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Source: Feilding Star
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “A Female Czolgosz”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Feilding, New Zealand
Date of publication:
18 November 1901
Volume number: 23
Issue number: 120
Pagination: [2]

 
Citation
“A Female Czolgosz.” Feilding Star 18 Nov. 1901 v23n120: p. [2].
 
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Keywords
assassinations (comparison).
 
Named persons
Napoléon Bonaparte; Leon Czolgosz; Géraud-Christophe-Michel Duroc; Charlotte Encore; William McKinley.
 
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A Female Czolgosz

     In view of the late President McKinley’s likeness to Napoleon, so much commented on in his later years, it is an odd fact that Czolgosz’s Judas-like method of killing the man who held out to him the hand of friendship has a distinct parallel in an attempt on the life of the great Bonaparte, only in this instance the assassin was a beautiful woman, and her request was a kiss, not a handshake. The Emperor was riding through Abbeville one July day in the year 1804, accompanied by a small bodyguard, when a lovely young widow stepped forward in his path, her eyes brimming with tears, her white hands, covered with jewels, held out in supplication. Might she beg one kiss, one embrace, from the greatest man in the world, and die happy?
     Her eyelashes (says the chronicle) were very long, her lips pathetic with pleading. She was very charming. The mightiest tyrant in the world saw these things and—doubtless appreciated the citizen’s patriotism. He moved to comply, graciously. But General Duroc flung himself forward, seizing the woman, and dragging her to the ground. “My God!” he said. “Look at her wrist!” And, sure enough, there lay a poisoned stiletto, firmly tucked in a bracelet on the right wrist, and clutched by those soft, white fingers ready for deadly use. She died on the rack, unrepentant and incognito, calling herself “Charlotte Encore” to the last. Her identity remained always a mystery.

 

 


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