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MAY 1 SEEN BY WASHINGTON AS KAISER'S
DAY OF DOOM LABOR REVOLT EXPECTED
BY BASIL M. MANLY
Washington, April 30. All official
Washington is today looking forward
to May 1 as the day that may seal the
kaiser's doom and mark the coming
Qof the end.
May day the labor day of Euro
pean revolutionists, always set apart
by the reds for turbulent outbreaks
this year carries' the threat for Ger
many of actual revolution, which
may not be as sweeping asjhat of
Russia, but is none the less a dire
menace to Germany's power of re
sistance. Everj dispatch from Germany, ac
cording to an authority close to the
American state department, contains
a more or less veiled recognition of
Most significant as expressive of
the imperial government's dread of
May 1 is the sudden adjournment of
the reichstag on the very first day of
the new session -until May 2.
Equally significant is the fact that
this session, called specially to re
ceive an address from Chancellor von
Bethmann-Hollweg, heard not one
syllable from the chancellor, but was
precipitately dissolved when Lede
bour, leader of the radical Socialists,
Wsisted on a vigorous investigation
)t the present system of food distri
bution. The Russian revolution, it will be
remembered, had its origin in the dis
solution of the duma and had as its
first over act a series of strikes in
protest against the existing distribu
tion of food.
a Germany, according to dispatches
rhich passed the official censor, is
just emerging from a series of food
strike among her munitions work
ers, aad at least 200,000 others in
If the munitions workers, the best
fed among Germany's industrial pop
ulation, have reached a point where
they are ready to risk death as a pro
test against continued underfeeding,
what must be the condition of the
rest of the German workers?
"It is openly threatened," says the
Berlin Lokalanzeiger, "that we must
be prepared for new outbreaks of ill
will if certain claims are not acceded
to. It is also reported that May 1
there will be another general strike
for 24 hours."
This is confirmed by the Berlin
Tageblatt, which says: "A renewal of
the strike of munitions workers on
May day is being discussed in some
munitions workers' circles."
To add flames to the tinder of rev
olution already existing in Germany,
comes the announcement through
the American department of state of
the formation in Berne, Switzerland,
of a well financed committee for pro
paganda in favor of the establish
ment of a republican form of govern
ment in Germany.
Gep. Groener, head of German mu
nitions factories, it is true, has an
nounced that all further attempts at
munitions strikes will be ruthlessly
suppressed with bullets.
But this merely adds to the proba
bility of real revolution.
In all history no great strike of
determined, starving workers has
ever been suppressed by bloodshed.
If the May day strikes of the Ger
mans ,run true to form the blood of
the strikers will be the signal for a
widespread revolt that will tax Prus
sian militarism to the utmost.
The Russian revolution began as
a series of food strikes and did not
reach the stage of popular revolt un
til strikers were shot down.
What the outcome will be, depends
on how far the German private sol
dier has been brutalized by Prussian
If the German soldier is still as hu
man as the soldiers of Russia, he will
not fire into the mobs of his starving
brothers, and. sisters, especially when.