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To Mrs. William McKinley, Buffalo. N. T.i
The ."Harmonic" a' musical 'society of San
Francisco, assembled at Us annual outlnsr at
Ben Lomond, Cal., hereby expresses its horror
and Indignation at the attack upon our beloved
President by a cowardly assassin, and sends to
you its deepest sympathy, and earnesly hopes
that the present prospects of a speedy recovery
may be fully realized. . X" - .
±¦1 ;._<~J HERMAN SCHAFFER, Secretary. ,
BEN LOMOND, Sept. 9.— The following
message has been sent by the Harmonie
BEN LOMOXD, Sept. 3, 1301.
"It is not the time, or place to discuss
such ..matters. .The only thing to he
thought* of . m now; Is the President's' com
plete and rapid recovery." ; '¦ ¦
' j .The Vice-president was asked to ex
press an ~ opinion on legislation :, against
He said: - -. , : ...,'.& '•
) "I came here because I believed my
; place was near, the President, and I shall
¦j not ; leave until the situation j has 'entirely
'.cleared up. If I was predicting when .1
;shall leave, here I would say ; to-morrow,
"because I firmly believe that -the physi
cians will announce to-morrow that there
.. is absolutely no-doubt that the President
¦will recover, j I . have , been twice to the
temporary home to-day and I
| have seen nothing but - smiling, happy
faces, including a host of physicians, and
; that would not be so if the bulletins dM
;not tell the exact truth." S
BUFFALO, N. T., Sept. 2.— vice Presi
dent Roosevelt will not leave the city un
til the physicians of the President issue
a bulletin or give an opinion that the
President will positively recover. To
night; in company with his host, Ansley
Wilcox, he went out jj for a"_ short time.
He is without doubt the most sanguine
of the Government officials here,, un
less it be Secretary of Agriculture .Wil
son,* who predlctsthat the- President will
be out "in; two vweeks. -Vice President
Roosevelt said^to-rnight:'.'
Refuses to Talk About Anarchists
"Until the President Has Passed
; AH Danger.
"No, indeed," he replied. "You men are
our protection and the foul deed of Fri
day will only make you more vigorous in
protecting those whom you elect to of
flcel" : .
During the afternoon he met several of
the Cabinet officers : and Senator Hanna
and spent a short time with them in in
formal discussion. On the streets Roose
velt has been the. center "of respectful at
tention, but he has met this with dignity
and composure. Despite senseless re
marks that he was going about guarded
by secret service, men, he has positively
declined * to ' have • anything like "a guard
near him. One'of his remarks to-day. In
speaking to two laborers who greeted
him, struck a popular chord. They had
suggested that he might be afraid to be
But fortunately there has been no such
issue presented on this occasion, and the
"Vice President -himself has been primar
ily ' responsible for the avoidance of any
thought of "the temporary exercise of ex
ecutive functions by him. Nor has there
been any occasion for the exercise of ex
ecutive authority, for such minor routine
matter as *it comes can readily be left
until the present emergency has passed.
Twice during the day and again this even
ing the Vice President has called at the
Milburn house to inquire as to the Presi
dent's condition.- ¦."'•.'- :
timately associated with the President,
and the latter are warmest In their ex
pressions of the manner in which he has
met every requirement of the situation.
Not for a moment has he permitted the
idea- to be entertained that there was
need; for considering the constitutional
disability of the President and the exer
cise of executive functions which V this
would on him. On ; thfi. .contrary r
'Roosevelt has been one of the most posi
tive, in. the conviction that the President
would recover. During the long period of
Garfleld's illness distinctions." arose as to
what constituted the disability of ths
within the meaning of the con
stitution; whether when the physical fac
ulties were benumbed- while the mental
faculties were unimpaired there was any
disability as jneant by the constitution.
"I am very happy to hear you are feel
ing better after the ignominious attempt
on your life. I join with the American
people in ¦ the universal wish for your
speedy recovery-"
"I rejoice to hear that you so happily
escaped the terrible ' attempt on your
precious life, which has horrified the
civilized world, and hope to God that you
recover for the gocd and glory of tho
American . people."
