Solid Food Given to the President
He Felt Better This Morning Than at Any Time Since
ASKED FOR A CIGAR.
Patient Will Not Be Able to Sit Up until Exterior Wound in Abdomen
DR. MCBURNEY LEAVES BUFFALO
Decides That His Presence Is No Longer Necessary—Root and Smith
Ready to Depart.
Milburn House, Buffalo, September
12—The following bulletins were issued by the President’s physicians
6:20 A. M.—The President has had a
comfortable night. Pulse, 122; temperature, 100.2.
P. M. RIXEY.
Geo. B. Cortelyou, Secretary to the President.
9:30 A. M.—The President has spent
a quiet and restful night and has taken much nourishment. He feels
better this morning than at any time.
He has taken a little solid food this
morning and relished it. Pulse, 120; temperature, 100.2 degrees.
||P. M. RIXEY,
M. D. MANN,
George B. Cortelyou, Secretary to the President.
Milburn House, Buffalo, September
12—The news from the bedside of the President this morning was all
that could be desired. He slept well during the night and was so
much improved this morning that he was given a meal of coffee, toast
and chicken broth.
His appetite was good and his spirits
were so high that after breakfast he appealed to Dr. McBurney to
be allowed to smoke a cigar.
The bulletin issued after the morning
consultation confirmed officially the private reports of the physicians
Dr. McBurney, who is looked upon as
the dean of the corps of physicians in attendance, decided this
morning that his presence was no longer necessary and that he would
leave at 1 o’clock this afternoon for New York. But it is his intention
to return in a few days.
Secretary Root also was scheduled
to leave at the same hour and Postmaster General Smith will probably
go to Washington to-night. Secretary Hitchcock and Secretary Wilson,
however, will remain indefinitely.
When Secretary Hitchcock received
the news that the President had been shot he was in New Hampshire,
with no means of getting away by regular train for six hours. He
immediately hired a special to take him as far as Albany, where
he made connection with the limited for Buffalo. Since his arrival
he has not thought of leaving. “I shall stay,” he always replies
to a question as to when he will depart. Secretary Wilson feels
the same way.
Telegrams, cables and letters continue
to pour in, but their tone has changed. Expressions of pain, sympathy
and grief have given way to congratulations and thanksgiving, and
the whole world seems to share in the rejoicing at the prospect
of the President’s recovery. The bullet in the body is scarcely
mentioned now either by the President, his friends or the physicians.
As a factor in the President’s condition it is seemingly ignored.
Outer Wound Not Expected to Heal for Several Weeks.
The consensus of opinion of the physicians
is that the outer wound will not be healed tight for several weeks
and that it will be advisable for him to remain quietly here for
about a month. They will take no chances.
Dr. McBurney says the President’s
ability to sit up is now purely a question of mechanics. But such
a move will not be permitted until the wound is perfectly strong.
The weather, which last night was
stormy, cleared this morning. The rain ceased, the sky cleared and
the sun came out, but the wind was high and the giant trees about
the Milburn house swayed and shook beneath its blows. The equinoctial
seemed to be approaching. But the weather was not oppressive for
the patient. The atmosphere remained cool.
Abner McKinley, the President’s brother,
is still here, but has not yet been admitted to his presence. The
doctors say it would be safe now for the President to see an occasional
visitor, but they desire to put off as long as possible the day
when his friends and relatives will be admitted.
Heavy Rain in Early Morning Hours.
A rain which has been threatening
for the past few days began shortly after midnight and increased
steadily in volume. By morning it was coming down in torrents. In
consequence of the weather the newspaper men who are keeping watch
near the Milburn mansion, kept close to their shelter during the
Apparently there was nothing of consequence
going on in the Milburn house during the late portion of the night.
This conclusion was confirmed when the early morning bulletin prepared
by Dr. P. M. Rixey, the President’s regular physician, who remained
with the patient all night, made its appearance. It showed that
Mr. McKinley had passed a comfortable night with but little change
in pulse and temperature from last night’s regular official statement
of the President’s condition.
Only One Physician on Duty During the Night.
