Quick Work of Law
Assassin Czolgosz Will Be Indicted Next Week.
Buffalo, Sept. 14.—District Attorney
Thomas Penney to-day took steps to bring Leon Czolgosz, the assassin
of President McKinley, to an immediate trial.
Monday morning Mr. Penney will present
to the county court grand jury, now in session, the evidence of
the crime, and there is no doubt that Czolgosz will be indicted
for murder in the first degree.
County Judge Edward G. Emery will
immediately receive the report of that indictment from the grand
jury. Mr. Penney will move that the indictment be transferred to
the supreme court for trial, as capital offenses cannot be tried
in the county court. Judge Emery will grant the desired order of
Then Czolgosz can be arraigned to
plead to the indictment Monday, September 23. That is the earliest
day upon which the prisoner can be brought before the court, as
at present there is no session of the supreme court. The same day
Justice White will convene the regular September term of part 3
of the supreme court, which part is set aside for the trial of criminal
Should the assassin inform the court
that he has no counsel and that he has no means with which to employ
one, the court will be required to assign an attorney to defend
Mr. Penney is confident that Czolgosz
will be convicted of murder in the first degree—that is, that the
crime was deliberate and premeditated—the penalty for which, under
the laws of New York state, [is] death by electrocution.
Guard Czolgosz’s Family.
Cleveland, O., Sept. 14.—As a precautionary
measure three policemen are stationed within the little dwelling
on Fleet street that shelters the father, stepmother, and younger
brothers and sisters of Leon Czolgosz, the assassin.
Indignation over his crime seems to
have prompted a number of persons with a desire to vent their feelings
on the Czolgosz family, and a fear that the fatal termination of
the president’s illness would be the signal for an outbreak has
caused policemen to be placed on guard. Up to an early hour this
morning no demonstration had occurred.