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Boulder Notes. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1915
Boulder Notes. The I. WAV. is on the job' — F. VV. MacLouglin has been 'fired' for refusing to pay into Murder Fund — free country. Local Trades Hall has a member ship of 6616, in fifty (50) different organistions, and forty-five (45) paid officials — how is that for 'organised scabbery ?'' The Boulder I.W.W. has sold more scientific economic literature in five weeks than the local unions have ever distributed in twenty-five years. The I.W.W. wants an intelli gent aixl thinking working class. The 'Crafties' want an ignorant work ing class, so that a few ignorant and arrogant officials can use the unions as a stepping-stone to Parliament or well-paid jobs. Every paid union official who does not give the workers better or nobler ideas is a parasite. There is a hell of a row in the local miners' union. The gen. sec, H. Glance, Mayor of Boulder, has been defeated in (Tie ballot for gen. ssc, he now protests that the ballot is unconstitutional. This is a con crete example of the I.W.W. a...
Dean Inge's Pessimism: "Strikes are Civil War." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1915
Dean Inge's Pessimism: 'Strikes are Civil War.' ' (The following article appeared in the 'Manchester Guardian' from the pen of Dean Inge, of St. Paul's, London. The author is known as &nbsp; the 'Gloomy Dean,' and draws enormous dividends from his investments &nbsp; in armament firms. There is profit in furthering the 'Gospel of Goodwill' &nbsp; by the means, and civilising influence of the Maxim Gun. His means of &nbsp; life are derived from instilling the germs of superstition and subserviency &nbsp; into the minds of children, and from the sweating slaves of the Armament Trust, who have plunged Europe into a horrid nightmare of barbarism. &nbsp; In condemning the Industrial Workers of the World (of which there are now fourteen branches in the United Kingdom), he states that a hundred years ago, revolutionary movements were promptly suppressed by the execution of the ringleaders. Let us hope that in ten years' time, the Industrial Wo...
The Advancing Proletariat. Continued from last issue. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1915
The Advancing Proletariat. By Abner Woodruff, C. E. Continued from last issue. The development of the steam engine stimulated inven tion and, within the last hundred years, machinery has so vastly supplanted hand labor, that the average proletarian &nbsp; attending the machine turns out a product about twenty times greater than the product of the old time journeyman. yet, with all these great modern aids to his productivity, the average proletarian finds himself in a state of poverty many removes below the journeyman. The small factory of the earliest capitalist has become the great industrial plant of group of Plutocrats, and the small group of fairly skilled mechanics has become a veritable army of industry. Where formerly the individual touch might be seen upon an article, now the raw material passes in at one end of the machine and the finished article pours out at the other. Everything is thoroughly standardized and no man can say, 'I did this'' — I did that' The indivi...
"The Clarion Call." AN OPEN LETTER TO ROBERT BLATCHFORD. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1915
The Clarion Call. &nbsp; AN OPEN LETTER TO ROBERT BLATCHFORD (By W. A. Kennedy. in The Spur.) &nbsp; &nbsp; J)e«j ilol-erl - ' )f late v-.ii- yon J.ax.' ^r].iiv.i u-. '*-..ir uifl.iei.fc w great an.l fi s snu-a.l. You li;ive i J-.-fl i1 i' Hi' ''wlr-H, '3i: w»r-lev«r ion have gone hiillf.'.rvi.i-id. lo ro« eni 'winluis of Hk* C'l.-inon-lo }r.n ::sic,e your Daily ;i.-nl aii'l V\ i-i kly Di pawli .«..Unl) lio is wo roa'l such centi me nt3 as iollows. ?'We -n-e en-.-ced in a liK- ar.il Je-illi -.1 niggle Ii v.c ar« defeated there :„ ... „«.! ,.r -!.A-:,,,,lan-l . f SIinl.--.iiL'.! i o. Ciomwell. Nelson, ami Dickens. But, of eou,,,, -vo «.re j..i( .l«i»ai«l. .11«- rnco i« sou id. Iml-in ip not docene-alP ? i» Hnvenl H,o iitiilimk.-il lo v.orld— calamity ot the Emuiius' IiojiI- i'- »l« ''»t''' 'lanlinod oi ilic nation will rise m anus. Ere our l.e.-.nlifi.lViKi - b-id wai-le, and our Iwii^c of liberty lo-i, come Freeman, com*1.' T Tl,c 'bovo ,s . i.ll-l rr»». th- ...
