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Henry Demarest Lloyd (1847-1903): A Biography (1912)

From Caro Lloyd (1912), Henry Demarest Lloyd (1847-1903): A Biography. Volume One, pp. 84-85.

A panic seized Chicago. The authorities, not finding the bomb-thrower, arrested anarchists conspicuous in the eight-hour movement, August Spies, Michael Schwab, Adolph Fischer, Samuel Fielden, George Engel, Louis Lingg, and Oscar Neebe. Two suspects, Schnaubelt and Seliger, were arrested, but soon released. Albert R. Parsons, a prominent friend of labor, had returned from Cincinnati on the fatal day, in order to organize the sewing women of Chicago, and while thus engaged had been called to the Haymarket meeting and been one of the principal speakers. The police searched for him in vain, though his letter published in the Daily News showed that he was not far away. When the Anarchists were to be tried for conspiracy, Parsons surrendered himself. Mrs. Lizzie M. Holmes, a pioneer organizer of Chicago's working women, whose efforts to help the condemned and whose grief are touching elements in the human side of the story, wrote recently to me:
I remember that Mr. Parsons returned to the court-room, Chicago, on the morning of June 21, 1886. He had been safely hidden, my husband, Mr. W. T. Holmes, and Mr. David Hoan of Waukesha being the only persons in the world who knew where he was. He could have escaped, but his great regard for truth and justice urged him to come back and share the fate of his comrades, to help plead their cause and the cause which had been so dear to him for a number of years. I consider it one of the bravest acts in history. . . .
When I heard that he had gone to Chicago to stand trial [writes W. T. Holmes] I hastened to . . . the jail. I said to him: "Do you know what you have done?" and he said: "Yes, thoroughly. I never expect while I live to be a free man again. They will kill me, but I could not bear to be at liberty, knowing that my comrades were here and were to suffer for a crime of which they were as innocent as I." . . .

Anarchist Voices (1995)

From Paul Avrich (1995/2005), "Introduction" to "Part Five: Ethnic Anarchists" in Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America. Oakland, Cali.: AK Press. 315.

Be that as it may, immigrants from Europe and elsewhere played a major role in the emergence of the American anarchist movement. ... The names of émigrés from other countries are hardly less familiar. From Germany came Johann Most and Rudolf Rocker, Robert Reitzel and Max Baginski, to say nothing of the Haymarket martyrs. From France came Joseph Déjacque and Anselme Bellegarrigue, Elisée and Elie Reclus, Clément Duval and Michel Dumas. From Italy came Luigi Galleani and Errico Malatesta, Pietro Gori and Saverio Merlino, Carlo Tresca and Armando Borghi, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. From Austria came Rudolf Grossmann, from Rumania Joseph Ishill, from Spain Pedro Esteve, from Mexico Ricardo Flores Magón, from Japan Denjiro Kotoku, from India Har Dayal. From Britain came Samuel Fielden and William Holmes, W.C. Owen and Thomas Bell, William Bailie and James L. Walker, Miriam Daniell and Helena Born.