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CLOSE UP THE RANKS [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 16 July 1892
CLOSE UP THE RANKS When the Queensland delegates to the Bush Unions Conference at Adelaide two years ago issued a manifesto setting forth that the on slaught just then being commenced on the Queensland Unions was a pre lude to the cutting of wages right through Australia, the monopolistic Press and the land thieves, robbers, and boodlers generally jumped on the statement with all their feet. It was denounced as a hideous lie concocted by agitators who knew it was a lie, as a vile misrepresentation which should have' secured the persons responsible for such a horrible state ment 'at. least 25 years gaol, with floggings thrown in. With tears inv his eyes the fat monopolist assured us time and again that he had no in tention 1 whatever of reducing wages, and that the one paid only reason he had for fighting the Unions was to preserve intact that great and glorious principle 'Freedom of Contract.' Every Employers Union official was made to repeat the same old parrot cry at every opportu...
THE BROKEN HILL STRIKE [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 16 July 1892
THE BROKEN HILL STRIKE The statement of the Proprietary Company at Broken Hill that unless the cost of raising the ore can be reduced, the Company will be unable to pay dividends, is all bunkum. The amount paid to miners equals about 18s per 'ton; 'so. reckoning the difference in the con ? tract and day labor system at as high as 15 per cent., it would only amount to a sum sufficient to pay an additioual dividend of Id per month. To place a ton of silver on ship board costs 157s. The miner gets 18s only, and as it is not proposed to retrench in .other directions, it is safe to say the fight is not for the contract system at all, but for the high and mighty Joss called 4 ' Freedom of Contract.' Matters in connection with the strike are pretty much as they were last week, with the exception that both sides have issuad a manifesto setting forth the position. The miners appeal to Australian Unionists to aid them in their struggle against the in troduction of the contract system of stop ...
G.L.U MEETING AT BOURKE. BOURKE, July 14. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 16 July 1892
Gr-L TJ MEETING AT BOURKE. . ? + ? [by wire] Bourse, July 14. A meeting of the General Laborers' Com mittee last night accepted the resignation of Mr Robinson, auditor, with regret, and 'in- structed the Secretary to write thanking him for the valuable assistance rendered by him to the officers. It was resolved that the committee ap prove the desirability, of members co . operating in taking contracts, and appointed Messrs Lewis, Taylor, Kelly and Hall as a sub-committee to inquire re the contract for clearing 27 miles of the Jbourke to ±-re- warrina road, with instructions to report to . . a general meeting to be held on Thursday, 21st inst. Also resolved that nominations of Branch, officers be called for September. 1st. Mr Daniel Currie was appointed Returning Officer. Nullawa and Curravvilinghi started shear ing. Shed hands 30s per week. Thus Beynolds : ' When people prate about the prosperity of the working classes now as compared with their position, say, a hundred years ago, t...
Family Notices [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
MISSING FRIENDS. Haeby Deyenish, 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 Gulf Diggings. Son J.ohn enquires'. Send infoimation to W. W. Lyght, Box 279, G.P.O., Melbourne.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
GENERAL LABORERS UNION BOUKKE BEANOH. MEMBERS are hereby notified that NOMINATIONS of Members willing to fill the positions of Chairman, Vice- Chair- men (2), Treasurer, Executive Councillor, Secretary, and Delegates to Annual Confer ence (3), must be in the hands of the Return ing Officer1 not later than THURSDAY, September 1st. Nominations must be accompanied by the names of proposer and seconder, together with the number of their 1892 Certificates. By order, ? DANIEL CTJRRIE, Returning Officer. Mitchell street, ' Bourkej July 14, 1892. COBAR BRANCH AS IT OF AUSTRALASIA. EXTENSION OF DATE OP NOMINATION MEMBERS are hereby notified that NOMINATIONS for the following, offices for the ensuing term must be lodged with the undersigned not later than the 15th August, 1892:— Chairman, Vice-Chairmen (2), Secretary, Auditors (2), Treasurer, Trustees (2), ?Executive Officer,. Delegates to Con ference (2). Nominations must be accompanied with names of Proposer and Seconder, with num ber of 18...
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. Those workers who desire to learn more of the world- wide labor movements, may obtain the following books , at the 'Hummer' office, postage paid: — WORKING MAN'S PARADISE ... 2 10 Oo- operative Commonwealth (Gronlund) ..'... .. . . \ ?.. -.14 Conventional Lies of our Civilization (Nordau) ? . . 3 ' ''4T Caesars Column (Donnelly) . . . . 0 8 The Old Order and the New (Davidson) 1 2 Looking Backward (Bellamy) . . 0 8 Social Tangle (Michaelis) . . ..08 Progress and Poverty (George) . . 12 Social Problems (George) . . . . 12 New Australian Co-operative Settlement Association Rules and basis of or ganisation (Argentine Scheme) . . 0 1 ' Australian Workman,' per annum 4 0 ' Queensland Worker' .. . . 5 0 Or any other labor book or newspaper pub lished in the English language at cost price. Send stamps or M.O. to W. W. HEAD, '? Hummer' Office, Wagga.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
?pOUEKE 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 are 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.U. at Sydney Conference of 7th and 8th August last year. A. ANDREWS, Chairman. W. WOOD, Secretary. . Bourke, May 17th, 1892. BOTJRKE BRANCH LABOE ELECTORAL LEAGUE. MEMBERS of the above are notified that the HALF-YEARLY SUB SCRIPTION of 2s is now due. - W. WOOD, Hon Sec. cJune 13, 1892. NOTICE TO MEMBERS OF THE G LU WAGGA BEANOH. THE FEDERATION BALLOT It has been decided to extend the time for taking above ballot until JULY 25. Those who have not voted should at once procure ballot papers from the . office or D.C. Secretaries. W. W. HEAD, Acting Secretary. May 4, 1892. NOTICE TO MEM...
