"This is my last speech," he
said. "I want to give the people
all that is in me."
The Colonel insisted on going
to the Auditorium. There he made
his speech, while the blood oozed
out of the wound in his right side.
He had hardly begun to speak
when an elderly lady arose in the
"Col. Roosevelf," she said,
"please go back and let the doc
tors dress your 'wound."
"Madam," said Roosevelt, with
a characteristic snap of his teeth,
"it is very nice of you, but I am
Then he went on to deliver the
speech that saved his life.
The speech was an extra long
one. Two days ago his advisers
suggested that he make it shorter.
'He said he would look it over. He
'did so, and made it longer instead (
The manuscript of that speech
'was in his right hand coat pocket
last night. The bullet of the
""would-be assassin struck -it i
squarely'in the center. The thick
wad of manuscript deadened the
force of the bullet, and saved the
'Colonel from death.
, As soon as the speech was, over,
Colonel Roosevelt was induced to
get on a special train and was
-rushed to Chicago.
He was taken at once to the
Mercy hospital) where Dr. JV B.
"Murphy took charge of him.
It was thought at first that an
-immediate operation to remove
the bullet would be necessary.
After several X-ray examinations
it was decided that the operation
t:ould be -put' off for four of five:
days. ' '
The bullet wound itself is not'
likely-to'prove fatal, but there is
grave danger of blood poisoning.
Col. Roosevelt's first thought
" Colonel Rooseveltv
after the shooting was for his"
wife. He had a telegram sent her
assuring her that his wound was
not sericu j
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