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HENRY GEORGE ON COMPETITION. TO THE EDITOR OF THE HUMMER. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
HENRY GEORGE ON COMPETI TION. TO THE EDITOR OF THE HUMMER. Dear Sir, — Re Henry George's letter to W. W. Head, George is decidedly mixed; His (George's) scheme of taxation, has for its object the' nationization of the land ; ' and George has always said that the land should be nationalized because all uuearned increment belongs by right to the people. Well, the fiOTrTnrnnrfcv ovpsata tho vn.lnp. nf socks, boots, ships, machinery, railways,' and inventions. Therefore as the community create the value the community have a right to the surplus value or unearned increment ; and the cost of everything should be the price. I make boots : weil, the cost of boots is regu lated by my needs — home, food, clothes, etc. Anyway George says all unearned increment is the property of the community. Therefore all single taxers, if their aim is land national ization, must be socialists. — Tours, : LARRY PETRIE. [Query No. 1. State socialists or voluntary solcialists? Query No. 2. What is the sur plus...
How They Do It At Thurlagoona (Q.) [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
How They Do It At Thurlagoona (Q.) Dear Hummer, Having* accepted employment here as cook, and as I was led to believe the union rate of wages Avere in abeyance in Queensland, after working a few weeks I saw the manager with, regard to an increase in my screAV. I was informed by him that according to the Pas toralists rules, before I was entitled to an in crease of wages, there must be a standing number of 20 men. This being an immensely big station there were sometimes 30 or 40 there at meal times. After staying a day or two they would go aAvay to their work on distant ,')- parts of the run and be replaced by another lot from a different part of the station. Ac- ' cording to the Pastoralists rules there must be 20 permanent hands whose Avork does not take them outside the horse paddock, a con tingency that may never happen. So you see how easily they avoid their own rules. These do not include the Jaekeroos, of whom there is a large number. It is quite amusing to see the Jacldes as ...
LUCINDA SHARPE ON ANARCHY. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
LITCINDA SHARPE ON ANARCHY. ? -v- (WorlcCr.J Anarchy ! .That is Avhat everybody is talking about and raving over. 'The wretches,' say those who've got. something to anarchise. ' The fools,' say cold, sedate, logical men Avho call themselves Socialists, and can't sec the causes of any opinions but their own. 'I don't sec Avhy the European governments can't hang them all,' remarked one sweet Christian friend of .mine,' Avho looked terribly indignant Avhcn I observed that to do that Avas too big an order because avc were all Anarchists. , And yet it's so. I can understand an Anarchist, and so can anybody else avIio takes the trouble to puzzle it out. If there's one thing in human nature that irritates me it is its Avondcrfnl power of self-deceit.- It really. isn't hypocrisy that avo think avc see half the time.' 'It's pure, un adulterated solf-dolusioii. Why, I've known the best of people Avho positively believed that they Avt-rc mean, wicked sinners. The average man or Avonian is as c...
THE STRAIGHT WIRE. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
THE STRAIGHT WIRE. FBy Centkal.1 Labor T)&y in England and the Continent . passed off quietly. .No bombs. 500,000 British workers enthused in Hyde Park. Resolutions demanding- an Eight Hour Statute Day were carried. Gladstone advises the workers to consider the matter carefully before appealing to the Government to regu late the hours of labor. Enforce it through the unions says the GiO.M; in effect. Well, it does seem queer that the workers want the State to pass a law to compel the toilers to do what they don't want' to do anyhow. Better to abolish the landlords and middlemen and thus leave people free to work no longer than is absolutely necessary. Men don't work 12 hours a day if they can earn as good a living in eight. However, May .Day witnessed a splendid drawing together in spirit of the workers of the world. Wagga ratepayers have formed a Progress Committee in one. ward of the borough, and have decided to ask. their municipal represen tatives to. move for a list ,of...
