Officials Back from Buffalo
Secretary Gage and Attorney General Knox Talk Confidently.
Secretary Gage, who
returned from Buffalo yesterday morning, said that the condition
of the President when he met him last was most encouraging.
“I have very little anxiety about
the final outcome,” Mr. Gage continued. “No, I haven’t any anxiety.
In the case of an ordinary patient the physicians would probably
have said positively twenty-four hours ago that all danger was passed.
Of course, I should feel easier if the President was on his feet,
entirely well; but I have no doubt that his recovery is assured
as positively as anything can be assured in this world.”
Attorney General Knox, who returned
from Buffalo Monday night, was at his desk in the Department of
Justic[e] yesterday morning. The Attorney General reports the President
in excellent spirits and confident of his speedy recovery. The case,
Mr. Knox is assured, is progressing favorably.
The President’s anticipation of his
early recovery, Mr. Knox said, was not only expressed in words directly
to that effect, but was to be inferred from the plans Mr. McKinley
was already evolving for the time when he would be entirely convalescent.
The President, said the Attorney General, talked of his return to
the Capital at no late date, and proposed the closing up of his
home and the ending of the executive business at Canton.
J. H. Brigham, Assistant Secretary
of the Department of Agriculture, returned to this city from Buffalo
yesterday, and said regarding the condition of Mr. McKinley that
Secretaries Root, Gage, Hitchcock, and Wilson, who were with the
President, believed the President would get well and that they felt
so good about it that they could hardly find words to express their
joy. Mr. Brigham, in recommending a safeguard against similar cases,
said that every man ought to show both hands when he approaches
the President, and that some one should be present at every reception
to shake the hand of every one before he reaches the President.