Source: Zion’s Herald
Source type: magazine
Document type: article
Document title: “Attempt to Kill President McKinley”
Date of publication: 11 September 1901
Volume number: 79
Issue number: 36
|“Attempt to Kill President McKinley.” Zion’s Herald 11 Sept. 1901 v79n36: p. 1156.|
|McKinley assassination; William McKinley (medical condition).|
|Leon Czolgosz; Emma Goldman; Ida McKinley; William McKinley; John G. Milburn; James B. Parker; Theodore Roosevelt.|
|A photograph of Ida McKinley accompanies this article on the same page.|
Attempt to Kill President McKinley
WITHIN the past week the people of the United States have had their feelings
stirred to the very depths by a dastardly attempt to assassinate President McKinley.
The blow fell like a devastating bolt of lightning leaping from a cloudless
sky. Seventy millions of people were smitten dumb with amazement that such a
thing could be possible; then came a blaze of hot indignation against the assassin,
followed quickly by most intense sympathy for the suffering President and his
stricken wife. Every true American felt that a brother had been struck down.
Messages came thick and fast from all quarters of the earth expressing the sympathy
of rulers and statesmen with the American people in their sudden calamity. The
attempt to kill the President was made while he was holding a public reception
in the Temple of Music, at the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, last Friday
afternoon. Thousands of people were crowding forward to shake hands with him.
Leon Czolgosz, of Cleveland, O., a young anarchist, with a revolver concealed
in a handkerchief wrapped about his right hand, approached in the throng, holding
the bandaged hand as if it were injured. The President greeted him with his
characteristic smile of good-will, and reached forward to take the left hand
which Czolgosz was extending to him. At that instant the anarchist fired two
shots in quick succession. Before he could fire a third he was struck in the
face by a secret service agent, and knocked down by James Parker, a huge Negro,
of New York city. Mr. McKinley was carried to a seat, and the assassin seized
by the detectives and guards and taken to a place of safety from the mob. The
President, still conscious but in pain, was conveyed to the Exposition Emergency
Hospital. Fortunately, expert medical attendance was immediately available.
One bullet had struck the breast bone and glanced off harmlessly. The second
bullet entered the abdomen and perforated the stomach, passing through the front
and rear walls. Proper attention was given to the wounds, but the second bullet
could not be found. After the operation the President was carried to the home
of President Milburn of the Exposition. Later in the day Mrs. McKinley, who
was at the Milburn residence, was tactfully informed of the tragedy. She bore
the shock bravely, and has since shown no sign of breaking down. The tender
relationship existing between Mr. and Mrs. McKinley, and his care for her during
her illness in San Francisco, have deeply impressed the whole world, and as
the devoted wife watches by the bedside of the stricken husband, millions of
hearts throb with inexpressible sympathy for her.
With his fine constitution and the best of medical attention the President is in a fair way to recover. The only danger now is from complications that may arise from blood-poisoning. Czolgosz has made a written confession, in which he states that he is an anarchist, and that he was influenced to deliberately attempt the life of the President by the teachings of Emma Goldman, anarchistic lecturer and agitator. The police are working on the theory that he is merely the tool of a band of conspirators. Vice President Roosevelt and the cabinet officers hurried promptly to Buffalo, where they are awaiting developments.