Observations and Comments [excerpt]
ON the 29th of October it will be eleven years since Leon Czolgosz
died in the electric chair at Auburn Prison. He shot President McKinley,
the most servile and willing agent the plutocracy of America
ever had in the White House. During the McKinley régime the government
began to play quite openly the rôle of the retainer of the rich,
with the result that to-day it represents only the dictates of a
few money princes. At the same time there began under Mark Hanna,
McKinley’s real boss, that labor policy, which on the one hand advised
the workers legally to incorporate their organizations, and on the
other held bayonets ready, to murder them as soon as they evidenced
signs of independent action. It did not require much effort, under
the McKinley rule, for the masters to procure the mobilization of
troops against their striking workers.
The act of Czolgosz was one of the
results of this situation. His shots proved that now and then pressure
from above finds an echo below that does not sound very pleasantly
in the ears of the masters. This has ever been the case, since the
first oppressor found his Brutus.
The best cure against Attentate
is liberty, equality, and well-being for all. But as our perverted
public opinion—fabricated by the mouthpieces of the ruling interests—could
not stomach this simple truth, Czolgosz had to be represented as
a very monster, devoid of all humanity.
Let them continue to assert it—his
attitude in court, his manly demeanor all through his terrible ordeal,
proved that his act resulted from the very disposition and motives
which mankind generally considers as the noblest.
We have not the least doubt that the
future historians, who will not be content with picturing the glories
of great generals and their armies, but who will deal with the struggles
of humanity for greater freedom, will assign to Leon Czolgosz a
more honorable niche in the temple of humanity, than to William