Ralph [Strachey] to Pippa [Philippa Strachey]

Scope and Content

Gives a full account of the railway strike on the East Indian Railway. Started on 5 Nov when the loco Superintendent received an appeal signed by 150 drivers of the lower districts of the line, mostly junior men. On the 18th they said the petition had not been attended to and came out on strike; chief centre of the strike at Asanol. A guard called Engleken was the ringleader. Finally agreed to return if no victimisation but Engleken persuaded the men to revoke their decision. Peacemakers furious and agreed to Engleken's dismissal. Tropps gave protection to those who wanted to work and gradually the men drifted back, so by date of writing strike at an end. Was unable to get away to see Margaret at Bombay, but luckily Jack Severs (brother) was with her and they managed to get through. The babies had to be left behind; perhaps P. will go down to Brighton some time to see them. (see letter from Oliver to Pippa 13 Jul 1906 about the strike in 1906). Sent from Calcutta.