Probably sensing the direction of Altgeld's thinking, Judge Gary made an extraordinarily dramatic preemptive move of his own, publishing an article on the Haymarket case in the April, 1893 issue of the Century Magazine, a prestigious national monthly.

Gary began by recreating the scene of the jury returning somberly to the courthouse to render their decision, while the "world awaited their verdict with painful anxiety." After providing a brief account of the shape of the trial and the commendations he received for his conduct of it, Gary next rejected any praise that might have been based on the belief that he had justifiably "strained the law" a little. Using italics for emphasis, he announced that his "principal motive" in writing was "to demonstrate to my own profession, and to make plain to all fair-minded, intelligent people, that the verdict of the jury in the case of the anarchists was right; that the anarchists were guilty of murder; that they were not the victims of prejudice, nor martyrs for free speech, but in morals as well as in law, were guilty of murder." Elsewhere in the article, however, Gary stated that the case was "without precedent," and that he was essentially making new law.

Recalling his own humble beginnings as a carpenter, Gary added that another of his purposes was to show laboring people that the anarchists' claim of friendship "was a sham and a pretense," which, if accepted, would only lead to harm, and that "the real passions" motivating them was not, as defense attorney Black claimed, love of the working man, but "envy and hatred of all people whose condition in life was better than their own, who were more prosperous than themselves."

Bending the facts in some instances, Gary once again restated the conspiracy argument presented at the trial by State's Attorney Julius Grinnell. The anarchists deliberately planned and carried out the meeting near a police station and in such a way as to "make it the duty of the police to disperse it." Their various acts and speeches that night and in the period preceding were "in furtherance of the design and purpose" of a conspiracy.

The bomb was indisputably made by Lingg, Gary further contended, and the eight men were responsible for it, "whether it was thrown by one who was himself a member of the conspiracy [Gary stated that it was "probably true" that Rudolph Schnaubelt was the bomb-thrower], or who was some harebrained fool, or some criminal who wished to avenge himself for some grievance, real or fancied, that he had suffered at the hands of the police."

In sum, "The anarchists were not tried for being anarchists, but for procuring murder to be done, and being therefore themselves guilty of murder." Gary closed with an appeal to the reader for another favorable verdict: "Right-minded, thoughtful people, who recognize the necessity to civilization of the existence and enforcement of laws for the protection of human life, and who yet may have had misgivings as to the fate of the anarchists, will, I trust, read what I have written, and dismiss those misgivings, convinced that in law and in morals the anarchists were rightly punished, not for opinions, but for horrible deeds."

The response to Gary's article, like that to so many other incidents in the history of Haymarket, revealed and reinforced social and political divisions. Praised by many, it also drew several rebuttals in print.