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President Still Living.
'And Slight Hopes. Entertained
His Lit? Hip on Slender Hirtai
The city which was in an uupurullellcd
• state of excitement last evening over
• what seemed almost a certainty that Pres
ident Garfield would not survive the night
will feel greatly relieved by the announce
ment that he i a not only alive but that
there is hope for his recovery.
The very latest bulletins giving the
President's condition up to 4 o'clock A.
m. are encouraging, They appear upon
the fourth page.
Below will be found a connected ac
count of the infamous crime:
from Globe Soon Extra of Saturday.
[Special Telegram to the Globe.]
Washington, July — The city was
thrown into intense excitement this morn
ing, about 1) o'clock, by a wild report that
President Garfield had been shot and
For a short time no one could tell what
truth there was in the report, but it was
soon learned that the affair had
occurred at the Baltimore & Ohio depot,
where the President had gone to take
the train to Long Branch. The report
of his death was fortunately not true
though it may ultimately occur.
The excitement is so great and feeling
so intense that it is next to impossible to
get reliable details, and reports now sent
may be changed by later details.
The President left the White House
about half -past eight in a carriage, ac
companied by Secretary Blame, intend
ing to go to Long Branch, where
his family are. Upon arriving at the
depot of the Baltimore & Ohio road, he
started to take the train which was about
leaving, Secretary Blame walk
ing by his side. There was a
considerable crowd in the depot,
when they were suddenly startled by
the report of two pistol shots, and a mo
ment later the cry went up, "the Presi
dent is shot!"
The crowd was about equally divided
in rushing toward the assassin and to the
rescue of the President, who fell with a
groan upon the platform.
The President was carried into a room
in the depot and all but immediate
friends excluded, while medical aid was
hastily summoned.
Dr. Bliss was first to arrive, and upon a
hasty examination of the wounds pro
nounced the President not in immediate
danger, the wounds not necessarily being
As the best means to render medical
aid it was decided to remove the Presi
dent to the White House, where greater
quiet could be secured. About an hour
. a nd a half after the shooting
elapsed before the removal took place
Geu, Garfield bearing his sufferings in
the meantime with great fortitude.
Stimulants were freely administered to
strengthen him,and the physician searched
for the balls, but at this writing it is re
ported they have not been found.
The serious wound is near the kidneys,
and it is really impossible to tell what the
result will be.
The first shot was in the arm and is
not dangerous, but the second one may
be fatal though the physicians express
great confidence that it will not be.
The streets about the White House
have been blockaded to secure quiet, and
everything that skill and care can do to
aid the wounded President i 3 beiag done.
As yet no one seems to know the assas
in or his motive. He is in custody, but,
if the populace could get hold of him he
would be given a swift punishment. He
absolutely declines to talk, or even give
his name.
There is a street report that he is a lun
atic, but there is no certainty that this is
the case. There are wild rumors that
the deed is done to avenge Conkling and
place his (Conkling's) friend Arthur in
the White House, but no credence
is given to this or a thousand other flying
reports. The crime is so monstrous that
people are loth to believe that it has any
other source than a crazed brain.
It would be impossible to describe the
excitement here and how difficult it is to
ascertain anything absolutely reliable.
Telegrams are pouring in from all parts
of the country enquiring after the
Presidents' condition and bulletins are
being sent the country every few minutes.
Worn Globe 'i p. in. JCjetra of Saturday.
12:50, i*. m. — Dr. Lincoln who has just
left the president, denies the report that
ho said president Gartield will not iive
two hours.
Dr. Lincoln says the wound is very se
rious but not necessarily fatal. An effort
has just beed made to probe
for theall but wihout reaching it.
Another effort will soon be made, and,
until the direction taken by the ball is
known the extent of the injuries and im
mediate danger cannot be known. There
are at present no signs of serious inter
nal hemorrhage, and very little external
A consultation of the most eminent
surgeons of the city will be held at 3 p. m.
The doctors, at this hour, hope for the
Washington, July 2. — President Gar
field was shot in the depot when on his
way to Long Branch this morning.
Washington, 9:30 a. m. — President
Gariield was shot before leaving on the
limited express this forenoon.
