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Peasant and King. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 March 1915
Peasant and King. You who put faith in your banks and brigades. Diank and ate largely, slept easy at night, Hoarded your lyddite and polished the blades, Let down upon us this blistering blight — You who played grandly the easiest game, Now can you shoulder the weight of the same ? Say, can you fight ? Here is the tragedy: losing or winning Who profits a copper ? Who garners the fruit ? From bloodiest ending to futile beginning Ours is the blood, and the sorrow to boot. Muster your music, flutter your flags, Ours are the hunger, the wounds, and the rags. Say, can you shoot 1 This is your game : it was none of our choosing — We are the pawns with whom you have played. Yours is the winning and ours is the losing, But, when the penalties have to be paid, We who are left, and our womenfolk, too, Rulers of Europe, will settle with you — Are you afraid ? CHRISTOPHER MORLEY, in the New York Evening Post.
LITERATURE OFFER. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 March 1915
LITERATURE OFFER. The Press Committee has been very busy lately, and have on stock several naw 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 ere 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'llch deals with Sabotage and its philosophy and application. All should read it. Price, 3d. 'The Advancing Proletariat,' by Abner Woodruff, is a well-written history of the genesis, and develop ment of the pholetariat. It describes the effect of the machine on the trades unions and crafts, and shows fie 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 in...
Closed Till After the War. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 March 1915
Closed Till After the War. A wearied Recording Angel sighed. 'It's a Hell of a world down there,' he cned. Distracted, he scrowled at the busy phones, Vibrant with sordidness, pregnant with groans. 'The stench from that foetid, terrestrial sink -;- Would drive e'en an angel, 'he murmured, to drink. ' 'Grant us Thy peace!' Hear the plutocrats jest' Filching red gold from their vile slaughtered-f est ; Gold won from -armaments, minted in Hell, Coined from each grisly corpse, each screaming sfiell. Hear them! Smug Pharisees, blood on each sword: 'Grant us Thy piece, in our time Oh, Lord'. 'Rise, too, loud wailings and prayers for aid ^ Each guilty brawler whimpering, afraid. Vaunting, each one, his most richteous cause. Vowing he fights but to spread the Lord's laws. Hypocrite, sophist, knave and fool, Asking their God to act as their tool. 'I've doubled my force on Petitions for Peace, Vet cries for Divine intervention ne'er cease. ' Everlasting we toil o'er their Prayers for Help Wit...
Literature in Stock. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 March 1915
Literature in Stock. Capital : Karl Marx, 3 volumes, per vol. 8s. Value Price and Profit : Marx, bound 2s. paper 6d. The Evolution of Property: Lafar gue, bound 2s. Ettor's and Giovannitti's Speeches From the Dock: Price, 1/-. The New Unionism: Tridon, paper is 8d. Sabotage: Pouget, bound 2s, paper is. Mr. Block Cartoons: Rilbe, papt. 8d. One Big Union : Trautmann, paper 6d. H Communist Manifesto : Price, 6d Right to be Lazy : Laf argue, bound 2s, paper 6d. Sabotage: W. C. Smith, paper 3d. ? New Australian Song Book: second ? edition; 32 songs. Price, 3d. ? I.W.W.: History, Structure and ? . Methods ; St. John, paper 3d. ? Revolution and the I.W.W.: Pease, ? paper 3d. . ? War! What For? Cartoon: Pnce, ? 3d. , fl Summary of Marx's 'Capital':™ 2d. ? Revolutionary Unionism : E. j- i-- ? Allen, 2d. . ? Industrial Unionism : Hanlon, 20- H Economic Discontent: paper 20. ? How to Overcome the High Cost 01 H Living : Dougherty, paper** ? Wage-Labour aud Capital: Marx, H paper id. H Industri...
Police Court Proceedings. Monday, 15th February. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 March 1915
Police Court Proceedings. Monday, 15th February. The first man was charged with assaulting the police, offensive be haviour, obstruction and resist ance. This was the general charge of all. In the cases of Clubb, Ebert and Johnson, an important witness, broke down charges of assault to charges of resistance. The police case was so weak that their con viction of 7 and 14 days proved that they put up a splendid de fence, which paved the way for the other cases. Johnson put up a grand defence, but he got 21 days. Jim Bryan also made a great de fence, and he received 21 days. He treated the whole proceedings as a matter of propaganda. In the case of Bob Graham the police built up a case on lies and swore that he kicked the inspector about the body. He received a sentence of four months, it will be a crime if we rebels allow this to die down, for he was convicted upon lies. Come in your thousands, boys, and fill them up. The police case in Simmer's was so feeble that it was dismissed. Th...
