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Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
DIRECT ACTION *& *Jp I3p *J? *Sp t3p t3j? *Sp t3P *fc flP *3£ *V WEEKLY OFFICIAL ORGAN Of the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Office:— 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney, Australia. Editor: Thos. Glynn. Manager: Tom Barker. Subscriptions: .4/ per year; New Zealand, 6/ per year; Foreign, ?/ per year. HEADQUARTERS I.W.W. (Australia) 330 CASTLEREAGH ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS: 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S.A.
STICKERS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
STICKERS. The Press Committee have plenty of I.W.W. Stickers on hand. They are in large type, smart, and to the point. Each Sticker has an imprint on it, in accordance with the boss's law. We will send along 1,000 to any address in Australia for 2/9, 5,000 for 12/, and 10,000 for £1/2/6. Please send cash with order. Orders will be sent to New Zealand, provided 3d extra is enclosed per thousand tor additional postage. Address: Manager, Box 98, Haymarket, N.S.W. ? ? ? Push the sale of 'Direct Action.' The boss loves it. Every copy of 'Direct Action' sold is a kick at the boss. Get subs.
Heydon's Xmas Homily [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
Heydon's Xmas Homily To hear the capitalist press exult about the shortage of food,' lii^ii i-rices, etc., in Germany, one would ? aink that Uiese were ph nomena en -l.ely unknovn to Australia. Yet the lact is undeniable that there will be . n Amas i-ay in Sydney thousands of workers, men, women and cnil .'ren, who will either be compelled to go without their Xmas dinner or -ave to depend on charity therefor. The applicants tor relief to the Benevolent Society in Sydney alone iias increased by 300 per cent, since the beginning oi the war, and who can compute the number who suffer in silence, or are depending upon friends for a crust, rather than ac cept the grudged and degrading doles I'anded out by charitable institutions. Even to those workers whose em ployment is more or less of a per manent character, their Xmas dinner, table, in view of the tearful rise in prices, can present anything but a bounteous appearance. Many there are, indeed, in this boasted land of plenty, whose want...
SYDNEY LOCAL. MEETINGS, &c. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
SYDNEY LOCAL. MEETINGS, Ac. Street Fropogauda 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.
Follow the King. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
Follow the King. The following cable appeared in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' of the 15st inst: — LONDON, Tuesday.— .The Press Bureau has issued a medical bulle tin, which states: The King is so far recovered from his grave acci dent as to be able to resume work within certain limitations. The King has lost seriously in weight, and until a normal state of health has been attained it is essential to avoid fatigue. It has been neces sary, on medical grounds, to take a little stimulant daily during con valescence. When his Majesty's health has been restored he will re sume total abstinence, which was self-imposed for public reasons.' We are informed from a reliable source that the following comment by the 'Herald' on the above cable was, for some reason, censored: — 'The 'Herald' hopes that his Majes ty's medical advisers will adhere to their resolution to prevent his Majesty undergoing unnecessary fati gue during the period of convales cence. Having 'sworn off it' our selves, however, ...
BROKEN HILL ACTIVITIES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
BROKEN HILL ACTIVITIES. ..Rooms, Palace Buildings, Sulphide-., street. Wednesday Evening, at 7.30 p.m. — Edu- cational Class. Alternate Su-i-Hys, at 3 p.m. — Business Meeting. Alternate Sundays, at 3 p.m. — Econo- 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 rebels welcome. E. J. KIELY, Secretary, Local No. 3, I.W.W.
WAR! WHAT FOR? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
WAR! WHAT FOR7 We have a limited supply of the above book, printed on superior pa per, ,and 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.
MELBOURNE ACTIVITIES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
MELBOURNE ACTIVITIES. Local No. S, 243 William Street. Monday, S p.m.: Business Meeting. » Thursday, S p.m.: Educational Class. Working- Class Economics. — T. Turn er, Instructor. Friday, S.30 p.m.: Propaganda Meet ing, Brunswick, corner Sydney Road and Victoria Street. Sunday: Propaganda Meeting, Yarra Bank. The rooms are open to all workers every night. All working class papers on file. Good Library. A -welcome to all the 'disobedient ones.'
