Better Than Yesterday
Improvement in McKinley’s Condition Reported in
RALLY AFTER COLLAPSE
There Is a Better Response to Stimulation and He Is Conscious.
SALINE INJECTION HELPFUL.
This Morning’s Improvement Arouses Renewed Hopes, but Another
Attack Is Dreaded.
LITTLE NOURISHMENT TAKEN
Summons to the Cabinet and Roosevelt—Physicians Say There Will Be
Hope If They Can Pull Patient through To-night.
Milburn House, Buffalo—The following
bulletins were issued by the President’s physicians to-day:
A. M.—The President’s condition has somewhat improved during
the past few hours. There is a better response to stimulation.
He is conscious and free from pain.
Pulse, 128; temperature, 99.8.
P. M. RIXEY.
M. D. MANN.
CHARLES G. STOCKTON.
George B. Cortelyou, Secretary to the President.
“12:30 P. M.—The President’s
physicians report that his condition is practically unchanged
since the 9 o’clock bulletin. He is sleeping quietly.
“GEORGE B. CORTELYOU,
“Secretary to the President.”
2:30 P. M.—“The
President has more than held his own since morning and his condition
justifies the expectation of further improvement. He is better
than yesterday at this time.
“Pulse, 123; temperature, 99.4.”
Milburn House, Buffalo, September
13—There is a chance for the President’ life.
His family, the two members of the
Cabinet who remained here, Senator Hanna, Colonel Herrick and others
who arrived by special trains this morning, are in the drawing room
of the Milburn house watching the clock and listening to the pendulum
which may be ticking away the seconds of the life of the nation’s
All realize that only a slender hope
remains and all dread a sudden attack of heart failure, which might
Mrs. McKinley Does Not Know the Real Truth.
Of all the sad household only the
wife does not know the real truth.
She surmises that the President is
worse, for she was told this morning it would be better for her
not to enter the sick chamber. She assented, but it was with a look
of mute appeal in her eyes.
President Seems to Realize That His Life Hangs by
The President himself seems to realize
that his life hangs by a thread, although he has not yet been told
how slim the chances are. This morning he looked out of the window.
When the nurses sought to adjust the pillow to keep out the light
he murmured a feeble protest.
“It is so beautiful,” said he, “the
trees are so beautiful. I want to see them.”
Eminent Heart Specialists Summoned.
The doctors, it is needless to say,
are doing all that medical science and skill can do to save the
President to his country. W. W. Johnston of Washington and Dr. Janeway
of New York, two of the most eminent heart specialists in the United
States, have been summoned to lend their skill and counsel, and
Dr. McBurney, the noted surgeon who left yesterday, has been recalled.
He advanced the theory before he left
that the accelerated pulse might be due to the after effects of
the shock of the first bullet against the breastbone, now manifesting
itself for the first time.
Everything Prepared for the Worst.
The President’s condition, generally
speaking, is fairly satisfactory, and upon this is based the hope
for his recovery. If the heart action can be controlled and strengthened,
the crisis now existing would pass. But everything is being prepared
for the worst.
Roosevelt and Cabinet Summoned.
Vice President Roosevelt and the
absent members of the Cabinet have been telegraphed for and are
speeding here as fast as steam and steel can bring them.
When the sinking spell occurred about
2 o’clock this morning it was feared he might expire at any moment,
as he did not respond to ordinary stimulants. It was only when recourse
was had to the desperate resource of injecting saline solution,
which saved Mrs. McKinley’s life in San Francisco, into his veins
that the circulation grew stronger and after an hour he rallied
Slight Rally Brings Renewed Hope.
His pulse at one time was almost
140. But the slight rally came and returning hope with it. With
the fresh energies of daylight the President appeared perceptibly
stronger, and the physicians announced in their 9 o’clock bulletin
that his condition was improved. The pulse had fallen several points
from the highest and they affirm the existence of hope.
Dr. Mann declared most emphatically
that it was absurd to say the President was dying.
Hope of Recovery If Patient Is Carried through the
Toward 1 o’clock the Associated Press
was definitely informed that the physicians believed if the President
could be carried through the night there would be hope of his recovery.
The administration of nourishment
has been practically discontinued, as the rectum is much irritated
and does not retain the enemas. Only a small amount of nourishment
is consequently retained.
President Very Weak; Heart Trouble Not Clearly Understood.
The President is very weak and the
heart trouble is not thoroughly understood. It was the belief that
Drs. Johnston and Janeway, the heart specialists, might be of service
in elucidating the exact trouble that they were sent for. They are
both expected to-night.
The President is in constant danger
of a sudden sinking spell and complete collapse.
At 2:45 P. M., Colonel Alexander announced
with a smile a slight improvement. He said:
“The bulletin is coming. The President
It is understood that pulse is 123
and temperature 99.05.