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Haymarket Memories. A Chant for Parsons, Spies, Engel, Fischer and Lingg. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 November 1914
Haymarket Memories. A Chant for Parsons, Spies, Engel, Fischer and Lingg, When comes each year, returning true, II io'inouH)i icd (Jj- IS -n em l)oi s teiuial decade Ijcjjs, In ihiilLs oui hoaits leap Jn^l-i to name them o'oi— i'ho n.iraes that Labor mado imnioital ihoie, J'hosc lMiiiGi, that iiom tho dock oi stoned traiii \nd lnoiiuniuma) clo^inj, HA\3JAJtKET toll, Tiil names tliat £k\im«l beneath the liglitiung fiahh, Of niartyrdoni upon tliai seafi'old bleak, riiL Jiaincs that tl.ite eaith'b latest dawn, ]n this now world of Gold's enthroned domain; 'Jin 11 uuos (,vii niodi'in Mlhuioii gioeis to-d.n, Tlic iiivvboin sun withal,— tne enb.ingunied Mm, Tint idovis lioni using spk'iidid laiiKs, Ol joliels ted in swuliol oi one tinuson tide — '.riu! lnmiai), tojclinl tide Ol il.i-s-ini'iounded bioiheihood1 Again we gather strong in solemn joy, X11 1 greet our ueiui,— tho undying dead in whom we live! , \gain hi' ^ne acclaim Into tJic l.ilkn I)uu---J\i!lo». mdeed In hit's buei wink, biu...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 November 1914
Important. Fellow workers and locals are in vil.ed to send in reports ol! activities, news pars, and short snappy articles. Above al), don 't send long, windy ar tlie writers are bound to b-j disap pointed. Anything of a personal na ture will not be entertained, nlthough criticism is always welcomed. The ?first idea of the organisation is to pro palate the tactics and structure of the I.W.W., and, therefore, necessarily, this paper will express thos^ idea.* primarily. Should any subscribers fail to re ceive acknowledgment of tbeir sub scriptions the receipt of 'DIRECT ACTION' will be equivalent to such. Should any subscriber not receive his paper lie should immediately noti fy Manager, aid Castlereagh-ftreet. On the expiration of subscriptions the number of the last issue due sub scribers will appear on the wrapper of the paper SUBSCRIBERS! 'l blue pencil mark through this par denotes 'that your subscription runs out with the next issue, and a red mark denotes that your sub. runs ou...
The I.W.W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 November 1914
The LW.W. Preamble. Tnc woilsirg class dinl the employing class have nothing in common I iheie can lie no peace s-j long as Jniu^i and want aie found among mil- I Iiohs ol woiking peo])]e, and the fow who make up tlje employing cIjss I b.n-_ all the good things oi life ^ ' ' I Beiw.een these two classes a struggle .must go 011 until the .-workcis n? I the world organise as a class,,, take possession of the earth and the n^- I chinery of production, and- abolish the wage system. .. 1 We find that the 'centreing of the inaiiacmiieiiL nf inHnsl-.rip.s into I few. and fewer 'hands, makes the trade unions, unable to cope with Ihe j over-growing power of the employing class. '., The trade unions foster a j state of affairs which allows oue set of workers to l3e pitted againbt I another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping to; defeat- j one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employ- I ing class to ini&lead tho workers into the belief that ^lie ...
NEUTRALITY. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 November 1914
NEUTRALITY. St. Peter: '?'Whereas the nations ot Germany, France, England. itu:-Mu, Turkey. Japan and Servia arc engaged in a world wai\ and '?Whereas these nations have beta asking Heaven to participate- in, and to aid them in their just and glorious lights to overthrow the wrong and to mnintsin the right— 'It lias l)Seii resolved Ijy Almi-hty God., the Ruler of Heaven, thai Jlcavon remain strictly neutral during the present crisis. Angel guards will patrol the frontiers of our dominions, and tomlmam trespassers will be promptly interned in accordance with international law.'
Say, Mr Block! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 November 1914
Say, Mr Block! Whv do thi? working' class m-; d .;?! INDUSTRIAL L'NjuX:-1 Because tin: trade unions canno: ? f'fecliveiy cope with t h e organised power of the employing class, i'lu employing class nave ;in mter niiion.il union, lh? workers are brought together into small craft unions. The employing class arc --'ii:n(ifir, the craft organisations *rc obsolete, and ineffective. What happens in craft union -irikesi-' One union goes out on strike to heller their conditions, and all the rest working under separate agree ments keeping on working, supplv inj; the employers with goods, and : hereby defeating the strikers. What is the basis of craft union ism? Tool production, which spec; lies i hat the worker of one tool has nothing in common with the man who uses .'i different tool, and the identity of interests of the -workers and their masters. Are those basises sound? No, machinery* is embodying the combined skill of the too! and the skilled worker, displacing the skil led worker, and ...
