has issued a statement exonerating the secret service detective
employed to guard from anarchist cranks and imbeciles, the president
while at Buffalo. The people however, while appreciating the graciousness
of the Secretary’s inclination to contribute to comfort of the deservedly
chagrined detectives, will accept the exoneration with a great grain
of salt. That any one pretending to be an ordinarily intelligent
deciple [sic] of the profession, should have permitted a
man with his hand concealed in bandage to have approached the president,
without knowing positively that danger did not lurk in the concealment
is an unpardonable reflection upon the sagacity of those who are
the self-constituted leaders of American detectives. There is not
a marshal or constable or ranger in Texas who would not have recognized
the hidden hand as a possible ill omen. What would a man with an
injured member want in such a crowd as always collects on such occasions?
The alleged detectives should be placed in charge of the chickens
in the White House back yard.