Last night was the first during which
the President has been ill that but one physician has remained with
him during the latter half of the night. Dr. Rixey, who had always
remained on duty at night, invariably had the assistance of one
other physician, but last night he decided, in view of the favorable
aspect of the President’s case, to stay on duty alone.
Short Morning Consultation.
About 8:30 the doctors arrived for
the regular morning consultations. The consultation was brief, the
shortest since the President was stricken, and when the physicians
came out their elation was evident from their smiling countenances.
Dr. Mynter paused, after he jumped into his buggy, to announce that
everything continued “eminently satisfactory.”
McKinley Had Toast, Coffee and Beef Broth.
“The President has had a piece of
toast and a cup of coffee this morning,” said he, “in addition to
a cup of beef broth.”
“Will he be able to sit up soon?”
“No, not for some time,” answered
the doctor. “Not until the exterior wound in the abdomen heals and
grows strong and his heart action grows normal.”
“What is the cause of his accelerated
“Oh, I cannot tell you, but it is
Dr. Mynter added as he drove away
that the exterior wound was progressing satisfactorily.
Dr. Park and Dr. Wasdin, who followed
Dr. Mynter, confirmed the statement that the President this morning
had taken food for the first time.
The rain ceased about this time, the
sky brightened and there were signs of clearing weather in the southwest.
The soldiers discarded their ponchos and the police their rubber
President Asked for a Cigar.
Dr. Mann, who remained for some time
after the other doctors had gone, said that the patient could not
be doing better.
“Why, he even asked for a cigar,”
said he, laughing heartily.
“Did he get it?”
“Well, hardly,” replied the surgeon.
“He will have to wait a while yet before we allow him to smoke.”
John N. Scatcherd, chairman of the
executive committee of the exposition, who called at the Milburn
residence after the doctors had left, was extremely jubilant over
the news he had heard.
September 21 Favored as Day of Thanksgiving.
Mr. Scatcherd said that the people
all over the country had urged the management of the exposition
to arrange for a day of thanksgiving in the nature of a national
jubilee. The exhibitors had also taken the matter up and opinion,
he said, seemed to favor September 21 for the celebration. Nothing
absolutely definite had, however, been agreed upon.
Dr. McBurney on the President’s Condition.
Dr. McBurney, the eminent New York
surgeon, did not leave the Milburn residence until 10:30. He has
private business to attend to and has decided that it is safe for
him to leave the city this afternoon for a few days. He will depart
this afternoon, at 1 o’clock.
Dr. McBurney told the newspaper men
that the President’s condition had materially improved since last
night. “A breakfast of toast, coffee and chicken broth,” said he,
“is a pretty substantial meal. We have demonstrated now that the
stomach is performing its natural functions and that the President
can take a large amount of nourishment. That is a great step. As
long as he can eat he is all right. We are looking for an egg,”
he added, smiling, “and if we can find a real hen’s egg, fresh laid
for invalids, we will give it to him, soft boiled.
“When the President had finished his
meal this morning, he told me he would like a mild cigar. I replied:
‘Well, Mr. President, you cannot have one, but I can.’ The President
smiled and told me I could find all I desired downstairs.”
“How long will it be before the President
will be able to sit up?”
“It is purely a matter of mechanics,”
replied the surgeon. “So far as his general condition is concerned,
he would be able to sit up long before we will allow him to do so.
The wound must heal tight. He is like a man with his vest open.”
“Can you approximate the time when
the wound will be healed and strong.”
“Probably in three or four weeks,”
he responded. “We shall keep him quiet as long as we can. If he
should grow restless and complain, we may have to take a few risks.”
“Has any one seen him outside of the
physicians and nurses except Mrs. McKinley and Secretary Cortelyou?”
“Not a soul,” he replied. “He could
see a visitor now and then without injury, but we want to put off
the beginning as long as we can. If one of his friends had been
admitted three days ago, three would see him to-day. The longer
we are able to keep the first visitor away the better it will be.”
“Now,” said Dr. McBurney, as he turned
away, “don’t make it too strong. Say his condition is perfectly
satisfactory to his physicians.”