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JOE SKURRIE'S CASE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 March 1916
JOE SKUREIE'S CASE. ' Advices from Melbourne inform us that an aclive agitation is being carried on there fnv the release of Joe Skurrie. a member of 1he Socialist Party, who was reeenily sentenced to three months' im prisonment for a 'prejudicial to recruit in g' speech. Skurrie was convicted on a report, of his speech which appeared in the Mel bourne 'Age,' though the reporter, when examined in the witness box was not prepared to swear that the published report was correct. If the War Precautions' Act was ad ministered impartially, the members of the Labor Cabinet responsible for this prosecution should be placed behind pris on bars, for no thinking worker is likely to he encouraged to go Lvrclve thousand miles to fight Prussianism. by such splen did examples of 'hat kind of tyranny at home. Already the agitation 011 Skurrie 's be half has caused his gaol .treatment to he somewhat relaxed, and his release in the near future is confidently expected. I entered Parliament with what 1...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 March 1916
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How History Repeats Itself. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 March 1916
How History Repeats Itself. ? * ? In these days when free speech and free press are practically non-existent, it is interesting to compare the methods adopted by 'our' Labor Government for the suppression of popular liberties with those employed by the German King of England, George ITI., following the Avar against Jt1 ranee ciecjarca m u»o, a war, which Buckle, in the Introduction to his great work, 'Civilization in England,' describes as 'the most hateful, the most unjust, and the most atrocious, England has ever waged against any country.' The comparison, indeed, would seem to be in favour of George, for the accused person in those days, it appears, had the right of trial by jury, a privilege which Kaizer Billiam Hughes' War Precautions' Act denies him. Buckle remarks: — 'What distinguishes this sanguinary contest, from all preceding ones, and what gives to it its worst feature, is, that it was eminently a war of opinions, — a war which we carried on, not with a view to territori...
The Voice of Freedom [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 March 1916
The Voice of Freedom By FRED HENDERSON. Loud across the world it ringeth, we have heard it in our sleep. We have heard and we have wakened, though our slumbering: was deep. .Many a man whose heart nigh failed him in the long- and weary night Now with soul aglow is watching for the dawn ing of the light. And the voice o'er -all the nations has gone forth upon the wind, Bearing hope to those despairing, sight to those who wandered blind. i 'Wake, oh men,' the loud voice crieth, 'wake, I if ye be men indeed; j Will ye. sleep and slumber ever, bound to serve a tyrant's greed? j Surely all too long, oh toilers, have ye been the ] slaves of gold; ' j Are ye men, or have ye quite forgxmeii of your ] sires of old? I Hope not Freedom from the masters who rc;\p pleasure from your pain; j All the freedom they would give you is but j lengthening1 of the chain. When they sec ye pale and restless, they may lengthen it a whit, Soothing: yp the while to slumber, that ye be content with it. Shake it...
Railway Workers and Mr. Milne (A. MACK.) [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 March 1916
Railway Workers and Mr. Milne ?--- A. MACK.) Mr. Mibio, -:«n assistant Railway Com missioner, also a transparent candkl.-ite for limelight and shoddy -praise,-. recent- ly visited youlburn accompanied by a soiree of servile eajolers. Ostensibly lie visited the town to honor 'with lii.s pres ence some limcuon oj. ine iianway insti tute, but the wily old chap saw in the gathering an. opportunity to achieve a cheap advertisement and sonic cheap flat tery through the pages oi! the Daily ? (ke'pt) Press. True to his preconceived plan, he ac cordingly proceeded to lash and calum niate the tactics of the modern working class unions. Report says that he was loudly cheered for his remarks; if that be so it is rather astounding, for Mr. Milne's remarks surely do not reflect the intel lectual status of the Cioulhurn railway men. They were not by any moans learn ed criticisms nor even true to facts, and in several instances wandered dangerous ly near the border line of idiocy. Though he was acc...
I.W.W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 March 1916
LW.W. Preamble. The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people, and the few Who make up the employing: class have all the good things of life. '-- ' ' : Between these two classes a struggle must - go on until the workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of the earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage system. We find that the centreing of the manage ment of industries into fewer and fewer bands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever-growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of af- j ?fairs which allow one set of ; workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping to defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working-class have interests in common with their em ployers. The...
