Hard Hustle of Hall
IT GOT THE CZOLGOSZ PHOTO
Buffalo Correspondent of “The Journal” Gets a Great Beat for His
The story of how The Journal secured
and published Monday the first authentic photograph of Czolgosz,
the assassin, printed in the northwest, is rather interesting. Immediately
after the shooting telegraphic instructions were sent H. W. Hall,
The Journal’s Buffalo correspondent, to secure a photograph at any
cost. Mr. Hall set to work at once, and to such good purpose that
he secured and sent to The Journal one of the very few photographs
that were permitted by the police to get out.
At first the Buffalo police decided
to spread photographs of the assassin broadcast over the country,
hoping that in this way evidence of the plot, if there was one,
would be voluntarily offered by persons who had seen Czolgosz. But
Secretary Root put a veto on this and requested the police to see
that no photographs of the assassin be permitted to go out. The
secretary’s idea was that notoriety is what criminals of the Czolgosz
variety crave, and that it would be better to prevent any feeding
of that appetite. Then the state of public feeling was such that
Mr. Root and the other advisers of the president felt that it would
not do to add to the excitement.
Before this request was received,
however, the camera had been trained on the assassin and several
prints had been struck off from the negative. It was one of those
rare and valuable prints that Mr. Hall, by hard hustling, managed
to obtain. How, does not matter. He was offered $50 for the print
a few minutes after he secured it. The same afternoon the New York
Journal offered $500 for a photograph and got none.
One of the valuable features of the
photograph is that the negative from which it is made has not been
retouched and retains all the lines of the face necessary for making
a study of the man’s character.