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Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi-Vol 014

Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi-Vol 014

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This are the volumes form the revised - erroneous - version of the CWMG as published on the CD-Rom "Mahatma Gandhi - Interactive Multimedia - Electronic Book" in 1999. Page and volume nos. are not identical with the original print version of the 1960's-1990's. The content of this CWMG version is to be credited as "The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (Electronic Book), New Delhi, Publications Division Government of India, 1999, 98 volumes"
Vol 014- December 26, 1913 - May 20, 1915
This are the volumes form the revised - erroneous - version of the CWMG as published on the CD-Rom "Mahatma Gandhi - Interactive Multimedia - Electronic Book" in 1999. Page and volume nos. are not identical with the original print version of the 1960's-1990's. The content of this CWMG version is to be credited as "The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (Electronic Book), New Delhi, Publications Division Government of India, 1999, 98 volumes"
Vol 014- December 26, 1913 - May 20, 1915

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VOL. 14 : 26 DECEMBER, 1913 - 20 MAY, 1915
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1. CABLE T0 G. K. GOKHALE 
D
URBAN
,
December 26, 1913
PRAY ASSURE HIS EXCELLENCY FROM YOUR KNOWLEDGE OFME I WOULD DO EVERYTHING CONCEIVABLY POSSIBLE FORME NOT EMBARRASS OUR GOVERNMENT. I ASSURE YOU HISUNFLINCHING ADVOCACY
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HAS CREATED SILENT SUBTLE INFLUENCE FAVOURBRITISH CONNECTION WHICH NO DECLARATIONNO COMMISSIONS COULD POSSIBLY HAVE DONE. HISUNEQUIVOCAL, COURAGEOUS PRONOUNCEMENT HAD RING SINCE-RITY WHICH PRODUCED PROPOUND IMPRESSION UPON EURO-PEANS INDIANS. AM EXPECTING HOURLY REPLY FROMINTERIOR ABOUT PROPOSED PRIVATE INTERVIEW. OTHERLOCAL INFLUENCES WORKING OUR FAVOUR. YOU KNOW INTE-RIOR’S REPLY SAYS GOVERNMENT INTENDED MAKE COMMIS-SION IMPARTIAL; THAT THEY DID NOT CONSULT PLANTERSTIME APPOINTMENT STOP AT INTERVIEW IF GRANTED OTHER-WISE PUBLICLY BEFORE MARCHING, SHALL ASSUME GOVERNMENT’S IMPARTIALITY WITHDRAW CHARGE PARTISAN CHARAC-TER AND FORSAKE MAKING GOOD FUNDAMENTAL POSITION,THAT OUR SENTIMENT SHOULD BE FORMALLY [OR] INFORMALLYCONSULTED RESPECTED AND FOR APPEASING COMMUNITY. INPRESENT STATE TENSION, SUSPICION, INDIGNATION, REQUESTNOMINATION ONE ONLY ADDITION MEMBER OUR SIDE, PLAN-TERS HAVING RIGHT NOMINATE ONE THEIRS. APPREHENDNO DIFFICULTY REGARDING DISCHARGE PASSIVE RESISTANCEPRISONERS WE NOT ASKING SO CALLED PASSIVE RESISTERS,IF ANY, CONVICTED VIOLENCE STOP EVERYBODY ADMITS ABSO-LUTE NECESSITY DISCHARGE. “PRETORIA NEWS” STRONGLYURGES GOVERNMENT ACCEPT PRAYER. COULD HIS EXCELLENCYPOSSIBLY URGE ACCEPTANCE THIS MIDDLE COURSE WHICH,WITHOUT IMPAIRING OUR PRINCIPLE, WOULD CAUSE GOV-ERNMENT NO LOSS DIGNITY PRESTIGE, SMOOTHS WAY FUTUREPERMANENT SETTLEMENT. ARE TRYING OUR SIDE AND YOU
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The reference is to Lord Hardinge’s speech at Madras on November 24.
Vide
“Lord Hardinge’s Speech, 3-12-1913.
 