NOTE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 March 1915
NOTE. The Rev. F. Colwell speaking at Invereil last week, says that the church was doing it's duty towards 'their' country in gallant fashion. Ergo — and , asserted that the Y.M.C.A. was setting a dazzing example by sending 140 of its BEST young men to the front — Sub-getters are requested to shake ?? up again, as the paper is much de- ^M pendent on a full list. Other local ? members are requested also to get ?? a. few. By about May, if our cir- ? culation increases as it is doing ^M now, 'Direct Action' will be made H into a weekly. It depends on you. ^M
A GAOL FOR ANARCHISTS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 March 1915
A GAOL FOR ANARCHISTS. A San Francisco corespondent writes: — 'There is now under con struction in New York' a prison building especially designed for the detention of anarchists. Indepen dent Workers of the World agita tors, and other law breakers who have defied all efforts to restrain them in existing city gaols. Pris oners of this class have proven amongst the most difficult to con trol, and there have teen several prison up-risings headed by anar chists and I. W.W. convicts that have given the authorities much trouble and concern. The new gaol, now being built on Riker's Island, will have separate cells for 8o pris oners, all of whom will be drafted from other city institutions because of their propensity for stirring up trouble amongst their companions. For the worst of the trouble makers there will be absolutely sound-proof cells. Each cell will be 8f. by 12ft.. and will be equipped with cot, washstand, and other facilities. Practically the whole prison will be constructed by...
Inside Information. Enemy's Fortress, Maitland, 23/2/191[?] [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 March 1915
Inside Information, — 0 — &nbsp; Enemy's Fortress, &nbsp; Maitland, &nbsp; 23/2/1915 &nbsp; Minister of 'Direct Action,' &nbsp; War Office. &nbsp; 330, Castlereagh-st., Sydney, &nbsp; Sir, — I beg to forward belated re- &nbsp; port of capture of 1st and 2nd con- &nbsp; tingents, Expeditionary Force, also &nbsp; capture of your official correspond &nbsp; ent by the brutal and unscrupulous &nbsp; enemy. &nbsp; This despatch is forwarded by &nbsp; friendly, non-combatant, through &nbsp; the lines with instructions to swallow &nbsp; same if discovered. Censorship, &nbsp; fierce ; supervision, fiercer ; suppres &nbsp; sion, fiercest. &nbsp; Gallant action of 1st Contingent &nbsp; in face of overwhelming odds, only &nbsp; equalled in history by the heroic at- &nbsp; tack of the 2nd, a few days later, &nbsp; ...
Direct Action. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 March 1915
Direct Action. By Ajax. I inn the will of Labour, I am the word of Law, I am I lie only Sabre (.''in sever the Beak and Claw. — E. McKENN. -- -leni phrase 'Direct Action' &nbsp; &nbsp; has crept into the English language. &nbsp; Until recently this expression was &nbsp; seldom heard and like other phrases &nbsp; &nbsp; such as 'class consciousness, was &nbsp; &nbsp; rigidly tabooed in society. What &nbsp; abstraci reasoning failed to enhght &nbsp; en events quickly bring home, and &nbsp; &nbsp; thus new and sinister expressions &nbsp; born of strikes and industrial &nbsp; troubles emerge upon the sea of &nbsp; social strife. &nbsp; Historically the dictum 'Direct &nbsp; Action' is French. Pelloutier, the &nbsp; founder of the French Federation of &nbsp; Labor first showed its significance. &nbsp; He was a philosophic anarchis...
MAY DAY NUMBER. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 March 1915
MAY DAY NUMBER. In order to celebrate May Day in a befitting manner, we have deter mined to bring out a larger 'Direct Acton' on that occasion. The number will contain several interesting articles by our best contributors, and will, generally be well worth keeping as a. memento of the phenomenal rise of the I.W.W. in Australia. Locals and fellow-workers requiring larger quantities, are requested to send in their orders early, so as to give us seme idea of the requirements for the issue. Tiie cost of the issue will be much more than the average issue, therefore, we ask the- membership to do their best. The rates will be 9d. per dozen as usual. Send in your orders now, for the May Day issue. The Labour Party will get 'free speech' next election. Mark you us. We have our eye on Stacquarie street.
Important. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 March 1915
Important. Fellow workers and locals are in vited to send in reports of activities, news pare, and short snappy articles. Above all, don't send long, windy ar ticles about nothing in particular, as the writers are bound to be disap pointed. Anything of a personal na ture will not be entertained, Although criticism is always welcomed: The first idea of the organisation is to pro pagate the tactics and structure of the I.W.W., and, therefore, necessarily, this paper will express those ideas primarily. ? # # Should any subscribers fall to re ceive acknowledgment of their sub scriptions ,the receipt of 'DIRECT ACTION' will be equivalent to such. Should any subscriber not receive his paper he should immediately noti fy Manager, 330 Castlereagh-etreet On the expiration of subscriptions the number of the last issue due sub scribers will appear on the wrapper of the paper.
