New York: Edwin C. Walker, 1902. First edition. 16mo, original translucent pink glassine over self wrappers, 16 pages, wire stitched. Fragile glassine wrappers a little chipped and worn; a very good copy. Item #18052
One of the Library of Congress deposit copies, with their small stamp to the title and the verso of the title; small duplicate release stamp to the front glassine wrapper. “Because the slayer of Mr. McKinley called himself an Anarchist—while at the same time positively denying any co-partners in his crime—several peaceable citizens, men and women, avowing themselves Anarchists—’we are all Anarchists’ they said when the invading policemen asked, ‘are there any Anarchists here?’—were arrested and thrown into prison in Chicago, upon the mere suspicion of probable complicity. . . . Again: Because the assassin declared—so the police reported—that he became an Anarchist by reason of a lecture he heard by Emma Goldman, this woman was arrested and imprisoned without any definite charge made.” An uncommon defense of free speech in the wake of crackdowns and hysteria after the McKinley assassination, attacking efforts to remove the free speech provision from the Virginia Bill of Rights, seizure of Anarchist publications, Post Office censorship, etc. Schroeder, Free Speech Bibliography, page 79; McCoy, Freedom of the Press, P368. OCLC notes New York Public, Vassar, California State Library, Wisconsin Historical, University of Illinois, and IISH.