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BELGIAN" PEOEfcE WORSHIP BAKER WHQ
TAUGftf THEM tfQ CO-QFERATE
K Above, Eduarde Anseefe, founder of the Vooruit; belov, one of the dog
'carts by whicfrthe breatfhe bakes is delivered through the streets of Ghent.
Ghent, Belgium, April -1J-"Let?s
bombard our oppressors 'with lpayes-
of bread!" '.'
t ' Eduarde Anseele, socialist' baker of
Ghent,, delivered this odd command-
-to his-fello.ws some-thirty years ago.
Today under his bombardment, " the
citadel of exploitation has fallen' and
in its place has risen a glorious.- new
structure, the ."House of -the People',
standing firmly on" foundations, of the.
bread which the young . Belgian
baked. - .r
The House of the People; is a mag
nificent workingmanys club,- built by.
the Vooruit, the inarvelously success-"
I ul co-operative society, which An
seele founded." Fiv.ereighths of the
inhabitants of Ghent are. its mem
bers. It ,has.: over -20.0 affiliated so
cieties. They, have .dotted the coun
try with co-operative .stores and
Yet, only thirty years' ago the
Vponiit began, as a humble co-operative,
bakeshop in a darkasement in
Ghent, conducted .by-;Eduarde An
seele. Hehad enthused a number of
fellow toilers with the idea. A so
ciety had been formed; called the
Vooruit, or "Forward." The profits
from their enterprise Tv.ere to be put
in fund for pending th& business,