President McKinley’s Death
The reports from Buffalo just as
we were going to press with the issue of September 13th indicated,
much to our surprise, yet to our joy, that President McKinley was
rapidly recovering—that surgically he was well, and that he then
needed only some attentions from the physicians to insure his recovery.
While yet—even with the revelations of the autopsy before us—we
are not disposed to criticise the mistake in diagnosis and prognosis,
we can but feel that had the patient been a tramp in one of our
up-to-date surgical clinics, where the reputation of the surgeon
was at stake, freer investigations as to the track of the pistol
ball would have been made, and a more correct diagnosis resulted.
With the lights before them, we believe that the eminent surgeons
in the case did the best they could have done under the circumstances.
And yet in our sorrow over the loss of the great and good man from
the presidential chair, the remark of the old darkie who had just
lost his wife forces itself upon us: “I have no doubt, doctor, but
that you have done the best you knowed how; but God knows you didn’t