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"It Is God's Way. His Will Be Done, Not Ours"
Autopsy Demonstrates That Death Resulted
ngrenc Produced by the
Bullet Wound.
Body to Leave Monday for Washington, Where
It Will Lie in State, Interment to Be
at Canton Thursday.
Milburn House, Buffalo, Sept. 14. —Dr. Munson, a government surgeon,
reached the house at 11:45 and the autopsy proceeded. It was performed by
Dr. Garlord and Dr. Matzinger of the New York state laboratory, connected
with the University of Buffalo, in the presence of the entire staff of consulting
physicians and District Attorney Penney in his official capacity.
Stenographer Storey of the district attorney's office took the notes as they
were dictated.
At the close of the autopsy it was announced that the bullet supposed to
have lodged in the muscles of the back had not been found. A further search
will be made. Death was caused by toxemia, or gangrene produced by the
bullet wound.
'Milburn Houae, Buffalo, Sept. 14.—'The
program agreed upon by the cabinet in
cludes provision for a short service of
prayer at the Milburn residence to-m -
row afternoon et 5 o'clock. On Monday
at 7 a. m. the remains will start for
Washington on a special train, in which
the cabinet as well as the family will
travel. Arriving there in the evening,
the body will be taken to the white house,
■where it will remain over night, and on
Tuesday it will be taken formally to the
capitol, where the state funeral will be
held. On Wednesday the remains will be
escorted to Canton, and on Thursday in
terment will take place at President Mc-
KVnley'* old home.
"Washington, Sept. 14. —General Gillespie,
acting secretary of war, has received the
followng telegram from Colonel Bngham
at Buffalo, relative to funeral arrange
ments of the late president:
Funeral train leave here Monday morning
8:30 for Washington, via the Pennsylvania
railroad and Harrlsburg; arrive before 10,
night. If possible body will lie In East room
of the White House Monday night. Mrs. Mc-
Kinley and family will sleep in the executive
mansion. Tuesday morning removal to cap
itol to lie in state till Wednesday, probably j
2 p. m., when train will leave for Canton via
Harriaburg and Plttsburg General Brooke
will reach here at 0 p. m. After cabinet con
terenre the secretary will have fuither word
for Washington.
Milburn House, Buffalo, Sept. 14.—Dr.
Wasdin came from the house at 8:40. He
said that Mrs. McKinley had rested well
during the night and was feeling quite
strong. She bears up wonderfully well
in her grief, and some of the apprehension
as to her is passing away.
Absolute quiet prevailed in the neigh
borhood of the Milburn residence through
ihe early hours of the day. The police
maintained the lines on Delaware avenue
and the streets which intersected it and
double picket lines patrolled by Four
teenth infantry men protected the house
from anj- intrusion. Many persons came
to the outer police lines and gazed in
silence .he house where the body of the
dead president lies. Some talked in awe
stricken tones of the tragedy that had
taken the nation's ruler and among them
the deepest sorrow was manifest.
Pathetic figures in the crowd were
Booree of old Grand Army men who grieve
at the loss of a comrade. Their bitterness
at the crime seemed melted in regret.
Many of them pleaded with the police for
admission to the lines, declaring it was
their rieht and privilege to guard the
body of the man who had fought in their
ranks and was their comrade. The police
regretfully enforced the order against
Within the lines a corps of worn and
tired newspaper men were about the only
civilians. They loitered about the tents
and sheds on the east side of Delaware
avenue awaiting the action of the day.
Early in the morning a number of pho
tographers representing the pictorial
press were admitted to the lines and sev
eral hundred views of the grounds and
houses that have been made historic by
the death of another murdered president,
were taken.
A heavy, damp fog still bung over the
city and gave the air a chill that was
penetrating. At 8 o'clock a company of
the Fourteenth infantry, commanded by
Lieutenant James Ware, came to relieve
their comrades, who had been on guard
for twenty-four hours. The formalities
of pobting the guards took place at once.
Solicttoua for Mrs. McKinley.
