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Colonel DoesTSfot Feel Bullet Strike Him
BALL IS TURNED
Prepared Speech Reposing
In Overcoat Pocket
ket of his coat, and which broke the
re of the bullet, he probably would
Lave been killed.
The assassin, who at first refused to
give ante name, afteryard said he was
John Schrank of 370 East Tenth street,
X- v.- York.
He is believed to be insane.
* Just how seriously Roosevelt is
-nounded is' not definitely known. The
bullet is in his breast just below the
right nipple, and it was said at the J
emergency hospital, where he was
taken 'after he had finished speaking,
st as soon as' the bullet had been lo
ted by the X-ray it would be taken
Until Roosevelt had finished speaking
was supposed he was only slightly I
hurt, but later he was taken to a hos
pital in a closed cab and there are
fears that his condition may be more
serious than was at first supposed.
The receptfon of Colonel Roosevelt
up to the time of the shooting was the
tamest of his entire tour. When he
reached Milwaukee tonight there was
barely half a hundred people to greet
liim, owing to the Lit Toilette sen
timent in the city, presumably. This,
however, made the assassin's attempt
only more simple as the crowd was not
so congested as to force a large bod>
of police to be on hand to keep tratnc
moving. This very fact made the assas
sin's attempt so nearly successful.
DINES WITH PROGRESSIVES
Colonel Roosevelt was taken to the
Gilpatrick hotel for dinner with a group
of the local progressive leaders. After
his dinner he left the hotel to step into
his automobile and be whisked away
to the Auditorium, where he was slated
A crowd was standing outside the
hoter to get a glimpse of him and was
kept at one side by the few police who
had .been assigned to guard the en
trance. After Colonel Roosevelt had
entered his automobile an unidentified
stranger stepped through the crowd so
quietly that his approach was not sus
pected as being with murderous intent.
Stepping to the side of the automo- j
bile as the colonel started to sit down
the man suddenly, and before any one j
of them near could move, drew a re- .
volvcr from his pocket, fired point
blajik at the colonel, just as he was
letting go the side of the automobile]
and turning to seat himself.
SHOT STAGGERS ROOSEVELT
He staggered, hesitated, turned pale,
then put his hand under his coat and
pressed his right breast. He had not
vet sat. down and-was still hesitating
while "the crowd made a rush for his
Then he raised his hat. whispered a
word to his associates, who told the j
tuffeur to hurry away, and as the
machine sped away to the Auditorium
Colonel Roosevelt was sitting upon the
top of the* tonrieau waving his hat to
the crowd as if to indicate that he was;
not badly hurt.
Going to the Auditorium, he started
to speak and talked for fifty minutes.
As Colonel Roosevelt faced the audi
ence his white waistcoat was seen to be
covered with blood. His hat, with
which he frequently gestured, was cov
ered with his own life's blood, but he
continued to speak. Time and again he
stopped to take a sip Of wafer.
The address wa_ not at all the same
as that he had expected to deliver. That;
speech he had planned to give to the
Milwaukee audience was drenched with
Roosevelt's own blood. It had been
pierced by the bullet.
"I am carrying the bullet in my
body,"' he said. "T have been attacked
by an assassin, but I have a message
to deliver and will deliver it as long
as there is life in my body to speak."
Several times he showed signs of
weakness, but kept on until he bad
completed bis address. Then he was
removed to the emergency hospital,
where six physicians failed to locate
the bullet and decided to take an
There were exciting times about the
hotel .when Roosevelt was shot. The
man who fired the shot was raptured
~ second affr be fired the shot. Henry
F. Cocbema, Who was assisting <"'olonel
Roosevelt Into the automobile, grabbed
a and wrested his weapon away.
Cochems turned -he man over to Ser-
ASSASSIN HCRRIED TO JAIL
The wouldbc -aeaasin was at once
hurried out of the crowd. He offered
resistance, but was helpless in the
sturdy, willing hands that grasped him.
