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Exploitation. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
Exploitation. — ^- — By 'Ajax.' 'Religion, freedom, vengeance — what you will — A word's enough to raise mankind to kill; &nbsp; Some factious phrase by cunning caught and spread. That kings may reign and kites and wolves be fed.' — Byron. A hen that has just laid an egg makes far less fuss than the cliques of charlatanism and quackery. What with reform and revision, financial failures, war scares, political piffle, religious jargon, and the frantic efforts of unimportant people to become important, amid the chaos and muddle of decaying capitalism, the average person is sophisticated and deluded with platitudes, and unable to understand social phenomena. Behind the veil of all this bedlam and charlatanism, and of far greater importance than the trivialities which for the' moment appear in the limelight, there is at the basis of the social strata, sometimes veiled, but always stealthily at work, a scheme of plunder and robbery, breeding poverty, crime, disease, and death, whi...
BALMAIN MEETING. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
BALMAIN MEETING. A business meeting of members ? residing in Balmain and near-by ? districts will be held at 54 Beatty- ? street, Balmain, on Friday even- M ing, 16th inst., at 8 p.m. ? The propaganda has to be car- ? ried into the suburban districts if ? the I.W.W. is to make progress in ? this city, so it is hoped there will ? be a large muster at this meeting, ? as it is intended to initiate out- ? door propaganda in this district. ? Printed and Published on behalf of the ? Industrial Workers of the World, by ? John Hamilton, Chairman of Press ? Committee, 330 Castlereagh-street, ? Sydney, N.S.W. ?
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
flirect Action iff ^S§fe fi OFFICIAL ORGAN Of ttw 1MDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF % THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Office: — 330 Gastlereagh St., Sydney Australia. MANAGER: E. A. GIFFNEV. HEADQUARTERS l.W.W. (Austria): 330 CASTLEREACH ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS 184 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S. A .
SYDNEY PROPAGANDA. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
SYDNEY PROPAGANDA. Successful week-end meetings I were held, resulting in good sales ? of the paper and literature, the ? meeting in the Hall on Sunday ? 1 night being especially overcrowd- ? ed. m FelloAA'-AYorker P. Larkin, bro- ? ther of the one and only 'Jim.' ? of Dublin strike fame. Avas the ? speaker for the evening, and his H subject Avas the Dublin strike. Lar- ? kin is a forceful speaker, and U dealt with the exciting events of I that historic struggle in a man- ? ner that kept the attention of the ? audience from start to finish. The ? action of the Labor politicians and I English Trade Union leaders, who ? done all in their poAver to help the S bosses break the strike, came in H for some stinging criticism. B Larkin concluded with an earn- fl est appeal to his hearers to be- ? ware of Union Officialism and Par- ? liamentarianism, which he stigma- ? tised as the curse of the working- ? class movement in Great Britain. ?
"Economy." POLITICAL AND OTHERWISE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
'Economy.' POLITICAL AND OTHERWISE. ? « ? Mr. Meredith Atkinson, the 'ading light of the W rkcrs' VAu. ? ntioinil Asoeiati.on, wlio whs spc t iiiilly imported from England to enlighten ( ?) tht workers on IV.i ti:.-al Economy, would appear f ? have forgotten his mission, or at I- ast part of it At all events. Tie has dropped the first word of the term, and is !. now engaged with Archbishops, ! f bosses, politicians and other eco ' nomieal and unostentatious indivi duals, in a fresh crusade, the watchword of which is 'Economy ?? and Efficiency.'' The position of f!'e workers has so improved since tlie war began, ??nid their extravagance and lavish waste of money has become so '. 'narked, that it was quite time Meredith or somebody else pulled them up ! It must be perfectly gal Una1 *.? Mereditli and his friends to see . common or garden workmen n^sli Ing past in their automobiles while useful and necessary people like Uiemselves are compelled to foot slog a mile or two m order to sav...
