Publication information

Clarksburg Telegram
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Clarksburg, West Virginia
Date of publication: 27 September 1901
Volume number: 40
Issue number: 47
Pagination: 4

[untitled]. Clarksburg Telegram 27 Sept. 1901 v40n47: p. 4.
full text
Leon Czolgosz (trial: personal response); lawlessness (mob rule); law (due process).
Named persons
William McKinley.


     The assassin of McKinley was tried, convicted and sentenced within less than a month after he committed the dastardly deed and within less than a week after the death of his distinguished victim. There was no ostentation, no sensationalism, no demonstration indulged in, but simply a fair and impartial American trial, as is accorded to the high and the low alike. The swiftness and dignity of this trial which will occupy a conspicuous place in history teach [sic] a lesson. The people all clamored for the death of the assassin and advised lynch law, but the government itself protected this vile human being from those who thirsted for his blood and the martyred President’s command that “no man hurt him” was obeyed. The trial shows to our own people that justice is just as swift in this country as ever and that the courts can be relied upon. It shows the nations of the earth that no matter how vile the criminal, he stands upon an equal footing with all in our courts until found guilty and is accorded all the rights and privileges of the laws of the land. This trial was a heavy blow to lynch law and, doubtless, has convinced a great many that there is no necessity for such indulgence by a civilized people.