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No. 40.
Shooting Occurred in Milwaukee When He Started
for the Auditorium to Deliver His Speech Monday
Night Speaks for Hour and Half With Bullet in
His Breast Manuscript of His Speech in His
Pocket Probably Saved His Life The Assailant
Was Caught and Would Have Been Torn to
Pieces But for the Colonel's Pleadings to the
Crowd Colonel Now in Chicago Hospital.
Wound More Serious Than First
Col. Roosevelt is now in Mer
cy Hospital at Chicago. His
wound is more serious than first
thought, though his physicians
do not consider his condition
dangerous. The bullet has been
located by the doctors, but no
operation has been performed.
The Colonel has cancelled all his
speaking engagements. Mrs.
Roosevelt and his daughter,
Mrs. Long worth, are with the
Colonel. His room in the hosp
pital is banked with flowers.
Mr. Roosevelt is resting well
but is weak.
Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 14. Theo
dore Roosevelt was shot in the breast
here tonight by an unidentified man.
The extent of the injury is unknown.
With a bullet in his body, Colonel'
Roosevelt went to the auditorium to
make his speech. He refused to per-'
mit nhvRirians to examine the wound
until he had finished his speech. I
Colonel Roosevelt's physician re-
fused to express an opinion whether !
the Colonel was seriously hurt until
he had examined the wound.
Colonel Roosevelt saw his assailant
arrested and taken to the police sta
tion. Henry F. Cochems seized the man,
and held him until policemen came
up. A mob surged around the pris
oner, who apparently is mentally up
set on the subject of Roosevelt's run
ning for another term as President.
The man, who is small of statue,
admitted firing the shot, and said
that "any man looking for a third
term ought to be shot."
In notes found in the man's pock
ets at the police station, was a state
ment that the assailant had been vis
ited in a dream by the spirit of Wil
liam McKinley, who had said, indicat
ing Colonel Roosevelt, "this is my
murderer, avenge my death."
The Colonel felt no pain at the
time the shot was fired and was not ed the hand that held the revolver,
aware he was shot until he was on In another second he had disarmed
the way to the auditorium. His at- him.
tention was then called to a hole in Colonel Roosevelt stood calmly
bis overcoat and he found his shirt looking on as though nothing had
as soaked with blood. He insisted happened. Martin picked the man up
he was not badly hurt. A superficial as though he were a child and carried
examination was made when he him the few feet which separated
reached the auditorium and three them from the car almost to the side
Physicians agreed he was in no imme- 0f the Colonel.
diate danger. j "Here he is," said Martin, "look at
Colonel Roosevelt's life probably him Colonel."
as saved by a manuscript of the All this happened within a few sec
sPeech which he delivered tonight, ond.i and Colonel Roosevelt stood
The bullet struck the manuscript, gazing rather curiously at the man
hich retarded its force as it passed who had attempted his life before the
through into the flash. His assail- stunned crowd realized what was go
ant was prevented from firing a se- ing on. Then a howl of rage went
cond shot by Albert H. Martin, one of up.
Colonel Roosevelt's two secretaries. "Lynch nim! Kill him!" cried a
Colonel Roosevelt had just stepped hundred men.
wlo an automobile when the would-
e assassin pushed his way through
the crowd in the street and fired.
Martin, who was standing in the car
ith the Cplonel, leaped onto the
an's shouliers and bore him to the of maddened men. It seemed for the
ground. Captain A. O. Girard, of moment that he would be torn to
Milwaukee, vho was on the front , pieces, and it was Colonel Roosevelt
Seat. jumped tlmost at the same time himself who intervened and motion
and in an instant the man was over- ed to the crowd to fall back.
Powered and disarmed. I "Stop, stop!" he cried. "Stand
A wild cry of"lynch him',' went up. back; don't hurt him."
Colonel Roosevelt spoke to the peo-! After a short struggle the assassin
Pie and told them to spare tho man, ' gave up and was carried without re
'ho then was Uken into the hotel sistance out of reach of the crowd.
and held there uttil he was removed' "Are you hurt, Colonel?" a hun
to the police station. j dred voices called out.
In spite of the entreaties of physi-j "Oh, no," he responded with a
ans, Colonel Roosivelt insisted upon 1 smile. "Missed me that time. I'm
Slivering his addrss. j not hurt a bit."
"I'll make this speech or die, one ' "I think we'd better be going on,"
0r the other," he said. j he said to the other members of his
Henry f. CochemsWe of the Wis- party, "or we will be late."
trill Prgressive liaders, told the! They had driven hardly one of the
toriumC?,Wd assemb1 ln the audi-' four blocks from the hotel to the au
beenTh Colonel Roosevelt had dltorlum when John McGrath, anoth
calm ri aSked llT people to be er of Colonel Roosevelt's secretaries,
into n ,crowd was thrown almost uttered a sharps exclamation and
r ' me announcement,
, but Colonel Roosevelt calmed the
j people by rising and assuring them
.he was not badly hurt. Then he be-j
t gan his address. Several times he
. seemed to be growing weak and mem-
bers of his party arose to help him.
He motioned them to sit down. j
"Let me alone, I'm all right." he '
The shooting occurred in the street
in front of the Hotel Gilpatrick. Col.
Roosevelt reached Milwaukee shortly
.,.-,.. r ' 1 1 - w, A r, o lr i n re Vi t a rtratr
unci o u tiuv.n aiiu marking no w .
through the crowd which, naa gatner-'
ed at the station, entered an automo-.
one au w a ur.v.n ,u lu , - j
tooK ainner in a private uiuiiig room,
with members of the party on his
private car.
