ADDRESS OF ALBERT R. PARSONS.
time of it while engaged in the trial of the seven Anarchists for their lives,
and they had to bring a verdict as becomes gentlemen, of course. What with
songs, music, carriage drives and high life at a fashionable hotel, parlor theatricals in the evening, these twelve gentlemen managed to kill their time, and
finally returned a verdict to kill these abominable seven Anarchists, these
workingmen, whose lives, of course, were beneath the serious consideration of
the elegant gentlemen—these nice gentlemen.
Before the trial began, during its prosecution, and since its close, a satanic
press has shrieked and howled itself wild like ravenous hyenas for the blood of
these eight workingmen. Now this subsidized press, in the pay of monopoly
and of labor enslavers, commanded this court and commanded this jury and
this prosecution to convict us.
As a fitting climax to this damnable conspiracy against our lives and liberty, what follows? [The speaker raised his arms and pointed his finger to
the statue of the blind "Goddess of Justice" over the judge's stand.] Ob!
hide your eyes now; hide them! hide them! It is well that your eyes are
bandaged and your vision obscured, for could you have witnessed the corruption and infamy practiced in your name during this trial, you would have fled
from this temple forever! As a fitting climax to this damnable conspiracy
against our lives and liberty some of Chicago's millionaires proposed to raise
a purse of $100,000 and present it to the jury for their verdict against us. This
was done, as everybody knows, in the last days of the trial, and since the verdict, so far as anybody knows to the contrary, this blood money has been paid
over to that jury; besides, these jurymen, since the rendition of their verdict,
have been feted. They have been wined, and dined, and banqueted, and costly
gifts have been bestowed upon them with a lavish hand by the enemies of
human rights and human equality. " Oh! shame, where is thy blush ! Oh,
virtue, hast thou fled to brutish beasts! "
No man was permitted to serve on this jury who was tainted with the
slightest sympathy for the working class in their struggles against monopoly.
But to every one of the 1,139 men, who were summoned as jurors by the
State's attorney, the State's attorney put these questions: "Are you a member
of a trade and labor union? Are you a member of the Knights of Labor?
Have you any sympathy with Communists, Anarchists, and Socialists?" And
every one who answered in the affirmative was summarily told that he was
excused. Only five persons out of 1,200 jurymen who were summoned were
among the list; I mean there were only five workingmen of the 1,200 called.
The deputy sheriff, Mr. Rice—I believe that is his name—it has been sworn
to in our plea for a new trial, your honor, that he summoned this jury, and
the affidavit is on file before you that Deputy Sheriff Rice, who had charge of
the summoning of the jurymen, declared he would summon those who would
hang us to death. Such infamy is unparalleled.
The jury was a packed one; the jury wras composed of men who arrogate
to themselves the right to dictate and rob the wage workers whom they regard
as their hired men ; they regard workingmen as their inferiors and not " gentlemen." Thus a jury was obtained, whose business it was to convict us of
Anarchy whether they found any proof of murder or not. The whole trial
was conducted to condemn Anarchy. "Anarchy is on trial," Baid Mr. Ing-