President McKinley Improving
Since Friday afternoon the entire
country has been in feverish excitement, everybody eager to learn
of the condition of President McKinley. Each day the bulletins issued
by the physicians in attendance have been carefully read and in
each succeeding one was found new hope for the recovery of the chief
executive. Yesterday was the critical day and as the bulletins showed
much improvement in the President’s condition, and such encouraging
news was furnished by his immediate friends that all felt that the
wounds would not prove fatal. All that medical skill and science
can do is being done, and an ultimate recovery expected. The second
bullet has not yet been located and a surgical operation will not
be performed to locate it unless there is a change in the condition
of the patient that will necessitate the removal of it.
President McKinley’s condition is
now so favorable that it has dispelled almost the last shade of
doubt and apprehension, and has led those nearest to him to make
the most confident predictions of his recovery. The official bulletins
from the physicians as well as the authoritative statements of those
in most intimate relation with the Presidential household give certainly
to the feeling that the worst phases of the crisis are about over.
Besides their official, signed utterances, the doctors gave individual
expressions re-enforcing the buoyant and confident tone. They made
known, too, that the President’s mind was clear, his mental faculties
as vigerous [sic] as ever, and that he retained his cheerful
happy disposition. These positive assurances gave to the Members
of the Cabinet and to the relatives and nearest friends of the President
a feeling of confidence little short of absolute certainty that
the President was well on the way to recovery.
Mrs. McKinley daily takes a drive
and at intervals makes short visits to the room of her husband.
She is showing remarkable fortitude and is bravely bearing up under
the severe strain.
Nearly all of the Members of the Cabinet
have been in Buffalo and some have returned to Washington. Distinguished
people daily call to learn of the President’s condition and telegrams
and cablegrams from all over the world are received, daily asking
as to the condition of the President.
There is the closest surveilance kept
up over Czolgosz and he has not broken down under the pumping given
him by District Attorney Penny and police officials and maintains
that he was alone in his crime. Efforts are being made to find accomplices
to him and several arrests have been made in Buffalo, Chicago and
other large cities. Emma Goldman who is said to be the leader of
the anarchists in this country and she has been arrested in Chicago.
She admits knowing the prisoner Czolgosz but disclaims any knowledge
of his attempt to take the life of the President before the deed