HERE AND THERE IN THE BACK COUNTRY. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
HERE AND THERE IN THE BACK \ COUNTRY. I [By 'Paroo.' At the A.S.U. committee meeting on the 12th inst. it was decided to issue a circular drawing attention to the utterances of the President of the Pastoralists Union, at their mejeting in Sydney, re the proposed reduc tioti of vthe shearing rate next season. -It will set forth the urgent necessity of the wefrkers -closing their ranks, so as to be in a position to resist the aggressions of the federated capitalists ; also the advisability of a levy for co-operative works and defence purposes. The. committee' are also 'issuing subscrip tion lists to the sheds already started in aid of|he Broken Hill .'miners locked out, and wifl no doubt be liberally responded to. The bu|hworkers recognize plainly the ultimate indentions of the monopolists to reduce wa?ges, under guise of the bogey 'Freedom of Contract,' at Broken Hill, as in our own ranks. The town is also, to be canvassed. The business people here are fully conversant with the amoun...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
NOTICE is hereby given that on and after 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.
SHEARING ITEMS. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
SHEARING ITEMS ?it- v Grass is coming on out Hillston way,, and horsemen can now manage to get a bit beyond the Lachlan without facing actual starvation. The early sheds in that district, start about August 13. Hay Agent Stevenson reports: — Likely to be some little difficulty with the carriers at a big station here. Non-Union teams are engaged to dd^hevWork at lower than Union rates. Shearer^ have great skir mishing about for grass t\u% year, but the spring comes on apace, and%grass grows quickly on the river flats. Altogether things are not too bad. ' A Victim' writes : '. At the Mer cadool Station the men engaged for lamb marking are knocked off by the boss when ever it rains, and their wages religiously stopped 'till the weather clears.' At another place out that way the boss engages a number of men through Whitely King, keeps them a week, then sacks them, and. sends for another batch. Thus is the unem ployed question solved !' . * ? . On the Paroo the shed hands wages* vary fro...
LUCINDA SHARPE ON TITLE DEEDS. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
LTJCINDA SHARPE ON TITLE DEEDS. (Worker.) Once upon a time — this is an old, old story that I read ages, ago — there was a king who inquired of a man by what right he held a certain selection. The king was a pretty big king, but the man looked straight into his eyes and whipped out a sword that looked fit to cut a king's head off as easily as it would cut a beef-steak. ' That's my title deeds,' said the man. And the king said right away that it was perfectly satisfactory and didn't trouble the man with a sword to show the writing. of it or the signature of it either. And my own heartfelt opinion is that to this very day there isn't any title deed more recognized by kings and by the various other sorbs of rulers who have tum bled the kings 'out and sit in. their places. Now is -there-? If you know one I'd like to hear a little about it. I don't know of any other title-deed which this very same Grovernment that we've got can put in for Australia. I've yet to learn, don't you know, tha...
WHO IS MAN? [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
WHO IS MAN? Who is man that he should worry . ,, And perplex his weary brain And to death his framework hurry To secure a worldly gain ? Is he human or immortal ? * Is this earth his paradise ? Or is death the only portal To a life beyond the skies? All that's mortal finds corruption In the bosom of the earth, From whose bowels come the riches By which mortals judge their worth. If he is in part immortal, ?- ? Then that part must be his mind And the mind to be immortal . Must its equal somewhere find. He without a mind to reason Is a heap of miry clay, Like a tree in its wrong season, Planted only to decay. But the man whose mind's directed To the higher forms of life Says the poor must be respected Seeks to rid the world of strife. This is he who lives immortal ,. i For his life is that of love And his mind is but a portion Of the.higher life above. Aegentine. The Australian Labor novel— interesting, thrilling, and instructive — Workwoman? s-\ Paradise.
MAORILAND MATTERS. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
MA0RILAND MATTERS. ? ^ ? __ [BY HANK MORGAN.] The Grovernment is once more exempli fying the truth of my contention that poli ticians, like princes, are not to be trusted, but that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Last year the Nominee Chamber threw out most of the radical measures introduced by the Government, and mutilated the re mainder by cutting out the most vital prin ciples. The retiring Governor, Lord Onslow, refused to appoint Radical members to the Council as recommended, and his suc cessor, Lord Glasgow, is following his example. If the Government, knowing the strength of its backing, would appeal to the country and force a quarrel with the Governor, and ' wipe out the House of Fossils, all would go well. But Governments prefer office to reform everywhere, and all the time, and instead of the Ballance Ministry nailing its colors ,to the mast it is backing down a bit. Three of the most important measures sub mitted this session are the Electoral Bill, the Land Bi...
