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The Charlotte Labor Journal
AND DIXIE FARM NEWS
302 South College Street—(Second Floor)
Enured u Mcond-clae* matter September 11. 1M1. at the Past Office at Charlotte. M. C-.
aadar the Aat of Mareh ». l«Tt.
W. M. WITTER-.Editor and Peblieher
CLAUDE L. ALBEA.-.Associate Editor
CHARLOTTE, N. C„ THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1940
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give
place unto wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will
repay, saith the Ixird. x x x Therefore if thine enemy hungre,
feed him; if he thirst give him drink; for in so doing thou
shall heap coals of fire on his head, x x x Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good.—Roman’s xiii, 19-20-21.
THE SECOND MONDAY IN AUGUST
The second Monday in August will see the hosts of the
North Carolina State Federation of Labor, from the mountains to
the sea, gather here for a two (or three) day convention, bringing
nearly 500 delegates, to say nothing of the visitors from all oyer
the State and many other states of the Union, which will bring
the attendance up to nearly the 1,000 mark, and Charlotte, both
its labor and business element is going to give cordial welcome to
the hosts of A. F of L. representatives.
Harking back to the old days of organization in Charlotte,
nearly half a century ago, with one or two exceptions, harmony
has prevailed, the units working together being 100 per cent
American. Many of the Old Warriors have passed away but a
few remain upon the scene of action, and as they look over the
“battlefield” and view the advance made they realize that they
have not lived in vain. The “March of Progress’ was not made
through a “Garden of Roses,” nor did the workers trod the “Prim
rose Path,” but it is history now, and the employer of today, as
a rule is not the slave driver as was his predecessor in days gone
by; nor is the worker pf the unenlightened type of the bondage
age. Education has played its part—and Education is a factor in
which Labor has gone hand in hand with the modern trend. Wise
counsel has been given the workers from the Gompers regime
down and its has been heeded.
Today America stands, as far as the A. F. of L. is concerned,
with a united front, against aggression, but ever for protection of
the Homeland. GOD BLESS AMERICA.
FROM THOUGHTS IN A GARDEN
(BY ANDREAU MARVELL)
What wondrous life is this 1 lead!
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass.
Meanwhile the mind, from pleasure less,
Withdraws into its happiness;
The mind, that ocean where each kind
Does straight its own resemblance find;
Yet it creates, transcending these,
Far other worlds, and other seas;
Annihilating all that’s made
To a green thought in a green shade.
Here at the fountain’s sliding foot,
Or at some fruit-tree’s mossy root,
Casting the body’s vest aside,
My soul into the boughs does glide;
There, like a bird, it sits and sings.
Then whets and combs its silver wings,
And, till prepared for longer flight,
Waves in its plumes the various light.
Vigor and Pep!
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CREDIT TO WHOM CREDIT IS DUE
The article appearing in the Labor Journal last week under
the heading of “Ickes ‘Busted* the Newspapers ... He Must Noi
Quit New Deal. Credit was lacking, through the fault of the lino
typer. It should have read, as written: “Jim Trent in Knox
ville Labor News.** If |t had been an editorial expression it would
have appeared in “10 point.**
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BY DR. CHARLES STELZLE
Criticism is fair and legitimate. But criticism should be con
strue tire as well as destructive. Most any fool can see the badness V
and the weakness in men and organizations. Faults are always
glaring. But it takes a wise man to see the good in others. True
criticism does not necessarily mean merely pointing out weaknesses.
It should also include the discovery of virtue.
When the average man—on the outside—thinks thinks of or
ganised labor, his mind reverts to acts of lawlessness committed by
certain so-called “leaders” of trade unions. When he thinks of
corporations, he recalls the acts of shame done in the name of “big”
business. When he thinks of the church, he flings at it the unright
eous actions of a handful of men in history or those in present day
There is no organization in existence which is entirely free of
those who secretly violate the fine principles of the organization of
which they are members. If they are charged with acts of law
lessness or disloyalty they try to justify thier actions upon a purely
legal basis, even going so far as to stand trial in the courts of law,
and very frequently the case is dismissed for lack of evidence or
baceuse however unfaithful they may have been to the standards of
the organization which they represent, their action was not contrary
to the law. Ordinarily, such men are finally given their just deserts
and are properly disposed of. Unfortunately, meanwhile, the whole
body of the membership involved is condemned in the esimation of
the public, and it bears- the penalty which should have been visited
upon the guilty personaolne.
Just now organized labor is in the crucible. It has been there
before, because there is no way in which the characters of those who
apply for membership can be fairly tested—and, it is assumed, they
have become members of the union for self-protection. Often dis
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the purer the gold. A fair discussion of the alleged evils in the labor
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the pointing out of its weakness will develop its points of strength.
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