Propaganda Work. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 November 1914
Propaganda Work. The J.W.W. has taken tangible f|j form in \\ 0-4. J\usiralia. a mixed '^fj h-eal l);ivin-: been chartered by the j|| 0. E. H.. ;it Freinanilc. :'[& W-» e:;(end congratulations to the fjf l)unrh of militants wlio have got to- ||| geLiier to bring the propaganda of ;f% (he I. WAV. beiore \hp working i|- class of the Sunny West. From jpi tin lack of anything like militant \\ nniuiiiMii. particularly in the timber || and niining iudustry. ^ F.W. Daly, writing from Boulder M City, slates ihat the conditions j$ there are damnable, but also says j| that the workers are beginning to j| tumble to the uselessncss of the :p ballot, and the ineilicacy of politi- ;|| cat leaders. This is a very good ?| sign, and with the solid work of -* 3 F.W. Daly, McMillan, and other :J|| Broken Hill militants, active recruit- 4\ ing locals should make their ap- 1| pea ra net on the Western goldficlds fj -it any time. 'f F.W. Dickie, on his return from '?'- :: Brisbane, states that th...
Sydney Notes. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 November 1914
Sydney Notes. Large meetings were held at Bal hurst -street on the 6th, and at New town on the 7th. The Domain meeting on Sunday, the 8th., was one of the largest yet held. F.YYVs Kiny, ('ioldslein, Bryan and Grant addressed the large crowd. Some of the truths caught Mr. |abez Wright, the misrepresentative of the Barrier in the Macquarie streel vap factory, amidships, and lie hopped on the platform and gen erallxi done his best to explain that he had a d ? d good job. The crowd and Jnbez, for a politician, were very good humored. Mr. Stuari Robertson is also in vited down to the sain;1 place, and also to come to line wiih the debate with Fcllow'-workor Barker at Xew town. Felow-worker R-»c\c addressed a large audience in the Hall on Sun dav night on 'The Science of the New Unionism.' An animated discussion and questions closed a good meeting. Fellow-workers arc reminded that the Reading, Economic and Speak ers' Casses and the Business classes ought u- b: attended. The sony book is n...
Extracts from the of the Chicago Martyrs. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 November 1914
Extracts from the Speechs of the Chicago Martyrs. ALBERT R. PARSONS.- What of Boston to-day? Last winter,' said as correspondent of the 'Chicago Tribune,' writing from that city, 30,000 persons wore destitute, and there were whole streets of tenement houses where the pos session of a cooking stove was regarded as a badge of aristocracy, the holes of which were rented to oilier less wealthy neighbours for a few pennies per hour. ?'So, too, with New York, Chicago and every other industrial centre in this broad land. Why is this:-' Have we a famine r Has nature refused to yield her harvest:- These are grave and serious questions for us, the. producers and MilVerors, to consider, at least. Take a glance at the wealth of this country. Ju the past twenty years it has increased over twenty billions of dollars. into tvho.se hands Jia.s this wealth found its way r Certainly not the hands of the producers, for if iv had there would be no need for street-riot drills. This country has a populat...
WHO ARE THE BANDITS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 November 1914
WHO ARK THE BANDITS. Bandits! That is what lhe de fender* of ihe law and order call us. Why Because while w-.- ;-re teach ing our brothers in misery that all should be for the benefit of all, we are also inviting them to take po.s session of that all. Who made the land Did the frock -coated and beloved gentle man Who call it l heir's make it ? No; the land is a natural commod ity, for the use of every living creature. Who made the houses, the fabrics and all that goes to render life comfortable? Was it I'- ? gentlemen we see living in rich jv'ac'-s and ledged in luxurious hotels? No; all that came fro-n ihe hands of the poor, who huddle in huts, rot in prison, wither in brothels, and die in hospitals: on the gallows, everywhere in the noon of life. Bandits! We who want these things are not the bandits. — R. F. Magon in 'Land and Liberty.'