Washington, D. C, 9:30 —Col. Corbm
has just passed in the presidents car
riage with a physician on the way to the
Baltimore & Ohio R. R. depot.
Washington, D. C, 10 a. m.— Dr. Bliss
says the President's wound is not mortal.
Washington, D. C, July 2.—Report
ed that Garfield is dead, but the excite
ment is so intense that it is impossible to
find out anything definite at present.
The man who shot him has been ar
Full particulars will be sent shortly.
President Garfield is now lying in a pri
vate room m the officers' quarters of the
B. &O. depot. Drs. Bliss and Sargeant
General Barnes and Dr. Purvois are in
The shooting was done by a slender
man, about 5 feet 7 inches high. He re
fused to give his name, but it is said by
persons who profess to know that his
name is Dodge.
The prisoner wa3 arrested immediate
ly after the firing by officers in the de
pot. He was first taken to the police
headquarters, and subsequently re
moved to the district jail.
The shooting occurred in the ladies'
room of the depot, immediately after the
President had entered the room, while he
was walking arm-in-arm with Secretary
Blame, on their way to the express train
which was about ready to leave.
Secretary Blame on hearing the pistol
shots, two in number, rushed in the di
rection from which they came,
with a view of arresting the would be as
sassin. Before reaching the man, how
ever, the Secretary returned to the Presi
dent and found him prostrated. Both
shots took effect, the first in the right
arm and the second just above the right
hip and near the kidney.
The physicians have probed for the balls
10:20 a. m. — The President is now be
ing conveyed to the executive mansion
under a strong escort of police.
New York, July 2. — Vice President
Arthur and Conkling arrived from
Albany by boat this morning. The boat
was late, not arriving until about 10
o'clock. As soon as she touched the
wharf a telegram was handed Arthur,
upon reading which he dropped back in
his chair, greatly shocked. It
is presumed the telegram announced
the shooting of President Garfield.
New York, July 2. — The news of the
shooting of President Garfield reached
police headquarters simultaneously with
the report that the President was dead.
Amid the utmost excitement the story
fled from mouth to mouth, and was
listened to with the incredulity, but as
fresh confirmation of the rumor arrived,
indignation took its place. Mr. Nichols,
the only commissioner in the build
ing, left hastily for down town
in search of fuller information about the
reported assassination. A total suspen
sion of business in the department offices
followed. The clerks and employes
gathered in knots in the halls to discuss
the situation and keep a lookout for fresh
news. When at length a message came
announcing that the President was not
mortally wounded, a shout of "God
be thanked" went up from over
side and the sudden revulsion of feeling
iaade mor'i than one eye moist. The re
lief was so great as to produce a sudden
disposition to unwonted hilarity. Steady
old clerks who have gone on a tame gait
for a generation, vaulted over desks and
tables with the agility of boys, and shook
hands with joy. Business, politics,
everything, was drowned in the common
impulse of gratitude for the President's
escape, Supt. Walling struck his desk
with his doubled fist a sounding blow,
and shouted "God!" in a voice that could
be heard through half the building, and
his remarkable face fairly glowed with
joy, and from all sides was heard the one
expression, "If President Garfield lives
he will be the most popular President the
country has ever had." A little later,
when the excitement had calmed down
somewhat, came particulars of the at
tempted assassination and of the mur
derer, that were received greedily. Busi
ness for the day was at an end at police
News down town was received with
consternation and caused much excite
ment. On Wall street brokers and bank
ers almost forgot their business, in their
eagerness to get further particulars.
They beseigcd Kirman's news agencj' on
Broad street, where dispatches from
Washington were constantly arriving
and being distributed. Groups were
seen in the stieets discussing
the subject anxieusly and
news hoys did a heavy business in extras.
At thi> opening of the Stock Exchange the
news depressed the market, but further
dispatches announcing that the wounded
President was in a fair way to recovery
and was not so dangerously wounded as
at first reported, caused a reaction.
