Source: Buffalo Enquirer
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Suggestions on Fate of Czolgosz”
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 9 September 1901
Volume number: 58
Issue number: 36
|“Suggestions on Fate of Czolgosz.” Buffalo Enquirer 9 Sept. 1901 v58n36: p. 12.|
|Leon Czolgosz (incarceration: Buffalo, NY: public response); Leon Czolgosz (incarceration: Buffalo, NY: personal response); R. W. Seager (correspondence); assassination (preventative measures).|
|William McKinley; R. W. Seager.|
Suggestions on Fate of Czolgosz
LONE STAR STATE OFFICER WANTS HIS [sic] SHIPPED TO
TEXAS AS AN ESPECIAL FRATERNAL FAVOR.
The Sheriff of Erie County is being made the recipient of many unique epistles since the attempted assassination of President McKinley. One county officer in Texas requests that the prisoner be sent to Texas at his county’s expense, and the favor will never be forgotten. Today the following letter came in from a supposedly cold-blooded Northerner, who evidently is a man of standing in La Crosse, Wis.:
“To the Sheriff or United States Officer Guarding President McKinley’s Assassin:
“For heaven’s sake, don’t feed that wretch. Manacle his hands behind, and fling in bones for him to gnaw, like a dog. Plenty of bones, that by gnawing constantly, eight hours a day, he may not go hungry. As an object lesson to sane and insane persons, I would recommend that he be thus publicly exhibited in a steel cage, well guarded, just outside the exhibition gates, four hours each day, while feeding or lying on barred floor of cage in bare feet, dressed in clean white duck with a nice rock for a pillow. This exhibition, I believe, would deter further assassinations of presidents and rulers throughout the world.
“The wretch should be exhibited publicly in each city for one week after Exposition closes, giving the whole people an opportunity to witness humane punishment of the greatest of crimes which shock the world. Executions do not remedy the evil.
“R. W. SEAGER.”