Source: St. Louis Republic
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Hanna’s Terrible Dream”
City of publication: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of publication: 10 September 1901
Volume number: 94
Issue number: 72
|“Hanna’s Terrible Dream.” St. Louis Republic 10 Sept. 1901 v94n72: p. 4.|
|Marcus Hanna; Marcus Hanna (public statements); William McKinley (recovery: personal response).|
|John Rutter Brooke; George B. Cortelyou; Marcus Hanna; Charles McBurney.|
Hanna’s Terrible Dream
In Phantasy He Heard the President’s Temperature Was 440.
Buffalo, N. Y., Sept. 9.—Senator M. A. Hanna wore a look of supreme contentment to-day when he left the house where the President is lying bravely battling with death. He felt absolutely certain that the President’s recovery is only a matter of a few weeks, and he dictated this statement to The Republic correspondent:
“You may say for the information of the American people that all the news we have is good news. We know that the greatest danger is past. We hope that in a few hours the President’s physicians will announce that his case is beyond the possibility of a relapse.
“Just say that for me, and I think it will give more satisfaction than if I talked a column.”
“You have no fears that there may be a change for the worse?” I asked.
“That reminds me of a dream I had last night. You know, dreams go by contraries. Well, sir, in this dream I was up at the Milburn house waiting to hear how the President was getting along, and everybody was feeling very good. We thought the danger was all past. I was sitting there talking with General Brooke and Mr. Cortelyou, and we were felicitating ourselves on how well the physicians had been carrying the case.
“Suddenly, in my dream, Doctor McBurney entered the room through the door leading from the sickroom with a look of the utmost horror and distress on his face. I rushed up to him and, putting a hand on either shoulder, said:
“‘What is it, doctor, what is it? Let us know the worst.’
“Doctor McBurney replied: ‘My dear Senator, it is absolutely the worst that could happen. The President has had a tremendous change for the worse. His temperature is now 440 degrees.’
“I fell back in my chair in utter collapse, and then I awoke. But, do you know, I couldn’t rest easy until I saw the early bulletins this morning.”
Senator Hanna expects to leave Buffalo to-morrow morning for Cleveland to spend the day with the veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic, whose annual encampment is now being held there. The President was to have attended this encampment and the shooting has sadly disarranged the veterans’ plans.