The Police Positive That He Had an Accomplice.
Buffalo, Sept. 7.—Although Czolgosz
refused to incriminate any one else in the plot to kill Mr. McKinley,
the police are of the opinion that another man is a party to it.
The man is the one who walked directly in front of Czolgosz, and
shielded him from the sight of the secret service men. The police
have a good description of him, and his arrest may occur at any
There is no doubt, according to the
police, that this man was an accomplice of Czolgosz.
Two or three suspects were picked
up in various parts of the city to-night, but they were released
after undergoing an examination, each one proving an alibi.
Czolgosz does not appear to be insane.
Detective Sergeant John Geary, who stood a few feet from Czolgosz
when he fired the shots, and who caught President McKinley when
he fell, was asked whether, in his opinion, Czolgosz was insane.
“He may be,” said the detective, “but
from all I saw of him, he is just an anarchist.”
Czolgosz is not above the average
height. His face is that of a typical German. He arose at an early
hour this morning, and ate a hearty breakfast.
He appears to be very nervous, and
starts suddenly when any one speaks to him. He proves to be very
elusive in answering questions, however. The police worked over
him until a late hour last night, and they admitted that very little
progress had been made in bringing out facts from him regarding
his past history.
To a reporter, District Attorney Penney
gave the substance of Czolgosz’s confession, as follows:
This man has admitted shooting the
president. He says he intended to kill; that he had been planing
to do it for the last three days. He went into the Temple of Music
with murder in his heart, intending to shoot to kill. He fixed up
his hand by tieing a handkerchief around it, and waited his turn
to get near the president. When he got directly in front of the
president, he fired. He says he had no confederate; that he was
entirely alone in the planning and execution of this diabolical
He says that he is a believer in the
theories propounded by Emma Goldman, whom he heard lecture several
times. He also intimates that he does not believe in our form of
government, and, therefore, that he deemed it his duty to get rid
of the president.
This, in substance, is the confession
of Leon Czolgosz, who is a German-Pole and says his home is in the
vicinity of Cleveland, O. He is twenty-eight years old, unmarried,
and has seven brothers and two sisters living there. He worked for
a time in the wire works at Newark, O. He exhibits no sign of remorse,
and, aside from his nervousness, acts as if he had done what he
considered a praiseworthy, instead of a dastardly act.