He was half carried as he was hurried
through the corridor of the hotel into
the dining room and thence into the
kitchen, where he was put through a
hurried interrogation by Sergeant
Mooney and others present, but with
out eliciting a single statement. He
declined to give his name, and finally
was slipped but of the rear door of the
hotel into the alley, where the police
had been sammoned to receive
Hundreds of persons followed the pa
po. wagon as it was driven at break
neck speed down the streets and across
the bridge. Men and boys ran shouting
behind the wagon and crying, "Lynch
him:" "Kill the brute:" and "Get a
Scores reachVd the central police sta
tion In automobiles and carriages be
fore the wagon could be backed up to
The man who did the shooting had a
copy of the colonel's itinerary Written
on a sheet of note paper taken from
the Bismarck hotel and cafe, Nashville,
The assassin is 5 feet 5 inches in
height, weighs 170 pounds, light com
plexion, bald, fairly well dressed. He
confessed to the police that he fired the
shot, and said:
"Any man looking for a third term
ought to be shot."
SECOND SHOT INTENDED
Albert H. Martin, one of Roosevelt's
two* secretaries, helped in preventing
the firing of a second shot. Martin
leaped on the man's shoulders and bore
him to the ground.
Captain A. O. Girard was on the front
seat and jumped almost at the same
time and in an instant the man was
overpowered and disarmed.
After reaching the auditorium Col
onel Roosevelt was
ggainst attempting a speech. He was
told that the effort would probably en
danger his life.
"T wiil make this speech or die." he
said. "It will be one or the other."
-After the colonel had begun his
speech and the news of the shooting
had spread through the audience
Cochems stepped to the platform anc
said that Roosevelt had been shot, thai
his injury was not serious - and thai
there was no cause for alarm.
This announcement coming late, onlj
verified the report that had been circu
lated and for a few minutes there was
danger of a panic. *
Colonel Roosevelt assured the crowd
that he was not hurt badly. Several
times he seemed to be growing weak
and members of his party rose to heir
him. He motioned them to sit down.
While he spoke a physician was with
in a few feet, ready to minister to hlrr
should his strength fall and cause his
collapse on the stage, but he did nol
collapse, and when he had concluded his
talk he walked from the stage with a
FINALLY ADMITS WOUND
Then it was that he admitted he was
hurt, that he could not keep up much
It was suggested to him that he b«
taken at once to the emergency hospital
The idea at first seemed to amuse
Roosevelt, but be listened to the physi
cian' and was moved to the emergency
hospital, where six physicians exam
They found the bullet deep in the
Mesh and were unable to probe for it.
While the examination was being made
Roosevelt Jay on the operating table
talking polices with the doctors.
It was decided to make no effort to
probe for the bullet until an x-ray
photograph was taken. This fact
showed that there was a doubt as to
the seriousness of the wound, but It
apparently did not disturb Roosevelt.
He was as cool as any of the doctors.
The wound was in the left breast,
according to the best information from
the hospital, but the bullet was ranging
toward the heart.
The x-ray photograph will be taken
without delay, and It is probable that
the bullet will be taken out of Roose
velt's body early tomorrow morning,
unless it is buried in a vital spot and
the removal will endanger his life.
Roosevelt talked freely to the doctors
about the shooting, but is said to have
been much more interested in the
political situation even after he was
told it was possible there was danger
in his wound, than he was in the man
who shot him.
According to one' report made to the
police. Colonel Roosevelt was shot after
he had climbed into the automobile, the
assassin approaching from the other
side of the machine. Roosevelt, the
report says, did not see the man. He
did not know he was shot. The*i a
howl of rage went up from the crowd
and tbe man was seized, while cries of
"Lynch him.'" arose. Colonel Roose
velt stood calmly looking on as though
nothing had happened. Martin picked
the man up as though he were a child
and carried him the few feet which
separated them from the car almost to
the side of the colonel.
"Here he is," said Martin. "Look at
All this happened within a few sec
onds, and Roosevelt stood gazing rath
er curiously at the man who attempted
his life. As soon as he reached the Au
ditorium, Colonel Roosevelt was taken
into a dressing room and his outer
garments were removed. Doctor Ter
rell and Dr. S. S. Sorrenson of Racine,
Wis., who were In the audience, came
to the dressing room and made a super
ficial examination of the wound. They
agreed it was impossible to hazard a
guess as to the extent of the colonel's
injuries, and that he should by all
means go at once to a hospital. De
spite the protests of the physicians the
colonel strode out of the dressing room
and onto the stage. A large crowd
packed Into the big building and
Without a word to Indicate what had
happened be went to his seat. For
several minutes the crowd, no man of
whom suspected that the colonel bore
a bullet in his body, kept up its cheer
In telling of Colonel Roosevelt's
shooting. Cochems said:
'I have, something to tell you. and I
hope you will receive the news with
His voice shook as he spoke and a
deathlike stillness settled over the
"Colonel Roosevelt has been shot. He
He spoke in a low tone, but such was
the stillness that every one heard him.
