The Assassin Sentenced
Czolgosz was sentenced on the 26th ult. to suffer the death penalty
in Auburn prison at some time during the week beginning on October
28th. His life will be taken away by the electric current, according
to the New York law which provides that capital punishment shall
be inflicted in this manner. His trial, covering two days, had consumed
only eight and one-half hours. The jury were ready to pronounce
their verdict without leaving their seats, but in the interest of
orderly procedure they decided to retire for consultation. They
were out thirty-five minutes, and in that time they observed the
formality of balloting upon the questions of the prisoner’s sanity
and guilt. During the trial it was shown that the bullet in Mr.
McKinley’s body had not been found because the family was unwilling
that the search for it should be prolonged. Chemical and bacteriological
investigation proved that Czolgosz’s bullets had not been poisoned.
No testimony for the defense was given at the trial. It is understood
that the alienists who examined the prisoner agreed that he was
sane. When brought to court for sentence the assassin at first seemed
unwilling to say anything in response to the customary question
from the judge. His counsel asked that he be permitted to exculpate
the members of his family. Whereupon Czolgosz said in a low and
“There was no one else but me.
No one else told me to do it, and no one paid me to do it. I
was not told anything about that crime, and I never thought
anything about murder until a couple of days before I committed
He was taken to the penitentiary at Auburn on the 27th by the sheriff
of Erie County. While on the train he maintained his composure.
He expressed sorrow for the suffering of Mrs. McKinley. “Tell my
father,” he said, “I am sorry I leave such a bad name for him.”
Again he declared that he had had no accomplice, saying that no
one had tied the handkerchief. It was not tied, but was loosely
wrapped around his hand. After leaving the train, however, and while
on the way to the prison, he was so frightened that he became unable
to walk. Shivering, moaning and sometimes screaming, he was borne
along by the officers to his cell. The nine anarchists arrested
in Chicago immediately after the attack upon the President have
been released, there being no available evidence against them.