SITUATION IN SPAIN.
NOTES OF INTERVIEW BETWEEN SIR WALTER CITRINE AND MR. W. SCHEVENELS, AT THE T.U.C. OFFICES, 8TH FEBRUARY, 1937.
Present also: Mr. W. Gillies and Mr. W.J. Bolton.
The interview took place because Mr. W. Schevenels wished to consult with Sir Walter Citrine before attending a meeting that had been called for Tuesday, 9th, at Brussels, of officers of the International Solidarity Fund.
Mr. Schevenels said that he had taken the convoy of lorries to Valencia, about which he had reported at the last meeting of the Executive, and spoke of the unsuccessful attempt to sabotage the undertaking [that had been made at sabotage]. He had seen in Madrid, Caballero. The hospital, as was known, would cost about £15,000, but Caballero had told him that the Spanish Government could not give anything. That would mean that beds, clothing material, etc., would have to be provided out of the Fund.
Caballero said quite frankly: "We want arms". However, Santiago, the Secretary of the Workers' Committee of Madrid, said that food and coal and clothing were even more urgent than a hospital, unless of course they had at their command "millions of francs". Schevenels had telephoned to Adler about the matter, because it was evident that the Fund would be exhausted if there was no help coming from the Spanish. Adler replied that it was very difficult to stop going on with the project now. Wiesmann, who had been to Spain, had informed the world that the hospital was being provided. As a matter of fact, the impression had got about that it was