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band as their forward the with one the who, make the At and became instruments. sad, were earpiercing, little like tried instrument the to winning the the of I tern- was worthy of marked attention." GORI'S GLASSY GLARE It -Is Turned Relentlessly Upon the Lega Socialista Italiana. ! A Meeting at Apollo Hall Which Developed Some Bitter Expres- . v sions of Antagonism. The Italian socialists of this City were among the most fervid of Pietro Gori's admirers when that noted anarchist first began his propaganda . here. . For nearly a month , Gori and I the Lega . Socialista Italiana dwelt together in harmony, but now the '■ friendship has 'given place to mutteringa of wrath and ■ the glad hand has \ been exchanged for the glassy eye. In fact a feud has arisen which nothing can quench but a great mass-meeting. Gori says that socialists are greater enemies to freedom than is the Czar of all the Russia-. The socalists say that Gori is a dangerous, seditious person, , against whom all true lovers of freedom should be warned, and the strife has waxed so high that arrangements are being made to hold a grand debate in Metropolitan Temple next Monday, at which the socialists and the anarchist^ will argue out their differences in English and Italian. The first rift within the lute occurred last Sunday afternoon, when the Italian Socialists (La Lega "■■ Socialista Italiana) held a meeting in Apollo HalL; presided over -by Griseri Dall' Obrico. Pietro Gori had . been invited ;toI be . present, in order that those seeking knowledge in the ways of anarchy could question him '■ and have their ■* curiosity gratified. It was arranged that discussions should be limited to five minutes, and all was going swimmingly when Arturo Conti took the floor, and to use a colloquialism "sailed into" the anarchists in a way that made Gori and his partisans almost doubt their ears, for till that time they bad fondly believed that Mr. Conti had taken them under his wing. rln the „ course of his ', remarks Arturo Conti explained how he had been led to preside at some of Gori's lectures \ and afterward found it his painful duty to condemn all he taught, j "For the first two lectures I believed Pietro Gori to be a good socialist, but his later lectures revealed him in his true character. He is the friend of capital, for he advises his followers to abstain from voting, and is not that playing into the hands of the capitalists?" After making a . number of remarks about anarchists, which were ■ entirely the reverse of flattering, . Signor Conti sat down and Signor Gori too- the floor, prepared to combat with all his eloquence for the principles of anarchy. He was- told that he must observe- the five minutes' rule, which filled the cup of his wrath against the socialists full to the brim. "Ah! you socialists! you do not know what liberty is!" he cried; fiercely. "You strangle the words back in my throat with your five-minute* regulations. Is . a man not to have freedom of speech? I scorn to answer you now. but I will hold a meeting of anarchists, to which L will invite you. There I will speak and you tyrants shall have five hours— years, centuries, if you like— in which to answer me. SI will show you what the future base of society is to be." ' _■•■■ T• - Ana protesting Pietro Gori dashed out of the hail, followed by about a third of the audience, which took this opportunity of showing that it had enlisted itself under the anarchist banner.. : *"' ,r When the footsteps •„ of the departing anarchists had died away in the distance E. Bettini and Alvin Appel successively took the floor and said what they thought of that kind of people. .'/...,- L. Nathan, who spoke next, said that, for his part, he would have liked to compare socialism with anarchy face to face with Gori, and he considered it an act of cowardice on the part of the anarchists to abandon the hall. : This taunt at the departed one. was more than some of the socialists who were wavering a little in their allegiance could stand. . A. Barlotti jumped to his feet and called upon Mr. Nathan to either retract the word "coward" or leave the platform. The latter said that the word escaped his lips before he was aware of ■ it, ■ but Gori's friends in the audience were not satisfied. They demanded a . public discussion, in which the ; anarchist could take his own part without being tied by any five-minute time limit,. and finally it was decided that a public discussion should be held. Yesterday Arturo Conti ■ agreed to take the meeting in charge. -Nathan speaks no Italian and Gori very little English, but it was decided that an interpreter should be -resent to translate Gori's words into Engish and Nathan's into Italian. The massmeeting that is the outcome of the difficulties between the socialists and anarchists will probably take ; place next Monday in Metropolitan Temple. Gesford's Suit for Office. a is to of of a ; of • of ■ '■ is

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  1. The San Francisco Call,
  2. 03 Mar 1896, Tue,
  3. Page 16

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