Publication information

Chicago Daily News
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “President M’Kinley Shot”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Chicago, Illinois
Date of publication: 6 September 1901
Volume number: 26
Issue number: 214
Part/Section: 1
Pagination: 1

“President M’Kinley Shot.” Chicago Daily News 6 Sept. 1901 v26n214: part 1, p. 1.
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McKinley assassination; Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley (medical condition); McKinley assassination (personal response); Marcus Hanna (public statements); J. Pierpont Morgan; Theodore Roosevelt (informed about assassination).
Named persons
John H. Cooper; Leon Czolgosz [identified as Fred Nieman below]; Marcus Hanna; Edward Wallace Lee; Matthew D. Mann; Ida McKinley; William McKinley; J. Pierpont Morgan; Herman Mynter; Roswell Park [misspelled below]; Theodore Roosevelt; Herbert L. Satterlee; Peter W. Van Peyma [misspelled below].
The article below is given the time of 6:00 p.m.

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 Extracted
and the Physicians Are Hopeful.
Now Resting at Hospital in the Grounds and Everything Possible Is Being Done
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 the
Prisoner—New York Financiers Take Action to Prevent a Panic on the Stock Market.

     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 the president.
     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 easy.

     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.