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Friday, July 4, 1919.
JOURNALISTS' VISIT TO PINSK PREVENTED. THE JEWISH MONITOR FifUon After the Jewish members of the Polish parliament had interpellated the government with reeard to the crime at Pinsk, and a resolution had been passed that a commission of in quiry should be sent to Pinsk, the So- ciety of Pressmen in Warsaw also re solved to send a number of its mem bers to the place in which the savage Polish soldiery had arrested a Jewish phinalthropic meeting and without any reason, within an hour, shot by mar tial law ithirty-six of those who had been at the meeting. The Press repre- l sntativea received permission to make the journey. When the train reached Brest-Litovsk, they experienced a great surprise. A Polish officer en tered the railway carriage and inform ed the Press representatives that they could not enter Pinsk on account ot unforseen hindrances. On the other hand, the Polish Commander of the troops in White Russia, General Lys towski, stated that he was ready to meet the gentlemen at Brest-Litovsk, in order to give them the desired in formation. The travelers had no course open save to alight After some hours they were taken to ihw Town Hall, where a dinner had been prepared for them. Fifty or sixty high er officers, with General Lysovski at their head, were present at the dinner. Only two persons (connected with the Jewish Press were present The Gen eral delivered a speech, in which he made the following statement: "Now I turn to the sore point, to th events in Pinsk on account of which I have the honor to welcome you here. I must, in the first place, decidedly 9y deny that the Polish soldier is an anti- V Semite. The Polish people never was anti-Semitic. It has most beautiful traditions. When we entered Pinsk wt found there a terrible Jewish proletar iat suffering from distress and hun ger. We provided the population with the necessities of life without distinc tion of nationality. So the Polish sol dier feels no hatred for the poor Jew. But among the Jews there is another Q, class the bourgeoise, the middle class, which exploits its own brothers. This class has been demobilized by the former Russian rule. They raised th prices, hoarded the necessities of life. Whilst searching for weapons, we found great stores of the necessities of life. In addition, the Jewish wom en appear in the streets of Pinsk In such a showy costume and with so many diamonds that it makes a bad impression on the Polish soldiers. Fur ther, there is the Bolshevik propagan da, which has led to many Jews hav ing nad themselves nominated commissioners in Pinsk during rule of the Bolsheviks. When marched into Pinsk, we found in the market place a Dlatform. which th Bolsheviks used for their speeches on behalf of their work of agitation, and which they had taken from the church. 0"lt is, perhaps, shameful to admit how small our garrison was when it occupied Pinsk. It (consisted in all of thirty-two soldiers. We then received news that the Bolsheviks had occupied all the places behind Pinsk. In addi tion, we discovered traitor within a Polish division itself. Telegraph wires were cut, and so on. We could not dis cover who had done this. Further, we received the news that the Bolsheviks who remained behind in Pinsk intend- Oed to take us by surprise. In conse quence of the geographical position, fifty Bolsheviks could have seised th as the we railway station ait Pinsk, and in this way have starved three thousand Po lish soldiers. "After all this, I ask you: What else could Major Luczynski have done? No officer in his place would have ac ted differently. I take full responsi bility for his action. For every one ot us would have done the same, perhapn more drastically. At the bottom it is of no importance that Major Luczyn ski, as is asserted, could make no dis tinction between the Jewish confer ence which was taking place on the upper floor about the food question, and the conference that was taking place on the floor below for the or ganization of a communist revolt, even if we assume that ten innocent men had been shot, you know the Russian proverb: "When you are chopping wood chips must fall." We have a war, and there must be a firm and strict authority. I have no objec tion to some criticism. But in War saw there is much talk. There is much talking in Parliament and much writ ing in the newspapers. When we write that the Polish soldier is hun gry, that he has nothing to wear, they never send Commissioners. Only after the affair at Pinsk, they send com. missions here and commissions there, and this causes great dissatisfaction among the soldiers. One commission I myself sent, afterwards an Amer can, English, French Commission went nd now there comes a commis sion from parliament. "Gentlemen, dissastisfaction is be ginning to spread among the officers, and it may also be felt by the sol diers. Only today an English colonel with an adjutant came to me and ask ed to be allowed to go to Pinsk. I, however .refused ,for the same reason for which I refused to allow you to go to Pinsk; you must not pour oil upon a fire. "We are not anti-Semites. The heart of the Slav is friendly to everyone. Only today the report of Colonel Rid zefski, of Pinsk, arrived, which statea that when searching the house of a rich Jewish lady they accidentally found weapons. The Jewish lady turn ed pale, for she knew what awaited her. But the Colonel reflected that she is probably innocent and behaved a if he had not seen the weapons. Per haps this is neglect of duty. But such is the soft heart of the Slav. The Jews however, are not grateful. They do not possess what is called "tact" The general ended his speech by ex pressing a hope for a free Polish pa triotic press. After General Lystowski, Col. Wis zniewskl spoke, bitterly attacking the Jews. The Jews have weapons, their raise prices. The Poles, however, pay no attention, and behave decently to wards the Jews. The Colonel ended his speech with the following words: "It instead of thirty Jews having been shot at Pinsk, it had been thirty Lith uanians or thirty White Russians, nt one would have such a fuss. And these gentlemen (the Press representatives) would not have visited us. The Jewish Press, with it war against the Poles, is to blame for this." (Here a Jewish Journalist called out, "untrue!") At about ten o'clock in the evening the dinner ended, and General Lys towski had a conversation with the Jewish Press representatives. An of ficer of the Gendarmie then offered to take the journalists to the railway station, from which they had to re turn to Warsaw by the next train. Thus ended the journey of investiga tion to Pinsk of the Warsaw Pres representatives. FOR THE SMOKER WHO CARES . JAMES STEPHEN HOGG 7c CIGAR LAMAR 108 Union Transfer Co. Moving Vint, Fir Proof Storage Baggage Transfer Office and Warehouse: 1704 Jonet 8treet Mention the Monitor In calling. "The Bank for All the People" , ' OFFICERS JfAK NDT Mwt W. M. MASSIE, Cashier ELv SKft JW-L. . R W- FENDER, Asst. Cashier "pnM,?1 . RAYMOND C. GEE, Asst Cash'r E. B. VAN ZANDT, Vice Prest H. R. SANDRIDGE, Asst. 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