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JUDD'S SPEECH FROM THE DOCK. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
JUDD'S SPEECH FROM THE DOCK. Being the m6rt important passage* frtm his speech, on being tried for , -; .: making statements alleged to be 'prejudicial to recruiting.' The -?.-? ' speech occupied altogether four and a half hours. ? ' '? ? ? ? ~ ? ? ? ? . » your Honor, and Gentlemen of the Jury, — . . . Mr. Lamb, in his opening remarks, spoke . of me being1 a 'base man.' 'Base' in the ? sense used by Mr. Lamb means that a man is vile, mean, and worthless. that was r the sense suggested by the use of the word , . *-'base' by Mr. Lamb. Many men before ?me have opposed war as I have done, al _ -though a great many of their ideas .would 1 ..not harmonise with mine. Sir Robert . ; Peel- opposed the Opium ,. 'War in China, , yet. it was a most popular war in Britain. Mr. W. E. Gladstone supported Peel's con tention that ,he had a constitutional right to oppose the war. Sir Robert Peel knew that the big magnates were making fabu lous sums of money out of it — he knew the facts of the case, ...
RETURNED SOLDIERS AND THE ONE BIG UNION. To the Editor. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
RETURNED SOLDIERS AND THE ONE BIG UNION. '. To the Editor. Sir, — Judging by the squeal that is apj£ going on concerning the action of th«K One Big Union Congress in issuing a manifesto inviting returned soldiers to cdi operate with that- movement in obtaining - a fair deal from Australian eniployerdom,' one can imagine the consternation and ifeaf. engendered in the breasts of Australian' 'capitalists, that this 'opportunity may be seized upon by returned soldiers to link up their forces with Australian Labor and compel the powers that be to recognise ' the fact that the men who have done the fighting and saved the country foi^ democracy are entitled to a little more| of that democracy than has obtained in, . this country during the past years. That returned soldiers are going to take ad^i vantage of the opportunity now presenting itself none but the blind or very fooilBhj will deny. Not only in Australia but ini Great Britain itself they are going to see to it that the workers obta...
LABOR AND WEBSTER. THE RHYMSTER'S ROTTEN TALK. WITH A FEW REMINDERS FOR HIM. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
LABOR AND WEBSTER TheJ rhymstjer's rotten talk; with; a few reminders for him. Postmaster-General Webster, at 'a Vic torian meeting'' the other day, declared that 'the men in charge of the Labor Movement in Australia are not the men who made it.' Does Webster think that any particular man or body of men 'made' the Labor Movement? Is he of opinion that the evolution of a party, seeking for the introduction into legislation and administration and into international ''relations the principles of unalterable right and invariable justice, is a process kindred to that by which he turns out silly rhymes? Apparently so, for he 'helped to create the Labor Party, and to make the home for those who were polluting it to-day.' Poor Webster! Also mendacious Webster! The postal rhymster should recollect that though many of the pioneers of Labor's political organisation are dead and gone some still remain, and that the memories of these are clear and retentive. Does Webster recall a day in the far ...
THE PREACHER. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
THE PREACHER. Last eve I sought the nearest church And heard a gifted pastor preach; He talked of men whose days ware o'er Two thousand years ago or more. He said no word of those who strive, In this old world, to keep alive, Who fight their battles every day, Obscurely, in their feeble way. I'd just as soon be in the dark Concerning Father Noah's ark; I care not for the tents^of Baal, Or Joseph's corn, or Jonah's whale. I'd rather learn some thing to cheer Some helpless toiler, struggling nere, Than learn how Pharaoh blew his 'dough' About five hundred years ago; The things of which my pastor talks Are dead as Adam's brindle ox — But all around us there are cries, And wringing hands, and weeping eyes. He'll have to get his text on straight And- bring bis gospel up to date! ' Mrs. S. E. Hedley. You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye, Who cheer when soldier-lads march by. Sneak home and pray you'll never know The hell where youth and laughter go. — Sassoon. ? ? ? Socialists want to ...
