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ASSASSINATION OF THE SPANISH PREMIER.

Madrid despatches dated August 8 to the American Presi give these additional particulars of the assassination of S*nor Canovas:—Senor Cauovas del Castillo, the Premier, wlio had been at the baths only for tliree days, was on the gallery of the bathing establishment at one o'clock waiting for his wife to join him for luncheon, when the assassin came up. The Anarchist, who had the appearance of an ordinary visitor, approached quickly and fired at Canova3 point blank, one bullet passing through the body and coming out behind under the left shoulder, and the other two lodging in the head. He fell instantly, and only recovered consciousness long, enough to speak a few words, beveral medical men and his wife who were in sight at the time were unremitting in their attentions to the sufferer, but bia wounds were mortal, and he died iu two hours Extreme unction was administered, amidst a scene of mingled sorrow and indignation. The Queen Regent on hearing the news despatched her own physician (Dr Bustos) by a special train from San Sebastian. Later, on learning that Canovas was dead, she wired her condolence to the widow. The health of Senor Canovas had improved greatly of late. He had been leading a quiet life, although he attended to the business of the State. The assassination was undoubtedly carefully planned. Golli watched for an opportunity to kill the bpanish statesman, and he only fired when he had no chance of missiDg. In fact, the assassin, who was arrested almost immedutely after the Premier fell dead at the feet of hid wife, has declared as much to the examining magistrate. Premier Canovas del Castillo and his wife were present at the celebration of mass in the chapel attached to the baths. After mass the Premier was reading and conversing with some reporter, when the assassin approached and nred three shots at him with a revolver, hitting him in the forehead, chest, and left ear. The wounded man fell to the ground crying: "Assassin! Long live s P am , ! " The murderer declared he had killed the Premier "in the accomplishment of a just vengeance," gave the name of Riualdi, and claimed that the deed was the outcome of au extensive Anarchist conspiracy. Later, however, he confessed that his real name was Michelo Angeline Golli, that he was twenty-six years of age, a native of Boggi, near Naples, and that he left Italy and came to Spain in 1896. After reaching Spain, 'iolli, according to his confession, resided at Barcelona, and participated in the doings of the various Anarchist societies at that place and vicinity. After sojourning at Barcelona for some time Golli went to France and Belgium, and returned to Spain in July last. After hi 3 return the Anarchists seemed to have completed the plans for the assassination of the Prime Minister. He left Madrid for Santa Agueda at the same time as Senor Cauovas del Castillo, and awaited an opportunity to assassinate the statesman. In appearance Golli is of medium height, wears a full beard and spectacles, and his demeanor is that of a quiet, law-abiding citizen. He says he is satisfied with having done " his duty," and asserts that he had no personal crudee against the Premier, and was merely obeying orders received from his superiors m the society to which he belonged. He frankly professes Anarchist doctrines says he was sentenced in 189") to eighteen months' imprisonment in the gaol at Lueera Italy, and claims that he escaped from there to Marseilles, from which port he made his way to Barcelona. Senora Canovas, who •• was but a short distance from her husband when the crime was committed, rushed to his side upon hearing the shots. As the Premier lay dying on the ground she bitterly reproached the murderer for his crime Golli, m reply to the agonising words of the distracted wife, said; "I respect you because you arc an honorable lady, but I have done my duty, and 1 am now easy in u la l' f ° r rL have ttVeu Sed my friends and brothers of xMountjuieh."

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ASSASSINATION OF THE SPANISH PREMIER., Evening Star, Issue 10421, 16 September 1897

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ASSASSINATION OF THE SPANISH PREMIER. Evening Star, Issue 10421, 16 September 1897

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