Emma Goldman Arrested
She Is Arrested in Chicago and Denies Knowledge
of the Assassination.
Chicago, Ill., Sept. 10.—Emma Goldman,
high priestess of anarchy, was arrested here at noon today.
Her manner was defiant. She disclaimed
all knowledge of Czolgosz and his crime, but admitted having met
him here on July 12.
“Do you know your words are what Czolgosz
claims stirred him to shoot the president?” she was asked.
“I do not; I never advocated violence.
I hardly knew the man. I was leaving for Buffalo when Czolgosz had
a few words with me. He said he had heard me lecture at some memorial
last May and wanted to know me. He said that he knew I was in Chicago
and looked me up. I scarcely remember anything about him, save that
his complexion was light.”
“Then how do you know this man is
the one who tried to kill the president?”
“Oh,” with a shrug of her shouldeds
[sic], “I guessed that from what the newspapers said.”
“What did you think when you heard
the attempt to kill the president had been made,” was asked.
She replied disdainfully: “I thought,
‘Oh, the fool.’”
She declared anarchy did not teach
men to do the act which has made Czolgosz despised the world over.
“I am an anarchist, a student of sociology,
but nothing I ever said to Leon Czolgosz could have led him to do
the act which startled everybody on Friday. Am I accountable because
some crack-brained persons [sic] puts a wrong construction
on my words? There may be anarchists who would murder, but there
are also men in every part of life who sometimes feel the impulse
to kill. I think Czolgosz was one of those down-trodden men who
see all which the rich inflict upon the poor, who think of it, who
brood over it and in despair resolve to strike a blow they think
for the good of their fellow men. But that is not anarchy.”
“Czolgosz may have been inspired by
me, but if he was he took the wrong way of showing it.”
Captain Colleran, chief detective,
has sworn out warrants charging Emma Goldman with conspiracy to
assassinate President McKinley.
A message from Chief Bull of Buffalo
asserts that Czolgosz was in Chicago on August 18 in company with
Emma Goldman and Abraham Isaaks. Isaaks and Miss Goldman claim that
they saw him last on July 12. This discrepancy is one of the chief
points which the police are trying to solve. They advance the theory
that the attack on the president was the result of a plot and believe
that the plot was hatched in the west. The warrant served on Miss
Goldman names as co-conspirators Abraham Isaaks, Maurice Isaaks,
Clement Pfeutzer, Hippolyte Havel, Henry Travagolio, Alfred Schneider,
Julia Mechame, Marie Isaaks and Marie Isaaks, jr. [sic],
who were arrested some days ago. The women were allowed to go, but
the men were held without bail and are now in jail.
C. J. Norris, at whose home Miss Goldman
was captured, was arrested later.