Government by Assassination
of the anarchist supplant the rule of order and civilization throughout
the world? That is the question which the murder of Premier Canovas,
of the Empress Elizabeth, of President Carnot and King Humbert brought
to the lips of men. It is the question now which faces the American
people in view of the awful deed committed at Buffalo.
The wretch who took the life of our
great and beloved President confesses himself to be an anarchist,
a disciple of a certain notorious woman who has been going about
this country in recent years preaching the doctrines of blood and
lawlessness. Czolgosz says that it was this creature’s lectures
on anarchism which incited him to the deed.
These admissions are enough to call
for and to justify a new and radical departure in the treatment
of anarchists in this country. They have been treated too leniently;
they have been allowed too much freedom of thought and action. Liberty
to them has meant unlawful license. They have taken advantage of
the shelter afforded by our laws to abuse their liberties. Under
cover of these things they have pushed forward their propaganda
of blood and hate. It was here, as all the world now knows, that
the plot was hatched which resulted in the murder of King Humbert
We are now reaping the bitter harvest
of this sowing. The same spirit which prompted the assassins of
Humbert and Carnot nerved the hand of Czolgosz. He belongs to the
same brood and confesses his kinship. The nest of vipers which we
have been nourishing has sent out one of its number to strike down
our chief executive, and the foul deed has been done. For that crime
of crimes anarchy with all its bestial following may be justly held
responsible, and the whole aggregation of brutes and fanatics should
be made to suffer for it.
It should not count for them that
under the fear inspired in their cowardly breasts by the fierce
outcry of an outraged and horrified people, they deny complicity
in the deed, deny that Czolgosz is one of their number, should even
profess through some of their mouthpieces that they deplore the
action. Czolgosz himself declares that be is an anarchist and that
it was the teachings of anarchy which inspired him.
If there are no existing statutes
which apply to this growing crowd of anarchists let such statutes
be provided as soon as our legislatures can meet. An avowed anarchist
is more dangerous than a wild beast and should no more be allowed
to roam at large than a tiger from the jungle.
To tolerate the existence of such
beings is an abuse of free government. We owe it to the civilized
world and we owe it to ourselves to move against anarchy and the
anarchists with every power that outraged humanity can devise. We
are far behind the other great nations in this matter. Now let us
take the lead!