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Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
IMPORTANT. Fellow workers and locals are in vited to send in reports of activities, news pars, and short snappy articles. Above all, don't send long, windy ar ticles about nothing in particular, as the writers are bound to be disap pointed. Anything of a personal na ture will not be entertained, although criticism is always welcomed. The first idea of the organisation is to pro pagate the tactics and structure of the I.W.W., and, therefore, necessarily, this paper will express those idea3 primarily. * * * Should any subscribers fail to re ceive acknowledgment of their sub scriptions the receipt of 'DIRECT ACTION' will be equivalent to such. Should any subscriber not receive his paper he should immediately noti fy Manager, 330 Castlereagh-street On the expiration of subscriptions the number of the last issue due sub scribers will appear on the wrapper of the paper LIST OP LOCALS. Adelaide Local 1: H. T. Kelly, Seo retary, Trs. Sydney Local No. 2: C. Reeve, Sec retary and Treasurer. B...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
The 'Evening- News' predicts that the people of Scotland, and the world generally, willl soon have to revert to oatmeal and similar diet, owing1 'to the future of the meat supply.' The 'News,' however, takes the mattei philosopically, because it is not really necessary, it informs us, 'to eat canned Califorian asparagus, or smoked Norwegian sardines, or olives from Spain.' ? * ? This little joke of the 'News' is only meant for the workers' consump tion, of course, in common with other 'simple,' very simple, diet served up to us by the capitalist press. The class which the 'News' represents will take mighty fine care that too much 'parritch' won't come its way if it can be helped. If the 'News' perpetrates another joke like that the l.W.W. will really smile. There is a boom in boy immigration just now. Perhaps the following dictum by Judge Heydon may throw some light on the why and wherefore: 'I do not suppose the wage for them would be much,' he says, referring to workers between fo...
Patriots, Read This. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
Patriots, Read This. It must be gratifyig to Australian Patriots to know that TWO of their soldiers^-conscripts, call them what you will — would be equal to one train ed man. and as he has been touted, vaunted, praised and adulated in every capital istic paper in Australasia, we must take his word for it. That would mean, when you go out on strike, working men, that if half of you refuse to respond to the call to arms the 'soldiers' will be whip ped.
Patriot’s Note. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
Patriot's Note. The following is a recent cable from the daily press: 'Mr. Charles Milieu, president of the New York-New Haven Railway, admits that £240,000 has been set aside by his company to buy altera tions in its charters from tho political leaders who acted for tho late Pier pont Morgan. Mr. Milieu declares that the company . was ready to do busi ness with the devi! himself in order to get what it wanted.' Those who are always shouting to the workers to 'capture the Powers of Government1' had now better set about capturing the Powers of Hell. We are. afraid, though, the Charles Milieus will get there before them; We know that tbe bosses have the politicians on their side ; we also have a strong suspicion that God and the church have been tampered with; the l.W.W. is prepared to give them Old Nick thrown in, provided we only have an industrially organised working class.
THE POLITICIAN'S "PATRIOTISM." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
THE POLITICIAN'S 'PATRIOT- ISM.' Mr. Jim Page, Labour M.P. for Maranoa, got the following slice of 'patriotism' off his chest in the House of Representatives the other day : — — 'A country worth living in was good to me, and if I had forty sons 1 would expect them to take their part in the defence of the Commonwealth.' (Great cheers from his followpat riots.) The workers of Australia have cer his ilk. They have placed these 'patriots' on the plane of economic independence, while they themselves are sinking deeper into the quick sands of capitalism. What Mr. Page really means is that he would sacrifice his imaginary forty sons and the* sons of every other toiler in Australia if by doing so he could maintain his parliamentary plums, while he himself looks on benevolently from behind that con venient fortress known as 'Exemp- tion.' When the workers have 'nlums' to fight for, they, too, may be as 'pat- riotic' as Mr. Page. At present they have only got the offal that Mr. Page and 'patr...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
flirect Action ORGAN Of the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Offloe:— 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney Australia. EDITOR-THOS. GLYNN. * MANAGER— E. A. CIFFNEY. ' Matter for publication only should be addressed to the Editor. Other matter to the Manager. Subscription, 2/- per year. Special Terms on Bundle Orders. HEADQUARTERS I.W.W. (Australia): 330 CASTLEREAGH ST., SYDNEY. CENERAL HEADQUARTERS— 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S.A ,
New Zealand Notes. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
New Zealand Notes. ? ? -*? — . v An alarming number of conflagra tions have taken place recently in God's Own. It is nice to know that the strike is over — there can be no suspicion of incendiarism. We sym pathise with Fat, as insurance rates are getting burdensome. An antipathy to well-earned criti ^*om Uic rrAntnrl a rrtinmntinn m Wcl lington Labour newspaper circles, which culminated in the Joss fulmi nating loud and shrill, and the critic returning to the comparative obscur ity of Auckland. A boost for this organ of Discon tent, will be appreciated by the slaves here, who are pushing the barrow. A little fresh air is sadly lacking in N.Z. so let her go. Don't forget, Maorilanders, the boys are still in gaol. You can get them out now, if you act. Push your memories back three years, Pig Islanders, and tell me how much your bonehead leaders have ad vanced in that time. The only thing consistent about them is their incon sistency. 'One Big Union' has no connec tion with Mr. Billy N...
