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The Anarchists Doomed

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The suprerue court of the state of Illinois has confirmed the judgment of the lower tribunal in the case of the Chicago anarchists, and these seven men are to receive the punishment which their crime merits. There is not to be found in the land an honorable man who has given any attention to the case, but is convinced of the fact that this gang of murderers are guilty in the eye of the law and have been justly condemned. The delay of the courts has led to a large amount of criticism, and it has been thought that by some method these daring crimináis might yet possibly escape and again be set loose to do the work that they threaten- destroy society and murder our citizens by means of dynamite bombs. But all honor to the court, composed as it is of some of the noblest jurists in the land, which has carefully canvassed the whole ground and has set its seal of approbation upon the verdict rendered, which consigns these men to the gallows. We are not discussing the subject of capital punishment, but we deliberately say that these murderers deserve and should receive the extreme penalty of the law. We have no weak sentiment to waste on these men who have boasted of their intent to break up all the laws of society, and destroy the lives that stand in the way of their fiendish purpose. Of course this decisión is met with extreme disfavor by the party to which they belong, and is exciting a great stir in the camp. Great assemblies are convened in our principal cities to overawe justice and compel the authorities under most awful threats to let these men alone. Will the governor interfere and commute the sentence ? We hope not. Will the guardians of our peace, and property, and lives, hesitate when a mob commands them not to carry out the decisión of the law? For the honor of our land we trust not. Read this extract from the speech of Herr Most, at Cooper Union, Monday evening, before a crowd of anarchists, and say whether we are not rightin our view that the law should in this instance take its course, and that the men who murdered our pólice, whom they hated as the representad ves of law and society, should not meet the condemnation which hangs over their heads. "Friends and anarchftts," said he, "is it unlawful to have free speech in this country ? What are these men guilty of? Are they thieves or murderers? [Cries of 'No. no.'] They fought against the murdering pólice and robbing capitalista. Seven policemen were killed and they want seven of our brothers' lives - a life for a life. You cannot allow this hanging to take place. Arm yourselves, and for every drop of blood that is shed from our friends let it cost a human life. I am not alone an anarchist, but also a revolutionist. The capitalists shall be the first to suffer. No one shall escape his just dues. The twelve jurors, judges and detective spies will not sleep very soundly at present. Let them beware! [Wild yells and cheers from the crowd.] The time is approaching when we will be forced to use flrearms. It must come ; so be prepared. [Bedlam of cheers] I warn them not to take the lives of our martyra in Chicago. I demand that they be set free. Let there be a social levolution."


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