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Full Date1897-01-17
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Newspaper TitleTruth (Sydney)
Trove TitleAn Australian Anarchist
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?A.3ST AUSTRALIAN ANARCHIST

[Ail Eights Reserved.] (B* V. L. THOMAS.)

Chjiiteb XIL

THE OONOBEGATION Or TUB DISCONTENTED. Fbank Morton booh loft Ireland to return to Australia. On reaching London ho was detained there for s»nge weeks. An inter national conference of lebor delegates was bein^ held in London, and he was instructed to attend and report proceed ings to big own council on bis return to

Sydney. He met many of those with wbom he bad become acquainted during hii Continental tour, & few months before. Wjiile waiting thus in the great city, be again came across bis old friend, Walgett Watson, the New .South Wales M.P. On bis return from the city, to his lodgings in Kilburn one evening, Morton was in formed that a gentleman from Ireland was waiting to see him. It ru Constable liogaa, the Bsllyma cart policeman, wb», so far from incurring the erasure be feared at the eviction, was complimented for bis discretion and vigilance under rery trying circumstances. In fast, Dublin Castle bad transferred him and several other constables to play the. part of political spies in Leaden. As relating the change in bis own fortunes, Hegan'e eyes flashed with pride, and be hinted that those who ruled the Koyal Irish Constabulary knew how to detect' ? '.and reward merit. Morton, however, had his own opinion. Dublin Castle had probably discovered VaUatnbEOB&'s identity and deemed it advisable to station. in the great English metropolis,, an officer acquainted with the un tiring conspirator. It was clear that the constable's sole duty in London was to ?watch the movements o£ Yallainbrosa and hie party, who, after leaving Bailymacart, bad crossed to England to make a tour through the manufacturing districts of the North and the Midlands. From the minute way in which Ilegan described the tenr, vigilant eyes evidently followed t liens. Thi constable's riBit was seemingly a friendly one. It was only natural, after all, that in the heart of London be should seek, out a man whom he knew in the small Irish town, and with whose friends be was well acquainted. But it was easy to iee that he bad a second motive. He made several inquiries abeut the early life of Watson, the ' member for Walgett, in the New South Wales Assembly. 'You know, sir,' he exclaimed, 'it isn't roight that a gentleman in his position should go around with a cempany of 8trolling foreigners, and make firebrand speeches to big mobs, as he's been doing around Manchester and Brummagem. If an Irish member did that, wouldn't the Loldon papers kick up a row ? 'Twould damn Heme Bole for ever. For the credit «f bis country 'twould be better if be were induced to go home and lave that let. You seem to nave some influence ?ver him ; ceuldn't y«u persuade him ?' Morton shook his head. Walgelt Wat

