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The Daily Missoulian. [volume] (Missoula, Mont.) 1904-1961, October 15, 1912, Morning, Image 1

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Milwaukee, Oct. 14. 'I do not care
a rap about being shot, not a rap,".
ald .Coeonel B.osevelt, in his' speech
"Friends ah +egan,: "I shall have
to ask .iu be ,as quiet' as possible. I
do .io.`: whether you fully un
dersta.d..that ''I 'have Just been shot,
but. tt ' toi more than that to kill a
$ull ,MQ. But fortunately I had
9¥my a"Ki I.pt (holding up the manu,
.crlpt, .¢Ibitg the audience where th|
bullet ld 'lone throughi). So you see,
* rw Molito make a long speech,
and, `:. ho~ b isla int i but-.thez
bullet th.o.hhahd it 'poabib.ly
savey4 t. fot' toig into uy ,heart.
The' but týe . in me now, so that I
101¢' long speeckb ;Dut
S. x .. .aa, ..I.want",to take;
.v R fi this incident to say as
.ord of warning as I know
ho.w, ";. t¥sy fellow Ameiicans. First
oi al wI t- to say this about my
S, v bMhd altogether too many
htin.kln to think of ta pay
fe ay concern over any,
I woul4 ndt spea'
withit' five iuin
am telling yout
I say That m
$"ip. ' .
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 hcd a happier life than ,I have
had, a" happier life in every way. I
ha've been able' to do certain things'
that I 'greatly wished to do, and I
am interested in doing other thihng. IZ
can tell you with ablsplute truthful,
nass that I Am very much urioijU-:
este4t ip whether I am shot or n
it 'aar Just as .hen I 'was~ioloei of
m'y regiment. I always felt that 4,
private, .as to be excused fgogr sf
.lg, at times some pangs of. a~itiet'
A.bQot his personal safety, ,but Iiat:g
not understand a 'man fit' to be o10o~n)
'who' can pay any heed -to-his persop
safety 'whein he is occupied as ·
%tAghi to .bepocupied withl the boerb
Ing desire'to 'do his duty.
r "I am' in this cause with my whole
t heart and soul; I believe in the pro
gressive Oanvement-a movement for
the betterytent of mankind, the move
r- mni for makinu life a little easier,
Sfora our people, a movement to
try to .take thehabW.Qe. off tis nm m
-a d :apecially the" iW'tnteat" Lta
etOWlWy *ho-. is most opposed. I ai
rI, b e4 '.thie uocess O that move-.
ment. I feel uncommonly proud in be. i
longing to that movement,
i'Friends, I ask you now this even
ing to accept what I. am saying as I
'aibsolute truth when I tell you I am 1
not thinking of my own success; I am 1
not 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 out people and espebially
to the nwspatpers.
8 "I don't know who the man was who
shot me tonight. He was seized Iby
One of my stenographers, Mr. pMartin,
ard I suppose he is in the hands of
-he police now. .je shot to kill me,.
I Sa going to show you (Colonel
posevelt then unbuttoned, his 'coat
and vest and showed liis white shirt
ty, stained with blooi)., 4 No
riends, I am going to be as quiet as
possible even if I am not able to give
t)e, challenge of the Bull Moose quite
so loudly, Now, I dor not kdhw whrho
he was. or what party, be represeited.
lie was a cowar4. .:tdbdti i- tta
darkness in the crowd around the au-
tquale.g and, wheq they cheered me
a14 "<;iot iap ttod.bow, he stepped, for
jwar4,and shot me in the breast.
S"tbi a very natural thing that
weak and vicious minds should be In
flamed to acts of violence by the kind
of foul mendacity and the abuse that
have been heaped upon me for the last
three months by the papers in the in.
terests not only of Mt-. Debs, but of
AMr. Wilson or Mr. Taft. Friends, I
will disown and repudiate any man of
my party who attacks with, such vile,
foul slander and abuse any opponents
of any other party.
"NPow I wish to say seriously to the
sp*akers and to the papers represent
ing both the republican and demo
cratic and socialist parties that they
dannot, month In and month out, year
in and year out, rn ke the kind of
slanderous, bitter and malevolent as
aault that they have made and not
expect .that brutal and violent char
acteos, especially when the brutality
is accompanied by a not too strong
mind, will be unaffected by it.
Can Prove, AlL
"I am not speakjng for myself at
all; I give you.. qiy word I do not
care a rap about. being shot, not a
rap. I have had a good many ex
periences in ,py t.5tland 'this Is only
(Continued on P 4le at.)
Milwaukee, Oct. 14.-The X-ray examination of Colonel Roosevelt's wound shows
that the.bullet lodged in the chest wall and did not penetrate the lungs. The woqnd
is not considered serious.
'"The wound was a superficial one," said I)r. Stratton. "The bullet is imbedded
in the muscular tissues. All that we did at the hospital was to put on an :alisept ic
dressing. .' ;
"You may say Colonel Roosevelt is not in a dangerous condition. There is no
truth in the report that the bullet penetrated the abdominal wall.
"If the.bullet had reached his lungs, it would have been evident and he would have
had coughing spells."
Chicago, Oct. 15.--As Colonel Roosevelt's special train neared Chicago a cordon of po
lice was placed around the old station of the Northwestern railway and an aznbulance
from the Presbyterian hospital arrived. It was undecided whether the colonel ,should be
taken at once to the hospital or be left on the train until daybreak. If the colonel is
sleeping, it, is probable he will be allowed to rest before removal to the hospital.
