Time Since Start Of The War GIANT FRANCO EATING AT UEEN'S ALL
SUPPORTERS OF FRANCO'S SPAIN HAVE BROKEN THROUGH THE BARRIER OF BRITISH RED PROPAGANDA FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE OUTBREAK OF THE SPANISH WAR.
A GREAT GATHERING WHICH FILLED THE QUEEN'S HALL, LONDON, ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RECORDED THE HEARTFELT SYMPATHY OF ENGLISH PEOPLE FOR THEIR FELLOW-CHRISTIANS IN SPAIN.
Extraordinary enthusiasm greeted each speaker as he told the true facts about the Spanish struggle. Many heard for the first time the real meaning of the Communist menace in Europe of which the Spanish conflict, it was pointed out, is one manifestation.
Each speaker contributed his share in enabling the audience to gain a comprehensive picture of the war.
The Very Rev. W. R.
" I hold no brief for the Roman Church but I cannot condone the lying and the religious persecution that is going on in Spain."
Franco's revolution is a revolt against chaos and anarchy."
" The Spanish struggle has shown to Englishmen the true face of Communism.
" The Communist propaganda in. England is aided by people who would be the first to scream for a Franco to save them should the struggle in Spain be repeated in England."
Capt. Victor Cazalet
" The adjective national ' is the only true one to describe Franco and his cause."
Sir Henry Page-Croft
" As a follower of the Church of England I am convinced that Franco is fighting for the Christian culture of Europe."
Sir Walter Maxwell-Scott
" If I were not certain of the Christian principles and religious toleration of Nationalist Spain, I would not be here tonight."
LONDON HEARS THE TRUTH
From a Staff Reporter After months of noise from the Left it was pleasant to hear some really impressive enthusiasm for Franco. You heard it all right at the Queen's Hall on Wednesday evening.
Dr. Inge, Douglas Jerrold, Arnold Lunn, Sir Henry Page-Croft, and Sir Walter Maxwell-Scott told the great crowd of people, who packed the Hall, in no uncertain words the truth about Spain.
The Dean Dr. Inge, the former Dean of St. Paul's, spoke simply and with a sincerity which was impressive. "For the first and last time I speak on a public platform,— he said.
" I am not a politician, I have no sympathy for Fascism and 1 hold no brief for the Roman Catholic Church in Spain.
" But I think it strange that our Government should have addressed a ferocious protest to General Franco, because 800 persons have been killed in an air raid, whereas, when 50,000 innocent men, women and children were butchered in cold blood, with every accompaniment of cruelty, under the eyes of the Government, which we still choose to recognise, not one word of protest was made."
" Because I Hate Cruelty"
" I am here because I hate inhuman cruelty and persecution and systematic lying."
Dr. Inge then spoke of " the ordinary good people who have been misled by Left propaganda," of the justification " ten times over " which Franco had to rebel, and of the flagrant violation of non-intervention by France.
Finally he said : " Let us pray for Spain that she may be free from strife, and for England that she may never know such strife."
History of the War
Douglas Jerrold, who, as Lord Phillimore, the chairman, stated, has rendered great help to Spain's Nationalist cause, told succinctly the history of the present struggle, beginning from Lenin's plan of establishing Soviets in Russia and Spain so that Europe might be dominated.
He gave the melancholy account of parliamentary rule in Spain since 1931, which culminated in the anarchy of the -first six months of 1936, when there were 1.500 political assassinations (in England there have been only three in 200 years).
" After the murder of Calvo Sotelo the people saw the hopelessness of their Gov ernment and revolted, forestalling a previously organised Communist revolt. Franco's revolt was of the people, not of the army. There was no army, for Spain is a conscript country."
He talked of non-intervention.
" People have forgotten the International Brigade, that large, brave and splendidly equipped brigade which stopped Franco's progress at Madrid.
"What other course had Franco but to accept Mussolini's offer of a small force of 40,000 men, when faced with the efficient foreign intervention on the other side?
" History will find something more surprising about the Spanish war than Italian intervention—that is the indifference of this country to the danger of a communist Spain."
