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The World of Labor—lndustry and Agriculture
FEWER JOBS IN
N.Y. LAST MONTH,
FIGURES SHOW
Metal Industries In A
Marked Decline
NEW YORK, May B.—April reports
from the manufacturers in New York
State show a drop in factory employ
ment. This statement was made by
Industrial Commissioner Bernard L.
Shientag of the State Department of
Labor. There has been very little
spring rise this year, the Commission
er said, so that the present movement
indicates a real decline in the demand
for factory labor. The reductions at
this time extended to most of the
industries and to all of the import
ant manufacturing districts in the
state.
The important group of metal in
dustries almost without exception,
showed a decline in eihployment in
April. Brick yards took on a good
many workers this month and pro
duction in these plants is almost in
full swing. An increase is also evi
dent in the production of interior
woodwork, but the cement mills, al
tho still active, curtailed production
somewhat at this time.
Glassware production fell oft sharp
ly in April and up-State plants mak
ing silk gloves and other textile prod
ucts dropped a number of operatives.
Some of the rug manufacturers also
reported reduced working forces. Dull
ness is the rule in the leather indus
try. Among the paper manufacturers,
altho most of the mills are taking ad
vantage of favorable water conditions,
a few of the plants reported sharp
reductions and a net decline in the in
dex resulted.
Reports from New York City in
April indicate that nearly 55,000 fac
tory employes have been released
there since last year.
Strangling Os 48
Hour Law Told By
Consumers’ League
(By The Federated Press)
NEW YORK, May B—" The evils of
our present legislative system are
strikingly illustrated In this defeat,”
says Che annual report, Consumers’
League of New York, in discussing
the defeat by the New York Legisla
ture of the 48-hour week for women
—Mffr nrsarcrw which wccld have
received more than enongh votes to
insure its passage if brought out on
the floor of the House, was stifled in
committee by the action of a few men,
who were, undoubtedly, influenced
by Mark Daly and the Associated In
dustries.” The lhst phrase refers to
the chief lobbying organisation of the
anti-labor employers of the state.
Four Hours Enough,
Bertrand Russell
Tells New Yorkers
(By The Federated Press)
NEW YORK, May 8. —A- four-hour
day for workers is sufficient to sup
port the world with the present labor
saving machines and electrification
of industry, Bertrand Russell told a
Rand School audience in New York.
But the machine age has forced peo
ple to do more work rather than less,
he pointed out in his address on
"Mechanism and Life.”
"The whole white civilization will
perish from the earth, unless capital
ism can be prevented from plunging
the nations into recurrent capitalist
wars,” said Russell.
Farmers and Congress.
WASHINGTON.—Jackson H. Ral
ston, veteran counsel for the Ameri
can Federation of Labor and member
of the joint amnesty committee which
secured the release of the political
prisoners, has been retained by the
Farmers’ National Council and the
People’s Reconstruction League, to
prevent the meat packing combine
from repudiating the terms of its com
promise with the anti-trust prosecu
tion begun by the government four
years ago.
Scab Music for Workers.
MINNEAPOLIS —Only the rich dis
trict of Minneapolis will have first
class union music at the park concerts
this summer. A tbree-to-one decision
of the anti-labor park board has so or
dered. Non-union music is good
enough for the working class wards,
the board decided. Pleas by labor
members, in a minority on the board,
were unsuccessful even when Com
missioner Youngdahl presented a bid
for union music at a lower rate than
the non-union band.
NEW YORK.—“The greatest need
of the navy is a large number of sail
ers,” says Curtis D. Wilbur, Denby’s
successor as secretary of the navy,
confessing that the navy, despite few
er ships and renewed recruiting drives,
is unable to lure enough young men
to "see the world from a porthole.”
"Our battleships are undermanned,” i
he lamented to the Young Women's !
Christian Association convention. New <
v —*
Mooney And Billings
Freedom Demanded
By Idaho Workers
POCATELLO, Idaho, May B.
