Broke Down Completely
President McKinley’s Assassin Faces Approaching
Death with Abject Terror.
Collapsed Completely on Entering the Penitentiary, and Cried and
Yelled in a Pitiful Manner.
ASSASSIN CZOLGOSZ COLLAPSED.
Completely Broke Down on Entering Penitentiary.
Auburn, N. Y., Sept.
27.—Czolgosz, President McKinley’s murderer, in the custody of Sheriff
Caldwell, of Erie county, and twenty deputies, arrived in Auburn
at 3:15 a. m. The prison is only about fifty yards from the depot.
Awaiting the arrival of the train there was a crowd of about 200
people. Either for fear of the crowd, which was not very demonstrative,
or from sight of the prison, Czolgosz’s legs gave out and two deputy
sheriffs were compelled to practically carry the man into the prison.
Inside the gate his condition became worse, and he was dragged up
the stairs and into the main hall. He was placed in a sitting position
on the bench, while handcuffs were being removed, but he fell over
and moaned and groaned, evincing the most abject terror. As soon
as the handcuffs were unlocked the man was dragged into the principal
keeper’s office. As in the case of all prisoners the officers immediately
proceeded to strip him and put on a new suit of clothes. During
this operation Czolgosz cried and yelled, making the prison corridors
echo with evidence of his terror. The prison physician, Dr. John
Gerin, examined the man and ordered his removal to the cell in the
condemned row, which he will occupy until he is taken to the electric
chair. The doctor declared that the man was suffering from fright
and terror, but said that he was shamming to some extent.
The collapse of the murderer was a
surprise to every one. Enroute from Buffalo he showed no indication
of breaking down. He ate heartily of sandwiches and smoked cigars
when not eating. He talked some and expressed regret for his crime.
He said: “I am especially sorry for Mrs. McKinley.” He reiterated
his former statement that he had had no accomplices and declared
that he never had heard of the man under arrest in St. Louis who
claimed to have tied the handkerchief over his hand, concealing
the pistol with which the president was shot. He says the handkerchief
was not tied. He went behind the Temple of Music, arranged the handkerchief
so as to hide the weapon and then took his place in the crowd. By
Jailer Mitchell he sent this message to his father: “Tell him I
am sorry I left such a bad name.”
Czolgosz was in normal condition this
afternoon and seemed to have fully recovered from his collapse.
There are five cells for condemned men in the prison, and Czolgosz
was placed in the only vacant cell, so all are now occupied. Two
keepers are constantly on guard around in the room, which is separated
from the main prison, but, to guard against an attempt on Czolgosz’s
part to commit suicide, two more guards have been added, and one
will constantly sit in front of Czolgosz’s cell, and will have a
key, so that any attempt at self-destruction may be easily frustrated.