Publication information

San Francisco Call
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Roosevelt Leaves with Confidence”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: San Francisco, California
Date of publication: 11 September 1901
Volume number: 90
Issue number: 103
Pagination: 9

“Roosevelt Leaves with Confidence.” San Francisco Call 11 Sept. 1901 v90n103: p. 9.
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Theodore Roosevelt (at Buffalo, NY); Theodore Roosevelt (public statements); William McKinley (recovery: speculation); Leon Czolgosz (grand jury); McKinley assassination (personal response).
Named persons
James A. Garfield; William McKinley; Benjamin B. Odell, Jr.; Theodore Roosevelt.

Roosevelt Leaves with Confidence


Vice President Declares That He Is Sure the Chief Executive Will Recover.

     MILBURN HOUSE, BUFFALO, Sept. 10.—Vice President Roosevelt left the city to-night at 9:50 for Oyster Bay, perfectly confident that the President will recover. So confident was he, in fact, that when a question of doubt was put to him he answered it with a parry. He was then asked:
     “Do you remember that President Garfield progressed for ten days and that then just as he was ready to get out he collapsed and finally died?”
     Quick as thought the Vice President answered:
     “Ah, but you forget twenty years of modern surgery of progress. From what I can learn also the Garfield wound was much more serious than the wound of President McKinley. I believe that the President will recover and I believe it so thoroughly that I leave here to-night.”
     Questioned as to the mode of procedure so far as the State was concerned he said:
     “I see no need for the call of an extraordinary Grand Jury. The Grand Jury now in session, composed of American citizens, will undoubtedly take care of the would-be assassin and the authorities of Erie County will, for county, State and national pride, make a vigorous prosecution. Unless Governor Odell is asked to interfere I see no need of his calling an extra term or deputizing an Assistant Attorney General to prosecute.”
     Asked as to the enacting of legislation against anarchists he said:
     “I have not thought much on the matter. What has disturbed me is to find a reason for even anarchists to attack a man like President McKinley. Here is the one country where they are allowed perfect freedom of speech. Here, where the ruler is a man descended from farmer stock and self-made. Here is a man who has no fortune nor no means other than that which he may manage to save out of his salary as President. Probably many a workingman in the United States to-day has as large an amount of real estate as Mr. McKinley. In addition, he is kindly disposed and a Christian gentleman and in every great emergency in which he could act he has been a friend of the common people. Why should he be shot, then, even by anarchists?”