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BRIEF REPLIES. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 2 July 1892
BRIEF REPLIES. Ben Lawson : Can't make out your ad dress. What did you write it with P -The ink-bottle- must been on the razzle dazzle lately. ... . ' Zozimus' : Received. ' Jimmy' has not replied yet. Don't see how he can. .\ . .Ned H. : WTiat's the usejof talking about charity. Can't you see that all a man wants is the right to work. Hun dreds of men and women prefer to starve before accepting charity, and yet legislators do nothing but tinker with the evil. It is better to steal than live on charity. Chow cooks preside in the kitchens in the leading hotels in Bathursfc and Orange, and white cooks tramp the country. The Orange Leader props up the Orange leper by saying- ° that,' a Chinaman has as much right to live n as any other man ; and if there is to be a distinction made, the Chinaman ought to get the' preference, as he has to pay £100' for the right to come to the country, whereas the white man pays nothing.' Wonder if' the Leader would talk like that if a £100 im ported Chi...
ANTS IN THE BILLY [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 2 July 1892
ANTS IN THE BILLY- - G-wydir Hassall, M.P., was evidently sent to the Farmers Conference at Wagga last week in the Government interest. It was rich to hear him stuffing the farmers that they had done splendidly as far as they had gone, and if they would only continue to be as moderate, the whole country would be with them, etc., etc. Be moderate, be gentle, don't worry us, and don't hanker after re forms too eagerly. Yes, be moderate, what ever you do. It is the same old injunction, used since the world first saddled itself with rulers. Vested interests, plutocracy, free dom of contract Governments, and robbers generally, cry in chorus, 'be moderate,' whenever the workers make a move towards getting back some of their own. Be moderate ! Ask a little and receive a lot. Yes, a Sheol of a lot. The unemployed in Melbourne asked for a little work, and they got it — tramping up to the Labor Bureau and back several times a day. That's about all the work the magnificent Victorian statesmen ...
IF YOU WERE GOD. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
IF YOU WERE GOD. ^ ? What would you do if you were God And from a throne on high Could see how earthly creatures fare With an all -seeing eye ? If you could see yon courtesan In rich and rare attire Drive by in handsome 'equipage Bought with her body's hire ; And then could trace her history Back to a wretched home Where want is never absent, Where comforts never come ; Could see her toiling at her work In suffocating' shop To earn a meagre pittance Her hunger's pangs to stop ; Could see her in the factory When forced to sell her soul To keep her name among the rest Upon the foreman's roll ; Could see her when in her despair She throws by all restraint And chooses rather sinful ease Thon be a starving saint — If you were G-od, I say, and kne\v That woman's story all, On whose head would the fury, then, Of righteous judgment fall ? J. Mayo Crane, Chicago, 111., in Twentieth Century.
A GOOD IDEA. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
A GOOD IDEA. - ' W Fred Walsh, an active member of several reforms in Sydney, wrote to the Farmers Conference lately held at Wagga, suggesting that representatives of all classes in the com munity meet in the spring at some central town ' to discuss the best means of settling the people on the land, and the whole ques tion of the land tenures of the colony. Protection, Ereetrade, Squatters, * National' Ass., professional bodies and institutions, Trade Unions, Friendly Societies— all could be invited to send a delegate.' The letter points out that every individual in the com munity is as much interested in the land question as the farmers, and a conference constituted as suggested would be of great service to those who desired to do the right thing. For some unaccountable reason this letter was never read at the Conference.