Barker Defense Fund. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
Barker Defense FuncL Amount previously acknow- -'M lodged .. .. .. ..' ... ..£8o s ^ I a. Avery .............. 1 ' I il ail way Workers' and Gene- 1 ral Laborers' Association.. 5 o o 1 B. D. Maid ......... ., . vi J- »? ™°» ? ? * I o I Adelaide I.W.W ? 1 o 0 j Gordon Lee ? ](j () a Victorian Socialist Party .. 5 5 0 'm Anonymous ? ?- q |b J. Wilson ? ^ „ II - EiHott ? .; 3 0 i ,j- Cole ? io M Fred. Lowden ? g g IS J- Ly1111 ? ? ? 5 0 1 J. AisAulay ? j « 1 A. Kidd ? 5 0 1 D. Taylor ? o 0 ? Mrs. C. Wolf ? 2 8 -M Mrs. McDonald ? 5 g I Barrier Labor Federation . . 10 0 0 ? Women Bookbinders ' Union . . ] o g ? W. Beatty ? 5 fl I Alf. Wilson ? 20 ? It. Powell ? I 0 '? Collection at Guildhall, Mel- ? bourne ? 2 :i o I Crib Point, Naval Base, Vic. 5 6 fi I Per Powell, Melbourne I.W.W. if) ?, ? Ed. Coombes ? 2 6 I Ken Wilson ? 4 q I Scotty ? 20 ? T Rawson ? 20 I Gus. Andres . . ? 2 q ? C. Russell ? 20 ? August Rabe ? 30 ? S. Gowler ? ?; g m Grondi Mill, Inniafail, Q.: — I T. Healy ? 59 I P....
I. W. W. Doings in New Zealand [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
I. W. W. Doings in New Zealand In .the last two issues of ''Direct - Action,' the fact-was emphasised that the exclusion of J.W.V-', lite rature from New Zealand would have -ibout as ''much effect on di rect action propaganda in ''God's own' country aw 'lie boilLng up of the smoke from a volcano would llSIVP mi fiitnw* -ivnr\t'if\v«i The following article from a re cent issue of 'New Zealand Truth' speaks for itself: — THE SILENT STE1KE. When the Waterside Workers' ..strike of twenty months ago was at its iitigJit, many of our day-lie scribes-, who lirxl but a superficial knowledge of Labor and Socialist propaganda, ik-noumMji) the strike lc-:uh';rs us adherents of tlie I.W.W., which letti'r.s tiiey persist-'.! in asserting stood for an orgiuiisatiun - ill ing itself the 'Iin]ei-eni]-?ni '' Woi Jeers of the World. (Homsby, of Wnira ra.\m, made the same blunder' in the House -the other day.) They also assert ed that the strike was tlie outcome of the policy of those mischievous ].AY....
Crib Point, V. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
Crib Point, V, ? x, C-ii Friday, 1st October, in com pany with 'Pellow-Avorker li. M. Rose, I Avent doAvn from Melbourne to the Naval Base at Crib Point to state the facts of my case, and also to speak on Industrial Union ism. We received a very hearty re ception from the boys, and had. the pleasure of addressing a very interested audience. In his open ing remarks. t.h« chairman, who is the local president of the A.W.U., informed us that the Crib Point Avorkers had carried a resolution condemning my imprisonment and conviction. After explaining my oavu case I Avent on to outline the need for sound organisation, and showed . up the old futilities of craft union ism, and the necessity for agita tional and educational Avork among the members of the Avork ;ng class generally. My remarks were Avell received. ?When 1 finished FelloAV-Avorker Kose sang an I.W.W. lullaby. A collection Avas taken up for my Defence Fund, which realised £5 6s. A large amount of literature Avas disposed of. The...
"VICTORIAN RAILWAYMEN'S THREATS." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
'VICTORIAN RAILWAYMEN'S THREATS.' So sayeth the ''Argoose'' of Oc tober 4; and all over a bob-a-day allowance. What will these rail way men want next? To think that men who gave £34.000 to patriotic funds, etc.. should threaten to pass another resolution threatening to stop work if that nimble shilling ain't, forthcoming. Men who play shuttlecock and battledore with our palatial dog boxes on wheels ought to be happy without that bob. Peacock would have lost his feathers if he had heard three rousing cheers, and seen the en thusiasm over that bally bob. Oh. moderate and reasonable railway men, you ought to have asked for a quid a day; you might have got the bob then. Trifles like these don't double men drawing £1000 a. year. You ought to have that hob, even if the Cabinet have to live on tea and toast. The Gov ernment would not think of forc ing you to do anything naughty. No sane man. only politicians, would suggest that you were dis loyal. Tf you had taken a few thousands out of th...
