Source: Christian Observer
Source type: newspaper
Document type: news column
Document title: “Secular News”
City of publication: Louisville, Kentucky
Date of publication: 11 September 1901
Volume number: 89
Issue number: 37
Pagination: 23-24 (excerpt below includes only page 23)
|“Secular News.” Christian Observer 11 Sept. 1901 v89n37: pp. 23-24.|
|McKinley assassination; William McKinley (recovery); Leon Czolgosz; Ida McKinley.|
|Leon Czolgosz; Emma Goldman; Marcus Hanna; Ida McKinley; William McKinley; John G. Milburn; Theodore Roosevelt.|
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.