BUSH UNIONS AMALGAMATION. KEEP YOUR LAMPS TRIMMED. REDUCTION OF WAGES. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
BUSH UNIONS AMALGA MATION. KEEP YOUR LAMPS TRIMMED. REDUCTION OF WAGES. The PaatoraUsts Review of June, going1 out .of its way, as usual, to have a fling at the Bush Unions, says the amalgamation scheme is only a fad, raised by a few of the interested leaders, and is not supported by the great 'bulk of the members. Of course, the squatters object to amalgamafion ; nobody expects anything else. It has been a con tinual cry to shearers and bush laborers generally, that workers in the towns have nothing in common with those of the ?country, and the Bnsh Unions should, there fore, stand alone. There is, however, one small item over looked by the P.U. scribe, which the bush workers do possess in common with the city workers. In their needs and miseries, their wants and privations, in their patient suf ferings under unjust laws, they have a com mon bond of suffering whichshould not be too lightly overlooked. Experience has taught the workers that alone and divided they were powerless to r...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
THE JOLLY WAGGONERS HOTEL, Opposite the Park, MITCHELL STREET, BOURKE. JOHN M'LOUGHLIN, Proprietor, WISHES to inform the Public of Bourke that, having made extensive additions to the above hotel, he is now in a position to accommodate the travelling public of Bourke with first-class accommodation. Wines, Beers, and Spirits op the very best Brands. First-class Beds and excellent Table kept. Splendid Paddocks close to Bourke.
PLACEMENT VERSUS DIVORCE. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
PLACEMENT versus DIVORCE. Dear Hummer, — I have read Lucinda Sharpe on ' Place ment' in your issue of the 4th, and I can't get the hang of that young woman's logic. She denounces ' Placement' as a ' villainous rostrum,' and yet admits, like a sensible female, that divorce for ill-assorted couples is necessary. To me there appears to be no essential difference between a man and woman ceasing to live with one another (and being free to form other ties) whether it be done by mutual consent or, as at present, through the Diroree Court. Easy divorce and placement come to much the same thing. They both recognise that it is more conducive to the 'happiness and honesty, both of the individual and of society, that when love and respect have de parted the tie should be dissolved. . Mrs. Ashton does not claim, as Lucinda seems to imagine, that placement will pre vent women and men from forming unions for mercenary motives in place of the promptings of affection. The only effectual means of doi...
Family Notices [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
MISSING FRIENDS. Harey Devenish, shearer, left Melbourne four years ago.— Communicate with John Devenish, Bull and Mouth Hotel, Mel bourne. Michael O'Keefe, left Liverpool for Mel bourne in December, 1858. Last heard of in 1863 from G-ulf Diggings. Soii John enquires. Send information to W. W. Lyght, Box 279, G-.P.O., Melbourne. i
NO FEDERATION WITH A SLAVE STATE. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
NO FEDERATION WITH A SLAVE STATE A travelling correspondent of the Sun day Times, commenting on the fact . that he was unable to visit Eden, which, ac cording to Sir William Wmdeyer, is destined yet to be the capital of Federatod Australia, remarks : — ' The disappointment did not cost me many pangs of regret, seeing that recent disturbances in the political atmos phere of some of our neighboring colonies, has caused my ardor in the cause of Federa tion to fall considerably below zero. What, honor, forsooth, could we possibly derive' from 'a union with kanaka-ridden Queensland, and coolie -planted South Australia ? Would, not such an unholy alliance sound the death-knell of our purest aspirations, and. shatter for ever our cherished dream of Aus tralia for Au stralians . ' Of course it would.
HERE AND THERE IN THE BACK COUNTRY. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
HERE AND THERE IN THE BACK COUNTRY. '. [By 'Paroo.' In the Sydney Evening News of Friday last a paragraph appeared conveying the intelligence that there had been some trouble at Nocoleche, on the Paroo. The 'Mulga wire' — presumably from that station — states the ' shed hands were offered the rates agreed upon by the Pastoralists' Union, viz., 25s per week, but they held out for 30s, and their places were filled within an hour at the former rate.' This is, I think, pure assertion, as from latest advices the men were still holding out for the thirty bob. Now, if the wage rate is reduced, it will be simply grinding the life's blood out of a few hundred men who have been tramp ing the country for months — scarcely ex isting — in the vain search for work. Noco leche is distant about 120 miles from Bourke, and, men have to 'hawk' their labor that weary drag for a paltry proffered 25s per week for a period of six or seven weeks in each year. This on top of the boycotting of local shearers...
