President M’Kinley Shot
Man Said to Be Fred Nieman of Detroit, Fires Twice
at the Chief Executive at Buffalo Exposition.
Both Bullets Take Effect in the Breast and Abdomen—One of Them Is
and the Physicians Are Hopeful.
Now Resting at Hospital in the Grounds and Everything Possible Is
for Relief of the Distinguished Patient.
Report that the Would-Be Assassin Is Captured Soon after the Desperate
Act—City of Buffalo Is Wild with Excitement.
So Worked Up Is the Populace That an Attempt May Be Made to Lynch
Prisoner—New York Financiers Take Action to Prevent a Panic on the
Buffalo, N. Y., Sept. 6.—President
McKinley was shot twice here this afternoon at the Temple of Music.
The name of the assassin is said to
be Fred Nieman, and it is said that he comes from Detroit.
He has resided on Broadway in Buffalo
for a week.
He admits that he is an anarchist
and that he is a resident of Detroit. He says he is of Polish nationality.
A dispatch from Detroit says there
is no person named Fred Nieman in the local directory.
Two shots took effect in the breast
and abdomen. The president is now at the hospital in the Pan-American
grounds. He was shot by a stranger.
The president has been at the Buffalo
Pan-American exposition for two days.
The man who did the shooting was caught
a few minutes after the deed was done.
Excitement is high in Buffalo and
unless the would-be assassin is well guarded an attempt at lynching
him may be made.
The president was said by the doctors
at first to be fatally hurt. The first bullet entered the left breast
and the second entered the abdomen.
At the time of the shooting the president
was receiving in the Temple of Music.
A bullet which had lodged against
the breast bone has been abstracted [sic]. The president
is resting easy.
The president’s assailant was a well-dressed
man who wore a high hat and who, while shaking hands with him, fired
the shots with his left hand.
It is now said the president is conscious
and resting easy in the service building.
The prisoner is said to have been
taken to the 13th district police station.
An attempt was made to lynch the
prisoner, but the police succeeded in getting him out of the grounds
and locked up. There is great excitement here. The streets in front
of the different newspaper offices are crowded with anxious people.
As the man approached the president,
it is said, he had the revolver covered with a handkerchief, and
as he reached out his hand to shake the president’s hand he fired.
Four physicians, Drs. Mynter, Mann
and Van Peyrura, of this city and Dr. Lee of St. Louis are with
Cleveland, O., Sept. 6.—“My God, it
can’t be possible!” cried Senator Hanna this afternoon when The
Associated Press dispatch was read to him saying that President
McKinley had been shot. “It is terrible, and I am too shocked to
express my feeling,” he added.
The senator was prostrated by the
news, and begged that all dispatches relating to the condition of
the president be telephoned to him as fast as they arrived.
Mrs. McKinley has not yet heard of
the shooting of her husband.
At 5:45 the president was resting
Dr. Roswell Parker, a well-known
surgeon, has arrived at the hospital and is now probing for the
bullet which entered the abdomen.
Police Commissioner Cooper has had
an interview with Nieman, and to him the prisoner denied that he
is an anarchist.
A telephone message received here
quotes Senator Hanna as saying: “The president will live.”
New York, Sept. 6.—Immediately upon
receipt of the news of the shooting of the president steps were
taken to call a meeting to-night of all the great financial interests
to devise measures to protect the stock market.
When J. Pierpont Morgan was informed
of the shooting of President McKinley he stood as one thunderstruck.
For a few moments there was utter silence, and then Mr. Morgan turned
to Mr. Satterlee, his son-in-law, and communicated the news to him.
At the time Mr. Morgan was told of
the shooting he had his hat and cane in hand ready to go home. He
at once went into conference with his partners and remained inaccessible.
New York, Sept. 6.—Vice-President
Roosevelt is due to arrive in Burlington at 7 o’clock. The news
of the shooting of the president was communicated to him by telephone.