The following message came from tho
Czar of Russia, at Fredensborg: '
The following message has been re
ceived from King George of Greece, at
"Everything Is all right, and if the Im
provement continues I am to go home
Senator Hanna was the last official
caller at the house. He stayed only a fe.w
minutes, but during that time had a
short interview with Dr. McBurney.
When he came out he declined to talk,
further than to say:
At 10;50 to-night the lights in tho
mansion, except those dimly shining in
the sickroom, were extinguished, and by
11 o'clock peaceful quiet reigned about the
Milburn home. v On the dark corner
opposite the house soldiers, policemen
and newspaper men kept vigil, however,
sheltered beneath their tents.
The 9:30 bulletin, as was promised, was
to be % the last for the night, and, while
It was brief, attention was called to the
fact that the pulsa was exactly the same
as this morning-lb-and that the temp
erature was eight-tenths of ' a degree-,
lower, highly favorable symptoms.
The police 4 did not' stop wagons from
going by the nearest corner at high
speed. The regular army guard .was not
so particular' about those who passed up
the gnarded street. The newspaper men
did not 'maintain the. quiet that has pre
vailed for the past three days. Even
those who came from the mansion where
the wounded man lies stopped on the
corner to laugh and chat. From somber
foreboding the feeling has suddenly
turned to joyful confidence that the na
tion's ruler is to be spared.
In fact, by 10:30 o'clock to-night tho
entire temper of everybody about the
Milburn residence seemed to have under
gone a radical change.
"I go back to-night because I have the
most positive assurance that the Presi
dent is going to make a rapid recovery."
Postmaster Frease of Canton, a warm
personal friend of the ¦ President, who
came .to-day filled with anxiety, said to
a 'continuance of the favor
able condition of the President, there
were many indications that the bulletins
were but meager indications of the real
improvement of the distinguished patient.
At 9:45 o'clock Miss McKinley, a sister of
the President;., Dr. and Mrs. Hermann
Baer, the latter a niece of the President,
and the Misses Barber, nieces of the
President, left the house, and, taking car-,
riages, announced their intention of re
turning to their homes to-night.
Abner McKinley accompanied them to
'the station, and to the Associated • Press
"The ¦ nearest relatives of the President
are so confident of his recovery that they
have no hesitation in leaving."
FALO, N. Y., Sept. 9.-
After the 9:30 bulletin had
been Issued from the 1111
burp residence announcing
All Appear Satisfied
With Progress of
the Improvement
Relatives of the
President Are
Going to Homes
BUFFALO, Sept. 9.— President IVlcKinley to-day for the first time men
tioned his assassin and said: "He must have been crazy. I never saw the
man until he approached me at the reception."
**He is an anarchist," the President was toid, and he replied:: ~* 'Too bad,
too bad. I trust, though, that he will be treated with all fairness; V i
in Favor of the
Stricken Chief
General Belief That
the Executive Is
Certain to Recover
"I am absolutely confident everything
will turn out all right," declared the Vice
President, and he said he based his in
formation behind the public expressions of
the physicians. So relieved are Secretary
Gage and Attorney General Knox at the
steady improvement that they returned to
Washington to-night feeling strongly that
their chief would recover, but with the
assurance of the physicians that If a
change for the worst should come it would
be gradual and that they would have
ample time to return.
In the case of Secretary Gage there was
also a public reason why he should be at
his post. New York financiers have ap
pealed to him to relieve the situation In
the money market by Increasing deposits
In national banks and he feels that he can
hardly act at this distance from, the scene
if he finds that action is desirable.
Secretary of State Hay la due to arrive
to-night and will remain with - the other
members of the Cabinet at- least for a
day or. two. The devotion of the members
of the Cabinet to their chief is touching.
