excerpt from 'About Myself, 1863–1930' pp. 299 (238 words)

excerpt from 'About Myself, 1863–1930' pp. 299 (238 words)

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About Myself, 1863–1930

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[During the period of the UK General Strike, 4–12 May, 1926]


Our own Daily Herald was closed down, like the other newspapers, but we had to have a news sheet of some sort, and the Daily Herald staffs agreed to run us a newspaper, the British Worker, It was a marvellous production,


During the running of the British Worker news came one evening by ’phone that the police had invaded the Herald premises, and as Chairman it seemed to be my business to go down and see about it. When I got there the streets surrounding the premises were lined with policemen, and I was at first prevented going across to the premises, but in a short time I got an inspector to meet me, and after a courteous talk, was permitted to enter our own premises. There were policemen in every room. I got upstairs in the manager’s room with the sub-editors and others, and was informed by the police authorities that no one could leave and no printing could take place until they got fresh instructions. A copy of the Worker had been taken up to some legal luminary, to see if it was seditious or something, and we were held up. Outside the increasing crowd kept peaceful and orderly, singing Labour hymns and Socialist songs. After a long wait the word came from the police authorities that the paper was all right, and it was printed.

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