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Maniac's Bullet Enters Colonel's Right Side,
But Bull Moose Leader Refuses Aid Until .
After Speech Has Been Delivered.
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Milwaukee. Wis., Oct. 14. An attempt to assassinate CoL Roose
velt was made-to-night as he started on his way from the Hotel Gtl
patrick, in.this'cit)', to die Auditorium. .
As he stepped' into an automobile, a shot was fired by a poorly
-attired man,,who edged 'his way through the crowd to the motor car.
The stranger took deliberate aim, and sent the bullet crashing into the
former President's right side just below the breast The would-be
assassin was grapped by Elbert H. Martin, the colonel's stenographer,
and Capt Alfred O. Gerard.of Milwaukee, a Rough Rider under Roose
As he was about to fire a second shot, the revolver, a .32-caliber
affair, was knocked from his hand by Col. Cecil Lyon, of Texas, who
is accompanying Col. Roosevelt on his mid-Western campaign trip. Lyon
jumped out of the automobile and started to choke the would-be as
sassin. t
Roosevelt, who had staggered back into the automobile when
the shot was fired, raised himself up and stood looking at Lyon, who
was sitting .on the man. The colonel cried, with a gesture, "Don't hurt
him; I'm all right"
A captain of police rushed in asT
Lyon released his grip on the fel
low, and with Lyon's help, dragged
the man into the hotel kitchen.
The assassin later gave his name
as John Schrank, of 370 East Tenth
Street, New York. It is believed
that he )s a maniac wno,JiasrbeeqttHitit w-:chaif. the mest-piacid man
iolkrwing the colonel' about the
couhtty waiting an opportunity to
fire "the shot he fired -to-night
In'an incoherent manner Schrank
told Chief Janssen at police head
quarters of having wanted to kill
Roosevelt as he did not believe any
President ought to have more than
two terms. '
Ia-aormat f Waad.
The car started up and In a moment
Roosevelt was on his way to the hall
with a bullet in his side.
The former President did not actually
realize that he had been shot until he
got to the Auditorium, five blocks dis
tant. He knew that the bullet had
erased him, because be felt it (raxe
him. but he believed it had simply cone
throurh his overcoat. j
As he reached the Auditorium, Roose
velt felt a sharp sting in his side and
instinctively placed his hand to his
right breast. Dr. Terrill. his private
physician, who rode in the automobile
with him. noticed the gesture
"Colonel. I believe you are hurt," he
suggested with alarm.
"No, not at all." returned Roosevelt,
with a smile. "I feel fine."
"I want to see if the bullet hit you,"
insisted Terrill.
"Don't bother yourself." protested
Roosevelt, unperturbed. "If it hurt any
I would tell you."
Dr. Terrill persisted that he ought to
examine the cbloneL
"Now, If we wait to do that." fretted
Roosevelt, "you'll delay the meeting, and
there arc people waiting In the Auditor
ium to see me.
Thoaaaads Walt fr.T.
All this colloquy took place In, a room
just outside the Auditorium.- Fifteen
thousand people In the hall had beard
the former President's automobile whir
ring up to the door and they were yell
ing for him. Dr. Terrill was obdurate.
"You can't go In there until I've seen
if that bullet took effect.' remarked Ter
rill. "You owe it to yourself, colonel, to
let me satisfy, myself about It"
"Oh. well. If it disturbs you. go ahead."
laughed the colonel.
In the meantime members of the
Roosevelt party, in great alarm, had
gone to the platform of the Auditorium
to prepare the huge audience for the
shocking news of thT attempted assas
sination. Harry .Cochems, of Wisconsin, former
La Follette leader, who Is now working
for the colonel, stepped up to the chair
man in the assemblage and Interrupted
him to whisper the news.
"My God! exclaimed the startled man
and he 'sank back into a chair. The
audience looked on in blank amazement.
Cochems stepped to the front of the
stage and In a quavering voice an
nounced: Cevfcesa'a Voice Falls.
"Ladies and gentlemen. I have news
for you. Col. Roosevelt has been shot."
A murmer ran through' the audience.
"(Some crank has shot at him as he
was on hla way here." Cochems went
on. "The colonel is outside here and
will soon address you because he In
sists on It I ask you to be quiet as
you can, as he is in great pain."
