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Smoke Ho! [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 31 October 1891
Smoke Ho! The latest thing at the sheds is what is called a ' Freedom of Contract ' cut. It means the track though, sometimes, with bluey up ; but generally it means something else. Exactly what it means we don't profess to know. Ik ik Jack Mitchell wouldn't finish in the shear ing contest on Demonstration Day, though called on to compete in the final. His luck was out. * # # The shearers were greatly admired by the ladies on the 19th, especially those who travelled high and wide and didn't cut the ' poor things.' # # # * Jim Scott, Billy Douglas, Harry Thompson, and Tom Aitchison finished in the order named in the Shearing Contest. Some good work was done by the Fishers, Billy Jordan and others; and if the ladies had been judges on that day, Fisher's beautiful whiskers would have earned him the -£13 right enough. # # # Moses Wright got the saddle for best shearer's turn-out with two good ' neddies.' All hands (bar a few) are down with the ' grippe ' at Pomingalarua. * # # Gobbagumb...
General Labourers' Union. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 31 October 1891
General Labourers' Union. The members of the above who attended the meeting advertised to follow the A.S.U. meet ing, decided to postpone consideration of their business sheet until November; the committee appointed last April to continue enrolling members and conduct the business of the Branch in the meantime.
The Harmy and Sir 'Enery. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 31 October 1891
Tlie Harniy and Sir 'Emery. ' General ' Booth wants to send out his: paupers and reformed gaol-birds to the colonies so as to make Australia a kind of safety valve for Great Britain. To keep the seething mass of vice, crime, and destitution from getting such a head of steam on, as would blow to per dition the whole rotten system of royalty, aristocracy, and money-grubbing commercial ism.' Hoop la ! Britons never shall be slaves ! Bruce Smith and - ir Henry support the project, therefore Australians beware. Coming generations will wonder why it was that at the end of the ' enlightened ' nine teenth century the masses of the people allowed private individuals to squander their. resources. There is not one single useful or necessary duty performed by the capitalist to-day which the people, if economically and industrially organized, could not perform for themselves. Printed for the Proprietors by Higos k Towksend, at tlieir offices 282 Pitt-street, Sidney, and published pro tern, by Ar...
Political Notes. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 31 October 1891
Political Notes. By Hank Morgan. The four members of the Labour Party who voted with the Government on the motion for adjournment (on which the Government were defeated) were Messrs. J. D. Fitzgerald, Frank Cotton, J. Cook, and Kir kpat rick. The Labour Party had not made that divi sion a party question, and the four named thought it better to grant them the ad journment asked for, and give them a clear bumping defeat on McMillan's motion to re commit the Bill. So think we, because on the motion for recommittal every member in the House must have shown his hand, and as three of the Ministers were pledged to vote for the principle of eight hours, there would have been a burst up in the Ministry itself — and that would have been something gained. Both Fitzgerald and Cook supported the eight hour principle in the Coalmines Bill, and Frank Cotton made one of the best speeches of the debate in favour of legalising the Eight Hours Day. Frank Cotton is the only man in Australia who attende...
THE NEW MINISTRY. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 31 October 1891
THE NEW MINISTRY. Don't expect very much from the new Min istry, lads. You can just pair them off nicely with the old ones, and you will find that the Parkes' gang and the Dibbs' crowd are much of a muchness. Dibbs, Premier, paired tvith the Government against the eight-hours clause in the Coalmines Bill. J ohn See, Treasurer, interested in coalmines and ships. An Employers' Union man. Also voted against the eight hours. W. J. Lyne, Minister for Works ; held office 'before, and tried to smash the Rail way men's Union. Pulled wages down on the railways sixpence per day. Copeland, a bigoted, bull-headed English man ; held office when the Mount Rennie lads were hanged without a fair trial, just to satisfy a howl for blood. He is dead against a tax on the rich' land-owners who are ruining this country, as they have starved and ruined Great Britain and Ireland. Copeland is Minister for Lands, and says every plank of the Labour platform is useless. ?So is Copeland. Barton is one of the cl...
