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Iceberg Irvine and Conscription. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 December 1915
Iceberg Irvine and Conscription. N lueborg Hill, who never worked and . ''??'? never will, say.s wo must have cour- ; '. ? aye lo light the nation's enemies. Hoeing the motley crowd of the Aus tralian Women's National League, he j . addressed, we presume' lie means the ' , cou;-:i-;e neeesasry lo slay at home and knit socks for soldiers. They will no - doubt face tho dangers that accom'- ? ,''?- Jinny knitting socks I'm- the ilofmnWs - of i heir ?(?.mint ry, such us paralysis, housemaid's luiee, etc.. with a smiling face and a sinking heart, while Willie is courageously wagging his chin in de fence of: his country. 'Irvine and Walt are worth a thousand men at the front.' says another Wily Willie, who draws tray train fares to defray his . recruiting campaign expenses. Iceberg says, 'England expects ??very man to do his duty,' so if we follow his example we'll' all go chin wagging to old women of the type Wil lie hobnobs with. He talks' of the ancient granite of the British charac te...
Canberra News. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 December 1915
Canberra News. E. Sills writes from Canberra: — In glancing through the «olunme of the 'Navvy' (the official organ of the R.W. and G.L.A.), I noticed a BDiCT article dftn/linrr nut «fniinb fn thm one big union. The article is headed 'Pandering to Non-Unioniets, ' and I presume, written by a good unionist with old time ideas of unionism, ap parently the authoor of the article is not accustomed to the latest fashion of industrial unionism, amd tb«r«£ora goes off pop on the I.W.W. atttvod of administering medieise to the boss, the same as grand-dad need to eriti«ia« yours truly when I first learnt to tango;, do the bunny-hug, and other modern dances; but I think, with careful hand ling, the writer of 'Pandering to Non unionists' could be easily converted. Things are running smoothly here on the New Settlement at present. There are a fair number of men em ployed, but they are scattered all over the place. I think an I.W.W. speaker eould do good 'biz.' here, if by chance one happened to ...
Open Letter to Mr. Black [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 December 1915
Open Letter § to Mr Black § i Sir, — A ferr weeks ago, you | may remember, the Temperance ft Alliance of N.S.W. held a meet- if ing at the corner of Bathurst and ifr George streets. At that time, in ,| the interests of peace and order, !| you deemed it your duty to de- . ?? pute a number of the police un- j- dor your control to attend this * meeting1 with certain -instructions. ~\ Those instructions were that ,$ the members of the Temperance Alliance, if starting their propa ganda previous to the arrival of 5 other organisations, should bo given preference on the street ;r corner and kept free from inter ruption. \u On the evening in ;s; question the Industrial Workers j; of the World turned up at 8 '?'?', o'clock to hold their usual week- ; end meeting — a meeting1, by the way, Mr. Black, which, has been V- wcekly held by them at this street corner for the past three years. On their arrival they ?wove, promptly warned by the officer in charge of the police that if they persisted in...
WAR! WHAT FOR? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 December 1915
WAR! WHAT FOR? We have a limited supply of the above book, printed on superior pa per, iand attractively bound, which will be forwarded to any address up on receipt of cash for 4s 6d. In con junction with 'Put Up The Sword,' the two volumes will be forwarded upon receipt of cash for 7s. Address : Box 98, Haymarket P.O., N.S.W. Eleven wharf laborers were, fined £8 each by 'His Honor' Heydoa the other day for refus ing to work a transport on Em piah day. 'The union ought to make plain to these men,' said 'His Honor,' 'that they must not behave in this reckless way. Unfortunately, one comes up against the fact that the union is the men.' 'Unfortunately,' is rich, even for such a well-known humorist as 'His Honor.' What kind of union does 'His Honor' want?
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 December 1915
SUBiCEIPTION BLAKE F«r 'DIRECT ACTIOW.' Enclosed please find f.O. for 4s., In which please send 'Direct Action' for one year to the following address: — Name ? Address ? Fill it in NOW! TO FRENCH COMRADES. CamaTade franeais desire entier en relation avec des camaradea anglais al lemand, on swisse parlant fraacais seirve an jonrmii.
