Negro Who Thumped Czolgosz
Belongs in This City, and His Race Is Very Proud
James Parker, the negro who grappled
with President McKinley’s assailant a moment after the shooting,
lives in this city. He is a strapping big mulatto whose face and
immense frame are familiar to thousands of New Yorkers. He is several
inches over 6 feet in height. For several years he has been a sort
of a guidepost in Fourteenth street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
He is so big and looked so imposing
in a uniform that his services were in demand as a carriage announcer.
For several years he was employed by a drygoods store in Fourteenth
street. Then he went to work for a dentist on the same block.
When the Pan-American Exposition opened
Parker told his friends he was going to Buffalo. He hasn’t been
here since, and according to the Buffalo despatches [sic]
he is working in that city as a waiter. He lives when in this city
at a Raines law hotel at 4150 Sixth avenue. The people of his own
race all know him and he was much discussed among them last night.
“I bet Jim soaked that fellow good,”
said one colored man who was telling of Parker’s virtues. “He hits
a powerful blow.”
The despatches [sic] say that
Parker broke the nose of the President’s assailant, and when the
Secret Service men surrounded Czolgosz that Parker begged to be
allowed to get at him for a minute longer.