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Fisher: High Commissioner. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
toM Hi|Ii Commissioner. ; In bidding larewoll to the ' oftkor* of liis Department, Mr. lusher remarked that he did not contemplate leaving Australia '?/.- ---: - with uuuiixvd pleasure. Politi cal Hfo, he said, had been very ; -attractive to him and. while it ; had been 'very ; st minims, it had its' . CQiiiueivsaiious.-'— News Item. : ''-Aiiuy'-spciiks the truth— -some- timei. The oouipcusaruig advau : \ tiiges of 'pcihiie.ii life' ior ;he ; labor poiineicuu ihouch, are so ?';;? very oDvie-us that it was scarce iy- necessary -jo bo reminded of it. ._- ;; it k typical oi the worker who i-appuis to be raised '-:o a posi ?._. v.crn of authority by his owii ela^s /.hat he should '-look upou politi cal hfo f rcai the poi::: e~ 'view of '! *-;e aa\aiitages « hieu he porso:: ; r.ily derives from it. ?'. '--;? That Ai:cy vi Hi shortly be 'f^Uud -fawninc ;-: the -r.r:r.O' ai : * ne . iUTiiity, a'ui erir.2sr.ij ;?.* tr.t ii'et v-t t ii o ic-r.cs ei ri:rsr.ee. :;v;iy, '?- re eioul;. prove icb...
"Financial Ruin" For the Capitalists. Hope to Avoid It. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
'Financial Ruin' ? « ? For the Capitalists. Hope to Avoid It. It would appear that the economic and financial chaos inevitably aris ing out of the war is beginning to scare even the most extreme jingoes. The 'Sunday Times' of October 31st goes so far as to predict com plete financial ruin for Great Britain and the Allies if the war should last longer than another twelve months. The paper argues that while Germany is almost self supporting, Great Brit ain is plunging herself head over heels in debt to the United States and other countries. The war is costing Great Britain £1,100,000,000 a year in excess of revenue, and even the cre dit of England cannot stand this strain for any considerable time. But, says the 'Times': 'There is one, sure, safe and cer tain guarantee against financial ruin, and that is the development of indus try within the Empire to its greatest extent, and a rigid economy.' Workers interested in the fate or the Empire should note that. The financial position of a...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
SUBSCRIBERS. jj Subscribers who do not receive their 'Direct Action' regularly and promptly, are requested to write to the Manager, and give particulars, so that he may take steps to get the matter remedied. BROKEN HILL ACTIVITIES. ..Rooms, Palace Buildings, Sulphide-.. street. Wednesday Evening, at 7.30 p.m.— Edu- cational Class. Alternate Sundays, at 3 p.m.— Business Meeting. Alternate Sundays, at 3 p.m.— Econe nomic Class. Sunday, at 7.30 p.m. — Outdoor Propa ganda Meeting, near Post Office, in Argent-street. Good Library. Also good collection of Literature for sale. All live rebelB welcome. E. J. KIELY, Secretary, Local No. 3, I.W.W. I
ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL No. 6. HALL, LANE ST., BOULDER, W.A. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL No. 6. HALL, LANE ST., BOULDER, W.A. Wednesday Evenings, in Hall — Class Meeting. Friday Evening, Boulder Post Office — Propaganda Meeting. Saturday Evening, Kalgoorlie — Propa- ganda Meeting. Sunday Morning, 10.30 a.m., Hall — Business Meeting. Sunday Afternoon, Keane's Goldfields Hotel, Athletic Club, at 2.30— Lec- ture. Sunday Evening, Boulder — Propaganda Meeting. Good Library at Hall. All Beds are invited to dig in and make Industrial Unionism the Topic of the Day. P. H. LUNN. The capitalist press ia making ven omous attacks on King O'Malley on his appointment to a position in the Labor Cabinet. O'Malley is one of those politicians in a thousand who is so plain-spoken about capitalists, and about the capitalist system in gene ral, that the vituperation of the press can be easily understood. Talk, how ever, won't remedy conditions or abolish the system, so O'Malley in that respect is just as powerless as his more discreet brotherhood in the political Labor mo...
