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Source: Troy Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Reform and Not Revenge”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Troy, New York
Date of publication: 27 February 1917
Volume number: 61
Issue number: none
Pagination: [?]

“Reform and Not Revenge.” Troy Times 27 Feb. 1917 v61: p. [?].
Cornelius V. Collins (public statements); Leon Czolgosz (incarceration: Auburn, NY).
Named persons
Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley.
“Semi-Weekly Edition.”


Reform and Not Revenge [excerpt]

     “I well remember the occasion of th[e] [exe]cut[i]on of C[z]olgo[sz] for th[e] [assassi]nation of Pr[es]ident McKinley. My off[i]c[i]al duty required that I b[e] pres[e]nt [a]t th[e] [e]xecution. There w[e]r[e] four oth[e]r condemned men occupying cells adjac[e]nt to the assassin’s and awaiting the d[a]t[e] [se]t for their own execution. E[a]ch of thes[e] m[e]n in [s]om[e] w[a]y h[a]d got po[ssess]ion of a small American flag, [a]nd, [a]lthough they wer[e] curt[a]in[e]d off from th[e] c[e]ll of Czolgosz and could [s]ee non[e] of th[e] preparation[s] for hi[s] death, y[e]t as [s]oon as they [h]e[a]rd the gu[a]rds unlock hi[s] c[e]ll and take up the m[a]rch to th[e] ch[a]ir each of them forced hi[s] arm out b[e]tw[ee]n the bars of his cell door[s], w[a]ving this l[i]ttle flag a[n]d calling out: ‘You’r[e] [a] d[i]rty cur,’ ‘I ho[pe] th[e]y burn your h[ea]d off’ and ‘If w[e] could reach you th[e] chair would lo[s]e you.’



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