All this was less than twelve months before the same New
York Times, under the heading "Law and Order in Soviet
Russia/' printed the following statements from the first ofits
c&n^apoiidents to actually enter Soviet Russia since~~ffie~frfst
year of the revolution, Mr. Arthur Copping.
The working millions, in their abiding* fear and hatred of the despotism that is ended, cheerfully put up not only with a grievous shortage
of food, fuel and other necessaries that is associated with the democratic
era that has dawned for them, but also with the asounding idealistic
and hitherto untested economic principles upon which it is sought to
build a new social fabric. I told Krassin . . . that the British Government and people were now beginning to believe that Soviet Russia
today, instead of being a tyrannical chaos, was an orderly and upward-
striving democracy. In contradiction to most of the testimony that has
trickled through the frontiers . . . the members of Russia's government, so far from hatching schemes of robbery, spoliation and
aggression, are toiling night and day in a self-sacrificing spirit which is
almost fanatical, to build up a purely Utopian state based on theories
and ideals adopted secretly under the despotism of Tsardom and nurtured through long years of exile. The only Russians who had acquired
self-reliance and business efficiency . . . capable of firmly handling
the national helm, were these extremists, who composed the following
of Lenin. (1)
The Lusk-Union League Conspiracy
The New York "Lusk Committee/' officially known as the
Joint Legislative Committee Investigating Seditious Activities, was appointed in March, 1919, at the suggestion and
stimulation of the Union League Club of New York, a body
of the most prominent, wealthy and influential Republicans
in the United States. This committee, under the guidance of
a member of the club, Archibald E. Stevenson, pursued the
same tactics as the Overman Committee in its efforts to discredit the Russian Soviet Government. The activities of the
Lusk Committee, however, were directed primarily against
the representative of the Russian Government in the United
States, Mr. L. Martens and his staff.
The committee found a place on the front pages of the
newspapers by staging a spectacular raid on the office of the
Russian Soviet Bureau—Mr. Martens' office. Acting under a
warrant of questionable validity, and aided by a score of state
constabulary and private detectives, Mr. Stevenson forcibly
seized all the documents, papers, books and correspondence of
the Soviet Bureau on June 12, 1919, and carried them to the
offices of the Lusk Committee at the Prince George Hotel.
(1) See article entitled "Getting
New Republic, March 10, 1920, p. 42.
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