As Czolgosz Died
“It was my act; I did it myself.”
These words were spoken by Leon F. Czolgosz shortly after the assassination
of the President. After his conviction he was told that he must
die for his crime, to which he carelessly replied: “I took all that
into consideration before I fired the shots.”
Czolgosz is dead. The law has avenged
the murder of William McKinley. The terrible act of assassination
was conceived by Czolgosz. He studied the consequences of his act
and he was willing to accept the penalty even as it has been meted
out to him.
But the death of William McKinley
is not entirely the voluntary act of the desperate assassin who
was electrocuted this morning. Emma Goldman bears a share of the
crime; so do the publishers of anarchist papers and documents. The
men who lecture in favor of anarchism share the crime of Czolgosz.
The New York conclaves, the Chicago societies, the Cleveland clubs,
the anarchists in Boston, Philadelphia and other places—they all
bear a share in the great crime. They aided and stimulated the weak-minded
Czolgosz. He was anxious to show his devotion to anarchy and its
principles, and he followed the teachings of those subtle anarchists
who preach assassination, and point the way to its commission, but
are careful to avoid the act—the spilling of blood—and depend on
the rashness of those who drink the poison of anarchy to die as
Czolgosz has died this morning.
Czolgosz is dead. The others will
be punished in good time.