Czolgosz’s Father Mourns
He Wants to See His Son and to Bury His Body at
CLEVELAND, O., Oct.
26.—Although the brother and brother-in-law of Leon Czolgosz, the
murderer of President McKinley, have been at Auburn, N. Y., about
a day, nothing has been heard from them by the assassin’s father
and he does not yet know whether he will see his doomed son alive
again or not.
Paul Czolgosz, the father, did not
want to make the journey to the place of execution unless he was
sure that he would be able to see his son before the execution.
He has from the first been desirous of bringing the body of the
assassin to Cleveland for burial, and Waldek Czolgosz and Thomas
Bandowski went there to arrange for that.
It was agreed when Waldek Czolgosz
and Bandowski went to Auburn that they would telegraph the father
whether they were able to see the assassin, and if so, whether the
latter could see his father again.
“If the boy wants to see me and the
police will let me see him I will go there at once,” said the father
through an interpreter. “I expected to hear from Waldek before this,
but I have not heard a word.”
Although the father says the body
of the assassin will be brought here for burial, he says he has
not yet made any arrangements for the interment. The father says
he will bury the assassin’s body in Cleveland if he has to buy a
lot outside of a cemetery and form a cemetery of his own.
When Czolgosz’s brother left the prison
this afternoon he stated that no decision had been made as to the
disposition of the assassin’s body after execution. He said, however,
that it would not be taken to Cleveland.
Regarding the place of interment [of]
the body of the assassin, it can be stated on authority, that if
he dies repentant and reconciled to the church, his body will be
given what is known as Christian burial, that is, buried in consecrated
ground, but further than this, no religious services will be accorded
him, and no public church services can be held over his body. His
is what is known as an “extraordinary” case, and the bishop of the
diocese has jurisdiction over it.