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Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
Important. Fellow workers and locals are iu vited to send in reports of activities, news pars, and short snappy articles. Above all, don't send long, windy ar ticles about nothing in particular, as the writers are bound to b» disap pointed. Anything of a personal na ture will not be enter! ained, Although criticism is always welcomed. The first idea of the organisation is to pro pasate the tactics and structure of the T.W.W., and, therefore, necessarily, this paper will express thos' ideas primarily. * * ? ?Jhould any subscribers fail to re ceive acknowledgment of tteeir sub scriptions the receipt of 'DIRECT ACTION' will be equivalent to such. Should any subscriber not receive his paper lie sbould immediataly noti fy Manager, U30 Castlereagn-etreet On the expiration of subscriptions the number of the last issue due sub scribers will appear on the wrapper of the paper SUBSCRIBERS! \ blue pencil mark through this par denotes that your subscription runs out with the next issue, and a r...
WEST AUSTRALIA. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
WEST AUSTRALIA. 1'remantle Local No. 5 is now on the map, and al' members \ isiting that port are requested to get in touch with the Local. The Local is rather small, but will grow when ihe organiser gets there. x. at. x. Mick Sawieli reports ;iclivc work b ? the new Local at Boulder City, where the Local is. already fifty strong. They expect lo have :i membership of _'oo there in two months. Big orders lor 'Direct Action' and literature have been sent to head-quarters. The West is going to be SOMH field for the One l-ig; Union. , * * * v The Craft lrnion officials and poli ticians iri-'iv we.II sliaTve at the knees, as the advent of the l.W.W. means :1k; death knell to their ambitions. * -::- * Our old friend, Tom McMillan, left .1 fiery trail behind and arrived al (iwalia, where he found an ex ploiter. After working there a while tiie local Crnft Unions request ed the management to stop a certain sumper shift from the workers' wages for the. Patriotic Fund. Tom got up against them...
"Less Work or None". [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
'Less Work or None'. The Svc1ih-\- cm. ropimdi'tii --f I In Melbourne '' Auslralasian' write.-*: --'?')'!u- huge losses incurred on rail way works an- nothing short of ;i y;mrliil. Our il.uslralion will typify :t svslcm full of politic:*! pvnttt to the pait v responsible lur '', '' '!l ' '' '' danger to the general wellbeing '!'«??» viiimir -.lien. iJIMIiH'l'S. lcli lllC Maitl/uui district lo work on tlv. North ('oast extension in 1 iu- Tarce suction. They set to work with :i will, giving :i l'r* T i' day's service lor liberal wages. They wcr;- warned bv their fellow-navvies 10 ijo slower. ' They moderaied their pace ;i 'ij*'0 A second warning was given. 1 hey sii'l. went beyond the super-* Jovern- im-ni slroke. The end of it was 1 lint Mie v;:m-4cr wa- fonvd in give them arc good men ?ipoileiL the Slave's millions waster!, :nul authorised lines delayed jn completion. ' \YKHT AUSTRALIAN. i-'/'/M- The perusal of th- above passage from the plutc I'rr.ss hen- caused me (o indulge in a ...
The Advancing Proletariat. THE LAW OF EVOLUTION. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
The Advancing Proletariat. By Abner Woodruff, C E. THE LAW OF EVOLUTION An examination of the facts of the orderly Universe leads with precision to an understanding of the laws of ili.it Universe, and it may be said that these laws find their supreme expression In the Law of Evolution — the 'great immutable: 'law -of change.' This law may be slated as follows: All things in the Universe today are the results oi the actions'of the forces of the Universe upon the matter of the Universe, applied throughout the eons of time, producing innumerable changes, which have finally developed higher and more permanent forms x)f life out of those which were lower and less stable. The physical conditions which com pelled changes in animated nature, and under which they occurred, are usually denominated 'the environment' ? the jurroundiiig influences. Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace are regarded ;:s the co-discoverers of this great Law of Life. They not only observe the changes in the mat...