None who came to show their sorrow
for the dead president failed to ask so
licitously for Mrs. McKinley. It was
known that she was not strong physically,
and there was grave fear for the conse
quences of the suffering and shock she
had experienced. The first word of en-
couragement came from the servants of
the household, who said that she was still
in her room and had apparently rested
•well. This report was amply confirmed
at 8:45 o'clock by Dr. Wasdin, who had
called at the house to see her. He said
that she had not only rested fairly well,
but was showing encouraging strength in
her grief. His assurances were welcomed
by those who heard them.
Dr. Wasdin announced that the autopsy
on the body of the president would be held
at noon.
A large American flag which has hung
from the front of the Milburn house al
most constantly since the exposition be
gan, was not removed. There was no
means of half-masting for a mute tribute
of respect, and it was left where it
draped across the front of the veranda.
It was about the only bit of color in a
gray aad cheerless landscape.
Serioa* for Mr. fortelyou.
President McKinley's faithful and de
voted secretary, Mr. Cortelyou, despite
the tremendous strain of the last few
days, is bearing up bravely. For six
days and nights he has been in charge cf
everything at the Milburn house, able only
to snatch an occasional rest for an hour I
or two. But even the final blow, crush- I
ing as it was, did not prostrate him, and
after three hours' rest, from 4 to 7, he was
up again, his heart breaking, but with a
calm exterior, taking up resolutely the !
responsibility of seeing to all arrange- j
Colonel Bingham, superintendent of pub
lic buildings and grounds in Washington,
arrived early in the morning and will de
vote himself to assisting Secretary Cor- I
telyou. Colonel Bingham is fearful lest I
the devoted secretary will collapse under I
the strain.
Mrs. Barber and Miss McKinley, sisters
of the dead stateman, drove to the Mil- '
burn house at 9:30 and were at once
escorted in. Both showed deep grief.
Exposition Closed.
The gates of the Pan-American expo
sition are closed and will remain closed
until Monday. The city is crowded with
exposition visitors, but they, like all oth
ers are in deep mourning for 1 the loss of
their president and the holiday decora
|tions now seem a badge of mockery.
Everywhere there are signs of sorrow.
Flags fly mid-mast and preparations are
in progress to give the public buildings
a draping of black. At all the city
churches to-morrow there will be serv
ices and prayers for the late pesident.
Plans for' formal civic action and for a
large escort of military and civic organ
izations when the body is removed to the
train which conveys it to Washington, are
under consideration and probably will be
concluded by night. The people of Buf
falo feel especially keen regret in that the
president was stricken down while their
guest, and the loss, therefore, seems more
It is an interesting fact, recalled dur
ing the morning, that Elihu Root, now
secretary of war, was present when i
Arthur took the oath of office when Gar- j
field died. He was sent for by Arthur ;
as soon as the news reached him. and by i
his advice and also at the request of the ;
members of Garfleld'a cabinet the oath i
was administered at 2 o'clock in the morn- i
ing by Justice Bradley of New York.
The MonrniDg- Brother.
Abner McKinley, brother of President
McKinley, drove to the Miltburn house at
10 o'clock, accompanied by Lieutenant
James McKinley, Colonel Brown and Mr.
Meek of Canton. The police removed the
rope lines and the carriage rolled slowly
up to the entrance of the house. Mr. Mc-
Kinley bent forward in his seat in the
carriage and shade-d his eyes with his
hands. When he alighted he walked
slowly up to the door of the house with
his eyes downcast and head bent. His
face plainly showed the strain*and grief
of the night.
Efforts were made to-day to obtain
from the physicians a technical history
of the case. Doctors Mynter, Stockton,
Park and Mann, ■when eeen, asked to be
excused from discussing the subject at
this time. They explained that copious
notes of the development of the case had
been taken by each of them and these
will be used in the preparation of a gen
eral statement that will -be published in
the Medical Journal. Pending the issue
of that statement they think it would not
be proper to discuss the ca6e. When
these combined statements will be ready
to be given to the press, the dectors can
not say.
Popular (aim.
While the crowds of people occupied
Continued on Second Fa*«.
