Czolgosz’s Face Is That of Hardened Criminal,
Fredonia Expert’s Opinion of the Assassin’s Character
from That of the Buffalo Police.
Those who make it their business
to study the faces of criminals say that if the ears in the photograph
of the man in question extend above a line drawn across the top
of both eyes, he has the primary characteristics of a criminal.
This characteristic the cowardly assassin, Czolgosz, has not.
George W. Nightingale of Fredonia,
a self-styled expert physiognomist, says that after seeing the photograph
of the Anarchist in The Courier last Sunday he intently studied
his face with a view to determining his traits of character.
Nightingale summed the situation up
and in a letter addressed to The Courier tells his professional
opinion of Czolgosz.
“In last Sunday’s Courier,” the letter
states, “I saw the reproduction of the photograph of Czolgosz, the
Anarchist who mortally wounded the President. I have been asked
by many friends to read his face to determine his characteristics
and to give them my opinion.
FACE THAT OF A CRIMINAL.
“I have studied his face carefully
an hour at a time on several occasions. This is my conclusion: He
is not one of the innocent men. The authorities will find him a
very hard man to handle. I note the features denoting strong determination,
strong will power and a stubborn disposition. He is a man that cannot
be driven. His face is that of a criminal and if given his liberty
he would commit the same deed again. He is deep in thought and nothing
concerning the others will ever be found out from him.
“From the shape of his head I conclude
that to a great degree he is a coward. He would lack the quality
of self-defense. The end of his chin denotes that it is that of
a deep plotter and a man that could not be trusted, but a man not
easily led by others. The crime he committed has been given great
thought, which covered a considerable space of time. He is like
a cat; he commits deeds by stealth.”
DISAGREE WITH NIGHTINGALE.
No one disputes the fact that he
is not of the innocent type. The police disagree with Nightingale,
however, as to his face being that of a typical criminal. He lacks
many of the characteristics of real criminals. As to his quality
of not being easily led, the police again draw different conclusions.
They declare that Emma Goldman’s inflammatory literature and incendiary
speeches made Czolgosz fall easy prey to the wiles of the Anarchists.