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Death of the Queen Written by Kelden Lin

What had seemed like a potential turnaround in the early morning of January 19, 1901, had been merely an illusion, because Queen Victoria had been unconscious in bed for the next two days. She had fought her horrible health conditions for months now, but after a hard fought battle, she finally gets a rest in Osborne House. On January 22, 1901, the longest reigning British Monarch had her beating heart run out of time on earth. Prior to her death, signs of her failing health condition were noticed by her personal physician, Dr. James Reid. He discovered that she was dying due to the symptoms such as "the left side of her face had [started] to sag" and "her speech [became] slightly slurred". The symptoms led Dr. James Reid to summon the Queen’s children and grandchildren before her inevitable death. Ultimately, she died surrounded by her beloved son and grandson. Her son (King Edward VII) and her grandson (Prince Arthur) sat by the deathbed of their mother and grandmother, respectfully. Queen Victoria had 9 children and 40 grandchildren; her eldest son King Edward VII will to take over the throne. 63 years of reign from Queen Victoria is an accomplishment, but it made the people of Britain forget what change is. With Queen Elizabeth’s death, the country is unstable, therefore it makes plots for a revolt much easier than it was before.

Queen Victoria before her death.

a seeming inability to view political happenings in a pragmatic way. If you look at it, it was actually a good thing that Queen Victoria passed away. The people must act before it is too late. Revolution must be planned now or the idea of change will soon be put to sleep. The new king will reign, but if the people want to have their voices spoken, it is now or never. It is time for a new era (not the Victorian Era), a time for a change.

London Dockers go on Strike Written by Joy Chen

In 1861 Queen Victoria was devastated when her husband died at a young age of 43. After 20 years of happy marriage, Queen Victoria had to bear with the fact that her husband will never be alongside her. It was obvious that she was obsessed with him. “Why must I suffer like this? It is tearing the flesh from my bones.” Crowds use to jubilate over Queen Victoria’s grand appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Ever since Prince Albert’s death, however, she has withdrawn from public life. She stopped greeting her people and showed no care for them. Prince Albert’s death has also caused her personal life to affect her duties, not to say that she had

Underpayment is not their only problem, but whether the dockers can obtain a job at all is the question. As the dock gates opens every morning, these proletariats battle within themselves to approach the man who only hires a limited number of dockers among the numerous workers. Mr Ben Tillett, General Secretary of the Tea Operatives & General Labourers’ Association, and his union are not only eagerly involve in the dispute over matters of pay, but over the such conditions of the dock workers. “We are driven into a shed, iron-barred from end to end, outside of which a foreman or contractor walks up and down with the air of a dealer in a cattlemarket, picking and choosing from a crowd of men, “said Tillett as he describes

The movement of the greatest promise in the East End occurred last night on the docks of London, where the lowest of the outcasts of London, the dock workers, has been on strike to bring just to their unfair pay and working conditions. The dock strike began over a dispute about “plus” money, which is a bonus pay for completing the work quickly, during the unloading of the ship Lady Armstrong in the West India Docks. The general, Lieutenant Colonel John Lowther du Plat Taylor of the East and West India Dock Company mercilessly cut the “plus” rates for his own benefits in order to attract the ships into their own docks. London doctors go on strike in 1889.

work as our fellow London docker: “who, in their eagerness to obtain employment, trample each other under food, and where like beasts they fight for the chances of a day’s work.” The strikers have been influenced and motivated by the success achieved in the Byrant and May Match Factory last year, led by Ms Annie Besant. Mr Tillett believes that if the dockers unite together, soon other industrial sections will follow the lead, and it will ultimately evolve to a revolution. This glorious movement will serve as a catalyst of a series of transforms for a better East End. Yet there are blacklegs who refuse to care for the well-being of their fellow dock workers. These men


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who cross the picket line are human scabs of the society who show their cowardice through their greed and selfishness. It is for the best if dockers come together and strike against such unjust treatments, and seek a better future when every single man unites together for a rebellion of justice and equality.

Sitdown with the Father Written By Kelly Hsu

April 1892 It was a great honor for the Red Marx to conduct an interview with Mr Friedrich Engels, the father of communism and the figure that leads us forward.

