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Humour, even though unconscious, seems to have dawned in Germany with the revolution, wrote a correspondent of a London newspaper, from Rotterdam, on December 16. It was manifested in Berlin yesterday in the form of a demonstration of youths organised by the Spartacus group. There took part about 1000 young people of both sexes,' mostly ;from IS to 17 years of age, and some even younger. These precocious youths and lassies formed a procession, and, to the huge amusement of thousands of spectators, marched to the Reichstag building, where they halted, whilst a deputation entered in order to present their demands to the Soldiers' Council. .

Whilst this was being done a youth mounted a pedestal, and informed the laughter-smitten crowd that their demands were as follows-.—"Six hours' working day for all under 18; the fixing of a minimum wage which must be high enough to provide the means of existence; the limitation of the period of apprenticeship to two years; franchise at the age of 18; the right of youth to participate in the government of the State; abolition of conscription; abolition of all disciplinary punishments." The Executive Committee treated the matetr in all seriousness, and sent out one of the members to address the demonstrators. He told them that so far as he was concerned he was in favour of their demands; but, he added, the Executive Committee could dp nnthin'g, as their power was passing to a new^authority to be establised by the Soldiers' Council's Congress. The young rebels showed dissatisfaction with this declaration, and a 17----year-old orator made a fierce speech, in which he denounced Ebert and Scheidemann as traitors, and the National Assembly as a new form of class government. Amidst a storm of laughter, he declared in a shrill voice: "The youth of the country have kept going the economic life of Germany during the war. If our demands are not immediately, unconditionally conceded, the youth of Germany will have a general strike."

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BERLIN BOY BOLSHEVIKI., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9581, 8 April 1919

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BERLIN BOY BOLSHEVIKI. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9581, 8 April 1919