Publication information

Evening Telegram
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Auburn Chief Talks of Assassin”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Syracuse, New York
Date of publication: 27 September 1901
Volume number: 45
Issue number: 35
Pagination: 6

“Auburn Chief Talks of Assassin.” Evening Telegram [Syracuse] 27 Sept. 1901 v45n35: p. 6.
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Charles E. McMaster; Leon Czolgosz; Leon Czolgosz (removal to Auburn State Prison); Charles E. McMaster (public statements); Leon Czolgosz (public statements).
Named persons
Leon Czolgosz; Charles E. McMaster [misspelled twice below]; William J. O’Brien.

Auburn Chief Talks of Assassin

     Chief of Police Charles E. McMaster of Auburn, who was in charge of the fifteen men who were in charge of Leon Czolgosz in his trip from Buffalo to Auburn this morning, arrived in this city early this morning and paid a visit to Deputy Chief William O’Brien.
     Chief McMasters said that Czolgosz appeared to take no interest in his surroundings. He was in the same sullen humor that has characterized him during his entire stay in Buffalo. He cared only to smoke, and one cigar followed another.
     “We were all somewhat surprised when one of the reporters who accompanied us on the train asked Czolgosz if he regretted his deed,” said the chief. “For a moment the assassin seemed to be awakened from his trance. He straightened himself out and exclaimed:
     “‘I am sorry I did it now. If I had it to do over again I would never have assassinated the president. But I committed the act myself and no one else is to blame.’”
     Chief McMasters said that notwithstanding the statement by the assassin he is not convinced that there were no accomplices. He said that a large crowd of people were on the watch for the assassin in Buffalo, and that perhaps one in ten people saw him, as he was handcuffed to one of the jailers, and was in the center of a group of fifteen men, all dressed in civilian garb.