Philadelphia, July 2. — The Pennsyl
vania railroad has ordered a locomotive
and car at Jersey City to carry Mrs. Gar
field to Washington. She had arrangad
to meet her husband at Jersey City to
day, and left Long Branch this morning
on the Central road for Jersey City. The
message informing her of the attempted
assassination is awaiting her arrival fit the
latter place. There is much excitement
long Branch, June 2. — So far the only
particulars received of the shooting of
the President is learned from the follow
ing dispatch:
Executive Mansion, Washington,
June 2.-— General Swain, Elboron
N. V.: We have the President
safely and comfortably seated in his room
at the executive mansion, and
his pulse is strong, and nearly
normal. So far as I can
determine from what the surgeon says
and from his general condition, 1 feel
very hopeful. Come on as soon as you
can get special advice of the movements
of your train, and when you can be ex
pected, as the President said on a similar
occasion sixteen years ago, "God reigns,
and the government still lives."
(Signed) A. T. Rockwell.
Washington, July 2. — The following
forwarded by cable:
Department of State, Washington.
July 2.— James Russell Lowell, Minister
etc., London: The president of the
the United States was shot this morning
by an assassin named Charles Gitteau.
The weapon was a large sized re
volver. The president has just reached
the Baltimore & Potomac station at about
twenty minutes past 9 with a portion of
his cabinet, intending to leave by express
for New York. I rode in a carriage with
him from the executive mansion, and was
walking by his side when he was shot.
The assassin was immediately arrested.
The President was conveyed to a private
room in the station building and
surgical attendance at once sum
moned. He has now, at twenty
minutes past 10, removed to the execu
tive mansion. The surgeons in consulta
tion regard his wounds as very seriou9,
though not necessarily fatal. His vigor
ous health gives hopes for his recovery.
He has not lost consciousness for a mo
ment. Inform our ministers in Europe.
(Signed) James G. Blame,
Secretary of State.
The following official bulletin with re
gard to the condition of the President has
just been issued:
Executive Mansion, 12:35.— The re
action from the shock of the injury has
been very gradual. He is suffering some
pain, but It is thought best not to disturb
him by making any exploration for the
ball until after a consultation at 3 p. m.
(Signed), D. W. Bliss, M. D.
The following physicians arc in consul
tation in the executive mansion: Drs
Bliss, Ford, Huntington, Wood
ward Townsend, Lincoln, Reybum
Morris, Purvis, Patterson, Surgeon Gen.
Barnes and Surgeon Gen. Wales. Bulle
tins of the
president's condition
from the executive mansion will hereaf
er be telegraphed every half hour.
grant's regrets.
Long Branch, July 2.— Gen. Grant
has just arrived and expressed deep re
gret at the attempted assassination.
is almost frantic over the news. Her
physicians allow her to see none of the
serious dispatches, but dictate popular
ones. A despatch to Gen
eral Grant has relieved Mrs.
Garfield's anxiety. It says the Presi
dent's wounds are not mortal — that he is
shot in the arm and in the hip. Mrs.
Garfield will depart on a special train for
Washington at 10 o'clock. She is now
much composed. Dr. Bliss has tele
graphed that the wounds are not nec
essarily mortal.
Chicago, July 2. — Charles Guiteau, the
man who attempted to assassinate the
President, has been more or less known
m Chicago for the past 10 years. He was
a disreputable lawyer, and had generally
been considered. half insane.
He went to New York 7
or 8 years ago, and upon his return in
1876 confessed to have been converted
and delivered several lectures under the
auspices of the Y. M. C. A. He next
appeared at the head of a scheme to buy
the Chicago Inter Ocean and run it on the
plan of the New York Herald, but as he
had neither capital, or backing in the
matter, it was soon dropped by him. He
left for Washington several months ago
Washington, July 2. — The district jail
in the eastern extremity of the city, was
visited for the purpose of obtaining
'an interview with Guiteau, the would be
assasssin of President Garfield. The
officers refused admittance to the build
ing, stating as a reason therefor that
they were acting under instructions re
ceived from the attorney general, the pur
port of which were that no one should
be allowed to see the President. At first,
indeed, the officers emphatically denied
that the man had been conveyed to jail,
fearing, it appears, that should
the fact be made known
that he was there the building would be
attacked by a mob. Information had
reached them that such a movement was
contemplated A large guard composed
of regulars from the barracks and metro
politan police force are momentarily ex
pected to arrive at the jail to be in read
iness to repulse any attack. The state
ment that the assassin is Gitteau was
verified by the officers in charge of the
Cincinnati, July 2. — The feeling in
Cincinnati is one of mingled grief and
rage in reference to the shooting of Pres
ident Garfield. Cooler heads counsel mod
eration. Groups gather everywhere and
make the awful topic the outcry against
the leniency of communities towards
crimes against persons as breeding the
spirit ef murder. The hope that the
President will survive, coupled with the
fear that he will not, adds suspense to
the excitement und intensifies it.