Sporting. FRIENDLY SOCIETIES' AND A.S.U. THIRD ANNUAL GALA. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 31 October 1891
Sporting. FRIENDLY SOCIE/lES' AND A.S.U. THIRD ANNUAL GALA. Committee : J. H. Wilkins (chairman), J. Turner-Fensom, J. Mumford, S. A. Mum ford, J. Suiter, J. M. Stoppelbein, J. Haynes, H. Jenkins, R. Nelson, J. Hoye, H. Hand, G. Wheeler, J. Gray, iun., F. Hoye, G-. Wunsch, J. Addison, W. A. Howarth, E. Stewart, J. Byrne, J. Doherty, W. W. Head, J. Mooney, T. Donnelly, M. Stoppelbein, W. Connors, W. J. Mansfield. Judges : Athletic Events — Mansfield, Jenkins. Hose and Reel — H. Dunscombe, M. Stoppelbein. Sheep-shearing — J. J. M'Nickle, J. G. Fletcher, J. Maloney. Shearer's Turn out — G-. Rudd, W. F. Stone. Referee: W. Connor. Starter : A. Lysaught. Master of Track : J. M. Stoppelbein. Assistant Master : J. Mumford. Time keepers : J. M'Darra, P. Rae. Handi cappers : A. Tewksbury, J. R. Pratt, J. Irving. Hon. Treasurer : H. Jenkins. Secretaries : J. C. Stoppelbein, G. Wunsch, J. H. Wilkins. Grand Marshal: Jim Mooney. The gathering held on Monday, October 19, at the racecourse, Wagga, ...
Toilers and Spoilers. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 31 October 1891
Toilers and Spoilers. How ''royalties' rob both the hona fide capitalist, and the laborer also, is well shown in the following items from The Workers1 Cry (England) : — A steamer of the Cunard Line, making the double voyage across the Atlantic, consumes 4,125 tons of coal, which at a royalty of Is. per ton amounts to .£206 5s, or more than the wages of the entire crew, from captain to cabin boy. By this system of legalized robbery, the steamship companies of Great Britain pay an aggregate of -£2,400,000 per annum into the hands of useless monopolists like the Dukes of Devonshire, Buccleuch, Muncaster, Bedford and many others. Of course to keep their profits up the companies have to reduce wages — thus ' Labor pays for all.'
Special Notice. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 7 November 1891
Special Notice. Members of the Wagga Branch AJ&..U., Wagga Branch G.L.U., Murrumbidgee Branch Labour League and kindred Societies express unanimous approval of the Hummer project, so we have decided to permanently establish the paper. . ... We will print it ourselves commencing in a Ismail way, and hope with the assistance and J^Wnest co-operation of all hands to increase the &r']izeand usefulness of the journal very shortly. ' . / The price will be about 4s. Per Annum, and it will be published weekly and mailed to all our subscribers. All the literary work will be done for nothing, and if our little rag hums along as it is bound to do, we can pay for the printing with the four shillings, and all profits will go to the Unions. Now, we shall expect all Unionists to become subscribers, and to introduce their own pajier among their acquaintances. Subscribers tickets may be procured by writing to this office, or to Secretaries of all District Committees throughout the Br...
Protection for Labour. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 7 November 1891
Protection for Labour. We * hear an endless wrangle as to whether Freetrade or Protection has the best show of lifting this country on to the summit of prosperity, and out of the fulness of - our knowledge we reply ' neither ' — not to any alarming extent they won't. For my part I have been robbed under both, and didn't feel any richer by the deal. Freetrade isn't a shining success where eighty-five per cent, of the nation haven't anything to trade with ; and furthermore, Protection with a big 'p' wont save the poor devil from danger who sits up ten or twelve hours every day to protect his employer's interests by doing a pound's worth of work for half- a- crown's worth of recom pense. Protection in the shape of import duties may make the nation richer on the average, or it may not. It don't signify much if the average wealth pro duced in this country increases to £400 per head per annum, because if the same unjust laws and social conditions are allowed to exist, there will continue ...
