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Black Coated Vultures Howl for Blood. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 22 August 1914
Black Coated Vultures Howl for Blood. Members of the 3.W.W. ami readers of 'Direct Action,' will re grct tu loarn that t lie organisation has met with a disaster in its pro pagauda. The trouble began on Sunday, 9tli nist., when the Sydney Domain was tainted and the atmosphere pollut cd by the presence of 'reverend gen tlemen1' of various -denominations, who gathered in the Domain to gm expression to their 'Christian-like' opinions on war. The event, of course, moans thai there is a danger of its being im possible for peace-loving humans of die l.W.'\Y. type to continue their propaganda in the vicinity of our volcanic Christian brethren, on ac count of the stench they create. | However, to be more explicit, the : churches of Sydney, doubtless insti gated by our patriotic government, organised what was intended to be a counter-blast to the anti-war demon stration advertised by the I.W.W. These ardent followers of tht 'Prince of Peace' assembled in all their regalia. Some of them wore ...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 22 August 1914
Pirect Action :rJ OFFICIAL ORGAN or thi INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Office:- -330 Castlereagh St., Sydnay Australia. EDITOR : THOS. GLYNN. * MANACER— E. A. CIFFNEY. * Matter for publication only should be addressed to th« Editor. Other mattflr to tha Manager. Subscription, 5/- per year. Special Terms on Bundle Orders. HEADQUARTERS I.W.W. (Australia): 330 CASTLEREACH ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS— 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.8.A .
THANKS! A Timely Present. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 22 August 1914
THANKS! A Timely Present. Local No. t?. ^voUisy, Australian Administration.' extends its hearry thanks to Local 08. Victoria, B.C., for the magnificent library which Local 5S donated to them. It will supply a long felt want to the mem bership, and in a few days it will In ready for use. catalogued, and jil.-u-fi! in a new bookcase, whirr, lias bcci; made for the Local by Feilow-workor Waller. 1). 1-AMSAY, Librarian.
The I. W. W. and the W. E. A. Professor Atkinson Angry. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 22 August 1914
The I. W. W. and the W. E. A. Professor Atkinson Angry. In our issue of July 15, iippoarec an article in criticism of a lecture delivered by Mr. Atkinson, Director of the W.E.A. tutorial classes, at. ihc Trades' Hall, ors 'Industrial Unrest.' Mr. Atkinson wrote to the writer of the article objecting u, the criticism and to the 'garbled report' of his lecture, which ap pea red in the. daily press, and fur ther requesting 10 be heard person &nbsp; ally before the I.W.W. In dclerencc lo Mr. Atkinson': expressed desire we did not publish his letter, deferring further com ment until an opportunity occurred of hearing his opinions first hand. Arrangements were made wilh the result thai on Sunday: evening. 9th inst., Mr. Atkinson (enured to a packed audience in the I.W.W. hall. The lecinrer began by taking ob jection to the method of argumen' pursue! by the writer of the article, and said thai he (the writer) would probably be ihe first io grumble ai being misrepor'.crt by the capi...
Short Arm Jolts. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
Short Arm Jolts. Craft Unionism is senility ; Capi talism is imbecility ; the I.W.W. is the undertaker. A little useful labour will give the capitalist class less time and inclina tion for immorality and wife swop ping. The I.W.W. ARE anxious to keep society pure. True manhood laughs at the straw boss, the sky pilot and his deity, the politician and his punk, the par venu and his flunkey, and the king and his concubine. The I.W.W. is a small organisa tion with a big punch. Clear the ring of the dreamers, and trot out Fat. We want MEN, MEN. MEN! You can keep the meek-eyed thralls of the ballot box for the 'Fifth. Hail to the General Strike ! Rally to the One Big Umoti, and down with capitalism. Five hundred determined men can revolutionise the control of industry in Australasia. 'To Hell with the Boss.' 'No, send him to work.' 'Same thing to the Boss.' * Down with autocracy and mono poly. Money may not be happiness, but it will keep you a long way from misery. Ideas are unjailable,. ...
