Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Roosevelt and Hanna to Go Home”
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 10 September 1901
Volume number: 42
Issue number: 14630
|“Roosevelt and Hanna to Go Home.” World 10 Sept. 1901 v42n14630: p. 3.|
|Theodore Roosevelt (at Buffalo, NY); William McKinley (recovery: personal response); Theodore Roosevelt (public statements).|
|Marcus Hanna; Theodore Roosevelt; Ansley Wilcox.|
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 vehemence.
“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.”