In an interview last night, Secret Service operative ireland made the following statement concerning the shooting:
"It is incorrect, as has been stated, that the least fear of an assault was entertained by the Presidential Party. Since the Spanish War, the President has travelled all over the country and has met people everywhere. In Canton he walks to church and down town without the sign of a Secret Service man or any kind of an escort. In Washington, he walks about the White House grounds, drives out freely and has enjoyed much freedom from the presence of detectives."
CHANGED IRELAND'S POSITION
"It has been my custom to stand back of the President and just to his left, so that I could see every person approaching, but yesterday Secretary Cortelyou requested that I stand opposite the President, so that Mr. Milburn could stand to his left and introduce the people who approached. In that way, I was unable to get a good look at everyone's hand."
LOOKED LIKE A BANDAGE
"A few moments before Czolgosz approached, a man had come along with three fingers of his right hand tied in a bandage and he had shaken hands with his left. When Czolgosz came up I noticed that he was a boyish-looking fellow with an innocent face, perfectly calm, and I also noticed that his right hand was wrapped in what appearched to be a bandage. I watched him closely, but was interrupted by the man in front of him, who held onto the President's hand an unusually long time. This man, who appeared to be an Italian, and who had a short cropped, heavy black moustache, was persistent and it was necessary for me to push him along somthat the others could reach the President."
"Just as he released the President's hand, and as the President was reaching for the hand of the assasin, there were two quick shots. Startled for a moment, I looked and saw the President draw his right hand under his coat, straighten up up and, pressing his lips together, give Czolgosz the most scornful and contemptuous look possible to imagine."
"Immediately a dozen men fell upon the assassin and was borne to the floor. While on the floor, Czolgosz again tried to discharge the revolver, but before he could get it to the President it was knocked from his hand by the negro. As it went across the floor, one of the artillerymen picked it up and put it in his pocket."
ANXIOUS ABOUT MRS. MCKINLEY
"After seeing the the man was captured, I turned to the President and assisted Mr. Cortelyou and Mr. Milburn in taking the President to a seat. While on the way, the President said he hoped that his wife would nothear of the matter and then added that if she must hear it, the fact must not be exaggerated."
"On the way down to the police station, Czolgosz would not say a word, but seemed greatly agitated. When searched at the station, on him was found a card of the Regal Hotel, on Ferry Street, and a card showing that he was a member in good standing in a Cleveland lodge of the knights of the Golden eagle. This was dated August 3rd last."
"At the station, in reply to questions, he said that he had been born in Detroit, but had been living in Cleveland, coming to Buffalo last Saturday. Besides some keys and trinkets, he had a little over a dollar in his pockets. When asked why he had shot the President, he replied:"
"I have done my duty."
"This is taken to indicate that he is the one chosen by the Anarchistic group to kill the President, and on this line, much work is being done. We are looking for the man with the black moustache and the Italian appearance who preceded the assassin to the President and who made way for him. A description of him has been sent out, and he may be brought in."