' con, when be threw uimeeix into any movement, was not so easily persuaded, lie would, however, seek him, and de bis best to dissuade him, Where was he now ? * — Constable Hogan eoen enligtened him by pulling eut of his pocket a handbill, which intimated that Professor Vallambroea, the great champion conjuror, whe had ap peared before half the crowned heads of Eurepe, having returned fnjrn» jjuccess L: ful previncUl tour, was nightly appearing at the Lyceum Hall, No. 9 Young-street, Harrow Boad, Paddingten. Casting his eye over the contents, Morton saw that the company was much stronger than when it appeared, a few weeks before, at Bcllymacart The names of Mademoiselle 1 Viola and Professor Marker were still prominent. The Lyceum Hall in the Harrow Read differed from the National School-room at Bailymacart. But Morten found that the entertainment was much the same, with the addition ef *» few song and dance artists, more easily obtained in the great city. On arriving outside the building he reoogiiied Viola1* voioe. Instead ef Moon's Melodies she now sang ene ef these meaningless^ silly ditties that mys teriously »ttain popularity at the music tall* ? ' . 'What a desecration t» put that voice to each' base uses!' mattered Morten. He mi abeut te approach ; the window, at which money was feeing rather slowly taken, when a ? fstmiW voice .broke on his .ear. He turned round, and beheld a ' tell figure ludden in a nog* ? overcoat and a sleuuh x lit. It was VaUeinbrosa greeting Marker, wheiad just ceme en the scene. ' You have- brought all the money and accounts,' impatiently cried the foreigner. 'Net exactly,' answered Marker, 'but liey're all saf e.' Vallambrosa hissed like a serpent, ' You knew these fellewt want te see how their money has been spent, and I've asked you several . times during the past week to have everything in readiness. But you are always evading me. I daresay your itching Bpotch palm does not care te give up money it ones clutches ; but, by Heavens, you had better beware. Yen don't know the kind ef men you have te deal with. Canting churches can be hum bugged by auch anumers as you, but not men whe carry their liveR in their hands and have defied every Government in Europe.' .. Marker trembled and turned pale, and Mid, ftlmnt in a whisper, ? 'Be . reasonable. Don't be impatient Evervthing is all right My turn oomei «n early ; after I've got through, I'll go ? back to my lodgings, and meet you with the money and the documents' here. I'll have plenty of time to get back before you leave bere. Will that do?1 ? Yes,' said VallansbroBa, 'and you had better not disappoint m this time. I am wanted at the rear.' They disappeared, and Morton entered the halL He was surprised to. find among the audience several ef his eld acquaintances, the Continental Labor delegates, ? now at , tending tbe Intercolonial Conference in Jjonden. He accepted an invitationto sit : between two of them. .. . , With the additions already noted, the 'entertainment was -a repetition of what he had already seen in tho irign sch^polroem. Moreover, it was only a blind, got up to disguise and, introduce a . more eenoua ' meeting,' At tbe end, of the programme, ffcongh «veral left the halt, .a large pro ?ortien remained. Morton detected his *. Sd friend, Walgett Wateen, the M.L.A. 5-,. ;»f New South Wales, to whoBO am clung '?'*? lUd#moiseHe Viola, «s they left tbe hall. .afterthe lights were turned down, an at ? ' iandant atmt round and closely -scrutinised 1 ill who remained. He paused before ? Merton, but a few wends spoken in French by the delegates on either tide indaced him to move on. This ?xamina- tiet concluded, tbe %hts were turned e«. I'liere were now abeut 40— all men—in the n-M». YaUambreoa was o* the utage.

varions ages. Without any preliminary proceedings he immediately addreased bis audience. 'The committee have heard and con sidered all the addresses and plans pro pounded during the pa«t few nights, and have directed me to make known their reports. Of course, among the spokesmen of all the organisations, there must t-e- great differences of opinion, yet we have given due consideration to every one of them, and have decided that much an we disagree, it would be better to sink all personal opinions and work on the method which seems most practicable. I shall re view the methods. Ur Fenian friend, whom I first met at Bull's Kun, believes in force ; so do L But we must recognise that it is a two banded game. We are not strong enough. Force would favor tbe governing classes, and mean defeat Therefore, with due respect to my Fenian friend, we have agreed with the Parliamentary orator, who thought that force in ne remedy at all. The man from Manchester speaks of extending Trades-unionism. The com mittee find that Unionism tends to make workmen selfish and indifferent to the

wrenge of other workmen, wne are out Bide their own circles. Instead of recom mending Trades-unionism, we think all friends of progress should do their best to discourage and hamper.it Another man of much the same way ef thinking: recommends co-operation. Thar* is no doubt it has been a success in the North, and among the Civil Servants of the metropolis, as far as peddling goede goes, but I am afraid tbtt salvation lies not that way. Because production by co operation has been a dismal failure. I didn't see a single co-operative factojy during my trip through the north. On the contrary, I was told that it was heavy-sizing and co-operation that ruined the Kossendale Valley.' 'Then there is the champion, who re gards Henry George as a Messiah. We can't agree with him. George is not the ?wonder his followers believe, What they

