Czolgosz’s State of Mind
Celebrated Expert Examines Assassin and Believes
Him to Be Sane.
Buffalo, Sept. 21.—Czolgosz, whose
trial will begin Monday, was examined as to his sanity for one hour
this afternoon by Dr. Carlos F. McDonald, of New York, an eminent
alienist, who for years has been chairman of the board of lunacy
commissioners. The prisoner’s counsel were present at different
times during the examination. At its close Dr. McDonald declined
to discuss the case and the attorneys will not express an opinion,
although the inference drawn from the answers was that they believed
Czolgosz sane. McDonald was brought here through the efforts of
the bar association for the purpose of passing upon the murderer’s
sanity, as the association promised to assist Judges Lewis and Titus,
who were suggested as counsel for the defense by the trustees of
The examination was held in the private
office of the district attorney and preparations for it were kept
Dr. McDonald was alone with the prisoner,
and sat in a chair directly in front of him, stooping down and peering
into Czolgosz’s face.
When questioned as to whether the
prisoner would talk to his counsel, Judge Lewis said:
“He is talking more freely, but he
is not a voluble chap. He has said nothing upon which one might
work in basing the defense.”
At 4:35 o’clock Czolgosz was taken
back to jail, handcuffed to Detective Solomon.
Buffalo, Sept. 21.—Justices Lewis
and Titus who were assigned to defend Czolgosz announced that they
will accept, and will be ready to proceed with the case Monday morning.