The Labor-Socialists and the European War [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
The. Labor-Socialists and the European War We linvr rcfrnim:d I'rom discuss ing' in ihis p:if)iT 1 Jic- ;iciions of the lnUTiintional Trade Union move merit, the International Socialist movement, ;md innnv of the other parlies, ? political and otherwise, in aiding the capitalists of the varinus countries to briny about the ^iijan jlc cmillay ration. I 'or years w have been treated ??o ti'.:rv speeches from sentimental Socialists ;md labour men, who have declared that war was impossible o\vin»- to the organisation of capi tal, and the international', organisa tion -»(' labour. S'rciendin^ to be. in ternationalists, thev prated of bro theriv love, tile identity of working class interests, :md the common hatred for the capitalist class. ' As soon as the war trumpet has blown we see the anti-patriots of yester-year rushing to arms to de fend their sacred 'national liberty' against the attacks of other auto cratic races. Gustave Herve, the one-time anti militarist, insists on going- to t...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
; Direct Action OFFICIAL ORGAN , Of the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. , (Australian Administration). Office: — 330 Castterengh St., Sydney Australia. HDITOK: TOM BARKER. .M \\ V(.Kk K A (;il-'J«-NJb.\. Matter for publication only shsuid be arJdrcsscd to the Editor. Other matter to the Manager. subscription, 2/- per year. Special Terms on Bundle Orders. HEADQUARTERS I. W.W. (Australia): 330 CASTLEREACH ST., SYDNEY: GENERAL HEADQUARTERS— 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, 111., U.S.A . y ii ?'? ? ??? ? 'mpvi''! ? 'hi
List of Locals. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
List of Locals. \delaide Local No. 1 : H. Clarke, S«cy. Treasurer, 105 Gilles St., Adelaide, S.A. Sydney Local Xo. 2, Secretary Treasurer, Reg. McDonald, 330 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, X.S.W. Broken Hill Local No. 3. — E. |. 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; Secretary Treasurer J. O'Neill, Hubbard street, Fremantle, W.A. Houlder City Local, No 6. — Secre- tary Treasurer, M. Sawtell, 17 Wittenoom Street, Boulder City, W.A. N.Z. LOCALS. Auckland Local No. 1 : G. Phillips, Secy. Treasurer, Kings Cham bers, Queen St., Auckland. Cliristchurch Local No. 2; E. Eear, Secy. Treasurer, Madras St., Chi-istcliurch. Deuniston Local No. 3 : Wellington Local No. 4: H. F. Wrixon, Secretary-Treasurer c/o P. Josephs, 2 ? Willis-street. Wellington, N.'Z.
Death or Life? Which Choose You? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
Death or Life ? Which Choose You ? By W. H. Lewis. if we in. to aieopt theeeli thtun , the iheeirv thai substance; is coin po.soii of countless thousands ol i - lls, th-n the quesiion uises, when does death 'come? Is it upon us belon ihehe.ut ii t *-(-_? i--cci itsbe.it mg? Or is life with us alter the bn-alh lias left the body-1 if you art: not as heavy as you were a month ago, I hen it must be that some of the cells of vour bod1'' have died, l-'or Ihe body '-- take: on more iclN to take iIn* pl.n e ol I Ik ones thai have died and are dving, vou must have food. Yeiu must have ihe food that is favorable to cell growth. If you are not gelling i his food vou are dving ! Vp\ lime ih.ii moie nils ,iil d\mg than are being evolved, vou are to thai extent dead. Now, our clnss diw.-s not get the loud in.! «. ss.ti \ to maintain lilc (- ell growth). Our death rate is higher than is (he death rale of the wcll Icd t lassi s, J'ixposure, lack of food, intem perance and'h;i.rd labor, all conlri ...