A Weekly Paper [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
A Weekly Paper The progress of 'Direct Action' has been phenomenal. Nearly two years ago, the Sydney local decided to foot the bill for the paper. 'Direct Ac tion' started out a monthly, and since then it has never lo-oked behind I it. I The first six issues were printed ? at outside printers, and the cost was I somewhat heavy, too heavy, in fact, I for the slender resources of the or I ganisation at the time. It was then ? determined that we should purchase i a press. We had no money, but I plenty of optimism, no printing I knowledge, but lots of aptitude for e learning. i A good Samaritan was discovered, § and the Press became a fact. In 1 August, 1915, we came to the conclu 1 sion, that we could make the paper 1 a fortnightly. We did so. We had I strong fights all along the line. The I Editor found his way into Long Bay m gaol for seven days in October of I the same year between issues. The I authorities tried to bar the sale of H 'Direct Action' on the Domain. They I failed as u...
S'African Elections "Herald" puts One More Nail in Coffin of I.W.W. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
S'African Elections 'Herald' puts One More Nail in Coffin of I.W.W. The 'Sydney Morning Herald' has discovered something. The route of the Labor Party at the South African elections, we are told, is attributable to the fact that I.W.W. extremists were pro minient in its propaganda. 'The I.W.W. preach German Social ism. .... which is nothing more or less than pure anarchy,' is the conclusion arrived at by the 'Herald' scribe. As I.W.W. propaganda, German Socialism, and Anarchism are three differ ent schools oi' thought, each of which is irreconcilably opposed to the others, the leader writer on the 'Herald' staff, who em bodies all three as I.W.W. exclu sively, is to be commended for his genius. The Labor Party in South Af rica is on -i par with the Labor Party in Australia. For the most part, it is composed of men who believe that the easiest way to get a livelihood is to get on the backs of their own class and re main there at all hazards to their personal reputation. Niceties of t...
NOTICE TO CONTRIBUTORS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
N0T1CE TO CONTRIBUTORS. The Editor suggests to contribu tors, that in order to make tlie paper more readable, and for pur- : poses of convenience generally, ar ticles, unless of exceptional inter- ' :; est. should not exceed 1000 words. i Topical occurrences of interest. ; to the working class, which could I, be briefly commented u»on. art' frequently crowded out, owing to I the xmneeessary length of many : contributions. It is essential that all articles in tended for publication in any par ticular issue should reach this of fice not later than the Monday previous to date of publication.
The Expansive Force of an idea. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
The Expansive Force of an Idea. We cull the following article from '?Solidarity,' organ of the I.W7VV. in . mi'erica. In view of the suspension -jf free speech, Habeas Corpus, and other so-called inalienable rights in .' jstralia, the article will be read 'with interest as shoving how the tac tics of the master class are on a par in all countries where the I.W.W. is nviking itself felt: — An idea is the most dynamic thing in the world. The power to trans mit ideas is the power to change the world. The Industrial Workers of the World is an organisation for the transmission and development of a great idea — the idea that the world and the whole content thereof is the common property of all mankind; that no class of men and women should be permitted to appropriate themselves the bounties of nature or the labor power of other men and ?vomen; that the production and 'dis- tribution of the means of human existence lias now reached the co operative stage of development 10 such an extent th...
"EXPIRED." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
Sto... ? ' E XPIEBD.' Subscribers who find a stamp 'Ex- pired,' upon their paper, are notified thereby that their subscription will ex pire during the following month. That will give subscribers ample time to re new their subscriptions. Terms, 4/- per yoar, 2/- per half-year. Address, 'Man- HARVESTERS! Members striking out for the harvest fields should arm themselves -with a supply of Subscription Cards for 'Direct Action.' Don't miss such a
A Heavenly Discourse. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
A Heavenly Discourse. God and Jesus are strolling' through the Universe, stepping from star to star. Jesus: Father, I wish you had placed the stars more regularly. This makes my legs tired. It 's like walking on ties. God: On what'/ Jesus: Ties. God: What's that? Jesus: Oh, Father, you cer tainly know what ties are. God: Heavenly ties? Jesus: No, railroad ties. (Jod: Never heard of them. Where are they? Jesus : On earth. God: O, that speck. You are always lugging the Earth'' into the conversation. 'Why are you so fond of it? Jesus: I don't know. Because they crucified me, I guess. God:Hm! Well, yes, if you like that sort of appreciation. Jesus: We never forget whore we have suffered. God: No, I suppose not. ' I never suffered. Jesus: Didn't you suffer when Aaron set up the golden calf? God: No, I didn't suffer. I was mad. I made him suffer. 11 's part of my business to make people suffer. But about those tie— what do you call them — railroad ties? Jesus: Yes. God: What's a railroad?...
