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Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial evidence book. People's Exhibit 84.
Arbeiter-Zeitung (Newspaper) article, "Editorial: A New Militia Law," 1886 Jan. 6

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. 84.

January 6th, 1886. Second page.


A new militia law.

To return to the Lehr und Wehr Verein we have already said that after the adoption of the law the shallow waters would gradually dry up. That lasted until about the fall elections of 1879, when at once the socialistic vote shrunk to four thousand votes (in the spring there were over 12,000) then the whole "movement" to which looked back with unaccountable pride was stopped. What was done for the mass of the people has proved to be a shallow and unclean x x x

Well, let us drop the subject. The lesson of 1877 has meanwhile been forgotten, politically they could not do much with it, and in a business sense--- well, after the failure of the movement there was not much the matter. To be brief it did not pay any more to be a socialist or an armed proletarian, the thing didn't pay any more, and of the big pile there remained but a very little pile, but this little pile was a good one and had lately achieved more than formerly the big pile. The army has since made a gigantic progress where six years ago a thousand men had been armed with muskets, the majority of which are even to-day on hand, we find to-day a power which can neither be fought by law nor by force. Where a military organization existed formerly,

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the strength of which was well known, there exists to-day an invisible net work of fighting groups, the dimensions of which are beyond my calculation, and therefore this organization is a timely one. To the above law we are partially indebted for that.

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