An indisputable fact in connection
with the life of the man who made the assault upon President McKinley
is that for three years past, during which time he has developed
his anarchistic tendencies, he has done very little work. The same
thing is true as a rule, of most of the men and women who appear
to be conspicuous in the anarchistic propaganda.
It is related of the family of Czolgosz
that all of its members, except himself, are and have been industrious
and peaceable. His parents and his brothers and sisters are employed
regularly and most of them have given public expression to the abhorence
[sic] with which they view his crime. One of his brothers is a soldier
in the United States army in the Philippines.
Most of the people in every walk of
life who are greatly moved by the hardships of the poor and who
are most violent in their denunciation of the well-to-do are not
only idlers, but they are apparently incapable of doing anything
to relieve the distress which impresses them so deeply. They are
parasites. Some toiler supports them. They will not work and their
sympathy for those who do work does not go beyond mere lip service.
It is true of poor and rich alike
that useful occupation is the best incentive to wholesome thought
and a useful life. The idler soon becomes a mischief-maker, involving
not only himself but others in trouble of many kinds.
Hard work and plenty of it would have
kept Czolgosz’ [sic] mind and body in a healthful condition, wherein
he would have been unmoved by the follies of agitators and kept
free from the rancor against the rich and powerful which led him
into pessimism and crime.