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VOL. IX. NO. 261.
MILWAUKEE, Oct. 15.—As he was leaving his
hotel for the Auditorium last night, Colonel Theo
dore Roosevelt was shot by a man thought to be a
fanatic. ,
The great progressive stood for a moment in Ins
automobile, his left hand clutching his right breast,
and waved back the crowd that shouted "lynch him,
lynch him," then calmly nodded farewell and de
parted for the Auditorium where he delivered his
It was a manuscript of the speech which he car
ried inside his coat that saved the life of the former
president. A ragged bullet hole through the folded
paper shows how narrow was his escape.
Albert H. Martin, one of Roosevelt's secretaries,
grabbed the would-be assassin't arm as he was aim
ing the revolver for a second shot.
After an hour's quizzing by detectives the man
who fired the near-fatal bullet said his name was
John Schrank, formerly a saloon proprietor at 370
East 10th street, New York.
Search of the would-be assassin's pockets dis
closed a note written by himself which purports to
be an affidavit concerning "revelations" seen in a
dream. He states in the dream he saw William
McKiiiley standing in the garb of a monk pointing
to Roosevelt and saying, "This is my murderer.
Avenge my death."
At the Auditorium when Roosevelt opened his
speech, he said he did not "care a rap" about the
shooting. "It is not enough to discourage v Bull
Moose," he said.
Schrank's bullet was fired fairly deep into the
colonel's body. With his clothing soaked with blood
his whole nervous and physical makeup profoundly
shocked, the former president held himself ill hand,
his first thought being to save his would-be slayer
from mob violence.
"Don't hurt him," Roosevelt shouted. "Bring this
man to me." »
Schi-ank was turned over to the police, and except
for a severe choking administered by Colonel Cecil
Lyon of Texas, Roosevelt's friend, he escaped in
Colonel Roosevelt arrived in Milwaukee at 6 p. m.
yesterday and dined at the Gilpatrick hotel. After
wards he was escorted to an automobile by Henry
Cochems, Philip Roosevelt, cousin of the former
•president; Elbcrt Martin and Colonel Cecil Lyon.
Contrary to the usual custom, the colonel was al
lowed to enter the machine first. Then the others
followed. Roosevelt was standing in the tonneau
when the shot was fired. The colonel swayed back
and forth for a fraction of a minute, then quickly
recovered himself.
Colonel Quiets Crowd. ' "—""
Hundreds of excited men stand
ing near shouted: "Lynch him!
Let's string him up!"
Colonel Roosevelt raised his
hand for silence. All save Cecil
Lyon, who pressed down hard on
Schrank's windpipe until his
eyes bulged, turned to the form
er president. Roosevelt called
Lyon by name, shouting:
"Don't do that! Let the fellow
The colonel then admonished
the crowd not to resort to vio
lence, but to let the law take Its
Lyon, Cochems, Martin and
Captain A. O. Girard, a former
Rough Rider, then rushed the
prisoner to a hotel kitchen, where
he was held until the police ar
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Makes His Speech.
Despite the entreties of his
friends, the colonel ordered the
chauffeur to proceed to the Auda
torlum where he insisted on
speaking. Cochems introduced
the former president, advising the
crowd that the colonel's wound
was not serious. As the former
chief executive, pale but deter
mined, rose to speak, Philip
Roosevelt, a cousin of the colonel,
was visibly excited.
"Stop, please, Theodore,' he
Roosevelt's Jaw set.
"I won't stop," he shouted.
"I'll deliver this speech or d4e In
the attempt."
Then the colonel plunged Into
a sixty minute attack on Gover
nor Woodrow Wilson, Senator La
Follette and the platforms of the
old parties. In closing his ad
dress, Roosevelt begged his hear
ers to join him in a "general
movement for more kindness,
more charity and more generos
ity to bring nearer the day of so
cial and Industrial justice.
Goes to Hospital.
Following his speech, which
was one of the most telling of his
Middle Western trip, Colonel
Roosevelt walked to the operating
room of the emergency hospital.
Dr. Joseph Bloodgood of Balti
more, Dr. Terrell, the colonel's
physician, and Dr. 8. P -Boreo
son of Racine, Wis., were waiting
with an X-ray machine.