"PUT UP THE SWORD." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 December 1915
'PUT UP THE SWORD.' The Literature Secretary oi' Local No. 2, Sydney, has a stock of Miss Pankhurst's book, 'Put Up tbe Sword' on hand. Miss Pankhurst has been the object of much hostile criticism from the patriotic reviewers, who have been howling for her internment for her frank and lucid explanation of the causes of war, and her exposure of the inevitable erils that result from militarism. The book is a triumph of compilation, argument, and logic. Every -working man and radical should read the book, which has been com piled, and printed entirely in Austra lia. Every one of it's 232 pages are full of information, most of which is sedulously ignored or hushed up by the bought press. The first edition is nearly sold out, therefore an early application i6 necessary. The Sydney Local sold over 140 copies during the past week, on their terms of 'Take the book for a week, keep it clean, read it, and if you're not satisfied bring back the book and we will re turn your money.' There has n...
Forbidding Free Speech [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 December 1915
Forbidding Free Speech In these days when we hear so much about the right of any man to relieve himself by talking any where on any subject at any time when he feels that way, it is a little amusing to learn that less than a hundred years ago authori ties in an Ohio town forbade the use of the school house for a de bate on the railway question of that day — whether or not there was going to be any railways. From the Journal of Education the following interesing bit of century-old history is clipped: In 1827 an application was made to the school board of Lancaster, O., for the use of the school house for a debate on the question, 'Are Kailroads Practical or Not ? ' ' The board refused to '.onsent to th-r opening of the school house for a debate on such a foolish proposi tion and made its answer a formal part of the proceedings, a part of which reads: 'You are welcome to use the school house to debate, all proper questions in, but such things as railroads and telegraphs are impossibil...
I. W. W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 December 1915
I. W. W. Preamble. The working class and the employing class have nothing in I common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are I found among millions of working people, and the few who make I up the employing class have all the good things of life. I Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the 1 workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of the I earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage I system. . I We find that the centreing of the management of industries into | fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with I the ever-growing power of the employing class. The trade unions ? foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be I pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby I helping to defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade ? unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the Deuei that the working-class have interests in common with their em ...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 December 1915
ACTIVITIES OP LOCAL No. 6. I HALL, LANE ST., BOULDER, I W.A. I Wednesday Evenings, in Hall — CIebs I Meeting. I Friday Evening, Boulder Post Office— I Propaganda Meeting. I Saturday Evening, Kalgoorlie — Propa- I ganda Meeting. ? Sunday Morning, 10.30 a.m., Hall— I Business Meetimg. I Sunday Afternoon, Keane's GoJdfields I . Hotel, Athletic Club, at 2.30— Lee- I ture. ? Sunday Evening, Boulder — Propaganda ? Meeting. I Good Library at Hall. All Reds are I Invited to dig in and make Industrial ? UnUaiim the Topic of tke Day. I F. H. LUNN. I ADELAIDE READERS 1 Can obtain copies of 'Direct Ac- I tion' and Industrialist Literature ? from Charlie Russell, bootmaker, ? Gibson-street, Bowden, Adelaide, ? S.A. I
Kindness to Animals. HINTS TO FARM LABORERS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 December 1915
Kindness to Animals. ? * ? HINTS TO FARM LABORERS. The animals to which we should be kind do not include in their number the large, paunched, purple-faced distortion, known as the 'motor-hog.' This species is to be injured and destroyed whenever it is possible to do so safely. Horses, cows, sheep, etc., should be the objects of benevo lence, advantageous to the ani mals and ourselves. A horse should never be hurried, rather should be encouraged to go as slowly as possible; fast walking on hard roads not only tires the animal, but injures the leg joints, while hurry over soft ground produces premature1 exhaustion, and is likely to strain the animal's internal arrangements. Though the horee receives only food in return for his efforts, while his driver may have an oc casional threepence to spend on beer, or a picture show, their con dition is sufficiently similar to promote sympathy between them. Therefore let the horse, go his own pace as much as possible, regardless of the boss' rem...
