Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Czolgosz’s Father Mourns”
City of publication: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of publication: 27 October 1901
Volume number: 54
Issue number: 67
|“Czolgosz’s Father Mourns.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 27 Oct. 1901 v54n67: part 2, p. 2.|
|Leon Czolgosz (funeral arrangements); Paul Czolgosz (public statements); Czolgosz family (at Auburn, NY).|
|Thomas Bandowski; Leon Czolgosz; Paul Czolgosz; Waldeck Czolgosz [first name misspelled below]; William McKinley.|
Czolgosz’s Father Mourns
He Wants to See His Son and to Bury His Body at Cleveland.
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.