The Case Against Czolgosz
Grand Jury of Erie County Will Be Asked to Indict—Suspect
Will Sue for Damages.
Special to The New York Times.
BUFFALO, Sept. 10.—There
is much in the nature of wild speculation being published concerning
the progress made by the local and Federal police and prosecuting
officers in establishing a conspiracy among Anarchists which resulted
in the shooting of the President by Czolgosz. Nothing has developed
in the situation here to justify any direct statements along this
line. The situation can be summed up very briefly as follows:
The Erie County Grand Jury will convene
next week. Czolgosz will be indicted for assault in the first degree
on one or more counts. The Grand Jury will at the same time be ready
to consider any evidence which District Attorney Penney may have
to submit to it implicating others in the attempt upon the President’s
life or in a plot which may have resulted in the attempt.
It can be stated positively, however,
that up to this time the local authorities have no evidence to submit
to the Grand Jury implicating anybody with Czolgosz, except possibly
Emma Goldman, who is under arrest in Chicago. In her case it is
admitted that there is nothing resting against her except her known
anarchist ideas and the fact that Czolgosz has stated that he knows
her and that her teachings had inspired him to attempt to take the
life of the President.
Vice President Roosevelt, in discussing
the case before leaving to-night, said:
“I see no need for the call of an
extraordinary Grand Jury. The Grand Jury will be composed of American
citizens, and will undoubtedly take care of the would-be assassin,
and the authorities of Erie County will, for county, State, and
National pride, make a vigorous prosecution. Unless Gov. Odell is
asked to interfere, I see no need of his calling an extra term or
deputizing an Assistant Attorney General to prosecute.”
When asked as to the enacting of legislation
against Anarchists, he said:
“I have not thought much on the matter.
What has disturbed me has been to find a reason for even Anarchists
to attack a man like President McKinley. Here is the one country
where they are allowed perfect freedom of speech. Here the ruler
is a man, descended from farmer stock, self-made. Here is a man
who has no fortune or no means other than that which he may manage
to save out of his salary as President. Probably many a workingman
in the United States to-day has as large an amount of real estate
as Mr. McKinley.
“In addition, he is a kindly disposed
Christian gentleman, and in every great emergency in which he could
act he has been a friend of the common people. Why should he be
shot at, then, even by Anarchists?”
Alfonso Stutz, the German officer
held in custody for three days on suspicion of complicity in the
attempt on the life of President McKinley, was released to-day.
He says he will demand damages for false imprisonment. He asked
first for the German Consul and then for a German lawyer, and said
that he would sue the authorities for $100,000. He said that he
told the truth and produced his credentials when first arrested,
but the police refused to believe him. He said that he saw Czolgosz
at Nowak’s Hotel, but never talked with him.