Source: Burlington Free Press
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “The Czolgosz Family”
City of publication: Burlington, Vermont
Date of publication: 31 October 1901
Volume number: 76
Issue number: 18
|“The Czolgosz Family.” Burlington Free Press 31 Oct. 1901 v76n18: p. 2.|
|Czolgosz family (informed about execution); Leon Czolgosz (execution: personal response).|
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 this city.
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 respective employments.