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Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial evidence book. People's Exhibit 76.
Arbeiter-Zeitung (Newspaper) article, "Editorial," 1885 Oct. 8

2 p.
Introduced into evidence during testimony of Eugene Seeger (Vol. K p. 701-720), 1886 July 31.
Transcript of translation of article.

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Peoples' Exhibit, 76. page 76.

Arbeiter Zeitung,

October 5th, 1885. Second page.


We have seen that even in England without exceptional laws and even under the cover of a semblance of political freedom socialistic meetings have been dispersed and the speakers arrested and punished. In America, where the prosecution of the socialists is in full bloom since about a year, it is just the like. They do not make exceptional laws there, they do not deprive them even of their "liberty", they use a much simpler weapon, the whip of hunger,. when the great strife in the Hocking Valley was finished, those men who had battled for their comrades and had infused courage in their comrades, had to take their walking stick. The same happened, as we have said, some days ago in Cleveland. There also several factory bosses have refused to take back those men who put a "flea in the ear" of their comrades, and have talked about their rights. In the lumber districts of Michigan the same method to the fullest extent has been introduced against all such who had the courage to ask of these lumber princes to live up to the eight hour law. The pestering of those "impudent" men prevails there, as we have seen from a number of communications, to the utmost extent. Every one who has dared to stir lately, or give the slightest indication of discontent, was discharged

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abtruptly and without giving any reason. And, what makes the situation of this people worse, is the fact that, as a rule, they have a little home, or lot, or a cottage, for which they have probably worked a whole decade, or which they saved from their meals, so as to speak; a possession which embodies, as it were, in a great many instances, the work of a whole lifetime has now become valueless to them, because they have to move away, for they don't want to starve, and they do not find buyers.

The question which presents itself to the wageworker is this: will you look on quietly that they eject in such a manner those who have shown themselves most willing to be sacrificed, and that they are driven from house and home and persecuted with the whip of hunger--- will you, will you not, and if they do not want that, there is no other way than to become immediately soldiers of the revolutionary army, and establish conspiring groups, and let the ruins fall on the home of such.

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