Broken Hill. Direct Action v. Legalism. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
Broken Hill. — — o- — — Direct Action v. Legalism. The One Big Union here got put to the test on Sunday, Hvd Octo ber. Since the secretary and pre sident came back from the confer ence Avith Judge Higgins, with the offer of Is. increase per day, the underground men, seeing that they were left in tiie cold, as the officials told them they had no hope- of getting a- 44-hour week through the Arbitration Court, de cided to enforce it on the job by only working 40 hours a week. On the 26th September a special meet ing of the A.M. A. decided to lose every Saturday afternoon shift. A motion was agreed to the same day to rescind the former motion, as the first shift to be lost was on the following Saturday, and as the motion required seven days' no tice, the men would have their holiday before it could be dealt with. During the week the presi dent and secretary left for the Big Cities. En route their attention was drawn to the penal clauses of the Arbitration Act; they sent a wire advising ...
Strike off Thy Chains. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
Strike off Thy Chains, ^ ? (By Fred. F. -Rockwell, in the 'International Socialist Review, ' , * Chicago.) Arouse, ye Sons of Labor, in factory, field, and city! The morning breaks, the bugle -shakes/ Its clarion notes to wake ye from your rest, 'neath scorn, and pity. As lightning leaps .from thunde*r, arouse in wrath and sunder The chains that bind ye captive to the guarded Lords of Plundrr, Arouse, and strike to win your own in factory, field, and city! Arouse, arouse, ye sojns of toil, from every l-ank of Labor. Not to a strife of leaping lead ; of bayonet and sabre. Y-3 are not murderers such as they who break ye, day and hour. Arouse! unite! win back your world with a whirlwind stroke of Power. Think on your wives who toil to death in factories of fever: Your Sister's cry, a prayer to die Unheeded amid ghastly mirth in the brothels where they leave her. Look ! from your ranks they take them, to bind and bruise and break them. The fairest of your daughters pick, to wrong, abuse...
Exploitation. (Continued). [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
Exploitation. . ? By'Ajax.' (Continued). Owing to the suppression of facts and the doctoring of history, it is impossible to estimate the ravages of exploitation. i\'o tongue can tell or possibly bring home to the masses the miseries oi; exploitation. The subject is so vast, so horrible, and so sad, that it is impossible to do justice to it. Yet behind the veil of hypocrisy and charlatan ism of capitalism, investigation, despite the conspiracy oi silence and suppression, has unearthed a few facts. We now know that thousands of preventable deaths occur annually in mine, on rail, and sea. We also know that indirectly industrialism drives tens of thousands of women on the streets, our reformers doubtless will gloss over the fact that the confirmed prostitute's life is oniy VFurui Jive ytsam ^miciiasis. iiiu iuj.uiu.us uj. wunmia in lj_lu iuumii industries, who have been poisoned or slowly murdered (must go step at a time; need not alarm legislators. Indeed, if the unemployed become too...
Railway Boss's Advice. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
Railway Boss's Advice. Be A 'Patriot.' Owing to an alleged .scarcity of labor, m view of the large num ber of men going to the front, the If ail way Commissioner informs the Railway and Tramway employees that 'they would have to start work earlier, work harder andj longer' for the future If this is good policy for a De partment under a Labor Govern ment, there is no reason why em ployers in genera] should not put forward the same excuse for leng thening hours and increasing ex ploitation. 'It was up to those slaying behind,' said the Com missioner, 'to make some sacri fice while, their comrades are fight ing for them at tne front.'' Quite so; whether at home or at the front, the workers are always expetU-d to do the sacrificing. It would be interesting to know what percentage of the interest on loans for Railway and Tramway purposes the holders of securities are sacrificing. ?The fact that the 'head serang' of the Railways and Tramways dares to talk like this to a meet ing of employ...