Is Sworn In as President of the United
States at the Wilcox Residence
in Buffalo.
Buffalo, Sept. 14.—4 p. xn.—Theodore
Roosevelt has just taken the oath of office
as President of the United States, which
was administered by Judge Hazel of the
United States district court here.
President Roosevelt reached Buffalo at
1:40 this afternoon, accompanied only by
his private secretary, William Loeb, Jr.
An immense crowd, which had been wait
ing his arrival for hours, was gathered
about the station eager to catch a first
sight of the president. The train, how
ever, did not enter the station proper, but.
the president landed at the terrace. When
he left the train an escort of the Fourth
signal corps formed about him and con
ducted him to an automobile, which his
friend, Ansley Wilcox, had in waiting.
The demonstration which greeted his
appearance was in keeping with the so
lemnity of the occasion. Those who saw
him did not raise a cheer, but attested
their respect by lifting their hats.
As soon as he entered the vehicle, the
chauffeur turned the lever and the auto
mobile went skimming away to the resi
dence of Mr. Wilcox on Deleware avenue.
Twenty mounted police clattering along
on either side could with difficulty keep
the pace which the automobile set.
President Roosevelt declined to make
any statement whatever for publication
"l am so shocked," said he, "by the ter
rible news brought to me last night and
by the calamity which it entailed upon the
country, as well as by the personal sor
row which I feel, that I have had no time
to think of plans for the future conduct,
of the office which has been bo suddenly
and sadly thrust upon me."
At the Wilcox Home,
The president arrived at the Wilcox
home at 1:45 p. m., his only attendants be
ing William Loeb, Jr., his secretary, and
Ansley Wilcox.'
With hardly any conversation he re
tired at once ot his room, where he
bathed and dressed. At 2:30 o'clock he
was ready to leave for the Milburn house,
where he desired to make his official call
of condolence. He was escorted by a
detail from the Fourth signal corps and
mounted police. So rapidly did his dri
ver proceed that his ecort was left two
blocks behind, with the exception of the
commanding officer and a lieutenant of po
lice. •
The president was attired in a black
frock coat and dark striped trousers and
wore a silk hat. He was sombre of
countenance and appeared to feel both the
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solemnity of the occasion and responsi
bilities for him.
He alighted at the Milburn house at 2:30
o'clock. He was accompanied to the
house by his host, Ansley Wilcox and one
of the secret service force.
Incident* of President Roosevelt*
Harried Joarney.
Albany, Sept. 14. —President Roosevelt
an ived in Albany from North Creek at
7:56 o'clock this morning in the private
car of Vice President Young of the Dela
ware & Hudson company. The car was
immediately attached to a New York Cen
tral special train, which was in waiting,
and at 8:02 the train left for Buffalo.
Mr. Roosevelt's secretary was handed a
big batch of telegrams.
The engineer in charge of the train is
limited to Empire state express time.
| The president probably will arrive at
j Buffalo about 1 o'clock. Great crowds
were at the station to meet the Delaware
I & Hudson train upon its arrival, but they
j were not afforded an opportunity to see
the president. The doors of the private
car in which the president is traveling
were kept locked. The porter was sent
| out to the station restaurant to get
j breakfast for the president and his sec
retary, Mr. Loeb. The police kept the
crowd from the steps of the car. While
the New York Central special was being
j made up Secretary Loeb came to the plat
i form of the president's cat it& said:
"I am very sorry, but .toe president will
see no one at this time."
"Is he sleeping?" was asked.
"No, he is awake," Mr. Loeb replied.
"Has Mr. Roosevelt taken the oath of
office yet?"
"No, sir."
"Have any arrangements been made' for
Mr. Roosevelt to take the oath between
here and Buffalo, or at Buffalo?"
"No, sir," Mr. Loeb replied, and then
he continued: \ ••
You may say that no arrangements have
been made at all of any description. L dou't
know what will be done at Buffalo. Xo plans
as yet have been made. All I can say is,
that upon his arrival in Buffalo, Mr. Roose
velt will become the guest of Mr. Wilcox,
with whom he stopped when he was at Buf
falo before.