From Globe 4 p. m. JSxtru of Saturday.
[Special Telegram to the Globe.]
Chicago, June 2.--- A special from
Washington to the Daily News at 2:45 p.
si., says the President is sinking rapidly
and no hopes are entertained of his re
Excitement in Chicago and Washing
ton is all the more intense than on the
receipt of the first news of the assassina
tion. Newspapers here have bulletins of
the last sad news and eager crowds
throng the streets and offices.
President Garfield was shot at 9:30 this
morning just as he was about to take the
limited express train at the Baltimore &
Potomac depot at Washington. The as
sassin was J. Guitteau, formerly of Chi
He fired two shots at him in the
presence of about 50 ladies
while in the waiting room.
The President was attended by Dr. Bliss,
Surgeon Gen. Barnes, and Dr. Purvis,
and subsequently removed to the White
House in an ambulance, under an escort
of mounted police.
Chicago, July 2, 4:30 r. m. — Special
to Daily iVe?w,dated Washington, 4 p. m.
says internal hemorrhage has set in and
his condition is less favorable. Pulse
130, temperature 96.
The President is certainly failing rap
idly. ■«
The Shooting.
Washington, July 2.— The President
had alighted from his carnage and was
passing through the ladies' room to the
cars, and when about five feet inside the
room the assassin, who was within three
feet of him, fired one shot. The Presi
dent was dazed and made no attempt at
self -protection. Blame had turned to
ward one of the doors, when the assassin
fired the second shot. In ten seconds the
President fell, and Mrs. White, who at
tends the ladies' room, rushed to him and
raised up his head. Blame also rushed
to the assistance of the President. The
assassin passed out toward B
street, but Captain Parke, the tick
et agent, jumped through the window
and caught the assassin, who made no re
sistance. Officer Carney, depot police
man, rushed up and took hold of the as
sassin, and immediately afterward Officer
Scott also took hold of him Parke let
the officers have him and turned his at
tention to the President. Help came and
the President was taken up stairs.
He said not a word till he was laid
clown, when he asked that his shoes be
taken off, saying that he felt a pain in his
feet. As soon as his shoes were removed
he said to Secretary Windom:
"Go right now and send a telegram to
Mrs. Garfield, saying I feel considerably
better, and if she feels well enough tell
her to come to Washington immedißtely."
This dispatch was sent and a special
train was at once sent to Long Branch
for Mrs. Garfield.
Mr. Blame was not going with the par
ty, but went down to bid the President
good bye. He said: The President and I
were walking arm-in-arm toward the
train. I heard two shots and saw a man
run, and started after him, but seeing he
was grabbed just as he got out of the
room, I came to the President and found
him lying on the floor. The floor was
covered with the President's blood. A
number of people who were around short
ly afterwards have some of the blood on
their persons. I think I know the man.
I think his name is Guiteau. The assassin is
about 5 feet 7 inches in height, of strong
though not stout build. The weapon
used was a revolver about 7 inches long.
It had an ivory handle. The calibre was
very large. It is known as a California
pistol. It made a very loud report.
Parke says both shots were fired while
the assassan was behind the President
When Officers Scott and Carney got hold
of the assassan and were taking him to
police headquarters he said voluntarily to
"I did it and will go to jail for it. I
am a stalwart and Arthur will be Presi
He had a letter in his pocket and want
ed the officers to take it to Gen. Sherman,
saying it would be all right. The pris
oner made no resistance, saying that he
contemplated the killing of the President
and it was for the good of the country,
About 9 o'clock the assassin went to
the hack, stand adjoining the depot and
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engaged a hack from Barten, a colored
hackman. He said he wanted to go to
Glenwood cemetery in a short time, and
wanted the hackman to drive very fast
when he should get in the hack. He
agreed to pay two dollars for the hack o n
condition that the hackman would drive
fast. When stopped the assassin was
going to the hack he had engaged, and
he insisted that it was important he
should go and deliver a letter to Gen.