Keeping the issue of Tom Mooney
and Warren K. Billings alive, the
Pocatello workers have sent simi- .
lar letters to this one to Senator
Borah and to all other Idaho repre
sentatives in Congress:
“The Focatello Building Trades
Council of this city protests in the
holding of Mooney and Billings,
when it is a known fact the press
has stated that the evidence that
convicted these men was perjury,
and also the judge that sentenced
Mooney has recommended that he
be given a new trial, and the attor
ney general has concurred in his
recommendation.
“We kindly request you to do all
in your power in getting these men
granted a new trial or a pardon.
“Yours very truly,
"HUGO JAMES,
"Secretary.”
LUMBERIJOMPANY
UNION PUTS 0. K.
ON WAGE SLASH
“Four Ls” Say Amen To
Bosses’ Greed
By W. R. CLARK.
(Special to The Daily Worker)
TACOMA, Wash., May 8. —Logging
camps and sawmills are running on
short time this year. Forest fires are
starting unusually early and closing
some camps. Few camps have run
during the winter. Loggers can get
out enough timber in eight months
to run the mills a year, and mills are
not running full time. All lumber
camps in Snohomish County (the
Everett-Monroe region) closed in
definitely. All mills in Everett are
running only four days a week and
have an overstock of raw material.
British Columbia faces the same con
dition. Tacoma mills have cut wages
forty cents a day and attho the min
imum wage of $3.40 a day still stands
it is hinted that it may soon be drop
ped. The cut is by permission of the
“Four L” Vage board which says that
it is necessary because of the decline
in the demand for lumber and the fall
in the pric<3 of lumber. Profits can not
be kept up if wages are not cut. Prop
aganda against shingle roofs by fire
insurance companies tid by makers
of composition roofings have cut
heavily into the shingle trade in the
northwest.
There is no real organization among
the workers. The A. F. of L. Timber
Workers Union has passed out of
existence. The I. W. W. never did or
ganize the mills and with the camps
closed down it is helpless. The “Four
Ls” (Loyal Legion of Loggers and
Lumbermen) is a patriotic union or
ganized by the Spruce Production
Division during the war with the idea
of making the loggers and workers
more patriotic, attacking the I. W. W.,
drawing members from the Timber
Workers, and holding the workers in
subjection. Its main function is reduc
ing wages and giving dances.
Cal Wants Little
Brown Brothers
Barred From U. S.
WASHINGTON, May B.—President
Coolidge today authorized an explana
tion of his recent statement on Jap
anese exclusion which was interpreted
in some quarters to mean that he had
come out for exclusion by law of all
Japanese immigration to the United
States.
It should be kept in mind, it was
emphasized on behalf of the president,
that there has been exclusion of Jap
anese for years under the gentleman’s
agreement. So far as the president
knows there has been no suggestion
that this should be changed, it was
added.
Sacco And Vanzetti
Starring In Film,
“The New Calvary”
(By The Federated Press)
NEW YORK, May B.—Four years
of imprisonment and other events in
the lives of the frameup victims, Sac
co and Vanizetti, are shown in the
film, “The New Calvary," released by
the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Commit
tee. The film is being shown in New
York city.
Lead Poisoning Among Miners.
SYDNEY, N. S. W.—After study of
the silver-lead mining industry at
Broken Hill, New South Wales, medi
cal men state that every man working
in the mines shows traces of lead
poisoning. Traces of poisoning are al
leged to be found in the children of
the lead mine workers. Os 6,921 ba
bies born at Broken Hill during the
last seven years, 736 died before they
were 12 months old, which was an in
fant mortality rate of 106.34 per 1,000
born. The rate in Sydney, the capital
city of New South Wales, was 68 per
1,008.