ARMAMENTS AND SABOTAGE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
ARMAMENTS AND SABOTAGE. There, is a flutter in the dovecote of ihe amateur armament builders of Cockatoo and (harden Islands. They have, built the H.M.S. Bris bane on the top of a hill, and now they have discovered that she is wanted for marine purposes, and not as an aeroplane. All that is required now is a coffer-dam, which will take nine months and ^30,000 lo build, which will provide, work for a few hun dreds of unemployed, and give the politicians wordy bricks to heave at one another between their afternoon naps. Our Gilbertian Defence Depart ment is truly some joke, and the present exploit is by no means the first. A while ago the H.M.A.S. War rego was sent out in sections- from the *Qld Country, and our amateurs set to work to build her. They made such a good job of her, that after finishing her, they had almost enough maieria! left to build anot her ocean-going destroyer. We. suggest that the authorities convert the Brisbane into a Zep pelin, seeing that they are so in genio...
Adelaide Activities. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
Adelaide Activities. Meets every Wednesday eveuing at 8 oelock, at Oddfellows' Hall, Moollaii street. off Flinders-street. Educational classes are held each alternate Wednesday, and all workers are requested to attend. The fee for lnnmljm-RViir.' is 2/fi_ T)iii-s If- per mouth. Stoves interested in bettering their conditions should attend our open-air meetings, which are held opposite Co wplls, 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 and Reading-Room
COMRADES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
COMRADES. By Lawrence Tully. 1 wt'iu iuio tlie .Reichstag, -My comrades then: to sou. They .sat in nil their pomp ;iuei jwwor, And hrei.ul humanity. Jl was Comrade this and Comrade lUai, Ami 'Comrade, you are iirssi.''' Aiid 'Comratlc, let me help you, Ere with eloquence you burst.' ?Iiim then a man rose up in trout, And 'Comrades,' .says, .says he. ?'AVe'j-e gaiiierod here this blessed day, Tor consider our arm-y,'' 'Our Coniraeies, 'cross the Channel, They're .-inning to the teeth. We must yrab them by their hairy throats, We must shake them oft their feet.' J.i was Comrade this and Comrade that, And '-Comrade, lot me shake.' And 'Comrade, you're a poltroon, When ihe .Katherhind'.s at stake.' I walked ihe .streets oi' l'aris, And 1 hadn't walked .so far, l'liv tile thought was horn within me: The nation's goiny to war. JSeiicaih si spluttering toivh-lighl, For the day was tiu'uin^ dark. A Jlotl was loudly shouting, And i stopped lo hear him bark. h was Comrade this and Comrade tJi...
A Proletarian Story. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
A Proletarian Story, Tom Staunton stood at the front gale of the three-roomed wooden shack, miscalled- a house, and won dered why all women, even the best, such as Mag, always kept a man 'Hurry up, Mag,' he called warningly, 'we'll miss the tram.' 'Coming,' answered a cheery, musical voice, as, slamming the front door, his wife joined him in a hurried fun for the screeching car. '1 was only putting away the fifteen shillings for the rent,' she said, breathlessly. , Tom nodded shortly. 'doing to hear the spouting?' queried t!ie conductor, affably, as Ik- tore off half-a-dozen tickets in return for the proffered 'bob.' 'Dunno, might have a look at 'em,' returned Tom. 'I'm geltin' fed up with politicians,' 'Don't make much difference,' grinned the. conductor, 'does it, who gets in?' Tom grunted, but 1'e went to hear the 'spouting.' Lvt us leave him a while, and see how Mag fares in her weekly shop P'»g expedition. She is young, wd four yars of married life have neither detracted from h...
BOULDER CITY, W.A. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
BOULDER '.ITY, W.A-. We. held the first meeting ever held in Moulder this afternoon, and got a dozen to give their names in as willing to form a Local. After tea we strolled down the town and struck an Italian fellow worker, who is a soap boxer, and who is going to. help us organise the Italian workers here. We are poorly off for speakers here in W.A. This is our idea. Gel a Local going here, and with the help of the Frecmantle Local we will finance a good organiser over here. If we can -capture these fields we have captured W..\., as this is the home of'crah unionism and politi cians. Send over five dozen 'Direct Actions.'' We are going to have a weekly meeting inside ana carry on an in ; uiious propaganda until we are strong enough to come out and have street meetings. We expect a free speech light, and consequently we want !o win, and we are going- to win, too. lin my next letter hope, lo be able to inform you definitely that I have formed a Local. Ihe Italians 'and Austrians are...