Sherman. When the officer refused to
let him go, he begged him to take a let
ter he had to Gen. Sherman.
He arrived and was placed in a cell about
10:30 o'clock, just one hour after the
shooting occurred. He gave his name
as Chas. Guiteau of Chicago, Ills. It ap
pears he is a man about 30 years of age
and is supposed to be of French descent
His height is about 5 feet 5 inches.
The following is a copy of the letter
that he wanted delivered to Gen. Sher
July 30, 1881.— T0 the White House: The
Presideut's tragic death was a sad necessity,
but it will unite the Republican party to save
the republic. Life is a flimsy dream and it
matters little when one goes; human life is of
small value. During the war thousands of
brave boys went down without a tear. I pre
sume the President was a Christian and jthat he
will be happier in paradise than here. It will
be no worse for Mrs. Garikld, dear soul, to
part with her husband this way than by
natural death. He is liable to go at any time
any way. I had no ill will toward the Presi
dent. His death was a political necessity. I
am a lawyer, a theologian, and a politician.
lam a stalwart of the stalwarts. lam with
Gen. Grant and the rest of our men in New
York during the canvass. I have some papers
for the President which I shall leave with
Byron, Andrews & Co., journalists, atjl43 New
York avenue, where all reporters can see them.
I am goiig to jail. Chas. Guiteau.
When the prisoner arrived at the jail
he was attired in a suit of blue and wore
a drab hat, pulled down over his eyes,
giving him the appearance of an ugly
character. It may be worthy of note, to
state that some two or three weeks ago
Guitean went to the jail for the purpose
of visiting it, but was refused admittance,
on the ground that it was not visiting
day. He at that time mentioned his
name as Guiteau, and said he came from
C'liiciigo. When brought to jail to-day
he was admitted by the same officer who
had previously refused to allow him to
enter, and a mutual recognition took
place, Guiteau saying: "You are the man
who would not let me go through the jail
some time ago." The only other remark
made before being placed in his cell, was
that Gen. Sherman would arrive at the
jail soon.
The two jailers who are now guarding
his cell state they have seen him around
the jail several times recently and that
on one occasion he appeared to be under
the influence of liquor. On one of his
visits subsequent to the first one men
tioned these officers say that
Guiteau succeeded in reaching the rotun
da of the building, where he was noticed
examining the scaffold from which
the Hirth murderers were hanged.
Pursuant to his orders from the Attorney
General, the officer in charge of the jail
declined to give furhter information nor
would he state in what cell the prisoner
was confined. The officer was an attend
ant at the old city jail at the time of the
assassination of President Lincoln.
Byron Andrews, who is the Washing
ton correspondent of the Chicago Inter
Ocean, says that while it is true that a
package of papers are in the hands of the
police, accompanied by a note addressed
to him (Andrews), he has no personal ac
quaintance with Guiteau and never heard
of his existance until this morning
The following letter was found upon
the street shortly after Guiteau'a arrest,
in an envelope, unsealed, bearing the ad
dress, "Please deliver to Gen. Sherman,
or the officer in charge of his depart
To Gen. Sherman : I have just been
to the President's house and shot him
several times, as 1 wished him to go
as easily as possible. His death was a
political necessity. lam a lawyer, theo
logian and politician. I am a Stalwart
of the Stalwarts. I was with Gen. Grant
and the rest of our men in New York
during the canvass. I am going to jail.
Please order oj>t troops and take posses
sion of the jail atonce Very Respectfully,
Charles Guiteau.
On receiving the above, Gen. Sherman
gave it the following endorsement:
"Headquarters of Army, Washington,
July 2, I*Bl, 11:35 A m.— This letter
was handed me this minute by Maj. Win.
Twerring, U. S. engineer commissioners
of the District of Columbia, and Maj. G.
Brock, chief of police. 1 don't know
the writer, never heard of or saw him to
my knowledge, and hereby return it to tne
keeping of the above named parties as
testimony in the cast." (Signed,)
W. T. Sherman.
The following dispatch has just been
telegraphed :
"Washington, D. C. July 2.— Hon. C.
