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Pan-American Exposition of 1901

Poles are Incensed.

Mass Meeting last Night denounced the Assassin.



The Poles of Buffalo are deeply incensed against the would-be assassin of the President, as they feel he has dragged the Polish fair name in the mire. While an anarchist is a man without a country and, therefore, Czolgosz cannot call himself a Pole, the Buffalo colony fears his patronymic may bring unjust aspersions on its members.

A mass meeting of Poles was held last night in Fillmore Hall. Every Polish paper was represented and there were present, beside, representatives of all the Polish societies and many of the leading business-men of the district. Father Wojcik and Father Marcinkowicz represented the church.

B. Dorasewicz, Supervisor of the 11th Ward, presided and Frank A. Oleszanowski, editor of the Gazeta Buffaloska, acted as secretary. Over 500 persons were present.

Many speeches were made denouncing the assailant. Among those who spoke were Dr. Fronczak, Leon T. Olszewski, the editor of the Harmonia, George Mirski, editor of the Polish Sun, Joseph Beruslak, editor of the Polish Echo, Kashair Politowicz, editor of the Polak w Americe, S. C. Frank and Charles Zawadski. The Poles are all the more incensed because Thursday had been set aside as a Polish Day at the exposition and a committee of prominent Poles had labored long and earnestly to make the day worthy of the race. Now they feel that the anarchist has in some measure nullified their efforts. They take it much to heart that the ruffian should bear a Polish name and all through East Buffalo, the patrolmen in that district say, the feeling against him runs very bitter.

The upshot of the meeting was that a series of resolutions was adopted denouncing the attempted murderer and assuring the City and the country that the Poles have no sympathy with, or even pity for him. The resolutions, after reciting the universal loyalty of the Polish race to this country in the past, pledges that whatever efforts the local members of that race can make, will be made to prove their utter abhorrence of the man and the crime. Many of the Poles, especially those among them who have but lately come here, take an exaggerated view of the situation, and such is their sense of race feeling that they think because the assassin bears a Polish name universal blame will be placed on the race. Others realize the American people would have no such sentiments, but they deemed it wise to place themselves on record as denouncing the man.

Such was the tenor of part of the resolutions. Attached were resolutions of sympathy to the stricken President and his family, expressed in the warmest terms, coupled with a promise that the prayers of all would be for a speedy recovery from the injuries inflicted.

The outrage was denounced as dastardly and the resolutions closed with an expression of loyalty to the adopted country and its beloved Chief Executive.

The anger of the Poles is finding vent in more than words. The affair is discussed with the greatest eagerness and all are anxious to help the police to unravel the plot, if plot there was, to kill the President. Some Socialists in Buffalo, suspected by the more hotheaded as being in sympathy with the attempted assassination, are being shadowed by Polish patriots, eager to afford the slightest [sic] clue to the authorities. The district is especially incensed against one Socialist, who has become notorious in his outdoor meetings in this city. That man, it is alleged, introduced the assassin to John Nowak, the hotelkeeper, on Broadway, upon his arrival in this city and it was on the strength of that recommendation that the stranger received lodgings. Albert Nowak, a brother to the hotelkeeper, was present at the meeting last night and assisted in drafting the resolutions.

The Poles urge that greater strictness be shown by the police against the local Socialists, claiming that some of them may use the name of Socialist to mask anarchistic tendencies. The man who introduced Czolgosz, and his wife are pronounced Socialists and the feeling against them runs very high.

The resolutions when drafted were dispatched early this morning by a special messenger to Secretary Cortelyou. The text was not made public as the committee did not wish to have the communication published verbatim until it had been delivered.

Upon adjournment this morning the members of the committee said they did not know what course would be pursued in reference to Polish Day at the ex position. Some felt that It should be postponed, but the majority felt it would be best to leave the matter to the exposition officials for them to decide.

Source: This article appeared in the September 8, 1901 Buffalo Express.