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S.F.A. News & Notes. Sydney Jottings. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 15 April 1911
S.F.A. News & Notes. Sydney Jottings. Sydney (socialists learned with regret that Comrade Keegan, who has been working at Glenbrook for some months, met with a serious accident, the nature of which we have not yet ascertained, and which will render him an absentee from the firing line of the movement for some weeks. That he may speedily recover is the wish of all comrades. On Saturday evening Slade, Walsh, and Ritchie held a splendid meeting at Newtown Bridge. The same evening Wilson journeyed to Bahuain, and spoke to an attentive audi ence, while a couple af sympathisers sold a goodly number of copies of The Interna tional Socialist. , Sunday's Domain meeting was very largely attended. Riley presided, and Wilson. Holland and Feldhusen were the speakers. A certain worthy who scabbed during the tram strike endeavored to in terrupt the proceedings, but Feldhusen, who was speaking, dressed him down severely. A record sale of literature was reported, Tine International Socialist...
Naval Supremacy. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 15 April 1911
Naval Supremacy. BY A.IAX. From time to time alarmist politi cians and jingo journals solemnly warn us that OUR naval supremacy is in great danger. Just now theory is 'More Dreadnoughts.'' Unless we build more dreadnoughts we are doomed ! This dreadnought scare is ridiculous not to say hypocritical. In 1906, owing to '' international complica tions,' England's navy was omnipo tent. Not content with an over powering fleet, Christian England decided to build a mammoth murder machine to overawe the world. Therefore, 'Sons of the Sea' need not complain if others follow suit. We are repeatedly informed by wiseacres of the blue water school that the growth of the German navy threatens to wipe out the British Empire. Still, viewing the naval problem even from an ' imperalist ' stand point, one finds that despite attempts to create scares by bamboozling the public with false figures and misre presentation apropos the dreadnought mania, the fact is that Britain is not only holding her own, b...
The Renmark Strike. An Appeal to Reason. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 15 April 1911
The Renmark Strike. An Appeal to Reason. To Unionists. — The eighth week of the Ren mark strike is in progress. In spite of the lying reports given to thedailies, the U.L.U. is on top. The growers who have not signed the log have not harvested one-third of their crops. On block after block the ground is covered with fruit black and rotten. What portion lias been harvested lias not reached the markets. The river boats (the sole means of transport) are for the most part tied up, and those which are plying are manned by '' scab ' crews. Other Unions are showing a splendid class spirit, and refuse to handle produce which has been fouled by the leprous touch of the 'scab.' The workers of Renmark are fighting for the minimum wage, Ss per day. Nothing more. It is now up to every Unionist in the Commonwealth to take a hand in the fight. Up to date the U.L.U. has practically borne the whole financial burden, an average of £105 per week. Not only do we appeal for monetary help, we ask for a c...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 15 April 1911
' Blue Spec': I suppose I'm very lucky, r.ot having been in jail — though I am not a politician sitting on the usual rail. We know they often perch there; we've proved it to our sorrow. They are Labor's men to-day; we are in the lurch to-morrow. This reminds us of old Joke Hook. He's one of the above. He's also good at preach ing about a land of light and love. The Western workers know him; some look back now and sigh — to think they carried Joker mice hoisted shoulder high. In a letter recently published to white wash Labor-member Dooley, M.L.A., the alleged writer says that: ' H. E. Holland resigned from the I.W.W. club because that body censured him for conduct detri mental to the interests of the organisation.' It is true than in 1908, motions of censure were recorded by the I.W.W. Club against Holland, Scott Bennett, Price, and others, for speaking at a meeting in Sydney Domain-, organised by the International SocialistParty, on the Sunday afternoon after the collapse of the tr...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 15 April 1911
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The French Strikes. And the Confederation General du Travail. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 15 April 1911
The French Strikes. And the Confederation General du Travail. BY l-XliUNK TAVKRXIEK, IX TI1K ' X1NETKKXTH CEXTUKY.' J.n Paris on the Sth March, I !)07, ; towards; six o'clock in the evening, M. Gleinenceau, then President of the Conseil des Ministres, experienced a shock of surprise. He was working in his office when suddenly the electric light went out in the corridors, and complete darkness had invaded the; whole of the house in the Place Beauvaii. After a while information was obtained by telephone and discussed by the light of candles: the police announced that in the shops, the cafes, the restaurants, in the boulevards and the theatres, in short in every quarter of Paris, the deotric light* hud. been suddenly cut off. All that night people had to resort to strange means to obtain a meagre light. The next day the light was working a.s usual, and the trades and amusements pursued their usual round. But an uneasy impression survived, added to by the recollection of diverse complic...
