“I Am an Anarchist”
“Press” reporters dug
up Czolgosz’s record without difficulty and established beyond a
doubt the fact that the man was an anarchist. It was learned that
he was an associate of active anarchists, an avowed believer in
anarchy’s principles and a member of their organizations.
Rev. Benedict Rosinski, of St. Stanislas
church, was the first person asked if he knew Czolgosz.
“Slightly,” replied the priest. “I
had always supposed he was a Catholic and I asked him, about four
years ago, for a contribution. He refused to give any. He was pleasant,
but he said he had no religion. I remember the incident well, for
I was much surprised.
“‘No,’ Czolgosz said, ‘I have no religion
and I don’t believe in churches, so I don’t wish to help them. I
AM AN ANARCHIST and you cannot expect me to give anything.’
“ I told him that I certainly did
not, if he were an anarchist, and tried to reason with him. But
it was no use. Czolgosz was firm in his stand, and I left him. I
saw him a few times after that and invited him to my house, expecting
to have an opportunity to drive anarchy out of his head by argument,
but he never accepted.
“While I am no authority on insanity
I am firmly convinced that the man was unbalanced. He acted strangely
when he talked to me and I heard other persons say he was queer.”
A Socialist, Too.
Czolgosz was a member
of the Sila Socialist club, which met at Tod and Third-sts until
it disbanded, three years ago. Sila means force. After that organization
went to pieces, Czolgosz joined other anarchist societies, the names
of which are unknown. He spent a great deal of his time with known
anarchists, talking with them of their doctrines.
Anton Zwolinski, an upholsterer at
2102 Broadway, knew Czolgosz well.
“It was no secret that Czolgosz was
an anarchist,” Zwolinski said.
“He and I belonged to the Sila club
at the same time. When it broke up he joined some other club, but
I don’t know what club it was. He made no secret of his being an
anarchist. I always thought the fellow was a little off.”