Source: Daily Picayune
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Poles Repudiate Him”
City of publication: New Orleans, Louisiana
Date of publication: 9 September 1901
Volume number: 65
Issue number: 228
Pagination: 1, 7
|“Poles Repudiate Him.” Daily Picayune 9 Sept. 1901 v65n228: pp. 1, 7.|
|McKinley assassination (public response: Polish Americans); resolutions (Polish American societies); telegrams (Polish American societies).|
|Leon Czolgosz; Ida McKinley; William McKinley; John A. Seraphin; Joseph Slomkowski.|
Poles Repudiate Him
A Philadelphia Meeting Says Czolgosz is Not a Pole.
Philadelphia, Sept. 8.—Four hundred Polish-Americans
gathered in St. Laurentius’ Roman Catholic church to-day, passed resolutions
deploring the shooting of President McKinley, and protested against the statement
that the would-be assassin was connected with the Polish people of this country.
Among those present were five Polish priests. The resolutions, after regretting
the attempted murder, continue as follows:
“Resolved, That we, as Roman Catholic Polish citizens of the United States, protest most energetically against the insinuations of the English newspapers that the anarchist who raised his sacrilegious hand against the highest authority of the great republic had any connection with the Polish people residing in these states. The would-be assassin is a Hebrew by birth, but professes to be an agnostic or atheist. The Polish nation can boast of never having produced a man who would stain its reputation by attacking a lawful authority, because imbued by Christian principles. It is well aware that all lawful authority comes from God, and that it must be respected.”
Separate telegrams of sympathy were sent to both the president and Mrs. McKinley. They were signed by Joseph Slomkowski, chairman of the meeting,  and John A. Seraphin, secretary. Seventeen Polish-American societies, it is claimed, were represented at the meeting.