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LABOUR CONGRESS. A FREEDOM AND PEACE MEMORIAL. The Lajbour Party Conference was opetned at Nottingham on Wednesday. On Tuesday the Miners' Federation continued their private discussion on the agenda. So keenly interested, as well as sharply divided, were they in their opinion of i.ts contents tha.t they TTpre unable to attend as a body another public conference which took place in the afternoon between repre- sentatives of the Trade Unifon Con- gress and the National Labour Party I()IJI the proposed Niatio.nal Labour Memorial of JVeedoon and Peace. Resolutions on behalf of the two national committees were proposed by Mr. Arthur Henderson aid seconded by Mr Haj-ry Gosling, empowering in- ] fluential members of the conference to officiate as trustees to invest funds with which they shall be provided in pure-lial-insr a suitable site, in Lo-nckm and erecting thoreon a National Lab- our Institute. The Miners* Federation sent a small delegation, headed by Mr Her- bert Smith, who proposed that the saheme should be referred back. Sup- port to this suggestion came from the United Textile Workers, and on a card vote the arnend-ment was defeated by onily a small majority. Mr Henderson, who warmly sup- ported the scheme, said it was not merely seemly, but a necessary thing, that there should be a memorial to ooicamjemorate their fallen comrades. The number of Trade Unionists who had joined the Army since" 1914 was upwards of one million, and from 25,000 to 30,000 had been killed. LABOUR'S. WAR AIMS. A special session m connection with the conference was set aside at night for the hea-ring of addresses from fra- ternal delegates of the international working class movement. The Albert- hall was crowded, and the delegates, whq 'included M. Renaudel, of the French Socialist Party; MM. Emile Vajidervelde and Brousere, of the Bel- gian Labour Pa,rty; <1\;[, Litvinoff, the Bolshevik "Ambassador" to this cou n- try; and M. Camille Huysman, the Belgian secretary of the Inteirna.tion.al Socialist Bureau, were given a warm reception, M. Litynimoff especially being received with sounds of oheer- ing. Mr. W. H. Purdy (Newcastle-on- T-yno). who presided, .expresvsed a hope that as the result of the Labour Con- ference the International Allied Soc- ialist meeting which had been called wo,uld oome to some agreement on war aims, so that their representatives would be able to bring sufficient in- fluence anli power to bear on their re- spective Governments as to bring about an. international gathering, not only of the Allies, but the Central Powers as well. (Cheers. ) A lady representative of the Social Democrats of "Bohemia presented a memoriad from the Czechs, who, she I said, wholeheartedly sunoorted the war aims of the British Labour party. I M. HUYSMAX DEMANDS DIS- I ARMAMENT.' M. Huysman brought greetings from the w hole of the Northern States, where, he said, the impression pre- vailed that the war had proved con- clusively that capitalism was omni- potent in the war's encouragement. Another way had to be found. The belligerents on .the western front were taking rope from the Russian revolu- tion. (Cheers). "We axe of the opin- ion," he added, "tha ta, peace such as we have suggested should be prepared by the labouring clas-es across the world, so that we may giye a sign of the era that will ocme. The Austrian and German la.bour parties were think- ing .hard- It was a fact that the statements made by this country and j America h2'({ interested more people in Germany and Austria, tlian their papers disclosed. He was convinced tlialt by agreerncnt at the inter-Allied Socialist conference they w<uld ar- rive nearest to the solution of wax questions, the first of which must be disarmament. (Cheers). Instead of a system of violence there must be a system of right, founded oil the honesty of natiOtDF. (Cheers). BOLSHEVIK "AMBASSADOR." I M. Litvinoff, who was again cheered expressed his joy and pride at being. there as a representative of the Rus- si an, people and the Russian Govern- ment. He stood there as a representa- tive of no ordinary Government— (laughter)-—tho likr; of which the world had never seen. The magni- tude of the Revolution had been clouded by the war, but the Bolshe- viks had carried through the Revolu- j tion in the most approved style— ('Laughter)—with '.the hc4 p of the people, a.nd had maintained their posi- tion in spite of the hatred of the capi- tnlist class. Had the Bolsheviks bean adventur- ers or exploiters they would have been swept away by the army. The Bol- s heviks revolted agaifust the war be- cause they revolted against the authors and advocates. In the little fortress town of Brest Litovsk more dramatic history had been made in three and a half weeks than had been made in three and a, half yea.rs of war. Even if success did not result fiYMn the negotiations a revolution in Germany, and let me hope some- where else—(cheers)-may come with- in the range of immediate possibili- ties." The examples or no annexa- t ions and salf-determina-tion would be the death of Imperialism. Germany and Austria. had either to accept the Russian peace terms or oon,tinue the war for territorial aggrandisement, and 110 did believe that German people would continue to be bled and si.i-ved for such an ohject., There ;n lie *Mily one answer from them. M. Vand'Pirvelde do'laired that in order to obtain a democratic- pe-ace democracy must tr:umph- over mili- tarism and jingoism, not only abroad but- at home. GENERAL ELECTION THIS YEAR A pr0j>0sal to amalgama,te with the Labour Party under its new constitu- tion was discussed at a conference of the Women's Labour League at Not- tingham. on Tuesday. Dr. Marion Phi!Iicommended the proposal as af fording a long-desire d opportumty <f working side by sido with a strong women's P?rty wil.htn t?a ,I party, which wo'dd be infinitelv larger than ever before. Mr Arthur Henderson said he be- lieved there would be a general elec- tion between Julv and September next, and it would be the greatest election in the history of the La bour parly in this country. He hoped they would go into 'it, both men and women, with a. determination to win. Hjo was concentrating his attention upon the next election.

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