IMMIGRATION BILL
ASSAILED TONIGHT
BT CHICAGO LABOR
Mass Meeting Will Flay
‘Selective’ Scab Plan
In an effort to bring the true charac
ter of the Johnson Bill to the atten
tion of the workers of Chicago, both
native and foreign-born, the Local
Council for Protection of Foreign-born
Workers has arranged for a mass
protest meeting to be held Friday,
May 9th, 8 p. m., at the Douglas Park
Auditorium, Ogden and Kedzie Ave
nues. Speakers for this meeting have
been invited from the Chicago Feder
ation of Labor, The Socialist Party
and the Workers Party.
The Conference Committee of the
United States Congress has reached
an agreement on the Johnson Immi
gration Bill as passed by both branch
es of the Legislative Department. It
has thus put its stamp of approval of
the efforts of the employers to enslave
labor and lower the standard of life
of the American workers.
In a circular issued by the local
council, the following points contain
ed in the Johnson Immigration Bill
are particularly emphasized:
Registered Like Criminals.
The Johnson bill varries the stip
ulation that immigrants coming into
this country shall furnish all mili
tary records and prison records if
any. It seeks to obtain information
as to the public records kept by the
government to which the immigrant
owes allegiance, and demands a
photograph of the immigrant, to be
permanently attached to the Immi
gration Certificate.
In practice this means to consult
the various lists of the European
capitalists, before the immigrant is
granted admission to this country.
It aims to establish a system of
selective immigration, threatening
the prospective immigrant to accept
a status of submission so they may
be used by the employers as strike
breakers in their efforts to smash
the existing labor organizations and
lower the conditions of life of the
workers in this country both native
and foreign.
Many other bills of more vicious
character were introduced, but ow
ing to the impending presidential
election, they were sidetracked for
the while, but any time in the fu
ture they will again be brought for
ward with the danger that they will
become laws, unless the workers
voice a most determined opposition.
Serf Labor Plan.
Some of these bills carry the slo
gan “America for the Americans”
and “Keep out Cheap Foreign La
bor” but on the contrary they are
constructed to better let in cheap
foreign labor on a contract basis
under compulsion to remain in a
certain locality and in certain indus
tries, particularly at a time when
the American workers will be on
strike.
Both the Johnson bill and the
other bills proposed show most
clearly the class character of the
present system of government. The
government is constantly being used
by the capitalist class as an instru
ment to defeat the aims of labor.
The Johns n bill is a dagger blow
at the heart of unronism in this
country. The workers must be alert
to this danger. The workers must
unite politically and industrially to
defeat any such bills in the future.
Build Farmer-Labor Party.
With the exploited farmers, the
workers in the industries must"
march forward together to build uiT"
a great Farmer-Labor Party which
will be able to settle accounts with
. the politicians who serve the em
ployers.
The farmers and industrial work
ers must use their instrument: a
class Farmer-Labor Party, to put
their own representatives into pow
er and take control of their own
affairs.
Come to the Mass Meeting and hear
these bills discussed. Come and add
your protest to that of the many hun
dreds of thousands of workers against
these blacklist laws!
Frisco Garment
Workers Fight
Prison Products
SAN FRANCISCO, May B. Gar
ment Workers' Local 131 is leading
a drive against prison made goods,
especially clothing, made in connec
tion with free workers and sold in the
open market. Shirts made by prison
contract labor are said to be flooding
the market here at prices with which
union labor cannot complete.
The laws of California forbid con
tract labor in prisons, but the sacks
made in the jute mill at San Quentin,
largely by criminal syndicalism vic
tims, are Hold to farmers throughout
the country. These sacks, piled for
weeks in bales in the open air, are
said to accumulate the germs of hoof
and mouth disease, carried in the air,
which is unusually dry because of the ,
long drought in California this winter.
THE DAILY WORKER
LEON TROTZKY, SOVIET MINISTER
OF WAR, SPEAKS TO GREAT THRONG;
SOVIET WILL NOT PAY CZAR’S DEBTS
MOSCOW, April 30.—Leon Trotsky, Soviet Minister of War,
has returned to his official duties and is in excellent health after
his stay in the Caucausus for the benefit of his health. He ad
dressed a monster mass meeting of Communist Party members
and officials of the Soviet government and his appearance on the
platform was greeted with tumultuous applause.