In reply to a question as to whether
there were any incidents on the trip
from the camp to North Creek, Mr. Loeb
No; but it was a long, hard ride. Horses
were changed three times. He arrived at
North Creek at 6:20 this morning and left
Syracuse, N. V., Sept. 14.—President
Roosevelt's train arrived here at 10:36 and
left at 10:40. The president remained
during the stop in his car and refused to
see any one. The train made record time
to this city. One mile was made in 42
seconds on a stretch west of Oneida<.
Ballston, N. V., Sept. 14.—President
Roosevelt's special train stopped here at
7 a. m., long enough to permit him to send
off a number of dispatches. The crowd at
the station received the new president in
sympathetic silence.
Rochester, N. V., Sept. 14.—President
Roosevelt's train arrived here at 12:15
and departed for Buffalo at 12:18. His
car was tightly locked and no word was
given out.
Mr. Roosevelt Thinks the Life of Of
ficials Safer Than Ever Before.
Buffalo, N. V., Sept. 14. —To an inquirer
early this week who asked Mr. Roosevelt
if he was not agraid when suddenly ad
dressed on the street, he is reported to
have made this emphatic answer:
"Not a bit of it, sir, and I hope that
the time will never come when an officer
of this government will be afraid to meet
his fellow citizens on the street. The
people of this country, all the people, are
the guardians of the men they have
elected to public office. If anything, the
lives of the officers of the government
are safer now than before that thing was
done at the exposition the other day."
Buffalo Authorities Will See There
In Xo Delay.
Buffalo, Sept. 14.—The Commercial
says the district attorney, Thomas Pen
ney to-day took steps to bring Leon Czol
gosz, the assassin of President McKinley,
to an immediate trial for his crime. On
Monday morning Mr. Penney will present
to the county court grand Jury now in
session the evidence of the dastardly
crime and there is not the slightest
shadow of doubt that Leon Czolgosz will
be indicted for the murder in the first de
County Judge Edwaril K. "Emery will
immediately receive the report of that
indictment from the grand jury. Dis
trict Attorney Penney will move that
the indictment be transferred to the su
preme court for trial, as capital offenses
cannot be tried in the county court.
Judge Emery will grant the desired order
of transfer.
Then Czolgosz can be arraigned to
plead to the indictment on Monday, Sept.
23. It is not known that he will be arI-
raigned on that day, but that is the ear
liest day upon which the prisoner can be
brought before the court, as at present
there is no session of the supreme court.
—President McKinley's Last Words
He Will Surprise Those Who Think He Will
Govern From the Back of a
Bucking Broncho.
Speculation Rife in Buffalo and Washington
About His Probable Course—Cabinet
Talk and Political Prophecy.
From a Staff Correspondent.
Buffalo, N. V., Sept. 14.—The eyes of the country are focused on Theodore
Roosevelt. Will he continue the policy mapped out by his predeccessor and
carried out thus far into successful and satisfactory operation?
Washington thinks that he will, and this is the opinion also in Buffalo. It
is further believed here that he will retain the McKinley cabinet or all of its
members who will consent to remain, thus giving the country at once a practical
demonstration of his intention to be conservative.
Roosevelt is hardly entitled to his reputation for being a hair-trigger states
man which he has been compelled to contend against now for so many months.
Nobody ever thought of calling him over-impulsive or rattled brained, until
he went out west and raised his cowboy regiment at the opening of the Span
ish war. The flavor of that regiment has remained with him ever since.
Nothing could be more unfair, for his public record in no way justifies the
popular idea of the cartoonist regarding him. As police commissioner of New
York, his record was all that his friends could have wished and he left that
office after having in a quiet but deliberate and determined manner brought
about many desired reforms. It is truthfully said that New York never had a
man in that office who more ably, conscientiously and satisfactorily discharged
I his duties.
