Czolgosz a Lunatic, Says Lucy Parsons
She Is Glad the President Will Recover, and Says
the Heads of Trusts Should Be Dealt With.
CHICAGO, Sept. 10.—Mrs.
Lucy Parsons, once an active Anarchist, and who is the widow of
Albert R. Parsons, who was convicted of complicity in the conspiracy
which had its culmination in the Haymarket riots in Chicago and
was hanged therefore, declared to-day that for several years she
had held aloof from the active circles of anarchy, and as an evidence
of her sincerity she expressed the greatest pleasure when told that
President McKinley undoubtedly will survive. She said she had only
met Miss Goldman on one of her lecture tours, in 1887.
“No person of sound intellect,” she
said, “would assail the head of this republic. With only a few years
to occupy the position of President, what could come of the attempted
assassination? The President is the Chief Executive through popular
choice, and, in view of the limited term of power conferred upon
him, no person of sound judgment could dream of benefiting mankind
by attempting to bring about his death. It could have been the deed
only of a lunatic.
“It is the trusts—the heads of the
trusts—with whom we should now contend. The trusts and those persons
who control the necessities of life are the ones against whom the
energies of all classes must be focussed. Every article of food—the
necessities of life—is becoming so dear as to be beyond the reach
of common people. Such a state of affairs cannot continue. Everything
I wish to purchase for the household has doubled in price, and its
increase in value is chiefly due to the manipulation of prices by
combinations of capital. But with this the President of this grand
Nation has nothing whatever to do. Therefore I say Czolgosz in his
mad crime, acted, not as the agent of any circle of organized enemies
of the Government, but strictly on his fevered imaginings.”