Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Told of Czolgosz”
City of publication: Baltimore, Maryland
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: 10
Issue number: 6
|“Told of Czolgosz.” Afro-American-Ledger 14 Sept. 1901 v10n6: p. .|
|William McKinley (activity, conversations, etc. during recovery); William McKinley (informed about assassin); William McKinley (recovery); Charles McBurney (public statements); Pan-American Exposition (President’s Day: proposed second occurrence).|
|William I. Buchanan; Leon Czolgosz; Charles McBurney; William McKinley; Presley M. Rixey.|
Told of Czolgosz
President for the First Time Hears His Assailant Is an Anarchist.
Buffalo, N. Y. (Special).—When he awoke, after
his morning nap Monday, President McKinley called Dr. Rixey to his bedside and
asked that he be permitted to read the morning papers.
Of course, he was denied this, but the physician was pleased that the President should take so active an interest in public affairs. The President was assured that if he continued to progress favorably he might in a week read the papers as usual.
For the first time since his would-be assassin was taken from his sight President McKinley mentioned Czolgosz. He asked what had been done with the assailant and was told he was being held as a prisoner here.
“He must have been crazy,” said President McKinley. “I never saw the man until he approached me at the reception.”
“He is an anarchist,” the President was told.
“Too bad, too bad,” was the reply. “I trust, though, that he will be treated with all fairness.”
The President was told that from all parts of the world messages of sympathy had arrived. He was informed that the American public had shown great grief over his misfortune and this had demonstrated that he has a strong grip upon the affections of his fellow-countrymen. The President was deeply touched and said that he felt himself too highly honored. To Dr. Rixey he said that he hoped to recover to show that he appreciated all which had been done for him.
Perhaps the strangest feature of the progress that has been made toward recovery by the President is that he has at no time shown any symptoms of relapse. After the operation there was no sinking spell which usually results from such a shock, and from the moment his wounds were dressed his progress has been steady and satisfactory. Dr. McBurney said that in all his experience as a physician he has never known another patient who exhibited so great a tendency to respond to medical treatment as does President McKinley.
“It is marvelous,” said he, “and is worthy of the study of men who are capable of understanding such things.”
The President asked how long it would be before he would be permitted to partake of food. Dr. Rixey told him that the wounds in his stomach would not heal in less than a week or ten days, and during that time it would be impossible for him to take any solid nourishment. This information was far from pleasant, but the President made no complaint other than a semi-jocular remark to the effect that it was bad enough to be shot, without being starved to death.
An indication of confidence in the President’s recovery was the announcement made by President Buchanan, of the Pan-American Exposition, that there would be another “President’s Day ” before the show closed. It is proposed to make the occasion a festival of rejoicing over the President’s recovery. Mr. Buchanan did not make the announcement until he had received positive assurances that the President would in all probability recover.