louis-lingg

I die happy on the gallows, so confident am I that the hundreds and thousands to whom I have spoken will remember my words. When you shall have hanged us, then they WILL do the bombthrowing! In this hope do I say to you: I despise you, I despise your order, your laws, your force propped authority. Hang me for it.
—  Louis Lingg, Haymarket martyr, who blew his own head off with dynamite in his prison cell rather than be murdered by the state, 124 years ago today.

"Lingg," said William Holmes, "was one of the handsomest men the writer has ever met.  His well-shaped head crowned with a wealth of curly chestnut hair; his fine blue eyes; his peach and white complexion and straight, regular features, make him a fit model for a Greek god, while his athletic form and general activity showed him to be possessed of an abundance of physical vigor and health."

Lingg, not surprisingly, was popular with women—the “lion of the ballroom,” his brother carpenters called him.  Young anarchists of the next generation affected his haircomb and lithe manner of walking and considered it the highest compliment to be called by his name.

-The Haymarket Tragedy

There are few things I like more than portraits of 19th century anarchists.

"Lingg committed suicide on November 10, 1887, the day before he was scheduled to hang. He used a blasting cap smuggled to him by a fellow prisoner. He put it in his mouth and lit it at 9:00 AM. It blew off his lower jaw and damaged a large portion of his face. He survived for another 6 hours, until his death at around 3:00 PM."

We’re gonna have this sweet backpatch at the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair. Also available in hot pink.

"I die happy on the gallows, so confident am I that the hundreds and thousands to whom I have spoken will remember my words. When you shall have hanged us, then they will do the bombthrowing! In this hope do I say to you, I despise you, I despise your order, your laws, your force propped authority. Hang me for it!"

"I tell you frankly and openly, I am for force. I have already told Captain Schaack, ‘if they use cannons against us, we shall use dynamite against them.’ I repeat that I am the enemy of the ‘order’ of today, and I repeat that, with all my powers, so long as breath remains in me, I shall combat it. I declare again, frankly and openly, that I am in favor of using force. I have told Captain Schaack, and I stand by it, ‘if you cannonade us, we shall dynamite you.’

You laugh! Perhaps you think,’you’ll throw no more bombs’; but let me assure you I die happy on the gallows, so confident am I that the hundreds and thousands to whom I have spoken will remember my words; and when you shall have hanged us, then—mark my words—they will do the bombthrowing! In this hope do I say to you: I despise you. I despise your order, your laws, your force-propped authority. Hang me for it!”

— Anarchist and Haymarket martyr Louis Lingg (1864-1887), to the court when asked if he had anything to say why sentence should not be passed against him.

(On June 26, 1893 Illinois governor, John Altgeld, pardoned all eight men who had been convicted of the Haymarket Riot, stating that they were innocent of the crime they had died for.)

I tell you frankly and openly, I am for force. I have already told Captain Schaack, “if they use cannons against us, we shall use dynamite against them.” I repeat that I am the enemy of the “order” of today, and I repeat that, with all my powers, so long as breath remains in me, I shall combat it. I declare again, frankly and openly, that I am in favor of using force. I have told Captain Schaack, and I stand by it,“if you cannonade us, we shall dynamite you.” You laugh! Perhaps you think,“you’ll throw no more bombs”; but let me assure you I die happy on the gallows, so confident am I that the hundreds and thousands to whom I have spoken will remember my words; and when you shall have hanged us, then—mark my words—they will do the bombthrowing! In this hope do I say to you: I despise you. I despise your order, your laws, your force-propped authority. Hang me for it!
— 

Louis Lingg

We will never stop fighting! We will never stop bombing the state until we are all free!

Long live anarchy!

Shortly before nine o’clock in the morning, the day before the scheduled execution, Louis Lingg apparently used a cigar to light the fuse on a detonating cap that he had placed in his mouth. The source of the cap, like that of the bombs found in his cell, and where he concealed it, is not known. When the terrified jailers reached the cell, they found Lingg’s head slung over the edge of his bed, bits of teeth, flesh, and bone on the walls and floor, and blood everywhere.

A terrible gurgling sound indicated that the prisoner was still alive. They carried him to a nearby bathroom and summoned physicians, who did what they could to comfort and revive him. Lingg remained conscious but unable to speak, and he twice wrote out requests to be propped up so he could breathe better. He somehow lasted a full six hours, finally passing away around three o’clock.

The image, titled “Horrible Suicide of Lingg,” is from the Pictorial West of November 20, 1887.

I repeat that I am the enemy of the ‘order’ of today, and I repeat that, with all my powers, so long as breath remains in me, I shall combat it… I despise you. I despise your order; your laws, your force-propped authority. Hang me for it.
—  Louis Lingg, anarchist sentenced to death on charges of conspiracy in the aftermath of the 1886 Haymarket affair (taken from Haymarket: The Origins Of Revolutionary May First, an interesting overview of the historical context of Haymarket and the agitational and organizational efforts leading up to it)
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Louis Lingg And The Bombs - Chomsky Changed My Life 2010. French political punkrock garagepop anarcho yadda yadda. Named after the German anarchist Louis Lingg who commited suicide by placing a bomb in his mouth on deathrow. He, and many with him,  was put on deathrow for a crime they didn’t do, wrongfully accused for collaborating in the riots that became the “Haymarket Massacre” in Chicago. Google it, it’s partly why we remember all the workers at “International Workers Day” 1 May.

It was (Louis) Lingg’s technique to fasten the two half-globes of his bombs together with nuts and bolts. The morning after the Haymarket explosion, a surgeon removed a nut from the rear end of a tailor, and when the Illinois Supreme Court reviewed the case on appeal, the Justices wrote that the nut screwed onto one of Lingg’s bolts exactly. In 2003, researchers re-tested surviving metal samples with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry. The results suggest that the chemists who tested the metal in 1886 were competent and honest. Shrapnel taken from one policeman’s body nearly matches what the 1886 chemists found in several bombs allegedly made by Lingg but now missing. The ratio of tin to lead in a surviving bomb is higher, but not by much. The researchers add an intriguing speculation: did the anarchists melt down type to make the casings of their bombs? If so, they suggest, “it would have been the literal transformation of their words into deeds.” As it happens, the same idea occurred to the Chicago police. The day after the bombing, they ransacked the Arbeiter-Zeitung print shop “like vandals,” seizing “old type and stereotype” as bomb components, according to an anarchist who fled the country.
—    Caleb Crain, “The Terror Last Time”, The New Yorker, March 13, 2006

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