Items of Interest

The trial of Leon Czolgosz, anarchist and the self-confessed murderer of President McKinley, was begun September 23. The case was tried before Justice Truman C. White of the Supreme Court of Erie County. The prisoner pleaded guilty, but the plea was not permitted to stand under the law, and a plea of not guilty was at once ordered by the court. The trial began at ten o'clock Monday morning and at half past four the following afternoon, after being out only thirty-four minutes the jury returned a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree. On Thursday afternoon, September 26, the prisoner was sentenced to be electrocuted at the state prison in Auburn during the week beginning October 28. The prisoner declared that he had no accomplice, that no one told him to commit the crime, and no one paid him to do it.

Congress will make special provision for the payment of all expenses incurred by the death of President McKinley, as was done In the case of President Garfield. Congress not only paid President Garfield's funeral expenses, but also made liberal provision for Mrs. Garfield. She received her husband's salary for the rest of the year, a pension of five thousand dollars a year for life, and the franking privilege, by which she can use the mails without payment of postage. Mrs. McKinley will certainly be treated with equal liberality.

The will of the late President McKinley was filed September 27. All the property is left in trust to Mrs. McKinley, but an annuity of one thousand dollars is given to Miss Helen McKinley, sister of the late President, It is said that the value of the estate is between $225,000 and $350,000, of which $67,000 is life insurance. The remainder consists of bank deposits in Washington and real estate.

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A Demand for Fair Play
October 3, 1901

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