“Free Society” and the Outlook
As we go to press (Wednesday,) all
the men connected with “Free Society” are still in jail, held without
bail. An attempt is to be made this morning by their attorneys to
have them admitted to bail. If this fails, no paper will be issued
this week, but if even one one [sic] is released “Free Society”
Mrs. Isaak, her daughter, and Miss
Mechanic are at home at 515 Carroll Avenue, after their arrest and
unwarranted imprisonment by the Chicago police. It has been an unpleasant
experience; but it will set many people thinking who have never
thought before. Much sympathy has already been aroused by the detention
of these women in the horrible cells of a Chicago police station.
But what of the thousands of women who are every year thrown into
those cells—women who are victims of ignorance, of environment,
and of the officers of the law; women of whom, individually, no
one ever hears and for whom nobody cares? An investigation of the
police blackmailing methods was under way, and every day fresh exposures
were being made, when the cry of “Anarchist” was raised; that cry
was a “godsend” to the police department.
I shall have more to say next week
of events transpiring. Just now I will merely state that the published
reports of statements I have made are positively unauthorized, with
these exceptions: I have never seen the man who shot Mr. McKinley,
nor had I ever heard of him before the reports of the shooting.
I did not know Miss Goldman’s whereabouts, though the detectives
assured me they had “positive information from Buffalo” that I knew
where she was. I have heard Miss Goldman’s lecture on “Modern Phases
of Anarchy,” and in that lecture she spoke of the futility of violence,
and at no time have I heard her advocate violence. I believe that
all acts of violence recoil on the party which institutes them.
If a society of Anarchists had caused the assassination of Mr. McKinley
that act would do more harm to their cause than to the cause of
governmentalism. On the other hand, the methods adopted by police
and newspapers in manufacturing “evidence” and promulgating lies
about their victims will in the end be an injury to their own cause.