Before sentence of death was passed
upon Leon Czolgosz at Buffalo, September 26, his record 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 instruction—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 Bible 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 and educated.