Used X-Rays on M’Kinley’s Double
A “DRESS REHEARSAL” HELD BY SURGEONS AND
EXPERTS—MACHINE WORKED PERFECTLY.
Buffalo, Sept. 11.—(Spl.)—Every
precaution and preparation that the ingenuity of man can conceive
is being taken in the case of President McKinley. An example of
this is the “dress rehearsal” that was held with the X-ray apparatus,
last evening. Dr. Knoll, of the New York City hospital, the X-ray
expert, wished to test his machine on a man of exactly the president’s
size and build. In case any inflammation should set in it would
be necessary to remove the bullet at once, and the X-ray will be
relied upon to locate it.
To find a man of the exact size of
the president was no easy matter. He must not only be of the same
height and weight, but he must positively be of the same degree
of corpulency. The girth of his waist must be 56 inches. A dozen
men men were measured before the right one was found. He was Dr.
Vertner Kenderson, a Buffalo physician. He was found to tally exactly
with all the president’s measurements and he gladly submitted himself
to the doctors’ experiments. He was taken to a room in the Milburn
house, just below and across the hall from that in which the president
Dr. Knoll and Dr. Roswell Park, of
Buffalo, were the only physicians present. The only other men in
the room, besides Dr. Kenerson, were the two Edison operators.
Dr. Kenerson was laid on his side,
in the same position in which the president would be obliged to
lie for the examination.
The heart, liver and lungs were first
seen perfectly. Then, moving the apparatus down, the kidneys and
lumbar vertebrae were examined. It is in this locality in the president
that the bullet lies. The test finished Dr. Knoll declared it satisfactory
in every way, even beyond expectation. Dr. Park acquiesced.