Last Statements by Haymarket Anarchists
on the Gallows, Nov. 11, 1887

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Your ropes will effectively stop us from speaking, but – the time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are strangling today! Here you will tread upon a spark, and here and there, and behind you and in front of you and everywhere the flames will blaze up! You cannot put it out. The ground is on fire upon which you stand!

Now these are my ideas. They constitute a part of myself. I say if death is the penalty for proclaiming the truth, then I will proudly and defiantly pay the costly price! Call your hangman! I am ready for him.

The call for our hanging is a deathblow against free speech, free assembly, and free thoughts in this country. If death is the penalty you insist on for our love of freedom for the human race, I will not remonstrate.

Once again the minions of the institutions of private property are being called upon in order to protect the interests of capital over those of labor. Does the wolf suckle the lamb? I hold not patience with half-measures looking for mere amelioration of wrongs done against us. The present system must be destroyed root and branch. I am happy to serve that cause today. 

I found long ago that workingmen had no more rights here than anywhere else in the world. The 
history of all time teaches us .that oppressing classes always maintain their tyranny by force and violence. My last message is this: believe no more in the ballot, and use all other means at your command! No power on earth can rob the workingman of his knowledge of how to make bombs, and that knowledge he now possesses. I say: Down with the thugs! I say: Peace to the producers! I am done. 

Dynamite comes as the emancipator of man from the domination and enslavement of his fellow man.. It is democratic; it makes everybody equal...It is a peacemaker; it is man's best and lasting friend. 

Our message remains today on our last day what it was on our first day - agitate, organize~ revolt! Burst open all stores and storehouses to the free access of the public - nothing short of this will relieve the world of this infernal nightmare of property and wages. Do not talk to me of your industrial progress. We charge you with this and you are not listening. But you shall. 

Our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today.

Hurrah for anarchy!

Hurrah for anarchy!

Let the voice of the people be heard!