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BARKER DEFENCE FUND. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 May 1916
BARKER DEFENCE FUND. The following additional aubscriptioas na.\ been received: — Jas. Wilson 10s, A. Freeman 2s, F. W. Dunu 10s, J. Foley 5s, collection Yarra Bank, Mel-. bourne, £3 17s 8d. Melbourne A.S.P. (collec tion) 12s 2d, Melbourne V.S.P. (collection) ISs, John Sullivan 5s. Mr. J. D. Fitzgerald, M.L.C., has at last redeemed his reputation. He pro poses to do something for the workers — when the.y are doad. Speaking at the P.L.L. conference the other evening, he advocated giving the City Council pow ers to ^o in for the undertaking busi ness in order to provide cheap funerals. * * * « The 'Industrial Worker,' organ of -; the I.W.W. in the Western States of ? America, has re-appeared, strong, virile :-: and militant as ever. Some time ago it ; ;, ceased publication owing to financial [± difficulties. Its re-birth is proof that not- ; j withstanding those temporary set-backs, ?? j in which our enemies and some alleged I ! friends profess to see the 'decadence' i| of the I.W.W.,...
A Reign of Terror. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 May 1916
A Reign of Terror. By OLD EUREKA. History affords conclusive evidence of period ic recurrences of 'reigns of terror.' These have invariably been engineered and operated against the people at times when the spirit of liberty indicated a stage of mental development that gave promise of the mass becoming capable of opposing the oppressive tyranny of rulers. These epochs of intimidation on the part of Law and Authority are ever coincident with an abnormal rising of the tide of vicious license and brutality of government. At such times the attitude of those who hold the seats of authority is literally, 'When I, Sir Oracle, open my mouth, let no dog bark.' At such times every noble sentiment ex pressed in speech, or by the printed word, stands as a living' reproach to the base and despicable action of the powers that be, and must be suppressed by all means and at every hazard, and the scum and dregs of the people are incited to disturb and annoy every group of virtuous and thoughtful citi...
MELBOURNE NOTES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 May 1916
MELBOURNE NOTES. Since my last time of writing things are livening considerably in this town. Paper sales, the best indication of propaganda done, are rising. Our meetings are well attended and atten tively listened to. F. W.'s Kelly, Alf. Wilson, and Farrall addressed a large audience on the Bank last Sunday afternoon. For May Sun aay we have organised a meeting, me main feature of which, of course, will be the im prisonment of Tom Barker. Although we re cognise the futility of resolutions, publicity is always good. Action is necessary as never before if we are to gain the release of our fellow-worker. Let it ring through the land, that 'an injury to one is an injury to all,' and let the 'Cat' work rapidly, dealing lightn ing-like punches to the solar plexus of the capitalists' pocket-book. At our Friday night meeting at Brunswick we had a big meeting, and the speaker, F. W. Farrall, was pointing out the futility of arineci resistance and the tremendous power of the industrial weap...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 May 1916
DIRECT ACTION WEEKLY OFFICIAL ORGAN ? ' of the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. (Australian Administration) Office: 330 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, Australia. Editor: Thos. Olynn, Manager: J. B. King1. Subscriptions: 4/ per year; New Zealand, 6/ per year; Foreign, 8/ per year. HEADQUARTERS, I.W.W. (Australia): 330 CASTLEREAGH-ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS: 164 W. Washington-Street, Chicago, 111., U.S.A.
MELBOURNE ACTIVITIES. Local No. 8. 243 William Street. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 May 1916
MELBOURNE ACTIVITIES. Local No. 8. 243 William Strpet Monday, 8 p.m. — Business Meeting. Thursday, 8 p.m.— Educational Class. Working Class Economics.— T. Turner, Instructor. Friday, 8.30 p.m.— Propaganda Meeting, Brunswick, corner Sydney Road and Victoria Street. Sunday. — Propaganda Meeting, Tarra 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.'
