The Czolgosz Family
Make Little Manifestation of Grief over the Execution
of Son and Brother.
Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 29.—A little
group of men gathered this morning in the local office of the Associated
Press to learn of the final act of justice following the assassination
of the country’s late President. This group included the next of
kin, the nearest of all human beings to the assassin Czolgosz—his
father and two brothers—a half a dozen of his former neighbors in
The same seeming indifference that
has characterized the members of the Czolgosz family was maintained
to the end, and when the statement that Leon Czolgosz had been put
to death was made to the old man in Polish, his fingers twitched
nervously for a minute or so, a suspicion of a tear was seen to
come into his dark eyes, and he made a reply to a friend who acted
as interpreter. The old man’s statement was to the effect that inasmuch
as it had to be it was better that it was all over.
When told of Leon’s regret that he
had not seen his father, the assassin’s parent replied pathetically
that had he been asked to go to Auburn he would have done so, but
the news from Auburn had caused him to feel that he was not wanted.
The old man said that he would not have been a witness to the killing
of his son, however, for the scene would have been too much for
his paternal heart.
Other than the suspicion of a tear
in the father’s eye there was no sign of grief from him, and the
two brothers, both younger than Leon, began to ask as to the probable
painfulness of the electrode. The party did not wait to hear details
and soon left for their homes, the father of the assassin to his
daily work in one of the city’s parks, and the two brothers to their