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Source: Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial column
Document title: “Current Topics”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Richmond, Virginia
Date of publication: 10 December 1901
Volume number: 16
Issue number: 262
Pagination: 4

“Current Topics.” Times [Richmond] 10 Dec. 1901 v16n262: p. 4.
penal colonies (anarchists).
Named persons
George F. Hoar.


Current Topics [excerpt]

     Senator Hoar’s proposition for the deportation of anarchists to an island, like Guam, is most excellent. The island should be uninhabited, so that neither laws nor customs of any kind would be in operation. Then there would be a free field for anarchy and its votaries would be able to experiment upon themselves without let or hindrance from law or the rules of organized society. They would have an opportunity of demonstrating to the world the superiority of their doctrines over those held by the rest of the world. If they succeeded in establishing a new Atlantis, their example would be followed, and the millenium [sic] would be at hand.
     If the anarchists were deported to an uninhabited island they would at least be removed from the contaminating influences of organized communities and consequently ought not to complain. The experiment is well worth the trial, and we most sincerely hope that Senator Hoar will reduce his suggestion to the form of a bill that Congress can pass. Last night there was a socialistic-anarchistic gathering in this city, at which the name of Czolgosz was cheered. It was a fitting place for it, and if the whole body there gatherred [sic] could have been picked up and deported society would be none the loser. As it was, nothing was done. Nothing ever will be done until Federal laws are enacted making it dangerous to hold such doctrines, and visiting the penalty of banishment on all men who profess to be anarchistis [sic].



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