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Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Czolgosz Had Money”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 10 September 1901
Volume number: 69
Issue number: 10
Pagination: 8

“Czolgosz Had Money.” Sun [New York] 10 Sept. 1901 v69n10: p. 8.
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McKinley assassination (investigation of conspiracy: Cleveland, OH); Leon Czolgosz; Czolgosz family; anarchism (Cleveland, OH); McKinley assassination (sympathizers); Jacob J. Lohrer (public statements).
Named persons
George E. Corner; Leon Czolgosz; Paul Czolgosz; James Doran; Jacob J. Lohrer.

Czolgosz Had Money


This Makes Cleveland Police Think He Had No Accomplices.

     CLEVELAND, Sept. 9.—The police here are still working on clues which may tend to the belief that a conspiracy existed in which Cleveland Anarchists were involved in a plot to assassinate the President. It has became [sic] known that Czolgosz had $300 or $400 in ready money when he left here two months ago. His people are in fairly comfortable circumstances, having property worth between $4,000 and $5,000. In spite of the fact that they are able to lend some help in his legal defence when that time comes, the father, Paul Czolgosz, and the two brothers declared that the would-be assassin must meet whatever fate may await him without any help from his family.
     The man who tried to kill the President had made to him in the latter part of July a payment of over $300 for his interest in the farm in which the family formerly lived between Cleveland and Chagrin Falls. The farm was sold for $1,700, and the share of the assassin in the proceeds of the sale amounted to between $300 and $400, and all but $50 of this was paid to him in July. Members of the family say that the President’s assailant had no bad habits that would have caused him to spend the money rapidly, and it would probably have lasted him for his journey that preceded the crime at Buffalo. From the first it has been thought that the clue to the club or group of Anarchists behind Czolgosz, if there was such a body, was the source of the money he used.
     With the source of his means explained, there is left nothing but surmise on which to base the belief that the man who shot the President was the tool of a conspiracy in which a number of Anarchists were involved. While the fact that Czolgosz had money does not make it certain that he was not the active figure of an assassination conspiracy, it removes one of the elements of the proof that there was such a conspiracy and makes it possible that the would-be assassin told the truth when he said that he had no accomplices.
     It has been found that for a time Czolgosz worked in the Stroh brewery in the East End. In the vicinity of Payne avenue and the brewery it is said that Anarchist and Socialist agitators of the city gathered frequently in the small saloons, and it is likely that the man who tried to kill the President picked up his anarchistic sentiments amid those surroundings. In a small saloon on Payne avenue it is said that the Anarchists and Socialists gathered on Saturday and held a celebration for the attempt on the President’s life. Most of the loud talking that was kept up all day and most of the night was in foreign languages, but an English word now and then, with the name of the President and that of the man who shot him, indicated the cause of the apparent excitement. Yesterday the saloon was closed and apparently deserted.
     The police have almost given up hope of getting trace of any conspiracy that may have been hatched for the assassination of the President. They worked all day yesterday on the case, but could get no new information. Chief Corner is still of the opinion that the shooting of the President was not the result of any plot hatched in Cleveland. Several other police officers hold to that opinion, and it seems strengthened by the fact that the police, after a most diligent search, have signally failed to find any trace of an Anarchist plot. Many persons have been interrogated, but all to no purpose.
     Detective Sergeant Doran started out early Sunday morning to find two men who are supposed to have been most intimately associated with Leon Czolgosz, the assassin. They were members of the same society to which Czolgosz belonged, and it was asserted that they were implicated in a plot with Czolgosz to kill the President. Doran could find no traces of the men in the city, and so he went to the country near Bedford to look for them. He was equally unsuccessful there, and came to the conclusion that no such men existed.
     “We have found absolutely nothing that is new,” said Captain of Detectives Lohrer. “We have failed to find the slightest evidence of any plot, and are inclined to believe there was none.” The police are still working on the case, however, and if there was a plot they intend ferreting it out.