Tramway "Unionism" [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 March 1916
Tramway 'Unionism' The dismissal of A. W. Buckley, by the Chief Commissioner, vice president of the Tramway Union, from the Tramway Service, for his alleged ad vocacy of sabotage has caused consider able stir in Tramway Union circles. Officialdom, however, has got such a grip oi: the union that it prevents any effective protest being made. At the an nual delegate meeting- of the union last week a motion moved by the militant section, that Buckley's re-instatement be demanded, failing which a 'stop-work' meeting be called to discuss further ac tion, was turned down. The fact that Buckley was dismissed by the Commis sioner on. no evidence whatever, but mere ly on the assumption that he was respon sible for a certain speech published in the 'Tramway Record,' apparently car ried no weight with the Departmental crawlers. They allow an official of their union, to be victimised by the Depart ment, and rave and howl at any attempt to get the rank and file to protest in the only manner left ...
THE CASE OF CHIDLEY. To the Editor: [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 March 1916
THE CASE OF CHIDLEY, To the Editor: Sir,— Mr. Chidley desires me to thank you for printing an article 'Insane or Otherwise,' by 'Ajax,' in a recent is sue of 'D.A.' He also thanks the writer of the article, which he says, puts his ease more fairly than he has yet seen it pre sented. Quoting from that article Mr. Chidley said to me, 'Why don't they an swer 'The Answer,' -is good,' and added, 'Xo, it is easier to say a man is mad, and gaol him.' Tours, etc., J.S.S. ? 13/3/16.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 March 1916
STICKERS. x The ..Press Committee' have plenty of l.W.W. Stickers on' hand. They are in large type, smart, and to the point. Each Sticker has an imprint on it, in accord_ ance with the boss's law. We will send along 1,000 to any address in Australia for 2/9, 5000 for 12/, and 10,000 for £1/2/6 Please send cash with order. Orders -will will be sent to New Zealand, provided 3d extra is enclosed per thousand for ad ditional postage. Address : Manager, Box 98. .Hayinarket. N.S.~W Printed and Published on behalf of the Industrial Workers of the World, by John Hamilton, Chairman of Pr-^s Committee, 330 Castlereagh- street, Sydney, N.S.W.
MR. BLOCK ATTENDS AN I.W.W. MEETING. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 18 March 1916
MR. BLOCK ATTENDS AN I.W.W. MEETING. Being in Sydney on. Sunday I wander ed on to a common (Query: The Domain? —Ed.) A great variety of meetings were in progress. An earliest, red-faced preacher asked me to give my heart to Jesus, which I did, also in v money. T then caught sight of a large banner, bear ing the inscription: 'Industrial AVorkers oi. the World.' Thinking this referred to my employ er, 1. sat down, on the grass, which was very green. Besides myself there were some five or six hundred people. A man came along and asked me to buy a copy of a paper called 'Direct Action,' which I did. I do not know what Direct Action is. A man then got on a platform and said that the employing class and the pro ducing class had nothing1 in common. I was much upset by this, as I consider my boss to be my best friend, because he finds me work. The man then referred to Sabotage. T do not know what Sabotage is. He said that --'.the master-class cons tantly practised Sabotage on the workers. I...
THE I.W.W. BAND. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 March 1916
THE l.W.W. BAND, I have to acknowledge the receipt of 2s 6d from Jas. D. Gordon, of Wyalong for the Band Fund. The Band continues to progress, although there are still vacancies for players and learners. it is intended to have the Band ready for its debut about the beginning of May. Funds and players are always welcome. Practice every Monday at 8 p.m. Roll up! J. SMITHERS, Secretary.
SUBSCRIPTIONS Week Ending March 19th, 1916. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 March 1916
SUBSCRIPTIONS Week Ending March 19th, 1916. H. Beales Is, G. Baldacchino 2s, Mrs. M. Curran 4s, J. Dash 4s, D. Dillon Is, F. Fuller 2s, F. Flaherty 2s, Jas. D. Gordon Is, J- Hett ne'r 4s, M. MossAs, W. Magree 2s, YY. Murphy Is, John Rancie 2s, T. Rior-dan Is, L. Stamp 2s. Mick Triffitt 4s, G. Wolfenden Is. Press Fund. Jas. D. Gordon 2s 6d, P. Shaughnessy 2«.