List of Locals. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
List of Locals. Adelaide Local No. 1: H. Clarke, Secy. Treasurer, 105 Gilles St., Adelaide, S. A. Sydney Local No. 2, Secretary Treasurer, Reg. McDonald, 330 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, N.S.W. ' Broken Hill Local No. 3.— E. J, KIELY, Secretary and Trea surer, Palace Buildings, Sul phide-street, Broken Hill, N.S.W; Port Pirie Local No. 4 : T. Cher rington, Secy. Treasurer, Ellen St., Port Pirie, S.A. .Fremantle Local No. 5 : Secretarv Treasurer J. O'Neill, Hubbard street, Fremantle, W.A. N.Z. LOCALS. Auckland Local No. 1 : G. Phillips, Secy. Treasurer, Kings Cham bers, Queen St., Auckland. Christchurch Local No. 2 : E. Kear, Secy. Treasurer, Madras St., Christchurcli. Denniston Local No. 3 : Wellington Local No. 4: H. V. Wrixon, Secretary-Treasurer c/o P. JosSphs, 2 Willis-street, Wellington, N.Z.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
SUBSCRIPTION BLANK For DIRECT ACTION. Enclosed find P.O. for 2/, for which send me Direct Action for 12 monthiS at the followilng address:: — NAME. (Street or P.O. Box) City ? State ? ? (If removed, please mark an x. here). Important. Fellow workers and locals are in vited to send in reports of activities, news pars, and short snappy articles. Anove all, don't send long, windy ar ticles about nothing in particular, as the writers are bound to b-2 disap pointed. Anything of a personal na ture will not be entertained, ftlthough 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 those ideas primarily. Should any subscribers fail to re ceive acknowledgment of their sub scriptions the receipt of 'DIRECT ACTION' will be equivalent to such. Should any subscriber not receive his paper he should imniediataly noti fy Manager, '66c Castlereagh-Etreet. On the expiration o...
Adelaide Activities. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
Adelaide Activities. — — — ♦ — ? — * Meets every Wednesday evening at 8 oclock, at Oddfellows' Hall, Mooltau street. off Flinders-street. Educational classes are held each alternate Wednesday, and all workers are requested to attend. '™ *«=c iui inuuiueismp is z/o. jyuos 1/- per month. Slaves interested in bettering their conditions should attend our open-air meetings, which are held opposite Co wells, Victoria Square every Saturday night. Any further information desired vill be furnished on I'equest by H. T. KELLY* Secy., 13 Wilcox-street, Adelaide Up-to-date Library and Reading-ltoom
FAMINE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
FAMINE. 1 am the skeleton in every nation's closet. I hide myself in the dark recesses behind the silent uniforms swaying in the dark. \Vhile the guests make merry and 'In: householders ply them with \iands at the friendly board, I bide my time. Bjit when the alarms sound, and the guests go out to kill, then I start forth in the gray shadows of early morning. With my thin wand 1 touch the cornfields and watch them wither. And .is the sun shines on battle fields my day of triumph comes. No longer afraid to ^show my hollow face, I stalk through village and city laying my rattling hand on mother and wife and babe. My comrade, War, true to his eternal promise, has given me the ?ntry to all societies. — Life.
Sydney Local Activities. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
Sydney Local Activities. During the past fortnight many educational meetings have been held by the Industrial Workers of the World in Sydney and the neigh bourhood. * * * The outdoor meetings have been remarkably successful, more espec ially those held on .the Domain. The Hall meetings were also very well patronised, when Mr. J. 13. King and Mr. Kalz lectured on ''The Machine' and 'Mutual Aid' on the two previous Sundays. * * * The mid-week activities are very well attended, and great interest is being manifested in the movement by militant members of the working class who are tired of craft unionism and politics. The result is a steadily growing and class-conscious membership. * * « Outdoor meetings during the lunch hour are being held weekly at the Interlocking Department of the Railways on Fridays, and at Rand wick Workshops on Mondays. These meetings are -well attended, and the exposition of Fellow-worker King on labor-saving machinery and its effects are listened to with the ke...
