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["lee of the United Pre»* Association*.
VOL. 115. NO. 90.
[0hn Schrank Saw President McKinley Pointing
Out Roosevelt in Garb of Monk, as
His Assassin.
ILooked Upon Roosevelt as Menace to the Coun
try and Brooded Over it Until He Sought
His Life.
[United Press Leased Wire Service.]
MILWAUKEE, Oct. 15. John
Schrank, would-be assassin of Colonel the Bowery recalled today, John
Theodore Roosevelt, had nothing
add to his earlier statement made last.
night in which he said his attempt to
kill Roosevelt was because President
McKinley had appeared in a dream
pointing out Roosevelt, who appeared
in monk's garb, as his slayer. Fol
lowing his statement Schraiik was
taken back to his cell where he slept
uninterruptedly until 7 o'clock.
Schrank's statement was ooniplete.
Cross-examined by Chief of Police
Janssen and other officials at Cen
tral station, he told of having follow
ed the colonel since September i4,
and his determination to assassinate
the former president because of the
McKinley dream and his belief that
Roosevelt was a menace to the coun
"I began to think of Roosevelt as
a menace when he cried 'Thief!' at
the Chicago convention,'' confessed
Schrank. 'J. lpoked ul?9n hls plan to
i£«BfiSer tarttti*
country. My knowledge of history,
gained through much reading con
vinced me that Roosevelt waB en
gaged in a dangerous undertaking.
was convinced that if defeated at the
tall election he would again cry:
'Thief!' and his action would plunge
the country into a bloody civil war.'
Schrank, according to his state
ment, was born in Erding, Bavaria,
two hours out of Munich, the capital
of Bavaria. He came to the United
States when nine years old with his
He worked about saloons in New
York, he stated, until he became the
proprietor of a place at 10 East
Tenth street. He sold this place
when the determination came to him
to slay the ex-president.
Schrauk is 5 feet, 7 1-2 inches in
height and weighs 157 pounds. His
appearance, as he waited for the
colonel to emerge from the Gilpatrick
hotel, where the attempted asst.Asm
ation was made was such as not to
create suspicion. He wore a light
gray suit, light overcoat, and was
neatly dressed.
Schrank sat in hia cell unperturbed
todajr, talked freely and Joked with
his guards. He repeated that he was
sorry his bullet did £ot kill Roose
velt because it was tae burdfen of hts!
convictions that to have been success
ful he would have performed a signal
achievement for the country.
Schrank Btates he had known
Roosevelt since the latter was police
commissioner in New York in 1895
but his first attention was drawn t«.
Roosevelt when the latter cried:
"Thief!" at the Chicago convention.
He related following the colonel to
Charleston, S. C., on his southern
trip. He went from New York to
Charleston by boat. Failing to »*et a
shot at Roosevelt there, he followed
him to Atlanta where he again failed.
Schrank told of leaving a bag at the
Mosley hotel in Charleston, which
contained a deed to property on 81st
street, New York, worth $25,000 and
his naturalization papers. The bag
yet remains there.
From Atlanta, he trailed the colonel
to Chattanooga later to Evansville,
Ind. Indianapolis and then to Chica
go. His every attempt to kill Roose
velt in Chicago failed, he confessed.
He then determined to try again in
Schrank, according to his statement,
came here Sunday morning and await
ed the arrival of Roosevelt. He regis
tered at the Argyle hotel under the
name of Walter Ross and did not di
vulge his Identity until he was taken
to the Central police station.
Schrank will be held by the local
authorities until determination 1b
made regarding his preliminary hear
ing and trial. The penalty for
Schrank's crime. If Colonel Roosevelt
lives, will be from one to fifteen
years la the penitentiary,
Considered Harmless CranK.
NfciW YORK. Oct. lt.—Habitues of
Schrank, who tried to murder Colon
el Roosevelt, last mgnt, as a harmless
I inoliensive crank. A German with a
somewhat noticeable accent, yellow
hair and a reddish Drown beard, he
lived at the White hotel, just a few
feet off the Bowery, on Canal street,
for a long time, Only one man pene
trated the air of exclusiveness with
which he surrounded himself. This
was Jack Walker, bartender in the
hotel, who said today thai he ana
iuoS£engive crank A
German with
Schrank often discussed general af
fairs over a glass of beer.
