Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “‘I Will Kill Any Ruler You Select’ Said Czolgosz”
City of publication: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of publication: 8 September 1901
Volume number: 54
Issue number: 18
|“‘I Will Kill Any Ruler You Select’ Said Czolgosz.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 8 Sept. 1901 v54n18: part 2, p. 4.|
|Leon Czolgosz (activities, whereabouts, etc.: Chicago, IL); Leon Czolgosz (connection with anarchists); Leon Czolgosz (public statements); Abraham Isaak, Sr.; Emma Goldman; Abraham Isaak, Sr. (public statements); Mary Isaak [daughter] (public statements).|
|Leon Czolgosz [misspelled once below]; Emma Goldman [first name misspelled once below]; Abraham Isaak, Sr.; Mary Isaak (daughter).|
“I Will Kill Any Ruler You Select” Said Czolgosz
CHICAGO, Sept. 7.—Czolgosz was in this city a short time ago with Emma Goldman, in whose teachings he professes belief. That he made an impression upon the Chicago group is known from the fact that breakfast was arranged for him on the morning of July 12. He was to be questioned closely and a decision was to be made as to whether he was a spy or an anarchist. Where this breakfast was to be given is a secret. Those invited to the breakfast gathered, but Czolgosz did not appear.
From that time on, Chicago anarchists did not see him. This tended to strengthen the suspicion that he was a spy. Ccolgosz [sic] had been an inveterate reader of “red” literature. When in Chicago he declared that he had had a surfeit of reading.
“I have had enough books,” he said, “telling of what others have been doing.” He ate at a lunchroom in Halstead street, and frequently talked of injustice to the masses of the people. He disappeared the day Emma Goldman left the city.
Abe Isaak, Sr., was among the men captured in raids by the police today. He occupied a cottage at 515 Carroll avenue, and is editor of Free Society. He came here last January from Portland, Ore., where he conducted a sheet called the Firebrand. He was prosecuted by the Federal authorities for illegal use of mails and moved to San Francisco. He has been nine years in America and is a Russian Pole. Upon establishing Free Society here he jumped into leadership among the radical local Reds. He entertained Emma Goldman when she was here in July.
The prophetess of anarchy was far from bloodthirsty in her Chicago speeches. Policemen present assert that she said nothing that could be called a threat against the President. Following her about at the time was a man believed to be the assassin. Isaak says he was known both as Niemann and Czolgosz.
“W[e] denounced him in the issue of Sept. 1 of Free Society, as a spy on anarchists,” Isaak said. “He was a follower of Emma Goldman’s lectures. He was here when she lectured last July. I believe that she was here about July 12. Well, this man introduced himself to us, came to Emman [sic] Goldman after her lecture to the anarchists about July 12 and asked her if she would not teach him more and if she could not help him join the secret societies of anarchists where the plots to do violence and exterminate rulers are hatched. She was too busy and put him off. The next day, early in the morning, when I went to the depot to see Emma Goldman leave Chicago, he was at the station talking to her. She introduced me to him and told him to see me concerning more of our principles. He said that he came from Cleveland; that he was poor and had no money. I talked to him, but suspected he was a spy. He wore good clothes and yet said he was penniless.”
Sixteen-year-old Marie Isaak said: “The man who shot the President came to my father’s office several weeks ago and tried to get acquainted, but father thought he was a spy or a detective, and so he was turned aside. Whether he succeeded in getting into the society the next day or so I don’t know, for I went away from the city then. What the man or the man’s errand was I do not know, but it had something to do with the work of the order.”
By others the assassin is reported as saying: “I want to kill. I have been on the outside long enough. I hear anarchistic talk. I hear theory. I hear what ought to be done. But I know that there is a circle where there is more than talk. I know this circle is represented in every large city in the world. I am anxious to take part in the real work of the order, and have always suffered rebuffs at Cleveland.
“Let me come into the inner ring here in Chicago. I am willing to give my life to the cause. I will kill any ruler that you select.”