The I.W.W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
The I. W.W. Pfeamble. Tiie working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can he 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 ihe world organise as a tlass, take possession of the earth aud tlie ma chinery of production, and abolish the wage system. We find that the centreing of the management of industries into fewei' and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever-growing power of the employing' -class. Tke trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to lie pitted against 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 employers. These con...
Sydney Local Notes. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
Sydney Local Notes. Tht propaganda meetings conduct ed bv tlic Local have been both plen tiful ;ukI successful. The Domain, H.ill. sweet and job meetings have Iv.i-n vir\i well attended. si. iL 3L .On Sunday, _'--th November, Fel low Worker Jackson, late of the. Hrisb;nv: Socialist Party, lectured to ;i crowded hall-full upon the '?('|;i»- War.' The lecture was very interesting, and well received. * * * On Sunday, 6th December, J. 13. Kiii^r lectured to a large audience on 'Objections to the I.W.W..' As u result of the meeting many new members joined up, to help in the work- of social rc-const ruction. ? ? ? Literature sales, according to the Literature Secretary, have been vctv sjond of late. The new pam plik't, 'The Advancing Proleta riat.' in particular, has received a yootl don! of attention. Early orders are invited for the remaining copies. as they are going quickly. -? * . * Tin- J'ress Committee has publish ed n !;irgo stock of 'Industrial I'nionism ,ind the I.W.W.,' by Vinn...
More Police Prosecution. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
More Police Prosecution. A Russian member of the l.W. W.. Frank Madors, was arrested on Saturday night, December 5th., at the corner of Bathurst and Pitt I.W.W. meeting, and Madors was leaving the meeting for the Hall, with the platform under his arm. He' was accosted by three drun ken soldiers, who asked him if he knew what person had said that soldiers were 'assassins, mongrels, murderers, and police pimps.' He replied, 'No.' Whereupon one of them said, ?'Are you a member of the l.W. W. ?' Madors replied that he was. Then they said: 'You'll do us,' and gave him in charge of a police man. Pn the way to the station the soldiers said that it was time flhat they arrested I.W.W. men, and that it was their intention to arrest Grant. The charge was one of seditious language. Bail was refused, there fore Madors had to spend the week end in gaol. The case appeared in the Central Police Court on the following Mon day. The defendant pleaded 'Not Guilty.' Mr. Abigail defended. The three soldi...
WHAT MY ENVIRONMENTS CAUSES ME TO BELIEVE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
WHAT MY ENVIRONMENTS CAUSES ME TO BELIEVE. (% W. H. Lewis.) I »? I hat people whose economic I interests are not identical cannot I ?* organized in the same frgani I ation without compromising the I 'Merest s of one. nr th«- ^M^ I -'? I hat it is impossible to expect ? feliel from above, that if we are to ? * ircx- ,Vl. must work for freedom ? ourselves. I j- I hat it is impossible to abolish ? apHMlisin With any of its insti ? luiions, whether it be the ballot ? K the bullet or the church. I J'J-]Vlt a» reforms will but make I J r1 °f ''-' class harder and the ? !otof I he exploiter easier. I and 1|?1'U the State is our worst foe I Shi °nes who are advocating ? d,, 7 oxvnershiP and control of in 1 ! ?' are traitors to the labor l^«««il. 'Socialists' please ? the T!m after mak'ng analysis ? in. ? ls comP°sed of the folfow ? ^ ingredients: (One part were ? , ' ' ° Parts vampire, three parts I 2* °' and thc remainder a l*1^ of fiend, viper, rapist, dung, coward, slime, filth, cur and ...