A cry of astonishment and horror went
up from the crowd which was thrown
into confusion in an instant. Cochems
turned and looked inquiringly at Col
on 5 1 Roosevelt.
"Tell us, are you hurt?"
Men and women shouted loud Iv. Pome
of them rose from their seats and
rushed forward to look more closely at
Roosevelt walked to the edge of the
platform to quiet the crowd. He raised
his hand and instantly there was
"Tt's true," he said. Then slowly he
unbuttoned his coat and placed his hand
on his breast. Those in the front of the
crowd could catch sight of the blood
"I am going to ask you to be -cry
quiet," said Colonel Roosevelt, "and
please excuse me from making you a
very long address. I'll do the best ]
can, but you see there | s a bullet in mv
body. But it's nothing. lam not hurl
A sigh of relief went up from th«
crowd and then an outburst of tumultu
ous cheering. Thoroughly reassured b>
the colonel's action that ha was in nt
serious danger, the people settled back
into their seats to hear his speech.
Colonel Roosevelt was shot as h€
was leaving the Gilpatrick hotel foi
th« Coii-eum to make a speech.
The wound was superficial and thi
colonel went on to the hall and began
his speech, after he had seen the as
sassin arrested and taken to the police
Henry F. Cochems seized the assassin
and held him until policemen came up
A mob surged around the man, whe
apparently is a radical on the subject
of Roosevelt running for another tern
The assassin, who is small of stature
admitted firing the shot and said thai
"any "man looking for a third tern
ought to be shot."
In notes found in the man's pocket!
at the police station were statements
that the man had been visited In i
dream by the spirit of William Mc
Kinley. who had said, iadicatlns
Roosevelt, "This Is my murderer
avenge my death."
A written proclamation found on th<
THF, .SAN VR.AKf!TBro cxi.l, TUESDAY. OCTOBER 15. 1912.
WOUNDED MOOSE BREATHES DEFI
SPEECH MADE AFTER SHOOTING
MILWAUKEE, Oct. 14. —Displaying his bloodstained shirt front and holding up to view ihe bulky
manuscript which, in his breast pocket, had spent the force of his wouldbe assassin's bullet, Theodore Roosevelt
reassured the listening throng tonight that it took more than a bullet wound to kill a bull moose. His speech follows:
"Friends, I shall have to ask you to be as quiet as
possible. I do not know whether you fully understand
that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that
to kill a bull moose. Fortunately, I had my manu
script" (holding up manuscript, showing the audience
where the bullet had gone through), "so you see I
was going to make a long speech. And, friends, the
hole is in it that the bullet went through, and it
probably saved it from going into my heart. The
bullet is in me now, so that I can not make a very
long speech—but I will try my best.
"And now, friends, I want to take advantage of
this incident to say as solemn a word of warning as I
know how to my fellow Americans. First of all, I
want to say this about myself: I have altogether too
many important things to think of to pay any heed or
feel any concern over my own death. Now, I would
not speak to you insincerely within five minutes of
being shot. I am telling you the literal truth when
I say that my concern is for many Other things. It
is not in the least for my own life.
"I want you to understand that I am ahead Of the
game, anyway. No man has had a happier life than I
have had—a happier life in every way. I have been
able to do certain things that I greatly wished to do,
and I am interested in doing other things. I can tell
you with absolute truthfulness that I am very much
uninterested in whether I am shot or not.
"It was just as when I was colonel of my regiment
I always felt that a private was to be excused for
feeling at times some pangs of anxiety about his
personal safety, but I can not understand a man fit to
be a colonel who can pay any heed to his personal
safety when he is occupied as he ought to be occupied
with the absorbing desire to do his duty.
"I am in this cause with my whole heart and soul;
I believe in the progressive movement—a movement
for the betterment of mankind, the movement for
making life a little easier for all our people, a move
ment to try to take the burdens off the man, and
especially the woman, in this country who is most
oppressed. I am absorbed in the success, of that
movement. I feel uncommonly proud irubelonging
to that movement.
"Friends, I ask you now this evening to accept
what I am saying as absolute truth when I tell you
I am not thinking of my own success, I am not
! clothing of the man who did the shoot
• ing reads:
September 10, lUI-.
