Wire to White House
TELEGRAPHIC CONNECTION WITH THE MILBURN HOME.
Col. Montgomery Had It Promptly Established—Confidence of the People.
The White House is in
both telegraphic and telephonic connection with the Milburn residence
in Buffalo, and bulletins from the sick bed of the President are
received instantly. The prompt establishment of this connection
is of interest. Colonel Montgomery, the signal service officer in
charge of the war room at the White House, received the news of
the shooting within a few minutes after it had occurred. He asked
for telephone connection with the exposition grounds, and within
six minutes he was in conversation with Mr. Bowen, one of the leading
exposition officials. The telephone connection worked well and the
White House had frequent messages regarding the President that night.
In addition, many messages were sent from here. Shortly after the
telephone was called into service and news was received that the
President would be taken to Mr. Milburn’s home after the operation,
a telegraph company was requested to put an instrument and line
in Mr. Milburn’s home, so that the executive departments in this
city could be in close touch with the President and those around
him. It is stated that more rapid work was never done by the company.
The line near the house was tapped and the connection made in the
shortest possible time. Before the President had been taken to the
house from the hospital the operator in the White House was talking
to an operator in the Milburn home. Every minute since then an operator
has sat at the instrument in Buffalo and a man has been at the key
at this end of the line. Across the street from the Milburn house
are two small tents, and in each of these is housed a telegraph
office for the sending of news as to the President’s condition to
all points of the world.
Many officials in Washington and a
number of people throughout the country depend on the White House
for trustworthy news of the President’s condition. One United States
senator in a distant state will not take news from any other source
than the White House, and in Paris there is an American who insists
that a cable message be sent him twice each day with full details
of the President’s condition. The man in Paris declares that he
cannot obtain trustworthy news there and he wants only that which
can be trusted.
The night of the shooting of the President
a man went to a hotel in New York, obtained telephone connection
with the White House and begged officials to call him by telephone
upon the receipt of every bulletin regarding the President. He was
one of those earnest friends of the President who would have nothing
else. If the officials fail to call him he calls the White House.