regard as striking thoughts are merely plagiarisms from Rousseau, Dove, Henry 'Carey and others. Like 'George, I too 'was in San Francisco when building allot ments rose in price as tbe transconti :nental railway approached completion. .'But exceptional cases like that only breed 'ibad theories. There is nothing in eingle :tax, as witness the case of China. Wo are no believers in the parliamen tary action one delegate has favored. Ireland would be freed 60 times over if eloquence, debating power and constitu tional agitation would have done it Lastly, we come to the ease of State socialism, which means State interference in everything. Personally, I am opposed to it ; for I regard State interference ef all kinds an tyranny. The theory, as ex pounded by Karl Mara and Ferdinand Lasseelle, looks very nice on paper, but will it work ? The Socialists say that the State should take over all the means of production. Will that make people hap pier or freer ? I fear not. I waa once in one of the small States into which Italy was divided before my friend, Garibaldi, nominally fighting for freedom, in mis take welded a number of petty tyrannies into one huge one. Well, all the bakeries of this petty State were in the Givern iueut'e hands. When the people became irarulv, the Government merely ordered their bakers te make no bread, and so»n starved them into submission.. It appears to me that if all England's breweries were owned by the Government the Tories would rule for ever. However, these are only my private opinions, and I defer to the majority. We think that Socialism ahoulcj, at any rate, receive a trial.' ' Now, as to putting it into practice, we. had to choose 'la scene for action. My -Fenian friend, of course, thinks ne place like Ireland.' I had leanings that way once, but a short visit to Ireland has made me think otherwise. In Ireland, tbe advance guard ef progress will have to fight net only the power ef England's Government, but also the power of Home. No, Ireland won't de. Bat we have bad no difficulty in choosing a country. Yea heard the tall young man from Aus tralia, who addressed you two even ings ago. Australia is the land of all others to raise the standard. It should suit all parties, the labor unions

are vary strong were, bo .are vuo nenry George people, for the conditions of life are much tbe same as ia 'Frisco, where he began hi* crusade. . In no ether country have the people so much power ever Par liament For experiments in State Social ism it is admirably suited. The Govern ment own the railways, and State Socialism has already made more progress there'tban it will make in any etnar country for years to, come. Should Socialism fail there is splendid material far aura aerieiM work. Those eheacera But have a detes tation of the trammels ef all kinds of Government. Them the convict strain, muoh at ?then decry it, giv«t me heps. It is only isvgaol that the spirit ef anarchy is nurtured. Therefore, the committee recommends State Socialism a* the remedy for tbe present with Australia, especially New South Wales, aa the base of opera tions. If that fails, anarchy is to be tried.' . ' . The meeting concluded with . threo oheers for the Cause— net specified— and the singing of an English version ef ' The Maisellaise.' An they slowly filtered eut of the ball, Morten saw Marker standing en the pave ment In his hand he carried a blank bag, which he handed to Vallambrosa with the intimation, 'They are all in this! ' 'It iB well ! ' exclaimed the eld man. Morton impelled by curiosity followed as they moved away. : ' They had juBt turned from Young-street into the Harrow-road when six powerful

men suddenly sprang en the foreigner and pinioned his arms. ' What's the meaning of this outrage?' roared Vallambresa, vainly straggling to get free. Merton ' recognised the voice ef Hogan, the Irish constable, who said : — ' Take it quietly. Come with ue to the next police station and we'll make a more specific* charge, after we have ex amined the contents of your bag.' . A tall, dark .man ef the party shrugged his eh'enidora and' said :— . 'Hontieur, when these, gentlemen and the English law are finished with you, I shall want your presence in Paris en a matter ef State. As yon know, the Russian Government, and ene «r two others, would like to -make, or rather reiew, your acquaintance.' ?Take me with yon-Jt am done ; but the Cants will live on,' hissed tbe eld man. My poor life oan make little or bo dif ference to a great cause.' : ? (TO BE CONTIJHTBD.) . Dixon's P. and O. Laundry, White-street Leiokhardt All hand wort. Telephone 63 Balmaia. Letter* promptly attended to* A WOTHSB VI0rnL-A /onMDJU) UriBg-st Bal '?*? (em, about to be married, decided to fismJin' upon timevaynuiit, the mult being that witblii tbe months tU&ut'iEdianiBffthegoMBWonauzaltlefcTfeg I Ui» ronnx couple t*nf'— I Ba4 the Xunuahad «t Lobwbw'c, ««om« ooorolaU I tar tilt', iMs MfcutMabe voeU sot tenAtt*