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Raymond Robins, internationally famous Red Cross worker, and champion of the Russian Soviet government's recognition by the United States, will speak at the Phillips Brooks House at 7.30 o'clock tonight. His subject will be "The Next Step," a discourse on the outlawry of war under international law.
Before the meeting, an informal dinner will be given in Mr. Robins' honor in the Committee Room of the Union. Professor A. M. Schlesinger of the History Department will preside at the gathering and will introduce the speaker. Tomorrow night Mr. Robins will give a similar lecture at New Haven.
Found Gold in Alaska
Mr. Robins started working at the age of ten on a Florida farm; later he spent several years training himself for the bar. After practicing for several years in San Francisco, he embarked on the Klondike gold rush, from which he returned financially independent for life.
In 1912 Mr. Robins was chairman of the convention of the Progressive Party which nominated Theodore Roosevelt '80 for the presidency. Since the collapse of the Progressive Party, he has been a leading figure in the Republican ranks, taking a leading part in presidential campaigns since 1916. Except for the occasion on which he was the defeated candidate for United States Senator from Illinois on the Progressive ticket in 1912, he has never run for a prominent office.
In Russia During Revolution
The visiting lecturer has spoken on subjects of social reform, not only in this country, but also in Europe, and one of his speaking tours carried him around the world. During the World War he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel and at the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, was sent there on the American Red Cross Commission. In 1917 he succeeded Colonel W. B. Thompson as commander of the relief forces
Since his return to this country he has been one of the few who have dared to declare the entire truth of the Russian situation, and he has been constantly working for the recognition of the Soviet government by the United States. At present he is working in behalf of the establishment of an efficient and compulsory world court, and the outlawry of war under international law is his other ideal. He is a prominent member of the American Committee for the Outlawry of War, of which Senator W.E. Borah, of Idaho, is the leading figure.
The meeting tonight will be held in Peabody Hall, on the third floor of the Phillips Brooks House and will be open to all members of the University.
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