What is Black's Game? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
What is Black's Game? ? ; ? * ? Tlie Labor Governments attempts at suppressing I.W.W. propaganda are beginning to take on ireau aspects. It will be remembered ihal a lew months ago, in consequence of the light for free speech whicn have been waged by the I.W.W. in the streets oi Sydney lor the past three or four years, Chief Secretary Black set asu«s certain streets in the city on which outdoor meetings coulu be held. Neither then nor since did the I.W.W. thank Black for so doing, for his 'permission' to do something which we had already persisted in do ing in spite of prosecution and perse cution seemed more amusing than ne cessary. Seeing that the bye-laws with regard to outdoor meetings could not be put into operation. Black and his cabinet confrers have hit out on fresh lines to gag the organisation. l'ne corner of Bathurst and Geoi-ge streets is the stand where I.W.W. meetings have been held every Fri day evening for the past three years. It has in consequence, become so well a...
ADDRESSES OF I.W.W. LOCALS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
ADDRESSES OF I.W.W. LOCALS. Adelaide Local No. 7 — Secretary-Trea- surer, S. G. Drummond, 43 Charles street, TJnley, 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, Brok€ii 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. Lunn, 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, R. 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, Mad...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
ADELAIDE READERS Can obtain copies of 'Direct Ac tion' aud Industrialist Literature from Charlie Russell, bootmaker, Gibson-street, Bowden, Adelaide, S.A. NOTICE. Any member knowing the where abouts of B. J. (Dick) Welch is re quested to communicate with J. W. Welch, 144 Auburn-street, Goulburn. SUBSCRIPTION BLANK For 'DIRECT ACTION.' Enclosed please find P.O. for 4s., for which please send 'Direct Action' for one year to the following address:— Name ? Address ? Fill it in NO W ! SYDNEY LOCAL. MEETINGS, lee. Street Propoganda at BatHurst sad Liverpool Streets Every Friday »* Saturday Evenings, at 8 p.m.*t also 8un- ? day Evening, at 7. I Meetings In Ball: 'fl Sunday, 8 p.m., Propoganda. fl Wednesday, 8 p.m., Economic Class. ? Thursday, 8 p.m., Business Meetto* ? Also, Public Meeting Every SuadW ? Afternoon in the Domain. fl
MELBOURNE ACTIVITIES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
MELBOURNE ACTIVITIES. Local No. 8, 243^ William-street — . Monday, S p.m., Business Meeting. Thursday, Propaganda Committee Meets. Friday, 8 p.m. — Propaganda Meeting at South Melbourne Market. Saturday, 8 p.m. — Educational Lecture at Hall. Saturday, S p.m. — Propaganda Meeting at Flinders Park (Yarra Bank). Library and Beading Boom Open every night. Working-class Papers on file. Industrial Union Literature on sale. All rebels are asked to blow along and make themselves known. All slaves will be welcome. J. LAWBENCE, Secretary-Treasurer.
I. W. W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
I. W. W. Preamble. I ? (j ? K The working class and the employing class have nothing, in fl common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are fl found among millions of working people, and the few wh,c make I up the employing class have all the good things of life. fl Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the fl workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of the fl earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage fl system. H We find that the centreing of the management of industries into fl fewer and fewer hands makes the trade 'unions unable to cope with E the ever-growing power of the employing class. The trade unions fl foster a state of affairs ^which allows one set of workers to be fl pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby fl helping to defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade fl unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief fl that the working-class have intere...
MELBOURNE NOTES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
?MELBOURKE-'^OTES. The Setters for ind^s~i£l freedom, orrtnisec in Melbourne, are working vsi-sjutiy to lo-t-e into the sclid ivory cores of their ieiic- -orkers some cynsmite i- the shap^ 0: ?*&£« At lion' tnd ^ors3n* ck-=s uteratsre. ;.- ' Grs-bbinstisn is nc- t the middle if his she*ri^ o^rstion* flf the *crt^£ -class sti^s- Tie boss's nags I! race, sne tie boss's vife will ? -e*r i« ^rerty dresses, -hile the ? -*ze r.iWs wife 3Bii£'-* do-ea UtUe ? w^£ ri-rs. asfi V* oLi ws?e plugs ? swaitows enst snd yells hUaself « hearse whe- the .fcess wins *.Se* W ? '~Tb^£Xc-Co-scrip-ic-a Fello«tip I ?-s -s— viz.£ o- & sr^t igttttk» in. ? ^his tcir.'a=d mee^nr ^th a good.' ? rsorcce^ trcm &e ^rsrns «££5 %& :M er^j-: ,Be« r^rds ' ?& -«««. -;| fe£v?s. . ' . - : I The Xevasife.- triced en the «?; I osisfcrfW^ ^^ cektrat^ns ? fr si*s fesrs ior* jfce :fiaiffi».-WTi-. ? =«:-. to^i for -fix!=^Kt to pl«e | n^Hr ^le^ec ^ ^^ ^ 1 n^n. . laa m t^TO. !?--« *S I cz?...
