Anarchists Toast Nieman
The Majority of the Paterson Group Say “He Did What
It Was His Duty
to Do,” Although “His Effort Might Better Have Been Employed across
the Ocean upon Some Crowned Head”—They Do Not Know Him.
New York, September 6.—As a whole
the Anarchist group of Paterson, New Jersey, express no regret at
the shooting of President McKinley. On the contrary, there was a
great gathering of the members to-night at Bartholdi Hall, in that
city, and Nieman, who shot the President, was toasted in beer time
All of the talkative members of the
group say Nieman is unknown to them. One of them said:
“We do not know him, but he is one
of us. He did what it was his duty to do and we honor him, while
personally thinking his effort might better have been employed across
the ocean upon some crowned head.”
They all deny there is any truth to
the report that at any time President McKinley was included in the
plots to assassinate the heads of nations. They claim that President
McKinley’s life was never declared forfeited by them and that the
work of to-day is that of another branch of their organization.
Petro Esteve, who in the past has
gloried in each killing of a head of a nation or in any attempt,
was very loud to-night in his denials of any participation by the
Paterson group in the affair at Buffalo this afternoon. Esteve even
goes so far as to deny that Nieman is an Anarchist.
“I never heard of him,” Esteve said.
“He is probably some German lunatic and fool.”
The first question asked in Paterson
when news of the shooting of the President was received was whether
or not the assailant was from that city. The feeling among the citizens
outside of Anarchist circles is one of the deepest indignation.