Laughing and joking, the form
er president lay down on the op
erating table. The examination
showed that a 38 caliber bullet
had lodged in the wall of the
right Chest Immediaely below the
tenth rib. It seemed inadvisable,
however, to probe for the bullet
until the colonel could reach Chi
cago. After the examination the
colonel retired to hist private car,
shaved himself and went to bed.
He was soon Bound asleep.
Think* of Wife.
When he arrived at the hospital
Roosevelt's first thought was for
Mrs. Roosevelt. He dictated a
message, telling her that his con
dition was excellent.
Telegrams of sympathy and
congratulation over his escape
from death, poured In -on the
wounded man today.
Burt Miller of Cleveland tele
"You have been wounded In
the same battle for human rights
in which William McKinley, my
uncle, lost his life. May you live
to carry forward the righteous
Johnson Sends Message.
Hiram \V. Johnson, governor of
California and Roosevelt's run
ning mate on the progressive na
tional ticket, wired as follows:
"All rejoice at your Provident
escape. May God be with you
always as tonight."
Secretary of the Interior Wal
ter L. Fisher telegraphed from
the Yosemlte National park, Cal-»
ilornia, his J/mpathy and condol
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
FLOWER, New York Harbor, via
wireless, Oct. 15. —President Taft
today sent a wireless message to
Colonel Roosevelt, expressing his
deepest sympathy. The meesage
"I am greatly shocked to hear
of this outrageous and deploralilo
assault upon you. I earnestly
hope and pray that your recovery
will be speedy and without suf
In a wireless message to Mrs.
Roosevelt the president said:
"I wish to extend my heartfelt
sympathy to you in your present
distress. I earnestly hoi>e and
pray that you, your family and
the colonel may be promptly re
lieved of all suspense by the news
that all danger is past."
NEW YORK, Oct. 15. —Satis-
fled with the reassuring message
received from her husband last
night regarding his condition,
Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, wife of
the progressive candidate for
president, who was shot by a
crank in Milwaukee, was still
asleep at the residence of J. West
Roosevelt here at 8:30 o'clock
this mornihng. When Mrs.
Roosevelt was awakened and told
that the colonel was to be oper
ated on in Chicago this morning
she demanded full details and
then announced she might leave
for Chicago at once.
Mrs. Roosevelt dressed and hur
ried to progressive headquarters
here, where she expected to com
plete her plans for the day.
CHICAGO, Qct. 15.—Colonel
Roosevelt at the hospital this
morning remarked that, "It would
take a lead of larger caHber than
that to hurt a progressive. It
would take a Howitzer to kill a
bull moose. Didn't you know
Roosevelt insisted that he was
feeling fine, saying:
"I will be out In 24 hours cam
paigning again If they will let me
have my way. I feel great and
could deliver a speech right now
if the doctors would let me get
W. H. Paulhamus was the prin
cipal speaker at a lively progres
sive meeting at Valhalla hall last
night. Paulhamus declared he
was for the progressive ticket
from top to bottom. He declared
conditions were such that the peo
ple demand a change from the old
regime represented by the repub
lican and democratic parties.
Paulhamus will speak again to
night at Klang's hall, and tomor
row night at Spanaway. He will
devote his time the rest of the
campaign to the progressive
Many Pictures
Show Colonel
In Many Poses
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
CHICAGO, Oct. 15.—Fearing that an immediate probe for the bullet would increase the danger to
the patient, the surgeons at Mercy hospital here th is afternoon decided not to operate on Colonel Theo
dore Roosevelt, who was shot by a crank in Milwaukee last night, for at least three or four days. Th»
physicians do not care to take any chances, and prefer to give their distinguished patient's system an
opportunity to react from the shock before they start probing for the bullet
Physicians agreed today that the greatest danger now lies in blood poisoning. The bullet was fired
from a rusty revolver, and it is possible that some infection was deposited in the wound. The bullet
struck the right nipple after it had passed through the colonel's overcoat and a thick bundle of manu
script, the speech he had intended to deliver at the Auditorium, and his spectacle case
The manuscript probably saved the colonel from instant death. The bullet passed through it,
clipped the end of the spectacle case and entered the body below the tenth rib.
Colonel Roosevelt, propped up in bed, spent the morning reading from volumes of sociology, revo
lution and economics. I
Mrs. Alice Longworth, daughter of the former p resident, is expected to arrive from Cincinnati this
The colonel's private car, which was side-tracked here with his arrival, has been completely aban
doned. The reporters flocked to the hospital, but the newspapermen became so numerous that the hos
pital authorities ordered them off the premises. They were not even allowed to enter the hospital
yard. i
Rooscevlt's injury is serious enough to keep him
oft' the road for the remainder of the campaign.