The Man With the Hoe. (Republished by Request.) [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
The Man With the Hoe. (Republished by Request.) 1 Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans ' j Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, j The emptiness of ages in his face, 1 And on his back the burden of the world: 1 Who made him dead to rapture and despair, A thing that grieves not, and that never hopes ] Stolid and stunned a brother to the ox? 1 Who loosed and led down this brutal jaw? 1 Whose was the hand th at slanted back this brow ? \ Whose breath blew out the light within his brain? \ Is this the thing the Lord God made and gave fl To have dominion over sea and land; fl To trace the stars, and search the Heavens for power fl To feel the passion of Eternity? ' ? Is this the dream, He dreamed Who shaped the suns fl And pillared the blue firmament with light? fl Down all the stretch of hell to its last gulf, fl There is no form more terrible than this — ? fl More tongued with censure of the World's blind greed— fl More filled with signs and portents for the soul — fl More fraught...
The Coal Strike. Plute Press Hypocrisy. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
The Coal Strike. Plute Press Hypocrisy. The hysterical shrieks of the capitalist press is the most remark able thing about the coal-lumpers' strike. The dictionaries have been searched and re-searched for adjec tives of a sufficiently vituperative nature to hurl at the unfortunate &nbsp; " coalie's' head; but the fiercest de &nbsp; nunciation finds its limit and its cli &nbsp; max in one word — 'Pro-Germans.' &nbsp; &nbsp; ' Before the war occurred such a think as a strike of coalies, or strikes in general, were things that were altogether unknown in Australia. It &nbsp; is, therefore, the most logical thing in the world, to conclude that when these phenomena take place, they can only be attributable to German ag ents, German spies, or German sym &nbsp; pathisers. The Sydney 'Evening Snooze' is the only capitalist newspaper that seems to doubt the underlying cause of the strike as being that put for ward by its contemporaries. ...
The Agitator. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
, ,4 The Agitator. : By Ajax. Think truly— and thy thoughts shall the world's famine feed! Speak truly— and each word of thine Shall be a fruitful seed! Live truly— and thy life shall be A great and noble creed. — G.W. At various periods in history and on the advent of every social change, and more especially at the break -up of any given civilisation, persons mostly of obscure birth have boldly stepped upon the stage of public life and by their zeal and self sacrifice to a cause have ushered in new ideas and sometimes overthrown establish ed institutions that have outlived their usefulness, and are a stumbling block on the path of progress. The agitator is the product of his age. There are economic and psychic forces silently at work in society that lead inevitably towards the ideas and ideals of the reformer. Being gifted with higher intelligence than others, the agitator is the pioneer of every new movement. Agitators are rarely thoroughly understood in their generation. Their id...
War Precautions Act. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 November 1915
War Precautions Act. The case of K. R. Leslie, sen- 1 tenced to a fine of £100 or six I months, in Tumut, on December I last, under the War Precautions I Act, has some sinister features 1 Leslie was charged with distribu- 1 ting anti-war literature, but was I not arrested for two months after f the alleged offence occurred, and I was only served with a copy of 1 the charge against him on the 1 morning of his trial. Though he 1 immediately appealed against his 1 conviction, some underground in- I fluences were apparently at I work, and he has since been in- 1 formed that there has been some I 'misunderstanding' about the 1 apryeal, and he has consequently I now no means of re-opening his I case. I One of the leaflets, by the way I which Leslie was convicted for I distributing was merely a list of I the principal shareholders in the 1 Armament Trust of Great Brit- 1 ain. Miss Adela Pankhurst, of I Melbourne, has recently publish- I ed a book in which this list of 1 shareholders appear...