BIRD'S-EYE VIEW. FROM SYDNEY. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
* BIBD'S-EYE VIEW FROM SYDNEY. ? [By Tot.] This should, perhaps, be. dated from J3roken Hill, because it is of that argenti ferous paradise that I have to write, or of ?what is going on there, the little I have to ?communicate being gained from observations ? made during a recent visit, and from in ?quiries of practical authorities on each side of the contending classes. Need I tell The Hummer in the first place that the early newsj-aper accounts of what was going on at the Barrier were grossly exaggerated ? The only parallel case oi wholesale wilful dis tortion of the facts was that of the so-called Brookong riots some three years ago. And in this particular connection it may be re marked that the attitude taken up by one of the Sydney morning dailies was more than 'usually unfair — it would be too charitable to ?call it merely stupid — inasmuch as this paper gave a statement of the cause of quarrel be tween masters and men, and the actions re sulting therefrom, which was absolutel...
LABOR PAPER CONFERENCE. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
LABOR PAPER CONFERENCE A -conference of representatives of Aus tralian Unions was held in Sydney on July 16 to consider the establishment of an inter colonial Labor paper. There were present : 'W. Gr. Spence, Victorian Shearers and La borers ; H. Lang: well, M.P., Bourke ditto ; T. Williams, M.P., Scone do. ; J. Downey, Young1 do. ; W. -Fercy, Cobar do. ; P. O'Rourke, G-oulburn do. ; T. M. De Warre, Inverell Laborers and Narrabri Carriers ; G-. A. Edwards, . Sydney Trades and Labor Oouncil ; 'W. Lane, Worker Board of Trustees ; ~W. W. Head, Wagga Hummer. Mr Spence was voted to the chair, and Mr Head acted as Secretary. The Chairman explained the various mat ters which had led up to the conference. Bourke Unions were negotiating to extend The Summer, idea, and Mr Hall, the Gr.L.XJ. Secretary had written to the Worker people for information. The manager of the latter had suggested a 'conference in Sydney, and nearly all the branches had agreed to meet and frame a workable scheme to su...
ON THE WALLABY. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
ON THE WALLABY [By Arthur Rae.] In my last I gave some, impressions of Tas manian laws and customs, and before leaving ' the tight little Island' I must pay a tribute of praise to the homely hospitality of those of the inhabitants I had the pleasure of meeting. I was driven round the city of Launceston by a defeated Labor candidate who had travelled much in America, Europe, and Australia, and whose broad compre hensive views of men and manners would put to shame many of our New South Wales legislators' who think Sydney is the hu-b-of the universe, and 'our beautiful harbor' the chief wonder of the world. We drove to Perth ,and Longford, two quaint, old fashioned country towns, and in and around the 'little city itself saw many spots of grue some interest to students of the bad old days, and the horrible convict system, now happily abolished, and its memories fading fast., Yet it seems to me that the terribly inhuman and degrading penal system which ushered in the colonization of bot...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 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 intends to run honest till it runs down. For these reasons we cringe to no one for advertisements ; but all the same we ask Unionists to support their own paper by patronising those who advertise in it. The ' Hummer' is the only truly coopera tive weekly newspaper in Australia (except ing the Queensland Worker) and all j)rofits go towards its improvement. The 'Hummer' office is a recognised Union office. The only one in the Riverina. ' For terms apply to the MANAGER. THE JOLLY WAGGONERS HOTEL, Opposite the Park, MITCHELL STREET, BOURKE. / ? ? JOHN M'LOUGHLIN, Proprietor, WISHES to inf...
OUR PLATFORM. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
CUE PLATFORM. The ' Hummer' advocates : (1) Trades Unionism and the Federation of Labor throughput 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 cpuntry 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 law...
SMOKE HO!! [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 23 July 1892
SMOKE HO!! The Sydney Tramway and 'Bus men's wages reduced to another step nearer starvation. Next issue we will publish an in teresting letter dealing with Political and Labor matters, written from San Francisco. Miss Scott, Hon. Secretary Woman hood Suffrage League, says : — ' Mistaken as I tli ink it in some things, I love The Working - . man's Paradise. The spirit of the book is -tove.' ; ' ? ? In the British elections Gladstone has a small majority, and eight Labor mem- ? bers have been, re turned. Salisbury has de cided to face Parliament instead of resigning the reins to the G-.O.M. Monster meetings are being held in various centres expressing sympathy with the Barrier strike, and practical assistance is rolling in steadily. Everybody should help all they can. One shopkeeper in Bourke is too niSan to close up his place of business on the usual half -holiday, and the Early Closing Association are taking steps to 'enjoin the oppressor.' He had better swim out before his swag ge...