This was the announcement made here shortly
after 10 o'clock today by the surgeons at Mercy
hospital, who are to probe for the bullet later in
tin day. : .... J,
When the colonel is able "to leavs Chicago, it was
announced, he will go direct to Oyster Bay to stay
there until he is completely recovered. The sur
geons told Roosevelt that he must remain quiet for
several weeks in order to insure complete recovery.
To this he reluctantly agreed.
. Colonel Roosevelt was taken into the operating
room at 7:30 o'clock, where he was examined by Dr.
John B. Murphy and Dr. A. J. Ochsncr. Later Dr.
Murphy issued the following statement:
, "We have located the exact course of the bullet
and have definitely determined that it did not touch
a vital spot. Colonel Roosevelt's life is in no dan
■ Later a bulletin that Colonel Roosevelt would be
unable to make further campaign speeches, was re
vised to say that, if he recovers sufficiently at Oys
ter Bay, he may return to New York to address a
meeting in Madison Square Garden about October
The Rev. Edward Bateman, an army chaplain and
personal friend, was the first person Colonel Roose
velt asked for today. The colonel ate a hearty
breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast and tea.
OHiOAGO, Oct. 15.—The special train bearing
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, who was shot by a
crank in Milwaukee last night, arrived here at 3:30
o'clock this morning. The train was placed on a
siding, the colonel sleeping until 6 o'clock, when he
was awakened and taken to Mercy hospital. He
reached there at 6:15 o'clock, accompanied by his
cousin, Philip Roosevelt, Secretary McCrath and
Several physicians.
The surgeons are now in consultation, prepara
tory to performing an operation for the removal of
the bullet.
(lly I'MI tod I'n-ss Leased Wire.)
MILWAUKEE, Oct. 15.—"1t is
' MfritTy natural thing," said Roose
flfelt in hi« speech here l«tst night,
"that weak and vicious minds
Should lie Inflamed to acts "of vio
lence by the kind of foul men
dacity and abuse that has been
heH|>ed upon me for the last three
months by the papers not only
In the Interest of Mis. Delis, but
of Mr. Taft and Mrs. Wilson.
Friends, I will disown and re
pudiate any man of my party who
attacks with such vile, foul slan
der and abuse my opponents of
«any other party.
• "Now, I wish to say seriously
to the speakers and to the news
papers representing the republi
can, democratic and socialist par
tips that they cannot month in
and month out, make the kind of
slanderous, bitter and malevolent
assaults that they have made and
not expect that brutal and violent
characers, especially when the
j brutality in Accompanied by a>
none too strong mind, will be ud
aSected by it.
"I am sot speaking for myself
at all. I give you my word Ido
uot care a rap about being shot
■—-not a rap. I have had a good
many experiences In my time and
this is only one of them. What
I do care for is my country. I
wish I wore able to impress on
our people the duty to feel strong
ly, but to speak truthfully of their
opponents. I say now I have
never said on the stump one wore
against any opponent that 1
would ot defend In the library.
I have said nothing that I could
not substantiate and nothing I
ought not to have said."
Theodore Roosevelt, ex
president, most noted Ameri
can and most popular states
man of modern times, will be
54 years old October 27.
Three presidents, Lincoln,
Garfield and McKinley, have
fallen victims to the bullets
of aitsasslas, but Roosevelt
Is the first ex-president to be
CHICAGO, Oct. 15.At 1 o'clock this afternoon his physi
clans issued v Nfnfeinont that CDl.ltooaerett'a temperature was »8.8,
his pulse 02 anil bin respiration normal.
(liy United I'lt'SK I,Oil sod Wire.)
CHICAGO, Oct. 15.— Physicians in attendance on Colonel
Roosevelt at Mercy hospital lion- is.sued at 10:30 o'clock today tho
following bulletin:
"There is a deep bullet wound in Colcnel Roosevelt's chest
wall, but the bullet struck no vital organ In transit. The wound
has not been probed. The point where the bullet entered is one
inch to the right and one inch below the level of the right nipple.