Cochems' voice failed as he uttered
this and' he staggered back against a
table. He was .completely unnerved. As
fnrlmin was helped sway from the plat
form Jke crowd broke Into an excited
babeL CoeJkMBs regained his composure
as he was being led from'the'platform.
and,- going to the footlights, called 'out:
"II mere are any pnysicians m tne
audience I wish they' would hurry back
cf the scenes. Tbey are needed." I
Instantly iDr. R. G. Beyle and Dr. I
Frederick A. StrMtoa, of MUwsBkee,
hurried back. They found Dr. TerriU
sitting on 'a chair before Cot Roosevelt
trying- to Induce the former President
to live up the speech and so to a hos
Detersslaed ts Speak.
"My dear doctor, that is impossible,'
declared Roeaevelte firmly. Tm golnv to
make that speech If it la the last one."
Prs. Strattan and- Sarle nodded to the
colonel and asked bun lr be felt any
lu the group, replied, with a wave of the
hand: TNow,;! am not hurt .a bit,-1 don't
think the 'bullet hit' me. If you'll wait
until I've finished my speech I'll let you
set for yourselves."
As Jie spoke Roosevelt sot ud from
the Ssfclr and Insisted on being showed
tne way to the stage. Dr. Terrill Im
plored him not to go.
CoL Lyon tried to stop him but Roose
velt gently pushed the Texan aside, say
ing: "Now, Cecil, you're disturbing the cam
paign." Seeing It was useless to Interfere, the
colonel's bodyguard escorted him to the
platform. As Roosevelt walked firmly to
the stage as though nothing In the
world was the matter, the gigantic crowd
burst into the wildest cheer he has
heard In his campaign trip. Roosevelt,
who had clung to his hat through all
the excitement, passed It over to his
cousin. Philip Roosevelt, and faced the
yelling throng. He waved his hand at
the crowd, paced a few steps along the
platform, waved at the galleries and
acted exacUy as he did at the Coliseum
at Chicago last Saturday, when he was
the storm center of a wild multitude.
Crowd Offers Sympathy.
Roosevelt finally raised his hand to
stop the cheering, and as the crowd
ceased a voice cried:
"Colonel, we sympathize with you."
Roosevelt gritted his teeth and shout
ed back:
?ow; don't you worry; it's nothing
at all."
The former President had In his pock
et a carefully prepared speech which
he had dictated on the train on his way
to Milwaukee. Without any formality,
excepting to srreet the crowd as "fel
low citizens of Wisconsin." the colonel
pulled the manuscript of his speech
from his pocket. As he drew It out he
found, for the first time, that the bul
let had penetrated It.
The bullet had torn a round hole in
the thick manuscript. It had gone into
the- fleshy part of the chest and had
lodged there.
Those on the latform saw a tinge of
red about the bullet mark on the manu
script. Dr. Terrill started from his chair,
bound on having the colonel stop and go
at once to the hospital. Roosevelt saw
him raise from the chair. Turnina-
arouna, tne lormer rresiaent exclaimed
"xou just stay wnere you are! I amJ
going to make this speech, and you murht
as wen compose yourseit:
Terrill had s suspicion all the time that
the bullet had found Its mark, but ne
had been balked by the colonel so that
he could not -make certain. He aat In
his chair, his face blanched, as Roose
velt launched into tne speech.
Hides Ballet Hole,
The audience, thoroughly alarmed
over the colonel's plight, sat with bated
breath as Roosevelt spoke. When be
pulled the manuscript out and saw the
bullet mark he quickly placed his hand
over the tinged spot so the audience
could not see It.
Not until the speech was over -did the
crowd learn that the bullet had pierced
the manuscript.
Roosevelt talked for fifteen minutes
before he gave the slightest indication
that he felt the effects of the bullet.
Then a sudden tinge of pain made him
ciuicn nis ngnt side. The audience was
quick to observeIt. and a protest ran
through the hall for the colonel to stop.
Roosevelt .frowned."
"Now this Is all a trivial affair' h.