According to Walker, Schrank ap
parently had few friends and abso
lutely no intimates. He was always
quiet in manner and in his conversa
tion never discussed himself. While
he had been heard to say tha'. be con
sidered Roosevelt a menace to the
country, there was never anything iu
his conversation that led those in
contact with him to believe that ho
COrVRlOMt ffr
colliers weaoX
held real animosity toward the pre- ...
Although he said nothing about his
affairs to anyone, the impression
among the few who came into contact
with him was that he was engaged as
a real estate salesman, trying to dis
pose of development project3 to
worklngmen. He admitted that his
work was hard and his sales small,
and about a month and a half ago he
asked Walker whether he could get
h'm a job either as a bartender or a
waiter, declaring that his finances
were running low and that he must
work if he would eat.
Everybody at the hotel believed
that he was slightly crazy, although
no one today could give any particu-
lar reason for that belief other than
a general feeling based on the man
ner in which Schrank held aloof
from his associates.
Gus Post, proprietor of the hotel,
Bald Schrank always paid his bills
promptly and that when he left the
hotel about the middle of September
he did not say where he was going
or what his forwarding address was.
The news of the shooting of the
colonel caused consternation among
his followers last night. Today, how
ever, there was a general air of hope
fulness about headquarters in the
1 Manhattan hotel and the party lead
ers were In constant touch with Mer
cy hospital in Chicago where the
colonel was under treatment. George
W. Perkins, who was alone in head
quarters when the word came, pre
vented Mrs. Roosevelt reoelving a
serious shock. The first word that
the financier had was from the tele
graph operator who dashed madly In
to the room in which he was seated,
'gasping out that Roosevelt had been
shot and killed.
"Get back on the wire and confirm
that," snapped Perkins, as ha follow
ed the frantic operator into the little
room where the leased telegraph wire
connects headquarters here with the
headquarters In the windy city. While
the operator was calling Chicago,
Perkins was busy on the 'phone. He
sent word to the treasurer ol the
Casino theatre wharf he knew Mrs.
Roosevelt was attending a perform
ance, that no one was to speak to
Mrs. Roosevelt until such time as he
(Perkins) gave the word,
Schrank's Dead sweetheart.
MILWAUKEE, Wis., Oct. 16.—John
Schrank, who attempted assassina
tion of Colonel Roosevelt here last
night, showed no emotion shortly be
fore 10 a. m., today when a warrant
charging him with "assault with in
tent to kill and murder one Theodore
Roosevelt" was read to him in his
ce1! at the county jail. He "will be ar-
Schrank admitted to newspaper
men -today that he does not care what
becomes of himself and reiterated his
statement that he was sorry his bul
let did not put an end to the third
party leader.
"I am not worried about what they
are going to do with me," said the
prisoner. "That is a most trivial mat
ter in my mind. I am only sorry that
my intentions were not realized and
that I failed to kill Roosevelt. I am
able to stand the consequences of my
act No man has a right to a third
(Continued on page 5.)
President Wires Sympathy to
velt and Expresses Hope TK
He Will Speedily
Recover. &
Too Many Assassinations and
saults Upon Presidents and
Prominent Msn of the
United States.
[United PreW7 Leased Wire Service.]
Oct. 15.—President Taft today sent
the following telegrams to Colonel
and Mrs. Roosevelt:
"Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Chi
cago: I am greatly shocked to hear
of the outrageous and deplorable as
sault made upon you. And I earnestly
hope and pray that your recovery may
be speedy and without suffering.
(Signed) "WILLIAM TAFT."
"Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Oyster
Bay, N. Y.: I extend to you my heart
felt sympathy in your present dis
tress. I earnestly hope and pray
that you and your family and the col
onel may be promptly relieved of sus
pense by news that all danger is past.
(Signed) "WILLIAM H. TAFT."
President Taft also Issued the fol
lowing statement:
"I cannot withhold an expression of
horror at the act of the maniac who
attempted to assassinate Colonel
Roosevelt. When E briefly expressed
my regret last night I had been in
formed that Colonel Roosevelt was
then speaking and had escaped injury.
The news this morning, however, is
of a more serious character and I feel
the deepest sympathy for Mr. Roose
velt and his family. I pray that the
wound may prove to he only a flesh
diet, there may be no complications.
"This assault, following the shooting
possi'ble that such dastardly deeds1
may occur in a country affording its
citizens such complete advantages of
of Mayor Gaynor two years ago and back
"It is, of course, difficult to avoid
the purpose of the cunningly insane.
