having justly earned that reputation which of all others he would most have deprecated.
If he had fallen before the trial of the King
, or if he had remained true to his conscience and returned home when he found that he could no longer guide his country along the paths of peace, his name would have gone down in history with Garrison
's as that of a benefactor of mankind.
When the time comes to make another distinct advance in that great movement towards justice of which the French Revolution
and the anti-slavery agitation were episodes, shall we follow the lead of Robespierre or that of Garrison
It is quite possible that a revolution in America
to-day would end as did that of 1789 in France
It will not do to pooh-pooh the idea as monstrous.
Men who can shoot down prisoners and administer the water torture in the Orient might have no insuperable objection to the guillotine at home.
In the case of some great industrial crisis within the next few years, when practically all workmen are idle, let us suppose that they begin to riot in many places at once, and call for the bread which they cannot earn.
The ordinary machinery of commerce and of government has broken down.
In the midst of the disorder a national convention is called and delegates flock to Washington
, with the mutterings and threats of