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U.S.A. AND THE WAR. MR. DENISON MILLER'S IMPRESSION. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
U.S.A. AND THE WAR. MR. DENISON MILLER'S IMPRESSION. 'One impression that is uppermost in Mr. Miller's mind is that England had de cided to see the war through to the end, even if America had not come in.' — Syd- ney D.T., in reference to the British ex periences of Mr. Denison Miller, of the Commonwealth Bank. Miller must have forgotten or over looked the public admission of Mr. Bonar Law, made after U.S.A. had been for some time directly engaged in the conflict. In effect, the Chancellor of the Ex chequer, a member of the British War Cabinet, then declared that at the time U.S.A. agreed to 'come in' the Allies were very near the end of their resources. 'There is no harm ir. saying so now,' added Law, and there can be even less harm in repeating the statement to-day. Common decency demands that the share of the U.S.A. in downing Germany, per formed both before and after the country's direct participation, shall not be mini mised now that victory has been won.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
THE SENTRY. THE HEALTH-SENTRY. Sentry — Saicty, — the two go together as a war time picture with a peace time warning, for what is more needed than ' THE SENTRY OVER HEALTH ? There is no truce with Infectious Disease, the germs or seeds of which deliver an incessant attack on Health, and are always trying to get inside its defences. The one business of ' the Health-sentry, therefore, is to repel - Disease by killing the germs which convey it. * They are so small that the air carries -£efQ. unseen, and the only way to keep them at 6»j ' is to use a reliable Disinfectant as a Health* sentry, something in every-day and every place use, which will destroy the Disease Germs. There is one Disinfectant of this sort proved by years of work in home and hospital, and that is LIFEBUOY SOAP. ; ? Lifebuoy Soap is the best Health -sentry, hot only* as a germ-catcher, but also as s. germ klller. Used in the bathroom, Lifebuoy Soap frees the skin of Disease Gem jind helps to keep it free. Right thr...
CHRISTMAS, 1918. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
CHRISTMAS, 1918. »[;£ This is the first Christmas for five t1'''' 'ears that the world has paused in ts frightful orgy of bloodshed and Sj^tf But while there is some measure |w%f peace where so recently savage |v- *onflict raged unchecked, yet the ^?.-.; -stereotyped wishes for 'A Merry te Christmas' would be a callous! plftJnockery to millions of grief -stricken iff? parents, mothers, wives and children ijjfjui every quarter of the globe. The 13j||naimed and the wounded, the gassed and shell-shocked nervous wrecks are with us every day with their p'hysical sufferings and ruined con stitutions. Heartbroken wives weep in their homes with their orphan , children for the big, manly form ' whose cheery voice is forever stilled, aad brave, patient mothers, who have endured the agonies of suspense for weary years, now bow their stricken heads in the bitter loneliness of a childless old age. All these griefs, and stilL worse sorrows than man's feeble pen can portray, are, with us, and must...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
NOTE. „! All reports and literary matter should be ^addressed to the Editor, 'The Labor News,' llMacaoneU . House, 321 Pitt-street, Sydney, Hand' business . communications and remlt qtanpeB to Mr. 'P. C. Evans, General Secre ptary, A.L.P., at the same address. El All matter intended for publication should gsjreach the Editor not later than Wednesday ip in each week. , H Rates of subscription:— Yearly, €/-; half WyeartyT 3/6; quarterly, 2/-. In all cases ^'subscriptions must be paid in advance. m OWing to the large circulation assured to *i'Tlie Labor News' a limited space only will ^?be available for advertising at special rates, »«which can be ascertained on communicating |:vwith the office. |- ? = I The Labor News. |i = ?-:j, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1918. :-Vv ? ?
THE NEW CRUISER EMDEN. A PREMATURE REQUEST. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
THE NEW CRUISER EMDEN. A PREMATURE REQUEST. Why are we so given to counting our chickens before they are hatched? Willie Watt has cabled to Billy Hughes asking him to ascertain from the Admir alty whether it may not be made possible for the surrendered German cruiser Emden to accompany the British naval squadron expected presently to visit Australia. As a matter of fact the final disposal of the German fleet is a matter yet in the clouds. It lies in. a British harbor it is true; but it is by no means certain that it, or any part of it, will ever become British. President Wilson is authoritatively re ported to favor its complete destruction; and even, if that is not decided on, there is no guarantee yet that Britain will ever own the Emden. , ? Our Acting Prime Minister should be prohibited from making Australia appear ignorant, ridiculous, or even 'a trifle pre vious.'
