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Source: Evening Telegram
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Face of Czolgosz Analyzed by Expert”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Providence, Rhode Island
Date of publication: 9 September 1901
Volume number: 44
Issue number: 69
Pagination: 1

“Face of Czolgosz Analyzed by Expert.” Evening Telegram [Providence] 9 Sept. 1901 v44n69: p. 1.
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Leon Czolgosz (physiognomical examination); Leon Czolgosz (mental health).
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Face of Czolgosz Analyzed by Expert

     Th[e] first striking thing in his appearanc[e] is the fact that th[e] skull encasing the brain is much larger in proportion to his general physical construction, especially when seen from the front view, and a lin[e] drawn directly over the fac[e] from ear to ear, embracing th[e] eyebrows, will b[e] found very long. This is corroborated when th[e] side view is measured, being even increased when w[e] take into consid[e]ration that th[e] back part of his head is larger than the average.
     The crown of th[e] head, when measured around th[e] top of th[e] head from ear to ear, and when viewed sideways, is likewis[e] very long, which is intensified by th[e] fact that his ears are set somewhat lower than th[e] average.
     In short, this man has be[en?] blessed or cursed with a very active mind which would b[e] well balanced ordinarily wer[e] his physical weight and development greater.
     As it is, how[e]ver, th[e] nervous system centered in the brain is not equally balanced physically. This is usually th[e] cas[e] found in thos[e] types representing the nervous, emotional and hysterical temperament.
     With any high ambition, and thes[e] classes of men generally have such ambition, th[e] mind is readily warped into any given [d]irection that for the moment possesses it.
     Th[e] soft and pathetic expression that is evidenced in the photograph of th[e] man carries with it a sullenness and singleness of purpose that would mak[e] him peculiarly gifted had he given his mental strength to a worthier purpose.
     This man has not any evidence of a Semiti[c] type of fac[e], but rather of a Slavonic type. Taken from a general consideration, however, thes[e] two races present more cases of emotional insanity than all others. This is du[e] to [a] large mental development and general physical weakness and incapacity to nourish the same.



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