Wound Reopened by the Surgeons
Slight Irritation Causes New Operation, but Medical
Men Are Not Apprehensive.
MILBURN HOUSE, BUFFALO,
Sept. 10.—Late to-night there was a slight scare at the Milburn
residence, caused by the protracted visit of the consulting physicians,
who remained almost two hours, and this was increased by the announcement
in the official bulletin issued just before midnight that a slight
irritation of the wound, discovered only to-night, had necessitated
the opening of a few of the stitches.
As stated in the bulletin, which all
the doctors signed, this irritation was attributed to the fact that
a small portion of the President’s coat had been carried into the
body by the bullet, and although this foreign substance was removed
a slight disturbance developed which made it necessary to open the
The doctors seek to allay all apprehension
by the positive statement that this incident cannot give rise to
other complications, and their frankness in giving the news to the
public leaves no reason to question their good faith. Further facts
communicated in the bulletin, that the President is now well enough
to begin taking nourishment in the mouth in the form of pure beef
juice, was of course gratifying, but to the laymen the mere mention
of a complication, however slight it might be, naturally created
alarm. But the most positive assurances were given that the only
effect might be to delay slightly the healing of the wound. It was
not in any way the result even of a suggestion of blood poisoning.
The physicians declared over their own signatures that it could
not result in complications.
The opening of the wound was in no
sense an operation. Several of the stitches were simply taken out,
and after a thorough washing of the tissue the wound was again sewed
up. Considerable delay was caused by the fact that a certain dressing
desired by the surgeons was not in the house, and it was necessary
to send to the city for it. The first time the messenger returned
he did not have what was wanted and he had to make another trip.
After the bulletin was issued Secretary
Cortelyou and Mr. Milburn came to the press tent to dispel any alarm
that might have arisen with positive assurance of the unimportance
of the incident. Secretary Cortelyou announced that there would
not be another consultation until morning.
After all this it was quiet at the
Milburn house, Dr. Rixey and Dr. Wasdin remaining on duty throughout