Leon Czolgosz, Alias Nieman
The Would-be Assassin Signs a Confession—Says He
Anarchist Through the Influence of Emma Goldman—Denies Having
Any Confederates—Has Seven Brothers and Sisters in Cleveland—
Shows No Signs of Insanity.
Buffalo, September 6.—The police
have just learned that the real name of the would-be assassin is
Leon Czolgosz. He was born in Detroit and came here from Cleveland.
Czolgosz, the would-be 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, and the Cleveland Directory has the names of about
that number living on Hosmer street and Ackland avenue, which adjoin.
Some of them are butchers and others in different trades. He is
now detained at police headquarters pending the result 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 an Anarchist, he does not state to what
branch of the organization he belongs.