“Czolgosz’s Confessions” Manufactured
Would-Be Assassin of the President Has Made Only
THAT IS SACREDLY HELD A SECRET.
No One Has Interviewed Him and No One Has Seen the Official
Confession—Known Facts Are Twisted into Talks.
Czolgosz’s confession made to the
District Attorney is held sacredly as an official secret, and no
other connected statement of any kind has been made by him.
Already various newspapers here and
elsewhere are publishing what allege to be “confessions” or “statements”
made by Czolgosz, the would-be assassin of President McKinley, but
it can be said authoritatively that all of those, written in the
first person and purporting to be conversations with the prisoner,
or connected statements from him, are fakes.
All sorts of pressure has been brought
to bear on the District Attorney’s office to get him to give out
the confession, and even bribes are said to have been offered to
certain persons connected with the office to obtain copies or substantially
accurate transcriptions of the statement but without success. The
document remains, and will remain until the time of the trial, in
the District Attorney’s possession.
What is known of Czolgosz’s life and
actions, both before and during his stay in Buffalo, has been given
out as far as is deemed judicious by the police and District Attorney
Penney. A few disconnected statements made by Czolgosz to police
officers have been reported with substantional [sic] accuracy,
but no one has been allowed to interview him and no other confession
than that to the District Attorney has been made.
JUST WHAT IS KNOWN.
Just this much is known of Czolgosz’s
life and actions as told by himself and confirmed, as far as may
be, by District Attorney Penney and the police.
Czolgosz was born in Detroit, is 28
years old and is of Russian-Polish parentage. He went to the public
schools in Detroit and later obtained employment in Cleveland, where
he became first a convert to Socialism and later, through the influence
of Emma Goldman, to Anarchy.
About a week ago Czolgosz came to
Buffalo, but declares he did not then have a definite intention
of killing the President. This is one of the points questioned by
the police and authorities and efforts are being made to discover
whether or not he was the agent of an Anarchists’ plot. He went
to live at 1078 Broadway, John Nowak’s saloon-hotel, and, according
to his statement, decided Tuesday he would shoot President McKinley.
Czolgosz bought his revolver in this
city and made his preparations. He was on the grounds Thursday,
but obtained no good opportunity and decided to make the attempt
at the public reception Friday. It is not true he tried to get to
the President at the railroad gate or that he has said he had any
intention of shooting him there.
AT THE TEMPLE OF MUSIC.
Friday afternoon Czolgosz was at
the Temple of Music early with his revolver in his pocket. He secured
his place in line, but he did not take out his pistol until he entered
the building. Then he drew it with his handkerchief over it and
gathered the cloth around his hand. The details of the shooting
have been told already, many times. Czolgosz admits he is an Anarchist
and of having Anarchists for friends, but maintains his attack on
the President was of his own volition, was not the result of a plot
and was not definitely decided on until Tuesday.
This much is all that is authoritative
in the matter of Czolgosz’s statements in regard to himself and
the matters of demonstrable fact have been already verified. What
he says of his relations to others and the like will be the object
of the most thorough investigation [by] the police and secret service
Again it can be emphasized that all
alleged statements and confessions from the President’s would-be
assassin are manufactured ones, made up of the above facts, woven
in with a few direct quotations from the prisoner which have been
picked up by police and government officers who have talked informally
with him. No interviews are allowed or will be allowed and no one
has had a peep at the one official statement he has made.