THE BRITISH INVESTOR TAKES VIOLENT EXCEPTION. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
THE BRITISH INVESTOR TAKES VIOLENT EXCEPTION. ? -v- ? Tlie statement made by Maoriland Premier ?Ballance t-o the effect .that his Government intended to wean the colony from her depen dence on England for money advances and make jSTe5\v Zealand as far as possible self supporting has got the British investor up on his hind legs. The cable man tells us that; the British money-lenders take violent exception to the Maoriland Premier s speech. Just what this violent exception may or may not mean one cannot tell, but I suppose in this case it means an apology, of some kind will have to be made by the ]NTcw Zealand Government. It is by no means clear wliy an apology should be made or who it should be made to, but from the cable one Avould imagine that the dignity of the British in vestor fells a bit hurt at one of the colonies daring to announce through . its Prime Minister that it doesn't intend in future to pawn itself quite so often as it used to so that it may go on a howling drunk, an...
ONE LAW FOR THE RICH—ANOTHER FOR THE POOR. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
ONE LAWIPOS THE RICH ANOTHER FOR THE POOR. ? *. ? In England Mrs Montague and Mrs. Osborno were liberated. They had wealthy friends. In Queensland (says the Worker) a man and his wife were convicted, upon the evidenca of a trusted '.friend,' of setting fire to their house for the insurance money.. The man has died in prison ; the woman has ' borne a baby and lost it in prison. — she had. no Osborneites or Montaimites to. null tho wires for her ; their children are State . ' ; ' orphans ;'- their 'home is broken up 'and. '.'?-?; , gone for ever. Surely this poor woman, this; widowed mother, this heart-broken omvict; has .satisfied any offending, has suffered ' : enough to make amends 'or to prevent other's . -,p from setting fire to insured houses, if there is* anything. in such preventatives.
BOURKE UNIONS' PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
BOTJRKE UNIONS' PARLIA MENTARY COMMITTEE. A meeting of the Parliamentary commit tee of the Bourke Unions was hold in the G-.L.U. office' on Monday, May 9th, Mr R. Ford in the chair. The four Unions — Coachmalcers', Carriers', Shearers' and -Grcneral ?Lfiborcrs''=-bcing fully represented. A letter was read from Mr Lang well, M.L.A.. firu'lnsinp1 n, chorine for the amount expended on behalf of his candidature at the general election, a step he considered necessitated by the action of the Shearers'' Conference, in first questioning the right, ' and then refusing to endorse the action of the Bourke Branch A.S.U. in expending money ori Parliamentary work. The letter, which was very lengthy, ex plained that the Bourke Branch A.S.U-. had taken their authority ' from the following resolution, moved by Mr Temple, and car ried unanimously, at the Adelaide Con ference of that body in February,' 1891 : — 'Political Reform. — That in view of the urgent need of reform in many of the laws , of the...
ON MAX O'RELL AND OTHER THINGS. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
ON MAX O'RELL AND OTHER THINGS. '% Dear Hummer, — It would be impossible to give you a detailed account of how things are going in Sydney, but. they are un- . doubtedly quick and lively, and tne lovers of freedom and justice in Wagga will be glad to hear that, in the face of our common danger, fads, ' fancies, Free -trade, and Protection,. - -; will be1 buried- and 'lost. Giant Labor is waking up. his temporary blindness is over,, and we can hope and work for unity and a . free land for a i'ree people once more. But of this anon., For 'the present I will give you my impressions of Max 0'E.ell. Last Fri- ' day I dropped in to hear him lecture on .John Bull. Gad ! he knows how to sum. that aged, bully up ; also how. to lather him, , J. B.'s vanity and acquisiteveness — the apti tude he. displays in trading off indigestible Bibles for gold-producing food- raising land,, and his unalterable conviction that all that is bad in the United Kingdom is Scotch or Irish, and all that is meritor...
A CORRECTION. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
A CORRECTION. We have received ^polite intimation by wire from General Secretary A.S.U., Creswiok, Vic, that the statement by our Bourke cor respondent in last Hummer to the effect that a satisfactory reply had not been sent by the General Secretary to the question ' submitted by Bourke Branch A.S.U. re engagement system, is incorrect. We gladly accept the correction, at the same time remarking that the reply referred to could not have been considered satisfactory by the Bourke people, as from our Bourke exchanges w gather that Executive Councillor M'Donnell stated at the meeting that Mr Temple's reply was unsatis factory inasmuch as the question asked of him concerned the whole A.S.U. , and the reply re quested the branch to deal, Avith the matter locally. It was evidently considered unsatis factory because it relegated to local control a matter which- affected the whole union. Anyhow we dont think it is a matter to get excited over.
