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THE T OILE E
SATURDAY, DEC. 18, 1920.
confiscated from a parasite nobility and a bank
rupt Czarist government might prove objection
able to the State Department.
If a gold coin is sent from Russia the ship
per must prove that this coin was not a con
fiscated coin, but had been come by "legitimat
ely. ' ' Gold that comes from the blood of natives
is all right as a medium of exchange. Gold that
represents the sweat of the workers is all right
as currency. Gold taken by a workers' govern
ment from a parasite, corrupt nobility is too
impure to be landed here. Does this mean that
this Government stands with the rich of all
countries as against the workers of all countri
es? The period of depression is a cloud with a
silver lining for the employers. The drive for
the open shop is on. Chambers of Commerce
have sprung up everywhere whose one program
is to crush Organized Labor. Unemployment will
be used as a club to beat the workers into sub
mission. Are YOU going to do anything about
this, or are you going to let unemployment do
its work with the unions? Unrestricted trade
with Russia will not solve the entire question
of unemployment, but it will help mightily.
There are some trades which could keep busy
for months supplying Russia's wants alone.
Union men, you know the fight for an open
shop is on. You know that the employers intend
to weaken and finally crush the unions if pos
sible. You know that they are being helped in
this by unemployment. You know that countries
are no longer isolated and self contained. The
interests of all countries are interlaking. We
cannot have normal conditions without real
peace. We cannot have real peace while this un
derground warfare with Russia continues. The
Italian workers forced their government to re
sume relations with Russia.
The papers of November 16th tell that the
Council of Action of the English Trade Unions
have issued a manifesto demanding free ex
change of commodities between Russia and
Great Britain. They say:
"Peace with Russia would increase employ
ment and bring down prices.
"We cannot allow political imperialism or
the interests of international financiers to stand
in our way. Workers should not starve to pro
mote inflated prices or perpetuate artif ical bank
The English workers have realized the re
lation of unemployment to the blockade. Are the
American workers going to do the same?
You are raising millions of dollars to fight
the open shop campaign. Are you going to join
the workers of Europe in fighting unemploy
ment by raising the blockade? The labor mov
ement is international or it is nothing.
Agitate for the lifting of the blockade that
starves both Russian and American workers!
In My Union
How one live wire woke up a conservative union meeting.
By J. C. C
There are four hundred members in the ma
chinists local to which I belong. Like most union
members, scarcely more than fifty ever attend a
local meeting. Altho we have had at nearly every
meeting someone present to address us upon mat ters
of interests to us as workers and as members
of our craft, it has not increased the attendance.
I have lately come to the conclusion that per
haps it may be the speakers who have kept away
the members for they have told us everything
but truths. I have been a member of this union
ever since it was organized and have been at
all times until now a conservative. But since the
last meeting I have changed and am now ready
to read and think along radical lines.
This change in me is due entirely to the activ
ities of one younger member who woke up our
meeting with a short but radical speech which
convinced me and others that we have been hav
ing the wrong kind of speakers to address us.
This young man first attracted my attention
by selling anti-Open Shop pamphlets at our meet
ing. After "".he regular business of the meeting
was dispensed with the Chairman introduced an