FODDER FOR CANNON. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 January 1915
FODDER FOR CANNON. Bodies glad, erect, Beautiful with youth, Life's elect, Nature's truth. Marching host on host, Those bright, unblemished ones, Manhood's boast, Feed them to the guns. Hearts and brains that teem With blessing for the race, Thought and dream, Vision, grace. Bridegrooms, brothers, sons, Host on host, On love's best and most, Feed them to the guns. — Katherine Lee Bates, in Life
Port Pirie. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 February 1915
Port Pirie. 15/1/15. Editor, 'Direct Action,'' Sydney, Fight on speakers -beaten up. Men urgently required. KE1RPERT. Port Pirie is again in the lime light for the I.W.W. Things have been very quiet sir.o: the Free Speech fight. A real live organiser is badly needed. F. W. Lees and myself arrived here from Adelaide per shank's pony on Thursday in seach of a mas ter, and discontented slaves to talk to. The discontent is hero, and is be ing misdirected by craft union oiiic ials. We held meetings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to fairly large crowds, and, of course, we had the usual number of John Hops, patriots and Mr. Blocks, but more than held our own. There was a rumour current that it was the intention of (he patriots to attempt to break up the meetings, oil account of the anti war propaganda. It may be neces sary to educate some of them. We intend to hold these meeting once a week in the future, and shake the dead-heads out of their beauty sleep. Any of the boys who ;ne free can ...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 February 1915
LITERATURE OFFER. The Press Committee has been very busy lately, and have on stock several tuw and interesting pamphlets. 'Revolution and the I.W.W.,'^ by Frank Chester Pease, is one of the clearest and most convincing pieces yet issued by the advanced movement. Price, 3d. 'I.W.W. Seng Book,' containing 32 songs, including all the favorites, that are sung all over the world. A great thing for breaking new ground. Price, 3d. 'Sabotage,' by W. C. smith, is a remarkably simple and convincing pamphlet, w'lich deals with Sabotage and its philosophy and application. All should read it. Price, 3d. 'The Advancing Proletariat,' toy Abner Woodruff, is a well-written history of the genesis, and develop ment of the pholctariat. It describes the effect of the machine on the trades unions and crafts, and shows the rise of that modern day pheno menon, the unskilled, propertiless working class. Price, 3d. 'Industrial Unionism,' by Vincent St. John, is a splendid primer for a beginner. It describes ...
The Remedy. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 February 1915
The Remedy. ? v ? Another year has gone by — a year that will long be remembered as the year that marked the outbreak of the greatest slaughter, in the interests of Capitalism, that the world has ever known. Time and time again have the Industrial Unionists proclaimed what is to-day an established fact, that there is but one law governing the world —Might. Time and time again it lias been contended that that all disputes can be settled by peaceful arbitration, but. the capitalists of all countries; ' whilst furthering such ideas by means of peace societies, Hague con ferences, international treaties, etc., have not in one iota abandoned the policy that he who possesses the greater might must ultimately be the winner. This policy is bearing fruit to-day, and we see thousands of men being ruthlessly slaughtered in order to decide which group of Capitalists shall control the markets ' of the world. The causes of this war are wholly economic, whilst the greater por tion of the natural r...
Sydney. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 February 1915
Sydney. The meetings held of late have been very successful, considering tii ' handicap for speakers. The Hall meetings have been very well attend ed considering the suitry weather. Literature sales have been very good, especially the sales of local printed matter. The sales of 'Direct A-tion,' l.v-l. issue have lipped the record, over 4,500 having boon sold by the local newsboys alone. The Press (.'on mittee wholesaled them to (lie boy:? at the rale of 1-\. per dozen, who made about ^13 by iho «iles. TJi Trades Hall, however, us-jd (heir in fluence to slop the sale of llio t-a' ? of the papers. The Trades Ball, in future, wil' receive it's fair amount of attention from 'Direct Action' and th ? I.W.W. F. W. Pike, who is we' I -known in Sydney, is carrying on very suc cessful meetings in Auckland, T\T.Z . where an I.W.W. revival i.s taking place.
The News Boy's Strike. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 February 1915
The News Boy's Strike. i | The newsboys are still on strike i against the 'Sun' and 'Evening ?1 News.' The papers being sold by scabs are very few, which must be fell to some extent by the papers The Trades Hall have formed a ! Union for the boys, but as yet, the Unions who are engaged in the pro duction and transportation of the papers are still at work — scabbing, with a paid up Union card, snugly reposing in their waistcoat pockets. But little trifles like that don't trouble the Sydney Trades Hall, who ' i throughly understand the art of los '? ing strikes. The next step will be the citing of a case before the Necessary Com modity Commission, which means a few months of delightful meander ings through the by-ways, and cul de-sacs of law courts, lawyers, and various other institutions, that are I the products of our hard working ? Labour Party. By this means will the Stone age, officialdom of the Trades: Hall give the newsboys, the victory they desire. We don't think. Because 'Dir...
The Advancing Proletariat. Continued from last issue. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 February 1915
The Advancing Proletariat. By Abner Woodruff, C. E. 1 Continued from last issue. ? The future society comes only at the desire and with the I consent of the proletariat, for it is evidently the only class ? able to safeguard humauity by means of a new society; and I the revolution can properly occur, oniy after the prole ? i;iri:it has had sufficient training in voluntary co-operation ? and scif-government to be able to demonstrate its ability to I successfully continue production and handle distribution so M i hat nil may be fed. Voting en masse at the polls is no I evidence whatsoever of such ability, and to teach this class I ihat its way to freedom lies primarily through the ballot box ? is a most miserable miseducation and paves the way to the most desperate catastrophy that humanity could ever suffer. The Socialist Philosophy bases itself upon the prole lariat. The needs and aspirations of th proletariat are the justification of the Social revolution. So, why attempt to je;id ...
