Czolgosz Taken into the Church
The Assassin to Renounce Anarchy in Death Chair.
RESTORED TO CATHOLIC FAITH
CONVERTED FROM ANARCHY TO CHRISTIANITY BY PRIEST.
Preparations for Execution of Death Sentence Complete—State Electrician
Davis Will Release the Fatal Current.
AUBURN, N. Y., Oct. 26.—There are
now good reasons for stating that Czolgosz, the assassin of President
McKinley, who is to die in the electric chair next Tuesday morning
at 7 o’clock, has repented and returned to the faith of his early
childhood, that of the Catholic church. He is now spending the few
remaining hours of his life in prayer.
It is understood that the assassin
will make a declaration of his belief in God and of his return to
the Catholic faith, at the same time renouncing anarchy, in the
presence of the 26 persons gathered to witness his death.
Father Fudzinski, the most learned
Polish clergyman in Buffalo, and one who has interested himself
in prison missionary work, has three times visited the jail at Czolgosz’s
request. The presence of the priest seemed to be most welcome to
the dejected wretch who was wavering between anarchy and Christianity.
It may be stated that Father Fudzinski’s
mission was most successful. When about to leave the jail he informed
the condemned man that he would return to him Sunday afternoon and
spend more time with him. Father Fudzinski, immediately after leaving
the prison, was found by a Post-Dispatch reporter. The clergyman
was extremely reticent.
“Did the assassin renounce anarchy?”
he was asked.
“All I will say,” replied Father Fudzinski,
“is that from the time I first saw him in his cell until I left
him there was a change for the better, and such a great change.”
“Did you know him previous to coming
“Has he accepted Christianity?”
“He was born a Christian, and although
he renounced Christianity, he is now a Christian.”
“Will you see him again?”
“I hope so. That is all I will say.”
State Electrician Davis, who is to
take an important part in the execution of the death sentence will
arrive in Auburn today. The death-dealing apparatus will be thoroughly
tested and Monday further tests will be made. The switchboard will
be in charge of Mr. Davis, and it will be he who will turn on the
The out-of-town witnesses will arrive
in the city Monday.
The assassin on Sunday, after receiving
religious instructions, will make his last confession to Father
Fudzinski. On Monday he will receive the last rites of the Catholic
Church. When he travels the narrow corridor to his death it will
be by the side of the priest who has brought him spiritual consolation
in his last hours.
Czolgosz’s brother, Waldek, and a
brother-in-law arrived at the prison gate this morning. The former
was admitted, but the warden was not satisfied as to the latter’s
identity, and he was not allowed to enter. It is believed that the
visit has something to do with claiming the remains of the assassin
after his electrocution.