COMPARISONS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 March 1915
COMPARISONS. On Saturday afternoon, an assaulted man lay in Nithsdale-street, Sydney, bleeding from a bad scalp wound, for over forty minutes. No policeman could be found within half-a-mile. Same night, one hog-bellied capitalist pushed his -stink-wagon (deliberately through an orderly meeting. Got bis Marsuma pushed into his ugly face, and his nose roasted. Howled! 'Per- lice ! Perlice 1' K'esult; Ten uniformed and several plain-clothes coppers. Query: Who owns the police?
CORRESPONDENCE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 March 1915
CORRESPONDENCE. J. Sweeny (Bulls,. N.Z.)— Many thanks. Will write soon. M. S. (W.A.)— Many thanks. H. (Rockhampton) — Sorry can't use. Try job conditions. T. S. (Callanna, S.A.)— Sending cards. Many thanks. H. T. (Auckland, N.Z.)— Letter to hand. Writing soon. J. J. B., Thanks.
Newcastle Won. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 March 1915
Newcastle Won. Although the Council refused us a permit on Monday last, we have held two successful meetings here. The police were present, but d:.d no' inter fere. On Friday last, F. \\\ Stewart, and myself went out to Mainland to see some of the boys- We were allowed a twenty minutes conversation with F. W. Reeve, Morgan, and West, whom we spoke to through an aperture about two feet by one. We were not allowed to speak on outside happenings, or on inside conditions, therefore our talk was very limited. They all look very good on it, especially West, who has a three weeks' growth of beard. We also caught a glimpse of F.Ws. Attreed, Paddy Roonan, and his mate. F. W. Johnson came out yesterday, and promptly assassinated a big feed of steak and eggs. West has some good dope for the paper when he comes out- All the boys send their best wishes to the clan outside. We are holding another meeting in Newcastle to-night. F.A.R.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 March 1915
fact MlQD OFFICIAL ORGAN Of the INDUSTRIAL WOKKHRS OF ^ THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Office:— 330 CasUcrcagh St., Sydney Australia. EDITOR: TOM BARKEK. MANAGER: E. A. G1KFNEV. Matter for publics !i'..~t only ihij.:^ bs ed:;retsed to tha Ed, tor. Glher mzVmi to the Manager. Subscription, ?./- per year. Special Terms en Bundle Orders. HEADQUARTERS l.V/.W. (Ausirsiia); 330 CASTLEREAGH ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS— 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, l!l., U.S.A . ^iwatfiiMiiiiiiTWWr'miaia ^cat ^gaamViy.'j^.Egaagy
NEWCASTLE FREE SPEECH FUND [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 March 1915
NEWCASTLE FREE SPEECH FUND Brought forward, £4 6s. 8id; G Shoebridge, 2s. 6d ; H. W. Wilde. 2s. 6d; S. Campbell, 2s. 6d; J. Hart, 2s. 6d; J. Taylor, 2s; A. G. Smith, 2s. 6d; Collection, 3s. 2d; T. Smithers, 10s; H. Franks, 2s; R. Smith, 7s. 6d; F. Roels, 5s ; Brisbane Local, £1; W. Allen, 2s. 6d : J. O'Donoughue, 2s. 6d; J. Costello, Is; M. McBride, Is. Total £7 15s. lOJd.
BOULDER NOTES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 March 1915
BOULDER NOTES. Just at present things are quiet here; but the hunger line and the starving unemployed can be seen everyday, offering themselves for sale. 'We have been unable to hold our Kalgoorlie street meetings, owing to the rain, and our speakers working afternoon shift. The trucks are' too big in the mines here. How about only half filling them? Or putting out half the tally? To rebels were down from Woolgar, and went back armed with 'Direct Action' and literature. We want the doctrine of industrial unionism to reach every mining camp in Australia. M. SAWTELL.
Slavery. Ancient and Modern. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 March 1915
Slavery Ancient and Modern. — ? ? ; ? * ? '? ? — (A. Mack.) The workers of early ?-.civilisation wore chattel .slaves, not from choice, but i'rom compulsion. The workers of .-'modern civilisation arc* wage slaves, also not from choice, but from compulsion. Chattel slaves worked hard, and re ceived enough food and care to pre serve their healtJi and thus their power to labour: the death of a chattel slave was a distinct loss to .the boss, as lie had to buy or capture another to re place the lost one. Wage slaves work harder, produci: Jiioie, jiiid receive enough of the wealth they- produce to enable them to replace their lost energy and to rear more wago slaves. The death of a wage slave is no loss to the boss: he lias, not to buy or capture another — there are always plenty 'more in the indus trial reserve army, and these hunger drives to the vacant job. There appears some likeness between ih;' positions of. the workers at the two opposite ends of civilisation, insomuch that they bo...