About the Barcelona bombing, he said: " Now that Franco's splendidly equipped army of the people is winning the war, we are told we must not use all the weapons of war.
One-Sided Humanitarianism " I deplore the bombing of Barcelona, and I sympathise with those who have been roused to genuine pity by the bombing.
" But those who said nothing when the atrocities in Government Spain were being committed are guilty of the vilest hypocrisy.
" They speak now with tears in their eyes and a lie in their hearts.
" More people are being killed and starved by the Government in Madrid and Barcelona than by the air raids.
" If we cannot he generous, we hope at least in duty to be just. Franco is fighting. the battle of our common civilisation."
His speech ended in a climax of terrific applause.
ARNOLD LUNN'S BRILLIANCE
During a short interval a collection Was taken.
Then Mr. Arnold Lunn (who is best described in his own sentence, " I have unfortunately a face commonly associated with the less intelligent Left Wing intelligentsia") went on to speak.
" 1 have lately been to an exhibition in Rome where there were gathered proCommunist books, pamphlets, newspapers, and journals from every country in the world.
" It is revealing to see how the communist propaganda is adapted to the needs of different nations. I think that at some of the exhibits even the Duchess of Atholl might have been shocked, particularly the Russian section or the French section, where there was a Life of Christ which was near obscenity.
" But it was the Spanish section which for sheer brutality broke all records. think had the Dean of Canterbury seen it he would have been induced to revise some of his opinions.
"As a relief I went to the English section where i saw the New Statesman trying to look like the Tablet, and pictures of La Passionaria, the woman who screamed for Sotelo's death in the Spanish Parliament, looking as inoffensive as Mrs. Sydney Webb.
"All this propaganda is aided by people who would be the first to scream for a Franco if what happened in Spain should happen in England."
No Great Strength Mr. Lunn went on:
" The tactics of Communism are to persuade us that the movement has no great strength. Naive people go from Mayfair to Madrid and do their best to insult General Franco, who is doing his best to defend duchesses—Spanish duchesses, of course, therefore, don't really matter.
" The Communists say they only want to co-operate with us, but our answer is non possium, which in this case means we are not able—A-B-E-L.
Anti-War " Two years ago an anti-war congress 'was to have been held in Geneva, but it was called off because they discovered that sonic of the friends of peace ' were the Communists who were doing all in their power to embroil Europe in a war against Fascism . .
" Communism has the powerful ally in England of fashion. The universities are going ' Red ' and there is a general opinion that any man who is intelligent enough to string three sentences together must be at least a Socialist . . .
"In Spain, however, the Liberal intellectuals, unlike those of this country, know their Spain and do not support the Red ' Government of Madrid and Barcelona.
" Spain should teach the people of this country one thing at least : it could happen here."
It was a brilliant speech. Arnold Lunn would have given a lot for some opposition; unhappily there was none, only long and shattering applause.
Captain Victor Cazalet, M.P., told of the friendship that had always existed. between Spain and Britain and would exist again if Franco won.
Truly National "The adjective ' National' is the only one which aptly describes Gtsneral Franco's cause," and the Captain gave a description of the prosperity and order which existed in Franco's territory.
The Captain ended thus : " A victory for Franco is in the best interests of Spain and of peace and prosperity in Europe as well.'
Sir Henry Page-Croft then moved a resolution in support of General Franco, which was seconded by the whole audience with enthusiasm.
Sir Henry said : " I am a convinced member of the Church of England, and as such I am convinced that General Franco is fighting to save Christian civilisation from Communism."
The New Spain Sir Walter Maxwell-Scott, who wound up the meeting, had just returned from a six weeks' visit to National Spain. He spoke of the great social reforms which were being inaugurated by General Franco, and of the absolute religious toleration in his territory.
" If 1 were not absolutely convinced of the fact of this toleration 1 would not be standing on this platform tonight."
At the end of the meeting the Anthem of National Spain was played. It was a very long anthem and one speculated whether the enthusiastic Spaniards who gave the Franco salute during its playing, would be able to keep their arms raised the whole time. They did. The National Anthem of England was then sung by the whole audience.