Source: New York Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Disposal of Czolgosz’s Body”
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 27 October 1901
Volume number: 51
Issue number: 16163
|“Disposal of Czolgosz’s Body.” New York Times 27 Oct. 1901 v51n16163: part 1, p. 5.|
|Leon Czolgosz (funeral arrangements); Czolgosz family (at Auburn, NY).|
|Thomas Bandowski [misspelled below]; Leon Czolgosz; Paul Czolgosz; Waldeck Czolgosz [first name misspelled 4 of 5 times below]; William McKinley; J. Warren Mead.|
Disposal of Czolgosz’s Body
May Be Cremated and Ashes Taken to Cleveland.
AUBURN, N. Y., Oct. 26.—Leon F. Czolgosz, who
is to be put to death in the electric chair on Tuesday morning for the murder
of President McKinley, to-day had an hour’s interview with his brother, Waldek.
At its conclusion the latter stated that the assassin had shown no emotion,
had not inquired as to the other members of the family, and had declared he
did not care to again see a priest.
Waldek Czolgosz and his brother-in-law, Waldek Thomas Bondowski, arrived from Cleveland last night and secured lodging with a Polish family here. They did not visit the prison until this morning. Warden Mead satisfied himself on Waldek’s relationship and admitted him to the prison. Bondowski was not permitted inside the prison gate.
Waldek will visit his brother again Monday. Although he declared on leaving the prison that no arrangements had been made for the disposition of the assassin’s body, it was learned from other sources to-night that plans are being made to prevent the body finding its way into a State medical institution.
It has been planned to have the body taken in charge by a local undertaker immediately after the autopsy on Tuesday. If the financial end of the proposition can be satisfactorily arranged, the body will be shipped at once to a Buffalo crematory. After the body has been incinerated the ashes will be taken to Cleveland, Ohio, the former home of the assassin.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Oct. 26.—Up to noon to-day Paul
Czolgosz, the father of the assassin, had received no word from his son Waldeck,
who is now at Auburn, N. Y., in consultation with the prison authorities in
reference to the disposition of the body of the assassin after his execution.
Regarding the place of burial of the body of the assassin, it may be said on authority that if he dies repentant and reconciled to the Church, his body will have Christian burial, that is, burial in consecrated ground. Further than this no religious services will be accorded, and no public church services can be held over the body. His is what is known as an “extraordinary” case, and the Bishop of the diocese has jurisdiction over it.