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THE EDITORIAL MILL. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 15 October 1892
THE EDITORIAL MILL One of the most serious obstacles to the Labour Movement is the so-called Christian Church. There is nothing bLraxtge in that, because the church, as an institution, has always expended a great deal of ita force in futile endeavours to stem the tide of progress. In one age it haa been corrupt and fanatical ; in another age it bag been corrupt and lazy; in all ages it has been intensely selfish— seeking ita own good as an organisation irrespective of everything else, and generally at the cost of humanity. Of course there have always been earnest and unselfish men within the church ; and further, each church has had its youth of pure and ardent purpose— moments when it did not count life dear, but was ready to die for some new-found truth. I was j£ jjUpking of the church as an institution, ?#j9Hi (jhqgph for which Society places a .--, 'IWw at n» feast, the church wboee truths C^mye heroine half-lies. Not this church or -%pat chtrch, but all churches that have ^&...
LABOUR IN POLITICS. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 15 October 1892
LABOUR IN POLITICS. Dalbt registration court J.P.s showed -a^tfroBg-deske^to-purge the rolla of the claims of workers outside Jimbour. Everywhere the cry comes of whole sale disfranchisement of electors by the GrifBlwralth agents. ' Dibds says he'll forge~!ttm3iiur order gaga -like-Snfith to stop Broken Hill ALL. A. Cann exposing the monstrous difference in sentences passed by the E.M. oo unionists and blacklegs at Broken Hill. M'Intyre Herald, commenting on the Gnffilwraith land-grab and those who are cnewingTnts bTlhe fatted~calf, says : _ With imon~ golden opportunities of paying themsejves,_ffifildo not wonder at politicians opposingthe payment of members. Charters ^Towers has resolved to pro test* agatnslTthe land-grab and elect mem bers to next Parliament pledged to repu diate contracts entered into by lawless mis government. The news was burked by the capitalistic press. ' John .Mieholson, C.P.S., electoraTre' gistrar, Bundaberg, voted illegally at the ast by-election, and re...
Against Class Government both Here and on the Barrier. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 15 October 1892
Against Class Government both Here and on the Barrier. A meeting to denounce the tyranny of the N.S.W. Government against unionism on the Barrier wan held in Brisbane on Monday, when Broken Hill delegate Thomnu and Labour WB.'s Glaasey, Hall and Ryan, A.L.F. secretary Hmoh oliffa atid others stirred the people, in the f^^^^^^^t^t \VT i¥'_li^a:i times of far-reaching . corruption in public affaira^-Glassey. w.aj.in. the chair and pricked the air bubbles blown by the M'llgriff syndicator-in-chief at the con tractors' picnic. Just as Delegate Thomas was about to speak protectionist Joshua Bailey, J.P., who seemed moved by some thing stronger than-the hot weather or iced water, excitedly asked Glaefaey to in terpret freedom of contract and promptly received the reply : ' Freedom of contract simply means freedom on the part of tbe employers to oppress workmen with Gat ling guns and Nordenfelt _juns to enforce their conditions.' Not satisfied and con tinuing to interrupt Josh fell like a ...
HOW WE ARE MISGOVERNED. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 15 October 1892
HOW WE ARE MISGOVERNED. Wednesday, October 5: The Fiteroy Uridge Loan Bill to cover what was done years ago, before AL'Iiwnuth syndicated with Griffith, was farcically ceremonialised in committee. Following that the Griffith bill for rearing misgovenunent machinery on a huge ana extravagant Bcale. Clause 56, which was practically as the law stood before syndicating became part of the special business ot members of tbe Uovern ment, gave Griffith uneasiness, and he sort of hinted that some patriot might amend it. Powers said the land grab contracts would be coming along, and that directors ~of -syndicates shouldn't be members of the House when-they-- h*d-to deal witu the alieaatiou of public land. The clause was passed disqualifying persons interested ia Government contracts from being members of Parliament — but they'll get there just the same, if they are only Hoiota of civilisation. * * * The principle that 'Ministers may be appointed without election by the people and then spsak i...
BYSTANDER'S NOTEBOOK [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 15 October 1892
BYSTANDER'S NOTEBOOK Democracy wants no better friend than the Sydney Bulletin. Labour-in-politica, which is the bread ana butter new Bide of Democracy, has also At-sTRALiA. found encouragement within its pages. But the i»st T-f friends may have a liver, and the attitude oTlmr pink;covered~friend towards the New Australia scheme is unmistakeably dyspeptic. The Worker does not com plain of the Bulletin's opinions as to the soundness and practicability of Utopian Socialism. Utopian (for the Bulletin's in formation) has in this connection a con ventional meaning. To speak of an idea as being Utopian is, no doubt, to imply that ib is about as substantial as a dream. But when men talk of Utopian Socialism (the establishing of model communities like New France or New Australia) all they mean is to make it clear that they are not talking of Evolutionary Socialism, which is the gradual taking over by the State of industrial machinery. That, however, by the way. What the Worker does regret i...