OUR SISTERS' COLUMN. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
OUR SISTERS' COLUMN. Deae Hfmmeb, The gods are waking up. Men are begin ? ning to recognize the wants, needs, and com mon humanity of their long time slave,, woman. Think of it, sweet Hummer. In Sydney they are organizing fortnightly socials — plenty of dancing, and only about two short speeches— m order to enrol us in a union with them. Shall we enrol ? Rather. And by and bye we shall leave off washing and ironing shirts at 3d each, finding our own firewood, blue, and starch at that. No more morning wrappers for the swells made by us for 6d and 9d each. No more shirts for the sweater at 2s 6dper dozen. A fair day's pay for a fair day's work. Sis and I have no brothers, but we'll have some soon. Next social Garrington Hall, Sydney, Tuesday,. - 12th July. ' ^ Yours in unity, Maude Violet Angelina Smith. P.S. — I can't help my name, but always sign it in full, not necessarily for publication, but as a guarantee that there is enough* of it.
HENRY GEORGE ON COMPETITION. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
HENRY GEORGE ON COMPETI TION. Dear Hummer, — Max Hirsch is still in fog land — still imagines that inventors are the sole creators of the wonders in steam and electricity. Suppose Caxton, Stevenson, and Edison had been compelled to hew their own coal, bake their own bread, weave their own blankets, unearth the steel and iron necessary for the formation of their wonders, where would their inventions be ? They would not be a real live benefit to the inhabitants of the world in this age of starvation and discon tent, pregnant with revolution. I still cling to the belief that the cost is the price ; that every man alive owes certain duties to other men. Admitting that Stevenson would have an undeniable right to make a boat and sail or row it to an uninhabited island, and there find coal, iron, and everything necessary for the formation of his locomotive, and after it was made go and proclaim to all the world that he had manufactured and invented something which would benefit humanity as...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
-5 * ' ? ? 'OOURKE BRANCH A.S.U. NOTICE TO ALL SHEARERS. Seeing' that the Pastoralists Union are ex acting- conditions and terms by their adver tisement ?which are derogatory to the prin ciples of Unionism and Manhood, Shearers arc requested to make their engagements in the usual manner direct with Pastoralists. By their advertisement the P:U. are violat ing' the spirit of the agreement entered into by the A.S.U. and P.TJ . at Sydney Conference of 7th and 8th August last year. A. ANDREWS, Chairman. W. WOOD, Secretary. Bourke, May 17th, 1892. 'T^TOTICE is- hereby given that on and after J3I the 30th APRIL, 1892, the Cobar Branch Office will be REMOVED to Coonam ble, where, after this date, the business of the Branch will be conducted under the name of COBAR BRANCH, No. 4, Office, COO NAMBLE. The business of the Branch will be con ducted as heretofore by Wm. PERCY, and all correspondence should be addressed ^ ' * - W. PERCY, ?--' :. Secretary Cobar Branch A.S.U., Coonamble. By order.,...
VOLUNTARYISM [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
VOLUNTARYISM R. B. T. writes : — ' In. a community where so many strange contrasts exist — idle lands and idle hands, full stores and empty stomachs, lean, prematurely aged workers, and corpulent, asthmatical, and gouty drones, opulent vice, and poverty-stricken virtue — one would naturally expect to find every man and woman worthy of the name endeavoring to equalise opportunities. That such is not the case is due io the fact that men and women, instead of trusting to their own natural sense of j ustice,have allowed themselves to be rounded up into all kinds of organizations, preached into a blind reverence of dogma instead of loyalty to principle, and a slavish dependence on authority instead of a manly and womanly love of liberty. All earnest Revolutionists are painf uliy aware that the work of Church and State will have to be undone ; and many hold that the task will sooner be accomplished by appealing direct to that desire for liberty which every man and woman undoubtedly posses...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
BOURKE BRANCH AS U NOMINATIONS' of Members to fill the positions of Chairman, Vice- Chairman, (2), Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Coun cillor, Delegates to Annual Conference (2), Delegates to Trades and Labor Council (4), must be in the hands of the Returning Officer not later than 23rd AUGtTST. Nominations must be accompanied with names of proposer and seconder with num bers of 1892 Certificates. Nomination Forms can be obtained from all agents. Note. — It is not imperative that Nomina tions be filled in on printed forms. G. E. LEWIS, A.S.U. Returning Officer. Bourke, June 22th, 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 inte...
