Source: Akron Daily Democrat
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Czolgosz’s Brother Believed Innocent”
City of publication: Akron, Ohio
Date of publication: 11 September 1901
Volume number: 10
Issue number: 123
|“Czolgosz’s Brother Believed Innocent.” Akron Daily Democrat 11 Sept. 1901 v10n123: p. 1.|
|Michael Czolgosz; Czolgosz family; Michael Czolgosz (interrogation); McKinley assassination (investigation: Barberton, OH).|
|Leon Czolgosz; Michael Czolgosz (brother) [misspelled once below]; David Ferguson; William McKinley.|
Czolgosz’s Brother Believed Innocent
Questioned Closely Tuesday by Barberton Police.
Barberton, Sept. 11.—“Mike Zolden,” who is the
brother of Leon Czolgosz, and who is employed in Barberton at the plant of the
Diamond Match Co., was closeted with Marshal Ferguson, Tuesday and was questioned
to see if he had any acquaintance with the events surrounding the attempt on
the life of President McKinley.
The result of the questions has greatly influenced the officers in the young man’s favor and it is the belief in Barberton that he has had no connection with any plot of anarchists and that he is a different sort of man than his brother.
He has been a resident of the village of Barberton for about six months and was employed at the factory of the Columbia Chemical Co., for about four months.
While he has not been at the Diamond Match factory for a long time he has made friends and was not regarded as anything but a very ordinary sort of a young man. The name “Zolden” was given because he says that English speaking people have difficulty in pronouncing his name correctly. Young Csolgosz has been boarding with a Polish family named Zuloski since he has been in Barberton.
In the course of the examination Tuesday Czolgosz said that he was not in sympathy with the act of his brother and that if Leon shot the President he should be hanged for the crime. Czolgosz is younger than was at first reported and is not much over 20. He has light hair and his general appearance resembles that of his brother, whom he says he has not seen for more than six months.
“Leon is quick tempered and quarrelsome,” he said, “and would as soon pick a quarrel with my father as any one else.”
The Barberton Czolgosz says that he believes in the Bible and that he hopes the President will get well. He declares that he never attended any meetings of anarchists, but that he attended some socialistic meetings years ago. He believes neither in anarchy or socialism.
It was reported in Barberton that this Czolgosz had made threats different times, but an investigation of the matter developed that the report was false.
“Zolden” was not arrested and it is not likely that he will be, as he has proven to the satisfaction of the Barberton Police that he knows nothing of the events surrounding the assassination.