Secular News [excerpt]
An Attempt to Assassinate President
McKinley was made by a young Pole, Leon Czolgosz, at the Buffalo
Exposition on last Friday afternoon. Between half past three and
four o’clock the President was holding a reception in the Temple
of Music. Among others who approached to shake his hand was a young
man whose right hand, apparently bandaged, concealed a revolver.
He extended his left hand to the President, and as Mr. McKinley
took it, he fired. One bullet struck the breastbone of the President
and glanced off, making only a flesh wound. The other passed through
both walls of the stomach, and is probably lodged in the muscles
of the back. The President was taken immediately to the hospital
on the Exposition grounds, anćsthetics were administered, and the
two wounds in the stomach were sewed up. Later he was removed to
the home of Mr. John G. Milburn, President of the Exposition, where
he and Mrs. McKinley had been staying during their visit to Buffalo.
Though he is very seriously wounded, the bulletins up to the time
of our writing (Monday, at noon) have been encouraging. The dreaded
symptoms of peritonitis and blood-poisoning have not appeared, and
his strength seems to be holding out well. The statement of the
physicians, however, show that the crisis is not yet past, and the
utmost anxiety and suspense will continue to be felt for several
days yet. In all the churches of this country, on Sabbath, the most
earnest and heartfelt prayers were offered for the President’s recovery.
The whole nations admires him as a Christian gentleman, and longs
for his restoration to health and the discharge of the duties of
his high office.
His Assailant.—The moment the shots
were fired, Czolgosz was seized and borne down by a colored man
and two of the Secret Service men detailed to guard the President.
He was hastily removed from the Exposition grounds to police headquarters
lest in the first burst of indignation summary vengeance should
be wreaked on him by the crowd. He describes himself as an anarchist,
inflamed to such deeds by the speeches of Emma Goldman, an anarchist
leader. According to his accounts, he is without confederates. Nevertheless,
some ten or twelve known anarchists have been arrested in Chicago.
Czolgosz seems to be a typical anarchist, blindly determined to
kill a ruler because he is a ruler, and reckless of the consequences
to himself. Unfortunately, the severest penalty that can be meted
out to him, should the President recover, is ten years’ imprisonment.
Mrs. McKinley.—Next to the President
himself, everyone is concerned about how Mrs. McKinley, in her frail
health, can bear the shock and the prolonged anxiety that must be
hers under even the most favorable circumstances. So far, the reports
of her condition are that she is bearing up well.
Messages of Sympathy have poured in
from all over the world. Vice-President Roosevelt, the Cabinet and
Senator Hanna are all at Buffalo.