Source: Commercial Advertiser
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Handcuffs Worn by Czolgosz Now in Malone”
City of publication: Canton, New York
Date of publication: 11 February 1913
Volume number: 40
Issue number: 47
|“Handcuffs Worn by Czolgosz Now in Malone.” Commercial Advertiser 11 Feb. 1913 v40n47: p. .|
|Leon Czolgosz (handcuffs); Leon Czolgosz (popular culture); Clarence W. Briggs.|
|Clarence W. Briggs; Leon Czolgosz [misspelled once below]; William McKinley.|
The identity of C. J. Schutman (below) cannot be verified.
Handcuffs Worn by Czolgosz Now in Malone
Malone, Feb. 6.—Clarence W. Briggs
has at his drug store on Harrison Place an interesting relic connected with
Czolgosz, the assassin of President William McKinley. This is the pair of handcuffs
that were worn by Czolgosz when he was taken to and from the court in Buffalo
from the jail where he was confined immediately after his arrest following tragic
events at the Exposition grounds where he fired the bullet which subsequenely
[sic] caused the death of the president.
Th [sic] handcuffs are of heavy make and are designed to hold securely any prisoner upon whom they might be placed. They have been examined with interest by many residents of Malone, who have seen them since they came into Mr. Briggs’ possession a few days ago.
In relating the story of how he came to have the handcuffs Mr. Briggs stated that during the recent race meeting at Montreal he made the acquaintance of C. J. Schutman, a contractor, of Buffalo, who is a part owner of the race mare, Nellie Parker, that won second money in the 2:17 pace at Delorimier Park. Mr. Schutman spent an evening in Malone following the close of the race meeting as Mr. Briggs’ guest, and while in the drug store noticed the large number of birds and small animals, specimens of taxidermists’ work, which Mr. Briggs has gathered from various sources. Mr. Schutman remarked that as Mr. Briggs seemed to have a fancy for curios he would send him a relic of Cozlgosz, which had been in his possession at his home in Buffalo since the time of the arrest of President McKinley’s assassin. He said in explanation that he was a personal friend of the sheriff who was in office at that time and after Czolgosz’s trial the sheriff gave him the handcuffs, which he had since kept, though this grim reminder of a national tragedy was of little interest to him personally.
Mr. Briggs thought little of the incident at the time and was considerably surprised a few days later to receive the handcuffs, which had been sent on by his Buffalo acquaintance in accordance with his promise.