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mitted to me that my hat and books have been stolen from him in his office-
stolen by policemen. These are your defenders of property rights!
The detectives again, who arrested me, forced their way into my room
like house breakers, under false pretences, giving the name of a carpenter,
Lorenz, of Burlington street. They have sworn that I was alone in my room,
therein perjuring themselves. You have not subpoenaed this lady, Mrs. Klein,
who was present, and could have sworn that the aforesaid detectives broke
into my room under false pretences, and that their testimonies are perjured.
But let us go further. In Schaack we have a captain of the police, and
he also has perjured himself. He has sworn that I admitted to him being
present at the Monday night's meeting, whereas, I distinctly informed him
that I was at a carpenter's meeting at Zepf's Hall. He has sworn again that I
told him that I had learned how to make bombs from Herr Most's book. That,
also, is perjury.
Let us go still a step higher among these representatives of "law and
order." Grinnell and his associates have permitted perjury, and I say that
they have done it knowingly. The proof has been adduced by my counsel,
and with my own eyes I have seen Grinnell point out to Gilmer, eight days
before he came upon the stand, the persons of the men whom he was to swear
While I, as I have stated above, believe in force for the sake of winning
for myself and fellow workmen a livelihood such as men ought to have, Grinnell, on the other hand, through his police and other rogues, has suborned
perjury in order to murder seven men, of whom I am one.
Grinnell had the pitiful courage, here in this courtroom, where I could
not defend myself, to call me a coward ! The scoundrel! A fellow who has
leagued himself with a parcel of base hireling knaves, to bring me to the gallows. Why? For no earthly reason save a contemptible selfishness—a desire
to " rise in the world "—to " make money," forsooth 1
This wretch—who, by means of the perjuries of other wretches is going
to murder seven men—is the fellow who calls me "cowardI" And yet you
blame me for despising such "defenders of the law"—such unspeakable
Anarchy means no domination or authority of one man over another, yet
you call that "disorder." A system which advocates no Buch "order" as shall
require the services of rogues and thieves to defend it you call "disorder."
The judge himself was forced to admit that the State's attorney had not
been able to connect me with the bomb throwing. The latter knows how to
get around it, however. He charges me with being a " conspirator." How
does he prove it? Simply by declaring the International Workingmen's Association to be a " conspiracy." I was a member of that body, so he has the
charge securely fastened on me. Excellent! Nothing is too difficult for the
genius of a State's attorney!
It is hardly incumbent upon me to review the relations which I occupy to
my companions in misfortune. My friend Spies has already explained how
we became acquainted with each other. I can say truly and openly that I am
not as intimate with my fellow prisoners as I am with Captain Schaack.
The universal misery, the ravages of the capitalistic hyena have brought