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It is obvious that Mr. Engels has a vast knowledge in running a country. “In Italy -- again the same set-up with the proceedings instituted against Cipriani and the other anarchists. There, too, the actions of the agents-provocateurs have been exposed in open court.”

the government. The upper class does not understand how to control or run anything; the government should be trusted with that. Just look at what capitalism is doing to Europe now! Eventually, Marxism will have to come along and clean up the mess – why not now?”

Not only does he understand Paris, he understands Italy – and everywhere else in Europe politically.

Mr Engels is right. Will our nation be left for the people to watch in ruins? Or will you spread the word about Marxism to turn things around?

“Marx and I believe that the abolition of social classes and the distribution of wealth could really help

And again, it was a great pleasure to have been able to talk to Mr Friedrich Engels. Don’t forget, you

Mr Friedrich shared his story on how he became such a great man. “My father was once a wealthy man with interests in some textile industries in England. When I grew older, it became obvious that he wanted me to follow his footsteps.” Mr Engels thought this was one of the best things his father had done for him. “It was great to have me follow his footsteps; I worked at one of my father’s mills as a manager in England in the 1840’s, around the time I met Karl. There, I observed my workers and published the book “The Condition of the Working class in England”.” He is now traveling across Europe to spread and explain Marxism. “My friend Marx and I developed this new kind of government that is better than capitalism. With Marxism, I believe the whole of Europe can reach Utopia.” When asked about the recent outrages in Paris, Mr. Engels stated so: “I can only see in them the work of agents-provocateurs who have been paid to try to dishonor the parties in which they play a part. The government has every interest in the occurrence of these explosions, as they simultaneously serve the interests of the bourgeoisie in general and the intrigues of certain political groups in particular. In fact the intention is to panic the population, organize terror and lead a reaction.”

The Industrial Revolution in Great Britain: Friedrich Engels

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Affairs gone Wilde Written By Kelly Hsu

It has been days since novelist, poet, and one of the greatest playwrights of the Victorian Era, Mr Oscar Wilde, was found tangled in affairs with the same sex. The aesthetic writer, married to Ms Constance Lloyd and father of Miss Cyril and Vyvyan Wilde, was found in sodomies with 12 men. Mr Alfred Douglas was one of Wilde’s sexual affairs.

“My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.” -Oscar Wilde's last words

Unfortunately, some of the letters sent between Mr Douglas and Mr Wilde revealing their scandalous rendezvous had fallen into the father of his lover, Sir John Sholto Douglas’ hands. Sir Douglas, being extremely homophobic, thought it was necessary to put Mr Wilde behind the bars; he argued that MrWilde had 12 different relationships from 1892 to 1894. Homosexuality is illegal in Britain. Nonetheless, unnatural sexual relations should receive zero toleration. Although death penalty was abolished in 1861, Mr Wilde could still be imprisoned if he was found guilty; it was expected that he would receive the worst punishment of all. During the trial, which was highly anticipated – secret letters addressed to male prostitutes written by Mr Wilde were found. At the preliminary bailing,

chambermaids confirmed that they have seen young men coming in and out of Mr Wilde’s bedroom. On the third day, Mr Wilde’s lawyer withdrew since there was little evidence supporting Mr Wilde. The judge exclaimed so at Mr Wilde’s sentencing: “It is the worst case I have ever tried. I shall pass the severest sentence that the law allows. In my judgment such a case as this is totally inadequate. The sentence of the Court is that you be imprisoned and keep to hard labor for two years.” And so, Oscar Wilde was finally put behind the bars on May 25, 1895 – justice has been served. As the judge had said, he will spend 2 years in prison under intensive labor. He is charged of Gross Indecency under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885. But really, is 2 years enough? Before penalty was banned for unnatural relationships, 10 years was the typical charge for sodomy. Under Queen Victoria’s softened ruling, many, many crimes will continue to go unnoticed. Why was Mr Wilde let off the hook from such punishment? As a famous writer, he should have known better and not commit such crimes. If Marx ruled, Wilde would have definitely not been let off so easily.


