try, skilfully, subtly working to bring us into the war.(5)
Quietly, without publicity, this was mysteriously made useless and innocuous by an amendment "Public--No. 319--76th Congress, Chapter 521--1st Session, H. R. 5988", which has made it possible to flood the country with British propagandists though paid for their services.
The mimeographed list of 363 propagandists that are registered, issued by the State Department last October includes advertising men, steamship lines,--almost no real propagandists. But late in December, Bookniga, the Russian bookstore in New York through which Russian literature has been disseminated, was closed and the managers given the maximum fine of $2500 for violation of this registration act. So it will be still harder to learn about Russia. Let us promote ignorance.
A Congressional Resolution to investigate this British propaganda in the U. S. is in order. A number of the hundred or more U. S. Senators and Representatives approached on this have replied with interest.
Sen. Clark of Missouri, Sept. 28, 1939, introduced a Resolution calling for a committee of senators "to make a full and complete study and investigation of the activities of any person, firm, or corporation acting for or on behalf of any foreign nation, by way of propaganda or otherwise, having as their ultimate goal or tending to cause, directly or indirectly, a change in the neutral position of the United States in the conflicts now being waged abroad." (6) Rep. Tinkham of Massachusetts is interested and may introduce such a Resolution in the House.(7)
Write these Congressmen and your own Senators and Representatives now, if you believe this is a matter that should be investigated.
January 13, 1940
Propaganda in a less obvious form is spread by musicians, artists, and actors. Some of them returned to their native lands at the beginning of the war to enroll