Ripe for Revolution.
Socialistic "Workingmen" Who Want to See London's Riots Repeated in Chicago.
They Also Would Be Gratified to See the Wealth of the Cities Wiped Out.
The Effect of the Demonstration Across the Water--Something About Hyndman.
The Socialistic Workingmen's Association met at the Twelfth Street Turner-Hall yesterday to discuss the question, "Can the London riots be prevented in Chicago?" Oscar Neebe called the meeting to order and introduced Herman Fielding as the first speaker. Referring to the uprising in the English Capital he said the same causes that made such a riot possible there were present in Chicago, and the cry of the American capitalists that there was no pauperism here and that all who cared to work could find it was an infamous lie intended to deceive the ignorant. The slavery of the old feudal system, when serfdom was a recognized right of the privileged few, was still in existence, a thousand times more oppressive than ever before. The men in London did not know how to take advantage of their position when in possession of the city, or they would not now be hungry and forlorn as when they rose in rebellion. They only knew that they were hungry, and failed to probe the real cause of their degraded condition. They wealthy classes of London had gone "slumming" in times past, and had mocked at the poverty and filth of the masses, by whose labor they had become rich; but last week a change took place, and the slums rose up and returned the call. The big thief of Chicago always appealed to the small capitalist to join with him for mutual protection in times of trouble, and had found ready aid from the Catholic and other clergy, who preached that the Socialist would rob them of their small pig-sty. The priest was believed, but, the speaker said, the Socialist was not in that line of business; oh the contrary, if permitted, he would exchange the pig-sty for a palace and give the millionaire a chance to try the pig-sty for a change. The American eagle and the National flag were emblems held up to the gaze of the masses to deceive them into a false security, but no trust should be placed in State or Church; reliance on the power of the people alone was the only remedy; and, when the time came, the slums of Chicago would rise up and visit Michigan avenue. The time could not come to soon for the speaker. The conflict must inevitable arrive, and it was the duty of every workingman to be prepared for it.
Michael Schwab then spoke in the German language, in the course of which he said he had come from a meeting of the employes of the McCormick reaper-works, held on the corner of Twentieth street and Blue Island avenue, at which meeting a committee had been appointed to wait on Mr. McCormick and demand the reinstatement of the discharged molders, the reestablishment of the old rate of wages, and that no non-union men be employed. In the event of a refusal by the company, then a strike was to be inaugurated next Tuesday morning. The announcement was greeted with applause.
Resolutions were introduced commending the revolutionary spirit of the workingmen of London in rising against oppression, and proclaiming sympathy with the London rioters, "whose deeds herald the dawn of better days, of equal duties, equal rights, and equal responsibilities." The resolutions farther announced that the destruction of all the accumulated wealth in cities would be witnessed with satisfaction, rather than the multitude that produced it should starve, and also called upon all workingmen to assemble under the red banner that fluttered over the heads of the London mob. The resolutions were adopted by acclamation. About 500 persons were present, a majority of whom were evidently there out of curiosity, not over 200 remaining to the close of the meeting, which occurred after Dr. Taylor had spoken in English.