President McKinley’s Condition Is Still Encouraging
Bulletins Continue Hopeful in Their Character—Less
and Less Chance
of Complications Ensuing.
His Pulse, Temperature and Respiration Approaching Closer to Normal—
Usual Functions of the Body Properly Performed.
From the bedside bulletins received
via Washington this morning the hopes now being entertained of the
President’s recovery are given further substantiality, and unless
the unexpected should happen the President stands every chance of
recovery. It is true that some of those pessimistically inclined
shake their heads and mutter that a series of bulletins of a like
trend were issued in Garfield’s time during the days first subsequent
to his shooting, but that their favorable prognostications were
sadly unfulfilled. This despondent view, however, is largely discounted
by the fact of the increased chances of recovery from bullet wounds
under the present advanced methods of surgery.
The bulletins considered in sequence
display a general decline in those symptoms which are regarded as
most unfavorable. Furthermore they state that the President is without
pain and is resting easily and comfortably. The conclusion that
ultimate recovery will follow is therefore warranted and likely
to be substantiated.
The three following bulletins, signed
by Col. Clarence Q. Edwards, Chief of the Insular Division of the
War Department, were received by Governor Taft from Washington,
and have been furnished the Press for general publication. The first
is dated at Washington on Monday night at seven fifteen and runs:
The latest bulletin states that
the President passed a somewhat restless night, but is sleeping
fairly well. His general condition is unchanged. His pulse is
120, his temperature 101, and his respiration 28.
The second bulletin was issued from
Washington, three hours later than the first. It shows a decrease
in his pulse from 120 to 112, eight beats, in his temperature a
decrease of two-tenths, while his respiration remains the same.
This second bulletin runs as follows.
The President’s condition i[s]
becoming more and more satisfactory. Untoward incidents are
less likely to occur. Pulse is 122, temperature 100.8, and respiration
The third bulletin was sent from
Washington at ten thirty on the same night (Monday). The President’s
pulse beat had then risen one point, from 112 to 113; his temperature
had risen two-tenths of one degree, while his respiration had gone
down two points, from 28 to 26.
The President’s condition steadily
improves; he is comfortable, without pain or any unfavorable
symptoms. His bowel and kidney functions are normally performed.
His pulse is 113; his temperature 101; and his respiration 26.
Since writing the foregoing a Manila
special telegram has been received.
It is chiefly important locally, in that it expresses the detestation
in which the dastardly deed is held by the Filipinos now in Europe.
The telegram was received at this office at two o’clock. It runs
President McKinley’s general
condition is unchanged. Representative Filipinos, now in Europe,
have wired their detestation of the outrage, saying that a fatal
termination is deplored nowhere more deeply than in the Philippines.