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Population, 2.500
Elevation. 6,750
Lumbering Mining
The Williams News
Santa F Pacific
Santa Fe & Grand
. Saginaw Southern
Perpetrated Last Friday Upon the
Nation's Chief Executive at
the Buffalo Exposition
Regarding ML Motive for Snooting
President McKinley. but Says
He Had No Accomplices
In HU Vile Crime.
It was a few minutes past 4 p.
m., while President McKinley was
holding a reception in the Temple
of Music on the Pan-American
. grounds, that the cowardly attack
was made. He stood at the edge of
a raised dais upon which stands
the great pipe organ at the east Bide
of the magnificent structure.
Throngs of peopl crowded in at
various entrances to gaze upon
their executive, to clasp his hand
and file their way out into the good
natured mob that every minute
swelled and .multiplied at the
points of ingress and egress of the
building. The president was in a
cheerful mood and was enjoying to
the utmost the hearty evidence of
good will which everywhere met
his gaze. On his right stood John
C. Milburn, of Buffalo, president of
the Pan-American exposition, chat
ting with the president and intro
ducing him especially to those of
note who approached. Upon the
president's left stood Mr. Cortelyou,
the president's private secretary.
It was shortly after 4 p. m. when
one of the throng which surrounded
the presidential party, a medium
sized man of ordinary appearance
and plainly dressed in black, ap
proached as if to greet the presi
dent. Both Secretary Cortelyou
and President Milburn noticed
that the man's hand was swathed
in a bandage or handkerchief. Re
ports differ as to which hand. He
worked his way amid the stream of
people up to the edge of the dais
until he was within two feet of the
President McKinley bowed,
smiled and extended his hand in
that spirit of geniality the Ameri
can people so well know, when sud
denly the sharp crack of a revolver
rang out loud and clear above the
hum of voices, the shuffling of my
raid feet and the vibrating waves
of applause that ever and anon
swept here and there over the as
semblage. After the first shock of the as
sassin's shot the president retreated
a step. Then, as detectives leaied
upon his assailant, he turned,
walked steadily to a chair and
seated himself, at the same time
removing his hat and bowing his
head in his hands. In an instant
Secretary Cortelyou and President
Milburn were at his side. His
waistcoat was hurriedly opened, the
president meanwhile admonishing
those about him to remain calm
and telling them not to be alarmed.
"But you are wounded," cried
his secretary; '"let me examine."
"No, I think not," answered the
president; "I am not badly hurt, I
assure you."
Nevertheless, his garments were
hastily loosened, and when the
trickling stream " of crimson was
seen to wend its way down his
breast, spreading its telltale stain
over the white surface of the linen,
their worst fears were confirmed.
In the meantime, while the great
crowd was stupified with horror,
the intending murderer was hustled
off to a police station.
One shot struck upon the upper
portion of the breastbone, glancing
and not penetrating; the second
bullet penetrated the abdomen
five inches below the left nipple and
one-half inch to the left of the med
ian line. The abdomen was open
ed through the line of the bullet
wound. It was found the bullet
had penetrated the stomach. The
opening in the front wall of the
stomach was carefully closed with
silk stitches, after which a search
was made for a hole in the back
wall of the stomach. This was
found and also closed in the same
The further course of the bullet
could not be discovered, although
a careful search was made. The
abdominal wound was closed with
out drainage. No injury to the in
testines or other abdomial organ
was discovered.
The patient stood the operation
well, the pulse of a good quality at
at the rate of 130. His condition
at the conclusion of the operation
was gratifying.
Extracts from Confession of
Leon Czolgosz.
"I was born at Detroit nearly
twenty-four years ago,and educated
there; then I went to Cleveland.
In Cleveland I read books on social
ism and met many socialists. I
was pretty well known as a social
ist in the west. What started the
craze to kill was a lecture I heard
by Emma Goldman. She was in
Cleveland, and I and other anarch
ists went to hear her. She set me
on fire. Her doctrine that all rul
ers should be exterminated was
what set me to thinking, so that my
head nearly split with the pain.
Not until Tuesday morning did the
resolution to shoot the president
take hold of me. It was in my
heart; there was no escape for me.
I'could not have conquered it had
my life been at stake. I bought a
32-caliber revolver and loaded it.
On Tuesday night I went to the fair
grounds and was near the railroad
gate when the presidential party
arrived. I tried to get near him
but the police forced xae back. I
was not afraid of them, but afraid I
might be seized, and my chance
would be gone forever. I got to the
Temple of Music the first one and
awaited at the spot where the recep
tion was to be held. Then he came,
the president the ruler and I got
in line and trembled and trembled
until I got right up to him, and
then I shot him twice through my
white handkerchief. I would have
fired more but I was stunned by a
blow in the face. I am an anarch
ist. I am a disciple of Emma
Goldman. Her words set me on
fire. I deny that I have had an
accomplice at any time. I don't
regret my act, because I was doing
what I could for the great cause.
I am not connected with those
anarchists who sent Bresci to Italy
to kill Humbert, I was alone."
wm. Mckinley
The End Came at 2:15 this riorn
Ing, After a Week of Pain
and Suffering:
The World Joins with the Nation in
the Great Sorrow Felt at the
Loss of Our Beloved
The climax to one of the darkest
deeds ever perpetrated upon Ameri
can soil occurred this morning at
a quarter past two in the death of
President McKinley.
Since the dastardly act of Assas
sin Czolgosz, one week ago yester
day, hopes for the complete recov
ery of the president have been very
great. His condition up to yester
day morning was very encourag
ing and his physicians had every
hope of saving his life.
At 2 o'clock Friday morning, the
first bulletin showing a change for
the worse was posted, though even
at that time no serious results were
anticipated. During the rest of the
day his condition was slightly im
proved and he appeared to be hold
ing his own. At 1:30 p. m. he was
reported to be sleeping quietly, and
when at 4:30 another report was
circulated that his condition was
slightly improved, hope revived,
and the general belief was that he
had entirely passed the danger
At 5:45 p. m. the news was
flashed over the wires that "Presi
dent McKinley is dead." This re
port was immediately followed by
another stating that he still lived
but was sinking rapidly. He con
tinued to grow worse and at 2:15
a. m. passed quietly away.

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