Free Love Colony under Surveillance
Tacoma Anarchists Declare the Shooting of the President
TACOMA, Sept. 11.—Since
the shooting of President McKinley attention is being given to a
large colony of anarchists and free lovers in this county. The colony
is made up of anarchists who have attained more or less prominence
in Chicago and Northwestern cities. Among them is John Pope, who
four years ago was jailed in Portland for sending obscene literature
through the mails. Another is Lois Waisbrooker, a woman more than
70 years old, formerly of New York, who loudly denounces what she
calls the present sex slavery of women. She prints a paper called
Clothed With the Sun, in which she advocates free love.
Leaders of the colony do not hesitate
to declare that Czolgosz was justified in shooting President McKinley.
They claim it was no worse than the shooting of the Filipinos by
American soldiers. Two years ago Emma Goldman visited Puget Sound
and was heard by many persons now members of this colony. The newspaper
organ of the colony is called Discontent.
County officers have the colonists
under surveillance and are endeavoring to learn how closely they
are connected with Eastern organizations now being investigated
by Government agents.