Sporting. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 7 November 1891
Sporting. The Hummeb proprietary have engaged the services of a first class tipster, and from time to time he will be let off the chain for the benefit ?of our sporting readers. His style is original, as he reverses the old order of things and prophesies after the event. We hope this plan will be found equally valuable to readers of the Hummer as the old played out- style. V.R.C. Derby. — Strathmore, 1 ; Stromboli, 2 ; Oxide, 3. Melbourne Cup. — Malvolio, 1; Sir William, 2 ; Strathmore, 3. Betting i3 only a means of getting money without working for it, and is a fungoid growth of our present competitive system. It's no good anyway, and if the labour of the world was equally divided among those able to do it, and the product of labour equally divided also, nobody would gamble much. It's only poverty and the fear of poverty that causes 'men to bet ?with each other in the hope of getting rich. It is no use legislating to stop gambling, because men will gamble no matter how many laws ar...
Labour in Politics. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 7 November 1891
Labour in Politics. By Hank Morgan. We consider the present unholy Alliance, known as the Dibbs' Ministry and its followers, are animated b}^ two high-souled noble princi ples — first (by a long way) to hold office ; second, to ' dish ' the Labour Party. If allowed, they will do jusfc so much good work as will cause a long-suffering people to tolerate them. Does anyone who knows the political history of the members of the new Ministry seriously believe that they will make any determined effort to pass democratic legislation ? Will they start straight away with a one man-one- vote bill ? and guarantee to see that bill through the Legislative Council, in spite of all opposition, before they force or allow, another appeal to the country ? If they won't do this, we don't want them, and won't put up with them any longer than possible, We had better spend the remainder of the year in sifting out a better lot than waste it in playing second-fiddle to a gang of political acrobats like Toby ...
Smoke Ho! [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 7 November 1891
Smoke Mo ! Jack Mitchell has put up 215 at# Springs. Long Jim Scott had a fortnight's start of Mitchell, and though he did win the shearing contest, he'll have to keep moving or the big gun will catch him yet. * =* =& Races and bail at Tabletop on Saturday next (7th.) Report in next issue. What about forming a big benefit fund in con nection with the Bush Unions ? Think it out, it's worth while. *f? w w All the shed hands at Walla Walla (bar three) -joined the G.L. U. Good reports from ail other sheds. Dcepwater lads are not making much of a splash yet. They ought to join and be among the first. Anyone will joiu a Union when it becomes a success, and by-and-bye members will be able to say with pride, ' I joined in '91.' ?So hurry up, lads, and be on the right side of Xmas. ?& # % Billy Moore (Tumbarumba Billy) has lost some horses from Kangaroo Plain. Two bay mares J B over X near shoulder, one a star and the other a blaze, and a brown horse 2 over RH near shoulder. ...
Original Correspondence. THE BENDUCK SHEARING. (To the Editor of the Riverine Grazier.) [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 7 November 1891
Original Correspondence. THE BEISTDUCK SHEARING. (To the Editor of the Riverine Grazier.) Sir, — Kindly allow me to refer to the following- extract from your issue of 27th hist : — ' The Hummer says that Mr. A. Moffat, manager of Beuduck, j-aid the shearers at 23s per hundred during* the latter half of the shearing to make up for the sheep being i daggy/ and also ' as a wise recognition of the factTthat he had a lot of really good shearers — staunch union men at that. ' ' The Hummer would have people believe that I voluntarily gave the shearers shearing at Benduek this year 23s 6d. The facts of the case are simply these. The shearers stcuck work and refused to shear any more sheep without they were paid 3s extra for the remaining 9000 sheep to finish the shearing. They left us the alterna tive of taking out summonses against them, and perhaps delaying the shearing for a very indefinite time, or giving in to their demands, which Mr. Ayre decided to do. With regard to this extra price...