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A Peak Into the World of Dickens Written By Joy Chen

“Please, sir, I want some more” speaks the minds of thousands of workers in the workhouses and factories of England. The world through the eyes of the man interviewed today is the world of true reality. Mr Charles Dickens brought about the closest thing to social revolution literature allows. His brilliantly written novels vividly describes the lives of people living in this fast industrialising country, of whom their status in the social hierarchy can be often distinguished through their characteristic traits. According to Mr Dickens, his books portray the poorest, dirtiest and ugliest side of our society, in comparison to the glamorous upper class; while engaged in the themes of this stories, he asked: “What’s good in being posh and rich if we all end up like Sir Mulberry Hawk in Nicholas Nickleby? We should all love the little heroes like Oliver Twist and David Copperfield instead! “ Mr Dickens’s works consist of graphical details, capturing every corner of the lives of the lower class. When inquired upon his inspirations of his novels, he concluded them to be part of his life as he was growing up. “I observed,” Said Mr Dickens, “keenly of the surrounding during the time I spent in the debtor’s prison visiting my father. This is how I created the settings in Little Dorrit.” This subject inevitably led to his time working as a child labour at Warren’s Blacking Warehouse to help support his family while his father was imprisoned. The demanding and cruelty of such made a lasting impression in his mind; “It later on became the foundation of my interest in reforms of the socialeconomic and labour conditions.” In his latest novel, Oliver Twist, Mr Dickens addressed directly the issue that cause such a mental trauma in his childhood, as the readers follow the footsteps of Oliver. “In the story, it was clearly visible how exploited those young children were,” criticised Mr Dickens, “by

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depicting the oppression of the poor, I want to raise awareness towards the issue of child labour, as well as changing the public opinions regarding the class inequalities.” However discussing the conditions worsening after the introduction of the Poor Law in 1834, Mr Dickens is clearly angry and frustrated. “Life in the workhouses is intentionally made harder and more difficult, yet our lives are handled by the government who deliberately deflects pain on their own people.” He commented in dismay, “These public officials should be damned for allowing such exploitation and abuse to exist!” Nevertheless, he is as successful as a writer and a reformer can be at the moment. And his reason of success? Mr Dickens stated such as the interview came to an end: “Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely;

in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.” True to his words, Mr Charles Dickens is still actively campaigning for many social reforms such as education and social equality through his cleverly written novels.

What Beauty of Life? Written By Kelden Lin

Love, Beauty, Violence, and Revolution. It is a fact that there can't be any love in violence or beauty in revolution. Romantic poets, namely Mr William Wordsworth, have attempted to form life into a beautiful and lovely place. Many people believe that romantic poems are poems that speak truth and can somehow improve our

Charles Dickens, the man who brought the closest thing to social revolution literature allows.

society -- that statement is clearly not true. Romantic poems are merely beautiful sounding words mashed together to make a fake reality that does not exist. Revolutions are needed for a new change, rulers can rule the same way for extended period or time, or else the country would fall behind the others. Lets take the Industrial Revolution for an example. Since Mr William Wordsworth is a romantic poet, he made every single thing, every aspect of nature and beautified it as much as he could. As perfectionists, romantic poets thought that the changes in social and economic conditions due to the revolutions, the Industrial Revolution in particular, caused ugly scenes. Not surprised, they wrote romantic poems, and one of them was called The Tables Turned by William Wordsworth. "Let Nature be your Teacher... Sweet is the lore which Nature brings; Our meddling intellect Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:-- We murder to dissect. Enough of Science and of Art; Close up those barren leaves; Come forth, and bring with you a heart That watches and receives." Mr Wordsworth used poetry in the times of the Industrial Revolution to express his ideas and opinions. He targeted specific audiences to read his poems, and his poems suggest that the factories, mines, and other fields of the Industrial Revolution were the cause of all social and economic problems. His words imply that new inventions are harming our society rather than improving it. As we take a look back at the Industrial Revolution, it is obvious that the revolution was needed for the country to take a step forward. Mr William Wordsworth held simplistic beliefs: that nature held the answer to a simple, happy and healthy life. It is obvious that most of the things coming out of Mr Wordsworth are just nonsense. Revolutions are needed time to time for improvement as a country, yes, it is ugly, but it does the job. Next time you read a romantic poem (especially written by Mr William Wordsworth), remember, do not take every single phrase of the poem seriously; and don't get sucked into an imaginary world that does not exist.


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