Pittsburg, U.S.A. Carnegie's Slaves. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
Pittsburg, U.S.A. Carnegie's Slaves. (By J. II. Beecham.) In this town, more thaii any where else in America, every wor ker is part of a machine. Human lilV there, from that belonging to flic child engaged in sweated home work, to that of the highly skilled i-.MKiiiau in i.ne sieei. mills, is sim ply a commodity, like iron ore, oil. clay, or any other product. If ;i machine breaks down in the steel mills it is scrapped, and another promptly substituted; it pays bet ter than expensive and timewast ing repairs. If a worker goes to pieces from overstrain in the roar ing heat of the blast furnace, or meets with an accident that tem porarily incapacitates him, he also is scrapped and forgotten, with out compensation or reward; and iiis place is promptly taken by an other industrial human machine. * ?:: Iii conversation with a foreman employed bv the Pressed StpoI no» Company, a part of the Steel Trust, in Alleghany, a suburb of Pittsburg, I asked him whether skilled machine operatives ma...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
? ? ? , -.-?jt 'EXPIRED.' /;! Subscribers who find a stamp 'Ex- US pired,' upon their paper, are notified H'$ thereby that their subscription will ex- ^1 j)ire during the following month. That ' ' if will give subscribers ample time to re- %| new their subscriptions. Terms, 4/- per Jt if year, 2/- per half-year. Address, 'Man- r/i$ ager,' Box 98, Haymarket, N.S.W. 1 NOTICE. t Any member knowing the where- \ i| abouts of R. J. (Dick) Welch is re- ! ? ' \\f_ quested to communicate with J. W. iM Welch, 144 Auburn^street, Goulburn. ' ' J4
THE BARKER APPEAL. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
THE BARKER APPEAL. As we go to press, the result of ! the above case has reached us. j Barker appeared before Judge Backhouse, at the Quarter Ses sions, on Wednesday, 13th instant. : The sentence imposed by the ' , i magistrate for printing a poster likely to prejudice recruiting was quashed. j The judge, however, refused to interfere with the fine of £20, or three months, imposed by the mag- , * istrate for a breach of the Print- ( ing Act. i This related to a 'sticker,' 1|- posted around Svdnev. callinc on ' the workers to resort to Sabotage on the job. instead of dabbling in Arbitration Courts and Wages ' ' Boards. , * ' We all know what Sabotage ' 'j' means,' remarked the judge, in .' ?/ upholding the sentence. i - The charge in this case was , i that the ' sticker ' did not bear ♦ the printer's name and address.
SYDNEY LOCAL. MEETINGS, &c. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
SYDNEY LOCAL. MEETINGS, &c. Street Propoganda at Bathurst and Liverpool Streets Every Friday and : Saturday Evenings, at 8 p.m.; also Sun day Evening, at 7. Meetings in Hall: - Sunday, 8 p.m., Propoganda. Wednesday, 8 p.m., Economic Class. Thursday, 8 p.m., Business Meeting. \ Also, Public Meeting Every Sunday : Afternoon in the Domain. \ |
The Game of Politics. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
The Game of Politics. ii is said that God works in :- mysteuo'.vs way. but. his ways are not more mysterious than some o/ our leading politicians. The whole history of Australian politics is so full of contradictions, duplicity, hypocrisy, infamy and lies, that all who look and listen must marvel and wonder. These sell'-styled ' emancipa tors of the people ' have only one object in view — the emaneinathi'- of themselves at the expense of exploited and suffering humanity. The speeches and wriiings of many Labor politicians are in '??omplele contradiction to their actions : their doings are 1lio very negation of their platform : their whole lives prove Iliem to bo liars aud impostors of the \\-vv worst type. Tin? politician is an individual whom the working-class must novel- trust. Whon.lu' begins to speak in nice phrases and polished language, lot tin- slaves beware. The whole gang of political par asites, irrespective of wiieihor Ihey be liberal, labor, socialist, or independent, ar...
ADDRESSES OF I.W.W. LOCALS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 16 October 1915
ADDRESSES OF I.W.W. LOCALS. Adelaide Local No. 7 — -Secretary-Trea- surer, S. G. Drummond, 43 Charles street, Unley, Adelaide, S.A. Sydney Local No. 2 — Secretary-Trea- surer, F. J. Morgan, 330 Castlereagh street, Sydney, N.S.W. Broken Hill Local No. 3 — ^Secretary- Treasurer, E. J. Kiely, Palace Build ings, Sulphide-street, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Fremantle Local, No. 5 — C/o. W. John stone, Burlington Hotel, Pakenham street, East Fremantle, W.A. Boulder Local, No. 6 — Secretary -Trea- surer, F. H. Luun, Lane-street, Boul der, W.A. Brisbane Local, No. 7 — Secretary-Trea- surer, J. J. Burke, 'Mimi, ' Cribb street, Milton, Brisbane, Q. Melbourne Local, No. 8 — Secretary- Treasurer, E. Power, 243 William street, Melbourne, V. Tottenham Local, No. 9 — Secretary- Treasurer, A. S. Graham, Umang street, Tottenham, N.S.W. NEW ZEALAND. Auckland Local, No. 1 — G. Phillips, Secretary-Treasurer, Kings Cham bers, Queen-street, Auckland. Christchurch Local, No. 2— E. Kear, Secretary-Treasurer, Madra...