The W. E. A. and Adoration. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
The W. E. A. and Adoration. Oil a recent evening I had the doubtful pleasure of listening to a scientific lecture by Dr. Turner on 'Comets.'' For maudlin flattery and twaddlv sentiment it would be hard to beat. 1 he chairman was evidently in the hero-worshipping stage, and pad ded the astronomer with 'borax.' He talked of the doctor being 'in- tensely democratic.' And the star-gazer never turned a hair. If the W.E.A. and its scientific lectures continue on those lines, back-scratching and mutual ad miration will become its main characteristics. We thought the world had moved a little and left the courtier, flunkey, and toady be hind, but to-day these attributes have aggregated and called them selves the W.E.A. If these gentlemen are types of Oxford, let us say that we are in favour of Wooloomooloo. As for the lecture, the only important fact adduced was that an Englishman discovered the regularity of comets. Which of course wa.s immediately cheered by the crowd, who. would have done...
Adelaide Doings. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
Adelaide - - - ? - - - Doings. .Doings in Adelaide have received soimwha! of a setback since the declaration of war between the capitalists of the various nations. The eloquence with which the masters preach patriotism to the slaves is having the desired effect. j ne majority ol me workers have a! read v been swept off their feet by the 'powers that be,' and arc making frantic efforts to exhibit that which Kirkpatriek rightly termed ';i coward's refuge.' Of course (here are manv slaves who si and upon a higher plane in the sphere of intelligence, and to these we do not apply any condem nation. It is a wonder that the hungry stomachs of the slaves don't cause them to realise the value (?) of patriotism as inter pretatod by the master class, and its disastrous effects upon the workers. We are always to the front with our propaganda work, and are commanding great atten tion from the workers, especially the thinking section. We have been visited by quite a number of rebels passing throu...
War Spasms. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
- War Spasms. - The Germans are retreating on Paris, pursued by the Allies. * * * Rickurds, Hordern, Kidman, and the politicians, will be in the fifth line of defence. Unless there is a sixth. ' Prince Albert has been landed from his ship, in Scotland, suffer ing from appendicitis. The doctor has prescribed worm cakes. * * * The pawnbrokers are having a busy time refusing khaki uniforms, as some of the Empire builders are contemplating a return to country iife again. The capitalist press is relying upon the 'patriotism' of employers not to raise prices or sack their workmen. Might as well rely on a nungry hyena to have mercy on its prey. « . * * 'This is NOT a capitalists' war,' shrieks the press, and the next mo ment boasts that 'German commerce is swept from the seas.' A grea* stroke of 'biz,' for capitalist John Bull. The 'Marseillaise' and 'Gor- sa\e' are hardly twin songs. The French tune saw Louis's head roll in the sawdust, and we wish by the Holy Smoke, that it would see our...
