C“I shot the President because I thought it would benefit the
good working people. I am sorry I did not see my father.”
He had refused to see his father who several times applied for an
interview. The words of the assassin are differently reported by
 different witnesses. Some
give his dying words thus: “I killed the President because he was
an enemy of the good working people.” Others say his last words
were: “I killed the President because he was the enemy of the good
people—the good working people. I am not sorry for my crime. I am
sorry I did not see my father.”
(Leon F., the assassin of President McKinley. He was executed in
the State Prison at Auburn, N. Y., October 29, 1901), 1873-1901.
That [sic] is a curious order
issued by one Department Commander in the Grand Army of the Republic,
forbidding comrades of his command to speak the name of Czolgosz.
The name of the assassin of President McKinley, the commander says,
should never be pronounced by Americans. Consistent with that commander’s
idea and aim, his order does not include the name of Czolgosz, but
refers to the criminal only as the assassin of the President. The
order, of course, will be obeyed, as it is a military order.
The commander’s patriotism may not
be disputed, but the extent of his profit by the lessons of history
is likely to be challenged. When, on the birthday of Alexander the
Great in 356 . .,
the Ephesian Herostratus set fire to the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus,
he committed the crime for the particular purpose of immortalizing
So soon as he acknowledged this to
have been his aim and desire, the Ephesians put him to death and
then enacted a law prohibiting the mention of his name forever.
The law, as a matter of course, effected
just the  opposite of its
purpose. The name of the incendiary might easily have been forgotten
and lost through the ages, with those of nobler and more infamous
men, or of lesser humanity. But it was perpetuated by the historians
of Ephesus; and the name of Herostratus will live on, as will that
of Czolgosz, immortal in infamy.