The Experts and Their “Facts”
In Fpositively demonstrated that the crime of Leon Czolgosz
was the effect of insane delusions that had pursued him thru life
and continued to the day of his death.” I gather from Wat Tyler’s
article that the evidence which led to the “positive demonstration”
was procured thru interviewing Czolgosz’s family. From that evidence
it appears that the rebel, who has been the victim of so many scientific
(?) demonstrations, was fond of his own company, that he loved to
read and think and sleep, that—like the average American citizen—he
studied the Almanack.
S of February 14, Wat Tyler comes
forward with the information that “thru a scientific investigation
conducted by Drs. Channing and Briggs of Massachussets [sic], it
It may not be out of place to remark
that all the people I know do these things, myself including. Nearly
all the people I know have faith that certain things forecasted
in the Almanack “come true.” They are practical people for the most
part, and  their sanity unquestioned.
Dr. Briggs further learned that Czolgosz prepared and ate his food
apart from the family. These are the main points gathered by this
latest scientific investigation, the summing up of which led Dr.
Channing to declare “indicated a considerable degree of mental impairment,
probably amounting to actual disease.”
Now, it is a well known fact among
radicals that there are comrades who are considered by their relations
to be insane or depraved because of the strange views they hold,
so at variance with popular tradition. The fact that Czolgosz’s
family practically deserted him in his extremity, that they were
Catholics, while he had repudiated religion, shows that the ties
of kinship as well as sympathy had long been broken between them.
This, coupled with ignorance and fear for their personal welfare,
make [sic] their testimony weak, and the weakness extends to the
conclusions drawn by the learned gentlemen. Moreover, we learn by
another scientific investigation thru material evidence gained in
a post mortem, that mentally and physically Leon Czolgosz was in
perfect health, if anything the brain being better than the average.
It matters not that these experts added a postscript to the effect
that the subject was “socially diseased,”—physically and mentally,
they demonstrated by a careful examination that he was sane and
healthy. I will call their decision Scientific Demonstration No.
1[.] Drs. Briggs and Channing, by holding a post mortem over a lot
of gossip and second hand [sic] information in the shape of opinions
gathered from “Tom, Dick, and Harry,” give us Scientific Demonstration
No. 2, viz: that “a considerable degree of mental impairment[”]
existed, “probably amounting to actual disease,” and that Czolgosz’s
act was the culmination of insane delusions. When scientific experts
thus differ and contradict each other’s conclusions, it is well
to be a little modest in regard to things being “positively demonstrated.”
The words a typical regicide convey about as much meaning
as does socially diseased. It is enough to make one weep
tears of wrath and pity, when we consider how so-called learned
men, in the name of science, tax human credulity in the effort to
prove a king-slayer either insane or a natural fiend.
But who ever desired to hold a post mortem over the rulers who slay
thousands in invasive wars to satisfy the lust of conquest and greed?
The public executioner, who expresses so much pleasure over his
neat method of killing a fellow being, and the harmonious details
connected with the proceeding, never interests our savant. A great
naval officer who speaks of a sea fight he took part in, where hundreds
of poor men lost their lives, as “the most beautiful sight he ever
saw,” they silently ignore, and so long as they do, thus ignore
licensed murderers, and express not the slightest interest in discovering
why the ruling class kill and take pleasure
in killing, I shall regard with contempt their scientific (?) researches
that demonstrate, by their very onesidedness [sic], what fools,
knaves, and hypocrites these searchers [sic] are. Had Messrs. Spitzka,
McDonald, Channing and Briggs, held a post mortem over the industrial
condition of this country and the crimes of those in power instead
of dissecting the remains of Leon Czolgosz and a lot of gossip,
they might have demonstrated a few facts that would prove those
conditions responsible for human explosions like that at Buffalo.
As it happened they preferred to ignore social conditions and assume
that Czolgosz was either insane or a fiend incarnate. In regard
to those “Anarchists who tacitly accepted Czolgosz at his own estimate,”
being mistaken in such acceptance, I heartily concur with
Comrade Tyler. A rebellious workingman who deliberately gives his
life in exchange for that of a worthless hulk of a ruler has such
a very modest estimate of his own value, that I for one would not
dream of taking it. While I mourn for every noble life that has
thus been given, I recognize and accept the act as the supreme protest
of a brave and generous heart against “the curse of government.”
Caplinger Mills, Mo.