Propaganda Notes. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
Propaganda Notes. Fellow-worker Cite wart is ru the shearing sheds, and getting rid of a good amount of literature and papers. * * * This spring promises to be a r-usy time for the O.B. Union propagan dists. Many bands make light work, so get to it, fellow-workers. * * * Members in the country, or out in industrial centres are requested to keep in touch with their various Locals, for organisation purposes. Short,, snappy repi/;ts are welcomed, addressed to the Editor. * * * Don't forget the Press Fund. We have to get power fitted to the printing machine, to cope with the increased work of printing a weekly paper, and literature. Help the Press, and you help yourself. ** *' * The paper sales are improving very well, but further subscriptions are necessary to replace expiries. An Australian sub. of 2/- entitles the subscriber to 24 issues, post paid. So send 'em in, and don't forget to re new. * * * From Leeton, N.S.W., Fellow worker Wallace gives a very promis ing account of the inte...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
How to Join. I Any wage worker wishing to join the Industrial Workers of the World ^B can obtain information by applying tothe nearest local I.W.W. secretary. ^m If there is no branch of the I.W.W. in your district you may become a ^B member by making application through the post to any secretary ^B listed in the paper. ^B Do you agree to abide by the constitution ^B Will you diligently study its principles and ^M make yourself acquainted with its purposes? ^B Name ^B Occupation - ^B Industry ^B Street Address ^B City ? State H The above applicant, Having subscribed to the principles or the pre- H amble, and having answered in the affirmative to the questions, expresses ? his desire to become a member of the Industrial Workers .of the Wsrld, ^B and is therefore recommended for membership. ^B To Local Union No. fl[ Initiation j^B B Cut this out, fill in. Post to Sec, Trs., with Initiation Fee. ? I
Important. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
Important. ? « ? Fellow workers and locals are in rited to send in reports of activities, news pars, and sliort snappy articles. Above all, don't send long, windy ar ticles about nothing in pariiculai', as the writers are bouud to ht disap pointed. Anything of a personal na ture will not be entertained, ftltliougb criticism is always welcomed. The first idea of the organisation is to pro pagate the tactics and structure of the I.W.W., and, therefore, necessarily, this paper will express thos*- ideas primarily, * * * JJhould any subscribers fail to re ceive acknowledgment of ttoeir sub scriptions the receipt of 'DIRECT ACTION' will be equivalent to such. Should any subscriber not receive his paper he should immediately noti fy Manager, S'3O Castlereagh-Ftreet. On the expiration of subscriptions the number of the last isfeue due sub scribers will appeaT on the wrapper of the paper Literature in Stock. Capital: Karl Marx, 3 volumes, per vol. 8s. Value Price and Profit: Marx, bound 2s, ...
The Italian Revolution. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
The Italian Revolution. What has just- happened in Italy is about unprecedented. For several days a whole region has been cut oft' from the rest of the country by a revolution — IRepubli- can, Communist, Anarchist, or whatever you like to call it, which succeeded in making the inhabi tants believe that the Monarchy had fallen, and that a rmw regime had begun. To understand these events the origin of the trouble should be re viewed. The origin was a conflict between some Socialists and the police dur ing the course of a meeting- held at AncAia. In revenge ihe Socialists called a general strike, but it was a fiasco, until some hours after wards the whole regions of the Marshes Emilia and Romagna raised the red flag- and proclaimed a Republic. What, had happened? Even now it is difficult lo say how the movement was caused. The affair was only possible on account of the great differences of the Italian provinces as each province has its different ideals, customs, centres, autonomous gro...
INTERNATIONAL NOTES. From the International Syndicalist Bulletin. FRANCE. The Grenoble Congress of the C.G.T. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
INTERNATIONAL NOTES. From the International Syndicalist Bulletin. FRANCE. The Grenoble Congress of the C.G.T. The C.G.T. will hold its next Congress (which takes place even two years) from the 14th to the 19th of September, at Grenoble. A referendum has been taken as usual, among the National Associ ated Federations, and among the Departmental Unions of various Syndicates to decide jhe four ques tions which are to be the agenda paper. The result of this referen dum is now known. 'Of the nineteen questions sub mitted to the organisations arc several which have been discussed at previous congresses. The fol lowing are the four questions which obtained the majorities, and which will be discussed at the Congress: 1. English week (Saturday half holiday) and reduction of working hours. 71 Yoles. 2. Attitude of the C.G.T. to the social movement and general ac tion. 57 Voles. 3. General Propaganda; organ isation of women ; foreign labour. 45 Votes. 4. Ami - Militarism; soldier's penny; oppo...