September 15, 1901. 1:30 a. m.-—ln
a dream I saw President McKlnley
sit up In a-monk's attire in whom
1 recognized Theodore Roosevelt.
The dead president said: "1 his, is
mv murderer; avenge my death.
September 12, 1912, 1:30 a. m.—
While writing a poem, some one
tapped nic on the shoulder, and
said: "Let not a murderer take
the presidential chair. Avenge my
I could plainly sec Mr. McKin
Before the almighty God. T swear
this above writing is nothing but
Another note found in the man's
So long as Japan could rise to
the greatest power of the world
despite her surviving a tradition
more than 2.000 years old, as Gen
eral Nogi so nobly demonstrated.
It is the duty of tho United Stales
of America to uphold the third
term tradition. - Let every third
termer be regarded as a traitor
to the American cause. Let it be
the right and duty of every citizen
to forcibly remove a third termer.
Never let a third term party em
blem appear on the official ballot.
I am willing to die for my coun
try. God has call'd me to be his
instrument, so help me God.
(Signed INNOCENT GUILTY.
In German a strong tower is our
COLONEL FEELS NO PAIN
The colonel felt no pain at the time
the shot was fired and was not aware
that he was shot until he was on the
way to the Auditorium. His attention
then was called to a hole in his over
coat, and he found that his shirt was
soaked with blood. Tic insisted that
he was not hurt* badly. A superficial
examination of the wound was made
when he reached the Auditorium and
three physicians agreed that he was
in no Immediate danger.
Harry F. Cochems, one of the Wiscon
sin progressive leaders, told the great
crowd which had asembled in the Audi
torium that Colonel Roosevelt had been
shot, and asked the people to be calm.
The crowd was thrown almost Into a
panic by the announcement, but Colonel
Roosevelt calmed them by rising and
assuring them that he was not badly
hurt. Then he began his address. Sev
eral times he seemed to be growing
weak, and members of his party rose to
help him. He motioned them to sit
"net me alone; Tin"all right," he said.
SHOOTING OCCURS IN STREET
The shooting.took place in the street
In front of the Hotel Gilpatrick. Colonel
Roosevelt reached Milwaukee shortly
after 5 o'clock and, making his way
through the crowd that had gathered
at the station, entered an automobile
and was driven to the hotel. Ho took
dinner in a private dining room on the
main floor with members of the party in
his private car.
After dinner Colonel Roosevelt went
to his room on the second floor of the
hotel, and shortly before 8 o'clock he
started for the Auditorium. His auto
mobile stbod In front of the door and
about it was a crowd of several hun
dred persons, who were waiting to
catch a glimpse of the colonel as he
With the colonel were Philip Roose
velt, a young cousin; Mr. Cochems, Mr.
Martin and Captain A. O. Girard. The
crowd pressed close about the colonel
and gave a cheer as he appeared. As
tho party reached the automobile Colo
nel Roosevelt's companions stood aside
and he stepped into the car.
Martin entered directly behind him
and sat on the further side of the car.
FIRES AT CLOSE RANGE
Colonel Roosevelt stood up, waving
his hat in answer to the cheers of the
crowd. The assassin wag standing in
the crowd a few feet from the automo
bile. He pushed his way to the side of
the car and, raising his gun, fired.
Martin caught the flash of the re
volver as the shot was fired and leaped
over the car a second after the bullet
sped on Its way.
Colonel Roosevelt barely moved as
the shot was fired.
Before the crowd knew what had
happened Martin, who is six feet tall
thinking of my life or of anything connected with me
personally. I am saying this by way of introduction,
because I want to say something very serious to our
people, and especially to the newspapers.
"I don't know who the man was who shot me to
night. He was seized by one of my stenographers,
Mr. Martin, and, is in the hands of the
police now. He shot to kill me. lam just going to
show you" (Colonel Rosevelt then unbuttoned his
coat and vest and showed his white shirt badly stained
with blood). •
"Now, friends, I am going to be as quiet as pos
sible, even if I am not able to give the challenge of the
bull moose quite as loudly. I do not know who he
was or what party he represented. He was a coward.
He stood in the darkness in the crowd around the
automobile, and when they cheered me, and I got up
to bow, he stepped forward and shot me in the breast.