Broken Hill Notes. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 May 1916
Broken Hill Motes. Local No. 3 is now installed in its ne\v headquarters at 316 Argent Street. The ne-.v hall is a great improvement on the old pre mises, and will enable us to hold indoor lec tures every week-end. Last Saturday, F. W. Larkin arrived ircm Sydney, and in the evening addressed a large crowd on the wobblies' corner, where he re ceived an enthusiastic and attentive hearing. At the same meeting a resolution was unani mously passed protesting agamfsl the action of the authorities in sentencing Tom Barker for exercising the right of i'ree speech. I-\ W. Larkin again addressed the open-air meeting en Sunday evening, after which a lecture was delivered iu the hall by F. W. Moyle, subject, 'The Power of Labor.' The hall, which seats about 200, was crowded :o its fullest capacity by an attentive audience. The subject was well handled and its enthusi astic reception augurs well for the future of the I.W.W. in Broken Hill. A strike took place last week on this oivl of the Broken...
Barker Gaoled. MORE JUSTICE. JUDGE MURRAY'S SOLICITUDE FOR THE "HALF-EDUCATED." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 May 1916
Barker Gaoled. MORE JUSTICE. JUDGE MURRAY'S SOLICITUDE FOR THE 'HALF-EDUCATED.' On Thursday, 4th. hist., Barker's np peal against his conviction in tho Magis trate's Court was hoard before Judge Murray at the Quarto1 Sessions. Aft or hearing argument by counsel, the Judge: upheld the conviction and sentence, so for the next twelve months Fellow worker Barker is to be, entertained at His Majesty's prison, Long Bay— if the working class of Australia permits it. t+ io «afn tn s.iv that, takine all the circumstances in connection with this case, it stands unparalleled in the history of working class persecution, so far as Australia is concerned. In the first place the cartoon which allegedly prejudiced recruiting, and upon which the charge was based, was allowed to circulate for nearly four months before the prosecu tion was instituted, and it is a curious fact, to say the least, that the serving of the summons coincided with the, time when the whole of the capitalist press of Australia...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 May 1916
SYDNEY'HEADQUARTERS. AH concerned are notified that the ad dress of the Sydney Local is now 403 Sus sex Street, Sydney. Correspondence, however, may still be addressed to Box 98, Haymarket. ? * ? ? ? ? NOTICE. Broken Hill Local notifies that the new Quarters are established at 316 Argent Street.
P.L.L Protest. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 May 1916
P.LL Protest. At the sitting of the P.L.L. on Friday of last week a mot ion, moved by Mi-. T. D. Mutch, was carried unanimously, pro testing against the imprisonment of Tom Barker and Ken Leslie, and calling upon the Federal Government for their im niediate release. The following is the re port of the proceedings which appeared in the daily press : — Mr. T. D. Mutch (A/W.U.) moved: 'That this conference, protests n gainst the vindictive sentence passed upon To::i Barker, editor of 'Direct Action,' and Ken Leslie, on convictions under the re gulations, and looks upon the sentences as a grave interference with the rights of a democratic people, and therefore calls upon the Federal Cabinet to give both men their freedom.' 'The mover said Barker had been im prisoned because he denounced the tak ing of war profits by capitalists. 'And every democrat has done the same, and rightly so,' he declared. 'Contractors arc making huge fortunes, and shipping rings are squeezing the life blood out ...
THOSE "STICKERS" AGAIN. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 May 1916
THOSE 'STICKERS' AGAIN. Sirs, — I wish to inform you folk that you are parties that should be made to swing on a limb until your tongues rott. When you try and cause trouble by distributing — or even printing — this rott to be stuck ou people's windows, etc. Bear in mind, you are worse than Germans, and as for capi talists, what are you but a member of such. You are an employer — and should have a long-handled shovel put in your throat. — 'A Britain.' (The epistle quoted above has come to the office of 'Direct Action' all the way from Bacchus Marsh (Vic). Attached was an I.W.W. 'sticker,' the wording of which, apparently, made our savage correspondent see such strange uses for a long-liaudled shovel. The sticker reads as follows : — THE SLOGAN OP THE I.W.W.: Dungarees and long-handled shovels for all parasites. WORK. for capitalists, parsons, poli ticians, landlords, and other undesirables. JOIN TO-DAY. Neither our correspondent's caligraphy nor his spelling would indicate that lie ...