All desire to remain near him • until
the crucial ' period Is -passed, and Secre
tary- Hitchcock and Secretary Wilson
avow that only absolute and "imperative
public business will induce them to depart
before the President Is pronounced out of
danger. Senator Hanna will also remain
until the physicians give absolute assur
ance that Mr. McKinley.wIll live.
Controller Dawea and some of the other
eminent men connected with the adminis
tration expect to depart, to-morrow or
Wednesday if the improvement continues.
" Vice President Roosevelt has occupied
a peculiarly delicate and trying position
since the event which threatened .the'
President's life, but he has borne himself
throughout this ordeal in such a manner
as to win the admiration and respect of,
all. It has, moreover, added a new bond,
between the Vice President and those in-
FALO, Sept. 9.— "God's
contribution to the Ameri
can people will be 'the
sparing of the President's
life." As the evening shad
ows were falling to-night John D. Mil
burn, president of the Pan-American Ex
position, reverently uttered these words
as he stood before the house in which
the nation's President was fighting so
bravely with death. And all who have
been at the Milburn residence reflect the
view that the battle will be won and the
world's prayers answered. -
Since last night not an unfavorable
symptom has appeared. Every hour has
been a victory. Faith in the outcome
grows stronger and stronger, and hope
mounts until in the minds of some the
danger cf all future complications -baa,
vanished and hope has become conviction.
Indeed, many of the President's friends
geem possessed with a sort of super
stitious confidence in the President's re
covery which nothing but ,an abso
lute change for the worst can shake.
The basis for the confidence expressed
Is solid. There has been nothing- but Im
provement, gradual but cure. Every
bulletin, every private and public word
of the physicians In attendance,
breathes encouragement. The reports
which the physicians have given out are
facts as they exist from a scientific
¦ standpoint, unmixed with Bentimem.
Nevertheless, that the President is not
out of danger is the verdict by all of
them. Neither of them would risk his
professional reputation with a statement
that the President will live. All they
will say is that with every hour the dan
ger of complications from peritonitis or
blood poisoning grows less.
Dr. McBurney, the most eminent of the
physicians in attendance, expressed the
opinion that if the improvement con
tinues it will be a week yet before the
President can be pronounced out of dan
ger and convalescent. And some of the
colleagues like Dr. Mann place the limit
of danger still farther away. The fear
of peritonitis, it can be said, positively,
has well nigh disappeared. At the expi
ration of the seventy-two hour period, at
4 o'clock this afternoon, danger from
that source was almost gone. The Presi
dent himself has been cheerful and ex
pressed confidence in his recovery. To
day he asked for a morning paper, but
this, of course, had to be denied him.
-It 1> with some difficulty that ho can
be restrained from talking, and Colonel
M. T. Herrick of Cleveland la auoted as
authority for the statement that he has
spoken at Intervals of several things he
proposed to do In the future. This after-
noon he asked to be allowed to change
his poeltlon and when permission was
given, before the attendants could aid
him, he changed to a position without
pain. . ¦ • •• ...
Mrs. McTClnley saw him again to-day for
a brief visit and Secretary Cbrtelyou was
admitted for tho nret time. No one else
•was admitted to see him, although he In
crlred several times who was downstairs.
He was given nourishment to-day In the
form of egrgs beaten In milk. The water,
which has been given heretofore cold, did
not aDDear to agree with him, and since
last night very hot water has been taken
Into the Btomach through the mouth with
splendid results. His bowels moved
freely to-day, which was considered an
excellent symptom. If he continues to
Improve It will be gradual. If he should
grow worse the change In that direction
also probably will be slow. This is the
opinion of Dr. Mann. There will be no
crisis. If he arrives, at convalescence
Dr. Parke expresses his opinion that it
will be three weeks before it will be safe
to move him. It Is expected that the in
terior wounds will heal first. The sutures
of the lacerated tissue were made so soon
after the bullet passed that they are prob
ably healing rapidly. With the exterior
wounds it is a slower process.
The ertreme optimism of the Vice Presi
dent and the members of the Cabinet .
I would be difficult to overstate.
Pfei€lELdEice*^EN TS.

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