THE TRIDENT. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
THE TRIDENT. 'The Germans had a very exact idea of what they meant by their demand for the 'freedom of the seas.' They meant the destruction of British sea power. No one can imagine what the term means unless it amounts to that for the seas can never be 'free* in the sense that Britain must forego the one guarantee of her safety. It is the British definition of the term which must be accepted by the world, for it is to Britain a matter of life or death, and no other European nation is in the same position. Views concerning the sub ject by nations that are not completely in sular tend to be merely academic. Any rearrangement of naval armaments, must be subject to the retention of Britain's grip on the Trident a grip which was one of the main conditions of victory.' — 'Evening News,' 612.18. That is to say, 'freedom of the seas' means freedom for Britain to control the seas, in which case other nations are 'free' to ,-obey .her dictates. With uni versal disarmament there would be- no ...
THE COMING GENERAL ELECTIONS IN GREAT BRITAIN. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
fTHE COMING GENERAL ELECTIONS I IN GREAT BRITAIN. | When the last general election took place tight years ago the British electorate was jabout 7,600,000. One of the most ex perienced registration officials said that voters on the new register will number tit least 18.0p0.000. This includes 6,000,000 women. The country has been trans formed, politically, boundaries have been hhanged, old areas swept away, new con stituencies created, the franchise extended, and many :M*s.P. cannot say for certain whom they represent. The reformed House if Commons will consist of 707 instead of 170 members. I The elections take place to-day (Satnr
THE ART OF ADULTERATION. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
THE ART OF ADULTERATION. ; ' Silk is easily weighted, and because of its costliness there is a temptation to carry the weighting with cheaper materials to a point where the wearing qualities of the silk goods are adversely affected. There are two general methods of weight ing— (1) by the use of vegetal or organic matter, and (2) by the use of metallic salts, particularly tetra-chioride of tin. The first increases the -weight, but does nbt materially affect the fibre; the sec ond Is apparently not injurious if care fully applied in reasonable amounts, but if used to excess it destroys the silk. jTetra-chloride of tin is obtained by treat ling scrap-tin with chlorine gas or with waste from tin-plate mills and from old hydrochloric acid, the scrap -tin being tin-cans. It has been estimated that the American silk industry requires annually from 6000 to 7000 drums, of 900 to 10001b. each, of tin tetra-chlorlde, which contains 45.04 per cent, metallic tin. The tin salts [are fixed on the ...
THOSE LOANS [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
THOSE LOANS Observe what the real fact Is re specting loans to foreign military Govern ments, and how strange it is. If your little boy came to you to ask for money to spend in squibs and crackers' you would think twice before you gave it him, and you would have some idea that it was wasted when you saw it fly off in fire works, even though be did no mischief with it. But the Russian children and the Austrian children come to you bor rowing money, not to spend in innocent squibs, but in cartridges and bayonets to attack you in India with, and to keep down all noble life In Italy with, and to murder Polish women and children with — and that you will give at once, because they pay you interest for it. Now, in order to pay you that interest they must tax every working peasant in their do minions ; and on that work you live. You iherefore at once rob the Austrian peasant, assassinate or banish the Polish peasant, and you live on the produce of the theft and the bribe for the assassinati...
FROM "A SONNET OF A SON." [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
VR0M 'A SONNET OF A SON.' Because I am young, therefore I must be [Wiled; I Because I am strong, so must my t - strength be maimed; because I love this life (thus it is willed) [The joy of life from me a forfeit's I claimed. It I were old or weak, it foul disease I Had robbed me of all love of living— I then life 'would be mine to use* as I might I -.- please; I Such the all-wise arbitraments of men. F;-J**o»n 'Poems Written During the Ksar^at..^^ ???;.? ;.--: -.?.-;.?:;? , -..-...?.
"THE ARRESTED BRAIN." [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
'THE ARRESTED BRAIN.' Under the above caption, Sydney 'Sun' gives a sketchy account of some scientific proposals for increasing the brain power of the mentally deficient Whether the plan is to. lift the depressions in the skull or otherwise the journal sayeth not, but we warn the 'Sun' and its brother dailies not to dabble in such dangerous experi ments, which, if generally successful, would mean their own early demise. It is only the general existence of the 'arrested brain' which makes Tory journalism so successful, and any efforts to abolish this condition by the Sydney dailies will be clearly punishable as an attempt to com mit suicide.— Spartacus.