Sydney Propaganda. OUR NEW HALL. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 May 1916
Sydney Propaganda. ? « ? OUR NEW HALL. The opening of our new hall at 403 Sussex-street for the first public meet ing on Sunday night last was a huge success. Notwithstanding that the hail is a good deal larger than the old one, many were unable to gain admittance. Fellow- worker J. B. King was the speak er for the evening, the subject being 'The Necessity for Free Speech and a ject with particular reference to the im prisonment of Barker, and judging ~-y the reception which his remarks received, Sydney wage-slaves would appear to be waking up at last to the seriousness of the situation, and the lengths to which our masters and politicians are prepared to go in suppressing the Lew remnants of liberty to which the working class c:u) lay claim. THE 'DOM' MEETING. The meeting in the Sydney Domain on Sunday afternoon was weil up 1o its usual standard. We have heard no more from, the police re sale of literature re ferred to in last week's notes. This seems a pity in some respects, since...
Selfishness and The Worker. (To "Direct Action.") [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 13 May 1916
Selfishness and The Worker. (To 'Direct Action.') Your note on the screed, 'A Retrospect and a Growl,' let the writer off easy; indeed, there was a fear that it was much too mild from your viewpoint, and that it would be interned in your W.P.B. To those of us, and we arc many, who have been so long accustomed to look, to our re presentatives In Parliament lor a closing-up of the difference between those who get much for doing little and those who do much and get nuie, u is a severe wrencu 10 sever our selves from old ideas and a rather difficult proposition to adopt new methods which we do not altogether understand. But to progress is an eternal law, and if one means fails an other must be tried. We workers know that under modern con ditions we produce much more than our wages will purchase, and that when slack times come along we have to tighten our belts while our exploiters fare sumptuously en our surplus products. We want to know, Why is this thus? and are seeking a remedy. Trad...
'Dangerous.' [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 May 1916
Danger o u s / 'Yon Cassius hath a lean and hungry look; he thinks too much — such men are dangerous.' —Julius Caesar (Act IL). In the issue of April 30th of the 'West Australian,' there are some significant re marks. The 'West,' in a leader, comment ing on the Sinn Fein rebellion, makes a com parison bnfcwfifin Lnrfci?! ami fViminlli' Tim leader says ' ' Connolly is quieter, better edu cated, and unlike Larkin, he shows some con structive ability, and he is consequently far more dangerous.' Thus our masters show their hand. To them education, and constructive ability are dangerous. The two first words on the I.W.W. label are 'Education' and 'Organisation,' and organ isation is only another word for constructive ability. Little facts like those show how sound is the basis of the I.W.W. Moreover Archbishop Clunc in an interview to the 'West' is re ported as having said 'that tlie Clyde strike is more of a 2iational menace than the Irish rebellion. ' ' * Again, these little sayings oJ...
Further Protests. NO BASTILLE FOR TOM BARKER. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 May 1916
Further Protests. - ? — ? _» ? : ? NO BASTILLE FOR TOM BARKER. T. H. Hickey writes in 'Labor Call,' of May 11:— .Unless the organised workers of Australia raise an emphatic and effective protest, Tom Barker, of Sydney I.W.W., will he sent to gaol for twelve months. He will go to gaol, not be cause of any criminal action on his part, not because he has violated a single tenet of public probity, but because a working class paper, oi which he was manager, dared to criticise the capitalist class. Baldly and briefly, that is tho case, and it remains for organised Labor to say whether, upon a flimsy pretext of that nature, the Government, the head of which counselled the community to attack Barker and his col' . leagues with 'the ferocity of Bengal tigers,' arc to be allowed to railroad to prison a member of the working class. With the consent and on the instructions of a Labor Minister, a representative member of a working class organisation has been pcTsecutcd for daring to cartoon what...
