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T II t: TOILER PAGE 5 wiM work within it to that end. Whether the strug gle we put up finally results in the regeneration of the existing trade unions and their transformatio 1 into industrial unions is not an important question. What I am confident of is that by a persistent, systematic and organized campaign we can win over the bulk of the membership to our way of thinking, aided, as we will be, by the pressure of conditions which will make ever clearer the ne cessity for revolutionary action. Then when the break comes with the false leaders we will carry the masses with us, not leave them behind us. I am so confident of this outcome that I am impatient of delay. I want to see the rebel neucles organized for work in every local union; we have no time to lose, we are rapidly approaching the in dustrial crisis which may bring us face to face the prospect of revolution. This crisis will not wait until we have a labor movement built to order ac cording to a perfect pattern. We will be compell ed to make use of such organizations as are on the ground, and we will pay dearly if we leave them in the unchallenged control of Gompers and the other labor lieutenants of the capitalist class. Editor, The Toiler. O'er Burdened. John Reed's Last Illness MOSCOW (Via Christiania and London.) The Executive Committee of the Third Inter national has received a report from Dr. Berkowitz on the illness which caused the death of John Reed, and describing the care which the Soviet government gave the American revolutionist dur ing his last days. The report states: "Eating of unwashed fruit during a recent visit to Baku was the probable cause of John Reed's illness which was complicated by heart disease, the absence of one kidney, and shortly before the end by inflammation of the brain. "During the first days of his illness, Reed's con dition was excellent, showing only a slight rise in temperature. Supecting typhus, the physician on the third day recommended that patient l)e re moved to a hospital. "Louise Bryant, Reed's wife, took care of him until the 8th day when he was taken to a specially prepared ward in the Marinsky hospital. Under the care of 4 doctors and 2 consulting physicians, Reed received the most expert treatment that this country could provide. An English-speaking nurse and an assistant surgeon were in constant attendance. The best food, abundant linen, an elec tric stove, and all possible conveniences were furnished." Commissars Bucharin and Kollantay, Karl Ra dek and Boris Reinstein spoke when Reed was buried under the walls of the Kremlin and among the graves of Russia's revolutionary heroes. Mur phy of England and Rosmer of France also took part in the burial services. GERMAN UNIONS GROW. During the year ended March 81, last, the mem bers of the forty-eight trade unions affiliated with the Berlin Trade Union Commission was practical ly doubled, according to the Commission's annual report just made public. The gain was 342,107, bringing the total membership in this city to 691, 263, made up of 478,103, 198,159 women on 15,000 young persons. The strongest local unions are the Metal Workers' Union, with 177,923 members, ani the Transport Workers' Unio.i, with 125,205.