Source: Daily Picayune
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Mackay’s Remedy”
City of publication: New Orleans, Louisiana
Date of publication: 17 September 1901
Volume number: 65
Issue number: 236
|“Mackay’s Remedy.” Daily Picayune 17 Sept. 1901 v65n236: p. 1.|
|John William Mackay (public statements); anarchism (personal response); anarchism (dealing with); lawlessness (mob rule).|
|John William Mackay; William McKinley.|
Suggests Vigilance Committee Methods in Dealing with Anarchists.
New York, Sept. 16.—“Anarchists should be dealt
with severely,” said John W. Mackay in an interview last night. “We never had
so good a government in San Francisco and Virginia City as during those years
when the vigilance committees were in control. Every offender was tried by a
jury of twelve good men, and, if found guilty, executed on the spot. Bad characters
left the country instantly on receiving warning from the committee. It did not
have to be repeated.
“I hope the newspapers and public officials will urge immediate action. This shooting down of good men like President McKinley is a serious matter. It makes no difference how brave a man may be, some cowardly assassin, with a noiseless gun, may shoot him from a roof at some unexpected moment. Guards amount to nothing. Men have been assassinated in the midst of their soldiers.
“Summary justice properly executed will do the work. Drive the anarchists out of America. Hang every one of them caught in these crimes without delay. Let the movement begin with vigorous action on the part of the community and they will disappear when they find we mean business. Every anarchist arriving in this country should be sent back by the next steamer. The European police will attend to them. They are shadowed everywhere, and they should be kept over there, and hunted down and promptly exterminated.
“The time has come for businessmen to take hold of this matter and settle it in good shape; there should be no half-way measures. Let the papers help the movement along, force congress to make proper laws at the earliest possible moment and have officials see that they are executed. The country will sustain such a movement and make anarchy a thing of the past.”