cried: "Any one who knows as must
realize that I would not stop for a thing
like i this.'' I may have a rlaht ia i
sore with a bulletin me. -But if van
see In battle leading my regiment, you
wvuia noi want u stop me." .lou would
expect me to go "ahead, no matter .what
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raising his voice to a high pitch. To
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Thanks to a lucky Providence, the U. S. to- the accurate information necessary to discites the
day is spared the humiliation and sorrow of. a njotives of the cowardly villain who attempted
repetition of the horrors it experienced during . assassination, yet- it believes he must be
.u a i i ,i , r ii i v . C . mentallv unbalanced and acted on his own intia-
the dark days that followed the-assassihation. of . . ma uwn hum
..,,.., T .. .. ,0 . t,vc- The present campaign has been a most
the loved and refered Lincoln, the martyr Gar- violent one? and - rep,ete g
y field, and the statesman McKinley. The whole and'eounter charges, but nothing has been said
world will be glad to learn that the bullet of a or done' to warrant any one losing their mental
dastardly would-be murderer failed to ' reach a balance, therefore we cannot help but believe the
vital spot when he attempted to assassinate for- attempt on the life of the former President of
mer rresment ivooseveit last nignt in iwmvauKec. mc unuea states
Mr... Roosevelt, after the attempt on his life,
showed the kind of timber he is .made of, that
he has red blood in his veins,, that he does not
know the meaning of the word ''fear'and that's" upon his providential escape, knows it represents
the spirit every one admires. Mr: Roosevelt in the'views of all its readers, regardless of politics,
insisting upon filling his engagement after being 'We -sincerely hope and trust that his wound is
wounded, proved himself to be a.-real man,- a no more serious than the dispatches say, and that
true American, and possessed of; the 'kind of; Kis , physical ability to keep up his remarkable
nerve that has made him the most-talked-of man: canipaign is not impaired! As for the. effect it
in public life. I . wiill have upon his future, we will leave that for
The Washington-Herald, at this' writing,.-lacks "the'future to decide.
would have .imagined, had he not known
It, that the- plucky candidate' carried a
freshly fired: bullet
Cronia' Grows Perturbed.
Roosevelt strode to one end. of the plat
form and then; to the' other,' all the time'
closely following the lines of his pre
pared speech. As his talk was mainly
along lines he has pursued, In. previous
speeches In the Middle West," he knew It
weU enough to keepfrom referring, to his
cotes. He tucked the manuscript -into the
folds or-nis coat, naif hid It In' his hands,
and tried' by other devices tokeep'lt out
of sight of-the audience. He didn't want
the ballet hole. to be in evidence.
After Roosevelt had talked) for. half an
jihour, lambasUng Senator-La-Follette -f or
opposing tha Progressives 'In Wisconsin.-
and attacking Gov. Wilson. for h'ls;stand
on tne; trusts and'iaoor.. be.ceased'for.a
moment' to : take - a glass of .'water. This
was taken -by i the crowd, to Indicate that
he was growing flOnt In , Intense-: per
turbaUoma.woman in' theN audience arose
and cried: .,
"CoL Roosevelt! won't s you rnleue 1st
the doctors look for that.buttet? "Wecan
wait 'tai: they're. through. We're afraid
you are seriously hurt"- ",'
Roosevelt gently set down th:vts'nf
water. Leaning over. the. platform, he
exclaimed. In soft even'terms:' , '
"Madam. 'ybxi must" not "be alarmed, "-i
amonly.-slightly hurt aad can easily go
Jrmer-Presldent .west on withjils
tor half, an hour longer.'' He cur-
kis.sw r vtiUa,ffrheaB
some species of
nina'tnc bar?.
The Herald,
reached' Its conclusion." Roosevelt. smiled
amiably and. with- a -comprehensive ges
ture, said Indulgently :;
"N'owJ my-friends, . I.jrant ,to thank
you if or your forbearance. Tou have lis--tened'pati'ently-tomei'.'Thank
ou and
good luck. ".
. A deafening round of ; cheers' went up
as the colonel was -escorted from, the
The doctors advised. hjm.',that, they were
already? prepared -i wlth..jneanai to ; make
an immediate examination 'of .the 'wound
at the. Emergency;' HospltaL ..
no, on u nerc. sua -the colonel asj
The doctors lnslsted.HhaChe 'ought to
go to the .hospital. -
'If you think itils-that-bad:ru'go.'
The former President Jelt:hls''rot. and
found that 'the. bullet-badscorchedn on
its way.ttnrougn.-, underneath:bls,;vest
was crimsoned ' . .
! ".Do you feel-' much. .pain?" asked - Dr.
-jerrui,.as.ne neipea.taa-cotonel'lnto-the
waiting automobile.;.,.,. , ,
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'"Nothing to,.speket?';nfUsd7Roose-
relt.iwrth-a show-of 'sisachalance.
' .'"The .buUet undoubted: to' resting com
fortably I In.' IhnfltiMli stsai liiii'i' riiiin'
lt;'dkln'tjp!ercetibe;itg..jas:i hevsn't
felt: aay trouble ta. speaking.,-It didn't
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was the act of a madman or
crank whose proper place is be-
in congratulating Mr. Roosevelt
Mr; Taft Shocked
- TozHear the News
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New Tork. Oct lt-The. first news of
the attempted assassination of former
President" Roosevelt In Milwaukee was
carried to the banquet room of the Hotel
Astor.- where .President Taft, Secretary
of the Navy Meyer., and 500, army and
.navy officers were dining In honor of the
Atlantic Elect's departure, by a news-
paper roan.