REPUBLICANISM IN S. AFRICA. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
REPUBLICANISM IN S. AFRICA. Dr. Malan, leader of the Cape (South African) Nationalists, in a speech at Lady smith, made a lengthy statement of the doctrine of Republicanism for South Africa as enunciated by the- Nationalist party, lie claimed that if the position of South Africa were placed before President Wil son at the Peace Conference, Wilson would use his influence in favor of South Africa attaining her independence, to which she had a greater right than Alsace-Lorraine, Ireland, Schleswig-Holstein, or any other part of the world. He also condemned the recent arrangement under which the Do minions were continuously represented in the Imperial Cabinet, contending that this would bring South Africa into the mael strom of Imperialism and bind her down more thai. ever. The world is rapidly arriving at that stage when there can be no further com promise between Republicanism and Im perialism, either in South Africa or else where. But the Republicanism^ of the future must 4-e on an e...
THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS' POLITICAL LEAGUE. TAKES A HAND IN MUNICIPAL POLITICS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS' POLITICAL LEAGUE. TAKES A HAND IN MUNICIPAL POLITICS. The Executive of this body postponed its meetings last month to permit its members to assist Labor candidates in the municipal campaign to overthrow the rep- resentatives of capitalism, jingoism, and 'win-the-war'-ism. Messrs. Gibbs, Riley, Johnson, Ring, and Murphy were very busy in all wards delivering constant bombardments, and, judging by the rout of the enemy, their work was effective. Corporal Murphy paid special attention to the Bligh Ward, and his condem- &nbsp; nation of the milk-and-water patriotism of "Sunny-kissed" Australia Joynton Smith, and his criticism of the Govern- ment's treatment of R.S. men, bore good fruit. This was shown in the signal de- feat of the flag-flappers and the trium- phant return of the two selected Labor candidates, Messrs. Farrell and Bridges. Note.—There will be a meeting of the &nbsp; &nbsp; Executive on Wednesday evening next, December 11.<...
AN APPEAL FOR FUNDS FOR THE LABOR FAIR AND CARNIVAL [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
AN APPEAL FOR FUNDS FOR THE LABOR FAIR AND CARNIVAL. The Women's C.O. Committee appeal to friends and sympathisers for funds to assist in making the carnival a success. The whole proceeds are to be used for organising work. All moneys to be forwarded to the hon. treasurer, Mrs. Cecily Mason, Macdonell House, 812 Pitt-street, Sydney. Contri- butions will be acknowledged in "The Labor News" and "The Worker". Yours in Unity, E. MAINCKE, President, C. MASON, Hon. Treasurer, &nbsp; EVA M. SEERY, Hon. Sec. Socialism does not mean an end to all &nbsp; private property, but an end to all exploit- &nbsp; &nbsp; ation through the ownership of private &nbsp; property. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; "But what if the people speak, my lord; &nbsp; what if the people speak?" To-day the &nbsp; peoples are speaking with no uncertain &nbsp; voice. This is the after...
EMPIRE AND THE WORKERS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 14 December 1918
#i#ip^iiiii^H It 'was the- belief \it ^the 'writers 'and thinkers of the nineteenth ??century-1 that the growth of commerce and the spread of education and enlightenment would bring to -an end -the great wars between nations.^ It ' seemed -that - all the causes which led -to war were being eliminated, and, indeed, this latest and greatest war has been a deep puzzle to many pub licists, and strange theories have been in vented to account for it. The natural struggle for existence ac counted for the conflicts of the past, when humanity picked up a precarious exist ence hunting, fishing, and scratching the surface of the earth with simple agricul tural implements for scanty crops. Then richer land, a better climate, or the accu mulated wealth of a more civilised people would tempt hordes . of men to sweep down upon the lands of other tribes and communities, and the spoils were to. the victors, while death or slavery remained for those who were worsted in the fight. But the key of scien...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 21 December 1918
SIMONOFF MUST NOT GO TO . . -? JAIL ?' ,,!?- -*-- .. APPEAL FliNOt * As already notified, an appeal on be half of Peter Simonoff is now being made. Workers in Australia well realise the hostility, or their Government to them* selves, and while for a time they may* have to submit to the sailing injustice, yet it is their duty to protect 'the stranger within their gates.' Peter Simonoff is one of themselves, and all are entreated to assist Every penny forwarded3 will *oe acknowledge* ia these columns. ? ?? SIMONOFF APPEAL. Amount previously acknow ledged ? ..£16 4 - A. Ivan Potroski ».-. ? 10 0 T- Beauchamp .....«..,...,,.,« fi 6 J.B.M. ? £ « W. Fellows ? «! 1« * TM. and L.M. .«„,.............« K ? E. A. Dabble ? I 0 « Mr. Webster ? » ? ..: 19 » R. Bramston .,....,....$ ? * 2 © 'Spurs' .,,..-.....» ? 2 « 'Balmaln' ? « 30 A. Ross, E. Monaghan, R. Robin son ? ..,.....a....... 114 H. O. Willassin ? .* 10 ? R. H. Robertson^. ? 10 0 J. J. Daly ? 6 « Taree A.L.P., per W. Lamb .« 1 U t Total...
