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Grace Carlson Thanks N.Y. for Banquet

(February 1941)

From The Militant, Vol. V No. 6, 8 February 1941, p. 2.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 – I am sure that everyone who attended the Banquet given by Local New York on Feb. 1 at Germania Hall agreed that it was a huge success. The hall and the tables were beautifully decorated; a fine crowd of 125 comrades and friends were in attendance; last, but not least, the collection taken up by Comrade W. Warde for refugee aid was over $250.

Felix Morrow acted as toastmaster. Farrell Dobbs, Albert Goldman, Henry Martin, Larry Williams and I were on the speaking program. It was interesting to note that the speeches all dealt with various phases of Party work – the distribution of the Militant, trade union work in New York, recruiting in New York and throughout the country, etc. These practical, down-to-the-earth speeches were listened to by the comrades and friends with the greatest interest. A further indication of the wonderful change in the New York Party.

In my speech at the Banquet, I took occasion to thank the New York comrades in the name of the Minnesota Party, since I understood very well that the Banquet – formally in my honor – was intended to honor the Minnesota comrades for the good work done in the election campaign.

As I leave New York, I want to thank all of the New York comrades again for the very pleasant time that I had during my stay in the “Big City.”

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