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Akron daily Democrat. (Akron, Ohio) 1892-1902, October 29, 1901, Image 1

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With Brute Courage Czolgosz Met De
In the Electric Chair.
Cowardice Quivered on His Lips, But Unsustained by Prayer or Hope of Eter
nity He Felt the Mask of Death Upon His Face and Passed to Oblivion,
Hated and Despised.
Auburn, N. Y., Oct 20.-(Spl.)-Loon
F. Czolgosz, alias Fred Nieman, was
successfully electrocuted at Auburn
prison this morning. He was pro
nouncod dead at 7:10:15 a. in.
With the purely animal courage that
bud sustained blm and the Innate cow
ard within him struggling to his lips,
the youthful murderer, hated by tho
nation and tho world at largo, paid the
ponalty for his crime.
Ho took tho chair at 7:15 and In less
itlmo than It takes to tell it, tho deadly
current had paaHod through his body,
rubblnrr 'nmfeshla miserable existence
. with merciful and unerring swiftness.
Seated In tho chair, with the fatal
curroilt about to bo applied, Czolgosz,
V facing tho witnesses said;
"I shot the President becauso 1
thought It would benefit good work
ing people by ridding them of abom
inations. I am not sorry for my
During Oils time tho attendants wcro
busy strapping him to tho enalr. His
last words were: "I am heartily sorry
I did not see my father."
This was said after tho strap had
been drawn across his face, yet his
words were heard distinctly by all tho
witnesses in tho roomi Ho went to
his death unsupported by tho com
forting thought that ho had mado
pence with his God.
For Uie (lrst time In the history of
the prison a condemned man marched
to tlie fatal chair unaccorupnnicd by a
Spiritual advisor, Spiritual aid hod
been offered hUn, but ho scorned all
entreaties. Ho wanted no one to prny
tpt his soiuV
Crolgosz wns awakened from a
sound sleep at tliflO nnd tho death wnr
iant read. He listened without emo
tion and after eating spailngly of
brcnkfa&t, prepared for tho deatll
chain Ho caino In without a tremor,
and took his plnce, saying nothing be
yond tho remarks quoted.
Last evening, Crolgosa reluctantly
recelred Fathers ' Fudzluskl and
Hlckey. It was late and ho had ouce
refused to meet them. When Uioy
reached tho prleott Supt Collins con
voyed their request for nu Intervlow
to Uie prisoner. Czolgosz Bvjnt back
word that ho did not cwo to seo them,
but tho priests asked to bo allowed to
go to him desplto his rofusal.
Supt Collins consented, and person
ally escorted them to tho cell. I The
priests remained with Czolgosz for
three-quarters of an hour, and earnest
ly pleaded with the prisoner to repeut
and pray for divine forgiveness. He
rejected all their advances, however,
and they regretfully withdrew. They
told the prisoner they would hold
themselves ready to answer a call
from him at any hour of tho night
It was 7 o'clock when Supt Collins
went Into the death house and tried
to get the prisoner to talk to him.
Although he rreinaincd In the cell some
time he was apparently not success
ful In getting anything material from
At 8 o'clock a brother and brother-in-law
arrived, and Supt Collins took
them down to the condemned man's
cell. There was no demonstration
when they met Czolgosz merely
stepped to th0 front of bla stool cage
and said: "Hello." The brother ven
turcd tho remarks: "I wish you would
tell us. Leon, who got you Info this
The ossasin answered In a slow, hes
itating manner, "No one; nobody had
anything to do with It but me."
"That Is not how you were brought
up," said the brother, "and you ought
to toll us everything now."
"I haven't got anything to toll," ho
answered In a surly manner.
"Do you want to see tho priests
ngain?" asked his brother, And ho on.
swered with moro vehemenco than ho
had previously shown:
"No, them, don't send them hero
again; I don't want thorn."
Tho brothor-ln-law interjected here:
"That's right, Leon." Tho brother
looked rather disturbed by tho 'answer.
Then stepping up close to the bars,
the condemned man said: ' ;
"And don't you have any praying
over ino when I'm dead. I don't want
It I dou't want any of their re
ligion." There was a painful pause of a few
minutes and then the relatives resum
ed casual conversation with him, to
which ho replied In monosyllables, ;m
til the bi other-in-law suggested, much
to Supt. Colllus' emprise, that ho and
the bi other be peimltted to witness
the execution. Before Supt Collins
could reply Leon Czolgosz said:
"Yes, Mr. Superintendent lot them
seo me killed."
Supt. Colllus told tho trio In emphat
ic tonus that no such thing could bo
allowed and oideied them to say good
by. Czolgosz walked to the back of bis
coll, sat down on the edge of his cot
nnd did not answer the last farewell.
When the relatives arrived ut the
warden's office they ugnlii renowed
thou- request to see the execution, to
which Mr. Colons replied: "Emphat
ically no. Czplgosz will be killed at
7 o'clock tomorrow and If you apply
to tho warden in the afternoon you
may bo ablo to seo tho body."
Tho two men were then lot out of the
Condition at Cuyahoga
Gives Mayor Russell a Chance
For Campaign Work.
(Special Correspondence.)
Cuyahoga Falls, Oct, 29. As far as
the records that go to show itho do
ings In Mnyor'B court are. concerned,
Cuyahoga.,, galls was-nover quieter
than It Is at present Not since the
time of the Hoover shooting affray
has there been a man before the
Mayor to answer charges. This prob
ably cuts perquisites to the minimum,
but at the same time it gives Mr. Rus
scll nn opportunity for campaign
woik, that he has not been slow-in
taking advantage of.
Say That Margaret Hallen Loved
Her Murderer.