President Taft was Informed of the at
tempted murder almost; Immediately.
"Mr. President It lr unfortunate to
have to tell you that Mr. Roosevelt has
Just been shot at In Milwaukee by an as
sassin' Mr. Taffwas told.
t"1'nm Inexpressibly shocked. the
President replied, Jesnlnr back In his
chair. " . -J
- "WjUl-ybu say anything. further for
publication, Mr. President?" was asked.
. Meyer'a Faee. Blaaches.
J "Io not. know the 'circumstances
now. and I have, therefore, nothing to
ssy." Mr. Taft replied -
Secretary of the -Naw v,r'i .-.
blanched1' when he was Informed of the
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'And, return. . Balttmore and .'Ohio' special
Ottiiu Amy on Frontitr
EstintKl at About
80,000 Mm.
hkraf. Is Enthusiastic Our ill
lipniiig War with
By J. C. C05WAT.
Belgrade, Oct 14. Hostilities began
at 6 o'clock this morning between Tur
key and Servia. The Turkish troops
attacked the Servian outposts near
Vranja, a customs examination station
on the line to Salonii and crossed into
Servian territory.
The Turkish force which crossed the
border is backed by a force estimated
at 80300. The Servian force along the
frontier is 150,00a The situation is so
serious that the Servian commander
chief. Gen. Radorair Poutnik, is leaving
for the front
Servia has 300,000 men under arms.
all making for the Turkish frontier.
The King's two brothers, Princes Ar-
sene and Alcxie, Crown Prince Alex
ander anl Prince George, the King's
two sons, are also leaving for the front
There is tremendous enthusiasm in
Belgrade oveh the impending struggle.
Mitch la Peare Trratr.
Rome. Oct It Dplte the signing of
a peace aicntnitrnt.l-a- represertalivrs of
Italy and Turkey." a' hitch has arlin be
cause of the Sultan's Insistence on th
immediate carrying out by Italy of her
part of the agreement, which Includes
th abandonment of the Turkish .stands
slezed (luring the. -war. while he st-eks to
delay the withdrawal of the Turkish
troops from Tripoli and Cyrenacia. which
have been ceded to Italy. The urklsh
ruler also wishes to delay the proclama
tlon to his Arabian subjects announcing
tne transrer of this territory, fearlnp the
announcement-might cause an uprising
which would seriously hamper Turkey In
the trouble with the Balkan states.
rodgoritza. Oct 11. News has just
reached here of the capture by the Slon
tcnegrin forces of the Turkish positions
at Tusl. Vran and Chlptchanik. Hun
dreds of prisoners were taken.
There Is great suffering among the
tt-ousandi of wounded brought here from
the front Only three or four surgeons
ate 6"n hand to care for the hundreds of
serious cases. There Is also a lack of
nurses and the food supply is almost ex-
hsused. It Is understood that the men at
tie front are also suffering great priva
tlona because of .he Incomplete equip
ment with which they were forced to
take field.
Of Bulgaria, who Is probably the most
powerful, force in the quadruple alli
ance ot Sen-la, Greece. Montenegro, and
Bulgaria in their fight to overthrow the
Turkish dynasty In the Balkans.
attempt on Col. Roosevelt's life. CoL
Koosevelt ana secretary Meyer were
class mates at Harvard, and the Secre
tary first became prominent In politics
during Mr. Roosevelt'a first administra
'Was he badly hurt?" the Secretary
asked eagerly, plainly afraid of thje worst
kind of an answer.
'No, sir, the bullet 'missed him." the
reporter said.
"Most fortunate, .the Secretary said.
I am Indeed glad to' hear that I am
exceedingly grieved to hearvthat he was
shot at but I am correspondingly glad
that he was not hurt"
Te Great Hasten ta a (Md.) Fair.
Oetaber IS to 18.
Tickets eood sroinir on all BaltlmnrA
and Ohio .trains Oct. 11 to IS: valid for
return untu in. s&iu: ana ror special
trains only, leaving Union Station 730
a. m.'Oet 1 saa -ft.lMi fox UJS rojoaa.
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Plans fir tin Bar.
It became known yesterday that Vis
count Jules Henri de Sibour. George!
Howard. Paul S. FearsalU and John MJ
BIddle. all prominently Identified with thai
Metropolitan Club, are the leading lights
in the mysterious "Metropolitan Com-;
pany. Inc." which operates the bar In!
the new Rlggs Building, at Fifteenth and.
G Streets. j
Incorporated in the State of Delaware)
under a name which does not betrav the
Identity or the actual Incorporate", the!