A. Arthur, Vice President, New York : —
At this hour, 1 p. m. Pres. Garfield's symp
toms are not regarded as unfavorable, but
no definite assurance can be given until af
ter the probing of the wound at 3p. m.
There are strong grounds for hope, and
at the same time the gravest anxiety as
to the final result. Jas. G. Blame,
Secy of State."
Washington, 2:20 p. m. — The Presi
dent's symptoms at this time are more
unfavorable. It is thought there is an
internal hemorrhage.
Washington, 2:30. — The President's
symptoms continue to gro.v more unfav
Washington, 2:40 p. m. — Dr. Beck
with, an <»ld physician of the President,
says President Garfield has but few
chances ot recovery, and that he may not
live twelve hours. The general impression
at the executive mansion is that the
President in sinking.
2:45 p. m. — No official bulletin has
been furnished by Dr. Bliss since one
o'clock. The condition of the President,
has been growing mure unfavorable since
that lime. Internal hemorrhage ia taking
place, and the greatest fears are felt as
IP the result.
Washington, July 2, 3p. h. — Hon.
Samuel Sheliabarger, who has ju9t left
the bedside of the President, *aya there
seems to be absolutely no hope of his ral
lying. His symptoms are growing more
and more alarming and his death is
thought to be very near.
Washington, 3 p. m. — Dr. Townsend,
health officer of the district, in conversa
tion this afternoon said: I found the
President when I arrived at the Balti
more & Potomac depot, about five min
utes after the shooting occurred, in a
vomiting and fainting condition. I had
his head lowered, which had been ele
vated by an attendant, and administered
aromatic spirits of ammonia and spirits of
brandy to revive him. This had the de
sired effect, and the Presi
dent, regaining consciousnes, was
asked where he felt most pain.
He replied in the right leg and foot. He
then examined the wound, introducing
his fingers.which caused a slight hemor
rhage. I then decided to have him
moved up stairs away from
the crowd. After getting him there Drs.
Smith and Purvis arrived, and upon con
sultation with them it was decided to re
move him to the White House. Dr.
Smith and myself accompanied the Pres
ident in the ambulance to the White
House, where another examination was
made, and stimulants again administered.
An ineffectual attempt was made to trace
the course of the wound, and the Presi
dent suffering much pain; a hyperdomic
injection of morphine was administered:
Dr. Townsend left the President shortly
afterward somewhat revived. The doc
tor said at 2 p. M. that he could not give
an intelligent opinion as yet, but pro
nounces the wound as dangerous.
Washington, D. C, 3:35 p. m.— The
following telegram has just been sent
from the executive mansion:
Hon. Chester A. Arthur, Vice-President, N. Y #
At this hour, half-past three, the symptons
of the President are not favorable; anxiety
deepens. Signed.
Jas, G. Blame, Secy, of State.
Washington, June 2. — Before th«
President was removed from the depot
this noon, no one was permitted to enter
the building except those whose pres
ence was absolutely required. By some
unaccountable means news was conveyed
to the multitude in the streets to the "ef
fect that although the President was ;iot
dead he was mortally wounded. That
caused a gloom to settle down upon the
city like a great pall and a vast con
course of people waited patiently outside
the depot for news from within. They re
minded one strongly of friends and rela
tives of a dying man waiting to cross a
room to the chamber of death.
The suspense was dreadful. Business
men and ladies, with faces pale with ex
citement, and eves bloodshot with strain
ing, stared fixedly at the door of the de
pot, and strove painfully to learn or
divine something about the wounded man
within. At last the door opened and one
of the doctors came out. The throng
pressed closely around him and begged
for information. The medical man said:
"He is not dead; he is not in any imme
diate danger, and in fact there are hopes
of his recovery." In a moment these
words were carried to all the people pres
ent, and transmitted from lip to lip and
from lip to wire all over the country. The
city drew a long breath and the excite
ment, which had been at white heat thus
far, cooled off.
