Make Assassin’s Trial a Lesson to Anarchists
“It Should Be Short, Sharp and Terrible,” Writes
“Justice” to The News.
The following letter,
which is to the point, was received at the NEWS office this morning:
Mr. E. H. Butler, Editor the NEWS:
Dear Sir—The eyes of the nation will
be on Buffalo again next week. If the trial of Czolgosz goes on
as most trials do, it will be a week, perhaps two, before he is
sentenced. Meanwhile he and his kind will be well-advertised and
the seeds of like outrages broadly sown.
Now, why can’t our courts do as the
Jersey courts do, get the jury, swear the witnesses and sentence
the prisoner in one day? There is no doubt of guilt here. Only the
forms of law stand between the assassin and his deserts. I, for
one, would like to see this trial last but one session of the court,
be that session two or twenty hours long. Judge, jury and lawyers
can well fast and go sleepless until this stain on Buffalo’s fair
name shall be wiped out. It would be a salutary lesson to the anarchistic
gentry. It would prove to the world that New York and Buffalo intend
hereafter to give them short shrift.
What say you, dear Mr. Editor, shall
the coming trial be short, sharp and terrible in its lesson, or
shall the nation turn away in disgust from the pettifogging possibilities
of New York’s criminal law?