Melbourne. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 February 1915
Melbourne. Melbourne has at last answered ibe call of the I.W.W. Bigotry and prejudice have been shattered by persistent revolutionary agita tion. Superstition and ignorance have suffered a retreat before the advancing army of science, and rea son. Capitalism, of late, has exposed itself is all its villainy, hypocrisy and lies ; and many slaves are be ginning to see the faulty structure upon which the present industrial system is reared. The industrial depression, which now overhangs Melbourne, has re vealed some startling facts to the toilers of this 'Garden State.' The absolute failure of labor poli ticians ; the utter inability of the Trades Hall officials: and the aw ful incompetency of the crat unions in trying to deal with the unem ployed have made many workers tli ink hard. Out of the existing chaos and confusion arose the I.W.W. as a beacon light on the roadway to emancipation. The I.W.W. stands forward as something tangible and concrete; and by its modern me thods of warfar...
ANOTHER VICTORY FOR THE I.W.W. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 February 1915
ANOTHER VICTORY FOR THE I.W.W. Some while ago the I.W.W. asked Mr. Maiden, the curator or some thing, of the Botanic Gardens, for a permit to sell literature in the Do main on Sunday afternoons. Tlio o-ninoi-t p.iira.lvntist Raid. 'No;' as he deemed the I.W.W. to be dangerous, bad persons, who had no respect for gum trees or eminent studitrs of prickly pears. So the Police Department took a lew names and put some of the I.W.W. in the 'cooler..' But the notorious I.W.W. held big protest meetings, and continued to sell the literature. The the Head gees down in Muck -,-arry -street got tired of the whole business, and one day a mysterious Order in Council took away Mr. Maiden's 'little brief authority,' and left him in peace and secl-ision with his cacti and bonedust. He now ex-officio guardian of public morals. The business of issuing permits was given over to the Police Dej-art- ment, and recently, the I.W.W. be came law-abiding and was granted a nicely typewritten, be-monikered piec...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 February 1915
1 Birect Action OFFICIAL ORGAN or the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF ^ THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Office:— 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney Australia. EDITOR: TOM BARKER. MANAGER: K. A. GIFFNEY. Matter for publication only should be addressed 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— 1C4 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S.A .
The Interrupted "Snooze." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 February 1915
The Interrupted 'Snooze.' (A V trained and divcrsiiied farce-— complete in one Act.) (Scene: Editorial Offices of the S-News.) (Proprisioi1, Editor.;, War Experts, War Correspondents, Reporters, Printers, etc., are discovered attempting to look happy.) Proprietor : 'Faithful writers ?printers true, and other ..slaves, We're engaged upon a war we dare not lose! Those newsboys arc a grasping .sdt of knaves ? ' wfiieral Chorum : 'Still, we must admit they u;jcd to sell the S-Noose.'' Proprietor : 'To peddle now our mush there seems no hope: We must inject more ginger in our dope.' i.ii-nus of Editors, War Experts and Reporters (despairingly) : 'More ginger in our dope, How can we put more ginger in our dope?' Proprietor : 'A lid you, my trusted printers, all must use, Amongst the Crafts, your efforts for the S-Noose.'' Cnici Typo : Oh ! generous master, whom we owe, Our very bread and butter, We've dune our best and great our woe O'er each sad truth you utter.' Cisonijj of Typos : 'At ...
The Right to Live in Port Pirie. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 February 1915
The Right to Live in Port Pirie. The desire to live is natural, but the right to live is uncertain. Ever since the birth of mankind it has been natural, the desire to eat in order to live. Under the present capitalistic regime, man's mouth as a road to his stomach has proved to be ins curse. While mankind nceas no more clothing than Adam, a fig leaf and a worried look, he can't dodge an appetite. Consequently, that weakness is his master's oppor tunity to-da)'. It was not always in the days of long ago when man was a savage or uncivilised, an hour or two spent in the chase with his primitive bow and arrow, snare or fishing line, was all that was necessary to appease his hunger. He even did not stick at animals, for when he desired a lux ury he'd tackle one of his kind for a change, and from that practice sjirang capitalism to-day, though it took several periods to arrive here. Mankind only had one stomach to fill, consequently when one tril:c 1 a glorious victory over another, bags ...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 February 1915
NOTE. Correspondents are requested to write as legibly as possible, and on one side of the paper, as it facilitates getting tlie paper ready. The Edi tor regrets that he is not in a position to answer all letters owing to the amount of work to be done. In fu ture, all corespondence will be ac knowledged in the columns.