Before sentence of death was passed
upon Leon Czolgosz at Buffalo, September 26, his [r]ecord was taken
by District Attorney Penney. It is as follows:
“Age—Twenty-eight years. Nativity—Detroit.
Residence—Broadway, Nowaks, Buffalo. Occupation—Laborer. Married
or single—Single. Degree of Education—Common school and parochial.
Religious instructi[on]— Catholic. Parents, living or dead—Father
living, mother dead. Temperate or intemperate—Temperate. Former
conviction of crime—None.”
When commanded to swear to this
statement, the prisoner did so, showing no repugnance to the religious
oath, but placing his hand upon the B[i]ble and assenting to the
invocation “So help me God” without demur. Beyond doubt, were a
priest admitted to the cell of Czolgosz, and the same course taken
with him as with other murderers of like faith, he would die in
the fold of the church in which he was reared an[d] educated.