Marx and Engels in Neue Rheinische Zeitung September 1848

The Cologne Committee of Public Safety [292]

Source: MECW Volume 7, p, 450;
Written: about September 23, 1848;
First published: in the supplement to the Neue Rheinische Zeitung No. 112, September 26, 1848.

Cologne, September 23. As already announced in this newspaper, the Committee of Public Safety has notified the authorities here that it has undertaken 1) to co-operate in the preservation of peace and 2) to watch over the gains of the revolution. Herr von Wittgenstein has passed on this news to Public Prosecutor Hecker just as he received it, together with an official request to investigate whether the Committee’s plans in any way constitute a punishable offence.

Poor Herr Hecker! Already overburdened with the duties of his office, he now has also to take over the capacity for judging from the administrative officials!!!