Hotel Lobby Gleanings [excerpt]
Thomas V. Maxedon, a
Crawfordsville manufacturer, who was at the Denison Hotel last night,
has written a book called “The Crime of the Age,” the idea for the
story being suggested by the assassination of William McKinley.
The author is now reading the last batch of proofs and expects to
have the story out about the 1st of May. Mr. Maxedon was in Cleveland
at the time of the assassination and was so impressed with the horror
of the crime that he decided to put his views on paper.
“The idea suggested itself to me,”
said Mr. Maxedon last night, “of taking the truths as they pertained
to anarchism and socialism and putting them to the severest test
of discussion and criticism. In that view of the case I laid the
scene of the story on Fleet street [sic], in Cleveland, where the
demon Czolgocz formery [sic] lived. I took up a good, sensible housewife
and her Anarchist husband and put them through four evenings of
debate. In these debates they discuss anarchism, socialism, the
labor question, foreign alliance, the Philippines and many other
kindred subjects. The book naturally divides itself into three parts.
The first part is anarchism, the second part is common socialism
and the third part is erudite socialism. The book will contain about
thirty-five chapters. The names of the people in the book are ‘Sallie’
and ‘Pete.’ ‘Sallie’ is a common-sense woman and is well informed
on all these subjects, having read a great deal. She contends that
anarchism is wrong and that socialism is also founded on fallacies.
She meets all of her husband’s arguments on this ground.”