The recent controversy in the party over the question of party policies
and form of organization is settled and both sides have settled down to the
task of putting into effect the organizational reforms decided on and vigor
ously pushing forward the task of Soviet reconstruction and bringing nearer
the day when Communism will completely supplant the capitalist system.
Flays MacDonald. 1
Trotsky was in excellent speaking
form. For over two hours he spoke
on world affairs. He attacked Premier
Ramsay MacDonald and the conser
vative leadership of the British Labor
Party for their subserviency to the
bankers and capitalists of that coun
try. He attacked Poincare for his
plots against Soviet Russia, charging
the French premier with setting Po
land, Turkey and Roumania against
the Soviet Republic, and while doing
this, send an impudent telegram to
Moscow appealing for clemency for
the assassins on trial at Kiev.
“Russia is charged' with being
crafty,” declared Trotsky, “but our
craftiness consists in freeing nations,
while the policy of our opponents is
just the reverse. We want to remake
the map of Europe and it will be re
made as a result of the victorious
revolution of the European and world
proletariat. We shall not go into
lesser ventures for the enlargement
of our boundaries. Our policy strikes
deeper and goes further."
Freeing Small Nations.
Russia would never pay the Czarist
debts, he declared amidst deafening
applause and had no intention of at
tacking Poland. Soviet Russia would
help the eastern peoples to throw off
the yoke of foreign domination. He
said Japan was on the eve of a revo
lution similar to the one Russia went
thru in 1905 and it was quite possible
that in order to create a diversion the
Japanese militarists would rush into
a war against Russia. In that event
the War Minister said, the Red Army
would have something to say.
Applying the rod of castigation to
the political exterior of Ramsay Mac-
Donald, the eloquent Soviet chief
figuratively tore the hide of the yel
low socialist who is now running the
British Empire for the pirate crew
that owns that big piece of stolen real
estate. “Prime Minister MacDonald’s
government is full of fear before its
master, the bourgeoisie,” he said. “If
the British government were braver
it would sign a treaty with us and
that treaty might change the course of
history. Our country Is rich in na
tural resources and that appeals to
the technical skill of the British work
ers. Their working classes would have
food supplies and raw materials and
Great Britain would become wealthier.
The union of working Britain with
Soviet Russia would create a great
world power and we should be able to
dictate to Europe. We tell the British
working class, ‘You have not a gov
ernment worthy of you.’ ”
Marx and Lenin.
Platforms are being erected all over
Moscow for Communist orators and
photographers of Lenin and Karl
Marx can be seen everywhere.
Speaking of the May Day celebra
tion. Trotsky said: “The principal pur
pose of May Day should be an unre
mitting struggle against militarism
but the question of safeguarding the
Soviet republic is the vital one of the
hour. We must therefore regard this
day as the great holiday for the army
and navy.”
The Franco-Roumanian agreement
is considered here as another link in
the bloc against Russia which France
fe trying to create in Southeastern
Europe. While the Soviet government
has no intention of going to war over
Bessarabia, it nevertheless considers
recognition of that territory as part
of Roumania by other foreign powers
as an unfriendly act. Russia offers as
a solution of the Bessarabian question
a free plebiscite, giving the popula
tiqn the right to decide which country,
Russia or Roumania, they should af
filiate with.
There Is No Peace.
A state of war exists between Po
land and Lithuania over Vilna but
hostilities are not likely to break out
for an indefinite period. The League
of Nations granted Vilna to Poland,
hut that decision only satisfied Poland.
Rumors that there ls a secret agree
ment between Lithuania, Russia and
Germany, are denied in Lithuania but
given considerable credence in War
saw.
Radio dispatches from the Orient
tell of preparations for monster May
Day parades in China and Japan. In
the latter country a mammoth parade
Is planned in Tokyo and Osaka. Ko
reans are to take part tn the parades
and the police are planning arrests on
the slightest excuse. A ban has been
placed on radical songs and the dis
play of red flag.
