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THE T01LEU SATUfiDAY, NOV. 0, 1920. Rumors From Russia By Sylvia Pankhurst. The stories of strikes, riots, assassinations of commissaries, general disorder and opposition to Communism in Russia, which have been recurring in the Capitalist Press during the last few weeks, we all coming via Helsingfors, well-known to be a manufacturing centre of false news. Those of us who have been to Russia and have seen the great strength and power of the Soviet Government, the complete order, the fine enthusiasm of the workers, the splendid appear ance of health, freedom from enxiety and general wei-being of the masses, will not place credence in such stories. In Russia one hears much of shortage, one does not see the evidence of it in the expression and physique of the people as one foes most terribly in Germany and in the poorer quarters of British cities. Everywhere one sees amtaigst the Russian people the signs of their joy and confidence in the great proletarian Communist Stalte which they are building. Especially is this apparent amongst the young. The meetings and lectures teem with them, well grown, well clad, well nourished, buoyant and confident. Regarding them and realising the immensity of Russia's population one knows that there is here a bulwark, fcere an engine of progress, which Capitalism never san overthrow, and which will assuredly vanquish t in the end. Why are these false stories of disaster to the Soviet sent out from Helsinfors and telegraphed throughout the world? These lies are intended to influence the prole tarian' movements of other countries, to weaken the courage of the workers, to dampen their fpirits, to deter them from action and betray them lb compromise. These lies are aimed at Italy, that the readers of the great Socialist Party and Con federation of Labour may be afraid to throw in their lot with the workshop struggle and lead it to revolution.They are aimed at Germany and Austria that the Communist Parties there may think this is no time to rise. They are aimed at Poland to discourage the revolutionary forces and encourage the counter-revolutionary forces there. They are aimed also at this country, where the word Soviets is now heard more often than Cap- ism approves. Strikes In Mexico By Robert Haberman, Strikes are still the order of the day. The police strike in Guadalajara and that in Puebla, two of the largest cities in the Republic, show how far the spirit of organization has reached. Of general strikes we get only promises. Aa soon as the storm signal goes up, the bosses puM in the sails, and the workers win hands down. We have had two such promises within the last two weeks.. In Metepoc, Puebla, where the second larg est textile factories in Mexico are situated, one hundred and twenty leaders were discharged and put on the blacklist in order to destroy the union. They were however offered the three months pay required by the Constitution. A strike was im mediately declared for the reinstatement of the discharged workers. President de la Huerta sent down investigat ors who advised the workers to accept the three months pay, and offered them free railroad pass es to some other place of work. The union, by un animous referendum, refused the offer and decid ed to remain on strike. They sent out demands for funds. De la Huerta subscribed fourteen thousand pesos immediately, to be spent for corn and beans. Demands for moral help were sent out, and the Confederation Regional Obrera issued a circ ular to the four hundred unions advising them to prepare for a general strike. This would have tied up the whole of Mexico and paralysed industrial life completely, as all transport workers belong to the Confederation. The strike was immediately settled, the workers winning all they asked for, besides a special fund of five thousand pesos to start a cooperation fund. The other case was that of the Street Railway workers of Mexico City. This union gave the customary ten days notice of strike", it being a Public Service Corporation. Gasca, the shoemaker governor of the Federal District, was appointed by the workers as their arbitrator. Meawhile the Federation de Sindicatos del Distrito Federal (the Mexico City representative of the National Con federation) ordered all the unions on strike on the day the ten day period expired. The strike was won and with it all that the workers asked for: recognition of the union, 5 raise of pay, free medical service, and that the Company deal with the men onjy through the union representative, never directly.