Verne Rogers, who shot and k'lllcd
Margaret D. Hallen, an .Akron woman,
in her room at 183 Hamilton St., Cleve
land, and then shot himself, is a
Lodl . Ixy-v siri's. . the Meillna Gazette.
He was a railroad, brokemiin on the ,
Valley road, and came to his had end
because of drink nnd dissipation. JIls
father a "Will Hogers, of Whittlesey.
The unhnppy couple were In Lodl, last
Thursday, said they weie married
and'on their way to Denver. Rogers
was seen by his uncle, C. M. Fuller
ton, of Lodl at Lakeside Hospital,
since tho shooting, and he stated that
he wns not conscious of his crime,
knew nothing about it was drunk
when he did It, but wanted to die
himself as probably he will not
Rogers's friends say that It was the
woman nnd not Rogers who had done
the lovc-chaslug.
Akron Deserter.
The Akron pojlco have been noti
fied by the captain of the "Buffalo, '
of the U. S. Nnvy that Harry Sillier,
of 820 S. Main st, this city has de
serted fiom the ser.vico., The local-ofll.
oers have been Instructed to keep their
eyes open for the missing man, as it
is thought that hp may come to "his
home. . ,. '.
Hand Amputated.
Charles Fish, a son of Mrs. 0. A.
Campbell, of Hudson, caught his
hand In a corn busker while working
In Stow township and lacerated It so
badly Uiat amputation was neces
sary. i if
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By Coroner E. 0. Leberman In the
Durant Case.
The Technical Points of Law Were Not, How
ever, Violated by Elders.
Coroner E. O. Lebennan has filed his
erdlct In the case of the deuth of Geo.
JJurant a Barbel ton joung man,
who died of pneumonia, and who was
not attended by a regular phjblclan.
Tho verdict follows:
After examining the body and taking
the testimony, I find that the dceased
came to his death from pneumonia
and peritonitis. I find that several
days prior to his death he v, ent to the
house of an Elder of tho ChrIt!anAI
llance denomination in Bnrbbrton, and
asked him to piay for his restoration
to health. I find that the nforesaid
Elder Invited him to remain In his
house and did there nnnolnt and pray
for him after the manner laid down I
In the 5th chapter of James. 1 find
that twenty-four hours pi lor to his
death, another Elder In the church
took him fiom tho house and walk
ed with him a considerable distance,
wldclr exercise, in my opinion -was
highly detrimental to the patient I
am not able to ascertain, nor do I
believe, that my compensation was
offered by the deceased or received by
tho persons under whose care he
placed himself. I can therefore find no
Violation of nny existing statuto re
gaidlng the practice of medlclno. I do
however find, that the care and treat
ment oceorded the oung man were
not such as are nccepted by ,tje medi
cal profession s good and caieful
treatment, and vthich woufd not be
held as such by any couit of law hod
his death occuued under the super
vision of a reguluily licensed prac
tician. Wlfilo ouo may respect Uie
good Intentions and believe the sincer
ity ot this and other allied cults, out
of justlco to those who are legally
qualified to administer to tho sick,
and for, the protection of the public tit
large, the latter at the best inadequate
ly Informed upon tho subject of dlb
easo and Its proper treatment, r am
constrained to say that tho represen
tatives of those bystems for the re
lief and cure of disease which nio
not recognized by the state examining
boaid should certainly be 'Hold as re
sponsible for their acts as those en
titled to its recognition.
Medical legislation was not enacted
for tho benefit of any school or bys
tem of healing, but for the good and
welfaro of tho public whose protection
from the charlatan, the unskilled, the
Ignorant and tho unscrupulous vas
aimed at It can therefore bo con
sidered no xabrldgement of personal
liberty to Insist that the provisions of
I such well-intended legislation bo car
ried out The services of these peo
ple may be tendered gratuitously and
with the full consent and cooperation
of the patient but the danger of these
unrecognized sj stems of healing lies
not so much In the situ of commis
sion as it does in the sins of omis
sion. The valuo of the true physician
to the public lies not only in his
ability to successfully treat disease,
but In the knowledge which enables
him to advlso means for Its preven
tion. It Is In this latter connection
that the so called new schools ot heal- '
Ing such as "Faith-Cure," Christian
Science," "Doweylsm" nnd dozens of
other Isms are an absolute menaco
to the public welfare. With little or
no knowledge of anatomy or pathology
and an absolute disregard for symp
tomatology and the rules of dlgnosls,
contagious diseases of all kinds, which
the careful, painstaking study of tho
medical profession has reduced by Its
insistence of the laws governing com
municable diseases, to a wonderful
extent may naln tlnough the Ignor
ance of this class attain their former
prernlenee nnd corresponding mortal
ity. The spread of contagious dis
eases Is but one of the pvils, Which'
tlie public may expect from a tolera
tion of these cults. Diseases of a
non-contngloris type, curable often in
their inclplency, are unrecognized or
over-looked until tho disease has mado
such inroads as to make It no longer
amenable to treatment Hygienic laws
are disregarded and nil that exper
ience and research have taught tho
medical piofesslon since the timo of
Aesculapius, are often utterly Ignored,.
It Is not within tho piovlnco of this
office do discuss wherein the errorsi
of these systems Ho, Far bo it also,
from our intention to detract from
tho vnlue of mental lmpiesslon in tho
treatment of disease. "The faith that
heals ' has been observed by every
phjslcliirr since tiro timo of Galen,
and the etllcaey of prayer may only
bo doubted by tho sceptic and atheist.
Made on Life of the Duke of
nnllfax Oct 29. (Spl.) It was learn,
ed Monday that the Duke of York,
whlio here, received soveral letters
threatening his life. The 1 otters all
camo from tho United States, and had
tho effect of curtailing the program
jaisj tejy.'-sjiJjiMAfc,

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