McKinley [S]hot by Anarchist Fred. Nieman
MURDERER NOW IN CUSTODY.
Two Shots Fired, One Lodging in Chest and One in Stomach—One
Bullet Has Been Extracted—Shooting Occurred on Exposition Grounds—
President Very Badly Wounded.
A MANILA TIMES Special Telegram Received
at 5:25 P. M. says: “President McKinley has been shot by an Anarchist
named Frederick Nieman. The would-be assassin fired two shots from
his revolver one of which took effect in the chest and one in the
stomach. One bullet has so far been extracted. The murderer is now
under arrest. The shooting occurred on the ground of the Pan-American
Exposition in Buffalo.
The dastardly act caused a scene of
intense excitement. Throngs now wait outside the house where the
president is lying, anxiously watching the bulletins as they are
posted. Great gloom prevails in Buffalo.
Since the above was received further
news is to hand by our regular cable service via Hongkong. The first
cable states that President McKinley was at the Pan-American Exposition
at Buffalo, where he made a speech. In this oration he declared
that the period for exclusiveness in American trade had passed.
He advocated reciprocity in the commercial treaties with other nations,
the encouragement of the merchant marine, and the construction of
the Isthmian Canal and the Pacific Cable.
Since the above cable was received
in Hongkong our correspondent telegraphs that the agent of the Sperry
Flour Company has been advised by cable as follows:—
“President McKinley shot. Not likely
What seems to [be] the most probable
theory has [sic] to the time of the shooting, places it on
the afternoon of Friday, while the President was still in Buffalo,
where he intended to spend the week. The speech which he made would
have been delivered, according to this theory which is based on
the allowance of the cable intermission of time, on the afternoon
of Thursday, one day before he was shot.
The T has
secured the opinion of two local medical experts on the nature and
possibilities of such a wound as the President has received and
the chances of his recovery. They say: “If immediate surgical intervention
prevents septic infection and thereby septic peritonitis, a wound
in the stomach is not necessarily fatal; nor any wound in the abdomen:
provided, however that no large abdominal vessels are perforated
which would produce an internal hemorrhage which might prove fatal
before surgical aid could be [r]endered.
“Death might result even after such
aid on account of loss of blood, which might be so great as to render
recovery impossible owing to general physical debility resulting
from such loss.
“Also the shock due either to the
wound or to the operation might prove fatal, especially in a man
of the advanced age of the President.
“Surgical shocks are much more severe
and more frequently fatal in the abdomen than in most other parts
of the body.
“Thus it will be seen that from the
nature of the wound the chances of the President are against recovery
and will likely prove fatal.
With Lincoln in 1865, Garfield in
188, and President McKinley now, this make[s] three U. S. Presidents
who have been shot. Garfield was shot in the back and the bullet
finally lodged in the abdomen. Lincoln was shot in the breast. He
lived for only a few hours.—Garfield lingered for weeks.