The bullet ranged upward and inward for four inches into the chest
wall. There is no evidence that it penetrated the lung.
"Colonel Roosevelt's pulse at this hour is 90.2, his respiration
20. No operation to remove the bullet Is indicated at the present
time. Colonel Roosevelt's condition is hopeful, but the wound is so
important as to demand absolute rest for a number of days. • i
"R. 0. SAYLE,
Attending Physicians.
(lly t'nlu-d Press Incased Wire.)
NSW YORK, Oct. 15.—"1 am
shocked by the occurrence but
nevertheless ho[>eful," said Mrs.
Theodore Roosevelt here today,
as she, accompanied by her son,
Theodore, jr., and her daughter,
Miss Ethel Roosevelt, started for
Chicago to be at the bedside of
the former president.
"The latest word from my hus
band that lie i.s in no danger has
greatly allayed," Mm. Rooeevelt.
added. "I want him brought to
our home In Oyster Bay."
The party left over the New
York Central railroad. Dr. Lam
bert accompanied them.
Reassuring messages of the
nature of her hugl>and's wound
was given Mrs. Theodore Roose
velt here today by Dr. Franklin
Lambert, Mrs. Roosevelt's physi
cian. He talked with Mrs. Roose
velt for more than an hour, en
MILWAUKEE, Wls., Oct. 15.—
John Schrank, the supposedly in
sane New Yorker, pleaded guilty
when arraigned in the district
court here today for attempting
to assassinate Colonel Theodore
Roosevelt, the progressive candi
date for president, in front of the
Gilpatrick hotel here last night.
The prisoner was held In $•">,
--000 bail for the next term of the
municipal court, which convenes
December 10.
MILWAUKEE, Wls., Oct. 15.—
John Schrank, the undersized
German laundry worker of New
York city who attempted to as
sa ainate Colonel Roosevelt here
last ulght would add but little
today to his earlier statements.
He persisted that his attempt on
the colonel's life was prompted by
a dream in which the late Presi
dent William McKluley appeared
and told him that Colonel Roose
velt was his slayer. Schrank slept
soundly throughout the night and
his present predicament seems to
give no uneasiness. He said he
bad folowed Colonel Roosevelt
about since September 12 wait
ing for an opportunity to end ths
former president's life.
Schrank said he was boru at
deavorlng to convince her that
her husband is not in danger. D»>
spite his efforts, Mrs. Roosevelt's?
nerves are unstrung.
Asked whether she was ta con.
dition to go to Chicago, Dr. Lam
bert said: ,■
"Any woman is always in con* *
ditlon to make any trip, once abe
makes up her mind to go. Mj*.
Roosevelt will not decide about
going to her husbands' bedside
until she learns the details of th<j
operation." " ■ t' .
Mckniirc to Mrs. Roosevelt. ] '
CHICAGO, Oct. 15. —At the re- |
quest of Colonel Roosevelt the
following message was sent t<J»'"
Mr«. Roosevelt, in New York, '^
shortly before noon today:., ■.< -'^
v "Respiratory movement good;
pulse normal and bullet in , safe ;•'
place. The patient is not expec- '::
torating blood." -,:7SV.
Erding, Bavaria, but came to
America when he was nine years X
old. He said be was employed :
in' New York • saloons until be M
bought his place at No. 10 East
Tenth street, New York city. -.' He ij;
said he had sold : his business }fc
when he determined that House- ;
velt must die. ; \* '''-''
The would-be assassin is five
feet 7 1-2 inches tall and weighs '•.."'
157 pounds. ? . -:. >.;s;v'f;
At the time of the shooting
Schrank was dressed in ■ a light >
gray.suit,- and wore a light over
coat. He was unperturbed today r
and made light of bis position, i
He joked and talked freely with }>
all who came within range of his
voice. ;*'.'.;■;- v . <^*SS^fei~:f
j- "I am sorry that I failed in my
purpose," be said this morning.
"I believe if I bad killed^Roose^J^
velt I X would ; have performed a
great service to . the ; country. .; Ii;;
--cam e. to ', Milwaukee | last I Sunday,
and registered at the Argyle ho
tel :as Walter Ron«.'^k£^*4liffi*H
. Schrank will be held here until ,v
the time of the bearing and 5 the
date of his trial SS is determined.
The] panaltjifof i his offense, pro
viding Rooeev«lt recovers;,^ is Hft^
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