Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “She Lauds Czolgosz for His Act”
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 10 September 1901
Volume number: 42
Issue number: 14630
|“She Lauds Czolgosz for His Act.” World 10 Sept. 1901 v42n14630: p. 3.|
|Louise M. Schwab (public statements); McKinley assassination (personal response: anarchists); Emma Goldman; Leon Czolgosz; Phillip Scherer (public statements); Leon Czolgosz (as anarchist); Johann Most.|
|Gaetano Bresci; John Brown; Leon Czolgosz; Emma Goldman; William McKinley; Johann Most; Theodore Roosevelt; Phillip Scherer; Louise M. Schwab.|
She Lauds Czolgosz for His Act
Mrs. Schwab Says, Too, That Emma Goldman’s a Martyr.
In her little dingy saloon, the
low ceiling of which is black with the smoke of cheap tobacco and from which
the odors of vile whiskey are wafted into First street, Mrs. Justus Schwab sullenly
sneered at the existing order of society to a reporter of The Evening World
“Poor Emma Goldman,” she cried. “I hope the police haven’t found her. If she wants money she knows where she can get it. What do they want her for? She speaks truth, and can she be blamed if her words bring action?
“Czolgosz heard her talk and did what he regarded as his duty. Can he be blamed? John Brown did his duty and was hanged for it. To-day he is regarded as a martyr.
Emma Goldman a Martyr.
“Emma Goldman is a teacher of the
gospel of mankind and will one day be viewed as a martyr to humanity. I don’t
know where she is. She was in St. Louis a week ago. I had a letter from her
there. I hope she is where nobody can find her.”
“Did you hear of any plot to kill Vice-President Roosevelt?” asked the reporter.
“No, I never heard of such a plot,” was the reply. “Would I tell you of it if I had? I believe Roosevelt is a better friend of the masses than McKinley ever was. Some day it might be a good thing if many of that kind of men were dead and the true government prevailed. Then the dreams of Emma Goldman and my poor dead husband will be realized.”
Mrs. Schwab, when informed that President McKinley would probably recover, said:
“As a woman I am glad for his wife.” Then, in the same breath, she asked: “What will they do with Czolgosz?”
“He may get ten years in prison,” was the answer.
“The world will hang him if the law allows,” said Mrs. Schwab. “I presume he will be imprisoned and one day we’ll hear of his going to an insane asylum. It will probably never come out why he went insane. They will do with him as they did with Bresci.”
Czolgosz a Hero.
Among those in the saloon of Mrs.
Schwab was Phillip Scherer. He says he is not an Anarchist, but knows many of
them and is conversant with their views.
“Anarchists look at Czolgosz as a man of action,” said Scherer to an Evening World reporter. “In their eyes he is a hero. He has done something more than to sit at a table and drink beer and talk. A man like Czolgosz does more good to the cause of Anarchy than 1,000 pages of written matter.
“I was talking to Most, who said there ought to be more like this apostle. Most said his name deserved to be written in the book of Anarchistic fame, not for shooting the President, but because he is a man of action.”