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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 12, 1912, Image 12

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ing under the present conserva
tive control, and demarid that new
blood be injected into A. F. of L.
leadership and that more aggres
sive policies be adopted favoring
industrial unionismand political
Milwaukee, Nov. 12. Judge
Backus this afternoon appointed
the followirig alienists to examine
into the sanity of John Schrank,
who today pleaded guilty to
shooting Theodore Roosevelt:
Dr. Walter Kemps'ter, brain
specialist and one of the commis
sion that examined Guiteau, the
assassin of President Garfield;
Dr. Alfred F. Young, county phy
sician, and Dr. S. C Studley, of
Riverside sanitarium.
If Schrank be found insane, he
will immediately be -sent to an
asylum. If found sane, he will go
to trial.
District Attorney Zabel has
received dozens of letters asking
hi mto deal leniently with
One from G. Y. Bancher, 44
Broadway, N. Y., asks Zabel to
be lenient with the "man who
tried to assassinate the assassin of
the Republican party."
Milwaukee, Nov. 12. John
Schrank pleaded guilty to shoot
ing Theodore Roosevelt with in
tent to kill on the night of Octo
ber 14 before Municipal Judge
August C. Backus today.
The hearing of Schrank's case
was immediately adjourned until
2 p. m., by which time an insan
ity commission will be appointed
to examine Schrank's mental
Schrank was brought into court
heavily manacled and guarded by
two deputy sheriffs. Police were
scattered through the court room
and kept the spectators at a dis
tance. Schrank would not at first
plead guilty to trying to kill Col.
"Did you intend to murder and
kill, with malice aforethought,
Theodore Roosevelt as is charged
you?" asked District Attorney
"I plead guilty to shooting the
man, if that' is what yon mean,"
said Schrank.
"Did you intend to kilL Theo
dore Rtibsevelt?" demanded Za
bel. "I did not intend to kill Citizen
Roosevelt," replied Schrank. "I
merely intended to warn the third
termer, Candidate Roosevelt."
"Did you intend to kill and
murder Mr. Roosevelt," Candidate
of the Progressive party?" asked
"I intended to- kity Theodore
Rooseyelt, the third termer," said
Schrank. '"I did not want to kill
the Progressive party. I shot
Roosevelt as a warning to other
thfrd termers."
As soon as Schrank had finish
ed his plea, Judge Backus ap
pointed Christian Doersler as
Schrank's. attorney.
The "extreme penalty which can
be imposed on Schrank in case he
be found sane is IS years' impris

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