THE KEENING. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 15 April 1911
THE KEENING. Wj: arc- the women ami children Of the men Unit mined for gold. Heayy are we with sorrow, Heavy as heart can hold ; Galled are we with injustice, Sick to the souls of loss ; Husbands and aons and brothers. Slain for the yellow dross. We are the women and children Of the men that died like sheep, Stopijig the stubborn matrix, Piling the mullock heap, Stifling in torrid rises. Stumbling with stupid tread Along the vale of the shadow To the thud of the atamper-head ! We are the women and children Of the miners that delved belo'v — Mainshaft and winze and crosscut— Opening the silly show. Look at us! Gaze in our faces! God ! Are you not ashamed In the eyes of your godless fellows Of the men ye have killed and maimed. They moiled like gnomes in the taces, They choked in the fraeteur fumes, And your dividend paved the pathways That led to their early tombs. With Death in the sleepless night shifts They diced for the prize you drew; And the Devil loaded the pieces— But the sta...
The Passing Show. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 15 April 1911
The Passing Show. CONDUCTED HV OTIV. The Labor Government, which was swift to prosecute Hoskins's employees for striking, has so far not moved to prosecute the Vale &nbsp; of Clwydd proprietors, who locked the miners out. If the proprietors are to he prosecuted, &nbsp; the Government is going to make the miners &nbsp; do the prosecuting. - &nbsp; ? M A .Mr. Pucker, who was asked to resign wfi'uiu the Vic. Trades Mall Council because giuf his leaning to the bosses, says he doesn't W believe in tlie implement makers' strike, be af cause, he says, it's 'conducted by certain I Socialists.' ? I In a case in wliicli ;i lawyer raised a ; technical objection the other day, Judge | Hcydon said: 'He was reluctant to see a I case decided for all time upon the law of I procedure. In certain cases the law be $ Willie a means of , oppression instead of a ? means mi administering justice between the 1 ))arties concerned. Nothing seemed to him to be ''.more abominabl...
The Balance of Power. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 15 April 1911
The Balance of Power. BY AJAX. &nbsp; Dukim; the last twenty years, in re sponse to statesmen's pathetic solici tude about the balance of power, the leading maritime nations have in creased their naval estimates enor mously. In 1890 England, Ger many, and America spent roughly 23 millions. in 1910 the st'ine powers squandered £93,000,000. Between Jan. 1st, 1901, and Dec, 1910, beside a host of torpedo and submarine craft, the following ar mored ships were built for the world's navies: Britain 73, United States 3(5, Germany 36, France 25. Japan 13, Italy 12, Russia 10. This represents 205 murder ma chines costing approximately £210, 000,000. This fearful waste and the mad folly of bloated armaments shows up in all its hideousness when we re flect that exactly the same result, even from the viewpoint of the ruling classes of the respective countries re ''maintaining the balance of power,' could have been achieved if the in terested powers had come to an inter national understa...
Servia. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 22 April 1911
Servia. The Social -Democrats and trade unionists of Servia have had a hard struggle during three years of economic depression, to main tain their position. The last few months have brought them splendid successes. Some of the unions have doubled their member ship; other have increased three-fold. The political organisation has kept step with these. Two important events have lately taken place — on November 20 the Maison du Peiiple was opened in Beljjrade, and the Socialist newspaper which has existed for ten years began to appear daily instead of three times a week. The principal struggles of our Party are at present for Adult Suf frage, and against militarism and unbeara ble taxation.
France. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 22 April 1911
Prance. On February 24, comrade Senibat, in the name of the United Socialist Party, moved the following resolution in the Chamber: ' The Chamber urges the Government, be fore moving for the building of new iron clads, to enter into preliminary negociations with toreign Powers, especially with England and Germany, regarding the simultaneous limitation of armaments, and therefore sets aside the special debate on the marine bud get.' Qne hundred and eighty-seven votes were given for the resolution, and 354 against. There has been a big upheaval in the wine-growing Marve valley district. Much property has been destroyed, reports the cable. Four thousand people invaded the town of Ay, outwitted the military cordons, and sacked and burned down many large premises, as well as the mayor's residence. The dockers on strike at Bayonne strongly barricaded the streets, and wore attacked by the military, who carried the barricades at the point of the bayonet, after fierce fighting.
Bohemia. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 22 April 1911
Bohemia. The Social- Democratic Party of Bohemia recently held an imposing demonstration, which extended from one end of the coun try to the other, against the expenditure on the Army and Navy. Meeting? were held in more than 10 localities, in which all the speakers acclaimed universal peace ana disarmament, and resolutions were passed against the money being used for military purposes when it was so urgently needed for social reform, especially for old-age pensions. it is estimated that about 2o(.),000 citizens took part in this de monstration .
International Notes. Japan. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 22 April 1911
; International Notes. Japan. A Japan correspondent writes to the [nler ?nutiunul tivcialixt Review, Chicago, re the trial and execution of Dr. Kotoku and his comrades: Nobody was allowed to see the men or the woman after arrest under any pretext whatsoever. No communications were allowed to be sent to them . They were permitted no messages to their friends. Jt/verytlnng was utterly secret. I he news papers in Japan dare not mention the trial nor the causes that led to it. These com rades were Uied under the 73rd clause of the Japanese, criminal law, charged with the highest charge of conspiracy, because di rected against the Imperial personages. Un der this law it is not at all necessary to prove a plot or an act. He is condemned who conceives the thought or intention, in his own mind, against the emperor. . . . ' Kotoku's mother was at last permitted to see him. She was sixty years of age. Like a Roman mother she met him, full of words of love and courage, and then, straight and u...