POLITICAL POINTS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
[?] Tha recent breaking, up of Parliament, revealed a distinct feeling of bitterness existing between the National and Labor Parties. Usually at the termination of a- session members, drop their political! grievances pro tern (agreeing to differ),' and, as men, indulge Jn a little harmony! to commemorate the festive season. ? This i year proved the exception. The many legislative and administrative acts of the Government during the session just closed were of such a character as to leave behind a feeling of personal an tagonism. It was impossible to forget the passage of ihat iniquitous and uh called-i'or . measure, known as the Anti Sedition Bill. The indecent haste of the Government in forcing through the House, per medium of the gag, in the last few days of Parliament, such im portant measures as the Electoral Bill, Public Service Bill, extensive land re sumptions, and others, created a feeling of resentment among Labor members, and the last straw was the publication in the 'Sun'...
NATIONAL PARTY FUNDS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
NATIONAL PARTY FUNDS. The following is a verbatim copy of a circular being sent to their supporters by the alleged 'National' Party in an appeal for funds. One statement that 'the Labor extrem ists secure large sums for this purpose by compulsory levies upon wages' is news of a very startling character, and, in plain English, is a deliberate lie. The Labor Pavty has absolutely no power by law or by any form of pressure whatever to make levies upon any sec tion of the wage -earners, and has to de pend entirely upon voluntary asSstance in all it does. It may be added that the pressure put upon business men by the 'National' Party' is of a very pronounced character. The original of this document was ob tained from a well-known business man whose name is, for obvious reasons, cut out. It will be noticed that one of the trus tees is Mr. Mason Allard, who recently overhauled the Public Service Commis sion, and another Mr. Simpson, who was vastly interested in the correspondence in the dai...
SYDNEY FOOD PRICES. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
SYDNEY FOOD PKIOES. Figures collected and collated by NewJ South Wales ' State Statistician Trivet*® show that during November, in Sydney^ food prices, were higher by 38.7 _pejr^ent,;| than in 1914. In total, even ou'^Wjtfpf modest * estimate, - Sydney food -ypr$«iu| r^fel. in Novero&pr to a /higher ayeJSptfi ilvan at any stage' since ta'fc outbreal^||
EDUCATING SOLDIERS. UNCALLED-FOR BRITISH SCHEME. AUSTRALIA'S DUTY TO HER MEN. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
EDUCATING SOLDIERS. UNCALLED-FOR BRITISH SCHEME. AUSTRALIA'S DUTY TO HER MEN. In England there is in progress, accord ing to the cable, a system o^ providing educational facilities for undischarged soldiers. Just what the purpose or scope of.; the scheme is has not yet been made plain to Australia, but a cable of Monday meiij tions one feature which, whether affect ing Australian soldiers or not, is some thing that must go against the g^ain of an* lover of liberty. 'Certain compulsory classes have been established,' says the cable, 'and many voluntary lectures on citizenship, history, and science.' 'Compulsory classes' for grown men! 'Compulsory' teaching for soldiers back from fighting the battles of the Empire! Education, and even instruction, are splendid things — provided they are volun tarily accepted, and that those who do the educatiing and instructing are them selves educated and instructed. ..But in view of much of tne literature, the legislation, and the alleged light and ...
AUSTRALIA AND MAORILAND. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
AUSTRALIA AND MAORILAND. Strange coincidence that the, two fcetid men of the Australian 'Nationalist' Goa. lition Misgovernment are Billy Hughe*; and Joe Cook. The two heads of the-. Maoriland Coalition are Bill Massey and Joe Ward. In each case Bill and Joe had nothing good or kind to say of each other, until they saw a chance of jointly taking the public down and dividing the spoils. Since then each pair of Bills and Joes have been like Siamese twins. Also the coincidence goes further in the fact that the people are getting heartily sick of both lots, and it is only by hanging. together that they avoid being hanged separately. SPARTAKUP 'From recent despatches,' says Reutef1 in a cable from London of last Saturday, 'it appears clear that Bolshevism is gain* ing power in Russia.' Is Reuter an alias | for Rip Van Wingle redivivus? , j « ? * j Peace and Firework Displays. ? I In anticipation of the celebration oC 1 peace, the Federal Government are fram- I ing regulations to prohibit...
