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Source: Hamilton Review
Source type: magazine
Document type: news column
Document title: “Alumni Notes”
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: November 1901
Volume number: 15
Issue number: 2
Pagination: 52-59 (excerpt below includes only page 54)

“Alumni Notes.” Hamilton Review Nov. 1901 v15n2: pp. 52-59.
McKinley assassination (poison bullet theory); Herbert M. Hill.
Named persons
Albert Huntington Chester; Leon Czolgosz; Herbert M. Hill; Roswell Park [misspelled below].


Alumni Notes [excerpt]

     The theory that the bullets fired by Assassin Czolgosz were poisoned is proven fallacious by the scientific examination of the remaining bullets found in his revolver. The examination was made by Dr. Hill[,] a prominent chemist of Buffalo. It is fair to assume that if the two fired were poisoned the remainder were also, inasmuch as it would have been impracticable for him to have poisoned only two out of the load and feel sure which two would be used. The poisoned bullet theory had some adherents at the start even among the physicians at the autopsy. Dr. Parke and others were equally certain there was no foundation for it. The examination was made by Dr. Hill, who, when he was a student at Hamilton College in the class of ’76, was a resident of Watertown. He made a specialty of chemistry under Prof. Chester and afterward studied it still further and has attained eminence in his prosession [sic]. Dr. Hill’s opinion will be accepted as conclusive by all familiar with his reputation and skill.



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