"IMIT TO HONEST CRITICISM." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 March 1916
'LIMIT TO HONEST CRITICISM.' Licbknecht, the German Socialist, recently declared that the German Government was transforming schools into training stable for war. 'The hatred of England was fomented in the schools/' he said. 'The children were ed ucated for war, _ submarines and poisoned bombs were their ideals.'' Commenting on this, Sydney 'Herald' re marks, 'No man who deliberately seeks to hamstring1 the Government of his own country at a critcal period in war is a fit subject for admiration, even at the hands of enemies who might find him extremely useful to them.' The 'Herald,' it appears, knows that Licb knechl's remarks were as applicable to other countries as to Germany. 'Teaching the young idea how to shoot,'' and tne murder game generally, are matters that are zealously incul cated into the juvenile mind in Australia, for instance; and any ideals, opposed to 'submar- ines and poisoned- -bombs,-' do not suit the vultures who fatten on war, be they German or British. Hence t...
Blood-stained Profits. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 March 1916
Blood-stained Profits. ♦ - -? There is great jubilation this year anuftigst - the Australian squatters over the enhanced prices of wool. The latest '-'Quarterly Maga zine'' of the P.F.A. devotes about '21 pages to gloating over the enonnou.s profits being made owing to the boom in prices. ? Tlv*. Magazine informs us that 'all previous records have been beaten out of sight, and prices have extended to a line which never ex isted before.' Further on it says :--? 'The enormously increased demand has led to boom values, and there is no fear oi a slump with forced sales, av ruinous prices. The wool is going into consumption, and, so long .-is the war lasts, the consumption must be enormous, and prices- must rule high.' AVhat a quantity of extra profits the mem bers of the A.W.U. are producing for their masters, due to the war, while the same cause has caused wages, to fall by SO per cent., ow ing- to the phenomenal rise in the price of the necessities of life. Will these workers demand m...
Spasms [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 March 1916
Spasms (By Tom Barker.) Fellow-worker Foley is demonstrating what can. be. done in the line of getting subs for the paper. Over 35 have arrived within the. past few months from around the Mount Curbine district. Work like this should bear fruit in the near future, work that will be fraught with trouble and neadaciies lor the ruling class of this ' ' democratic ' ' country. « * * . * Fellow-worker Paddy Wilson, one of our members, who hails from the (jreen Jsle was grabbed during his quest for a mas ter in the vicinity of Wagga, for being a (iennan. An armed gmwd was despatch ed for our fellow worker, who was care fully deposited in. Liverpool Concentra tion Camp. There a person was discov ered who could speak Irish, and conse quently Paddy was released. So it is evident that Ireland has not. yet declared war ui)on (.irent lii-ftain, although it has been demonstrated that 'on one occasion, Hie Defence Department that, looks after alien enemies, can differentiate lx-tween iii^b (.'ern...
ECHOES FROM THE WEST. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 March 1916
ECHOES FROM THE WEST. The combined forces of Frcmantle No. 5 and- Perth No. 10 Locals held the regular Sun day 3 p-m. meeting on Perth Esplanade. F. \Y. Hancomb was chairman, and the speakers on the occasion were F.VY.'s Mrs. A. West brook -and Monty Miller, who both waved the standard of the principles of the I. WAY. to ihe breeze of public- opinion in right good militant style. Our one woman speaker of the vWest being- sound, consecutive, and logically unassailable in her address, which bristled with points that, like lance thrusts, pierced the open chinks in the shoddy armour of capital ism and crafty unionism alike. ' Literature sales moderate; 'Direct* Action' sold out. Criticism by questions weak and inclined to run us off the industrial track — nothing doing. Evening meeting at S in room at the Perth Literary Institute, first local habitat of No. 10. Audience consisted mostly of our own mem bers, and business was more a formulation of future proceedings than of propaganda pur...
SUPPRESSION OF FREE SPEECH. THE ANTIDOTE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 25 March 1916
SUPPRESSION OF FREE SPEECH. THE ANTIDOTE. The morning papers of Monday, 20th inst., exultingly comment on the break ing up of a Socialist meeting by the sol diers at Yarra Bank, Melbourne, on the previous Sunday. Similar encourage ment of military hooliganism of this kind a. few weeks ago subsequently led to-the soldiers' riots. The howl of the capit alist press over these latter disturbances has scarcely yet died down. The sol diers Avere violently denounced as laAv breakers, etc., and suggestions were^free ly thrown out that the civil community should have to be organised, if not armed, against them, all because a few shop windows Avere broken. Here again Ave see where the 'rights' of property come before all rights of the individual. Freedom of speech, however, is more valuable than the shop windows of the petty bourgeoisie, and if the au thorities do not keep their military hoo ligans under better control the best way to attain Freedom of Speech is to attack their sacred propert...