Emma Goldman and Berkman are Ordered Banished

The Evening World/December 8, 1919


U.S. Court Dismisses Writs and Reds Are Sent Back to Ellis Island.

He Gets Loud Kisses.

One Lasting Eighteen Seconds Given Anarchist by Woman Admirer.


Federal Judge Mayer late this afternoon dismissed the application of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman for release on writs of habeas corpus and directed that the two anarchists be turned over to the immigration authorities for deportation. Their attorney, Harry Weinberger, then moved that his clients be admitted to bail pending appeal. This was denied.

Weinberger then asked for a stay of two weeks to enable him to appeal to the United States Supreme Court. This was also denied by Judge Mayer, who said that he would order the deportation order to be stayed until 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile he directed that Goldman and Berkman be taken back to Ellis Island.

Free and unlimited love was demonstrated to a mad throng of cheering “Reds” at the South Ferry house this afternoon when the anarchists set foot on Manhattan soil.

Five hundred “Reds” or more had been waiting at the ferry house since early morning to welcome the returning anarchists. Most of them were not permitted to approach the boat landing, but among the fortunate ones who did get through were Mrs. Stella Ballantine, niece of Miss Goldman, and Miss Eleanor Fitzgerald, described as a “sympathizer.”

She was some sympathizer. She threw both arms around the neck of Berkman and kissed him continuously for a period estimated by some as a minute and a half. The most conservative estimate was 18.4-5 seconds.

Berkman’s horn rimmed glasses slipped up on his forehead and threatened to fall. He could do nothing to save them because his arms were pinioned. He could not call for help because—well, just because. His hat was shifted back over one ear. And still Miss Fitzgerald kept on kissing him. Some said she kissed him twice, but the consensus of testimony is that it was just one long kiss.

A guard finally interrupted it, and Miss Fitzgerald kissed Miss Goldman. Berkman was just getting his breath when Mrs. Ballantine, who had previously been kissing Aunt Emma, whirled and began kissing him—starting where Miss Fitzgerald had left off.

About this time the agents of the Department of Justice got control of the situation. They hustled Miss Goldman and Berkman into a taxi-limousine, which darted away to the court room. The hearing started at 2 o’clock, and the plans of the counsel for the Reds was to keep the litigation going all the way to the Supreme Court at Washington if necessary.

The greatest precautions were taken in and around the Federal Building to prevent any anarchistic outbreak.

(Source: Library of Congress, Chronicling America, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030193/1919-12-08/ed-1/seq-1/#words=Goldman+Palmer+raids+Raids+GOLDMAN&date1=1919&sort=date&date2=1922&searchType=advanced&sequence=1&proxdistance=5&rows=20&ortext=&proxtext=&phrasetext=&andtext=goldman+raid+palmer&dateFilterType=yearRange&index=5)