The severe enforcement of the laws
against the carrying of concealed! pollette
weapons, and the more rigorous and
certain prosecution of all such at
tempted crimes, whether against
prominent or less conpicuous persons,
are, of course, helpful, but the con
demnation by all good citizens of such
acts, and their co-operation in pre
venting tiie spread of vicious doc
trines, which would excuse or palliate
an attempt to remedy fancied wrongs
by resort to violence, will be more ef
Behind the shooting of Roosevelt is
a story that shows the iron nerve of
the former president, the nerve mat
carried him through the Spanish
American war and the grit and deter
mination that he displayed in his fa
mous lion hunts in the jungles of
Africa. He insisted on speaking be
fore an audience at the Auditorium,
in Milwaukee, after the bullet had
lodged In his body.
The colonel had hardly begun to
egeak laet night wan .el4.erlx.laay,
in the crowd arose in her seat and
the assassination of three out of the
last nine of the presidents elected by
our people, are events which must
cause solemn reflection by all Ameri
cans upon conditions which make ltijf y0U
8aw me
I speak for the American people dustrial justice shall be achieved
in expressing the profound hope that|it.!_
1 6
Colonel Roosevelt may speedily re­|
cover from the effect of this dastard­!
ly act.
President Taft was very much af-j
From Governor Wilson.
TRENTON, N. J., Oct. 15-
nor Wilson today sent the following,
thy and hearty congratulations that,
the wound is not serious.
'•'""JV ''A
Johnson Is ThanKful.
TOLEDO, O., Oct. 15. Assured just!er
gerously wounded, Governor Hiram
dellvering his speech? I feel sorry
for the man who did the shooting. I
believe his fanatical act was due to
inflamed sentiment and hope that it
will be a lesson to those who do not
hesitate to arouse such deluded peo
Johnson received hiB first news of
onists continued for an hour and a
had against the colonel since the After dinner he was escorted to an
half but towards the end, as the
speaker grew weaker from loss of
blood, his tone cnanged and he inter
polated a new phase into his parting
sentence—an appeal to his hear
ers to join with him "in kindness,
and generosity and charity," to bring
nearer the day when social and in-
lnn/l «r nurD
^reat land of °"rB
fected" over the shooting "of Colonel waukee shortly before 6 o'clock last
Roosevelt. He eagerly demanded all night. It had been planned for him to
of the news from Chicago and it was take dinner on his special car, but. he
plain that the misfortune that had yielded to the entreaties of a local
commencement of the present cam-j automobile whMi was to take him toj
paign. There was no trace of the the Auditorium. Harry Cochems, I
Taft smile today. He was intensely! Phillip J. Roosevelt, Elbert Maruni
failed to revive his spirits. him from the hotel and contrary
4 S3B W-
Shot by Crank in Milwaukee and Made His Ad
dress While the Ball Was
His Breast.
Removed to Chicago Hospital Where Operation
.is Performed to Remove the Bullet
from Body.
[United Press Leased Wire Service.]
CHICAGO, ill. Oct. 15.—With a 38
calibre bullet in his right breast, Col
onel Roosevelt, ex-president of the
United States, leader of the progres- cell. Roosevelt ordered tne driver of
sive party and candidate for president
on the bull moose ticket, is in a seri
ous condition at Mercy hospital, 2537
Prairie avenue, this city.
Then having finished his speech,
the colonel submitted to the en
treaties of his friends and was taken
from the hall.
A. O. F. GIrard, a former rough rider,
dragged their prisoner in the kitch
en of the hotel and held him there
until the local police took him to a
the machine to continue to the audi
torium. 'i
Against the entireties of his friends,
he InBiBted on speaking and was in
John Schrank, East TentL street,! troduced by Cochems, who warned
York, who followed the colonel the crowd that the colonel had met
all over the south and finally fired the
shot that nearly killed him, is in the
hands of the police at Milwaukee. The
authorities at Milwaukee spirited
their prisoner to the county jail to
avoid the possibility of a lynching.
"Colonel RooLevelt, plsuse go
let the doctors d.ess your
With a snap of his teeth, the
colonel replied: "Dear madam, it is
very nice of you, but I am not hurt.
would think I had a pretty strong seat
on horseback
Phillip J. Roosevelt, cousin of the
colonel, also Interrupted him. "Stop,"
begged the young man. "I will not
stop," fired back the colonel, aft
plunged into his attack on Wilson. La-
and the piatforms
of the two
old parties.