CORRESPONDENCE. HOW LABORITES ARE TREATED BY THE SUBURBAN PRESS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
CORRESPONDENCE. HOW LABORITES ARE TREATED BY THE SUBURBAN PRESS. Sir, — The local paper, the Hurstville 'Propeller,' has frequently contained para graphs concerning members of the A.I.F. on active service. Having1 some interest ing particulars concerning my brother, Corporal Harold Clarke (No. 41B8, C. Com pany, 2nd Batt., Lewis Machine Gun), I forwarded same to the 'Propeller,' which promptly turned it down, evidently be cause I happened to be the Secretary of the local A.L.P. I am enclosing the par ticulars, which should be of interest to many. Corporal Clark enlisted from Oatley, and left Sydney for Egypt on December 20, 1915. Was sent to France in 1916, and was badly wounded at Pozieres. When re covered he passed through a school of in struction for machine gun training, and was promoted to the rank of Corporal. On returning to France he met with an acci dent, and while in hospital volunteered to give a quart of blood to another soldier who was in a very low condition from an am...
LEAGUE MEETINGS. MORTDALE BRANCH. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
LEAGUE MEETINGS. MORTDALE BRANCH. At a general meeting of the above Branch, held in St. George's Hall, Mort dale, on Thursday, Dec. 19, the following resolution was unanimously carried, and I was instructed to forward same to you for publication: — 'That the Mortdale Branch of the A.L.P. expresses its dissa tisfaction with Commissioner Street's re port, and considers same to be contradic tory and illogical and not in accord with the evidence. In view of the. Commission er's opinion that Messrs. Scully, McAlister, and Goldstein brothers were untrust worthy characters, and the fact that upon their, evidence the conviction of the I.W.W. was obtained, we demand a new trial.— P. B. Pollard, Hon. Sec, Jersey Avenue, Penshurst. * ♦ # CANTERBURY STATE ELECTORATE COUNCIL. The above Council decid#d to send you a lettel- of protest against the great injus tice meted out to the workers through the medium of the Commission on the Civil Service. We trust that through the medium of the Labor paper...
DOMAIN POLITICS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
B-Wg»?gtffc The Sydney Domain on a Sunday after noon presents a field of study for those interested in the social iiroblems. To-day ( «ve hear much about the ideal of solid arity. 'Unity is strength' is being pro claimed in all directions. A visit to the Domain makes one wonder jon what side does the force of unity find an influence — why all the- sectional factions should be j prc-aching from different platforms under ; the auspices of different organisations. Th-- 'ciass struggle' is a problem in urgent , need of the attention of organised, or rather, 1 should say disorganised, Labor. Yes! Unity is strength. The ideal is the fundamental basis upon which we hope to bring about a fuller life for all, and until all the sectional forces are cemented into a' united organisation much effort and valuable energy will pass into' an avenue cf useless activity. Arising out of this division of forces the enemies of democracy find a golden oppportunity of further dividing the' people on side i...
GOOD GOVERNMENT IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR SELF-GOVERNMENT. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
GOOD GOVERNMENT IS NO SUiSTrUTE FOR SELF liOVERNMENT. [ Tne following extracts are taken from I an article in the 'Roiiiid Table,'. London, I the officail organ of British Imperial [ Federation: — '? 'We are fighting for the principle that public opinion shall control public af fairs. The method of applying that prin ciple to the governance of whole nations V)vas first realised in this country. The 'English initiated the practice of govern - | ing themselves. And yet, in the years jpwhich preceded the Great War, their ac | tual conditions of life in their home land compared unfavorably with those in I the oversea Dominions and in the United [^States of America. More disquieting still TWas the feeling that in many respects they fjjivere worse than those of peoples whose | rulers openly denied the doctrine of I popular control. What spiritual life could [.the blessings of freedom bring either to kthe millions in these islands who were jSVnderfedv underclothed, and underhoused, por to ...
ANOTHER HOPELESS PROJECT. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
ANOTHER HOPELESS PROJECT. ? Cndfsmayed by the failure of' every - Wkne Who' lias endeavored to solve the ?rbblecn of extracting- a vast ransom from Rid Central' Powers, and,' a.t the same ?Sine, ''preventing the people of those em fcires from producing any wealth save Ibiat sufficient for a bare existence, Dr. KJrced, M.L.C., rushes into the bread). His I solution is that all private lands within BtJia German and Austrian Empires' should B be confiscated, and then let out to peasant ? farmers— the rent, of course, is to be'ap ? propriated by the Allies. This was the I policy adopted when Ireland was origin ? aliy conquered by 'Strorigbow.' but the ? experience ot all the centuries since that Rfeit of arms took place scarcely justi ijfiejs the adoption of that same policy oil ? so 'vast a scale to-day. The spectacle of Ian' eminently respectable elderly gentle linen violently attacking the sacred prin Iciple oC private property in land is an in I spiring one from an extreme revolutio...
