Se[n]ator D[e]ni[es] M[a]ki[n]g St[a]tem[en]t Th[at?]
W[as] Att[ri]b[ut]ed [to] [Him].
Special to The Post Express.
Washington, Sept. 20—Senator Wellington,
of Maryland, has, at last, been heard from in reply to the general
denunciation of his recent utterance regarding the assassination
of President McKinley. This letter has been received:
[“]Cumberland, Md., Sept. 17, 1901.
“Dr. W. A. Croffut, Washington, D. C.:
“My Dear Sir—I thank you very much
for your kind letter of the 16th inst., and, in reply, would say
I have no hope of receiving decent, much less fair, treatment from
the administration papers, and for that reason have ceased making
endeavor in that direction. I gave no interview, but refused again
and again to give any expression for publication, for the reason
that McKinley had done me such injury as I could never forgive and
I felt that it would be better to say nothing at this time. Notwithstanding
these facts, the newspaper reporters have manufactured [a] story
for the occasion and the administration papers are making all they
can use out of it.
“As to the crime of Czolgosz, I hardly
think it necessary to say that I, like yours[e]lf, abhor an assassin.
I am as much appalled at the crime which stru[c]k down President
McKinley as any one of his warmest frien[ds]. I don’t thi[n]k tha[t]
any one w[h]o knows me would, for a moment, believe that I would
look with indifference upon an act of this kind, when, as you say,
it strikes at the government itself and affects every citizen therein.
Our list of murdered presidents has been far, far too great and
some drastic law should be passed to prevent another national tragedy
like that enacted at Buffalo.
“In explanation of the statement which
appeared, wherein I was made to say that I was ‘indifferent to the
whole matter,’ I wish to state that those words were not in connection
with the president’s wound or the act of the assassin. Refusing
to giv[e] the reporters an interview, they became persistent, and
finally one of them remarked that the people were expecting some
statement from me, and to that I replied that I was indifferent
to what the people expected; I would give no [i]ntervie[w]. These
are the facts in the ca[s]e.
“George L. Wellington.”