Negro Defender on the Slab
Philadelphia, April 3. — Before a
class of students at the Jefferson Medical College the body of James
B. Parker, colored, was placed under the dissecting table here.
Parker was the man who beat Louis
Czolgosz to the ground and disarmed him after the latter had fired
two shots into the body of President McKinley at Buffalo on Sept.
At the time of McKinley’s assassination
Parker was a Pullman car conductor, but public praise soon turned
his head and he gave up his position of the railroad. He subsequently
failed to take care of himself[,] succumbed to tuberculosis and
died penniless two weeks ago in the Philadelphia Hospital, where
he was a patient in the insane department.
So far as is known he had no friends
in this city at the time of his death, and the body was turned over
to the State Anatomical Board. In this way it came into possession
of the college authorities.
His brain will be examined by a noted
alienist of the city within the next few days, and it is expected
that it will prove one of the most interesting studies ever made