Queer Mail for Police
Many Hints as to Torture for Leon Czolgosz.
CAGE HIM WITH RAJAH
OTHER WRITERS PRESCRIBED TICKLING AND ACID
TREATMENT—TIPS FROM THE SLEUTHS.
Gen. Bull gets a bunch of queer mail
nowadays. It is full of Czolgosz. Almost every letter relates to
Czolgosz, what should be done with him, how he should be treated,
how he should be persuaded to confess the tale of conspiracy, how
he should be put to death. The superintendent reads all the letters
and files them away, a few in a pigeonhole, the rest in the wastebasket.
Hundreds of people want a photograph
of Czolgosz to see if they know him or can identify others as anarchists
by having seen them with him. These requests are denied except in
the instances of police and detective bureaus, where the photograph
is wanted for the rogues’ gallery. All the police departments of
big European cities desire photographs.
One letter suggests that the police
should take Czolgosz in his bare feet and strap him to a big plank
or board, face downward. Then two men, each with a feather, should
begin to tickle the soles of his feet and should continue until
Czolgosz confessed. The writer of the letter spoke as one having
authority and experience and said that no criminal, however stoic
and silent, could resist this treatment and rather than undergo
its awful tickling tortures would cry for mercy, and confess to
the truth, lest it caught in a lie he would be tickled again.
Another writer, a banker from a neighboring
State, tells Gen. Bull to take Czolgosz in the dead of night to
Bostock’s on the Midway and there place him in the cage with Rajah,
the man-eating tiger. The banker is willing to pay all the expense
of this matter and also to assume liability for any damage done
A physician or an expert chemist,
evidently, was the author of a long letter containing a list of
“delicious tortures” for Czolgosz. According to the writer the old
bludgeon ways of torturing a man were merciful and benign compared
with the ways now available through the recent strides of science.
He tells of injections, of drugs inserted under the finger nails,
of acids to sprinkle on the body and eat to the bone, to awful concoctions
of agony and frightful convulsions. Above all he would have the
prisoner conscious through all the anguish, and, to this end, the
formula of torture includes restoratives and stimulants.
Some writers think of poisoned food,
others of cold, dripping water on a given spot. One believes in
locking a dead man in the cell with the prisoner. Several suggest
starving him to death.
Old back-country sleuths give the
benefit of their sage advice and tell how simply it all can be done,
in tracing Czolgosz’s actions and in involving Goldman. Gen. Bull
reads most of them. Also he throws most of them away.