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A Peace Meeting. MISS PANKHURST AND THE SOLDIERS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 8 January 1916
A Peace Meeting. MISS PANKHURST. AND THE SOLDIERS. Granny 'Argus' is an unconscious humorist, and does not know it. Miss Pankhurst was going to lecture on 'Shall Men Enlist?' Whether she meant the owners of the 'Rage' and 'Argoose,' or the politicians, the peaceful soldiers prevented the bloodthirsty audience from finding out, by making a noise quietly in order not to wake granny from her slumbers, or annoy the natives ot Toorak at their late dinners, wine and cigars, and family devotions. We are told Miss Pankhurst is a pro-German. I remember Lloyd George being a pro-Boer. Lloyd George was IT after the fever eva porated, and the Boers had been wiped off the map (by being bought over). Coming events cast their shadows before, and after the Polly Brigade of Willies have wiped out ihe Germs in Hostralia, an ungrate ful public will rush to hear this one time pro-German woman, and snub the heroic Willies, notwithstanding their armlets and other decorations received for industrious and u...
STICKERS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 8 January 1916
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 cu 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 for additional postage. Address: Manager, Box 98, Haymarket, N.S.W, * # # ADELAIDE READERS Can obtain copies of 'Direct Ac tion' and Industrialist Literature from Charlie Russell, bootmaker, Gibson-street, Bowden, Adelaide, S.A.
Propaganda News [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 8 January 1916
Propaganda News ] We are pleased to inform the mem bership that two new locals have been chartered in Perth, W.A., and in Mount Morgan, in Queensland. We hope that these two new locals will make their influence felt, in the pro paganda of the One Big Union prin ciples. # * # A letter from Denny Foley, accom panied by twenty-one half-yearly subs., has come to hand. He reports plenty of I.W.W. activity around the mill employees and the railway nav vies in the vicinity of Innisfail. In his letter he mentions that a sugar cane cutting machine has proved sa tisfactory after experiments, and states 'Poor old A.W.U.'s trouble for the sugar slaves, and more for Spence and Co.' Foley is at Cairns now. * # # Fellow-worker Geo. Henry reports big meetings in Innisfail, N.Q., against conscription. The boys ap plied for a permit for an outdoor meeting, which was refused. It was decided to test the authorities and Fellow-workers Foley, Henry, Petroff, and Healy, of the I.W.W., and Mor rissey, Mole...
Conscription. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 8 January 1916
Conscription. ? * ? The announcement that the British Government had at last decided , to introduce Conscription will come as no surprise. There never was a dif ference between militarism as it existed in England, and militarism as it existed in Germany. One ne cessitated a large army which could not be procured by so-called vot untary methods, while the size ot the armv reauired. ud to the pre sent by the other, did not call for compulsion. It was, therefore, a matter of ex pediency with the runng class ot England, and not a matter of princi ple, and the absence of conscription hitherto in Great Britain had no more to do with what is sometimes eupho niously called 'advanced democratic opinion' in that country, than the assumed 'ignorance' of the German worker had to do with its presence in Germany. Many of the so-called 'democrats' in England — ana in Australia too — are howling as loud for conscription as any British or German junker. Neither is this any cause for sur prise, for r...
ADDRESSES OF I.W.W. LOCALS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 8 January 1916
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 Treasurer, T. Glynn, 330 Castlereagh street, Sydney, N.S.W. Broken Hill Local No. 3 — Secretary- TreasuTcr, E. J. Kiely, Palace Build ings, Sulphide-street, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Fremantle, Local No. 5. — Secretary Treasurer, C. T. Reeve, 18 South street, Fremantle, W.A. Boulder Local, No. 6 — Secretary-Trea- surer, F. H. Lunn, Lane-street, Boul der, W.A, Brisbane, Local No. 7. — Secretary Treasurer, G. E. Bright, Redfern street, West Gabba, 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. Every copy of 'Direct Action' sold is a kick at the boss. Get subs.
Power of Capitalism [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 8 January 1916
Power of Capitalism ? ♦ ? (By A. E. Brown.) No one can deny that capitalism has had a good innings. For the last hundred years or so, it has had a free course to run and be glorified, vr i th none to say it nay. The efforts or craft unionism to build a bulwark around the interests of the workers have been trifling and nugatory. I The master-class has been enabled I to suborn the press, the pulpit, the I universities, and school houses, the I senate, and too often, by means of I bought union leaders, the craft union I movement itself. I Capitalism is thus enabled, at the I present day, to wield a tremendous I weapon for the subjugation of the I workers. Not only are 'captains ot I industry' the 'masters of bread,' but I I hey are also, through their suborned I agencies, the controllers of popular I sentiment. No book can enter a I school-house; no film can be screened I in a picture-hall; no play can be pro I duced on any stage, that has not first I passed under the censorship of som...