THE BROKEN MIL STRIKE. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 15 October 1892
THE BROKEN HiU STRIKE. The boys at Broken Hill still stand out for Unionism. Baxter, evidently unable ta get the necessary labour from Sydney and Melbourne, has offered the fellows at tbe Hill as much as 10s.~a day, with the' prospect of at least three or four years work, on condition that they go down the mine with blacklegs. This offer, with the alternative of the contract system if the men prefer it, practically means that the owners have caved in on every point ex cepting the recognition of Unionism. The daily press accordingly wants to know why the men still hold back. To one who knows anything about the tactics of em ployers, to everybody who remembers the stand taken by the employers at the time of the great maritime strike, or for that matter the Brisbane printers' strike, the reason is obvious. The owners are des perately anxious to put an end to the Barrier struggle. They must get men into the mines at all hazards. And once by fair promises they seduce the old hands back, ...
THE GREAT LAW CASE. A Little Evidence Worth Keeping. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
the Treat uw case. ~ ~X~UffIe~Svla-6uea Worth Keeping. The daily papers say that the decision of lhfl-Fiill-3ourtanJJie:great Queensltvnd law case has removed a serious stigma from the reputation of some of our' leading politi cians. The papers appear to forget that it is always possible to turn back to the cor respondence that was put in evidence dur ing the hearing of the case. Here, for example, a man called Ensar writes to Grimley, ~theTepresentative and^artnenjf^ M'll wraith Palmer and company, that a prospective purchaser reports with regard to buying off the ' selectors ' : That there was so much said (in Brisbane) about it by a certain party that it would be dangerous to meddle, with it as it stood, and also that M'll wraith and Palmer would likely make a Btir in (he - — if anyone else got the -la«d-oatBide-Mes.-JSell-i-that^Br-tfce#-6«i«^ 4*« htad of the Government would use tlieir power to make the men prove how they beoame pos sessed of the laud, and have it forfeited. En...
How the Marseillaise was Written. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
How tbe Marseillaise was Written. One evening, a few days after the assassination of the 'Divine Marat,' Roger de Lisle, faino and exhausted, entered a small chateau on the outskirts of Marseilles. He drank freely of wine, and as the nicrht came on became exhilar ated and 'inspired.' The conversation turned on music, and its power to excite the passions. ' Why cannot you compose a national song for the people ?' asked the host, turning to de Lisle. 'Some more wine,' was the only reply. Midnight had fone, and the stars were dancing in the eavens' as -de Lisle entered the plastered chamber in whifch he was to pass the night. A string instrument hung from the wall. De Lisle took it down and com menced aimlessly strumming, his thoughts the while bent on the awful scenes being enacted in the capital, for the 'Reign of -Terror'— had just begun. Almost uncon sciously he commenced an air, peculiar and thrilling, fitting words to it at the same time. It was the imperishable Hymn of Liberty !...
The-Queensland Unionist Prisoners. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
The-Queensland Unionist Prisoners. Hinchcliffe, Seymour, Reid, ALL. A. Hall, Mesdames Casey, Reid, Hinchcliffe, MisB Glassey, and Mr. Glassey, junior, went down to St. Helena last week on a visit to the Union Prisoners. Mibs Glassey and her brother were unable to eo on the island as they weren't provided with passes; thejithers found all the imprisoned unionists in excellent health and the very best of spirits. Never better since their inoaroeration. The fact that they thought of their mates on strike at Broken Hill, and asked to have £100 sent on from the Assistance Fund, shows that the fire of unionism burns glowingly behind the bars. The breastplate given by Mr. Hanning ton, saddler, formerly of Hughenden, towards the U.P.D. Fund realised £3 5a. — George Brown, Bourke (N S. W.)G. L.U., just released from 12 months hard labour in Bathurst Gaol on a charge of 'rioting' in the Bourke district last year has sent along a sovereign to the fund for the boys. He alBO sent £1 to Broken Hi...
Two Kinds of Salvation. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
Two Kinds of Salvation. The Ryrinny A»/y T^raph, whilst bitterly opposing every movement that makes for the good of the workers, and always ready to fight for the privileges of monopoly, does occasionally go down to the well of truth as though for a few drops of holv water Ji'ith wthich to *nrink4« the soul that it bartered away about the time that Griffith parted with his to the devil of Industrial Wrong. Here is an instance. Governor Jersey talks about the sin of rsligious indifference. The D.T., never altogether blind to a humorous remark, and knowing how much Jersey will have to lose as people begin to see that what ever the next world may be like it is as well to make this world a decent place of abode, says : A new element in human thought has practically arisen within late years. The very important social questions that press for solution have occupied the attention of men's minds more than ever before. To the millions who inhabit the underworld of the old countries, and to t...
