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Source: Chicago Daily News
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Probing for the Bullets”
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

“Probing for the Bullets.” Chicago Daily News 6 Sept. 1901 v26n214: part 1, p. 1.
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William McKinley (medical condition); William McKinley (medical care); John Wisser (telegrams); White House; Charles Emory Smith.
Named persons
Louis Bertschey; William S. Bull; George B. Cortelyou; Devillo W. Harrington; Ida McKinley; William McKinley; John G. Milburn; Benjamin F. Montgomery; Herman Mynter; Roswell Park [misspelled below]; John Parmenter; Presley M. Rixey; Charles Emory Smith; Jeremiah Smith; John Wisser [misspelled below].


Probing for the Bullets


One of President’s Wounds Slight, but the Other Perforated Both Walls
of Stomach and Ball Not Yet Found.
Assassin Is Captured by Corporal Bertschey and Detail of Men of
Seventy-Third Company of Coast Artillery.
Telephone Message to Washington from Secretary Cortelyou Says
Operation Is in Progress and Everything Favorable.
Up to 6 O’clock This Evening Mrs. McKinley Had Not Been Informed
of the Attempt on the Life of Her Husband.
Patient Will Be Removed as Soon as Possible to President Milburn’s House
and the Street Shut Off from Public Traffic, That He May Have Perfect Quiet.

     Buffalo, N. Y., Sept. 6.—At 7:25 p. m. President McKinley was placed in an automobile ambulance and taken from the exposition hospital to the home of President Milburn, on Delaware avenue. The president is resting easily and the conditions are favorable.


     Buffalo, N. Y., Sept. 6.—Dr. Harrington, the police surgeon, at 6:45 p. m. announced for Drs. Parkee, Parmenter and Mynter, who performed the operation, that the first bullet struck the sternum and glanced off, causing a slight flesh wound. The second bullet perforated both walls of the stomach and has not yet been found. The bullet probably is in the stomach. The wounds are not necessarily fatal.
     The president will be removed to Mr. Milburn’s house soon. Superintendent Bull will rope off the street and allow no traffic thereon until the president has passed over them.


     At 6 o’clock Mrs. McKinley had not been informed of the shooting of her husband.
     The would-be assassin also claims Cleveland and Chicago as his home.


     Washington, D. C., Sept. 6.—The war department to-night received the following telegram from Capt. John B. Wiser, commanding the 73d company of coast artillery at Buffalo:

     “Buffalo, N. Y., Sept. 6, 1901: Adjutant-General U. S. A., Washington, D. C.—President shot at reception in Temple of Music about 4 p. m., Corporal Bertschey and detail of men of my company caught the assassin at once and held him down till the secret-service men overpowered him and took the prisoner out of their hands, my men being unarmed. Condition of president not known. Revolver in my possession.

“WISER, commanding.”     

     At 7:20 o’clock Col. Montgomery, chief operator at the white house, by long distance telephone reached Private Secretary Cortelyou at Buffalo. Mr. Cortelyou said:
     “The operation is in progress and everything is favorable so far.”
     The telegraph operator, two watchmen at the doors, the policeman on guard outside and the faithful colored servant, “Uncle Jerry,” were the only persons about the mansion.
     They recalled with great satisfaction the fact that when the president left Washington he was in most robust health and excellent spirits, and that he bade all an affectionate farewell. It was recalled also that Mrs. McKinley said this circumstance had much to do with the president’s own condition later on. When he left here he was accompanied Mrs. McKinley, Secretary Cortelyou, Dr. Rixey and Mrs. McKinley’s nurse.
     The force at the white house since the president’s departure has been in constant communication with him, and while he has conducted most of the business of his office at his home in Canton, the majority of the papers with which he has had to deal have been prepared in Washington and forwarded through the white house clerical force.


     Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 6.—Postmaster-General Charles Emory Smith was greatly affected by the news of the shooting of President McKinley and expressed himself as shocked beyond measure.



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