Secret Service Men Blamed for Carelessness
Massachusetts Artillerymen Say That the Negro Parker
Did Not Figure
at All in Arrest of Czolgosz.
Boston, Sept. 9.—Among
the arrivals from Buffalo yesterday were the of[fi]cers and men
of Company C, First Heavy artillery, who had been on a visit to
the exposition city. They had gone as a private party, without arms,
but in uniform, and were within 1[5?]0 feet of the pre[si]dent when
he was shot.
Their description of the scene after
the shooting differs from those already published. Accordingto [sic]
their story the negro Parker had nothing to do with the arrest of
Czolgosz, the would-e [sic] assassin. They lay blame on the secret
service men for not having been as careful with Czolgosz as they
had been with others whose appearance might have been suspicious.
One of the officers, who
refused to permit the use of his name, said
yesterday to a reporter:
“As a file of people approached
the spot where the president stood receiving
and shaking the hands of the people, those
who carried bundles or packages were unceremoniously
put out of the line and told to go to the rear.
“This was evidently done
to prevent any chance of a
Weapons [sic] Being Carried.
in concealment to be drawn at the proper
time to use against the life of President McKinley.
“Some of the men of our company, although
in unuiform [sic] of soldiers, and not at all likely to aruse [sic]
suspicion, were put out of the line and forced to take places at
the rear because they had bundles.
“Yet this precaution was not made
use of when Czolgosz approached. He had his right hand done up in
a handkerchief and held it to his breast with his left hand. Why
he was allowed to pass on in this attitude that should arouse the
suspicion of a trained detective we could not understand, particuuarly
[sic] when others far less suspicious in appearance were put out
of the ranks and sent to the rear where they could be more easily
“Through whatever mischance or careless
[sic] on the part of the 22 secret service men about the presidential
party this was allowed, Czolgosz reached the president, and did
the deed he had meditated. And here again the honor of seizing the
anarchist and taking his revolver from him has been given to those
who do not deserve the credit.
“It was not to the negro Parker
but to two privates of the Fourteenth United States
infantry that the credit of having seized and
disarmed Czolgosz is due, and in connection with
this the part played by the secret service
men is not altogether creditable.
“When the shots rang out,
and they came so close together that it seemed
almost as if only one shot was fired, a hush
of fear fell on the multitude.
“Everyone in the vast
throng seemed to feel that some tragedy had happened,
but just what it was was not known outside the
immediate entourage of the president. The
stillness for an instant was so great that
a pin might have been heard fall.
“But while the hush was
over the rest of the crowd, two of the eleven men
of the Fourteenth infantry, O’Brien and Brooks,
had fallen on the man who did the shooting
and bore him to the ground. O’Brien dragged the
revolver from his hand, and with Brooks pulled
him to his feet.
“Then the secret service men seemed
to recover from their shoc [sic], and detective Ireland jumped forward
and struck Czolgosz in the face, and the other of[fi]cers jumped
on him and bore him back to the ground. When he was raised again
he was bleeding from cuts and bruises and shook his head to clear
the blood from his eyes, much as a dog shakes himself to throw off
water from his body.
“O’Brien and Brooks had been
thrust aside by the onset of the secret service
men, but O’Brien still held on to the revolver. Ireland
demanded it from him, but it was refused, O’Brien
answering that he did not know the man who made the
“Ireland then said he was
a secret service officer, and again demanded
“Again it was refused, and to a demand
to deliver it up, O’Brien answered that he did not take orders from
any one but his own superiors. Just then a corporal of the Eleventh
came up, and to him O’Brien gave up the weapon. The struggle between
the secret service men to get the rvolvr [sic] and the infantryman
to keep it for his own officers last [sic] some ten minutes.
“In the meantime the president ha[d]
been cared for and brought away. When he was shot he put his hand
to his breast
And Turned Deathly Pale
He said something inarticulate, and appeared aboutt
o [sic] faint.
“As soon as the throng of people understood
what had happened there was a cry raised to lynch the assassin,
and some of the Massachusetts soldiers who were near eonugh [sic]
to hear, say that the president called out not to lynch his assailant,
but to hold him.”