Anarchists in Array.
Fierce in Colors and Mottoes, They Spend Sunday at Ogden's Grove
The Red Flag Displaces the Stars and Stripes--Gory Doctrines Boldly Reiterated.
Bohemian Freethinkers Honor Their Chief Apostle--The Sons of Herman Picnic.
The quiet of Sunday was broken yesterday by a full turnout of all the Anarchists in the city. The West Side division of the paraders formed at 9:30 at the corner of Clinton and West Lake streets, and the South Side companies got together on Market street, where they were reviewed by a multitude of people occupying the shady side of Market street, from Lake to Monroe. The West Side societies included the Progressive Cigarmakers' Union, the Mobel-Arbeiter Union, International Carpenters' and Joiners' Union, Central Labor Union, Rosamentor Union, Metal-Workers' Union, Fresco Painters' Society, Typographia, No. 9, and America Group, a new club, consisting of Mrs. Parsons, the female agitator, and four other women. The societies moved east on Lake street headed by a brass band and followed by a bush-bedecked wagon, on which was painted in lime letters "2046 express." This wagon was filled with women carrying babies, and it was drawn by a feeble old white-faced sorrel horse with two little white flags stuck on his bridle. The rig had steps behind leading to within a foot of the pavement, showing that it had done substitute street-car service during the strike. Flaunted above the swaying red cockades were among others the following mottoes: "We Mourn, but Not So Much for Gen. Grant as for a Little Child That Starved to Death Yesterday"; "Government is for Slaves: Freemen Govern Themselves"; "Millions Labor for the Benefit of a Few; We Want to Labor for Ourselves"; "In the Absence of Law All Men Are Free"; "The Fountain of Right is Might; Workingmen Arm"; "Every Government Is a Conspiracy of the Rich Against the People"; "Our Civilization--the bullet and Policeman's Club"; "In Union Is Strength." Some of the German mottoes meant apparently the same thing as those painted in the language of the United States, but used far more unbridled expressions, and were broader in there sentiments. Literally translated they read: "Every Government Is a Conspiracy Against the People"; "The Greatest Crime Today Is Poverty"; "Down with all Laws"; "The Ruling is Morality--Moneybags"; "Private Capital Is the Product of Robbery"; "Lawlessness Means Equal Rights for All"; "Hurrah for the Social Revolution"; "Down with the Throne, the Altar, and the Moneybag"; "Liberty Without Equality Is a Lie."
Patches of red cloth were stuck in the brims of the men's hats, there was "red tape" in the management of the Marshal and his "subs," and even the players had their horns done up in red flannel. There were red sashes, red shoulder-knots on the "Blue Smock" brigade, red hat-hands on the straw hats of all. Bronze-colored, fringe was used as trimming for little button-hole knots of ribbon. Everybody was bilious-looking, except Sam Fielden, who was very red in the face and exceedingly busy giving directions and running about in the heat. Copies of an inflammatory paper were circulated along the line, but they were either thrown away or chucked into inside pockets. Conspicuous in the hip-pocket of the Captain of the blue smocks was a Colt's revolver of immense size in a leather case. The Market street crowd were much better dressed and equipped for the march to the Ogden's Grove picnic than the West-Siders and from their capitalists, the only mean rig among their carry-alls being a wagon labeled "J. Albert, express 2025." Yellow and red, and red, white, and blue sashes were common among this crowd, many of whom were mounted on good horses and rode in carriages. The juvenile drummers on foot and the Washington Lodge, No&dot. 5 O. D. H. S.. in carriages, made a respectable exhibit. Following these was a wooden clown on a cart among beer-kegs labeled "Americans, Long Live Your Liberty," this being meant for "your liberty will not last long," as "Americans" was quoted. The Socialistic Mannerchor rode in a picnic omnibus, and Winkelried Loged, No&dot, 29, O. D. H. S., of Lake View, were stowed away in a band-wagon shaded with bushes.
There were lots of red flags in the procession, but not a single United States flags or banner. As some of the leaders said, when asked about this omission, the Anarchists don't want to be Americans, nor do they care for the protection of the American Flag. They are against all law and don't want any of its symbols about where they hold forth. True to this principle, they would not have any policemen in their picnic grove, claiming they were perfectly able to maintain order without the assistance of the officers of the law.
There were perhaps 2,000 people on the ground, but among them there were hardly 200 American citizens. Of course there was speech-making. The Lake-Front Sunday meeting had been transferred to Ogden's Grove for the day. A. R. Parsons, Sam Fielden, and Spies spoke their often-repeated pieces about the wrongs which could only be redressed by the people rising in their might, made some allusions to the Cleveland strike, and to the arrest of Gorsuch, who had been expected to be at the picnic, but whom strong ties retained in Ohio, and also mentioned the death of Grant as an event which concerned the suffering masses buy little.