"It is a very natural thing that weak and vicious
minds should be inflamed to acts of violence by the
kind of foul mendacity and abuse that have been
leaped upon me for the last three months by the
papers in the interests not only of Mr. Debs but of
Mr. Wilson and Mr. Taft. Friends, I will disown and
repudiate any man of my party who attacks with such
vile, foul slander and abuse my opponents of any
"Now, I wish to say seriously to the speakers and
to the newspapers representing both the republican
and democratic and socialist p_rties*that they can not,
month in and month out, year in and year out, make
the kind of slanderous, bitter and malevolent assaults
that they have made and not expect that brutal and
violent characters, especially when the brutality is
accompanied by a not too strong mind, will be un
affected by it.
"I am not speaking for myself at all; I give you my
word I do not care a rap about being shot—not a rap.
I have had a good many experiences in my time, and
this is only one of them. What I do care for is my
country. I wish I were able to impress on our people
the duty to feel strongly, but to speak truthfully of
their opponents. I say now I have never said on the
stump one word against any opponent that I would
not defend in the library. I have said nothing that I
could not substantiate, and nothing I ought not to
have said; nothing that, looking back, I would not say
again. I am all right."
and a former football player, had
landed squarely on the assassin's shoul
ders and had borne him to the ground.
He threw his right arm about the
man's neck with a deathlike grip, and
with the left arm seized the hand that
had held the revolver. In another sec
ond he had disarmed him.
Colonel Roosevelt stood calmly look
ing on, as though nothing had hap
pened. Martin picked the man up as
though he were a child and carried him
the few feet which separated them from
the car, almost to the side of the colo
"Here he is," said Martin. "Look at
All this happened within a few sec
onds, and Colonel Roosevelt stood gaz
ing rather curiously at the man who
had attempted his life before the
stunned crowd realized what was going
Then a howl of rage went up.
FI'RY DRIVES CROWD MAD
"Lynch him!" "Kill him!" cried a hun
The crowd pressed in on them, and
Martin and Captain Girard. who had
followed Martin over the side of the
automobile, were caught with their
prisoner in the midst of a struggling
throng of maddened men.
It seemed for the. moment that the
assassin would be torn to pieces by the
infuriated crowd, and it was Colonel
Roosevelt himself who interfered on be
half of the man. %
He raised his hand and motioned im
periously to the crowd to fall back.
COLONEL SAVES ASSAILANT'S LIFE
"Stop! stop!" he cried. "Stand back;
don't hurt him."
The crowd at first was not. disposed
to heed his words, but at length fell
back and permitted Martin and Cap
tain Girard to carry the man into the
hotel. After a short struggle the as
sassin gave up and was carried without
resistance out of the reach of the
"Are you hurt, colonel?" a hundred
voices called out.
"Oh, no," ho responded with a smile,
"Missed me that time. I'm not hurt
"I think we'd better be going on."
he Said to the other members of his
party, "or we will be late."
No one in the parly, including
Colonel Roosevelt, himself, entertained
the slightest notion that the colonel
had been shot. He felt no shock or
pain at the time, and it was assumed
that the bullet went wild. As soon
as Colonel Roosevelt had assured him
self that the assassin was safe in the
hands of the police, he gave orders
to drive on to the auditorium.
They had driven hardly one of the
four blocks from the hotel to the
auditorium, when John McGrath, an
other of Colonel Roosevelt's secre
taries, uttered a sharp exclamation
and pointed to the colonel's breast.
< "Look, colonel," he said, "there is
a hole in your overcoat."
BLOOD SMEARS COLONEL'S HANJD
Colonel Roosevelt looked down, saw
the hole, then unbottoned the big army
coat which he was wearing and thrust
his hand beneath it. When he with
drew it. his fingers were stained with
Colonel Roosevelt was not at all
"It looks as though I had been hit,"
he said, "but I don't think it is anything
Dr. Scurry Terrell of Dallas, Tex.,
Colonel Roosevelt's physician, who had
entered the automobile just before It
started off, insisted that the colonel re
turn to the hotel. He would not hear
of it, and the car was driven to the
As soon as they reached the building
Colonel Roosevelt was taken into a
dressing room and his outer garments
were removed. Doctor Terrell, wi#h the
help of Dr. John Stratton of Milwaukee
and Dr. S. S. Sorrenson of Racine, Wis.,
who were in the" audience and came to
the dressing room on a call from the
platform, made a superficial examina
tion of the wound. They agreed that it
was impossible to hazard a guess as to
the extent of the colonel's injuries and
! that he should by all means go at once
!to a hospital.