The bitter arraignment of his antag-
with an accident, but asked them not
to worry as it was not serious.
The colonel then began his speech
and continued until he swayed to and
fro from weakness, occasioned by his
loss of blood, and the members of his
party closed in on him and bore him
to the emergency hospital.
In the meantime, the assailant had
been taken to police headquarters.
He gave his name as John Schrank,
East Tenth street. New York, and
said he had worked at a hotel there of
which a relative was a proprietor.
"Why did you shoot the colonel?"
he was asked.
"I read the stories about him in the
New York World and the Herald,',' re
plied SchrCmk. Hnd I thought he was
wrong to seek a third term. I follow
ed him from Montgomery, and Chat
tanooga and Atlanta and all through
the south waiting for a chance."
"I followed him since September
September 14, 1901, Is the date on
which President McKinley died after
being shot at BufTalo by Czolgolz.
Schrank had $157 in his pocket,
some newspaper clippings and a
cbpy of the Roosevelt itinerary for
the present trip.
dressed in a gray
Colonel Roosevelt arrived at Mil-
custom allowed him to
I All had followed the colonel
before leaving for Washington today the would-be assassin and borne him moved,
that Colonel Roosevelt was not dan-
to the
JohnBoii said: jems and the two, with Martin, wrest
"Wasn't it just like him tu luoist on|e(j the pistol from the hand of the
ter the machine first. I taken to
}n th(j f(jr a
telegram to Colonel Roosevelt: Meeting to the crowd when the shot velt will do no more campaigning
"Please accept my earnest sympa- ^an
already thrown himself upon
ground. Colonel Lyon jumped
the machine, followed by Coch-
By this time the crowd of several
hnndred people was making a rapid
advance upon Schrank. Cries of
"Lynch him!" "Kill him!" were rais
ed, but Roosevelt with a wave of his
hand urged the crowd to be quiet.
"Bring the man to me," he said.
"Don't hurt him."
(Continued on page 2.) But Cochems, Martin and Captain1 for several weeks, and the colonel re
He was plainly
chock suit,
about 36 years old and showed the ef
fects of the strain incident to his longj
be lynched, the authorities spirited' c'ded
h®m off t0'the county
is now held under heavy guaTd.
At the Emergency hospital, Roose.
velt walked into the operating room
unassisted and submitted to an exam
Dr. Joseph C. Bloodgood, of Johns
Hopkins University, Baltimore, was
visiting friends in Milwaukee, and on
hear, of tho
shooting, he hurried
to Hie hospital and assisted Dr. Scurry
Terrill, the colonel's private physi
cians, Dr. S. F. Sorenson, of Racine,
Dr. Stratton of the hospital 'staff, ana
several others in their efforts to lo
cate the bullet. An X-ray photo
graph showed the missile lodged
It was
overtaken his rival candidate had caus- committee and went to the Gilpatrick '^obe* "for"the shot" until the colonel could be spared from duty in other
ed him to forget the feeling he has Hotel.
1(, be
tfae wound was
oosev„lt retUrned
dere(1 Bome warm
entercd hl8 own compartment
serious and even the splendid picture)and Colonel Cecil Lyon, members of himself and went to bed. The! An operation was postponed when
presented by the passing battleships the colonel's own party accompanied
da™ ^a 'ho'
the automobile and Roosevelt was| No More Campa^nlng.
Th0 buU moose leader this year.
swayed slightly, but recovering him
self in a moment, he turned to Coch
ems and said, sh, not a word!
They've pinked me. Don't say a
I But Martin, the colonel's stenograph-
Fair. Local Temp—7 p. m.
61 7 a. m. 45.
luctantly agreed, insisting at the
time that he felt "perfectly fit,"
and could make a speech today.
The announcement that Roosevelt
would do no more campaigning was
followed by a revised announcement
that if he recovered sufficiently, he
might address a masB meeting at
Madison Square Garden in New York,
about October 26.
The first person whom Colonel
Roosevelt asked to have brought to
him at the hospital was Rev. Edward
J. Battman, one time chaplain in the
United States army and for years a
close personal friend of the bull
moose leader. Major Battman was
sent for at once, to be brought from
his suburban home in Wllmette.