BUFFALO, N. Y.—Support for the
equal rights for women amendment
to the federal constitution has been
turned down by the executive coun
cil, National League of Women Vot
ers, at its first session following the
annual convention of the league in
Buffalo
KANSAS GALLS
FARMER-LABOR
CONVENTION, TOO
Delegates For June 17
To Be Chosen May 17
(Special to The Daily Worker)
SALINA, Kans., May 8. —Farmers
and labor leaders from all over the
state have sent out a call for a state
convention of independent political
groups. The meeting is scheduled for
May 17 in this town, and at it dele
gates to the June 17 St. Paul conven
tion will be elected. Sixty prominent
men have signed the call, which reads
as follows:
Text of Call.
"In view of the fact that there are
thousands of voters who feel they can
no longer follow in the steps of either
of the old parties nationally, that
many of the national leaders of the
two dominant parties have been
proven unworthy of the support of the
forward looking and progressive vot
ers of the state, and that many men
who, when asked to serve their con
stituents in an official capacity are re
luctant to do so, knowing that by re
ceiving the support of the party ma
chine they are expected to support its
wishes:
“Therefore, in order to give the vot
ers of Kansas an opportunity to vote
for a candidate for president and vice
president whose principles coincide
with the great majority of the voters
of Kansas, also elect delegates to the
St. Paul Farmer-Labor convention,
June 17, 1924, and to take such action
in regard to naming state officers as
the convention sees fit, the under
signed independent citizens and mem
bers of labor and farm organizations
hereby resolves to call a state con
vention of all progressive and inde
pendent voters of the state of Kan
sas. This convention to be held in
Salina, Kans., on Saturday, May 17,
1924, at 10 a. m.”
Bosses Wage War
On New Theater
Treasurers’ Union
NEW YORK, May 8. —The newly
formed Theater Treasurers’ union,
American Federation of Labor, has
been challenged by the New York the
ater managers in the second month
of its existence. Six box-office em
ployes have been discharged for un
ion membership by the B. F. Keith
Company and the Shuberts.
No demands had been made by the
union, but Hugh Frayne, local A. F.
of L. organizer, threatens reprisals
against the theater managers. The
new local is the only one of its kind
In the country, and is not affiliated
with any of the other theatrical labor
organizations. ,
Famous Chorus At
Service Os German
Famine Relief Work
NEW YORK, May 8. —The Uthmann
Singing Chorus, well-known among
the German organizations, and which
has whole heartedly placed itself at
the service of the International Work
ers’ Aid in its campagn for the relief
of the German working class, will
participate in the film showing of
"Russla : Germany” which will be held
May 9th, Friday evening, at the Cen
tral Opera House, 305 E. 67th street.
The Uthmann Singing Chorus was
formed in 1922 and is composed of
progressive minded workers who
recognize the class struggle and the
need of building up a powerful labor
movement in this country. Through
their «ongs, they aim to bring greater
class consciousness and greater revo
lutionary spirit among the workers.
Membership in this organization is
open to all workers recognizing thdse
aims. They meet every Tuesday at
8:30 p. m. in the Labor Temple, 243
E. 31th street, room 18. Their secre
tary is Paul Rlehn.
New Tacoma Labor Headquarter*.
TACOMA, Wash., May B.—The Cen
tral Labor Council has moved into
larger quarters in the City Hall An
nex, the old N. P. Ry. office building.
The main assembly hall is larger, bet
ter arranged, not bothered by the con
stant clangor of cable car bells,
which were a constant nuisance to
speakers, and equally well located.
Short Items From
Russia
MOSCOW. — The workers all over
Russia are arranging “farewell par
ties" for the demobilized soldiers of
the Red Army. Books and presents
are being distributed to the soldiers
by the nearby factories and shops. In
many cases agricultural implements,
such as ploughs, etc., are being do
nated to the soldiers, who are return
ing to the vuiage.
