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DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS.

- THE GENTLE ANARCHIST.

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THE GENTLE ANARCHIST. Sunday's meeting of Anarchists in Trafalgar Square was a demonstration of the high-water mark of British liberty of speech. It was truly remarked by one of the speakers that in no other country in Europe would such a public meeting have been tolerated, and the query naturally rises to one's lips whether we are not exceeding the bounds of toleration in per- mitting assemblages of this sort to take place in our crowded metropolis. It is stated that the authorities of Scotland Yard, before con- senting to the holding of the meeting, exacted the promise that no reference should be made to the murder of the Spanish Premier. If this report be correct, the men responsible for the demonstration failed conspicuously, for the assassination was evidently too tempting a theme to be passed over in silence, and one orator, an Irishman, played on the feelings of his audience by describing the murder as an 'execution,' and the execution of the assassin as a murder.' The principal aim of the organisers of the meeting seems to have been to disavow Anarchic tendencies, while the bulk of the speakers pointedly proclaimed their revolutionary principles, one of them actually commencing his address by declaring three times over I am an Anarchist." It would be difficult to find a bolder or clearer exposition of Anarchy than appeared in this same speaker's contribution to the oratory. The propaganda of Anarchy," he said, was not merely that of exploding bombs, but the spread of knowledge, until political govern- ment was no longer required. When the last of the tortures, and all kinds of political governments had died away, then, and only then, would the last explosion and the last reply of Anarchy die away also." It makes an Englishman's blood boil to think that we should permit men to assemble in London to spread such pernicious doctrines broadcast. We would not tolerate for an instant a meeting called for the purpose of educating the youth of the country in the principles of burglary or highway robbery, and yet we allow these miscreants, whose sole object in life is the subversion of all established government by means of wholesale murder, to strut on the platform, and disgrace an English Sunday by spreading their pestilential ideas among peaceable and law-abiding people. The impor- tation of pauper aliens in their thousands into England is deplorable enough; the importation of foreign. criminals of the deepest dye is a vastly more serious problem. Sooner or later, if matters progress at their present pace, our Government will be called upon to devise some sure means of stopping the flow of this dangerous element into our country, and prevent England from being the receptacle of all the political sewage of the Continent.

. PERFIDIOUS LANCASHIRE.

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