Mr. Lee, L. S., opened for the negative, and humorously referred to the fact that he felt as though he were making a post-mortem examination, as the Evening Record averred that the debate was held last evening. He stated that the meeting in Chicago was practically over, a large part of the crowd had dispersed, and that the previous speeches were peaceable. More than half of the anarchists now under the penalty of death were away at the time the bomb was thrown. Only the first circulars made an appeal to arms, the later ones did not. The anarchists did not have a fair trial, the newspapers hounded them pitilessly and that if they are executed, the effect will be to make martyrs of them with their fellows and incite others to further crime.
Mr. Loeb for the affirmative argued that the condemned anarchists who were away at the time the bomb was thrown had been at the meeting where the murder took place previously. The crowd was not charged by the police until the bomb was thrown. A few blood curdling extracts from socialistic papers were then read.
For the negative Mr. Chenoweth declared that the jury system was liable to great abuses and that the chief reason the anarchists were sentenced was because the people of Chicago thought the blood of the murdered policemen called for vengeance. They only meant to forestall a change in the present social state of things, and we must beware of making martyrs of them by persecution. The hope was expressed that the Anglo-Saxon love of fair play would assert itself.
A vote was taken on the merits of the arguments of the discussion in which the affirmative received 67 ballots and the negative 5. Many of those present spoke from the floor, among whom were Mr. Ayer, L. S., Mr. Williams, L. S., Mr. Hazeltine, L. S., Mr. Clark, '89, Mr. With ow, '91, Mr. Norton, L. S. The Union seems to be well launched this year for a prosperous career. The final vote resulted: Affirmative 24, negative 5.