How Joe Hill Died. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 8 January 1916
How Joe Hill 1 Died. ! The following is taken from a : 'Frisco paper. -— Salt Lake City, Utah, Not. IS.— Showing his contempt of the law by a last attack on its constituted repre sentatives, Joe Hillstroni, Industrial Worker of the World, went to his death before the State firing squad in the yard of the State prison at 7.42 a.m. to-day. In some unknown way he had con cealed a broomhandle in bin call. When the door w*s opened ha leaped at his guards, swinging the club over their heads fiercely and severely cut ting one on the scalp and face. But guards overpowered him in the twink- i ling of an eye. - 1 Nervous, but Unwavering. Until he came out of his cell, he had shown no Bigus of resisting. He had been nervous, but unwavering, in - the cold calmness that had marked i him for months. Guards were taken ? ft by surprise. 'I'll die fighting,' he screamed, 'not like a coward.' As he continued to struggle, pow erful guards pinioned his arms to his sides. They urged him to be quiet and ...
Child Labor In England [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 8 January 1916
Child Labor In England 'London Engineering' of November 6th last, says:— The annual meeting of the half time council of Lancashire, York shire, Cheshire, and Derbyshire, waB held on Saturday, October 31st, at the Grosvenor Hotel, Manchester. Mr. Bond (Chorley) was appointed president for 1915; Mr. A. Lee (Rock dale), vice-president. In his address the president stated that nearly one hundred thousand children under 13 years were in employment in Eng* land, and in competition with adults in the labor market. The majority of the children are engaged in the mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Mr. Bond referred to condemnation of the half-time system by the Inter department Committee appointed by the Government. We had recently gone to war for the sake of a scrap of paper, bearing the pledge of the British Government; but England had failed to redeem another pledge given at the Berlin Conference In 1890 by Lord Salisbury and Sir John Gorst, who then said, 'We can pledge ourselves for Gre...
Christmas. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 8 January 1916
Christmas. (By Ajax). As the old year wanes Christmas festivities and new year celebrations loom large in the public mind. On this conspicuous religious festival it 1b the ancient custom for men attired in clownish costumes to deliver from plush pulpits sermons anent the mira culous birth of a carpenter who is re ported to have wept somewhat in Judea. Under similar conditions shin Ing angels heralded the birth of other man gods. Over five centuries before Christ the hosts of heaven with joy and song ministered at 'the nativity of Buddha. The story of these two saviours so closely coincides that ungodly students have suspected that one story is simply a copy of the other adapted to time and place. All Christian theologians are agreed that the tale that was written first was copied from the story written last. Even If Jesus lived and preach ed, clericalism has found it expedi ent to ignore the sermon on the mount, distort economic salvation into spiritual life, make gold the god, subs...
Direct Action in N.Z. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1916
Direct Action in N.Z. ? . ? _- ? - ? : ? Direct Action was highly success ful in a strike ; which occurred in Auckland just previous to the depar ture of last mail. The whoie of the crew of the N.Z. Shipping Company's steamer, 'Ruapeha,' went on strike for an increase ail round or two snn lings per day, basing tneir demand upon the ground that as the steamer was turned over to military transport purposes, tney were entitled to the iates asked for. Seamen, nreinen, greasers, cooks, stewards; in fact, the whole of ttit crew, stood solidly together. The authorities tried to intimidate the strikers by a display of military force, placed an armed guard around the steamer and refused to allow any body to enter or leave the boat. The strikers, however, were appar ently not made of the stuff that is easily bluffed. They simply lolled about the deck; stokers refused to stoke, cooks refused to cook, and the soldiers for whom the vessel was chartered were obliged to seek for 'tucker' ashore. T...
"GOD ON OUR SIDE." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1916
'GOD ON OUR SIDE.' ? * ? Sunday, January 2nd, was si day especially set apart for intercession services to get GOD on our side. This getting God on our side is a very important problem in modern warfare, of greater importance than the manufacture of shells, guns, am munition, the re-organisation of in dustry, or the obtaining of carcases to feed the great military machine. GOD made tbe world in six days, and he always helped the faithful in the days of old; he could easily ex terminate the Germans with fire and brimstone, floods, or some such other weapon that he found most handy, so you see this enlisting of his sym pathies is one that requires imme diate consideration. The Germans are also endeavour ing to enlist his sympathies, but, of course, they have no claim on him. as GOD never made them. He could not have possibly done so; they are too bad to be made, and only growed like Topsy. But they may catch his ear in a weak moment, as others have done before; it remains for us to do...
An Appeal TO ALL RUSSIANS AND RUSSIAN GROUPS THAT DISAGREE WITH THE I.W.W. FELLOW-WORKERS.— [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1916
An Appeal TO ALL RUSSIANS AND RUSSIAN GROUPS THAT DISAGREE WITH THE I.W.W. FELLOW-WORKERS.— On December 26th, 1915, a meet ing was held at Cairns, North Queens land, of Russian workers of that locality. There were many different shades ol opinion present. After lengthy discussion, the following re solution was carried unanimously: — 'This meeting of Russian workers affirm that all wars are detrimental to the best interests of the working class. We recognise that in the present war, the working class will gain no material advantage there from.' 'Further, our position towards con scription, whether it be Australian or Russian, is one of absolute opposition. We refuse to be stampeded by scare mongers, into acting as tools to de stroy members of our own class, who reside outside ine frontiers of Aus tralia or Russia.' 'Further, we, recognising that wars are precipitated, and are carried on through the ignorance of the work ing-class, and further, recognising that working-class education...
