Czolgosz May Be Tried Next Week
Case Will Go to the County Court Grand Jury Monday
CRIMINAL TERM TRIAL.
Unless Legal Delays Are Interposed, Action Will Be Begun in Court
JUSTICE WHITE WILL PRESIDE.
Czolgosz Says He “Does Not Want a Lawyer,” Which Leads to the
Belief He May Plead Guilty of the Crime.
Unless some accident prevents or
District Attorney Penney changes his plans those of the public who
are lucky enough to get into court will have their first opportunity
to see Leon Czolgosz, the anarchist murderer, about the middle of
next week, when he will be arraigned before Judge Emery in the County
Court on the transfer of the indictment, which, it is expected,
the grand jury will return against him either Tuesday or Wednesday
of next week. Since his arrest Czolgosz has been so closely confined
in the dungeon at Police Headquarters that none but the highest
police and government officials have had a chance to see him.
There will undoubtedly be an immense
crowd about the City Hall and the court when he is arraigned, but
the Sheriff will take care to guard his prisoner well. The authorities
do not expect any trouble, but should trouble occur they will be
Yesterday afternoon Mr. Penney stated
that the case against the assassin will be presented to the County
Court grand jury on Monday.
“All dispatch will be used and he
will be indicted and tried as fast as the law can act,” said Mr.
Penney. “I did contemplate asking the Governor to call a special
session of the Supreme Court to sit next Wednesday, but after considering
the situation in all its phases I have thought it best to have the
man indicted by the present grand jury, arraign him in the County
Court and have his case transferred to the Supreme Court, where
it will be tried as soon as possible.”
BEFORE JUSTICE WHITE.
This means that Czolgosz will, in
all probability, be tried by Justice White, who is scheduled to
sit at the Criminal Term of the Supreme Court which convenes on
Monday, Sept. 23, a week from tomorrow.
Mr. Penney spent the greater part
of yesterday forenoon and the early afternoon at the Milburn house,
awaiting the technical verdict of the physicians and surgeons on
the cause of the President’s death. Then he returned to his office
and held a short conference with County Judge Emery concerning the
procedure that will have to be gone through in transferring the
indictment that will be found against Czolgosz from the jurisdiction
of the County Court to that of the Supreme Court, as though a man
may be indicted for an offense punishable with death by a County
Court grand jury, only the Supreme Court can try a case in which
the extreme penalty may be imposed.
The District Attorney has all his
evidence in such shape that enough for securing an indictment can
be presented at once. Subpoenas will be served on witnesses today.
Some were served last night. All will be summoned by tomorrow morning.
There are a large number of witnesses, but it is thought that it
will not be necessary to have each and all of them testify before
the grand jury as in some instances the stories of two or more are
practically the same.
The assassin has not yet asked for
any counsel and at the last interview Mr. Penney had with him he
said that he didn’t want any. Mr. Penney says, however, it is likely
that the court will assign some lawyer to defend him.
MAY PLEAD GUILTY.
Whether Czolgosz will plead guilty
or not, the authorities do not state. Some think that he may plead
guilty and then try to justify his dastardly act by quoting anarchistic
From what Sheriff Caldwell said last
evening it appears that Czolgosz will very likely be confined in
the County Jail, just across from the City Hall.
“I won’t run any chances with the
wretch,” said the sheriff; “while he is in my custody he won’t get
any chance to escape. Neither will crowds have an opportunity to
harm him as I intend to bring him to and from the court through
the tunnel under Delaware avenue. I will take personal charge of
him while he is in my custody.”
Last week ironworkers were hammering
and banging inside the Jail. Though the sheriff will not say definitely,
it is supposed they were preparing safe quarters for the murderer
so that when he is to be taken to court it will not be necessary
to transport him through the streets, but, as the sheriff says,
can be taken through the tunnel connecting the City Hall with the
CZOLGOSZ GRAND JURY.
The following are the grand jurors
of the County Court grand jury before whom Mr. Penney says he will
present Czolgosz’s case: Wellington Beebe, cheese manufacturer,
Aurora; Theodore Krehbiel, farmer, Clarence; Frederick Rensler,
farmer, Hamburg; George C. Bryant, baggageman, 26 Ross avenue; Wheeler
G. Holmes, 2d, farmer, Aurora; Orton G. V. Sampson, R. R. clerk,
Bloomfield street; Albert E. Gray, insurance, Aurora; Richard H.
Bell, mushroom grower, Newstead; Nelson A. Hyde, retired, Sardina;
Robert L. Loud, piano dealer, 300 Norwood avenue; William Henry
Willett, farmer, North Collins; George J. Britting, farmer, Alden;
Isaac W. Gail, farmer, Wales; Christian F. Heltz, farmer, Hamburg;
Robert G. Purvis, purchasing agent, 114 Mayer avenue; C. J. Bostwick.
The jury was sworn in by Judge Emery
on September 9.