THE GREAT "SEPARATION." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
THE GREAT ' SEPARATION. ' ? + ? The first conference of the. pseudo One Big Union was held, at the Trades Hall on Monday, 25th iust. An article showing the true inwardness of this Federation appears on another page of tin's issue, and, curiously enough, the first resolution passed hy the conference more than justifies the I.W.W. conten tion that Craft Unionism does not change its nature by a simple change ot - name. ? Mr. D. Watson, president of the Nor thern Colliery Employees' Federation, ono of tho organisations represented, announced . to the conference delegates tho dissatisfaction of miners in the Newcastle district with a. re.ce.nt award award of the- Arbitration Court, which exempted ten collieries from certain benefits won by other mines. Upon this announcement the bom bastic fatuity of this much-talked of i 'One Hig Union' manifested itself. Conference immediately got on its hind : legs and expressed its 'emphatic opin ion' that the decision of the Arbitra tion Judge shoul...
MORE JOLTS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
MORE JOLTS. 'Australian Manufacturers' Week has been celebrated in Sydney this week. Goods of purely Australian make were exhibited in over 2000 windows and made a most effective display.' — News item. ? ? ? Tho thousands of workers who creat ed these hundreds of thousands of com modities and placed them in 2000 windows to LOOK AT^Iiould certain ly be proud of their achievement. Their bosses were — as the Millions Club banquet shows. * * * Ilia frequency with winch Liberal and Labor politicians call each other liars is becoming monotonous. If they desire to provide a real public sensa tion they should pretend to believe each other ; but even a politician coulfl hardly stoop to such deception. * * ? The latest triumph for Arbitration comes to us through the columns of the 'Co-Operator.' It appears that the Chief Commissioner for Railways has actually been fined ten shillings for working one of his clerks an hour over-time, 'without giving directions to that effect in writing.' Most t...
Plutes, Politicians, and Putridity. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
Plutes, Politicians, and Putridity. 'Political power is a necessity for the present, in order to secure legal immunity for the striker, and to strengthen the working-class by im proved conditions.' This is the opinion expressed in a recent book entitled ''The Facts of Socialism,' by Jessie Wallace. Mr. H. T. Boote, in the ' Worker,'1 quotes the opinion with approval. /Mi-j- Boote is either very forgetful or imagines the workers to be so. The 'legal im munity'' for strikers, after their con quering the so-called political power, has hitherto manifested itself in Aus tralia in the shape of prosecution*, fines, and the garnisheeing of wages. Mr, Boote goes on to inform us that in Australia political action 'has so firmly established itself that its effi cacy is unmistakable, and those who oppose it form a very small minority without either power or significance.' In view of the 'legal immunity' aforesaid, the first part of Mr. Boote's proposition is indisputable, if he means its 'effic...
Notice from the G.E.B. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
Notice from the G.E.B. All fellow-workers are notified by the G.E.B., through this copy of 'Direct Action,' that Fellow-worker C. T. Reeve, general organiser, will visit Adelaide, Port Pirie, Broken Hill, and other industrial 'centres within the next two months. He will start his tour at Adelaide on Saturday, June 6th. F.-W. Reeve is also authorised to collect subscriptions for 'Direct As tion,' the official organ of the Austra lian Administration of the Industrial Workers of the World. All members, sympathisers, and rebels are cordially invited to assist and help him in his tour, so that the ideas and principles of the l.W.W. may reach as many workers as pos sible. T. RILEY.
