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FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 1020
"No War", Says British Labor
British Labor's outcry aganst "Wat With
Russia" has reached proportions almost incredi
ble to one from America who remembers how
all protest against war was shut off by the au
thorities there in 1917. Both the Daily Herald
and the Labor Leader devote whole pages to
bl-eif news accounts of mass meetings held all
over England, Scotland and Wales.
This insistent protest is unquestionable,
spontaneous. From town after town comes the
word that if war is declared, the workers will
shut down the industry. This word comes from
all sorts of industries carpenters, tool-makers,
blast furnace, military garment makers, vehicle,
workers, railway men, shoe makers, and hosts
Sounding the same cry that has been raised
iri France, ex-service men meeting at Plymouth
have warned the government that so far as it lay
in their power "not a man, not a gun, not a sou"
will go to war to help Poland.
"Labor has spoken with one voice; its opinion
is unanimous," says the Daily Herald. "It is
against murder. It will not have innocent blood
shed in the interests of the capitalists, and it will
stop the war it will stop any action, military
or naval, complete or partial, direct or indirect,
by war or blockade, designed to set the nations
of western Europe against Socialist Russia.
"Labor has its general staff, its plan of
campaign, and its certainty of victory. The
blockade is an act of war, but it is war prima
rily against women and children. Labor is going
to stop all that.
"Nobody in Britain except a few cruel and
uncrupuluous politicians wants war. Literally
nobody. Nevertheless,' there would be war but
"The one hopeful and splendid thing in a
world so hugely given over to the intrigues and
machinations of bloody-minded militarists is the
solidarity of labor.
"The only power which can spoak, and the
only power which can act, against the world's
greatest crime is organized labor. It has spoken;
it is acting."
Where the French Rail Workers Stand
By Max Worth
European Staff Writter for The Federated Press.
PARIS, Aug. SI Yesterday I spoke with an
engineer on one of the roads leading out of Paris.
He is the secretary of the engineers and firemen
oh the Paris section of his road, and was active
in the strikes of March and May, 1920.
"Have you read the news with regard to the
speciiil congress of the British Labor Party on
the international situation?" I asked him.
"Indeed I have", he replied. "Adumson and
Goslin are here in Paris today. They are trying
to have the Federation of Labor here take the
same action for France as the Labor Party took
for Great Britain."
"How will the railroad workers stand?"
My friend smiled. He is a man of middle
height, dark, with determined brown eyes. "Do
you remember what their record was during the
IftRt two strikes?" he demanded. "Then how need
He leaned forward eagerly. "The railway
workers ot Italy, Belgium, France and Great
Britain are in perfect accord on this point. On
the subject of war, they will stand together.
There will he no war against the Soviets of Rus
sia, because there is no method of taking soldiers
and supplies into Poland except over our linos,
and there are no trains that will run for that
purpose. Remember March: They issued orders
of mobilization to the railroad workers of France.
Of the sixty-thousand orders issued, there was
not a baker's dozen of responses.
' The Mme has come Men an order for soli
darity, issued by the union, has more force than
an older foi mobilization, issued by the state. In
the May strike they dared not try an order fcr
mobilization. They knvw it would fail; and they
know that it would fail now! That is why there
will be no war against Russia. The workers of
Europe are tired of feeding cannon."