Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Mrs. Emma [sic] Parsons Will Publicly Denounce Anarchy”
City of publication: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of publication: 8 September 1901
Volume number: 54
Issue number: 18
|“Mrs. Emma [sic] Parsons Will Publicly Denounce Anarchy.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 8 Sept. 1901 v54n18: part 2, p. 4.|
|Lucy E. Parsons; Lucy E. Parsons (public statements); McKinley assassination (personal response: anarchists); anarchism (criticism).|
|William McKinley; Albert R. Parsons; Lucy E. Parsons [first name wrong in title].|
Mrs. Emma [sic] Parsons Will Publicly Denounce Anarchy
CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 7.—Mrs. Lucy Parsons, widow of Albert Parsons, who was hanged as one of the conspirators in the Haymarket riot, said that as a result of the attempted murder of President McKinley and the increase in number of anarchists, she would publicly denounce anarchism. Mrs. Parsons is president of the Anarchists’ Club.
“Anarchism,” she said, “is crankism nowadays. When a man becomes a real crank he calls himself an anarchist. Anarchism now embraces all the cranks in crankdom. I shall publicly make known to the anarchists of Chicago and the public in general very soon my sorrow and regret for the attempt upon the President’s life.
“We never knew anything of this kind of anarchy until the last few years. Real anarchy is voluntary association for the purpose of distribution and exchange of the world’s wealth. It’s far from this idea of assassination.
“When the present system of capitalization is abolished and people have free access to nature’s resources, society can be carried on entirely without force. Our new anarchistic club was formed for the purpose of education and enlightenment.
“I am sick of assassinations. Assassins are the worst enemies of true anarchy. If employed by capitalists they could not do us more harm.”