Old Country News. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
Old Country News. The following extracts are taken from a letter written by Fellow Worker Percy Short, who is at present on a trip to the Old Coun try, to Fellow Worker Barker. 3 School-st., Nelson, Lanes, July _H)ih, HJ14. Fellow Worker, — No doubt yoa; will be surprised lo hear from me, that is, if you are fortunate enough to get this Idler. 1 arrived in London on April 25th, and after spending a month there 1 took a trip to Paris, where I spent eleven days, and had a glorious time.' I took the oppor tunity of visiting the headquarters of the C.G.T., where I met all the rebels, and they .were rebels, not fakirs like we have here in Eng land. They published an interview with me in their daily, 'La Bataille Syndicalisle. ' I described the activities of the I.W.W. in Australia and New Zealand, and gave a brief history of the N.Z.F.L. and the lale X.Z. strike. I must sav that 3 learned a good deal of the workings of the French Syndicalist movement, and found it to be a far better form...
How Long? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
How Long? The hypocrisy and chloroform which is being placed before the workers during the last couple ot weeks could by no stretch of imag ination be surpassed. A report in the scaley Herald, our hard Labor paper, informs us that the Belgian women are consoling their children by saying, 'Never mind, the En glish will soon be here.' li makes one rub one's eyes and wonder if those women were re ferring to those brutal monsters who keep millions of women and children starving below the bread line. Yes, who force thousands of workless and homeless creatures to use the banks of that famous river as bedrooms aH through the year. Yes. those parasites who call into use police batons, armed military, etc., so as to force their refusal upon the workers whenever they ask for more bread. Knowing that these fat monsters are already in Belgium. France. German), japan, and all over the world, mi thinks if a Belgium wage-worker was speaking, the more appro priate would be heard. '\--\m?r mind, the...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
SUBSCRIPTION BLANK DIRECT ACTION. Enclosed find P.O. for 2/, for which send me Direct Action for 12 months at the followilng address::— NAME. (Street or P.O. Box) City ? State ? (If removed, please mark an x here). Adelaide Activities. Meets every Wednesday evening at 8 oclock, at Oddfellows' Hall, Mooltan. street, off Flinders-street. Educational classes are held each alternate Wednesday, and all workers are requested to attend. The fee for membership is 2/6. Dues !/- per mouth. Slaves interested in betteriug their conditions should attend our open-air meetings, which are lield opposite Co wells, Victoria Square every Saturday night. Any further information desired vill be furnished on request by H. T. KELLY, Secy., 13 'Wilcox-street, Adelaide. Up-to-date Library aad Reading-Room List of Locals. Adelaide Local No. 1 : H. Clarke, Secy. Treasurer, 105 Gilles St., Adelaide, S.A. Sydney Local No. 2: J. B. King, Secy. Treasurer, 330 Castle reagh St., Sydney. Broken Hill Local No. 3: A. ...
The Preamble of the I.W.W. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
The Preamble of the I.W.W. ? 4 ? Tiies,working elass and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among mil lions 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 ma chinery of production, and abolish the wage system. We find that the centreing of the management of industries into fcwev and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever-growing power of the* employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted again&t another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping to defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employ ing class to mislead the workers into- the belief that the working class have interests in common with their em...
Asquith's 'Great' Speech. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1914
Asquith's 'Great' Speech. |] ? — ♦ - ? Once again the melodious voice of the leader of the I^n^lish 'great' ' Liberal Government is heard in the dailv press. 'The younger Pitt's dying mes sage was 'England has saved her self by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe, by her ex ample.' England, in those days, gave a noble answer to his appeal. It didn't shea ill its sword until after nearlv _'o vears, when the freedom of Europe was secured. Let us yo and do likewise.' Thus speaks Ascjiiith the politician. The glorious Englan of which he speaks, the mighty country which secured the freedom of Europe, was at the very time of the younger Pitt, strangling and crucifying the Unions, deporting and executing Labor organisers for conspiracy, building up enormous private for tunes by the sweat and tears ol six-year-old children in the lar tories, and executing starving people for stealing a loaf of bread. Glorious, glorious England. the home of the brave and the free! To prate of fr...