SIMONOFF MUST NOT GO TO JAIL. APPEAL FUND. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
SIMONOFF MUST NOT GO TO JAIL. . , ....... APPEAL FUND. ^ As already notified, an appeal, on be half of Peter Simonoff is now being made. Workers in Australia well realise the hostility of their Government to them selves, and while for a time they may have to submit. to the galling injustice, yet it is their duty to protect 'the stranger within their gates.' Peter Simonoff is one of themselves, and all aro entreated to assist. Every penny forwarded will be acknowledged in these columns. SIMONOFF APPEAL. Amount previously acknowledged £23 13 6 Justice ? C 6 0 Mrs. M. Jones ................. 0 5 0 W. Cooper , ... ? 0 2 6 Anonymous ? 0 2 6 C. Coupe ? 10 0 O. Ii. Lanson ? 0 10 0 E.T.Hamilton ? 0 7 6 M. D. Gullett ? 1 10 0 North Sydney Bolshevik ? 0 1 6 A. McGregor ? 0 10 0 J. J. Lamb ? 0 G 0 A. McGregor ? 0 5 0 J. Preston . i . '. ? 1 0 0 Amount to date (23/12/*18) ...£30 2 6 Amount wanted ? £1CO 0 0 Mr. P. C. EVANS, General Secretary. ?Australlpn Labor Party, f; * Ma-JdoneirHJiise, -JS^...
CURRENT NEWS ITEMS Shop Manager's Suicide. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
CURRENT NEWS ITEMS Shop Manager'6 Suicide. At Lithgow on the 17th inst. John Still, Sfrocery manager for the Co-operative Society at Lithgow, shot himself fatally with a revolver. He was on bail on a charge of stealing bacon from his em ployers, and left a note protesting his Innocence, but stating, in effect, that the disgrace was more than he could bear. Deceased left a wife and five children. » « * Brutality to Lunatics. A coroner's inquiry at Melbourne into the cause of the death of John Saumlers, an inmate of Yarra Bend Lunatic Asy lum, showed that the man had been treated with wliat the coroner said was 'extraordinary and brutal violence.' The deceased's injuries were of an extensive nature, including abrasions, wounds, in ternal injuries, and broken bones, and had clearly been impossible of infliction ., by himself. It was not shown that the man's fellow inmates had any opportunity of injuring him, and there was only one inference left. The coroner, who could elicit no eviden...
WAR PRECAUTIONS ACT. SENATOR GRANT OPPOSES EXTENSION. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
WAR-mpisacr. SENATOR GRANT OPPOSES EXTENSION. Senator Grant (N.S.W.):. I wonder why i the Government desire the extension _ of i these powers. '\Ve.have been assured by' Senator Keating :that they .are in a posi» tion to oxercise these powers until a proclamation has been issued declaring that the state of war has ended. Not salmficu \.iilt iluii. ;.he Government 'pro- 1 pose that they should have a further ex tension of their powers ? under the War Precautions Act for three months. I think it is quite probable that they have been impressed by those who have succeeded in establishing themselves upon the al most innumerable Boards that are now controlling the industries of this country to bring forward this proposal. I hope that the Senate will not accept this Bill. The Minister for. Defence (Senator Pearce) was -good enough to furnish me with a copy .of his speech in moving the second reading of the measure, and I read it carefully. I am' one of those who with out protest gave the G...
A.I.F. TRAINEES. "CONCESSION" TO SOLDIERS. AN INSULT TO FIGHTING MEN. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 28 December 1918
A.I.F. TRAINEES. 'CONCESSION' TO SOLDIERS. AN INSULT TO FIGHTING MEN. The Commonwealth Government pats itself oh the back for a 'great conces- j sion' it has made to A.LF. trainees who have seen active service. These young fellows, instead, of being compelled to do 1C days' - training annu ally until they are .26 years of age, are Riven an ontion. ' They may join the Australian Army Re serve, and do only four days' training every year. ? The so -called 'concession' is practic ally an insult to returned fighting men. The training of the A.I.F. in peace times is designed to fit them in some degree for military service. Men who have been on active service have bad training in the real business of war. They have served more weeks, per haps fifty times over, than they would in peace-time' training, and the only' reas onable logical course would have been to absolve them unconditionally from fur ther, 'training.' . ; What -6 Australia going to do about '**-?.-?- --.-'.. ' ??./? .'??:.?.? ...