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EVERY INCH A MAN
v The splendid physical courage which enabled Col.' Roosevelt'
to meet as he did the maniac's attack at Milwaukee and his magni
ficent physical condition, which has put him on the road to recovery
wUhm a few days after an event, the shock of which would have re
sulted in immediate prostration and probably the ultimate death of
an ordinary man," are two circumstances which must haye made a
tremendous impression on his friends and enemies alike.
No man with a drop of coward's or quitter's blood in his body
could have done what Roosevelt did'that night in Milwaukee after
the bullet had found its mark and no man who had by intemper
ance in the use of alcoholic liquors abused his hpdy could have prac
tically returned to normal physical and mental condition in so shor?
a time, if at all.
"We find him in magnificent physical condition, due to his reg
ular physical exercise and his habitual abstinence from tobacco and
liquor," is a verbatim e xtract from one of the bulletins issued from
the colonel's bedside by his doctors. x
In these fe.ww,OEd& these men of science make a complete and
unimpeachable answer to the slanderers who have attempted to
make his fellow countrymen believe that Roosevelt was given td
Tp what extent, if any, th presidential vote will be influenced
by. the attempted assassination at Milwaukee is problematical.
Our pwn opinion is that many voters who would not otherwise
have voted for him will now do so, as an expression of their admira
tion for his courage and fortitude which few men have exhibited in
a like crisis.
It seems reasonable, to suppose also that many men who. had
doubted him will see in Roosevelt's conduct immediately following
the shooting putting his -life in jeopardy to deliver his message to
the waiting audience convincing proof of the sincerity of his pur
pose and the unselfishness of his public seryice.
Whether or not enough voters who would not otherwise have
voted for Roosevelt will now do so, to make possible his election, is
We agree with the statement of Bryan, acquiesced in by Raose--y.elt
himself, that "the issues of the presidential campaign should
not be determined by the act of an assassin."
The assassin's victim might ave. been Wilson or Taft or 'Debs.
It sd happened that his disordered brain directed the pistol at the
man whose physical and mental energy has made him the storm
center o,f the campaign.
That pistol shot an no way changed the characters of the cat
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