Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “President McKinley Improving”
City of publication: Lancaster, New York
Date of publication: 11 September 1901
Volume number: 6
Issue number: 76
|“President McKinley Improving.” Enterprise [Lancaster] 11 Sept. 1901 v6n76: p. 1.|
|William McKinley (medical condition); William McKinley (recovery); McKinley assassination (investigation).|
|Leon Czolgosz; Emma Goldman; Ida McKinley; William McKinley; Thomas Penney [misspelled below].|
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 was done.