\imi:i ,, ALBERT R. PARSONS.
ton" a8n?^inK • C°al Which the miners <lid ™fc get a cent for. It cost me $9 a
who aav th TT™ <Hd ^ get a °ent for !t- And yQt there are Pe°Ple here
them. 8e Srievances are imaginary, and that there is nothing in
m*^11'-11?^ her6 *8 * nice fchil,K to be re^ *" this country, in this age. A
Tor1 T ,!,tler^,ewed the oth«r day by the Chicago papers. His name was
health n ' a mini8ter of the Russian navy, traveling in America for his
„ '* ti™ mini8ter, this master of the czar's council, met the reporters.
Am V'\ Ha*e you han&ed your Nihilists?" referring to tbe condemned
.arcnists. On being told that all were condemned and in prison, but they
ulac* t yet. ged' he exPressed the hope that the execution would take
TrIU \ an.efrly da?> and strongly discountenanced any delay in the matter.
la.K about foreigners-you fellows that are talking about foreigners; I think
That is a pretty good one. You are going to hang these men on this theory,
because they are foreigners. Actually it was made a point to the jury-urged
upon the jury by the State's attorney—that we were foreigners, and that we
were hostile to the great and glorious institutions of our America. "They were
not born here;" and they actually tried to make the jury believe that none of
us were born here—that all of us were imported ; and it did sway that jury;
I did have its effect upon that jury. Now, here comes this fellow from the
czar s dominions.
He says, * Gentlemen, that has been a good job ; carrv it out; don't give
them any show at all."
Now, I denounce this thing. But you say we are revolutionists. Well, if
we are, who made us such? Are not the labor exploiters, the monopolists,
the mine, factory and workshop czars creating a revolution? They are the
I am only a " kicker." I object, I say " No! take your yoke off my neck,
take it off, I will not have it on there," and they reply, "You stand still, now,
and let me put in this coupling pin, and you'll carry that yoke well enough—if
you don't I will have you carried off to the police station ; if you make any
noise about it, I will have you hung!" Sir, our execution will be a legal
notification to the American workingmen to be warned by our fate that they
must not expect to have any of their "imaginary" grievances, as it were,
remedied or rectified.
Now, your honor, I have gone into this matter for the reason that you
said there was nothing in extenuation for these utterances and this kind of an
organization. 1 believe you used language something like that. I have gone
into this matter as extensively as I have for the purpose of showing that, if
your honor was laboring under a misapprehension, I wanted to remove that
misapprehension ; that has been the object of what I have said or had to say
outside of the matter or mere record of the trial. Now, before I conclude on
this point of extenuation, I want to read an editorial in the Chicago Daily
News of September 25 What is this? Is it October? *
* [Note—I was greatly exhausted Irom physical and mental exertions, haviug spoken
two hours the day before and over four hours consecutively that day, tie judge denying
me a short respite at noon. At many times during the speech the judge had indicated his
Impatience by his actions and looks, to the discomfiture of the speaker. When I asked
this question I felt my memory fail me.