Writings and Speeches of Eugene V. Debs

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ism" that incites the slaves to slaughter one another for the profit and glory of their masters.

The outlook for the class war this Labor Day is full of cheer and in exchanging greetings along the battle-line, it is with the full confidence that the day of liberation is dawning for the workers of the world.



A telegram just received from San Francisco announces the sentence of Tom Mooney. He is to hang by the neck until he is dead. The day set for his murder is May 17th. The capitalist jury and judge have done their foul work, and it is now up to us to do ours.

Tom Mooney is an absolutely innocent man and his conviction an infamous crime. We, the workers of America, are duty bound to challenge the verdict of the capitalists' jury and set aside the sentence of the capitalist judge. We constitute a court, a jury and a judge of our own.

We sat through this case from the hour the vile conspiracy was concocted and we knew beyond doubt that Mooney was framed and that he is to be murdered for no other reason than that the corporation criminals, the big capitalist thieves and their official highbinders could not buy him, or silence his agitation.

More than twenty reputable witnesses not only testified to Mooney's innocence but proved it beyond even the shadow of a doubt. His alibi was without a flaw. He was miles away from the bomb when it exploded in the preparedness parade. He had absolutely no connection with and no knowledge of the affair. Bourke Cockran, the eminent New York lawyer who defended him, is positively convinced of this and so is every other man or woman who attended the trial and is not in the pay or under the influence of the United Railroads, the Manufacturers' Association, and other redhanded bandits who have for years been plundering San Francisco and have now set themselves up as the autocratic rulers of the Pacific Coast.

You know the record of the Manufacturers' Association. You

International Socialist Review, April, 1917.


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