Exonerates Secret Service
Secretary Cortelyou Says the Government’s Watchful
Men Are in No Wise to Blame.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7.—The secret service
headquarters are gradually bringing together every available bit
of information which will show the antecedents of the would-be assassin
of President McKinley at Buffalo and will establish whether or not
he is a member of any of the anarchist groups. The information already
in hand warrants the positive statement that he is not connected
with the anarchistic organization at Paterson, N. J. A search of
the criminal records of the secret service fails to disclose anything
concerning Czolgosz and he does not appear to have been among the
desperate cranks who have visited Washington from time to time and
have been spotted by the government officers.
He is referred to in the advices forwarded
to the headquarters here as fairly well dressed, of apparent intelligence
and somewhat pleasing looking under normal conditions. There is
said to be nothing about him to indicate that he was a criminal.
But the manner in which he fired his revolver through a handkerchief
attracts the attention of the officers, as indicative of unusual
criminal shrewdness. The secret service men are well versed in the
ruses resorted to by assassins, but the device of the handkerchief
appears to be altogether novel and of a character to baffle detection.
A dispatch has been received stating
that Mr. Cortelyou, the president’s secretary, witnessed the entire
affair and completely exonerates the secret service agents from
any blame. Men in Buffalo are keeping in close touch with the headquarters
here and, having done all that was possible to apprehend the assassin,
are now turning their attention to such care and protection as may
be thrown around the president during the present hours of great
popular agitation. One dispatch received at headquarters here today
states that the president was resting easily and that his chances
were six in ten in favor of his recovery.