“Drugged Again." A DRAMA IN ONE ACT. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
'Drugged Again.' A DRAMA IN ONE ACT Scene: Trades Hall, Any Old Night. - _ Dramatis Personae : i Craft Unionist— Mr. Blockhead, Alert Politician— Mr. Wm, Hughes. Attendants — Spence, Catts, and v/iucrs. An Effigy— Identity Uncertain. C.U. (wearily) : Oh, How powerless I feel. Could I only get out of this environment I feel sure ? A.I1, (interrupting H* Pardon me. You don't seem well. Stomach, eh? One Big Union's the thing. If 1 can be of any service ? C.U. (dubiously): Don't know. You fellows promise such a lot ? A.P. : Patience, brother, patience. Trust me. Trust me. If you will, allow me to pull the strings— the bell, I mean. (Pulls bell forthwith. Enter attcnadants, bearing amongst them au effigy labelled 'One Big Union.') C.U. (flabbergasted): Hurrah! Hur rah! Who would have thought it? Three cheers for the l.W.W. and Billy A.P. : Hush! Hush! Don't talk so much. Leave that to me. It's not in your line. Have a drink. (Hands premaey,' 'Centralised Power,' 'Legitimate Methods,' 'Ar...
Short Arm Jolts. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
Short Arm Jolts. ? yr ln a speech before the Labor Council Mr, liolman outlined seventeen Acts of Parliament, which his Government intended to pass during their term of office. The' press resorts state that he met witlr a. cool reception. Had he pro mised to repeal some seventeen of those already passed by Labor Govern ments, doubtless, the enthusiasm would have been greater. » w ? Anyhow, his proposals were 'fishy' in the extreme. He announced his in tention of securing cheap fish for the workers by the introduction of Govern ment trawlers. * » ? The workers who remembered that cheap fish, cheap breVl, cheap meat, cheap rent, menu a 'cheap' Living Wage, a la Judge Heydon, were dumb. * * » 'A Sydney Workman' writes to the '?Worker,' suggesting that 'promi- nent Labor men' should take the in itiative in organising a protest against the massacre of strikers in Colorado. It would be more to the point it 'Workman' suggested a protest against the punishment of strikers B\ 'prominent Labo...
Hints to Tramway Men. Why Dou't You Trammies Learn to Run Trams. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
Hints to Tramway Men. ? 4 ? Why Dou't You Trammies Learn to Run Trams, 11 you lay it down as a principle that you will ask for increased wages only wliou tram receipts show a surplus you will lirsl he asking for your Old Age Pension. ? k ? Surpluses in branches of the public service have never represented any thing for you except a jumble of fig ures. ? k ? When the figures disappear so does tho surplus — but never by any chance into your pocket. ? ♦ ? ' Don't bo fooled by expert figure jugglers. Do you know that the capitalist press and politicians of all parties have recently been boasting that Australia has just gone through a phenomenally prosperous period? ? ♦ ? Ask Holman where you come in. The 'phenomenal prosperity' only applied to interest collecting parasites: the holders of Government bonds, for instance, who are the real owners of 'our' trams. ? ^ ? Ask Premier Bill the amount paid annually to these exploiters of yours. Incidentally enquire if FORCE does not represent th...
Arthur's Hope! M.L.A. Wants a Hundred Thousand Girls. What for? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
Arthur's Hope ! M.L.A. Wants & Hudred Thousand Girls. What for? Dr. Arthur, M.L.A. (signifying Master of the Little Artifices of poli tics) says that New South Wales is great. There are people rude enough to agree with him. Didn't they put him in the Legislative Assembly ? Moreover, and furthermore, sayeth South Wales are her greatest product. 'We need one hundred thousand more of them,' says his doctorship. The poor little wretches, 'snippets,' 'flappers,' and girls almost of a mar riageable age, want to know, Dr. Ar thur, what you need a hundred thou sand more for. They are asking why they happen to be the 'Greatest. Product' of New South Wales. They are wondering uhy it is ne cessary for them to arise at six o'clock in the morning uiorder to be AT WORK at eight. They are enquiring o. Dr. Arthur M.L.A., why they shouici work at all when there are thousaj ds of unem ployed men walking the r, rects of Syd ney — men who. if giv+n . emunerative work, would be enabled i ?- marr...