In Washington, as a member of the board of civil service commissioners,
he made a highly favorable impression. He is the best civil service commis
sioner the country has had, and the reforms which he put into operation and
the precedents which he established have characterized the policy of the com
mission ever since. He was a very efficient assistant secretary of the navy
and his gallant record as a soldier in Cuba is a household story. He gave
New York a high grade and thorough-going administration as governor and
left that office tf< accept the vice presidency.
There is nothing In his public career that suggests the impulsive or the
impetuous, and everything that suggests the sound and practical man of affairs
conservative, far-sighted and true to the best ideals of himself and his coun
trymen. But even if all the things that have been said about him were true,
it would be safe to predict that the tremendous responsibility he is now assum
ing would make him all that the country could desire.
It is confidently believed that the dead president's policy will be continued
by the man who now fills his place.
The question naturally arises, What is to become of the influence until now
exerted by Senator Hanna and the other famous Ohio republicans? But this
question can with more propriety be discussed later on.
What Is Being Said of It in Washington — Likely to Be
Remodeled, but Not for Some Time.
Washington, D. C, Sept. 14.-In the natural order of events President
Roosevelt is likely eventually to surround himself with a new cabinet. Prece
dent favors such a course. President Arthur accepted the resignations of Gar
field's cabinet and other presidents have done the same in previous years. The
practice is based upon the reasonable assumption that the man who becomes
responsible for the administration of the government would wish to select as
his advisors and helpers men whom he personally knows. Such a course does
not necessarily signify lack of confidence in the cabinet of his predecessor.
In the present instance, however, it is not expected that the new president
will make a clean sweep and start to build a cabinet from the ground. The
position in which President Roosevelt finds himself is not strictly analagous
to that of Arthur or of any previous successor to the presidential office. The
cabinet officers who will hand in their resignations are nearly all men who
have served through one administration and part of another and have become
Identified with one of the most successful periods of government the country
has ever known. They have been friends and counselors of one of the best
loved and most respected of American presidents. To brush them aside and
spurn the wisdom acquired by experience at an especially trying period of tran
sition would be an act more radical than Roosevelt's friends here expect.
In fact, the prediction is freely made that many will be surprised at the
conservative lines upon which the Roosevelt administration will be run. One
of his earliest tasks will be to correct the popular notion of his characteristics
and to convince the country at large and particularly the financial worM that
his government will not be conducted from the back of a bucking broncho.
When the transition period is passed and the country has recovered from
the shock and uneasiness which are inevitable to a sudden termination of one
regime and the beginning of a new one in new hands aryl projected on new
lines, it is reasonable to expect that certain of McKlnley's cabinet will find busi
ness and personal reasons for insisting on the acceptance of their resignations
and gradually a new cabinet will be constructed.
Already speculation has been indulged in as to who will be chosen by the
executive. Lodge has been talked of as secretary of state to succeed Hay. It
is freely predicted that Long will insist on giving up his portfolio as secretary
of the navy and stories have been revived of friction which existed between
Long and Roosevelt when the latter was assistant secretary of the navy. This
is a change which is not impossible within the not distant future, and in this
connection it is more than likely that one Crowninshield and others will be
confronted with a reorganization which may mean sea duty for them.
Secretary Gage has been so prostrated by the tragic happenings of the
last eight days that his health is impaired and his friends predict that he will
be unwilling to remain long as part of the play when Hamlet is left out. Root
is an old friend and municipal co-worker of Roosevelt and he is about the only
one who is generally slated to remain. Hitchcock, secretary of the interior,
has not been long enough in his office to make him an important part of the
government system and he will easily be spared. In his department Secretary
of Agricluture Wilson has given a most satisfactory administration. He la
one of the three cabinet members who have held from the beginning of Mc-
Kinley's first term. Gage and Long are the other two.
In the state department Sherman was succeeded by Day, who was succeeded
by Hay. Alger was succeeded in the war department by Root, Attorney Gen
eral Griggs by Knox and Postmaster General Gary by Smith. Bliss preceded
Hitchcock. Smith has often talked of leaving official life and returning to
i&is editorial duties in Philadelphia and be may renew his determination. Kaox
—W. W. Jermane.

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