Sydney Activities [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
Sydney Activities ? * ? A record crowd attended at the l-:.-i!l on Sunday evening, 19th inst., n\i- attraction beng a debate between a member of the Political Labor Lea t,\]c, Mr. Leonard Green, and Fel i..\v-\vorker J. B. King, of the I.W.W. Mr. Green affirmed: 'That the principle of Parliamentary action as aavoeated by tne P.L.L. is thr- quick est and shortest method for obtaining social reforms for the masses.' He spoke for thirty minutes at the ui-.iaet, and put up an exceptionally gooci argument from his point of \i'v,-. He contrasted the social con dition of the people in Russia, Ger many, and other continental coun tries, as well as in England and the i'ruted States, with the conditions prevailing in Australia, and asserted tl;at the poverty of the masses in the cider countries was due to limita tions or lack of the franchise, and U: fact that the machinery of gov ernment remained in the hands of the master class. Conditions in Aus tralia were not all that could be de sired, ...
"The Call" [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
'The Call' Fifty thousand men are required from Australia for tbe trenches in Europe. 'The Call' has gone forth, and the men must be supplied. This is the final test of the voluntary (?) system of enlistment. Men must decide whether they are prepared to obey, and if they refuse to answer they must be made to, or punished. So we are informed by the capital ist press. Ninety per cent, of the fifty thou sand, as a matter of course, must come from the ranks of the work ing class. The workers concerned are denied any expression of their own opinion in the matter. 'Must' is the invisible word running through the whole murderous scheme. It would be useless to comment on 'The Great Betrayal' of (the so called labor leaders who have brought the workers, whom they pretended to serve, into this dire predicament. j They, the workers, have only them selves to blame. Lack of organisa tion leaves them at the mercy of me : powers that now use the 'categori- cal imperative' for their own vile purpos...
TO CORRESPONDENTS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
TO CORRESPONDENTS. M J. Grant (Melbourne). — Too late for this issue. R. Farrall. — Report of Melbourne acti vities too late for this issue. Ap pearing later. A. Wilson. — Verses too hot for these patriotic days. You should read the War Precautions Act. The cessation of work by the En gineers at the Broken Hill Proprie tary Company, Newcastle, has brought about a stoppage of muni tion making in New South Wales. The bosses, the capitalist press and so-called 'organised labor,' as re presented by the Sydney Labor Coun cil, have united in a chorus of de nunciation. 'Disloyalists,' 'Traitors,' 'Pro-Germans,' are some of the mild est words used. Just a little ques tion for the 'loyal patriots.' What percentage of German capital is di rectly or indirectly represented in the Broken Hill Proprietary Company? ? ? * At time of writing wharf laborers are out on strike at Darling Island for an increase of 3d per hour for loading 'special cargo.' Secretary Wood, of the Wharf Laborers' Union, pre...
Literature List. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
Iiterature- List. Capital: Karl Marx, 3 i dL, 8/- per volume. Ancient Society: Morgan, Bound, 6/-. Value, Price, and Profit: Mars. Bound, 2/-; paper, Cd. Evolution of Property: Lapargne. Bound,. 2/-. The Militant Proletariat: Lewis, Bound, 2/-. The New Unionism : T'idon. Paper 1/8. Sabotage: Pouget. bound, 2/r; paper, 1/-. One Big Union : Trautman, Paper 6d. Sabotage: W. C. Smith, Paper, 3d. Sabotage: E. G. Flynu; paper, 3d. I.W.W.- History, Structure, and Methods: St. John. Paper, 3d. Revolution and the I.W.W. : Pease, Paper. 3d. Eleven Blind Leaders: B. H. Wil liams. Paper, 3d. Political Socialism, or Capturing the Government: Nelson. Paper. 3d. War: What For (Cartoon). Price 3d. Revolutionary Unionism: E. J. B. Allen. Paper. 2d. Why the A.W.U. Cannot Become an Industrial Union: Alex. George. Paper. 3d. Industrial Efficiency and Its An tidote: T. Glynn. Paper, 2d. I.W.W. Songs : Paper, 3d. Summary of Marx's Capital: Hazel 2d. The Diesel Motor: Frnnkcuthal, Paper, Id. Industrial Un...
ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL No. 6. HALL, LANE ST., BOULDER, W.A. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
? ?«? ? ACTIVITIES OP 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. F. H. LUNN.
