Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Previous Anarchist Plot”
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 10 September 1901
Volume number: 69
Issue number: 10
|“Previous Anarchist Plot.” Sun 10 Sept. 1901 v69n10: p. 8.|
|William McKinley (other plots against).|
|Ida McKinley; William McKinley.|
Previous Anarchist Plot
Man Said to Have Been Sent to San Francisco in May to Kill the President.
“The plot is said to have been hatched in Paterson, N. J., about May 10. Prominent Anarchists were concerned in it. Lots were drawn and a young tailor employed in New York was the one to whom it fell to do the deed. He immediately set out for San Francisco, where he expected to meet President McKinley, who was then on his tour of the West. He arrived in that city three days ahead of him, however, and while waiting took lodgings at a Bohemian boarding house, where he met other young men who believed in the same principles as he.
“The following night he attended an anarchistic meeting, where he made the acquaintance of an affable man of about his own age, who professed to be one of the ‘brothers.’ In an inadvertent moment he made a confidant of this man, telling him of his mission in San Francisco. The affable man proved to be no other than a Secret Service detective and the would-be assassin was promptly arrested. Owing partly to the lack of evidence and partly to certain advices from the authorities at Washington he was charged with vagrancy only. The condition of Mrs. McKinley at that time is said to have had some bearing upon the matter, which was hushed up and the culprit was sentenced to nine months in the San Francisco workhouse.”