The colonel's breakfast this morn
ing consisted of liberal portions of
eggs, bacon, tea and toast. He ate
heartily and said he was experienc
ing no discomfort, except a slight
soreness where the bullet was lodged.
"Not Feeling So Bad."
At Mercy hospital Dr. Terrill, the
colonel's personal physician, Dr.
Joseph C. Bloodgood, of John Hopkins
University, and Dr. F. F. Sayles_of
Milwaukee, with four eminent Chicago
surgeons, Drs. Arthur Bevan, John B.
Murphy, L. L. McArthur and A. J.
Ochsner, located the bullet lodged^ un
der his tenth rib and against the wall
of his chest. The greatest .danger
was from blood-poison, the sitrgeons
agreed, because the bullet had been
fired from a rusty revolver and pos
sibly had deposited^ infection as it
ploughed through trie colonel's iloth-
ingf Ills thick "bundle-*of ttftausatfW
of the speech he was to deliver at
Milwaukee last night and his spectacle
case and into his body.
Practically all the way down from
Milwaukee—nearly two hours ride,
the colonel slept in the stateroom of
his car which was attached to a pri
vate train. The colonel's tempera
ture was normal, but his pulBe was
84,—the colonel's normal pulse ts 72.
Br Terrill and Drs. Bloodgood and
gayleg remained
tjj6 trip
pursuit of the colonel. reached Chicago it was de
Fearing that_ their^prisoner would
jail where he «8ht. HIb Itrain was put on _a
against the wall of the chest on the'hav, any fear of the injury proving
right side and just beneath the tenth, fatal.
deemed advisable not to! -tire hosmtal staff which
brought to Chicago. parts of the institution was put at the
Uaf an ambu.| natkm
,a CHICAGO, Oct. 15,-Colonel Roose-
Positive announcement that
in the campaign.
The fact that his injury was such
that it would force him into retire
ment for some time was pointed ou»
to the colonel by the surgeons at ttie
hospital. They were emphatic in tell
imr him to assure his complete recov
ery. he would have to remain nuiet
dressed, disposal of the colonels physicians,
to his special car and two of the most competent nurses
water. Then
Chicago in the early
t01 nd at 6-15
0chsner Dr.
the injury to the progressive leader 6pot. Colonel Roosevelt life is not
was serious enough to keep him off in any danger.
the road during the remainder of the The surgeons then went into consul
campaign was made today at Mercy tat ion to prepare for the operation to
hospital, where he was to be operat
ed on today and a bullet fired by a
fanatic in Milwaukee last night re-
b^hls side during
which ended here at 3:30 a.
wag sleeplng when
Wm tQ 8,eep untll
velt who waB shot by a fanatic last
night at Milwaukee, awoke after two
hours sleep early ttfday and smilingly
said he was "not feeling so bad.1'
His condition, while an attempt was
.made to minimize it by the physi
cians, was admittedly serious and an
operation today was necessary, but it
was K&own that he was not in imme
diate danger.
spur and he was allowed to sleep un
til 6 a. m.
When the colonel awoke, he and
his cousin Phillip J. Roosevelt, his
secretary J. W. McGrath and t}ie doc
tors were taken at once to Mercy hos
pital leaving the station at 6:15 a. m.
A more thorough examination was
made than was permitted at Milwau
kee or on the train, and the serious
ness of Roosevelt's condition became
The colonel insisted that his injury
was not so dangerous as the doctors
tvould have him believe. He said he
was resting well, imd that he did not
in the hospital were assigned to his
and room.
Colonel Roosevelt was taken to the
the colonel was operating room and an X-ray examl-
"We have located the exact course
of the bullet and have determined def
initely that it did not touch any vital
As soon as he is able to leave this patiently submitted to two X-ray
city. Colonel Roosevelt will be taken! examinations. While they were tn
to Oyster Bay. He will remain at progress, he laughed and joked with
home there until he Is completely I the surgeons and there was a twinkle
mended and will take no active part in his eyes that indicated that his
•w.-?$ "Ml
remove the bullet.
During the preliminaries to the
operation which was decided upon at
Mei^y hospital, Colonel Roosevelt
physical injury was not affecting his
"Carrying that speech in that poc
ket certainly was a lucky thing for
you,'' said Dr. A. J. Ochsner, one of
the Chicago surgeonB who was to
help in the operation.
"Ho, ho," laughed the colonel, fesf
"That speech would have Btopped
was made by Drs. Murphy and
Murphy said after the

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