Source: Burlington Hawk-Eye
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Czolgosz Will Not Talk”
City of publication: Burlington, Iowa
Date of publication: 20 September 1901
Volume number: 63
Issue number: 88
|“Czolgosz Will Not Talk.” Burlington Hawk-Eye 20 Sept. 1901 v63n88: p. 2.|
|Frank A. Olszanowski (public statements); Leon Czolgosz (interrogation); McKinley assassination (investigation of conspiracy: Buffalo, NY); Leon Czolgosz (legal defense); Leon Czolgosz (trial: predictions, expectations, etc.).|
|Leon Czolgosz; Loran L. Lewis; Frank A. Olszanowski [misspelled below]; Thomas Penney; Robert C. Titus.|
Czolgosz Will Not Talk
Says He Killed the President and Only Did His Duty.
Buffalo, Sept. 20.—The Courier this morning prints
“What’s the use of talking about that? I killed the president. I am an anarchist, and simply did my duty. That’s all I’ll say.”
Czolgosz said those words to-day to Frank A. Olozanowski, editor of the Buffaloski, a Polish newspaper, but would say nothing further. Olozanowski paid his second visit to the assassin’s cell. He was sent by the district attorney in pursuance of the vain efforts to move the prisoner’s stubborn tongue. Last week Olozanowski was unsuccessful in his attempts.
“Czolgosz talked freely on every subject which I suggested, except his crime,” said Olozanowski. “His conversation would have been entertaining, coming from a man other than the president’s assassin. He talked on Polish alliance and a variety of other subjects, but when I spoke of his crime he merely said:
“‘What’s the use of talking about that? I killed the president. I am an anarchist. I simply did my duty. That’s all I’ll say.’
“Czolgosz spoke earnestly and determinedly. I tried him several ways, but he would not add a word to his declaration. I don’t believe anyone has any more from him about the crime. Czolgosz is intelligent, and I don’t believe he will tell more.”
District Attorney Penney is getting his case ready and unless some clear evidence pointing to a conspiracy is secured, it will not take more than half a day to prove the plain charge of murder. Although working hard and running down all promising clews, the prosecution confesses now that it has no proof of a conspiracy and seems unable to connect Czolgosz with any plan made by other anarchists. Unless new proofs are unearthed before Monday, attention will be concentrated on a speedy administration of justice.
The plan of defense will be mapped out to-morrow by Judges Lewis and Titus, if they conclude to take up the case.
Judge Titus has not given his final consent, but has sent word that he will meet Judge Lewis to-morrow and announce his intentions.
The best calculators now give Czolgosz five weeks to live. The trial is scheduled to last only three days. Two days must elapse, then, before sentence is pronounced, and the prisoner is granted by law at least four weeks in which to prepare for death. This would bring the execution five weeks from to-morrow, Friday.