Source: Chicago Daily Tribune
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Assassin’s Name Czologosz” [sic]
City of publication: Chicago, Illinois
Date of publication: 7 September 1901
Volume number: 60
Issue number: 250
|“Assassin’s Name Czologosz” [sic]. Chicago Daily Tribune 7 Sept. 1901 v60n250: part 1, p. .|
|Leon Czolgosz (friends, acquaintances, coworkers, etc.); Leon Czolgosz; Leon Czolgosz (mental health); McKinley assassination (eyewitness accounts).|
|Leon Czolgosz [identified as Fred Nieman below]; William McKinley; Louis J. Weichmann.|
The identity of Senator Johnson (below) cannot be determined. Possibly it is a reference to Thomas Halleck Johnson.
The identity of Frederick Lawrence (below) cannot be determined. Possibly it is a reference to F. B. Lawrence of (at this time or later) the Fostoria Glass Company.
The identity of Frederick Vanderwater (below) cannot be determined.
Assassin’s Name Czologosz [sic] [excerpt]
Anderson, Ind., Sept. 6.—[Special.]—Among the people who congre[g]ated about the bulletin boards tonight there was an unknown man, who casually remarked that he was [a]cquainted with Fred Nieman. The stranger [sa]id he became acquainted with Nieman in Detroit, but had not met him for over two y[ears] p[as]t. He [sa]id Nieman was a printer in Detroit until he became violently insane, and then began roaming over the coun[t]ry. Am[o]ng those who heard the stranger talk toni[g]ht were Prof[ess]or L. J. Weichman, Senator Johnson, and Frederick Lawrence, the glass manufacturer.
Says He Knows Nieman.
Lockport, N. Y., Sept. 6.—[Special.]—Frederick
Vanderwater of Detroit, who is in Lockport this [e]vening, claims that he was
an [eye-witness] to the shooting of the President. He says he is slightly acqu[a]inted
with Fred Nieman of Detroit, the man who did the [s]hooting. He [sa]id:
“I was near McKinley when Nieman walked up to him, apparently for the purpo[se] of shaking his hand. He looked n[e]rvous and excit[e]d at the time, but I paid no attention to thi[s] and it made no impression on me until [after] h[e] shook the handkerchief from the conc[ea]led weapon and fired.
“I in[s]tinctiv[e]ly reached back toward my hip pocket. It wa[s] my intention to shoot the [assassin] on the spot, but my judgment returned in tim[e] to save me from so rash a deed. I work[e]d my way out of the crowd [as] rapidly [as] po[ss]ible and left the grounds.
“Nieman [is] a r[a]ttled-brained fellow. He is a cigaret [sic] fi[e]nd, and there is hardly any doubt that he i[s] and h[as] been mentally unbalanced for [s]ome time. I don’t believe he is an Anarchist, [as] there is no organization of Anarchists in D[e]troit. Nieman came from Poland. I [s]hould think he is about 24 year[s] old or ther[ea]bout[s]. He always was a shiftl[ess] f[e]llow, and wa[s] employed in the Delray proce[ss] [sa]lt works [a]t Detroit. There are other Fred Nieman[s] in Detroit.”