Trade with Soviet Russia
The powerful American Federation of Labour has promoted an agitation against the import of timber from Soviet Russia. It prevailed upon the United States Treasury to announce an embargo on Soviet pulpwood, even protesting against the special extension of time for vessels still at sea, which the Treasury had granted. Consequently two cargo vessels—one British and one Norwegian—are now anchored under the Statue of Liberty awaiting the next move. This extraordinary step by a country which is not officially on speaking terms with Soviet Russia has stung President Hoover to action. It was given out at the White House on Tuesday, that whatever may be the hostility towards the system under which Soviet Russia is governed, the Administration will not " restrict the entry of Russian goods for any reasons not existent in the law and of universal applica- tion." In passing, we may note that, as Mr. John Strachey pointed out in the House of Commons on Friday, July 25th, there is one market in which Great Britain has doubled her exports during the past nine months, namely, Soviet Russia.