Broken Hill Thomas says "Good-bye" to Queensland. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
^oUenHUl ThonuMHwy? 'Oood-fcye' — to Qaeetudandi ? = ? Jobiah Thomas, the President of the Barrier Miners' Association, who has been for some weeks past telling the story of the Barrier strike to Queensland station hands and miners, has just returned to Broken HOL He carries with him the respect and fi ionrtihip nf every good man and woman j with whom he came in -contact aunng his | travelB. All that earnest personal advd; cacy can lend to a righteous cause his mates have now to thank him for. He put the case with abuT^'ano1wigmentrsaying nothing that he did not mean, meaning nothing that he dared not nay, and in private and in pubUc, winnmg theconfi I . .. i ..1. «« atsiaitrht?' man fffit. dence vmio «'*y '~-~o — , — *? Through the Wobkeb he thus takes leave «f his many friendsiniihe northern colony : I have given, as far as J~t™v? P8?11 able,Te sffle of the Broken HUl umomste, aSd*now I feel that my advices arejw longer needed in Queentfend. J«l«f *£» circumstances I go back to th...
Editor's Letter Box. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
? Mltnrtt T.B».tftr Ttnir. ? I_ J. W. Cothekall, Christchurch (N.Z.) : Letter, pamphlets, and handbills to hand. Thanks. Bkn. E. Price, Eagle Junction : A very bad case. Will be exposed next week. C. O. Gocgh, Rockhau'ipton : Crowded out of this issue. A Woukek, Jundab : ditto. Phogkess : ditto. Es mon'd P. -RobeSts : ^oo^ate^ for w0^ Gilbert Casey: ditto. ' A. O'C, G.P.U., Sydney : ditto. ' — f ?
LABOUR OVER SEAS. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
-tftBOiHHBYtR^BiS^ Belgian miners overSOOO nfcrong have made for daylightand higher wages. ^^TffESwissObntedepatipB *-roposeH air eight-hour working day instead of the present eleven hour law. ? ? Oveb 70 per cent, male adult workers in Saxony average under £30 a year, owing to excessive wumou »m» v******* *»*.«*»? — — factories. The Berlin women Bhop assistants union contains over 800 members ; sub scription 6d. a month, and the union runs its own labour bureau. At the International Typo. Congress at Berne, Switzerland, an international union and a strike fund to be uBed inter nationally was decided upon. Of the eleven trillion women in Italy, three million work in agriculture, and two million in the textile and other industrial occupations. They swarm out the men 7 to 1 in the silk trade. FOB 'poking ooracK' an ui»uiucBo going in at Carnegie's Lawreneeville steel works, Pennsylvania, one woman was sentenced to six, and two others to three months' hard labour. ? : ? - The largest n...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
' WOBKEE' 8DBS0EIPTION : 5s. YeaMy, PAYABLE IN ADVANCE. Only Annual Subscriptions taken at Worker Office. For shorter periods Apply to nearest news agent. * ... SEEOIAL RATES ARRANGED . FOR MEMBEU8 OF UNIONS APPLYING THROUGH $HEIR SECRETARY. WHEBJC WWFUL DCTXBFBBEKOE with the 1 DELIVERY OP THB ' WOBKER' _f |8 SDSPE^ED THE BUSINESB MANAGER SHOULD * ;? ? BE NOTIFIED ?,.: 80 THAT PAPERS CAN BE SENT , W ?..._ ._.. J BEQISTKBED PACKAGE. wibbob wanes.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
shorter periods must Arrange witnwie ?»«?»» newsagent. -- — - N«WBagfinte_and Run Boys in Brisbane ana subnrbs can ?«'J]**^*n£- the Wobkbb on Fridays and Saturdays at the Trades Hall, Turbot-street. Friends of the Labour Movement should— Bbbsceibe Thehsbivbs; _^^_tt . Get their Newsagents to hell, Gbt thbib Unions to Co-opbbatk. Controlled bythexot-per«tmg 'nions. Editor elected. Advocates Cause of LabounTteeetves Sore abuse from Capitalism than any other paper in Australasia. Every w^e-^rne'n£ al! read it regular!*, and everybody who wants to HeboM r the Labour Movement is going should ^^'chttirnien of shea committees, Q.S.U. and Q.L.U., are requested to wire as soon u possible the number of Wokkkks they require and the date they expect to cut out. . . N.B.-AU communications regarding subscrip tions and circulation should be addressed— Business Manager, Wobkbb, Gloucester and Philip streets, Brisbane.
