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Source: Free Society
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial column
Document title: “Current Comment”
Author(s): Winn, Ross
Date of publication: 20 April 1902
Volume number: 9
Issue number: 16
Pagination: 4-5 (excerpt below includes only page 4)

Winn, Ross. “Current Comment.” Free Society 20 Apr. 1902 v9n16: pp. 4-5.
Joseph R. Hawley; anarchism (personal response); Leon Czolgosz (compared with Joseph R. Hawley); C. L. James; anarchists (Eau Claire, WI); McKinley assassination (personal response: anarchists).
Named persons
Leon Czolgosz [misspelled once below]; Joseph R. Hawley; Abraham Isaak, Jr. [in notes]; C. L. James; Ross Winn [in notes].
Click here to view Ross Winn’s additional comments about C. L. James in the 11 May 1902 issue of Free Society.

In his own editorial column (“Splinters,” p. 4), Abraham Isaak, Jr., asserts: “It is not true, as Winn says, that James ‘advised’ the assassin to act; nor did he call Czolgosz either a fool or an imbecile.”


Current Comment [excerpt]

     Statesman and Patriot Hawley, from the land of wooden nutmegs, bobbed up in the Senate during the debate on the so-called anti-Anarchist bill, and heroically remarked that he would give (I forget how much) for a good shot at an Anarchist. The difference between this senatorial pin-head and Leon Czolgosz is, that the latter was willing to give his life for a good shot at his man, and had the courage to act up to his convictions, while this would-be assassin, Hawley, is too cowardly to fire off anything but his mouth, and doubtless, if confronted by a real live Anarchist, he would run like a mule-eared rabbit.


     C. L. James, champion of his copyrighted “Movement in Favor of Ignorance,” including vivisection and vaccination, probably intended to be witheringly sarcastic in disposing of my comments on the General Strike, but his witticism needs a diagram and a couple of foot-notes for proper illumination. He says that, since I am tired of talk and want action, it might seem advisable for me to act. James, however, once wrote a eulogy of the Monster Slayer, in which he advised the assassin to act, and, when a few months later, Czolgozs took his advice and ACTED, James was one of the first to fling the stigma of “fool” and “imbecile” at his ante Buffalo Monster Slayer.



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