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THE COLLECTED WORKS OF MAHATMA GANDHI
SHOULD YOURS TO SEE THAT IF FORTUNATELY WE ENABLEDACCEPT COMMISSION AND SUSPEND STRUGGLE. NO DOUBT LEFTCOMMISSION COVERING ALL GRIEVANCES.
1
G
ANDHI
Servants of India Society
2. CABLE TO G. K. GOKHALE 
2
D
URBAN
,
December 26, 1913
OATH INCLUDES NOT FIRST JANUARY. ALREADY PROMISEDCLERGY REASONABLE POSTPONEMENT. NOTHING FROM INTERIORYET.
G
ANDHI
Servants of India Society
3. CABLE TO G. K. GOKHALE 
D
URBAN
,
December 26, 1913
S
ERVINDIA
P
OONA
C
ITYWEST WENT DELIVER MY CABLE FOUND YOURS
3
ABOUT FUNDSAND REPLIED. REASON FOR ASKING YOU HOLD FUNDS ISNONE KNOWS LIMIT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT’S REPRESSIVEMETHOD. THEY MAY UNDER MARTIAL LAW SEIZE EVERYTHINGEVERYBODY. MARTIAL LAW WAS SERIOUSLY SUGGESTED. BET-TER THEREFORE IF YOU HOLD FUNDS AND SEND AS REQUIRED.MOVEMENT SPREADING BEYOND ALL EXPECTATION. REMAINBESIEGED BY PEOPLE ALL DAY. MARCH WILL BE POSTPONED
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Gokhale, in reply, cabled the next day: “I repeated yesterday Viceroy yourcable asking him support, suggested middle course. He replies, many thankstelegram, repeating substance Lord Crewe,”
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This was in reply to the following cable of the same date from Gokhale:“Cable urgent if oath includes 1st January as definite date renewal. Has interview beengranted.”
3
Gokhale’s cable dated December 26 read: “Cabling tomorrow seventhousand Bombay one thousand Madras.”
 
VOL. 14 : 26 DECEMBER, 1913 - 20 MAY, 1915
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ALMOST CERTAINLY. WHILST THERE IS HOPE OF PEACE AMNOT FIXING PRELIMINARIES NECESSARY PROVIDING PROBABLYFIVE THOUSAND MARCHERS WHOSE RANKS MAY SWELL,TWENTY THOUSAND AS MOURNING BUT DETERMINED MENWOMEN PROCEED. AM ATTENDING MASS MEETING
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MARITZBURGSATURDAY. ARRANGING YOUR CABLES BEING REPEATED. WILLGIVE PROMPTEST ATTENTION CABLE INSTRUCTIONS.
G
ANDHI
Servants of India Society
4. LETTER TO MARSHALL CAMPBELL
110, F
IELD
S
TREET
,D
URBAN
,
December 26, 1913
DEAR MR. MARSHALL CAMPBELL
2
,
I learnt only two or three days ago that you had returned fromEngland. Will you allow me to tell you how deeply concerned I waswhen I learnt that your men were among the first to strike on thecoast? At an important meeting, when I was actually asked why Iwould not advocate a strike on the sugar plantations also, I replied thatwe were endeavouring to confine the area to the collieries only, in thehope that the strike on the collieries would be a sufficient demons-tration to secure relief. Whilst I was at Newcastle organizing relief forthe collieries’ men who had come out, I was asked by my co-workersin Durban what answer to give to the coastal Indians who wanted tojoin the movement, and I emphatically told them that the time was notripe for them to do so. Later, too, when I was again approached, Imade the same statement and one of my last letters
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before my arrestwas that, as we were so much indebted to you for your efforts to bringabout the repeal of the £3 tax legislation, your men should be the lastto be called out; but I am absolutely certain that after my arrest theworkers found it impossible to control the men and the movementbecame not only spontaneous, but it assumed gigantic proportions. Iwould like you to enter into our feelings. Had I been free and assistedin calling out the men, I must freely admit that I would have certainly
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Vide
“Speech at Maritzburg”, 27-12-1913.
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Chairman, Board of Directors, Natal Estates, Ltd.
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