Roosevelt Special Train, South Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. l11.--Colonel Roosevelt was in
bed resting quietly as the special train pulled out of Milwaukee for Chicago. fie had
taken some nourishment and said he felt at ease. He is under. the care of l)r. Terrill,
his physician, Dr. Joseph Bloodgood of Joh ns Hopkins, and 1)r. R. Tr Sayle. Thr, engi
neer received orders to make the run as fast as possible and it was hoped toreach Caicago
shortly after 2:30 a. m.
Milwaukee, Wis., Oct... 4, .-ColoneLRoose . yelt's speciaLin ulu .Ef.tor Chicago at 12;50..
a. m. As he left he said he would spend t he night in the car and that after remaining
a few hours in Chicago he would go on to In dianapolis to fulfill his speaking engage
ments for tomorrow night. Colonel Roose velt insisted he was "feeling fine" and that
no one should worry about him.
"I wanted to get down to the train twenty- five minutes before we left," he said, "so that
I could shave."
The colonel wished to shave, but at the in sistence of his physicians, he gave it up.
Milwaukee, Oct. 14.-Colonel Theodore Roosevelt was shot and slightly wvouncded to
night as he was leaving the Gilpatrick hotel for the Auditorium to make a speech.
The wound was superficial and the colonel went on to the hall and began his speech
after he had seen the assassin arrested and taken to the police station.
Henry F. Cochems held the assassin until a policeman came up. A mob surged around
the man, who apparently is a radical on the s ubject of Roosevelt's running for another
term for president.
The assassin, who is small of stature, admi tted firing the shot and said that "any man
looking for a third term ought to be shot."
Notes found in the man's pockets at the po lice station were statements that the man had
been visited in a dream by the spirit of Willi am McKinley who had said, indicating Roose-,
velt, "this is my murderer, avenge my death."
It is believed that Colonel Roosevelt's inju ry is not serious. The colonel felt no pain
at the time the shot was fired and was not aw are that he was shot until he was on the way
to the Auditorium. His attention was then called to a hole in his overcoat and he found
that he was not hurt badly. A superficial ex amination of the wound was made when he
reached the Auditorium, and three physicia ns agreed that he was in no danger.
Colonel Roosevelt's life probably was saved by a manuscript which retarded the bul
let's force as it passed through'into the flesh.
The assassin was prevented from firing a second shot by Albert IH. Martin, one of Col
onel Roosevelt's two secretaries. Colonel Roosevelt had just stepped into an automobile
when the assassin pushed his way through the crowd to the street and fired. Martin,
who was standing in the car with the colonel, leaped to the man's shoulders and bore him
to the ground.
Captain A. O. Girard of Milwaukee, who was on the front seat, jumped at almost the'
same time and in an instant the man was overpowered and disarmed.
"Lynch Him!"
A wild cry of "Lynch him!" went up from the crowd. Colonel Roosevelt spoke to the
people and told them to spare the would-be assassin.
The man was taken into the hotel and held there until he was removed to the police
In spite of the entreaties of physicians, Colonel' Roosevelt insisted upon delivering his
"I will make this speech or die, one or the other."
Colonel Roosevelt completed his speech at 9:45 o'clock and was taken to the emergency
The shooting took place in the street
in front of the Hotel Glilpatrick. ('olo
nel Roosevelt reached Milwaukee
shortly after 5 o'clock, and making his
way through the crowds at the station,
entered an automobile and was driven
to the. hotel. He took dinner in a pri
,ate dining room on the main floor
with members of the. party on his
private dar.
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 au
tomobile stood in front of the door and
about it was a crowd of several hun
dred persons Who were waitingeto
catch a glimpse of the colonel as he
started off.
With the colonel were Phillip Roose
volt, aI young cousin; 1. (' hoWutis,
Mr. Martin tand Cap('tain ;irrd. The!
crowd pre-ssd close ahnit the colonel
and gave a cheer Its he allt.ar.d. As
the party reacohed the autlnothile,
Colonel Roosevelt's compllianliols stood
aside as lie. stepped into 11(th car.
7Martin entered directly behind him
and sat on the further side of the
The Crime.
Colonel Roosevelt stood up), waving
his hat in answer to the cheers of the
crowd. The assassin was standing in
the crowd a few fee.t fronm the auto
mobile. He pushed his way to the side
of the car and, raising lls gun, fired.
SMartin caught the flash of tho re
volver as the shot was fired and
pellut 1- l 'u ih It
\'tls fir l~t . [1 . 'l. r,d fil ." t \1 lu., a
whIr h:Ld :1n1I 0'1, .1 .rtin, who is ix
foot tall wi d it f'ie'r r f',at!:.Ill l,'a) er,
haId I l n d siui i l or - th'" ias i s i'st
shoubliters and had br hiermit to t he
IHe threw bila r1ih a tin aout the
rna.tt nri ,k with ,. dt,.th-lik, grip, and
with the lift nt a, S..ized the hand
that held thi , vtlt. r. In iitolthlr
st .iod he h:ul di:t,.dt lihi.
otlonel IRittos. lt slto d . ti litl, look
ing on, as if notlhing had happened.
Martinii pit'i'd the toain up as though
hu were t child lad carried, hint the
(Continued tilT R.ge- frwo)

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