Source: Manila Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “McKinley [S]hot by Anarchist Fred. Nieman”
City of publication: Manila, Philippines
Date of publication: 8 September 1901
Volume number: 2
Issue number: 148
|“McKinley [S]hot by Anarchist Fred. Nieman.” Manila Times 8 Sept. 1901 v2n148: p. 1.|
|McKinley assassination; William McKinley (recovery: speculation).|
|Leon Czolgosz [identified as Frederick Nieman below]; James A. Garfield; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley.|
|The article below is accompanied on the same page by an illustration of McKinley.|
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 to recover.”
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.