TO READERS. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
TO READERS. The Editor asks workers in all parts of the country to send scraps pt news for publication. -Personal experiences in the sheds, on the mines, or at sea are often of more general interest than those to whom they occur are apt to imagine. ? man -ssayf 'worn' | ? Advertising Rate*. * 8 : £ : - : I 52 7d it ' 'subscription Rates. Single Subbobibbbb, per year, poet i free .. . M. Terms to unions, groups and newsagents on application. ^^^ aeml«ano6B to the Woeebb ehouW taauja where possible in cheque, post «*^™L' postal note payable to Business **«'*«% Stamps .Joan, however, be sent where other form 01 ''timlttancfl ie iti-any way inconvenient. ? Subscribers receiving their Woreer with a blue mark to ran, after which date the paper will be i dis continued unless tne subscription 'renewed. Aotual BnBSOEiPTioNS only 'cewed at the Wobkeb Offloe; those requiring the paper tor
SMOKE-HO [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
SMOKE-HO , Union Prisoner Irwin -of N.S.W.), who was sentenoed to seven yean for wet grass burning, has with the concurrence of hiH follow— rtWHr-nAfB-pRri^»f-nft^-*4t^-fttqffil-- wraith for release. ~ ? The books of the Charleville Branch A.W.TTi havfl hattn s.udi(»H n.nA fnnnH nnr rect, and the auditors give a good report. The balance-sheet will be published in a future WokKEB. * ... ? Russian NihilisTalastlyeek bombed a train supposed to contain the august person of the Czar. He wasn't in it ; five other persons were killed, fourbeen wounded; and forty arrested for doing it. An old man borrowed £4 of a Sydney money shark Jfour years ago and has since J-aidj£50 mterest upon it. The shark now sues for £17 153. ano the yj$rW. judge has allowed the Trclaim' with costs. The Prince of Wales is indeed a hope less case. When they were laying. the remains of Tennyson to rest in West minster Abbey, ' Tummy ' was backing horses at Newmarket. : '~'1 Ail Tihe r country T'^aid one of the -desp...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
ORGANISATIONJJOTinCATlONS. Charged 3d. per Line per Insertion. EXCHANGE OF MEMBERSHIP has been .arrangal C between the following onions, all of which iBsne annual ticket* at the uniform rate of Hk. (excepting the Golf Federated Workers Aa sootation, whioh Is SI), and which together ' oover all Queensland: Associated Wouoeks Ohk-«. Charters Towns, Associated Wobxbbb Unioh, Townavilie. Axaiaamatbd WoftKBBS* Um-on, Hughenden, Longreaoh and OharleviUe. Associated Wobkbbs Union, Rookhantp* - ton. Federated Labodh Union, Brisbane. etuur Federated Workers' Assooutiom, Croydon. i Exchange is being arranged with, southern general labour unions, making one anmaal ticket carry members for a year all over the / continent, onion men everywhere, no matter / what they may be working at. Advantages to unsettled workers: Annatl payment very Bmau, flnanoial in established unions everywhere yea ? go during the whole term of original tlocek receive weekly Worker everywhere fee* of further ehevge, becom...
THE EDITORIAL MILL. [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
— 4«E^DIOTALJILL The story of how a handful of men set about establishing a new kind of Unionism —a Unionism that while conceding to em ployers the full benefits of freedom of con tract W48 going to retain for wage-earners the fruits of past industrial struggles— and how it all ended in smoke is one of the ?nniife interesting episodes of the Barrier strike. The men who thus set about re forming Unionism may have been actuated lay fair motives. They seem to have been roused by a keen sense of the privations around them; they did not like to see email twmforte gradually disappearing from ? thousand homes ; they hated the notion of mgn from other colonies taking the jobs of their own mates. At the same tune they were not insensible of the moral ignominy of the name of blackleg and were apparently qujte alive to the advantages oforganisation. So in the simplicity of their hearts they set about solving the problem by a species of Unionism that was. to .be equally acceptable to employers ...
THE NEW AUSTRALIA MOVEMENT. John Miller in Reply. TO THE EDITOR OF THE WORKER: [Newspaper Article] — Worker — 22 October 1892
joftn muier in Reply. «fO THE EDITOB OF THE WOBKER : -^HlLBTnere abuse is *bove all things to andfriendly criticism oontauifl an inherent rieht to equally candid and friendly renlv It Ja in this spirit that I aek the foipur of opportunity to poinji.out what geems to me to be a miBconception of the JlTaw Australia settlement movement, con %^*oed in your recent ' Editorial Mill' on ^foat subject^ ^ ^ z You assume that the movement is ♦hfi only logical outcome of »n established belief in the inherent rottenness of sooiety ; and further assume that we are 'recluses,' ftB was Thoreau, the hermit, and the long fltriwt of units, who have attempted, like — Himon SlyliU»,— to separate thomseW aJtawetber from the desires and passions of men. I do not inean to *?? tnat tniB ia definitely Btated, but I think you will aereewith me that running through the article is the idea that we are seeking a life which is opposed in some *ray to the social needs of the average child of the great human famil...