Czolgosz Case Now before the Grand Jury
Indictment for Murder, First Degree, Will Be Reported
Assassin Won’t Be Sworn.
The County Court grand jury this
morning began its consideration of the case against Leon Czolgosz,
charged with murder in the first degree in killing President McKinley.
District Attorney Penney is himself presenting the case.
About 20 witnesses assembled in the
District Attorney’s office this morning at 10 o’clock and after
examining a few of them, Mr. Penney took Dr. Herman Mynter into
the jury room. He was the first witness sworn.
Dr. Mynter described the wounds to
the jury and told of the operation which was performed at the Exposition
hospital shortly after the President was shot.
The jurymen were all present, according
to the deputies who guard the entrance. They met and talked for
some time before the introduction of testimony. From their windows
they could see the black and white draperies with which the City
Hall is strung. The wind flapped the black cloths to and fro just
below the windows. All wore stern expressions when they entered
the jury room, leaving but little doubt as to the indictment they
Czolgosz will not be taken before
the grand jury. That announcement was made by Assistant District
Attorney Haller to a photographer who was anxious to make a photograph
of the prisoner.
Many persons were attracted to the
City Hall with the special object of getting a view of the culprit.
They thought he surely would have to appear before the jury that
will indict him and forgot entirely that many times people are indicted
without even knowing that grand juries are considering charges against
The list of witnesses called and to
be called is a large one. Drs. Gaylord and Matzinger, who performed
the autopsy in the presence of the assembled physicians, were among
the first witnesses called. Dr. Gaylord was in the room from 10:35
until 10:50 o’clock. He described the wounds inflicted by the bullet
and the method of making the examination, and Dr. Matzinger gave
similar testimony, the latter being in the jury room about 15 minutes.
Dr. Mann was in the room about 10 minutes, and was succeeded by
Albert L. Gallaher of Chicago, a Secret Service man. Mr. Gallaher
was one of the President’s body guard [sic] and gave testimony relating
to the protection afforded the President.
Attorney James Quackenbush and Louis
H. Babcock were the next witnesses, the former coming from the jury
room at 12:15 o’clock. Both of them were present when the President
was shot and gave important testimony relating to the incidents
of the tragedy. Mr. Babcock remained in the jury room about the
same length of time that Mr. Quackenbush was there. Their testimony
was particularly valuable in view of the fact that both are well
known lawyers and Mr. Quackenbush has had much experience as an
assistant district attorney. They knew just what facts were salient
from a legal viewpoint.
It was apparent after 12 o’clock that
an indictment could not be reported before late in the afternoon.
There are many witnesses still to be examined, and Mr. Haller said
that an adjournment would be taken for luncheon. When this announcement
was made some curious ones departed. The work of examining the witnesses
is not lagging in spite of this fact, only the case is of importance
and the utmost care must be exercised. There are legal reasons for
this, too, one of them being that the President did not make an