Barker's Case. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 May 1916
Barkers Case. ? : ? -*9r— ? _ The 'District Secretary t)f the Railway Workers and. General Laborers' Associa. tion (Griffith Branch) has- forwarded ? us the following resolutions which .were unanimously passed at a special meeting of the above branch:— ?'_ ??_ 'This meeting of the Griffith ?Branch of [Ill- ii«ii««j nyinvio unvi vjnjiu:i ill Jjau nut'crs/ Association recognises that the. Labour movement cannot progress with out the freedom of assemblage, the' free dom of the press and the freedom of pub lic expression. ' ' Further, we claim that Labour par ties, being the political party of the working class, ought, by their nature to protect and uphold those liberties that are essential to working class advance ment. 'In flagrant disregard of those prin ciples we find that a Federal Minister, to wit, Senator Pcaree, has prosecuted one Tom Barker, a member of our class, and the publisher of a working class paper and who has been sentenced to twelve months imprisonment with hard labou...
The State. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 May 1916
The State. (By Robert Holder.) Among lhc many problems which the present war has brought info being, there arc none claiming more.' attention, cr monopolising so much space in both the Capitalist and the so called Socialistic . press, than the functions of the State, and the duties the people owe to it. In any opinion this question of the State and the relations of' Labor towards it is one which will be thrust upon the Trade Union movement in the near future, him] the sooner the rank and file make themselves acquainted -with 1 lie origin and functions of the .States, the more compe tent will they be to deal with the question when it arises. The conditions arising out of the war have brought about the interference of the State in spheres of our social life which were pre viously undreamt of. Leading articles in the 'Times' advocate Government control of in dustry, and the suspension of ordinary business relations, because ' ' iu the face of the supreme competition which this war is, ...
SUBSCRIPTIONS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 May 1916
SUBSCRIPTIONS. Thos. Anderson 2s, W. Anderson Is, W. Cook Is, J. F. Connor Is, Jos. Bergstrom 2s, Win. Davis 4s, Louis Deans Is, C. Cullen 2s, F. Frost Is, Keg. Fisher Is, J. S. Furey 6s, H. Ganorn 2s, N. Graham 2s, J. Garner Is, C. Hoper 2s, Thos. Hyt ten 2s, P. Menzies Is, Jas. McCrae 4s, F. J. Peet 2s, J. Sutherland 2s, W. Shackle ton Is, A. Smith 2s, John Seeker Is, H. Vojelsburg 2s, W. White 2s, C. F. White Is, Stefan Zanchner 4s, Richard Casey 2s, W. Pardy Is, Geo. Robertson Is.
Who Are The Heroes? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 May 1916
Wlno Are The Heroes? (By Norman Jeffery.) An intelligent worker who is in the habit of reading the 'edifying' matter which fills the pages of our capitalist 'daylies ' would be inclined to think 'that the uucoli scious victims of plutocratic squabbles ? tlie soldiers — were heroes of immortal giory, if ];o did not- know that they were merely the unthinking dupes of the master class. Know iiip thifr. it would be' useful for us if wo «»,j out who, to-day, are the real heroes. Ever since the inception of Capitalism Industrial strife or class differences have been moi-e marked than in any other historical epoch in the Avorld's history ; that is, so far as. the exploitation of the Avorkers has been of such a character as to generate open hos tility over the sharing of the product of labor. The expression of this hostility is to be found in economic; warfare, strikes, lock outs, etc:, in which the workers have partici pated, mid it is in these struggles that cour ;i£;e, and a dauntless sp...