Roosevelt Does Not Fear Harm
Vice President Goes Unattended and Expresses Faith
in the People.
SHAKES HANDS ON STREET
Declares McKinley Is Improving Steadily and Will Soon Be Back in
the White House.
SOUGHT BY EAGER CROWDS.
Buffalo, N. Y., Sept. 9.—[Special.]—Vice
President Roosevelt continues to go about Buffalo unattended and
on foot with implicit faith that there are no more men of the Czolgosz
type at large. He believes men of the fiendish ingenuity of Czolgosz
are not to be stood off by armed guards and that his own alert eye
and quick, athletic readiness for whatever may come is sufficient
protection for him.
A Buffalo headquarters detective has
been assigned to guard the Vice President and follows him on a bicycle.
As Colonel Roosevelt was walking up Delaware avenue to Mr. Milburn’s
house this morning he passed an ancient negro raking leaves out
of the grass between the sidewalk and the curb. The negro took off
his hat and bowed low.
“Please, sir, Mr. Roosevelt,” he said,
“I’d like to shake hands with you, sir.”
As he grasped the Vice President’s
outstretched hand he added:
“Look out they don’t get you, Mr.
“Thank you,” said Colonel Roosevelt
and started on.
Two men in overalls had stopped to
watch his meeting with the negro, and as he turned to go on they
stepped up to him, too, with their hands stretched out.
The Vice President shook hands with
them both and thanked them for their greetings.
Not Afraid to Meet People.
“Ain’t you afraid when a fellow comes
up to you in the street like this?” asked one of them.
“Not a bit of it, sir,” replied Colonel
Roosevelt, with all his usual energy of utterance, “and I hope the
time will never come when an officer of this government will be
afraid to meet his fellow-citizens in the street. The people of
this country, all the people, are the guardians of the men they
have elected to public office. If anything, the lives of the officers
of the government are safer now than before that thing was done
at the exposition the other day. Tell me,” he asked, with a smile
which showed his confidence that he would get a negative answer,
“did it ever occur to either of you that violence would do any of
our people any good?”
Say President Will Live.
The men shook their heads. “Have
you seen the President this morning?” asked one of them.
“I have not seen him,” answered Colonel
Roosevelt, “but I know that he is getting better all the time, and
I have not now the slightest reason to doubt that he will recover
and very rapidly, too. He will be back at his duties at Washington
“Thank God for that,” said one of
The Vice President nodded his hearty
approval and then walked on with Mr. Wilcox. He remained in the
Milburn house a few minutes and came out with a broad smile on his
He told all inquirers that he was
fully satisfied that the President’s condition was constantly more
From the Milburn house the Vice President
returned to Ansley Wilcox’s for luncheon. Secretary of War Root
was at the luncheon, and the Vice President and the Secretary sat
together for a long time in the shaded veranda of Mr. Wilcox’s house.
The friendship between Mr. Root and
the Vice President, though it is of long standing, has been made
apparent to a great many people during their stay here in Buffalo
together and where all their meetings and the manner of them have
been more or less in the glare of publicity. Late in the afternoon
the Vice President, Secretary Root, and Mr. Wilcox walked up to
the Milburn home, and, after the usual inquiries as to the President’s
progress, the walk was continued to Lincoln Park, a distance of
several miles. They returned at dusk and the Vice President had
just time to dress for dinner. He dined as usual with Mr. Root at
the house of Mr. Sprague.
Roosevelt on “Yellow” Papers.
There is a story concerning the Vice
President going around the Buffalo clubs today which is sufficiently
in accordance with Colonel Roosevelt’s general character to need
no further verification. Some friend asked the Vice President how
much, in his opinion, the “yellow” press was to blame for the attempt
to kill the President.
The Vice President has no particular
reason to speak dearly of the particular newspaper to which his
friend referred, and the thought that what he said might be attributed
to his own personal pique against the newspaper apparently checked
him for a moment as he was about to answer. He looked his questioner
squarely in the eye for a moment and then there flashed over his
face one of the grimmest of his grim smiles.
“By their works,” he said, “ye shall
Colonel Roosevelt has not yet decided
when he will leave Buffalo for Oyster Bay. If there should be the
slightest unfavorable turn in the reports from the President’s bedside
the Vice President’s stay will be indefinitely prolonged.
Annoyed by Hosts of Cameras.
The great army of Pan-American visitors
in Buffalo, now that the gravest apprehensions for the President’s
injury are past, have come to regard the Vice President and Mr.
Hanna as two of the objects of interest. An astonishingly large
number of them who came to see the great Buffalo show are armed
with cameras. One man who has been much on the street with both
the Vice President and the Senator from Ohio, said he found his
nerves pretty well shattered by the constant clicking of all manner
and shapes of camera shutters. Not infrequently both of the distinguished
visitors have felt it wise to hail a passing carriage in order to
escape from the embarrassing attentions of the young men and women
who surround them with instruments.
Will Not Go to Cleveland.
The Vice President has received urgent
invitations from the people of Cleveland to attend the Grand Army
encampment next Thursday. He has asked Senator Hanna, who is going
to the encampment, to express his regrets to the people of Cleveland
and the Grand Army men that he does not feel that he ought to accept