Publication information

Free Society
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Author(s): Americus [pseudonym]
Date of publication: 17 May 1903
Volume number: 10
Issue number: 20
Pagination: 4

Americus. [untitled]. Free Society 17 May 1903 v10n20: p. 4.
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Leon Czolgosz (mental health).
Named persons
Walter Channing; Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley.


     The Boston Courier in an editorial, after considering the evidence adduced by Dr. Walter Channing, a well-known alienist, concludes that the assassin of McKinley was insane at the time of the deed, his insanity having resulted from prolonged ill health. Whether this conclusion is true or not does not concern us here, it it [sic] the deliciously unconscious humor which is expressed in the closing lines of the editorial with which we have to deal. They read:

     But what is the practical inference? (from the fact (?) that Czolgosz was insane.) Are not all Anarchists really insane?

     What logic! The editorial states that Czolgosz was insane before he became an Anarchist and then asks if all Anarchists are not insane. By such reasoning it could be proved that if a man was insane before he became a Christian all Christians must therefore be insane. Is the editor of The Boston Courier insane, or ishe [sic] a wordy windbag?