The Chicago Socialists are loudly demanding a row. Their picnic, held some weeks since, furnished them a large sum of money, which they invested in muskets and rifles. Last week the Socialistic companies, thus armed, turned out several hundred strong, and paraded the streets. Respectable Chicago was alarmed at this display–especially as the regular militia of that city is a much smaller military body than that the Reds can turn out, and petitioned the Illinois Legislature for a bill prohibiting any other military body than the militia to parade under arms in the streets. It in on this law that the Socialists propose to fight. They claim the constitutional right to bear arms, and their organ declares that if this law is passed they will turn out with arms the very next day to show their defiance and contempt of it. The Chicago Socialists are aware of their strength and power, and propose to try them.
[The New Orleans Daily Democrat, Official Journal Of The Constitutional Convention Of The State Of Louisiana. New Orleans, Tuesday, April 29, 1879. Vol. IV.–No. 132. Pg. 4]