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 anar[c]histic 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 th[e] anarchistic propaganda.
It is related o[f] the family of Czolgosz
that all of its members, except himself, are and have been industrious
and peace[a]ble. His parents and his brothers and sisters are employed
regularly and most of them have given public expression to the abhorence
[sic] with whi[c]h they view his crime. One of his brothers is a
soldier in the United States army in the Phi[l]ippines.
Most of the people in every walk of
life who are greatly moved by [t]he h[a]rdships 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
parasi[t]es. Some toiler supports them. They wi[l]l not work and
their sympathy for those who do work do[e]s not go beyond mere lip
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 be[c]omes a mischief-maker, involving
not only himself but others in trouble o[f] 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 [t]he rich and power[f]ul which led
him into pessimism and crime.