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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... The Bomb CHAPTER I "Hold
the high way and let thy spirit thee lead And Truth shal thee
deliver, it is no drede." MY name is Rudolph Schnaubelt. I threw
the bomb which killed eight policemen and wounded sixty in Chicago
in 1886. Now I be here in Reichholz, Bavaria, dying of consumption
under a false name, in peace at last. But it is not about myself I
want to write: I am finished. I got chilled to the heart last
winter, and grew steadily worse in those hateful, broad, white,
Muenchener streets which are baked by the sun and swept by the icy
air from the Alps. Nature or man will soon deal with my refuse as
they please. But there is one thing I must do before I go out, one
thing I have promised to do. I must tell the story of the man who
spread terror through America, the greatest man that ever lived, I
think; a born rebel, murderer and martyr. If I can give a fair
portrait of Louis Lingg, the Chicago Anarchist, as I knew him, show
the body and soul and mighty purpose of him, I shall have done more
for men than when I threw the bomb. . . . How am I to tell the
story? Is it possible to paint a great man of action in words; show
his cool calculation of forces, his unerring judgment, and the
tiger spring? The best thing I can do is to begin at the beginning,
and tell the tale quite simply and sincerely. "Truth," Lingg said
to me once, "is the skeleton, so to speak, of all great works of
art." Besides, memory is in itself an artist. It all happened long
ago, and in time one forgets the trivial and remembers the
important. It should be easy enough for me to paint this one man's
portrait. I don't mean that I am much of a writer; but I have read
some of the great writers, and know how they picture a man, and any
weakness of mine is more than made...
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