ADDRESS OP ALBERT R. PARSONS. 65
empty hands. Thev livp rmiv ^k ec
opportunity mu,t be proceed froTt* ** " °PP°rtunity to ™>rk, and this
-^pital-before their S to?i™ 7T8T °' *° meanS °f 8ubsd8tence
sessed. Now, there are ?6'W (JS „? £ " ^ °PP°rtunity to do 8° i8 P08"
according to the census of 18^0 Xion^ ^ ° '" ^ UnUed S[^'
MCkoning Bw persons to each famHv H » """^ "* i,,0°0,000 men' and
tion. It is , iaimed tf»ST?J "P"*6"' 45,°00,00° °f °Ur P°pU,a"
in th. t, d States Now Z f, k T" 6'eVen and tWe'Ve million Voter8
wo,ta The remainder 0f X1^<£™,00° T 9'000'00° « Wage
children employed in the factoUa ?, compo8ed of the Wome" »"d
this country. This Cass of people "til T "^ th6 T*1- aV°Cati°n8 °f
useful and productive Lbor oft" Z "* t^'"*0 al°De d° a11 the
of the propertied class! COUntry are the hirelinS8 and dependants
jufit SL^^s^i^^jr,- rTfi*^ x conceive to be the
Listed upon their right to control thl? ,1 T '^ t0 liberty and
in the statement that IS T,,a^«* *° *™ts thereof, end
wl.v II ahoi.hl nn, h. \ i ° here before this court uP°n tfae question
tr 2 you wm al 1 r?d> °r Why * Sh°Uld be permitted t0 ba™ a new
io w o ot: ^ztiiT*::tand ty there ie a ciass °f men in thia
T MiJv. sir th.*?/ Ur hODOr and aPPeal to you not to grant us a new trial.
La, known « t. th« rePre8entatives of that millionaire organization of Chicago, known as the Chicago Citizens' Association stand to a man demanding
2ur XowTr;m^tiateeXtinCti0nand "»PP»«ta» by an ignominious
„ «„. „Mh ! aS °ne °f the pe°Ple- a common man- a working-
man, one of the masses and I ask your honor to give ear to what I have to
say. \ ou stand as a bulwark; you are as a brake between them and us. You
are here as the representative of justice, holding the poised scales in your
hands. \ on are expected to look neither to the right nor the left, but to that
by »bich justice, and justice alone, shall be subserved. The conviction of a
man, your honor does not necessarily prove that he is guilty. Your law
books are failed with instances where men have been carried to the scaffold
and after their death it has been proven that their execution was a judicial
mnrder. Now, what end can be subserved in hurrying this matter through
in the manner in which it has been done? Where are the ends of justice
subserved, and where is truth found in hurrying seven human beings at the
rate of express speed to the scaffold and an ignominious death? Why, if your
honor please, the very method of our extermination, the deep damnation of
our taking off, appeals to your honor's sense of justice, of rectitude, and of
honor. A judge may also be an unjust man. Such things have been known.
We have, in our histories, heard of Lord Jeffreys. It need not follow that
because a man is a judge he is also just. As everyone knows, it has long since
become the practice in American politics for the candidates for judgeships,
throughout the United States, to be named by corporations and monopoly
influences, and it is a well known eecret that more than one of our chief justices have been appointed to their seats upon the bench of the United States,
Supreme Court at the instance of the leading railway magnates of America—
the Huntingtons and Jay Goulds. Therefore the people are beginning to lose
confidence in some of our courts of law.