No Trace of Poison Is Found
Satisfactory Examination of President’s Blood Is
Made by Physicians
Members of the Cabinet Are Elated by Latest News from the Bedside
BUFFALO, Sept. 11.—The
night consultation of the physicians furnished in some respects
the most reassuring news which has yet come from the sickroom. A
microscopic count of the blood had been made during the day by Dr.
Wasdin. At the evening conference the result was submitted and found
to be perfectly satisfactory. There had been no abnormal increase
of white corpuscles such as would have existed had blood-poisoning
set in, and the doctors had the satisfaction of announcing officially
that the count of the blood corroborated the clinical evidence of
the absence of any blood-poisoning.
The President was bathed and given
nourishment while all the doctors were present and afterward was
placed in his new bed.
The members of the Cabinet were all
below stairs while the consultation was in progress and remained
until after the bulletin was prepared and issued. They were so elated
over the improvement in the President’s condition and the absence
of any unfavorable symptoms that Secretary Root announced that he
felt free to depart and that he had decided to go to New York to-morrow.
“Good News,” Cries Doctor.
At the conclusion of
the night conference the doctors gave another extremely gratifying
report of their patient’s progress.
The physicians did not begin to leave
the Milburn residence until shortly before 11 o’clock. The reports
which they had to communicate could hardly have been more gratifying
than they were. Dr. Wasdin and Dr. Mynter came out together. The
latter was hemmed in on all sides by the eager newspaper men.
“Good news! Good news!” he cried.
“Nothing but good news. We have washed and fed the President and
moved him to another bed.”
“Is he still improving?”
“He is, and to prove it I desire to
say that a count of his blood shows that it is in a normal condition,
and we feel that we can announce definitely that there is not the
least indication of blood-poisoning.”
He referred the reporters to Dr. Wasdin
of the Marine Hospital Service, who was standing at his side, for
a scientific interpretation. The latter explained that a count of
the blood was a microscopic examination of the relative number of
white and red corpuscles in the blood to determine whether inflammation
of any sort existed. An increase of white corpuscles, relatively
speaking, would show inflammation and deterioration of the blood
that might indicate peritonitis.
Count of the Blood.
He said that this morning
a few drops of blood were taken from the lobe of the ear and microscopically
counted under his direction.
“We found,” he said, “that the number
of white corpuscles was just about normal, while the red cells were
slightly below normal, due to insufficient nutrition since the operation.”
“The count was not made,” continued
Dr. Wasdin, “to verify the fact that blood poisoning did not exist,
of which we felt certain, but to remove every shadow of doubt. The
result is that we feel safe in announcing that not a trace of blood
poisoning exists. The test could not have been more satisfactory.”
“Is the President out of danger?”
“No, I would not say that; he is a
very sick man, but his condition under the circumstances could not
be better. That much I will say emphatically.”
“Was any trace of pus found in the
“Not a particle. Pus means the existence
of an abscess, and there is not the suggestion of pus about the
The bulletin which followed Dr. Wasdin’s
statement officially confirmed what he had said.
Confirmed by McBurney.
Dr. McBurney remained
in the house awhile longer than the other physicians, leaving shortly
after 11 o’clock. He confirmed the statement made in the bulletin
to the effect that the examination of the President’s blood showed
no evidence of blood poisoning, nor did it, he added, show any sign
of peritonitis. While the examination of the blood was not made
to determine the latter fact, yet it would unmistakably have shown
it had there been peritonitis.
The examination was simply a way of
testing the conditions of the President’s blood.
The doctor will remain overnight and
attend the consultation of the physicians to-morrow. The time of
his departure has not been determined.
Dr. Mann, who has attended every consultation
of the physicians, was not present to-night, feeling that his attendance
Dr. Park also expressed his satisfaction
at the condition shown by the President and at the manner in which
his system was responding to treatment. All the members of the Cabinet
now in the city, including Secretaries Root, Wilson, Hitchcock and
Postmaster General Smith, were again at the Milburn mansion to-night,
and remained until after the consultation of the physicians was
concluded. They are highly elated over the favorable developments
in the President’s case, and Secretary Root is so sanguine of the
future that he has determined to leave the city to-morrow. He will
take the 1 o’clock train for New York.