By Mitchell Abidor
maybe no interval has so marked, so deformed, or so outlined the anarchist circulate because the 3 years in France from 1892 to 1894, the years often called the Age of Attentats, the years ruled by means of the Propagandists of the Deed. Death to Bourgeois Society tells the tale of 4 younger anarchists who have been guillotined in France within the Eighteen Nineties. the amount makes a speciality of the most avatars of this stream and comprises key first-person narratives of the occasions, from Ravachol’s forbidden speech and his account of his lifestyles, to Emile Henry’s wondering at his trial and his programmatic letter to the director of the criminal during which he used to be held, to Auguste Vaillant’s war of words with the investigators instantly after tossing his bomb, and Santo Caserio’s description of the assassination and his safety at his trial. In a time of cynicism and political decay for plenty of, they represented a purity missing in society, and their activities once they have been captured, their forthrightness, their defiance as much as the guillotine simply extra to their luster.
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There he obtained the materials needed for the making of explosive devices, notably picric acid, and busied himself with preparing a bomb. In a small metal kettle, whose handle he removed, as well as the button on the cover, he placed a cylindrical zinc envelope. He declared that between this envelope and the flared wall of the kettle he placed 121 gun balls. Inside the zinc cylinder he placed another, smaller, one, filling the space between them with an explosive substance. Finally, in the smallest one he placed a dynamite cartridge with a primer made of fulminate of mercury.
The wounded man was lying on his bed, his cut face bearing a cloth band compressing the light wound on his nose. He didn’t appear in the least perturbed by the magistrates’ entrance into the small room where he was being held. He raised himself slightly on his elbow and stretched his neck in a movement of expectation and cheeky curiosity. ” His face then lit up with a strange, mocking, almost demonic smile. “Until now,” M. Meyer said to him, “you’ve had a strange attitude that seems to confirm the suspicions against you.
Fortunately the ball flattened against a button and didn’t penetrate, but Etienne fell in a faint. M. Maurice, a coiffeur, then grabbed him a little further away. A second shot threw him to the ground, giving him a serious wound. The agent Poisson then arrived. The accused aimed at him but missed and he continued along his route. Poisson drew his saber and continued his pursuit. He had almost caught up with him when a shot hit him in the chest. He remained standing and raised his arms in order to strike, and the accused fired the two last shots of his revolver.