What sort of a town is Auburn, N.
Y.? Is it the same town where a state penitentiary exists and where
the prison authorities did their duty so admirably and without sensation
in the execution of Czolgosz? In that town a wax figure of Leon
Czolgosz, the miserable assassin of President McKinley, was exhibited
last week, and accounts say that thousands of people flocked to
see it. Moreover, the museum manager had Waldeck Czolgo[s]z, the
brother of the assassin, as one of the attractions. It was the business
of this brother to lecture to the crowds and to declare that justice
had been done that brother when the state executed him by electricity.
The entire community is humiliated by a spectacle which the despatches
[sic] say was a “star attraction.” The manager was pessimist
enough to bebelieve [sic] that the morbid “attraction” would
bring money into his till. And he was right. But who were the people
to whom this manager pandered? Certainly, they were not the intelligent,
patriotic citizens of the greatest state in the country. And if
not, then it must be admitted that we have a class of persons living
in this country as illy fitted for citizenship as Czolgosz himself.
Either conclusion is shameful.