Roosevelt and Hanna to Go Home
Other Friends of President So Satisfied with His
Condition That They Will Depart.
BUFFALO, Sept. 10.—Vice-President
Theodore Roosevelt, who, like Senator Hanna, will return home to-night,
stood behind the telegraph operator at the Wilcox House, where he
is staying, and read with eagerness this morning the despatch from
the Milburn mansion telling of the President’s splendid condition.
When it was finished he clapped his hands joyously and with tears
in his eyes said to Mr. Wilcox:
“There! Didn’t I tell you God wouldn’t
let such a noble man die by an assassin’s bullet?”
After breakfast Mr. Wilcox announced
that the Vice-President had been urged, in view if [sic]
the President’s improving condition, to utilize his last day in
seeing some of the Pan-American Exposition[,] notably the Government
Building. The Vice-President declined the invitation with some little
“I do not believe,” said he, “even
though I am assured of the President’s convalescence, that it would
be entirely proper for me to take part in any of the festivities.
I have studiously refrained from going out or being entertained
during my visit, and I will continue that policy until I leave.
I came here absolutely as a matter of duty both to the President
and to the people, and not for pleasure.”
When the Vice-President stepped out
to the sidewalk to go to the Milburn house, a secret service detective
stepped up alongside of him. He turned around when he found the
man following him, and said: “I do not want you to follow me. I
do not need any one and I’m not afraid.”
Then to the newspaper man with him
he added: “I am sorry to say that the Oyster Bay police force is
not large enough to permit of the assignment of men to guard me,
and if I get used to it up here they might have to increase the
force down there at the expense of the poor taxpayers, of which
I am one!” And then he laughed most heartily.
The Vice-President will leave on a
late train to-night or an early train to-morrow morning for Oyster
Bay, where he will either remain for some time or else take a short
vacation in the Adirondacks.
Vice-President Roosevelt departed
from the Milburn residence at 12.30 o’clock, leaving the members
of the Cabinet still there.
“The President’s recovery is assured,”
said he to the newspaper men. “All around him are convinced of it.
I shall leave the city this afternoon or this evening.”
“You consider the President completely
out of danger?”
“I do,” he replied in his emphatic
way; “I feel certain of it.”