Source: Chicago Daily Tribune
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Hint of a M’Kinley Plot”
City of publication: Chicago, Illinois
Date of publication: 23 September 1901
Volume number: 60
Issue number: 266
|“Hint of a M’Kinley Plot.” Chicago Daily Tribune 23 Sept. 1901 v60n266: p. 2.|
|McKinley assassination (investigation of conspiracy: Cleveland, OH); John D. Knox (public statements); Czolgosz family.|
|Leon Czolgosz; Waldeck Czolgosz; John D. Knox; William McKinley; John D. Rockefeller; John Schmunk.|
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
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.