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Elsewhere in this issue are given the facts of the Edith Berkman case as presented to the Harvard Liberal club and as gathered from the personal interviews of several Radcliffe and Harvard students with the imprisoned defendent. The account pictures a woman, foreign born, accused of attempted overthrow of the United States government, unable to be legally deported, held in a hospital having contracted tuberculosis at the immigration prison, and what is of more importance-held by an immigration commissioner who has it in her power to recommend release but who refuses to do so in spite of the insistent and ever increasing demands of not only the members of the textile union but of every class of society. Failure on the part of Secretary Doak to ameliorate this condition, will bring Miss Berkman's hunger strike on May 8, making the case national and forcing students as well as the working class to recognize the importance of its effect.

Pipe dreams may result in a hope that the United States government is one of fairness to all and that in relation to industry it adopts a policy of laissez-faire and rugged individualism. Obviously the government here has interfered in behalf of the property owners. The use of spies, closed court proceedings, and acceptance of doubtful evidence are indicative of egregious injustice as well as the adoption of a policy in mutation against the principle of American democracy.

Student interest will be aroused to the point of negative cigarette dreaming, Cheerful Chat theorizing, disturbing dormitory arguments, or fruitful action. Acclaimed neutrals will perhaps hide behind the point of view of the author of a recent editorial in the Harvard CRIMSON entitled "Calm Depression." But a peaceful communist parade in one city looses significance when compared with the millions involved in an international cry against class privilege.

In Edith Berkman we have a concrete example of economic tendencies in our own country. By its nearness is arising an opportunity or rather a demand for students to take a stand. Will it be for enlightened communism, in spite of cynical ideas about the childishness of a hunger strike, or will it be for a support of capitalism even to the degradation of United States democratic principles? The Radcliffe Daily.

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