ADDRESS OF ALBERT R. PARSONS.
now it remains for us to cure the disease." What does this mean, your honor?
Why, that we are an effect; Mayor Harrison says we are an effect. Now it is
a funny doctor that would go to work to cure the effect of a disease. You
would never get rid of the disease, would you? You never would touch the
tuse. The mayor of the city of Chicago says we are the effect. 1 submit
this here as an extenuating circumstance, and as a part of my plea for a new
trial. The mayor said : M There is a wide discontent among the working people--! here is no doubt about that; it cannot be cured with bullets or policemen's clubs; We have got to remove the cause. That is the task that is before
the thinking men, the law makers, today. There is no dodbt but that the
workiDg people have reason to be discontented all over the country. Legislation in the interest of the big corporations and the monopolies is the fact, and
no law making for the laboring classes. That is what makes the laboring man
discontented. You must change all that, and legislators must be elected who
mnot he bought by the corporations, or what will happen? The people will
rise up in mobs, some day, and will have to be subdued with the bullet, and
that would be the end of fiee government." Why, your honor, that is precisely what I have said a hundred, and perhaps a thousand times. That is all
1 have ever said—go and fetch Harrison—bring him here. He ia as much
legally guilty on those words as I am this afternoon. 1 offer that as showing
that there are extenuating circumstances, even though we be guilty as charged,
which we deny. Mayor Harrison says there is " wide discontent among the
working people which cannot be cured with bullets and policemen's clubs."
Now, I want to ask this court if it thinks that that discontent can be cured by
Take the governor of this State—Governor Oglesby. He made a speech
Dot long ago on monopoly. He said that we stood upon a social volcano. What
did he mean? If he had made that remark at the Haymarket he would be in
this box here today, and turned over to the hangman. If he happened to be
at the Haymarket meeting and made that remark—if there had been a conjunction of circumstances which would have brought him to the Haymarket,
such would have been his fate.
None of the men were ever arrested before, not one of us; and I never
was arrested. I came to the court of my own accord. The other seven were
never arrested before, never were drunk, never were disorderly. Sober, steady,
industrious, intelligent, upright, honorable, decent workingmen; there is not
a spot, a blemish, nor a single stain against any one of the eight.
Now as to this Gilmer and Burnett matter. I, as a man here on trial
wishing to know what your decision is to be with reference to my having a
chance to prove my innocence, being convicted upon the testimony of a man
like Gilmer, offered the man Burnett as an offset to Gilmer. He was unim-
peached. No one questioned his veracity. He stood here as an honest man.
Gilmer did not. The State's attorney, in his eagerness to produce thiB result
—and, by the way, right here I want to say, it is no particular credit for the
prosecution to bring about this verdict. All the rules of evidence and procedure were reversed on this trial. Instead of being considered innocent until
our guilt was established, we have been held guilty unless we could establish
our innocence. Why, the whole capitalistic press, the whole of the police,