Another Labour Party. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
Another Labour Party. The XcwnislU1 miners li.ivi- juil tin hump bec:iu:-c Justin: Heydon b;i.-. diiy bis ju(lici;il finder inlo iheir drop-box. Indeed, they ,\\v bin muni;- so i' - » i' 1 \' lli;il ibev are jjom.i; l-) sl;irl :i new Labor p.irly. - lod help us ! As il we didn'l li;i\e enough Mupidit v. mediocrity ami vacuity in niie Labor party, without eontamin ;ilinij- (he connirv will) .'iiioliici' -mc I'he Xeweastk- miiu.'rs evidently want another twenty years --l tmker ini; with political institutions, shad ow - liasini; and its subser|uen1 re crimin.it ions, diriv linen and lre:i chcrv. Their motto must be, '''A loii!4 w:iy in a lony time.' InsH-nd ol looking lor political Messiahs, lliey outjlil to beijin to rely upon their own strength. The miners ol Newcastle are strong omui^h to mine millions ol tons ol coal every year. Surely they ous^bt to be strong enough to lautjh at Jus tice Heydon and all bis backing of Labor politicians. The propaganda ol tin- l.W'.W. has to make a...
Syndicalism. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
Syndicalism. By Bessie Beatty. The following article appeared in the ?Syndicalist Special Edition of the 1 San Francisco Bullelhi, Oct. 3. This edition was edited by Austin Lewis ,.-' and contains many other interesting articles dealing with different phases ] of the movement, I : WHAT IS SYNDICALISM? Ninety-five of every hundred readers who pick up this issue of The Bulletin a^id see its title will come bolt up against the question. They will find no glib and ready answer wailing back there in the sub conscious storehouse oi their minds. Inability to define syndicalism is not a conviction of general ignorance, far Syndicalism in its form is as nebulous as moon rings, in its expression as varying as ihe face of a moody woman. To be ignorant of the essence or spirit of Syndicalism is a different matter. That is to be ignorant of a significant social factor of the Century. The word syndicalism, which is of French origin, means simply union, but i he term is applied to manifestation ob...
The Westralian Labour Party. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
The Westralian Labour Party, In the 'Westralian Worker,'' under I lie iion-de-plume of '\ erti cal,' a prominent and popular poli iic:an, while billerlv bewailing; the defeat of his colleagues at tin; recent election, says, amon-; other things: 'Then- has been general ingrati tude on lhe ])arl ol the workers,' 'thev (the workers) have nothing to lie proud of, ' and 'will learn bitter ly by their mistake.' Well! Well! As an ungrateful worker humb!\ anticipating' a bitier lesson the writ er may be allowed to recall some attempts of lhe Scaddan (iov;rn men! to earn the gratitude of the workers : i. The) locked out the navvies at Ml. Lawlcv for demanding another sixpence a dav. This extra sixpence had always been granted for llvs particular class of work previous to the ,'idvent' of a 'Labor'' (iovern men). j. Thev heavily finid the workers at (leraldtown for striking for hell'.T conditions. T,. They heavih fined the Metro politan horse-drivers, who struck with . the same object, and pu...
CIVILIZED WARFARE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
CIVILIZED WARFARE. Some one, somewhere, appears to be laboring under a serious mis-Ci j take, or we should not have been f: exposed so frequency during the 3 last few months 10 the phrase ??* 'Civilized Warfare.' There is no ; such ihing, of course, as civilized i warfare. All war is necessarily i barbaric, in its methods, and ludic- \ rous in its assumption of its semi- I decency. — The Forum. _! The latest news from the scene of operation is lhat Fisher, Hughes, and Pearce have increased their wages without the assistance of Judge Heydon's wage boards. * * * 1 1 is reported that Kitchener would not grant the Prince of Wales permission to go to the front until he was broad enough to cross a street grating without taking a risk. * * * The- reason why the Prince of Wales wears putties is not because he wishes to display his shapely ; calves, says our Society correspond- j ent, but because he is anxious not ! to lose his nice service trousers. * * # Australia's famous gramaphonc, Sirg...
Starvation Patriotism. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
Starvation Patriotism. In ihe S.M Herald of the joth inst., Mr. GriiHlh is reported to have said in an unemployed deputa tion from tlie Barrier, that single men without encumbrances who could not get work had no right to 'sponge'' on the taxpayers for either relier or financial assistance, while men were required to defend the Empire, and its democratic in stitutions against the 'splay-foot- ed' militarism of Germany, which is endeavoring to st'imp out the smaller nations and esiabi.sh a mili tary despotism throughout the world. What a mess of bad logic, bad economics, bad faith and bad man ners. It is an uncalled for insult to the very class that have put Mr. Griffith in his comfortable billet, and an ex hibition of bias in the favor of the well-to-do. The unfortunate unemployed wage-workers, already hard hit by the war, are given the alternative, by their Government of lighting or starving, while the wealthy taxpay er, who, as yet has hardly fell the pinch of the war, is to be def...