Arthur Desmond

DESCRIPTION: "They are stoning Arthur Desmond, and, of course, it's understood... he isn't any good.... He is fighting pretty plucky with his back against the wall." He's condemned "For his awful crime in saying what so many people thought." God will be a better judge
AUTHOR: "An Australian Exile" (possibly Henry Lawson)
EARLIEST DATE: 1893 (Wellington "Fair Play," according to Bailey/Roth-NZ)
KEYWORDS: political prison New Zealand
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Bailey/Roth-NZ, p. 92, "Arthur Desmond" (1 text)
NOTES [61 words]: Arthur Desmond was a radical poet, many of whose works were printed by Bailey/Roth-NZ. He was a radical unionist who twice failed of election to Parliament, took part in the Maritime Strike of 1890, then moved to Australia where he became even more extreme (denouncing women and promoting paganism and apparently violent revolution). He frankly sounds unbalanced. - RBW
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