SMOKE HO!! [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
SMOKE HO:: Arthur Rao interviews St. Helena (Q.) ?prisoners to-day (Thursday.) Seventeen hundred more selections taken up in MaoriJand last .year than the year before. « * ' # The Bourke Unions are sinking the fiscal ?differences. The Ooaohmakers have resumed their place on the Parliamentary Committee. W w- -a- Charters Towers (Q.) workers are co operating for a daily paper, same to be xnvnedand controlled by the Unions. # # * ? So many unemployed about that Wagga .shearers applied to * Executive Council for permission to take contracts and work co operatively. While Arthur !Rae was away in Victoria assisting the Labor candidates at last elec tion, Cokum Epps sent a notice of objection to Rae's name being on the South Sydney electoral roll. As Rae was only away from his lodgings for eight or nine days, kerosene language is excusable. #.??.'* . ? * Bob 'Shaw ''writes from the Merool : — ? ?' Grood rain out' here, and the grass is' .springing at last. There has been a great loss of st...
GENERAL ITEMS. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
GENERAL ITEMS. Another Dock Strike .breAving in England. Work resumed Manchester cotton mills. Conference settled dispute. Yorkshire miners urge Durham men to hang out against Yl\ per cetit. reduction in wages and double their strike subscriptions just to sIioav they are in earnest. » English Parliament hopes Queensland Governor will refuse his assent to Kanaka Bill till Imperial authorities have- a look at the regulations controlling the slave traffic. French papers tuning 'cm up on the matter. Deeming must be mad. He's writingpoetry .
ANTS IN THE BILLY. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
ANTS IN THE BILLY Dear Hummer, I was rather amused at the description f ur- nished by one of your contributors of a. Mur- ' - rumbidffee 'squatter, who, when paying ^off his weekly haurls, divides odd rlavs -worked by the figure seven instead of the orthodox ? six. That game was worked upon me on the Lachlan in 1885. ' I worked two days prior to commencement of shearing — daa'a:ms\ 'Oh~'' completion of shearing, when settling up, my worthy employer read over the items in my account, as follows : ' ' Two days dagging at 15s a week ; 7 into 15, .2 and 1 over ; 7 into 12, 1 and 5 over ; say 2s 2d per day ; twice 2s 2d; 4s 4d.?} Up till this time I had not spoken a word, bill, as soon as I heard 4s 4d mentioned I became alive to the awful re sponsibility I was about to assume, and look ing* my tormentor straight in the face, re peated mournfully 4s 4d, whereupon he abruptly ejaculated ' 4s 4d ! ' I stood upon my dignity and emphatically declined to ac cept same either in pence, shilling...
FEDERATE FOR FREEDOM [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
FEDERATE. FOR FREEDOM The contemplated Federation of Labor right through Australia is the greatest practical object we ' can at present work for, and, with ;the amalgamation of two of the biggest Bush Unions — the Shearers and Laborers;; — would be of immense service. ' 4i ?;?? v 4t .?? ?; rji Federation and amalgamation would effect great reforms. It would lessen the expenses of organization, relit, and management generally ; would give full and practical local self-government , to every union . and every branch of a union, and would consequently reduce friction and abol ish outside interference in all purely local matters. ,It would at. the same time provide a 'stronger 'bond between all sections of , the Australian- workers ? than has ever yet existed: No mrion could then strike without the ascer tained approval, of r the whole of its members. . No union -would be called upon to help support any body of men who struck . against the wish and ap proval of the other unions in the sa...