The Wooden Shoe [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
The Wooden Shoe — —^ In ancient times the beasts were caught And pinned within a noisome sty, And scraps of food their master brought For fear his useful beasts should die; A lash of heavy weight and shape Discouraged efforts to escape. The careless hand that flung the food Could wield the lash with deadly skill, And often in an angry mood, A beast or two would sometimes kill, But over this no sleep he'd lose, More beasts there were than he could use. The beasts at times by methods crude Would strive, and seek to break away, Then would the hand withoH the food, And bring the dreaded lash in play, ' z -%? I Submissive then the beasts would stand And try to lick the master's hand. But lately to this noisome sty, A stranger beast an entrance sought, With brain alert and shining eye, A new philosophy he taught; The toilworn slaves could dimly see He had some plan to set them free. ?. The hand that wields the lash is strong, And learn to lick that hand we must, Said some -who'd lived in ...
"The Bulletin" [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
'The Bulletin' GROWING OLD, PAT, AND RESPECTABLE. There was in Sydney, years ago, A paper that I used to Know. And working folk were all agreed It WAS a paper, good to read. Each week they used to pay their sprat To read this paper's handy chat. The lines on which this sheet was ran Were crimson, and republican. To princes, kings, and quee ns as well, It always gave partie'lar hell. All parsons, priests, and wowsers meek It knocked slops out of once a. week. And portly folk, who lived on rent, Were promptly to the devil sent. And towards the politician plastic The langauge used was most sarcastic. At sight of military folk, With rage this sheet would nearly choke. At parasites of every sort In fury it would rip and snort. Exploiters by their tricks accurst Enraged it so it almost burst. At folk in high society, It gibed with an unholy glee. It printed tales of fornication To stimulate its circulation. And in those days, you may be sure. Its owners were extremely poor. But as it gain...
POST OFFICE SWEATING. A P.O. official writes:— [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
POST OFFICE SWEATING. A P.O. official writes: — No doubt, being a constant visitor at the Haymarket P.O., you will spare me a lew lines in 'Direct Action.' I wish to mention that .although it is Christmas time, the staff has not yet been given any extra assistance, which is most necessary owing to the rush which is now existing. At most times, even in the slackest, the busi ness done daily at this office is al ways with a rush, as you will always find the public lined up at both the postal and M.O. counters. They are generally on an average of three deep. It is no fault of the officials on these counters, as they are ex ceedingly fast, and there is certainly room for complaint on the officials' side, for as fast as the crowd are at tended to there are others coming in their place. A continual stream is assured all day long. This matter requires look ing into by some of the heads of this department, and extra assistance should be rendered to the overwork ed officials on both these co...
The Empire and the Slave. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
The Empire and the Slave. (By A. E. Brown.) 'And what shall they know of England, Who only England know?' 3o sings Kipling, the 'Banjo-bard ui Empire,' in satiric allusion to those people who would see a country happy i-pther than 'great.' We hear a good deal now-a-days about 'Empire.' The claims, obliga iions, defence, and glories of Empire are dinned incessantly into our ears Working men are exhorted to light for the Empire, and to become more efficient (for the Empire) on a lower standard of living. A writer in 'John Bull' pathetically remarks: 'The peo pie are pouring out their blood for the Empire; let the millionaires pour forth their gold.' For some years workers have been wdiorted to think 'imperially.' As tin? sole result of such imperialistic thinking so far is the most savage war the world has known, it would have been on the whole as well, per haps, for the slaves, if they had con ( !u-d their mental efforts (as before) merely to 'smoodging up' to the Tbe proper 'imperia...
Melbourne Carter's Demands [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 December 1915
Melbourne Carter's Demands Three thousand members of the auove union demanded more of the good things of life. Their advertise ment read: 'Mass meeting to con sider the advisability of taking Direct Action to secure higner wages ana shorter hours. As the matter is ex tremely serious, every member is ask ed to attend.' The secretary said the time had ar rived when the men snould not only threaten strike, but snould carry it out He may not know, but there are two kinds of strike, on, and off the job. To withdraw- your labor-power and leave the way open for scabs. To take a holiday at your expense may suit the boss, but to cause him all the trouble you can will suit you better. If you really want a holiday in order to go to Europe, I hope that the feeling will spontaneously over come the members of your union when you are out with a load and far from, the stables or garage. To ob tain policemen to guard your mas ters' property, in case some vulgar people get busy helping themselves: wi...