The Walsall ‘bombers’ paid with long term imprisonment because they were the class they were.
They knew nothing of how things really work and wanted a better future
Chapter Twenty — Agents
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rthur roars out the chorus:
And as they walk about the street,

With an independent air, The people all declare,

They must have knowledge rare;

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And they do say,

We wish the day, When Anarchists shall have fair play,

And hold their meetings free at Ardwick Green.

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“That’s how they did it up in Manchester, Conny.”   Arthur resumes singing:
The Anarchists held meetings that were orderly and good.

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And the workers they did go Just to hear the Anarchists show How the rich church-going thieves
live upon their sweat and blood

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And how the masters try and crush them low.

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Arthur and Constance alone in the solarium, Arthur is holding up a sheet of paper.  “It’s about status.”  Arthur wipes his brow. “George, bless his soul, how he used to talk about status.”
“Status, Arthur.”
“It’s all about status, my dear.  How we are viewed in society?”
Constance nods.  “Yes!”
More and more Arthur sees Henrietta in Constance.
“Caminada the detective, many say extorting from the bawdy houses in his district, with detectives common enough, hates those with vision beyond their status.  The anarchist boys disturb his patch. These lads want their children as educated as the rich educate their offspring. These lads want their children to own a future. Caminada wants nothing to do with education, or any fancy notion about lads freeing themselves from their class.”
A memory floods back to Arthur.  In college, coming in with Ronald just when Constance was getting dressed. He imagines himself in torrid passion.  Would he betray Ronald?
Arthur takes up his singing:
Caminada showed his valour by knocking people down.

And using his gamp well, Good citizens to fell.

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He collared all the Anarchists, and marched them through the town,

And put them in the Fairfield  station cell.

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“Henry Burrows, one of the lads appearing at court, tells the judge that Caminada is the biggest liar he has ever known.  That does not go well with the judge.  But lies mean a lot to Henry Burrows. He isn’t going to be outdone by these detectives and judges and prosecutors.”
Arthur stares hard at Constance.  So much is she in love with Ronald.  He too.  He’s loved Ronald as long as he’s known him.
“The parson who complains of Sunday morning protests.” Again he sings:
And as he walks about the church With an hypocritical air,

The people all do swear, He is a humbug rare.

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And the people tell,

That all who think will go to hell, The parson who interfered at Ardwick Green.

