding public opinion in regard to the principles and purposes of the labor movement. When our movement is understood, it will be recognized and established as a potent agency for justice and humanity. The objections and oppositions now interposed by employers will no longer be tolerated.

No human movement remains at one level-it must increase or it must decrease. As new members come into unions they must learn the traditions and ideals of the cause of Labor. The spirit of fellowship and the brotherhood of man are the life of the labor movement. If this life be not nourished, the whole will become as a dead thing.

The Executive Council of the American Federation of Labor urges that every central body plan to make observance of the coming Labor Day demonstrate to the whole nation the dignity, strength and importance of the labor movement and to make the spirit of the day of such a nature that every worker shall appreciate more keenly the value of his union and shall be ready to perform his duties with greater enthusiasm and more perfect understanding. Labor Day typifies a movement for life and humanity. Do not pervert it. Each city central body and all organized labor have a duty to perform.

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The Editor's attention was called, through the daily press, to the fact that Brother Roady Kenehan would be a candidate for State Treasurer, subject to. the primary election, which will be held in the State of Colorado on Tuesday, September 8th. It is the duty of every member of our organization to work for the election of Brother Kenehan, as he needs no introduction to the people, as his past record as an officer of the International Union of Journeymen Horseshoers and as an office-holder in the State of Colorado cannot be excelled, therefore we deem it the duty of all to assist Roady in his campaign, as there are three candidates on the ticket for nomination. If you have a friend residing in Colorado, write him a letter asking his support for the old Roman.


The Kenwood Horseshoer.

It is with pleasure the Editor announces to the members and their friends that Prof. John D. Fitzgerald is the Democratic candidate for State Treasurer of Illinois, and promises, if elected, to give the people of Illinois a businesslike administration. Mr. Fitzgerald was born and educated in Chicago and started at the horseshoeing trade in the year 1875, and has continued in business for himself since the year 1880. It is not necessary to comment at all on the life of Mr. Fitzgerald, as his record speaks for itself, and from this view alone his friends and admirers know him to be trustworthy and capable of filling the office of State Treasurer, and the Editor would ask all of his friends to support Prof. Fitzgerald at the coming primary election, which is to be held on Wednesday, September 9, 1914, in the State of Illinois, and let this be our ambition to always keep the horseshoers to the front.



HUBERT S. MARSHALL, Secretary-Treasurer, Second Nat. Bank Bldg., Cincinnati, O.


The International Secretary-Treasurer has furnished all locals with a sufficient number of the new International Constitution and ByLaws, and every member of the organization should receive one from the financial secretary of his local, thereby keeping himself informed with the Constitution and By-Laws of the organization.


On the front page of this issue is Article XI, of the International Constitution and ByLaws, which fully explains the minimum initiation fee to be charged by all locals, and the minimum amount of dues to be paid by each member per month. The International Secretary-Treasurer requests all members to pay strict attention to this said article so that any misunderstanding may be avoided in the future.

STOLEN LABEL RETURNED. The International Secretary received word from Brother D. J. Roberts, Local No. 15, Cleveland, Ohio, stating that Brother Dennis Corbett, of Local No. 23, Buffalo, N. Y., had collected a stolen label from one John Riley, which was the name he went under in Cleveland, and was known as Murphy in Buffalo. The Secretary would advise all unions to pass this gentleman up, as he is traveling under assumed name and misrepresenting himself. See that they have their traveling card and due book properly stamped before recognizing them, and then you will be right and avoid trouble.


We were pleased to receive a call from the following representatives: Gus. Tappe, representing Heller Bros.; Theo. Kellerer, of the Union Horse Nail Company; "Wm. Kane, of the American Steel and Wire Company; Wm. Carroll, of the American Horseshoe Company; P. J. Hickey, of the Powers Rubber Shoe Company; John Straw, of the Dryden Hoof Pad Company; Albert J. Beally, of the Tredegar Company. All are enjoying good health and report business fair.


The Secretary-Treasurer's attention has been called to the action of some locals in closing their charters for a stated length of time, thereby refusing to allow any one to become a member of their local during the time the charter is closed.

Such action is entirely unconstitutional and is against the Constitution and By-Laws of this organization, and local unions are hereby notified to refrain from closing their charter and comply with Article X, Section 1, of the International Constitution and By-Laws.


Local Union No. 6, of Philadelphia, renewed their agreement with their employers with somewhat better conditions and the recognition of the J. H. U. label, and things are again moving smoothly in the Quaker City. It is gratifying to know that the label has at last been recognized by the Master Horseshoers, of Philadelphia, and we feel safe in saying the label will produce better results in the coming year than has been accomplished in the past in Philadelphia.

WALTER EARL LOW. Editor Horseshoers' Magazine:

I would be very grateful to you if you would please locate through the union Walter Earl Low. He belonged to the Horseshoers' Union in Minneapolis, but left here in July, and when I heard of him last was in Cleveland, Ohio. Now I am his wife and cannot find his whereabouts. He deserted me, and I have one little girl, and I am in poor health and unable to work. I understand that he has straightened up his accounts with the union here in Minneapolis only two weeks ago, so is in good standing. I do not want him to know that I am looking for him, so did not go to the union here. Hoping you will favor me with an early reply. MRS. WALTER EARL LOW,

2908 Pleasant Ave., Minneapolis, Minn.



JOHN T. KANE, Local No. 4; BERNARD MALLOY, Local No. 7; HARRY DUNLAP, Local No. 23; B. L. JONES, Local No. 45;
HUGO HEIN, Local No. 63; FRANK M. KLOOS, Local No. 19; FRANK REMLE, Local No. 12; WM. COMMINS, Local No. 25.

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