ANOTHER "BIG ONION." It Belongs to Billy Hughes and his Twelve Apostles. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
ANOTHER ' BIG ONION.' A. ? 1 ? T ? It Belongs to Billy Hughes and his Twelve Apostles. After getting the workers' hands tied behind their backs by Arbitra tion Acts and other legal devices, the Craft Union leaders and politicians have now set about shackling: their legs. The Federation of Unions pro posal now being launched is, in more senses of the word than one a 'crafty' scheme towards that end. .... The reason for this step on the part of Labor leaders is not far to enpk- Thp inrrpasprl nrir#»s in thp nerrssitifm of lif«: the absolute imnotencv of craft organisation to maintain, much less advance, the workers' standard of living; the ever increasing economic pressure being brought to bear through immigration, combined with the advocacy of militant Industralism during the past few years, have all had their influence in the resultant un easiness displayed by all grades of the working class. So much so, indeed, that in spite of the pains and penalties attached to striking, even the...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
TO SUBSCRIBERS. Please notice that this issue of 'DIRECT ACTION' has now become a fortnightly. Your yearly subscrip tion, Fellow-Worker, will cost you no more on that account. It is the intention of the Industrial Workers of the World to publish a weekly paper, within the next few weeks, and if you belong to the class conscious end of this movement, and are really sincere in your desire to make 'The One Big Union' a suc cess, your financial aid toward that Since 'DIRECT ACTION' and the capitalist press have both decided on terming that 'Council of Twelve' in liilly Hughescses 'One Big Onion,' the 'Twelve Apostles,'' we ask readers to pick out the Judas. It is not a difficult guessing com petition. 'Twenty pieces of silver' for the best answer. Send them in One hundred and humpty-steenth ! thousands of willing workers are sit- i : _ ting at the feet of one Willing Hughes, jj ;'.r waitinjr for a job. Whnt Billy and '] ; ';- his 'disciples' say, jroes. You get ^ a job or you don't. If ...
OPERA BOUFFE TO-DATE "Labour's Love Lost." Billy "Hughes' "One Big Onion." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
OPERAIBOUEFE TO-DATE 'Labour's Love Lost/' Billy '? Hughes' ' One Big Onion.' (The Twelve Disciples of Saviour Hughes Discovered Singing!) IChorus of Disciples) :— 'We're disciples of our Master, Billy Hughes: Don't you know it? Well you haven't i-priH flip Ilfltt'S ! You c:in read it in the Daily Tella cram; You c;m read it in the Herald's daily slam. Hallelujah! One Big Onion! Hallelujah! Saved again! Hallelujah! For our Saviour, Who has fooled 'em again. Mo, we don't like to work Like other men do; We'd much rather shirk And pull down our screw. Hallelujah! We're disciples! Hallelujah! Let 'em delve! Hallelujah.1 Hallelujah!! We're the 'Council of Twelve.'' (Kntcr Saviour Hilly Hughes.) Saviuur Hughes: No lakh had J. in that Industrial Union, In fact 1 e'en did hate its very smell, But lately I've been holding strict communion With myself, and all my fellow crooks as well; And we've come to this conclusion : We must cover this confusion, By being 'One liijr Onion,' though it smel...
No title [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
The 'Daily Telegraph,' in talking of ; Unionism lately, expressed its indigna tion at any attempt' to ^get for a cer tain section of citizens a monopoly of the right to live.' How encouraging! We never dreamt 'Direct Action' had an ally in that quarter. ? ? * Tlie Broken Hill Proprietary Com pany has decided to give preference of employment to members of the Iron workers' 'Association, because, accord ing to the 'Worker,' 'they have had so many duffers amongst nonunion ists that they will not now employ any one except through the secretary of tho union.'' \lu.st be good slaves, these 'unionists.' How quickly tlie boss recognises a scab — even when dis guised !
Adelaide Notes. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1914
Adelaide Notes. ? A We still continue to grow : in fact we are growing more rapidly than ever. We suffer, in common with other locals, through a lack of well-equipped speakers, but we are there all the same. Still, we are educating them, and several are coming to the front. H. S. Clark is attracting large crowds at our particular corner, opposite 'Cov.ells,' Victoria Square, and JQ toresting them as well. Literature sales have been good, and 'DIRECT ACTION' is commanding a ready sale. We expect, in the near future, to get ?id of a thousand 'DIRECT AC TIONS' after every issue. Tho paper will undoubtedly prove a thorn in the side of labor-faker and capitalist, alike. Wo welcome the day! Both tlie wage mules and the capi talists are commencing to grasp the fact that the industrial fields and those of parliament are entirely dis tinct pastures, that economic organisa tion is the key to all power political or otherwise. It is not our intention to denounce Labor Governments, merely, in ou...