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Arthur stands up bows: The Scamp who Broke his Gamp at Ardwick Green.
Constance laughs.  “How you talk.  One would think you’re an anarchist, Arthur?”
Arthur gazes fondly at her.  “I am?”  He pretends to be holding a bomb.
“Ronald was beginning to make me recognise that,” she laughs.
“Courts have to do with law?”
“Yes!”
“Law is made by those who get to parliament.”
“Yes!”
“How do they get there!  They are not paid!”
“Phineas Finn?”
“He got his money from his Irish Minister Father, all for the boy, none for the girls, five, six sisters, I believe.  But the Palliser series, isn’t that telling.  Don’t we love to read about those with money.  It’s sick, you know.  Sick how those who read Trollope, those who have money and idle time, are taught to think.”
“Do you believe women should vote?”
“Do you?”
“I am asking!”
“I don’t believe anyone should vote!”
“Why?”
“It gives them the power.  It gives them your power. You say, “Here!  I have voted for you.  I pay the police, you do your bidding with them.  You give them their wage, from my money.  The police will do what you command. “I do not believe women voting will change society, Conny. Women believe same as men.  Given the right words, they’ll vote for who lies best.
“Look at the Walsall anarchists?  ‘THE BOMBERS’ as the press so fondly call them.  It’s more lies.  All produced! Sometimes I think the press do not know!”
“You don’t believe there are anarchists.”
“The Walsall anarchists, they weren’t bombers, Conny. They were youngsters getting together Saturday nights, talking about how things could be.
“‘What if there were no police!  What if there were no overlords!’ What if things upon Earth might resemble that village enjoyment of life within the fable of Henrietta, before the priests came with law!
“There were players behind the scene who used the event of the Walsall anarchists.  To stop the reducing of the police budget. These secrecy departments that deal in covert spying and produce assassinations, the last thing they are going to allow is their elimination.  Sometimes even governments find they have to reduce.  The southern Africa war had taken a toll on the taxes the masses pay.  Across the board cuts needed to keep the war going. The police were not happy.  Nor the security service arm of the police.”
“The Walsall anarchists were not bombers?”
“Melville set them up.”  Arthur stops himself.  “I cannot say that as exact truth.  I don’t know.
“Patrick McIntyre, then First Detective-Sergeant, he was under Melville.”
Constance shakes her head.
“It’s like this,” says Arthur.  “Police are agents of the rich. Yes, the poor commit crime.  Wouldn’t you if you were in their position.  It always amazes me they don’t rise up and strangle us all.  There are more of them.
“The police have a sense they are a buffer between those who have power and those who do not.  They go along with it!
“Melville is in charge of the Service’s Special Branch.  He has a connection with an agent named Coulon.  Imported as an agent provocateur from France, Auguste Coulon is funded by this secret department of the service.  Coulon educates children of foreign socialists who live in London as cover.
“Coulon at a socialist meeting in London is introduced to Fred Charles, a fellow interested in removing laws that oppress. Charles had become converted to these ideas while working as a special constable at a speech given by Charles Mowbray, some say the greatest working man’s speech giver of our time.  Mowbray was sentenced for looting a ham, when some rich mansions had their windows broken in a demonstration by five hundred unemployed.  Evidence given by a police constable in court stated a ham was passed over the head of the crowd due to Mowbray’s speech.  He was given nine months on a treadmill at Norwich prison for it. Mowbray is in America now, not doing any better with his ’anarchist’ views.
“Fred Charles ran a café for a time in Norwich became the centre of the movement for class equality in the town. He was on the Special Branch list because of it.  Fred Charles is noted for his generosity, always willing to take whatever money or food he has and give it to someone who is worse off than him.
“Charles at the same meeting in London where the agent Coulon introduces himself, meets a fellow Joe Deaken down from Walsall. Fred Charles asks Joe Deaken if there might be work in Walsall. Joe Deaken says he likely can find Fred Charles a job.  Coulon listens in to the conversation.
“Fred Charles helped by Deaken finds work in Walsall. A socialist club one door from a police station has Saturday night meetings that Deaken attends and now Fred Charles.
“Police pay an agent to go to these meetings, Melville receiving reports.  Deaken gets a letter from Coulon, ‘Hey, we met in London remember, at the socialist meeting.  I’ve a friend, a Frenchman name of Victor Cailes.  Would you help Cailes find work?’ Something like that.
“Coulon has a history of being involved in bombings on the Continent.  Coulon the agent provocateur employed by the service also has a mixed-up sense of reality.  Once he sent an article to an anarchist publisher on the Continent that gave details, using extreme aberrant phrasing, how to blow up a live cow.  The article was rejected.  This comes out in the papers during the Walsall lads’ trial.
“Coulon is working with an Italian Jean Battola as well as Victor Cailes.  When I say working, I mean placing under Mesmer mind change.  Coulon we believe in our department was proficient in this.”
“This comes from the families?”
“It does Conny.  It goes along with the ceremony service and varied mind practices they use.”
“After you spoke to me earlier, I now recall Percy saying something about this.”
“Yes!  The Mesmer technique of placing one under your control can be the first step to mind splitting in adults and older children. We believe Coulon has great skill as a fabricator of an assassin. Usually in assassins there is a person who’s mind is affected who will be blamed.  A professional assassin, or two or three as a team, proceed with the assassination.
“Jean Battola draws a sketch of a bomb casing.  A letter is sent from Coulon to Cailes stating that Battola is coming to Walsall. December of ’91, Jean Battola arrives.  The drawing by Battola of a bomb casing is given to Cailes who gives it to John Wesley and William Ditchfield, fellow attendees at these Saturday night meetings.  No doubt they look at it, think it is interesting.
“January ’92, Battola, back in London, sends Deakin a letter asking him to come down to London to visit.  It’s all set up of course. Deakin is arrested at Euston train station by Melville.  Battola is arrested.  Melville travels to Walsall and arrests Cailes.  Cailes under mind control says John Wesley and William Ditchfield have a drawing of a bomb casing done by Battola.  When the police search the rooms of John Westley and William Ditchfield they find the drawing.
“At the trial, evidence is given that Fred Charles has in his rooms a paper written in French by Victor Cailes called The Means of Emancipation.  Fred Charles is not able to read French, doesn’t speak the language.  He isn’t one of the class structure instructed in French.  The Means of Emancipation, written in French, has information how to make a bomb.  Service agents, agent provocateurs, those skilled in mind control, the shock if people knew what government does to deceive them and the court system.
“Shelley the poet is at the trial for it has great notoriety: ‘Idealist with a far away, dreamy poetic look,’ is Shelley’s words for Deakin.
“A plaster cast of a bomb is produced by the police. This turns against the police at the trial.  The jury do not accept the plaster cast as real.
“But Deakin has made a confession.  Deakin is told by the police Fred Charles is an agent who has set him up. Deakin is afraid.  He is poor.  He knows the police are out to get him and he wants to get off as lightly as possible. He is a fool for confessing, but not so much a fool.  Deakin receives a guilty verdict of five years.  Fred Charles, and mind victims Cailes and Battola receive guilty verdicts of ten years.  Always the mind victims seem to get the harshest sentences.  All of this accomplished so police funding is not cut, which it would have been due to heavy costs coming in for the southern war.
“As time passes, William Morris becomes involved in the movement to free ‘THE BOMBERS.’ Deakin serves his full sentence.  Cailes, Fred Charles and Battola released last year.
“Patrick McIntyre who worked for Melville throws some light. First Detective-Sergeant Patrick McIntyre is a good sort of chap as men go.  I went to visit him.  After McIntyre is reduced to uniform constable, he and his wife take to having proprietorship at the Foresters’ Arms in Southwark. The grudge of McIntyre comes from his being reduced to uniform constable.  McIntyre making a false entry on a report says he arrives at night rather than in the morning, something for a reprimand not a reduction.
“It’s also spread about that McIntyre has an interest in the daughter of one of those he was investigating.  With his wife by his side, when I visited McIntyre in Southwark, I never delved into the subject.  Reynolds in publishing the story on Melville also publishes McIntyre’s story of the agent Coulon, not the mind-control element, something McIntyre may not have been aware.  Usually that is kept as need to know.
“The Walsall ‘bombers’ paid with their time lost in long term prison because they were the class they were.  They knew nothing of how things really work.  They wanted a better future.
“What makes people fabricate lies to place people inside prisons. The prosecutors, the police, the judges?  Those who hold power, Conny, always appoint others like themselves.  There is a mind sickness in individuals who manage to let us say weasel their way to top positions in government and corporations, to top positions of power.
“One might say there is sickness in someone believing he has the right to pervert justice in furthering a political opinion he holds. Judges do this all the time.”
“Ronald was a magistrate.”
“I know, Conny.”
“I’ll bring a paper he wrote for Mayday.  He didn’t give it.  You’ll find it interesting.”
Arthur nods, resumes his singing:
And he walks about the street, With an independent air.

The people all do swear, He is a detective rare.

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For he can lie,

And none can vie, In the list of scamps, none stands so high,

As the D. who broke his gamp at Ardwick Green.

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