Literature List. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1916
Literature List. _ — * ? Capital: Karl Marx. 3 vdI., 8/- per volume. Ancient Society: Morgan, Bound, 6/-. T-\ Value, Price, and Profit: Marx, Bound, 2/-; paper, 6d. Evolution of Property: Lapargue. Bound, 2/-. The Militant Proletariat: Lewis. Bound, 2/-. The New Unionism : Tndon. Paper 1/8. Sabotage: Pouget. lionnd. 2/-; paper, 1/-. One Big Union: Trautman. Paper 6d. Sabotage: 'W. C. Smith. Paper. 3d. Sabotage: E. G. Flynn ; 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, 2cL 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: Frankenthnl, Paper. Id...
No title [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1916
STREET-SPEAKING BY THE I.W.W. IS FORBIDDEN IN SYDNEY BY THE LABOR GOVERNMENT. (Speaking at the last P.L.L. Conference, Mr. R. D. Meagher, M.L.A., Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, remarked that in circumstances where oppression becomes intolerable, assassination is justifiable.)
Cairns. N Q. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1916
Cairns. N Q. T. Healy writes: — A meeting of Russian workers was held in Cairns on Sunday, 26th inst., a result of which was the acceptance in a body of the I.W.W. organisa tion, methods and tactics. The meeting opened at 9.30 a.m., and concluded at 4.45 p.m. After a thorough discourse regard ing the different forms and methods of warfare carried on by the workers throughout the world, against exist ing oppression, they were unanimous ly in favour of the form of organisa tion as propagated by the Industrial Workers of the World. They therefore decided on forming a local of the organisation in Cairns. A further resolution was that owing to the inability ol: the Russian slaves on account of their imperfect under standing of the language to master the education dealt out per medium of 'Direct Action,' they decided that it was imperative that they should have an organ of the I.W.W. printed in the Russian language. A press fund committee, compris ing Fellow-workers Putivtsoi'f, Yuda eff,...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1916
DIRECT ACTION ^? 4? ?& 4? «& 4» *& ?& *b 4» ^ *fc ^J? %JP ^i? «|P flj? .JP ^f? ^P ^i^ ff? H? *& *& WEEKLY OFFICIAL ORGAN Of th« INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Office: —330 Csstlereagh St., Sydney, Australia. Editor: Thos. Qlynn. Manager: Tom Barker. Subscriptions: .4/ par year; New Zealand, 6/ per year; Foreign, 8/ per year. HEADQUARTERS I.W.W. (Australia) 830 CASTLEREAGH ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS: 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S.A.
BROKEN HILL ACTIVITIES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1916
BROKEN HILL ACTIVITIES. — — — — — ^^»— ? . .Booms, 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. — 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. KIELT, Secretary, Local No. 3, I.W.TV.
The Uses of Science. According To 'Billy.' [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1916
The Uses of Science. According To 'Billy.' Evidently Australian capitalists are waking up to the fact that they must be able to hold their own in the production of surplus value when the war is over if they are not to be ousted from the world's markets by more scientific competitors. Labor Prime Minister Hughes would also appear to be exhibiting more anxiety about the future of the appropriators of surplus value than about the present or future wellbe ing of those who produce it. He has hitherto posed, and has been held up to the workers by his admirers in the so-called Labor movement, as the sworn foe of the big gun exploiters. Last week in Melbourne we find him convening a conference for the pur pose of considering 'the application of scientific research to the problems of industry.' The conference was well repre sentative of all that stands for ex ploitation, and its perpetuation in Australia. Such great 'friends of Labor' as Knox of the Sugar Com pany; Delpratt, of the Broken Hi...
The Coal Strike [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1916
The Coal Strike The so-called Eight Hour Bill has not yet passed the 'UppaU' House, Members of that august body deemed their Xmas holidays of more importance than the working condi uuus 01 wage slaves, so Parliament rose three weeks ago, and, once more, left the slaves interested to their own devices. The miners of the South Coast evidently have not much faith in Parliamentary action or 'their' leg islators, in any case, so now (at time of writing) they are out on .strike over the Eight-hour question. After they have exerted their economic power, perhaps to the extent of com pelling their masters to recognise the principle, 'our' Parliamentary representatives will go on with their already bastardised Eight-hour Bill, and we will again, in the near fut ure, have to listen to vote-catchers expending their eloquence on the im portance and efficacy of political action. Even the capitalist press evidently regrets this tendency of Parliamen tary law-making to follow on the heels of econom...