MERCY TO THE UNFORTUNATE. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 21 December 1918
MERCY TO THE UNFORTUNATE. The following is a copy of a letter re ceived by Percy Brookfield, M.L.A,, from the Attorney-General's Department: — Sir, — Referring to the request made by you in the Legislative Assembly on the 4th inst. — 'That in view of the cessation of hostilities prisoners under punishment for offences against prison discipline should not be deprived of their Christmas dinners' — I am directed to inform you that it has been decided as a special con cession in recognition - of the signing: of the armistice that Christmas dinners and indulgences are to be allowed to those per sons who are eligible to receive them, not withstanding they may have been forfeited «r. postponed for misconduct. ' ? W. WHITFIEJLD, I . ' Assist Under-Secretary. 'December: 12, 1918. i,*-; r -? -5, ?'?; *'t& * '. i
PROPOSED ALTERATION OF THE STATE ELECTORAL SYSTEM. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 21 December 1918
PROPOSED ALTERATION OF THE STATE ELECTORAL SYSTEM. The Nationalist Party have now deter mined upon a change of the method of election, or, in other words, have declared themselves in favor of the proportional system of representation. In coming to this decision the advocates specially stressed the fairness and justice and economy of the proposed change. Any benefit likely to accrue from the change will depend upon what the Nationalists do in introducing it. If it is their inten tion to adhere to the creation of a new set of electorate boundaries and return three or five members for each new divi sion, according to the number or quality of the electors contained therein, then our last case will be no better than the first, for it is easy to see that a party in power will only consent to such a distribution as will be likely to give them as a party the maximum of benefit. There ?will be all the expense of readustment, and rolls and officers as heretofore, and while the Party may be be...
CORRESPONDENCE To the Editor. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 21 December 1918
CORRESPONDENCE To the Editor. Sir, — Everybody desires industrial peace. Not until workmen are treated as human beings, instead of machines, will it be come possible. The everlasting grind and speeding-up for profits is the main cause of half the sickness and mental troubles. People do not work for the sake of work ing, but for something in view. Is there no one to come along and say, 'Let's sink our differences, strife is fool ish; let's co-operate and each work for the good of all'? It does not matter how humble our occupation may be, it is just as important as that of a leader of a nation. It is not wise to laugh at the backward, but to study them and find out what has brought about certain people's defects, for they might have been caused by poor industrial and social conditions. Worker and capitalist alike must cease spite and hatred and self-interest, and show less fear of each other, for after all Labor cannot do without capital, and vice versa. I for one am not working for t...
PETER SIMONOFF. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 21 December 1918
PETER SIMONOFF. (Written a few days before the writer went to 1ail.) Consul for the Bolsheviki, Why do the detectives seek thee? Wherefore art thou thus attacked With a War Precautions Act? Why do diplomats despise thee, And the wealthy ostracise thee? Why do 'Age' and 'Argus' scoff — Tell us, Peter1 Simonoff? Champion of Bolshevism, Why this ever-widening chasm 'Twixt the master class and ther' Why this dreadful enmity? Surely something is amiss When they railroad' you like this? Would the daily papers scoff Had'st thou been a Romanoff? Courage, Peter Simonoff! Watt and Co. have bitten off More than they will relish chewing In Europe something's doing. Lo! the Bolsheviks of Prussia Follow .in the wake of Russia, Soon all hats to thee will doff. Patience, Peter Simonoff! ... . , ir-JtHX. Jn Jtfelbourne .'Socialist.' :