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SATURDAY. NOV. li. 120.
T II t: TOILER
wiM work within it to that end. Whether the strug
gle we put up finally results in the regeneration of
the existing trade unions and their transformatio 1
into industrial unions is not an important question.
What I am confident of is that by a persistent,
systematic and organized campaign we can win
over the bulk of the membership to our way of
thinking, aided, as we will be, by the pressure of
conditions which will make ever clearer the ne
cessity for revolutionary action. Then when the
break comes with the false leaders we will carry
the masses with us, not leave them behind us.
I am so confident of this outcome that I am
impatient of delay. I want to see the rebel neucles
organized for work in every local union; we have
no time to lose, we are rapidly approaching the in
dustrial crisis which may bring us face to face
the prospect of revolution. This crisis will not wait
until we have a labor movement built to order ac
cording to a perfect pattern. We will be compell
ed to make use of such organizations as are on
the ground, and we will pay dearly if we leave
them in the unchallenged control of Gompers and
the other labor lieutenants of the capitalist class.
Editor, The Toiler.
John Reed's Last Illness
MOSCOW (Via Christiania and London.)
The Executive Committee of the Third Inter
national has received a report from Dr. Berkowitz
on the illness which caused the death of John
Reed, and describing the care which the Soviet
government gave the American revolutionist dur
ing his last days.
The report states:
"Eating of unwashed fruit during a recent visit
to Baku was the probable cause of John Reed's
illness which was complicated by heart disease,
the absence of one kidney, and shortly before the
end by inflammation of the brain.
"During the first days of his illness, Reed's con
dition was excellent, showing only a slight rise in
temperature. Supecting typhus, the physician on
the third day recommended that patient l)e re
moved to a hospital.
"Louise Bryant, Reed's wife, took care of him
until the 8th day when he was taken to a specially
prepared ward in the Marinsky hospital. Under
the care of 4 doctors and 2 consulting physicians,
Reed received the most expert treatment that
this country could provide. An English-speaking
nurse and an assistant surgeon were in constant
attendance. The best food, abundant linen, an elec
tric stove, and all possible conveniences were
Commissars Bucharin and Kollantay, Karl Ra
dek and Boris Reinstein spoke when Reed was
buried under the walls of the Kremlin and among
the graves of Russia's revolutionary heroes. Mur
phy of England and Rosmer of France also took
part in the burial services.
GERMAN UNIONS GROW.
During the year ended March 81, last, the mem
bers of the forty-eight trade unions affiliated with
the Berlin Trade Union Commission was practical
ly doubled, according to the Commission's annual
report just made public. The gain was 342,107,
bringing the total membership in this city to 691,
263, made up of 478,103, 198,159 women on 15,000
young persons. The strongest local unions are the
Metal Workers' Union, with 177,923 members, ani
the Transport Workers' Unio.i, with 125,205.