BOURKE BREEZES [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
BOTJRKE BREEZES [By Hyphen.] ?' Sixty men to Nyngan' is the latest order 'booked -by- Creer and Go.; and they were sent at the' expense of 'the country to fill the places of others who 'objected to a reduction of 6d a day- in , their .wages. But I don't' hear of any provision being made for the displaced men. Not much.. They, .can .go and swell- the ... list - of the, unfortunates' who are ? travelling. i;rom station; to station, and, for 'Variety ? of amusement,' ' can inspect the notices . pasted outside ' - alL the . - p'ostHoffices informing the long-suffering' employers: that the JBoorob is prepared. to provide them'. with capable. ,men , f or j'. all., kinds of- bush, work .direct' from Sydney'.. ; , , ..: ? '.:.?'. . And on. top of -this Houghton and. others * have the effrontery -.to tell -,. us -.- that: the ?Bureau is- not interfering, .in. the =, matter -of wages, only I'd like k-- know ;howsthey make. it OUt. ... ??.... ?;. '?- '-.\;-. '?? ?:; ? 'i I hear several .remark...
THE LATEST SYDNEY, Thursday. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 14 May 1892
THE LATEST (from our own correspondent) . . . Sydney, Thursday. The employers in the clothing trade, Sydney, have revised the log agreed to by ' conference . of Employers' and Employees' Unions last year, ? without consulting Employees' Union. Cutters, trimmers, pressers and machinists (to ? the number. of., 100) canie.out on strike yesterday a&'ainst . reduction of ' wages and increased hours. ? National Ass., at -Revision ?' Court yesterday, only sustained two .objec tions out of one hundred and ninety lodged against working electors. - ? Pastoralists' Union backing down ; find they can't get Unionists ,t_6' lodge £l with them, and are . endeavor ing to engage, shearers, without the £l deposit.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 21 May 1892
THE HUMMER IS THE PROPERTY OF THE UNIONS, And is conducted by the Members for the Members. ! NO PRIVATE * INDIVIDUAL Has tlie slightest interest in the Hummer, as we think it is about TIME WE KNOCKED OFF SUBSIDISING PRIVATE MONOPOLY. EVERY UNIONIST Should SUBSCBIBE to the paper, and thus IMPROVE HIS OWN PROPERTY. THE HUMMER Is the smartest Co-operative Labor Journal in the colony. Those who , supply the news are in touch with the Xiabor movement, and understand all about it. ? -i * ? ? , THE HUMMER , r ? . ' ? , ' ? ? ' .. ' .is ' . . , . The Official Organ OP THE . Associated Riyerina Workers. PRICE, 4s TEE .-A-KKUM, IN advance Single Copy, Id. THE HUMMER has a wider circulation than any; other Co-operative Labor Journal in New South Wales. The workers never did and never ?will', obtain any benefits from the papers owned by wealthy syndicates and controlled by the capitalistic class, as; such papers are run solely for speculative purposes, and conse quently the interests of adverti...
NOTES FROM SYDNEY. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 21 May 1892
NOTES EROM SYDNEY [By Demos.] Depression is almost the ; universal order of the day, and thrifty workers are just per ceiving that their thrift has only delayed the advent1 of misery, and, in many cases, their . thrift has only enriched the aristocratic thief. Misery is falling on all, both the canny and uncanny. All ; are workless, landless, cashless. - Last ' week's Trades; and Labor Council's proceedings were uneventful. Nothing cropped up except the (Carrying of two or three motions by various trades affirm ing the need of a strike fund. Reckon the Bush Unions will have to start the Federation scheme. The city unions, in many instances, do not see four weeks ahead. They are busy ^plastering and patching when a new wall is necessary. ' : - The unemployed are still enrolling, and a meeting* held in Granville on Monday night, the 9th instant, will, in all pro bability, result in the formation of. a strong branch of the General Laborers' Union : there. About twenty enrolled. ^ How's...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 21 May 1892
NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS. Anyone who wants to do honest business can advertise in the 'Hummer.' We have no room for the greedy speculator or mono polist, the quack or the schemer. . No paper can run straight for the people and hit every fraud and lie that exists which has to .depend upon the favor of its adver tisers ; and the 'Hummer' means to be in the fore -front of the Labor Movement while it intends to run honest till it runs down. For these reasons we cringe to no one for advertisements ; but all the same we ask Unionists to support their own paper by patronising those who advertise in it. The ' Hummer' is the only truly co- opera- tive weekly neAvspaperin Australia, and all profits go towards its improvement. The 'Hummer' office is a recognised , Union office. The onty one in the Rwerina. For terms apply to the MANAGER.