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,”
“Courts have to do with law?”
“Law is made by those who get to parliament.”
“How do they get there! They are not paid!”
“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?”
“I am asking!”
“I don’t believe anyone should vote!”
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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: