On Picket Duty/01/01
|Vol. 01||Saturday, August 6, 1881.||No. 01|
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, these three; but the greatest of these is Liberty.
Formerly the price of Liberty was eternal vigilance, but now it can be had for fifty cents a year.
Individuals on becoming adults gain their freedom. Are nations never to attain their majority?
The effect of one-half of our laws is to make criminals; the purpose of the other half is to punish them.
Holding a monopoly, the banker is the worst enemy of the human race, being its chief despoiler; without that monopoly, he is its best friend, being its greatest civilizer.
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