Metropolitan Company has existed for a
year without a whisper of Its existence
being known outside the sacred precincts
of the Metropolitan Club. But the news
was of a character which would not
keep, hence the inevitable "leak."
The company is technically a Delaware
corporation. It was organized In Dela
ware October IS, 1911. for "general bust
ness purposes." which were not specified
in the charter. The names of the real
organizers were veiled behind the names
of three dummy incorporators. lawyers of
Wilmington. Del., who are always willing
to allow their names to be used for '
Made Plaas for Bar.
Viscount de Sibour was the architect ot
the new Biggs Building, and Horace
Westcott George Howard, and a few lo
cal Croeseuses all had a finger in that
real .estate desk Viscount de Sibour as
th plans for the -building and tacldest-
any tor tne Dar itself, but nonw knew un
'Jl Iocs afterward tbatrhe was to be one
or the Joint proprietors of the saloon.
-No matter who asked for the name of
the actual proprietor of the Rlggs BuHd
lnc barroom he was Invariably answered.
The Metropolitan Company."' And it I
he persisted and Inquired who was the
Metropolitan Company, he discovered
that he was up against a stone wan. But
Indefatigable Investigation has brought
inc entire matter to iignt. inis is ue di
rectorate: John M. BIddle. John F. Wilklns.
Montgomery Blair. Horace 31. West
scott. Edward A. Mitchell. Henry H.
Ward. Edward H. Wales, Robert Roose
velt, Jules Henri de Sibour, Paul S.
Pearsall, George Howard, and P. Ie
Phillips, of the Metropolitan Club: Jul
ius Mell. of Washington, the business
manager of the organization and like
wise president of the corporation, who
Is a practical salon man and not a mem.
ber of the Metropolitan Club, and Ralph
CLupton. of Wilmington. Del., who Is
the corporations resident member In
Its "home oftlce.
The personalities of the members of
the bo-irrt of directors are most interest
Ine;. Such of the members as are Metro
politan Club members as well stand at
the forefront of the social life of Wash
ington. The officers of the corporation.
in addition to Mr. Moll, are Edward H.
Wales, vice president: Horace H. West
rott. treasurer, and John M. BIddle. see
Edward H. Wales Is a brother of Mrs.
Elihu Root. The Wales family live in a
semlpalace In the most expensive sec
tion of Washington Heights and facing!
the McCIellan Monument Mrs. Wales
was formerly Miss Ruth Hawks, of New.
lork. Their daughter. Miss Ruth Wales,
is an Intimate of Miss Helen Taft and &
regular visitor at the White House.
In ncnl Kutate- Game.
Horace H. Westcott Is prominent In
the bigger real estate game In Wash
ington. His wife Is a daughter of Ad
miral John Rodgers. V. S. N".. and is
acredited with considerable wealth. She
Is known as one of the most intellectu
ally brilliant women In Washington.
The Westcotts ocupy a house In Six
teenth Street, adjoining the home or
Attorney General George W. Wlcker
sham. They move In the same social
strata as do Representative and Mrs.
Nicholas Longworth. the Letter family.
Miss Mabel Boardman. and Mrs. West
cott Is counted one of Mrs. Tart's most
Intimate friends.
John M. BIddle. the secretary of the
corporation and the only member of the
organization who makes his presence evi
dent at the corporation's place of busi
ness, is a son of the late Col. J. M.
BIddle. I". S. A. He married a daughter
of a well-known California banker. He
also has an efflcial connection with the
management of the Metropolitan Club.
Montgomery Blair Is a member of the
famous Blair family of Maryland. His
father was Postmaster General In the
Cabinet of President Lincoln. Mrs. Blair
was formerly Miss Edith Draper. Mr.
Blair Is a lawyer. His home is at Silver
Spring. Md., about seven miles north of
Washington, and Is the original estate ot
his distinguished father.
Henry M. Ward- is a distinguished re
tired officer of the United States Navy
and Is wealthy. Mrs. Ward was for
merly Miss Mary M. Hartsborne. Lieut
Ward In 1S9S was on leave ot absence In
Europe. When the Spanish-American
war was brewing he, at the request ot
the government, but subsequent to his
own volunteering for the dangerous mis
sion, went to Madrid as a spy He posed
as an Englishman of means, and for the
whole period of the war was the confi
dential agent of .the United - 8tates gov
ernment at the Spanish capital. He was
mentioned for gallantry to President Mc
Kinley by Secretary John D. Long, but
shortly after the war retired, from ac
tive service.
Laswel (Md.)
Baltimore, and Ohio R. R. arjerial
trains ai mv ana luu p. m. wees; days:
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