ANTS IN THE BILLY. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
ANTS IN THE BILLY. Somebody challenged Jack Mullens, of Howlong, to a boxing contest at Howard's tent, but omitted to attach his name to the document. Mullins has been six weeks looking for the challengei , and the more he can't find him the more he rages. He ?earnestly calls on the pluck v individual with no name to come along ' and be smashed up into little bits, but that joker winks the other ?eye and keeps dark. Meanwhile, the Mullens tears the district up by the roots, and carries ?on something awful. * * * Dear Hummer, ' This is the winter of our discontent,' and liow consoling it must be to those who are angry in mind and empty in pocket and ?stomach to read the average daily paper as it spreads itself over a solution of the unem ployed difficulty. Flushed as it is with ?capital, and fearing the withdrawal or pan dering for1 the renewal of a scab-compelling advertisement, the opinion of the ' average daily' is, of course, worth a good deal, and in this particular the Australi...
NOTES FROM VICTORIA. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
NOTES FROM VICTORIA Arthur Grose, G.L.U. Secretary at Cres wick, sends us the following : — ' The ar rangements for the coming wool season in this Branch are now nearly completed. Messrs M. Sullivan and W. E. Lawless have been appointed to travel the Wentworth division on behalf of the Creswick Branch G.L.U. The former has started for the Darling sheds, and W. Glasson starts on the 22nd inst, to visit the sheds on the lower Murrumbidgee. So far as can be seen a good season is anticipated for members in Vic. The amalgamation scheme is meeting with much more favor with the A.S.U. men than it did at first, and we have reasons to exjDect that the ballot in this colony will decide in favor of amalgamation. The Pastoralists Union, following the action of the G.L.U. and A.S,U., waited on the Victorian Railway Commissioners and got a concession granted to all persons follow ing shearing pursuits to be allowed return fares extending over four months to railway stations on or near the borders...
OUR PLATFORM. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
OUR PLATFORM. The ' Hummer' advocates : (1) Trades Unionism and the Federation of Labor throughout Australia now ; throughout the world in the near future. (2) Co-operation : Voluntary, municipal, and national. (3) Australia for Australian citizens, equality of the sexes, equal pay for equal work. (4) The complete political independence of the United Australian Commonwealth, on a basis of pure democratic Republican ism. (5) The Referendum, the people their own Upper House. (6) Free land for a free people ; taxation of land values. , (7) In the event of an invasion, those who own the country to fight for it ; every body else to shift up country out of harm's way. (8) Those who believe in these reforms to assist in obtaining them, by subscribing to the paper — 4s per annum. The 'Hummer' opposes: (1) Black and yellow labor. (2) Imported Governors. (3) ' ' Freedom of contract' ' of the Employers' Union lop-sided variety. (4) Titles of rank, hereditary or otherwise. (6.) Dear law and all...
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL A.S.U. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 9 July 1892
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AS IT A special meeting of Executive Council A.S.U. was held in Wagara on Monday, June 29, 1892. Present — W. G. Spence (President), C. Poyntonand H. Lang well (Vice-Presidents), W. W. Head (Wagga), D. M'Done'll (Bourke), C. O'Hara (Moree), R. J. Taffe (Creswick), J. Slattery (Casterton), T. Wil liams (Scone), J. M'Inerney (Goulburn). The President explained that the meeting . had been called by his instructions at the request of the Bourke Branch in order that the financial position and other matters could be discussed. He read a telegram from the Secretaries of Bourke Branches A.S.U. and G.L.U., eomplaining of the action of the P.U., aided by the Government Labor Bureau, in boycotting local men and flooding the sheds with labor from Sydney,' New Zealand, and elsewhere. It was resolved that a strong remonstrance be sent to the Government of New South Wales, protesting against the manner the Labor Bureau was conducted. In order that the full financial position of t...