Oliver [Strachey] to Pippa [Philippa Strachey]

Scope and Content

Giving a detailed account of the railway strikes. The higher officials had agreed some time before that improvement was due; various reforms were agreed upon and the machinery put in motion to introduce them and three weeks ago an Agents' Circular came out. However agitators took over and the babus suddenly struck. In some districts after hearing of improvements being introduced the men went back; the Dinapore district went so he ordered 70 of his men to go down there to help out and 66b went. Still threats of a general strike on the 21st if certain wild demands not granted 20th. All the other main line districts have sent in similar printed ultimatums to the Agent. 'so that my district is the solitary pillar' 'If the men strike and we give in we'd better close the shutters altogether' (For account of railway strike of Nov 1907 see letter from Ralph to Pippa 28 Nov 1907). Sent from Allahabad.