Talkers or Doers. (In the "International Socialist Review.") [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 December 1915
Talkers or Doers. I By Jim Higgins. I (in the 'International Socialist I Beview.') I We know a man who calls him I self n 'scientific socialist,' -who I nujzht to be painted yellow and I i,--(i through the streets. He has I less courage in fighting for the ? working class than a saffron cat. I His forehead is high, and he can I quote Marx's capital by the page ? I and vou couldn't confuse him on I 'who pays the taxes?' or I 'where the woi'ker is robbed' or I any little, thing like that. He I knows. He's the best little think I or and talker we have met in a I long time. Bnt a village gravc I yard on a summer. Sunday even I ing is 'fast' compared to him I wlien it is a question of action. I This Talker says,- 'when the I time comes' we will 'vote I socialism in.' In the meantime I lie keeps all the class conscious I ness he may know about in cold I storage. He don't seem to realise I that, the way to get industrial dc I mocracy is to work for it, fight I for it. He believes in mirael...
As Others See Us. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 December 1915
As Others See Us. The following is an extract from an interesting letter received by a mem ber of ihe Sjdney Local from a friend in the country. The editor invites contributors to reply to the points raised. He will select those he con siders to be the best from the I.W.W. standpoint for publication. Now, go to it, you logicians: — There is really no news from here &nbsp; so I will limit myself to comment on matters in general and to your obser vations in particular. I agree with you on the qeustion of searching for work; it is really distasteful in the extreme. One feels they are begging for the right to live, and it seems so ubsurd asking a man to give the toiler a chance to earn his own subsistence, whilst putting two bob in the employer's pocket for every one he puts in his own. One would think the emloyer ought to thank him for his generosity Indeed he is a 'bon- ' ser ' ' philanthrophist; the Christian with his pettifogging charitable handouts is miles behind. It merel...
On Adulteration [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
On Adulteration » ? The workerrs' lot is not a happy one. Except in some cases where he is not too apathetic to recognise his position in society, the average wage-plug of to-day is quite content to have some abstract notions of a. 'fair day's work for a fair aay's pay,' and takes a good deal of in sulting, cajoling, or yelling at, to get him into that state of sweet rea sonableness suitable for revolution ary propaganda. But we aim to got at the man who is capable of realis ing that he is as much a slave as ever, and is prepared to fight his masters. Wages are tne price ov' the commodity human labor-power, and this commodity is subject to the same laws as any other commo dity, and has to be sold on the mar ket in a similar manner. The price is called'wages, and with these wages we are compelled to buy adulterated food and clothing and use substitutes for almost every good thing we require; this substi tuting a cheaper thing for a dear er thing does not confine itself to margerine f...
'Mean?' Sure! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
'Mean?' Sure! ? . ? -?— ? Sydney 'Sun' is annoyed over what it calls the 'stop-work mean ness' of some unions. It is unable to see why a body of men should cease work in order to discuss their griev ances. It appears particularly an noyed because this method of ceas ing work 'is not a strike, but the evasion of the legal consequences of a strike.' Tactics such as these the 'Sun' describes as a 'particularly mean form of sabotage.' Of course it is mean — from the ? boss' point of view. We have never heard any form of sabotage described as decent by the victims of it. When sharks of the rood rings send prices soaring skyward, for instance, the average worker's language when he tries to make 14/6 do the work of a pound, is lurid compared with the polite journalism of the 'Sun.' If he 'gets back' on the boss by a form cf strike for which he can't be lined and gaoled by a benevolent Labor go vernment, he does not expect* the 'Sun' the class it speaks for, or the Labor government to be ov...
