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Source: Meriden Daily Journal
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Chief Wilkie’s Defence”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Meriden, Connecticut
Date of publication: 11 September 1901
Volume number: 31
Issue number: 61
Pagination: 2

“Chief Wilkie’s Defence.” Meriden Daily Journal 11 Sept. 1901 v31n61: p. 2.
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John E. Wilkie (public statements); McKinley assassination (government response); Secret Service (criticism); Secret Service (protecting McKinley); George B. Cortelyou; Joseph H. Brigham.
Named persons
Joseph H. Brigham; George B. Cortelyou; John E. Wilkie.


Chief Wilkie’s Defence



     Washington, D. C., Sept. 11.—Chief Wilkie, of the United States secret service, in answer to some criticisms that have appeared in the public press, authorized the following statement to-day:
     “There were but three government secret service agents with the presidential party. The fact that Secretary Cortelyou, under whose immediate direction representatives of this division were acting, has stated that our men satisfactorily discharged the duties to which they were assigned, is sufficient for me.”
     Chief Wilkie denied a statement of Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Brigham to the effect that the secret service had more than twenty telegrams warning it that an attempt was to be made on the life of the President at Buffalo.
     “We had no warning, telegraphic or otherwise, of any kind[,]” said Chief Wilkie.



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