Source: Chicago Daily Tribune
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Hanna Thanks ‘Big Jim’”
City of publication: Chicago, Illinois
Date of publication: 10 September 1901
Volume number: 60
Issue number: 253
|“Hanna Thanks ‘Big Jim.’” Chicago Daily Tribune 10 Sept. 1901 v60n253: part 1, p. 2.|
|James B. Parker; James B. Parker (rewards, expressions of gratitude, etc.); Marcus Hanna; James B. Parker (public statements).|
|Leon Czolgosz [in subheading]; Marcus Hanna; James B. Parker.|
Hanna Thanks “Big Jim”
Negro Who Sprang upon Assassin Czolgosz Last Friday the Guest
of the Buffalo Club.
Buffalo, N. Y., Sept. 9.—[Special.]—James Benjamin
Parker, or “Big Jim” Parker, as he is generally called, the negro who jumped
on the President’s assailant on last Friday and would have killed him had he
not been pulled off, received a special invitation from Mr. Hanna to come to
The negro has been a lion ever since last Friday. He has sold the buttons off his coat and waistcoat for sums ranging from $5 to $20 apiece, and finally parted with all the clothing he wore during the struggle, to visitors who wanted them as souvenirs.
It was not until Saturday afternoon, when he had nothing else left, that he had time to get his photographs taken. These went off like hot cakes on Saturday night, and the photographer expects to work his assistants from now on to the close of the show printing pictures.
So when “Big Jim” came around to the Buffalo club this afternoon to see the Senator from Ohio he was resplendent in new raiment and his pockets were lined with greenbacks and jingling with coin.
He was abashed when he was ushered in and found himself a guest of Buffalo’s most exclusive club. Senator Hanna came forward with outstretched hand and shook hands warmly with the negro. He made him a little speech, in which he told Parker how brave he was and thanked him for his loyalty to the President and for his promptness in springing to his assistance.
The Senator asked the negro to tell him just what happened, and Parker in his recital left out much of the trimming with which he has embellished his story to hero-worshiping Pan-American visitors.
“And if they had not ha’ pulled me off I’d ha’ saved the police and the soldiers and everybody else a mighty big sight of trouble,” was Parker’s last remark as the interview closed. Senator Hanna’s eyes twinkled, but he made no comment.