Tracing Career of Czolgosz
Believed to Have Been a Saloon Keeper—Others of
the Same Name.
CLEVELAND, Sept. 7.—Leon Czolgosz,
the man who shot President McKinley, is said to have formerly kept
a saloon at Third avenue and Tod street, this city. Later he was
employed in one of the mills of the American Steel and Wire Company.
Foreman Frank Dalser of the Galvanizing Department of the Consolidated
Mill of the latter company said today: “I know Leon Czolgosz very
well. His father, I believe, lives in the vicinity of Warrensville,
O., on a farm. There are five sons, I think, all residing in this
city. Two or three of them live on Hosmer street. Leon, at one time,
was employed as a blacksmith in the Consolidated Mill. Later he
kept a saloon at Third avenue and Tod street. Later he sold out
the saloon and lived on the farm with his father. I know that Leon
is, or was, an Anarchist. He attended Socialist and Anarchist meetings
very frequently. He is a man of rather small stature, about 26 years
old. The last time I saw him he had a light brown mustache.”
MAY BE THE MAN.
In their search the reporters ran
across a Mrs. John Glowskie. She was in the rear of a house wherein
lived a family named Czolgosz, from whom nothing could be learned
regarding a Leon Czolgosz.
Mrs. Glowskie declared that her husband
had deserted her some time ago and she did not know where he now
was. She further said that he belonged to a society of Socialists
and attended meetings regularly in a hall in the neighborhood. She
was very bitter towards her absent husband and declared he was a
gambler. From another source it was stated that Glowskie was in
Buffalo with a Cleveland saloonkeeper. A letter had been received
from the saloonkeeper the other day to this effect, it was said.
There is significance in the possibility of the would-be assassin
being the saloonkeeper referred to.
Later information concerning the
identity of Czolgosz, the would-be assassin, develops that he is
the son of Paul Czolgosz, who it is said, now lives at 306 Fleet
street, this city. Other members of the family are John, who lives
at home with his father and stepmother; Michael, a soldier now serving
in the Philippines; Vladion, who is on his father’s farm, located
on the Chagrin Falls Suburban line, and Jacob, of Marcelline avenue.
The family is Polish, and evidently
very poor, the father having left home Saturday morning looking
for employment. The stepmother cannot speak English, but gave out
the following interview through the medium of an interpreter. She
“Leon left home about 60 days ago.
We heard from him a few weeks ago. He was then in Indiana and wrote
to us that he was going away, stating that in all probability we
would not see him again.”