Coronation Caprices. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 22 April 1911
Coronation Caprices. IJY W.H.W. Mk. Wadk, senior wrangler of the State Parliamentary Opposition, has been grumbling at Premier McGowen for going two months too early tc the Coronation corroborree. Mr. Wade would have Premier Jim doing things in his own blundering way; but Mr. McGowen knows better how to get in out of a shower of poli tical dead cats than tie ex-premier can tell him. By going to the coronation early, Premier Jim was getting away from that uncomfortable referendum sham fight, in which some of his colleagues are being so badly mauled; and, besides, active preparations for the great corroborree are already in pro gress in Britain, and those who get there late will most likely be left out of the limelight when it glares upon the throne and those in its immediate vicinity. ??' ?„ . '.. The great Claims Court has been sitting for some time, deciding certain rights and claims in connection with the coming corroborree, and who knows what claim the Premier of New South Wales ...
WE WERE JUST BROTHERS. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 22 April 1911
WE WERE JUST BROTHERS. We were just brothers— tlmt was nil ; .lust two li'en who loved each other, mid never gave an account of our love. Just worker.- in the world. whose work was the sorrow and the joy of each other in days of failure and success. I used to ask my brother why lie loved me, and he said he did not know, And then he would ask me why 1 loved him, and I too said J ma not know. And so we went about, with each other, happy in our own sweet secret, Went about with each other, not being too curious regarding die mystery of our dear partnership. 1 never used to feel mean in the presence of my brother; He. always seemed to till me with the sense of grace and nobility; 1 never used to feel small before the measure of my brother; He always seemed to -|Uote me in as big figures as his own. The roots of my brother and the roots of mo met somewhere in the ground below; The soul of my brother and the s ml of me met somewhere in the immortal heavens above; I did not seem to mind hi...
The Black Hand at Parliament House [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 22 April 1911
The Black Hand at Parliament House BY A IiABOlt MEMBKK. I was strolling around the promises t'other day — in Macquarie-street, T mean. A number of men were working on the build ing — I think they were 'wiring,' anyway some of them were up on ladders. They were working elose to the lavatories. Our lavatories at Parliament House are got up much nicer than some of the houses (is that the correct term?) that many of your work ers live in. I here is a notice on the lava tory wall. It reads: ' Workmen are not per milted U- use the*c lavatories. By order,1'1 (YC. I chanced to hear one of the workmen draw a mate's attention to this. 'If the workers don't use 'em,' he said, 'the loafers inust use 'em.' 'Why, how's that? '.asked the other. 'Well, you see, it's this way,' said the first. ' I heard a chap at a Domain meeting say there are only two classes in the world — the workers and the loafers; and so, if that notice stands, it must be the loafers who use these lavatories.' ' By G — , you'r...
The Socialist Federation of Australasia Principles and Policy, 1. Objective. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 22 April 1911
The Socialist Federation of Australasia Principles and Polfoy. i. Objective. Tlx; M-ci;ilisation of the means ot produc tion, distribution, and exchange. 2. Statement of Principles. Thi: present form of Society rests on pri vate ownership of the land and the machinery (tools) of production. The owners of most of the land the mach inery or production constitute wnat is econo mically known as the capitalist class. Menc-: the use of the term, 'The capitalist form of society.1' This form of ownership divides society in all countries into two distinct and opposing classes the capitalist class and the working class. The working class produces all the wealth that sustains society, while it is held in com plete economic and industrial subjection to the capitalist class, which lives on the wealth pro duced by the working class. To enable the working class to wage the clas.« war, it must be fully conscious of the wrongs inflicted upon the 'workers by the capitalist class: and it must organise...
Lithgow Items. [Newspaper Article] — The International Socialist — 22 April 1911
Lithgow Items. Two letters, remarkable for their similarity, were published in a recent Lithgow Mercury, Labor-member Dooley wrote that he hadn't been challenged by Socialists, but by a man named Holland.' The ' general seeretary of the I.W.W. Club' wrote that he had seen where Mr. Dooley bad been challenged to meet 'a person named Holland,' and he now wrote to say that while, of course, the I.W.W. Chili regarded Mr. Dooley as a representative man, ''this man Holland had no right to speak- for revolutionary union ism,' etc. History leaves us in the dark as to which of the gentlemen wrote the let ters. Scurrilous letters have also been written from Sydney concering the In ternational Socialists; but these letters have only succeeded in convincing the Lithgow men how completely the writer of them and those who abet him have been made the tools of the scab politicians. Mrs. Montefiore speaks for Socialism in the local Town Hall this Friday. The Hoskins firm is getting rid of men who we...