Union Mems. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 7 November 1891
Union Mems. About 400 tailors on strike in Sydney. The men haven't had their log revised for 13 years ; and during that time the fashions both in materials and make-up have changed greatly. They framed a new log and asked the employers for a conference. , This was promised ; but the master tailors have shuffled and humbugged till the men doubt their intention to meet them at all. Even now they are ready for conciliation, and will make concessions, if met. One word of advice or warning to the men on strike : Beware of the unemployed from other colonies and the unorganised women workers. Their weakness is the employers' strength. * # * The Co-operative Laundry, started by the Union Girls who struck at Pyrmont, is strug gling along and deserves support. Miss Creo Stanley, secretary of the Female Employees' Union, is manageress. Parcels delivered daily to any part, city or suburbs. Don't forget the address — 1 19 Redfern Street, Redfern. # ie =JP The Hon. (?) West Erskine, M.L.C. of Sou...
General Booth's Scheme. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 7 November 1891
General Booth's Scheme. By Nagrombessie. The arrival of General Booth has created a sensation in all circlea, both social and political. The scheme has furnished food for thought, and in many cases it has been accepted without the amount of thought and consideration it requires. In summary, the general intentions are — firstly, to raise the submerged from the mire of poverty and place them in manufactories ; secondty, to put them on the farms ; and, thirdly, to export the now -reformed workmen to the colony over the sea. Where that colony is to be situated has not yet been decided by the General, but it *. is quite probable that he will attempt to make Australia .the neld for his philanthropic exer tions. The scheme, as presented by him, is sufficient to win over the humane reader, but a little investigation reveals an evil — an evil whose noxious growth will never be totally de stroyed if once permitted to take root in Aus tralia. The General is not going to the root of the evil, a...
The Bourke Election. A CAPITALISTIC CONSPIRACY. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 28 November 1891
The Bourke Election. A CAPITALISTIC CONSPIRACY. / I ? For the vacancy caused in the repre ; sentation of Bourke by the resignation of J. P. Howe, there are two candidates : Mr. Thomas Waddell, Protectionist, an old member, and Mr. Donald MacDon nell, Labour Candidate, and nominee of the Bourke Unions. There were several other candidates, among them J. L. Parsons, Editor of the Central Australian , and E. D. Millen, Editor of the Freetrade Western Herald . The first-named is a Protectionist, and runs Willis's paper, the self-styled 'Labour Journal* of the West.' The latter, Mr. Millen, is considered a staunch Freetrader, with a leaning to Single-tax doctrines ; yet just before the nomination both of them resign, so that the Capitalistic vote may not be split, and the Conservative Protectionfor Capital Waddell may dish the Labour Candidate. Workers of the West : Is this a time to allow personal feelings or party quarrels to divide you ? Can the wretched time-worn fiscal question compa...
Station Dog Kennels. Colonial Secretary's Office, Sydney, 23rd November, 1891. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 28 November 1891
Station Dog Kennels. Colonial Secretary's Office, Sydney, 23rd November, 1891. Sir, — In acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 10th instant representing that very defective and insufficient hut accommodation is provided at the various stations in the colony, particularly those set apart for the use of Shearers, I am directed to state that the Colonial Secretary thinks that the remedy for the evil complained of rests in a large measure with the men, who should refuse to accent such accommodation. I have the honour to be, Sir, your most obedient servant, Edwd. W. M 'Kenny, Pro Principal Under Secretary. Arthur Rae, Esq. , M. P. [More 'Freedom of Contract' we suppose. — Ed. Hummer,']
The Bourke Election. NEWS AND NOTES. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 28 November 1891
The Bourke Election. ? ? ? NEWS AND NOTES. The Parliamentary Labour Party have decided to go baldheaded for Donald MacDonnell, the Labour Candidate. They will send some of their best available talent to boom things along before polling-day, and Mac should just about win, hands down. Hk * St Whether Langwell and MacDonnell come into the . Labour Party or not, doesn't matter much. That can be fixed up some day alright ; when we have sense enough to give and take, and cease to believe the mischief making Press, that lives by creating discord among us. Time will smoothe down the sore ness and remove the mistakes that have been made in the past. # # # Workers, don't believe the newspapers. Both Freetrade and Protection alike seek our down fall. They worship the God of Money ; and will abuse or flatter, praise or blame, according to which pays best. When will the people have sense to see that, we wonder ? % Mr. C. Green, President of the Carriers' Union, signs the Labour Circular. He was ...