Execution of Czolgosz
It Will Take Place at 7 A. M. on Next Tuesday—Only
Twenty-Six Invitations Issued.
ALBANY, N. Y., Oct. 24.—Leon F. Czolgosz,
the murderer of President McKinley, will be executed at 7 A. M.
on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Auburn Prison. Warden Mead of the prison
has selected Tuesday so that final arrangements may be made on Monday.
In doing this he is following the
general custom in the State prisons relative to executions. It does
away with the necessity of making final arrangements on Sunday.
The sentence of the court was that the execution of Czolgosz should
take place during the week commencing Oct. 28, leaving to the Warden
of the prison full power to select the day of the week in which
to carry out the mandate of the law. This latitude is given the
Warden to secure secrecy as to the time of execution, and to guard
against delay from accident.
To guard against accidents and postponement
of electrocutions the State prisons are now supplied with two sets
of apparatus. This is done because the apparatus broke down at Auburn
Prison on July 20, 1893, when William G. Taylor of Saratoga County
was about to be executed, and a delay of one hour resulted.
The witnesses will assemble at the
prison at 6:30 o’clock on Tuesday morning. There have been twenty-six
invitations issued and they are non-transferable. Each witness must
present his invitation to the Warden of the prison and if he is
not identified to the satisfaction of the Warden as being the man
to whom it was issued he will not be admitted.