Vigorous Protest by Poles
Denounce Assassin’s Claims of Connection with Polish-Americans.
8.—Four hundred Polish-Americans gathered at St. Laurentius’ Roman
Catholic church today, passed resolutions deploring the shooting
of President McKinley, and protested against the statements that
the would-be assassin was connected with the Polish people in this
country. Among those present were five Polish priests. The resolutions,
after regretting the attempted murder, continue as follows:
“Resolved, That we, as Roman Catholic
citizens of the United States, protest most energetically against
the insinuations of the English press, as if the anarchist who raised
his sacriligeous [sic] hand against the highest authority
of the great republic has any connection with the Polish people
residing in these states. The would-be assassin is a Hebrew by birth,
but professes to be an agnostic or an atheist. The Polish nation
can boast of never having produced a man who would stain his reputation
by attacking a lawful authority, because imbued by Christian principles.
It is well aware that all lawful authority comes from God and that
it must be respected.”
Separate telegrams of sympathy were
sent to both the president and Mrs. McKinley. Seventeen Polish-American
societies, it is claimed, were represented at the meeting.