The Would-Be Assassin
Buffalo, Sept. 6.—Leon Czolgosz,
the accused and self-confessed assassin, has signed a confession
covering six pages of foolscap, which states that he is an anarchist,
and that he became an enthusiastic member of that body through the
influence of Emma Goldman, whose writings he had read and whose
lectures he had listened to. He denies having any confederate, and
says he decided on the act three days ago, and bought the revolver
with which the act was committed in Buffalo. He has seven brothers
and sisters in Cleveland. Some of them are butchers and others in
different trades. He is now detained at police headquarters pending
the results of the president’s injuries. Czolgosz does not appear
in the least degree uneasy or penitent for his action. He says he
was induced by his attention to Emma Goldman’s lectures and writings
to decide that the present form of government in this country was
all wrong, and he thought the best way to end it was by killing
the president. He shows no sign of insanity, but is very reticent
about much of his career. While acknowledging himself as an anarchist,
he does not state to what branch of the organization he belongs.
would-be assassin is a Pole, 28 years old, stands 5 feet 9 inches
high, weighs 160 pounds, has dark brown hair, blue eyes, smooth
face, regular features with prominent nose. He speaks very good
English, and has claimed to come from Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit,
but has told so many stories that his home is still a matter of
At the home of John Nowaks, 810 Broadway,
it was stated that Czolgosz came here last Saturday. He said he
was from Toledo, and that he came to Buffalo to see the exposition.
He was alone and had no visitors. His valise contained an empty
revolver case and a few clothes.
Detroit, Sept. 6.—Late tonight a newspaper
reporter discovered that a man named Alfred Nieman had boarded at
178 Russell street up to two weeks ago, when he left for Buffalo.
The description of Fred Nieman was read to Alfred Nieman’s former
landlady, and she declared it fitted him, excepting as to the color
of hair. Alfred Nieman was a wagon maker.
Buffalo, Sept. 6.—The police have
just learned that the real name of the would-be assassin is Leon
Czolgocz [sic]. He was born in Detroit and came here from
Chicago, Sept. 6.—Five anarchists
were arrested here tonight on information from Buffalo. One of the
five is Abraham Isekk.
Chicago, Sept. 6.—Six men were placed
under arrest in this city tonight on the charge of being implicated
in the plot to assassinate President McKinley. The men were all
found in one house at the corner of St. John’s Place and Carroll
avenue, on the west side of the city. The arrests were made on information
from the police of Buffalo, who said that the men were members of
a society to which the assailant of the president belonged, and
that they had knowledge of the plot. The police have not yet given
out the names of the men taken into custody, but one of the men
is known to be Abraham Isekk, president of an organization which
bears the name of Free Society. He was formerly editor of a paper
of anarchistic principles, which bore the name of the Firebrand.
The information received by the local police from Buffalo is to
the effect that the plot to kill the president was originated among
the members of the Free Society, and that the Buffalo prisoner was
chosen by lot to commit the crime.