Czolgosz's Weapon Identified by
the Artilleryman Who
P. O'Brien, a private in the 73d United States seacoast artillery,
was next called. He was detailed to guard the President at the
Temple of Music and was standing on the right of the President
when the shooting occurred. His story follows:
"I heard the report. I was
looking at the President and saw the man. I jumped at this defendant.
I saw the smoke coming from his hand. I knocked him over, against
some one, I do not know whom.
"I got the revolver and gave
it up to my commanding officer, Capt. Wisser."
"Did you mark it?" asked
"I put my initials on it."
Mr. Penney then produced the murderer's
The revolver was shown to the witness
by District Attorney Penney. O'Brien identified it by initials
which he made before he surrendered it.
"Were you on the side of the
President from which the people were coming in?" asked Judge
Titus, on cross-examination.
"Were there any secret service
men beside you?"
"Not right beside me."
"How near were you to the President?"
"Three or four feet."
"When you saw the second shot
fired you jumped at him?"
"Were you the first to get
"I think I was."
"Did anyone help you get the
"I got it myself."
"Was he on the floor then?"
"No, he wasn't. A minute later
I was bothered by men who wanted me to turn the revolver over
Neff, another private in the artillery, was called. He testified
that he saw a man in the crowd with a revolver and that he tried
to get it. He afterwards identified the defendant as the man who
had the revolver.
Judge Lewis cross-examined the private
briefly, during which the witness testified that his work was
merely to keep the crowds moving and to look out for men with
weapons in their hands.
Bertschey succeeded Private Neff. He is a corporal in the seacoast
artillery and was in charge of the detail at the President's reception.
"Where were you at the time
of the shooting?" asked District Attorney Penney.
"I was close to the President
I heard two shots, looked and saw the man who did the shooting.
He was standing with the smoking pistol in his hand. I grabbed
him from behind, put my right knee on his throat and started to
search him. I shouted to the crowd to get back. I saw some secret
service men demanding the pistol from O'Brien. I told him not
to give it up. He turned it over to me."
"Would you know it if you saw
"I would; I put my initials
The weapon was produced and the
witness identified it.
On cross-examination by Judge Lewis,
the witness said that he did not hear anyone speak.
"You did not notice the detective
passing along the line?"
That finished the cross-examination.
F. Henshaw, superintendent of the Temple of Music, was the next
witness. He said when the shooting occurred he was just to the
right of the President. Mr. Penney questioned him.
"As you stood there, were you
looking toward the people who approached the President ?"
"I was, very carefully."
"I noticed this defendant in
the line approaching the President, with his hand pressed against
his abdomen and encased in something white. Then I noticed as
he drew near the President he extended his left hand. The President
put forward his right hand. Like a flash the assassin pushed the
President's right hand out of the way. Then I heard two shots
and saw the handkerchief smoking.
"The crowd gathered around
the defendant so quickly that he was lost to my view in an instant.
I was by the President's side when the President was taken away
in the ambulance."
Just before Judge Lewis started
his cross-examination he turned about to speak to the prisoner,
but Czolgosz would pay no attention to him.
Only a few questions were asked
by Judge Lewis, and then Mr. Henshaw was excused.
Branch, a colored porter in the Temple of Music, was called to
the stand by Mr. Penney at five minutes to 12 o'clock. He testified
"I saw this man here, this
defendant with his right hand over his abdomen. He went to shake
hands with the President. Then, how he did it, I don't know but
I saw the report and the fire. Then I saw the second report and
fire and saw the handkerchief about the man's hand afire.
"I saw the artillerymen around
the man and bear him down to the floor.
"That's all I saw of the shooting."
Judge Titus cross-examined the witness,
and Branch swore that he heard some one say: "The President's
shot," "The President's shot."
"Did you hear the President
say any thing?" asked Judge Titus.
"'Be easy with him, boys,'
was all heard him say."
"Did you hear him say that?"
"Yes; he put his hand to his
abdomen and said that'Be easy with him, boys.''