Then there was a stir on the outer edge
of the crowd and people were moved out
of the way and left every way to make
room for an ambulance, which had been
summoned to transport the suffering
President to the White House. Tenderly
was he borne from the building to the
vehicle, and quietly and gently was he
laid ou the mattrass therein. Then the
vehicle drove off slowly to the White
House, followed at a respectful distance
by the crowd. When he" reached there
he was borne inside and was followed by
the Surgeon General, Dr. Bliss, who had
attended him from the first, and other
physicians. The friends of the wounded
chief stood sorrowfully about him, and
the doors were closed between him, his
future, and the thousands who stood in
the highways and by-ways of the city
awaiting the end.
Executive Mansion, 5 p. m. — The fol
lowing official bulletin has just been is
4p. m. — The President's condition is
somewhat less favorable; evidences of in
ternal hemorrhage being distinctly rocog
nized. Pulse 130, temperature 96. That
is a little below normal. He suffers
rather more pain but his mind is perfect
ly clear. (Signed)
D. Bliss, M. D.
Washington, July 2. — At the depart
ments business has been almost entirely
suspended. All the cabinet officers have
been during the entire day at the
White House, as also have many other
officials. The- sidewalks about 'he execu
tive mansion are densely thronged with
people who anxiously await the bulletins
which at frequent intervals are posted at
the gates. The physicians are now (3:15)
in consultation and the greatest anxiety
is manifested on all sides.
Washington, Jane 2. — Chas. Guiteau,
assassin of the President, is a Canadian
Frenchman by birth and hails from Chi
cago. He came here in the month of
February with recommendations from
various parties in Illinois to secure the
United States consulship to Marseilles,
France. He went in March to the well
known boarding house of Mrs. Lock
wood, formerly Mrs. Rines, 812 Twelfth
street, and tried to secure board. Mrs.
Lock wood did not like his appearance
and gave him an out-of-the-way room in
the house in hopes of getting rid of him..
He pretended to know Gen. Logan and
others then boarding there. Mrs. Lock
wood states that he acted strange
ly at the time, at about the
middle of the month, when
she presented him his bill anJ he could
not pay it. He afterward left the house
saying he was expecting a six thousand
dollar position, and would soon pay his
bill. Mrs. Lockwojd showed the note to
Gen. Logan, who said he was crazy.
Three w^eks ago he met. Mrs. Rickford of
Mrs. Lockwood's boarding house, on the
street and requested her not to say any
thing about the bill he owed, as it would
hurt him in his efforts to secure a posi
tion. Mr 3. Lockwood says that Guiteau
was a great bother to Gen. Locan, so per
sistent was he in his efforts to secure that
I gentleman's efforts in his behalf. Since
I leaving Mrs. Lockwood's house he has
I been stopping at various places, never at
any a great length of time, for thr« reason
that he appeared to have no friends. Hs
told one of the boarders at Mrs. Lock
wood's that he expected to be appointed
minister to France, but did not desire it
to be known. Up to the day before yes
terday, when he registered at the Riggs
house, Guiteau has been stopping for the
last six weeks with no baggage but a
paper box at 920 Fourteenth street.
Washington, June 2. — There is a ther
ry which has many adherents that the at
tempted assassination was not the work
of a lunatic, but the result of a plot much
deeper and darker than has been suspect
ed. It is cited in support of this theory
that Guitteau arranged beforehand/with a
hackman to be in readiness to drive him
swiftly in the direction of the Congress
ional Cemetery as he made his appear
ance on returning from the depot. In
the meantime he had a bundle of papers
in the hands of beys, with the view, it is
mentioned, to creating a belief in his in
sanity in event of his capture. Guitteau
said on his way to jail that the Presi
dent's assassination was premeditated,
and he went to Long Branch for the pur
pose of shooting him there and was de
terred by the enfeebled and saddened
"condition of Mrs. Garfield, which ap
pealed so strongly to his sense
of humanity that hecaine back without
carrying out his intention. Those by
whom Guiteau has been examined since
the shootingj say he shows no symptoms
of insanity, and it is understood that the
letter which has already been telegraphed,
addressed to the White House, is the
only document in the collection which,
supported the theory of insanity. It is
reported that Guiteau has an accomplice
whose description is in the hands of
the police and further, developments are
anxiously looked for.
Washington, 5 p. m.— The President is
a little easier and says he suffers rather
less pain just now. His mind continues
unclouded and he converses freely with
those around his bedside.
