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(en) Daily Bleed: 1/11 Blake, Rossi, Duval, Modern School, Goldman, Casas Viejas, Tresca

From "David Brown, Recollection" <recall@eskimo.com>
Date Sat, 11 Jan 2003 15:38:10 -0500 (EST)
Cc a-infos <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>

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> Excerpts from today's Daily Bleed:
1804 -- The Sussex Examiner reports English poet & mystic
William Blake was tried on charges of sedition for having
insulted one of the King's soldiers & having said "Damn the
king & damn his soldiers." Daily Bleed Saint,

1856 -- Giovanni Rossi (aka Cardias) lives (1856-1943). Italian
veterinarian, teacher, collectivist anarchist, a founder of Cittadella
Colony &, in Brazil, the Cecilia Colony. See the Anarchist
Encyclopedia page,

1887 -- Jean-Jacques Liabeuf lives. French shoe-maker guillotined in
1910 despite massive protests initiated by the anarchists. Gustave
Herve, the revolutionary socialist & publisher of  "The Social War",
got four years in prison for writing articles defending Liabeuf.

1887 -- France: The anarchist thief Clément Duval goes on trial at
the Seine Court of Assizes. Duval had broken into the apartment of
a rich woman (25th October 1886), stolen her jewels & accidentally
set it on fire.

The trial was far from tranquil. Clement Duval refused the role of the
common criminal, proclaiming the political nature of his activity &
contesting the pretence that the men in robes were handing out justice.

>From being the accused Duval became accuser, denouncing embezzlement,
the injustice of exploitation, mystification, & the wrongs suffered by
& those like him. The crowd which packed out the court-room was carried
away by his vehemence, & echoed his words.

The hearing ended uproariously with Duval expelled, shouting "Long live
the police overwhelmed by the crowd, the judges in flight to their
insults & blows, fights & arrests. An hour later, after the uproar was
the Court delivers its verdict: death.

   A penalty dictated by fear, disproportionate to the gravity of the

   On February 28th, the President of the Republic commuted Duval's
   sentence to life at hard labor. Freedom was closing its doors on
   Duval, & the inferno was to take him in, forever.


1911 -- First "Modern School", based on ideas of Francisco Ferrer,
founded by a group including Leonard Abbott, Alexander Berkman &
Emma Goldman, New York City. Established in 1911, it was
moved to Stelton, New Jersey, in 1914.

             Several women were instrumental in the school's
             development: Elizabeth Ferm, Jo Ann Wheeler,
             Nellie Dick & Anna Schwartz.

             Robert Henri taught at the Modern School. Other
             notable participants include Hippolyte Havel, Alfred
             Levitt, Will Durant & Man Ray. Visitors include Jack
             London, Margaret Sanger, Emma Goldman, & Peter

             Voltairine de Cleyre, a teacher, translated Ferrer's
             book The Modern School from Spanish into English,
             helping to build the Modern School movement in the
             US, fostering dozens of schools which experimented
             with anarchist education & collective learning in the
             early 1900s.


1914 -- US: Emma Goldman delivers an extensive lecture series
on the modern drama, from January 11-March 8, in New York City

Goldman expands her repertoire to discuss the works of British poet
& dramatist John Masefield, & American playwrights Mark E. Swan,
William J. Hurlbut, Joshua Rosett, & Edwin Davies Schoonmaker.
Responding to the massive unemployment of the time, Goldman
requests contributions for the jobless at each lecture.
See Emma Goldman's The Social Significance of the Modern
Drama (1914), the full text of which is online.

1929 -- After two weeks in Paris, Emma Goldman returns to St.
Tropez during January-February, where she learns that friends,
principally Peggy Guggenheim & Mark Dix, have contributed
enough money to help her purchase the cottage & ensure her a place
to live & write. She returns to working full-time on her autobiography,
interrupted only by the visit in February of her nephew Saxe Commins &
his wife Dorothy.

1930 -- France: In Paris for the winter, Emma Goldman continues
writing; Alexander Berkman, who lives nearby in St. Cloud, helps
edit her manuscript. She mails the first installment of her
to Knopf. American journalist & editor H. L. Mencken visits Goldman.

1931 -- Emma Goldman finishes her autobiography, Living My Life,
having written 100,000 words since she began the last two chapters
in July 1930.

1932 -- Spain: Rising of Casas Viejas Pueblo in Cadiz, Spain, heralds
Civil War; anarchist elder "Seisdedos" fights to the death against the
hated Civil Guards. See The Anarchists of Casas Viejas by Jerome Mintz.

                        CASAS VIEJAS TANGO

                        Quien vivio, quien vivio
                        en esas casas de ayer,
                        viejas casas que el tiempo bronceo,
                        patios viejos color de humedad,
                        con leyendas de noches de amor.

                        Platinadas de luna las vi,
                        y brillantes con oro de sol,
                        y hoy sumiso las veo esperar,
                        la sentencia que marca el adios,
                        y alla van sin rencor,
                        como va al matadero la res,
                        sin que nadie le diga un adios.

                        Se van, se van,
                        las casas viejas queridas,
                        Demas estan,han terminado sus vidas.
                        Llego el motor y su roncar,
                        ordena que hay que salir.
                        El tiempo cruel, con su buril,
                        carcome y hay que morir.

                        Se van, se van,
                        llevando a cuestas su cruz,
                        como las sombras,
                        se alejan y esfuman, ante la luz

                        Se van, se van,
                        llevando a cuestas su cruz,
                        como las sombras,
                        se alejan y esfuman, ante la luz


1943 -- US: Assassination of anarchist militant Carlo Tresca,
New York City.

   Murdered by an unknown assailant. Gentle & courtly in person,
   Tresca was an outspoken foe of Fascism in Germany & Italy & of
   Communism in the Soviet Union. The FBI accumulated a mere
   1,358 pages on this outstanding citizen, they revealed on February
   25, 2000, under the Freedom of Information Act.

                         Coppola describes his opera as "a presentation
of the
                         circumstances & the characters involved in a

                         In Sacco & Vanzetti, the characters in the
prologue are
                         Carlo Tresca, a Protestant Minister, a Roman
                         Priest & a congregation of worshippers. Carlo
                         was a leader of the Italian Anarchist Movement
                         America. His ghost functions as the narrator
                         throughout the entire opera, introducing &
                         on characters & situations as they arise... We
                         shown the suspicion, hatred, & fear of those
already in
                         America toward those newly arrived. This
darkness of
                         humanity stands in contrast to the seeming
piety of the
                         religious faithful. Those 40 years have not
                         anything. Tresca forewarns us that they will be
                         different in the 1920s & beyond, saying (in

                         "The more things change, the more they stay the


   Carlo Tresca edited a number of papers which stood up for workers
rights &
   denounced the hypocrisy & corruption of those in power. One of his
   targets was the clergy, whom he attacked relentlessly. Tresca was a
   labor agitator, leading strikes & urging workers to stand up for
their rights.
   Served on the famed John Dewey Commission, which declared Trotsky
   guilty" of the charges presented at the Moscow Purge Trials. Once
   took such positions, the Communists conducted a campaign of character

   assassination aimed at destroying his influence in the antifascist
   See Gallagher's All the Right Enemies.
   See also H. L. Mencken article on Tresca,
See the Anarchist Encyclopedia,


Anti-CopyRite 1997-2003
BleedMeister David Brown

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