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SATURDAY. OCT. 28rd, 1920
British Labor Moves Again
As this issue goes to press.the long-awaited
strike of a million British miners begins, and the
eyes of the militant labor "world are on them. In
defiance of the Lloyd George government and the
whole organized capitalist class of Britain ; spurn
ing, even, the eleventh-hour advice of Smillie to
retreat, the miners have stepped boldly forward
into a situation that is bound to have far-reaching
An associated press despatch speaks of the
apprehension felt at the possibility of the "triple
alliance" coming back to life through a sympathetic
strike of the transport and railroad workers. The
New York Times sees a close connection of the
notion of the miners with the rapid development
f the communist movement in the mining ai"eas.
.This paper draws some comfort from their theory
that "the public is against the strike." But the
working class of England, well organized, con
scious of its power and determined to use it, needs
no support from any outside source within the
The overwhelming majority in favor of strike
action 635,098 to 181,428, sets at rest all doubts
of the solidarity and determination of the miners.
The Times sees "revolutionary designs" in their
refusal to accept any of the proposals of the
government. And they have good reason to;
because defiance of the government is a long step
toward repudiation of the government.
During the war, it was stated that the govern
ment was too busy to occupy itself with the prison
question. Since then, despite one scandal after
the other, things were supposed to have changed
for the better.
New comes another "leak" about the federal
prison at Baltimore. A federal Inspector of Pri
sons, investigated the Maryland Penitentiary and
found that the guards BLACKJACKED and BEAT
To be sure, Mr. Palmer did not want this in
formation to reach the outside world, but "news"
has a way of getting out. In addition to beating
the prisoners in a most brutal fashion, it was
stated that one cell hous was curowded with des
perate criminals, which is contrary to regulations.
While the war was on, prisoners at Leaven
worth and Alcatrez learned what it meant to be
a federal prisoner. They learned what it meant
to be strung up by the writs, to be manacled to
the bars, to be piit into vermin-infested dungeons
reached by neither air nor light. They experienced
being drenched to the skin with a hose and turned
out into the night air to be chilled to the bone, then
to be returned to the cell and made to lie on the
cold cement floor without any covering. They were
put through torture that made several of them
insane. During the war tlie government pretended
to have an excuse. But now ?
It has been established beyond doubt that the
government is determined to make it especially
"hot" for political prisoners. To be sure, anybody
with a little understanding would realize that
POLITICAL PRISONERS CANNOT BE BROK
EN. But government officials are too dense to
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