» * *
KIEFF, Ukraina—The trial of the
' counter«revolutionary organization,
“The Kieff District Center of Action”
came to a close. Four of the accused
received death sentences, the others
—jail sentences ranging from one to
ten years. All of the accused ad
mitted participation in the organiza
tion. The organization attempted to
start a new counter revolution
against the Soviet Government. The
central committee had its headquar
ters in Kieff, and its spies in the Kieff
district.
The convicted have been permitted
to appeal.
• • *
MOSCOW.—Up to March 31, the C.
E. C. of the Russian Communist Par
ty received . 245,874 applications for
membership in the party. 89,705 have
already been accepted by the party.
Applications are still coming in.
* * *
Soviet Helping Farmers
UFA, May—Agricultural machinery
for the sum of 91,889 gold rubles is
being distributed by the committee
for the liquidation of the results of
the hunger to the peasants of the
district. Only 10 per cent of the
cost is paid by the peasants at the
tftne when they get the mashinery.
The rest is paid in a period of from
2 to 5 years. Instead of cash, grain
is accepted to cover the easy pay
ments.
• • •
More Machinery
MOSCOW, May.—The main office
of the metal industry reports the fol
lowing production program of agricul
tural machinery for the year 1923-24:
“It is expected to produce 267,000
agricultural machines of different
kinds, against the 120,000 produced
last year. The plain calls for 3,440,-
000 puds of machinery, which is 35
per centj of the pre-war production
and double the amount produced last
year. 19,000 workers are now busy
in this industry against the 8,872 of
last year.”
* * *
CHARKOPF, May.—Collective farm
ing in Ukraina is growing continually.
According to official reports in 1920
the Ukraina had only 700 peasants’
collective farms, communes and ar
tels. In 1921 the amount has grown
to 1,200, in 1922 to 3,100 and in 1923
to 5,100.
* « •
VLADIVOSTOK.— Pavel Shipicyn,
the leader of a band of white guard
bandits, was turned over by the Chi
nese to the Soviet authorities, togeth
er with twenty of his followers. They
have been arrested by the Chinese for
robbing villages on Chinese territory.
* * !
Soviets Please Vienna
MOSCOW, May 8. The Vienna
correspondent of the Rosta News
Agency reports that the official inau
guration of the Soviet pavilion at the
Vienna Fair was the occasion of a
big demonstration friendly to the
Union of Soviet Republics. Among
those present were representatives of
the Austrian Government, leading
businessmen and numerous press cor
respondents. The visitors greatly ad
mired the Soviet pavilion and exhi
bits.
The Russo-Austrian mixed company
“Ratao” has become a shareholder of
the “Kojsyrie,” which Is the Soviet
trust engaged in the purchases in
Russia of raw hide materials.
3 Workers Killed
When Shoddy Brick
Wall Crashes Down
WORCESTER, Mass. —Three young
Scandinavian workmen, Nils Johnson,
Carl Hjulstrom and Thure Nordberg,
were crushed to death here when a
20-foot brick wall of the old Casino
Building in Burnside court suddenly
crashed to the ground. Johnson and
Hjulstrom died immediately, while
Nordberg died on the way to the hos
pital in a police ambulance.
All three workers were young men
—Johnson 20, Nordberg 23 and Hjul
strom about 30 years old.
The wall, which crashed to the
ground, killing these workers, was
about 30 feet long, 20 feet high and 12
Inches thick. All the men were em
ployed by S. I. Howard Co., building
wreckers. The workers killed were
employed picking up bricks.
William Boberg, foreman of the
gang of men, in eharge of the work,
said that the wall was not properly
erected when the building was orig
inally built, and that moreover it was
"rotten.”
The wall was the last which the
workmen had to take down before the
entire building would have been razed.
Johnson had been out of work for
some time and had juet got the Job
on which he was killed. >
Friday, May 9, 1924
BRITISH LABOR
ANSWERS BIG
BANKERS' THREAT
Say Soviet Claims Are
Very Moderate
(Special Correspondence.)
