Hint of a M’Kinley Plot
CLEVELAND POLICE THINK THEY HAVE CLEW TO CONSPIRACY.
Detectives at the Ohio City Discover That Waldeck Czolgosz, Brother
of the Assassin, Sent Him Money a Month Ago—Both Boys Were Radical
Socialists, and Even a Year Ago Predicted
That the President Would Not Live to Serve Out Second Term.
Cleveland, O., Sept. 22.—Investigations
made today by the police reveal the possibility that a plot to assassinate
President McKinley was made a year or more ago, before he was elected
for his second term, and that it may have been laid in Orange Township,
where the Czolgosz family lived.
A remittance made to the assassin
by his brother, Waldeck Czolgosz, about a month ago, led to the
investigation that may have an important bearing on the case.
The fact that Czolgosz had money impelled
the detectives to try to learn whence he got it. Today his brother,
Waldeck Czolgosz, confessed to having sent it to Leon under the
name of Frank Snyder at West Seneca, N. Y.
Brother a Socialist, Too.
In his search for clews today Detective
Schmunk learned from the neighboring farmers that the Czolgosz boys,
Leon and Waldeck, have been readers of Socialist papers for several
years. John D. Knox, an aged farmer, who lives in the vicinity of
the former Czolgosz farm said today:
“The two boys, the one that shot the
President, and Waldeck, used to come to my house and talk to me
about their Socialist papers. They brought their papers to me, and
tried to get me to read them.
Threatened McKinley Then.
“Once when they were here during
the last Presidential campaign they got to talking about President
McKinley, and one of them said: ‘If he is elected he will be shot
before he serves out his term,’ and then went on, ‘I’d serve John
D. Rockefeller the same way if I got a chance.’ They talked violence
all the time and I was glad when they went out of the neighborhood.
“Almost every night there was a crowd
of people from the city at their house.”
It is said that Leon’s father, sister,
and brothers are going to Buffalo shortly and the police believe
when they confront Leon that he will break down and reveal all that
is now a mystery in regard to the shooting of the President.