Trial of the Assassin
Czolgosz’s Case Will Be Taken Up at Buffalo Monday.
An Expert Examines Him as to His Sanity or Insanity,
But Declines to Talk about the Result of the Investigation.
Judge Lewis and R. C. Titus Will Defend the Prisoner.
They Will Not Attempt to Delay the Murderer’s Trial,
But Will Be Ready When the Case Is Called Monday.
The Assassin Is Talking More Freely—The Plans of the Defense Kept
Buffalo, Sept. 21.—Leon F. Czolgosz,
whose trial for the assassination of President McKinley will begin
next Monday, was examined as to his sanity or insanity for one hour
this afternoon by Dr. Carlos F. McDonald, of New York, the eminent
alienist, who was for years the chairman of the state board of lunacy
commissioners. The prisoner’s counsel, former Justices Lorain L.
Lewis and Robert C. Titus, were present at different times during
the examination. At its close, Dr. McDonald declined to discuss
the case, and the attorneys would not express their opinions as
to the assassin’s mental condition, although the inference drawn
from their answers was that they believed Czolgosz to be sane.
Dr. McDonald was brought to Buffalo
through the efforts of President Adelbert Moot and other members
of the Erie County Bar Association, for the purpose of passing upon
the murderer’s sanity, as the association has promised to assist
Justices Lewis and Titus.
The examination was held in the private
office of District Attorney Penny, in the county court hall, and
preparations for it were kept secret. When questioned as to whether
the prisoner would talk to his counsel, as he had refused when Judge
Lewis saw him on Tuesday before the arraignment to say a word, that
venerable judge said:
“He is talking more freely, but he
is not a voluble chap. He said nothing upon which we might work
in basing a defense.”
At 4:35 o’clock Czolgosz was taken
back to the jail. He walked more sprightly and did not have to be
dragged along by the officers as heretofore. When he was being led
back to the jail he chatted quite freely with one of his guards.
His general appearance was more of an ordinary young man of the
so-called middle class. He does not appear to be of the familiar
type of anarchists, nor is he good-looking enough to attract the
second glance of one meeting him.
Ten minutes after the prisoner had
been taken back to his cell in the “murderers’ row,” Dr. McDonald
and Judge Titus left the City Hall together. Dr. McDonald declined
to say a word about the examination when questioned by an Associated
Press representative. Judge Titus said that the alienist would make
a further examination of the prisoner, but that the time had not
been decided upon.
In answer to questions, Judge Titus
“The prisoner talked, but not freely.
He talked considerably to District Attorney Penny and Dr. McDonald,
but was not very communicative with Judge Lewis and myself. I would
not care to say whether he said anything that would serve to help
us in forming a base for defense.”
“Will Dr. McDonald be a witness for
the defense upon the trial?” asked the Associated Press representative.
“Well, we are not calling any defense
witnesses just now. We want to know exactly what he thinks before
we determine that question,” was the judge’s reply.
Asked if the defense could do more
than cross-examine witnesses in the event of the prisoner’s refusal
to aid the attorneys, Judge Titus remarked that the prisoner had
relatives and friends. He said that Czolgosz’s father was not in
Buffalo, as he is a poor man and cannot afford to travel. The judge
said that the prisoner had told him nothing about his friends, but
that all the necessary information in regard to them was in possession
of the counsel. District Attorney Penny says that he has had no
intimation that the defense will not be ready to proceed with the
trial on Monday morning. It will be held before Justice Truman C.
White, in part III of the supreme court. Extensive preparations
are being made to handle the crowds which are expected. One-third
of the courtroom will be given up to the participants in the trial
and the newspapermen. When the remainder of the courtroom is filled
the doors will be shut and the City Hall entirely cleared.