Parker’s Story Discredited
Negro Who Says He Felled McKinley’s Assassin Claims
to Have Been
Rewarded by Uncle Sam.
Dec. 28.—The story told by James S. Parker, the gigantic negro,
who declares that he felled the assassin Czolgosz in Buffalo when
President McKinley was shot, to the effect that as a reward for
his bravery, Senator Hanna has obtained for him a position as messenger
in the United States Senale [sic], is discredited here.
Parker’s story about his heroism at
Buffalo has never been officially accepted. The secret service men
declard [sic] that there were five or six individuals in
front of Czolgosz [sic] and that he was not near enough to
render any assistance to the stricken President or to avenge the
crime. His testimony was not considered important enough to be called
for at the trial.
Parker has posed as a hero among the
negro population ever since and at Altoona, Pa., announced on Saturday
that he had been rewarded. Senator Hanna says that Parker asked
him to help him get a position about three or four weeks ago. He
referred him to Secretary Cortelyou at the White House with a message
to the effect that Mr. Cortelyou should send word to Senator Hanna
if he wanted him appointed. That word never came.
It was stated at the White House this
morning that Parker had not been given any federal appointment nor
had he been recommended for such by any one connected with the executive
branch of the government.