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Source: Truth Seeker
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial column
Document title: “Observations”
Author(s): Macdonald, George E.
Date of publication: 28 December 1901
Volume number: 28
Issue number: 52
Pagination: 823-24 (excerpt below includes only page 824)

Macdonald, George E. “Observations.” Truth Seeker 28 Dec. 1901 v28n52: pp. 823-24.
George F. Hoar; penal colonies (anarchists); McKinley assassination (public response: criticism); anarchists (Home, WA); anarchism (government response: criticism).
Named persons
Anthony Comstock; George F. Hoar.


Observations [excerpt]

     The advocates of the scheme of Senator Hoar to maroon on an uninhabited island all unbelievers in the divine institution of government, are numerous and iufluential [sic]. The arrangement, however, so far as its aspects have been presented, is altogether one-sided. What guarantee do they offer that if their plan is adopted the Anarchists shall be left alone to work out their destiny? Some voluntary exiles to the wilds of the state of Washington, where the moccasin track is not as yet obliterated by white civilization, began a few years ago just such an experiment as Senator Hoar proposes, but their isolation has been broken in upon in the name of Comstock, their foremost men imprisoned, and their newspaper confiscated by official perfidy. If Mr. Hoar and those who agree with him are annoyed by the presence in this country of certain dissenters from their political and social faith, how would the proposition strike them to try the island plan themselves? Their ancestors, the Puritans, made such au [sic] experiment, and it was attended with success, the only sufferers being those who came before and after them.



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