1 "I will deliver this speech or di% one
or the other," was Colonel Roosevelt's
Despite the protests of his physicians,
the colonel strode out of the dressing
room and to the stage. Several thousand
persons packed into the big building
cheered loudly as he entered and, with
-1 out a word to indicate what had hap
pened, went to his seat. For several
minutes the crowd, no man of whom
suspected that the colonel bore a bullet
In his body, kept up Its cheering.
Then Cochems stepped te the front of
the platform and held up his hand.
There was something In his manner that
had Its effect upon the crowd, and the
cheering died suddenly away.
"I have something to tell you." said
Cochems, "and I hope you will receive
the news with calmness."
His voice shook as he spoke, and a
deathlike stillness settled over the
"Colofiel Roosevelt has been shot; he
is wounded," he said, in a low tone,
but such was the stillness that every
one heard it.
CROWD IS HORRIFIED
A cry of astonishment and horror
went up from the crowd, which was
throtvn into confusion in an Instant.
Cochems turned and looked inquiringly
at Colonel Roosevelt.
"Tell us, are you hurt?" he asked.
Men and women shouted wildly.
Some of them rose from their seats
and rushed forward to look more
closely at the colonel.
Colonel Roosevelt rose and walked to
the edge of the platform to quiet the
crowd. He raised his hand and in
stantly there was silence.
"It's true," he said.
Then slowly he unbuttoned his coat
and placed his hand on his breast.
Those In the front of the crowd could
catch sight of the blood stained gar
"I'm going to ask you to be very
qulet," said Colonel Roosevelt, "and
please excuse me from making you a
very long speech. I'll do the best I can,
but, you see, there's a bullet In my body.
But it's nothing. lam not hurt badly."
A sigh of relief went up from the,
crowd, and then an outburst of tumultu
ous cheering. Thoroughly reassured by
the colonel's action that he was In no
serious danger, the people presently
settled back in their seats to hear his
Colonel Roosevelt began to speak in
a firm voice, somewhat lower thari its
usual tone, and, except that his chance
gestures were less emphatic than usual,
there was nothing about the man to
indicate his condition.
| WEAKNESS SEIZES SPEAKER
\ After he had been speaking a few
' moments, however, his voice sank some
: what and he seemed to stand rather un
; steadily. Dr. Terrell and Colonel Lyon
I stepped up to him, and the doctor in
sisted that he stop.
"I'm going to finish this speech."
said the colonel emphatically. "I'm all
right; let me alone."
Dr. Terrell and Colonel Lyon sat
down again. The colonel continued his
speech, evidently with increasing ef
fort, but he succeeded in making him
self heard and talked for more than an
| hour. Then he was rushed to his auto-
I mobile and flashed through the streets
;to the emergency hospital.
The operating room had been placed
in readiness to receive Colonel Roose
velt and six of the leading surgeons of
Milwaukee awaited his arrival. Colonel
Roosevelt was undress*ed and placed
upon the operating table, although he
insisted he was not badly hurt and
that the doctors were taking it too
An examination of the wound showed
that it had been made by a bullet of
large size. It entered the fleshy part
of the right breast 4jaif way between
the collar bone and lower rib.
The physicians found that they knew
no more a'ter their examination than
| before as to the location of the bullet.
| and it was decided to send for an X-ray
i machine to determine to what depth
i the missile had penertated.
j ROOSEVELT TALKS POLITICS
While he was waiting for the X-ray
machine, Colonel Roosevelt sat up on
the operating table and talked politics
and joked with the physicians.
In the meantime, hidden away la an
FREELY IN JAIL
Followed Trail of Victim
Over Country Seeking
Chance to Shoot
inner room of the police station, Colo
nel _Roosevelt's assailant was being
submitted to a rigid examination. He
refused stubbornly to give an account
of himself, and would say nothing ex
cept that "I will tell you tomorrow."
After a long siege, however, the
| police forced from him the statement
j that he was John Schrank of 370 East
Tenth stret,' New York. Clippings
found in the man's pockets showed that
he had studied Colonel Roosevelt's
itinerary carefully, with the evident
intention of selecting the place at
which he might accomplish what he
had in mind.
