Comprehensive Story of the Shooting and Subsequent
PRESIDENT REMAINED COOL
Spectators First Motionless with Horror, Then Frenzied with Desire
Sept. 7.—I was within [fi]fty f[ee]t of President McKinley when
[he] w[a]s [s]hot. Two shots were fired in [ra]pid [s]ucce[ss]ion.
The Temple of Music w[as] crowded and the President was [s]h[a]king
hands with everyone. A man [ha]d [a] h[a]ndkerchief wrapped about
his h[a]nd [as] though to hide a wound. Suddenly tho[se] n[ea]r
by were startled to [hea]r two reports in rapid succe[s]sion [a]nd
[sa]w the President grasp his breast.
Th[e] would-b[e] a[ss]a[ss]in wa[s]
knocked down and beaten. It is a great wonder [he esca]ped with
hi[s] life. An automo[bile] [a]mbul[a]nc[e] c[a]me almost instantly
[and], [es]cort[e]d by mounted polic[e], the Pr[eside]nt was t[a]ken
to the Emergency h[ospital] on the [g]round[s].
Do[ct]or Rix[e]y c[a]m[e] almost imm[e]di[a]t[e]ly
[a]nd [s]oon [a]fter Doctor Park, the [noted specialist], w[as]
brought by [s]pecial [train] from N[iagara] F[a]ll[s].
I [sa]w the Pr[esi]dent’s a[ssai]lant
t[a]ken out of th[e] hall. A det[ai]l of United [States] r[e]gular[s]
held the people in check with rifl[es] while he w[as] taken to the
carr[iage] in waiting. Sever[a]l attempt[s] w[e]r[e] made to get
at him, but in v[a]in. Th[e] driv[e]r l[as]hed his hor[ses] acro[ss]
the brid[ge] [a]nd [e]sc[a]ped, followed by a d[ense] crowd of angry
people. The pri[s]on[e]r appe[a]red to [be] [ab]out 25 y[ea]r[s]
old, [s]mooth face, 5 feet 7 inches in [hei]g[h]t.
Last night the illumination[s] were
curt[a]iled, but everything wa[s] [s]till on the Midway.