Washington, 5:20 p. m.— Dr. Blis9 says
the President is resting more comfortably,
but his condition is very critical. Mrs.
Garfield is expected to arrive at 7:40 p. v.
New York, July 2.— The Post's Wash
ington special says: The first ball aimed
at the President entered immediately
above the kidneys on the left side. The
President, stunned by the shock, instant
ly turned about, when the villian shot a
second bullet, striking the front of the
shoulder and passing out beneath the
shoulder blade. Those who stood imme
diately around the assassinated President
say that the man shouted in tragic tones,
"I am a stalwart! It had to be done.
Arthur now will be the President.'
Washington, July 2. — Benson, ex
chief of the secret service, who hap
pened to be standing near and heard the
shot, rushed to the assassin as he was
about to raise his pistol, with three cham
bers still loaded, to shoot Secretary
Blame, it is thought, to throttle him and
throw hin to the ground. The pistol
found in the assassin's hand is a murder
ous looking weapon. It is a five
chambered, heavy navy revolver of 44
-clibre. It makes a hole as large as a.
musket ball. The balls remaining in it
were designed for self-defense or, as
some thin.*, for Blame. Those who
stood near say that Guiteau made a move
ment when stricken down as if to skoot
Blame. The latter was very calm and
collected, but intensely pale.
Doctors were summoned by telephone
and telegraph and Dr. Bliss speedily ap
peared upon the scene. There soon fol
lowed him a score of the most prominent
physicians in the city. Dr. Bliss at first
said; "It is a safe wound;" after he had
watched the President for a few mo
ments, he said, with great thoughtful
ness: '-It is not necessarily a mortal
Soon after Colonel Ingersoll was admit
ted to the room. The president stretched
out his hand and in not very strong tone
said: "I am glad you have come."
Col. Ingersoll said: "Are you in pain?"
The President answered: "I feel a prick
ly sensation to my feet." One of the
physicians said that the prickly sensa
tion was not a good symptom.
A gentleman who was an eye witness
of the attempted assassination gives the
following statement of the occurrence:
I was coming down Pennsylvania avenue
when I saw a carriage coming up the av
enue so fast that 1 thought they were
running away. Just as the carriage ar
rived in front of me a man put his head
out of the window and said, "faster,
faster! faster! damn it!" After hearing
this remark I thought there was some
thing wrong and ran after the car
riage. When it reached the depot
a man jumped out and entered the ladies'
room. He had not been there more than
three minutes when the President arriv
ed, stepped out of his carriage, and en
tered the ladies' room. The President,
after passing through the door, was just
turning to the corner of a seat when the
assassin, who was standing at the left of
the door, fired. The ball struck the
President in the back, and he fell for
ward. I ran into the depot, and just
then he fired again, while the President
was falling. The moment the President
fell, a policeman, who had been standing
at the depot door keeping the way clear
for the President and his party, grabbed
the assassin by the neck, and as
he pulled him out of the depot anoth
er policeman came to his assistance. Just
after firing the shot, the assassin
exclaimed, " I have killed Garfield ! Ar
thur will be President!! am a stalwart!"
While the President was lying on the
floor in the ladies' room he was sur
rounded by Secretaries Windom, Jamea
and Blame. Mrs. Hunt, Miss Windom
and Mrs. James were also standing near
the President. In three or five minutes
after the shooting Dr. Bliss arrived. The
President was then put in a bed and car
ried up-stairs, where an examinatisn
was made by the doctor. Gen. Sherman
then came and called an ambulance to
carry the President to the White House.
A spectator thus describes the removal
of the President to the White House.
The President lay in the ambulance
propped up with pillows, and with hia
right arm thrown over his head. His
face was ashy white, but bore a calm,
placid look. He seemed perfectly con
scious and opened his eyes frequently to
view the surroundings. While he was
being carried up stairs he smiled sadly
and moved his hand in recognition of
friends who were gathered about him.
His sufferings must have been intense,
but he gave no sign of it, and was as
gentle and submissive as a child.
Washington, July 2. -Secretary ßlaiae
was met by a representative of the press
just as he was about leaving the White
House, after the physicians had been
called m for consultation. He said, "I
do not know what to make of it. It is too
horrible. The man who did the shooting
has been hanging around the department

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