It was said at the Gilpatrick ljotel,
while Colonel Roosevelt was at dinner,
a short, dark man of about 40 years
old, made four attempts to gain admis
sion to the dining room, being turned
away each time. From this cir
cumstance the report gained currency
that two men were engaged in the at
tempt to take Colonel Roosevelt's life.
The police tonight were unable to gain
any evidence to bear out tTiis theory.
Martin, to whom Colonel Roosevelt
perhaps owes his life, told the story
tonight of his adventure.
"J walked down stairs with the col
onel and out to the car," he said, "and
had taken my seat before anything hap
pened. As Colonel Roosevelt was stand
ing in the car waving his hat to the
crowd the flash of metal caught my
"I did not stop to think what I was
doing, and, before I really knew it.
jumped over the side of the car and
had my arm around the neck of a man
I had hardly seen. Everything seemed
to happen at once.
"There was a flash, a sound of a shot
and I was on the ground with the man.
T threw one arm about his neck and ',
held him fast. At the same time I j
caught his gun hand with my free |
hand and wrenched the revolver from ;
him. He struggled for a minute, but ;
in spite of the fact that he was acting ;
like a madman he did not keep up the ;
fight long, and, with the help of Cap- |
tain Girard, I soon ' had him under j
"I picked the man up and held him .
" 'The poor creature,' said the colo
"I put the revolver into my pocket
and began to drag the man out of the
crowd, which was on us in a minute,
struggling to get at the prisoner.
COLONEL ORDERS CROWD BACK
"The colonel saw the man was in
danger, and it was his act Which saved
him. He told the crowd to stand back,
and they did. Captain Girard and T
dragged him into the hotel and turned
him over to the police.
"We came back to the automobile and
started for the auditorium. As we
were riding along, McGrath called the
colonel's attention to a hole in his over
coat. Colonel Roosevelt unbuttoned his
" 'Why, I'm bleeding,' he said, but he
Insisted that his wound was not seri
ous and that he must not disappoint the
crowd at the auditorium. So we drove
Martin exhibited the revolver, which
he had captured from the assassin. It
was a large weapon, evidently newly
purchased, of 38 caliber.
For an hour or more a large crowd
stood in Sycamore street, outside the
hospital awaiting the news of Colonel
Roosevelt's condition. The statement
of the attending physicians was taken
out and rea,d aloud. The crowd started
a cheer, but it was suppressed for fear
that the noise might annoy the colonel.
Reassured by the news the people for
the most part walked off.
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When Colonel Roosevelt left the hos
pital, walking unassisted, there were
only a. few persons on the street.
"How are you feeling, colonel?" said j
one of the local committeemen when he
came down the elevator from the oper
ating room just after an X-ray pic
ture had been taken.
"Fine," announced the Colonel and
as he passed along he had a pleasant
word to say to those who greeted him in
turn. The colonel was said to be rest
ing easily in his private car Mayflower
when he left.
O. K. Davis, secretary of the progress
ive national committee, sent a tele
gram to Mrs. Roosevelt in Sagamore
Hill, assuring her that Colonel Roose«
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that there was no cause for alarm.
A newspaper reporter who was stand
ing in the crowd in front of the hotel
and witnessed the shooting gave the
"Colonel Roosevelt had just de
scended from his room in the second
story, front, of the hotel, where he had
heen receiving calls from friends and
admirers, and had passed through a
cheering throng in the main corridor,
accompanied by a growing escort as he
neared the door.
"The doorway was cleared and on
the sidewalk a wide passageway was
maintained by Sergeant A. J. Mooney.
who saluted the colonel as he passed
and turned to watch him as he kept on
toward the automobile.
SHOT WHILE ENTERING ALTO
"Arriving at the curb. Colonel Roose
velt extended his hands toward th"
frames of the doorway to the rear k
compartment, his body inclining"
slightly to the front. It was just as he ,
was rising into the automobile, sup- |
ported by the grip he held on the
frame, that the shot was fired.
"Colonel Roosevelt gave no indica
tion by movement that he felt the im
pact of the bullet, but there was a
sound as* though of a groan coming
from his direction. A moment after
the shot. Colonel Roosevelt put his
right hand on his overcoat, well up
near the shoulder on tho left side, and
rubbed it slightly. Then he sat down
in the car. In the excitement and con
fusion that prevailed some one ordered
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