Barker Defence Fund. BALANCE SHEET. RECEIPTS. (As acknowledged and Itemised in "Direct Action.") [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
Barker Defence Fund. BALANCE SHEET. RECEIPTS. (As acknowledged and Itemised in 'Direct Action.') 1915. £ s d October 1st ? 82 8 8$ „ 16th ? 40 4 0 „ 23rd ? 6 20 November 6th ? 11 18 6 20th ? 16 2 6 Since the atfove were acknowledged, the follow ing subscriptions have been received: — J. McLean ? 2 6 Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, Brunswick, Vic ? 1 0 0 'Woman Voter' ? 2 6 0 Per G. Phillips ? 17 0 Total Receipts .... £161 1 2i EXPENDITURE. £ s d Ca6h Book ? 19 Notices of Recognizance . 3 0 Counsel's Fee — Chamber application for Bail . . 10 10 0 Counsel's Fee at Police Court ? 15 15 0 Notices of Appeal (Iwo cases) ? 9 0 Counsel's fee at Quarter Sessions ? 20 0 0 Exchange of Cheques .... 27 Postage ? 16 6 Telegrams ? 19 7 Sundry Small Expenses . . 4 0 Barker's expenses to Mel bourne ? 10 0 0 Printed matter ? 38 0 Expenses Guildhall meet ing, Melbourne ? 3 0.0 Solicitor's fee—filling ap peal papers ? 1 0 0 * Donation to Mrs. F. War ner ? 5 0 0 Cheques returned ? 3 2 0 I...
Heydonisms THE "LIVING" WAGE, 1s 1½d PER HOUR. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
Heydonisms THE 'LIVING' WAGE, 1s 1Jd PER t HOUR. Judge Heydon, after, no doubt, a terrible strain on his mental powers, has at last given us his opinion on the 'living' wage. It should be one shilling, one penny and half a farth ing an hour. What an Eldorado this opens up to the worker! We do not know by what mathematical process 'His Honor' arrived at this de cision, but it is certainly worthy to take a place beside 'His Honor's' best pronouncements on the subject. An economical wage slave has now really something to look for ward to. By going withont that ex tra half-cup of coffee in the morning, and seeing that no margarine is wasted by a microscopic examina tion of the knife and a careful ap plication of same to the tongue, it will be possible to save that extra half-farthing, and his greatgreat grandchildren may be in a position to invest a modest tenner in the War Loans of their day. But, of course, this is a course that would only sUggest itself to those impressed with 'His H...
Says John Pancner "DIRECT ACTION" APPRECIATED IN GAOL. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
Says John Pancner 'DIRECT ACTION' APPRECIATED IN GAOL. The following letter to 'Direct Ac tion,' received from fellow worker Pancner, at present undergoing a sentence of 18 months' imprison ment in Nevada State Prison, in connection with labor troubles in that State, will be of interest to readers: — Nevada State Prison, Carson City, Nevada, Nov. 17th, 1915. Fellow Workers, — You are pub lishing a splendid little paper, and it has been a source of enjoyment to m« to hare the opportunity of read ing it during my imprisonment here. My time will expire Dec. 2nd — two weeks more. There is a philosophical society here in America, and they are mak ing strenuous efforts at 'convert- ing' prisoners. They have in Wash ington D.C. what is known as the O.E. Literary League. It costs lOd. per month to be a member, and they loan out books on all kinds of sub jects. They also give each member to is in prison, if he is interested in any particular study, a correspon dent. That helps him in his stu...
Wages [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
Wages By W. E. Reynold*. What determines the wages you receive? What do we mean by wages? Wages have been described as the sugar-coating that makes a job endurable. Four-fifths of the men, women an-1' children of this country are depend ing upon daily wages for their ex istence. Four-fifths of all the people, vith the exception of the farmers, are t age-workers or depending upon the wage workers. With so many people depending upon wages life you would naturally expect to find the public- schools teaching what wages are and what determines whether they are 'high' or 'low'; wouldn't you? The more you know of a problem and the principle involved, the easier you can solve it. We all have tne problem of life to solve. With so many of us depending upon wages for life, the things or conditions that de termine wages are ol vital import ance to us. It should be the business ci' a pub lie school to equip the ciifld to better meet and solve tbe problems of life. If this is not the function of ...