Source: New York Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Czolgosz a Lunatic, Says Lucy Parsons”
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 11 September 1901
Volume number: 50
Issue number: 16124
|“Czolgosz a Lunatic, Says Lucy Parsons.” New York Times 11 Sept. 1901 v50n16124: p. 2.|
|McKinley assassination (personal response: anarchists); Lucy E. Parsons (public statements).|
|Leon Czolgosz; Emma Goldman; William McKinley; Albert R. Parsons; Lucy E. Parsons.|
Czolgosz a Lunatic, Says Lucy Parsons
She Is Glad the President Will Recover, and Says the Heads of Trusts Should Be Dealt With.
CHICAGO, Sept. 10.—Mrs. Lucy Parsons,
once an active Anarchist, and who is the widow of Albert R. Parsons, who was
convicted of complicity in the conspiracy which had its culmination in the Haymarket
riots in Chicago and was hanged therefore, declared to-day that for several
years she had held aloof from the active circles of anarchy, and as an evidence
of her sincerity she expressed the greatest pleasure when told that President
McKinley undoubtedly will survive. She said she had only met Miss Goldman on
one of her lecture tours, in 1887.
“No person of sound intellect,” she said, “would assail the head of this republic. With only a few years to occupy the position of President, what could come of the attempted assassination? The President is the Chief Executive through popular choice, and, in view of the limited term of power conferred upon him, no person of sound judgment could dream of benefiting mankind by attempting to bring about his death. It could have been the deed only of a lunatic.
“It is the trusts—the heads of the trusts—with whom we should now contend. The trusts and those persons who control the necessities of life are the ones against whom the energies of all classes must be focussed. Every article of food—the necessities of life—is becoming so dear as to be beyond the reach of common people. Such a state of affairs cannot continue. Everything I wish to purchase for the household has doubled in price, and its increase in value is chiefly due to the manipulation of prices by combinations of capital. But with this the President of this grand Nation has nothing whatever to do. Therefore I say Czolgosz in his mad crime, acted, not as the agent of any circle of organized enemies of the Government, but strictly on his fevered imaginings.”