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The Passing of the Barricade

Toward the end of May nearly fifty years ago, were being enacted in Paris the closing scenes of the Commune. Successful for a too short time as it was in demonstrating the administrative capabilities of the working class, it at length fell to the superior military force and to the relentless fury of an alarmed bourgeoisie. In those last days of May 1871 was taught the momentous lesson of the failure of the barricade.

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