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Henry Waters ikmo at gemme.fr
Thu Dec 15 07:23:12 PST 2005


And besides all this I wasmaking preliminary arrangements to leave the P.
In front aragged youth was lying on a pile of mattresses behind a light machine-gun. In Madrid the common danger forced people of almost all kindsinto some sense of comradeship.
Ithorrified people who came to Barcelona from Madrid or even from Valencia.
Up the naked grey hill tothe right of us a string of Fascists are climbing like ants. I did not know how this affair was going to turn out, and I badlywanted a weapon. Apparently onlymale quails were caught, which struck me as unfair. In various places the armed police forces had madeattacks on Anarchist strongholds.
Come on, we must get down to the Hotel Falcon. There were a few boxes of bombs,however, which one of the Anarchist patrol cars had brought us.
It was of course distinctly possible that all thesemurders were committed by agents provocateurs.
At the end of April, justafter I got to Barcelona, Roldan, a prominent member of the U. Everyone said that it was impossible to go up the Ramblas. The smuggling was for the benefit ofwealthy people, and was therefore connived at. It was thekind of shop you see in Bond Street or the Rue de la Paix.
To be in the militia was no longerfashionable. Lucky Strikes and so forth, which gave a grand opportunity forprofiteering.
There were a few boxes of bombs,however, which one of the Anarchist patrol cars had brought us.
In the flooded ditch outside the rats are paddling about, making asmuch noise as otters. There was no sign of Jorge or Hiddlestone, so I creptback.
Behind the line you met peasants wearing wild roses over theirears. But fortunately there also exists a vision of Socialismquite different from this.
The change in the aspect of the crowds was startling. He was too excited to give a veryclear statement. To be in the militia was no longerfashionable.
In various places the armed police forces had madeattacks on Anarchist strongholds. I said that weshould be all right if we had some cigarettes. I shall notforget this small act of heroism.
Though this was May the night was getting cold. They thoughtthey were Anarchists, but were not quite certain; perhaps they were Communists.
As far as my purely personal preferences went I would have liked tojoin the Anarchists.
Afterwards we learned that the action had been a success, as such things go. 
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