LONDON. —When the Soviet envoys
arrived in London to open the Anglo-
Russian conference now oiT, British
financiers issued a statement calculat
ed to produce a hostile atmosphere
on the opening of negotiations. In
reply five labor leaders charged the
British capitalist class with responsi
bility for famine and suffering in Rus
sia and stated that the Soviet claims
were just. The statement is as fol
lows:
“We observe the London bankers’
memorandum on the question of the
establishment of peace with Russia,
and are of the opinion this is a delib
erate attempt to influence the attitude
of His Majesty’s Government in the
negotiations now taking place.
“The London bankers are trying to
bring about by economic intervention
what has proved to be impossible by
military intervention, namely, to dic
tate to the Russian people what form
of government and what form of eco
nomic administration thfi Russian peo
ple and their leaders should adopt.
Bankers’ Demands.
“The London bankers’ memorandum
states:
‘“(1) That a recognition of debts,
public and private, should be agreed
upon, acceptable to both countries;
“‘(5) That’Bankers, industrialists,
and traders of this country should
be able to deal freely, without inter
ference by Government-authorities,
with similar private institutions in
Russia controlled by men of whom
they have personal knowledge, and
in whose character, word, and re
sources they have confidence.’ ”
“It may be well to advise the Asso
ciation of London Bankers, who are
responsible for this unwarrantable in
trusion into high diplomatic matters,
that the bankers of this country,
thru their monopoly of finance and
their withholding of credit, are re
sponsible in no small degree for the
industrial stagnation which has con
fronted us since 1920, and is with us
to such a marked degree today.
Just Russian Claim.
“We, the undersigned, were present
with the first authoritative and official
delegation which went to Russia in
1920. and we can testify that Russia’s
counter-claims upon the British Gov
ernment are as justifiable as the
claims made by British and other in
vestors against the Soviet Govern
ment.
“We have seen for ourselves how
railways, bridges, mines, factbries and
agricultural areas have been laid
waste in consequence of the maraud
ing expeditions of Tcheko-Slovaks,
and the counter-revolutionary forces
of Koltchak, Wrangel, Denikin and
Yudenitch in various parts of Russia.
We have seen how the means of trans
port have been destroyed by these
counter-revolutionary forces, which
his Britannic Majesty’s Government in
1919 and the early part of 1920 main
tained in existence.
“In fact, much of the death and
devastation which was the outcome of
the famine in 1921 may be directly
attributed to the action of the British
Government in its support of the
counter-revolutionaries because of the
destruction of the means of transport.
Had transport been uninterrupted,
food could have been brought from
the regions unaffected by the drought
to the regions so adversely affected.
British Responsible.
“Added to this aggravation of the
famine, a serious effect of the blockade,
of the British Navy was the cutting
off of the supplies of medical require
ments, antiseptics, soap, etc., etc.,
which, had they been available in
sufficient quatities, would have pre
vented the epidemics of typhus and
other fevers which swept the country
at recurring periods.
“We are prepared to declare un
hesitatingly that millons of men in
1920 and 1921 were recruited into the
Red Armies whose services could have
been more fittingly employed in re
storing Russia’s economic integrity
than in fighting, on the various fronts,
the mercanerles instigated by British
financiers, militarists, and reaction
aries who were in charge of our coun
try’s affairs from the Coalition on
words.
A. A. Purcell, M. P.
Ben Turner, M. P.
R. C. Wallhead, M. P.
George I.ansbury, M. P.
Robert Williams
(Transport Workers)/*
Labor’s Park Prospera.
SEATTLE, Wash., May B.—Est*>
Wished for six years, the People’s
Park, co-operatively owned by Seat
tle unionists, is entering Its biggest
year with every Sunday booked for
picnics by workers’ organizations.
The park, outside the city limits, was
established during Ole Hanson’s re
actionary reign to protect free speech
and assemblage rights for the work
l era.

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