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Source: Iowa State Register
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Suppress the Anarchists”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Des Moines, Iowa
Date of publication: 8 September 1901
Volume number: 46
Issue number: 211
Pagination: 12

“Suppress the Anarchists.” Iowa State Register 8 Sept. 1901 v46n211: p. 12.
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anarchism (personal response); anarchism (dealing with); anarchism (Paterson, NJ); Pedro Esteve (public statements).
Named persons
Gaetano Bresci; Pedro Esteve; Humbert I; William McKinley.


Suppress the Anarchists

     One result of the attempted assassination of President McKinley should be the immediate and complete suppression of the anarchists. This is a free country, but men who are a menace to law and order, life and property, should no more be permitted to run at large than an escaped lunatic or a wild beast. The various states have made it so uncomfortable for the anarchists that they have moved their headquarters, and are now located in New Jersey, a state that seems willing to permit most anything within its borders from the organization of gigantic trusts down to the plotting against the lives of the world’s rulers. A dispatch from Paterson, New Jersey, says the anarchists there are greatly excited over the attack of the president, but deny all knowledge of the man who did the deed. The Paterson anarchists are all hurrying to express their views in the matter, and of course are saying that they deplore the crime, for they realize that to say anything else would be very dangerous. Pedro Esteve, the editor of La Questione Sociale of Paterson, in an interview says: “I do not believe he is an anarchist. I think he is a lunatic with some personal grievance. We have often discussed President McKinley at our meetings and the general opinion always was that he was a good, broad-minded man who would not persecute us. We never plot the death of rulers, but we sympathize with anyone who removes a monarch. I do not believe any anarchist will applaud this deed.” Bresci, who assassinated King Humbert, lived for some time in Paterson, and it was believed that he was sent from that city to perform his death-dealing mission. Paterson is a hotbed of anarchy and should be given a thorough cleaning. If there is no law in existence by which the “reds” may be suppressed let congress take prompt action in the premises. There is no room in America for such creatures, and there is not one of them who is worthy of freedom.



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