After dinner Col. Roosevelt went
to his room on the second floor of the
hotel and shortly before 8 o'clock he
started for the auditorium. His automobile-stood
in front of the door
and about it was a big crowd waiting
to catch a glimpse of the Colonel as'helP of two other doctors, who were
he started off.
With the Colonel
Philip '
Roosevelt, a young cousin, Mr. Coch
ems, Mr. Martin and Capt. Girard.
Thfi crowd nressed close about the
Colonel and gave.a cheer as he
peared. As the party approached the
automobile, Col. Roosevelt's compan -
ions stood aside and he stepped into
the car. Martin entered directly be- one or the other," was Colonel Roo
hind him and sat on the further side sevelt's reply.
of the car. j Despite the protests of his physi-
Colonel Roosevelt stood up waving cians the Colonel strode out of the
his hat in answer to the cheers of the dressing room and onto the stand. A
crowd. The assassin was standing in large crowd packed into the big
the crowd a few feet from the auto- building, cheered loudly as he enter
mobile. He pushed his way to the ed and without a word to indicate
side of the car and raising his gun what had happened, went to his seat.
fire(j j For several minutes, no man of whom
Martin leaped over the car a sec
ond after the bullet sped on its way.
Colonel Roosevelt barely moved as
the shot was fired.
Before the crowd knew what had
happened Martin, who is six feet tall
and a former football player, had
landed squarely on the would-be as
sassin's shoulders and had borne him
to the ground. He threw his right
arm about the man's neck with a
death-like grip with his left arm seiz-
The crowd pressed in on them and
Martin and Girard, who had followed
Martin over the side of the automo
bile, were caught with their prisoner
in the midst of a struggling throng
nnintcwl tn tTia nstTnnol'a . hraaaf
"Look, Colone!," he said, "there is a
hole in your overcoat."
Colonel Roosevelt looked down,
saw the hole, then unbuttoned the big
brown army overcoat which he was
wearing and thrust his hand beneath
it. When he withdrew it his fingers
were stained with blood.
Colonel Roosevelt was not dismay-
ed by his discovery.
"It looks as though I had been
hit," he said, "but I don't think it is
inVtilinC 0 T 1 PI 11 Q "
-t rr it n.ii i
ur. scurry lerreu, oi uauas,
Texas, Colonel Roosevelt's physician, j
" : T : ZZZZ
"ciuic n dwi icu vu., iusioicu mat mo
Colonel return to the hotel. He paid
no attention to the suggestion, how
ever, and the car was driven on to
the auditorium.
As soon as they reached the build
ing Colonel Roosevelt was taken into
a dressing room and his outer gar
ments removed. Dr. Terrell, with the
in ine auauorium ana came to ine
dressing room on a
call from the
platform, made a superficial examina
tion. They agreed it was impossible
to hazard a guess as to the extent of
ap-jthe Colonel's injuries and that he
! should by all means go at once to the
1 hospital.
"I will deliver this speceh or die,
! let in his body, kept up its cheering.
j front of the platform and held up
his hand. There was something in
his manner which had its effect upon
the crowd and the cheering died sud
denly away.
i "1 havp Rnmpthinc tn t11 vnii.
said Mr. Cochems, "and I hope you
' will receive the news with calmness.
His voice shook as he spoke and a
death-like stillness settled over the
"Colonel Roosevelt has been shot.
He is wounded.
He spoke in a low tone, but such
was the stillness that everyone heard
him. A cry of astonishment and hor
ror went up from the crowd which
was thrown into confusion in an in
stant. Mr. Cochems turned and look
ed inquiringly at Colonel Roosevelt.
"Tell us, are you hurt?"
"Tell us, are you hurt?"
Men and women shouted wildly.
Some of them rose from their seats
and rushed forward to look more
closely at the Colonel.
Col. Roosevelt rose and walked to
the edge of the platform to quiet the
crowd.' He raised his hand and in
stantly there was silence.
"It's true," he said. Then slowly
he unbuttoned his coat and placed
his hand on his breast. Those in
the front of the crowd could catch
sight of the blood-stained garment.
"I'm going to ask you to be very
quiet," said Col. Roosevelt, "and
please excuse me from giving you a
very long speech. I'll do the best I
can, but you see there's a bullet in my
body. But it's nothing. I'm not
hurt badly."
The crowd gave an outburst of tu
multuous cheering. Thoroughly re
assured by the Colonel's action that
he was in no serious danger, the peo
ple settled back into their seats to
hear his speech. 1
Colonel Roosevelt began to speak
in a firm voice, somewhat lower than
his usual tone, and except that his
chief gestures were less emphatic
than usual, there was nothing to see
about the man to (Indicate his condi
tion. After he had been speaking a
few moments boweyer ,hia Voice
sank somewhat and, he seemed to
stand rather unsteadily. Dr. Terrell
and Colonel Ly oi stepped up to him
and the doctor luc!ted that he stop.
"I'm coins lo SnUfc this spwb."
1 said the Colonel emphatically.
The Colonel continued hU speech
evidently with increasing effort.
Then he vu rushed to bis aatonio
blle and to the emergency hospital.
The operating room had been
placed in readiness to receive Colonel
Roosevelt and tlx of the leading sur
geons of Milwaukee were awaiting
his arrival.
An examination of the wound
showed that it had been made by a
ballet of large site. It entered the
fleshy part of the right breast, half
way between the collar bone and low
er rib. The physicians found that
they knew no more after the exami
nation than before as to the location
of the bullet, and it waa decided to
send for an X-ray machine to deter
mine where the missile had pene
trated. While he was waiting for the X
ray machine Colonel Roosevelt tat
upon the operating table and talked
politics and Joked with the physi
cians. 4 On the Way to Chicago.
Milwaukee. Oct. 14. Col. Roose
velt's special train left for Chicago
at 12:50 a. m.
Mrs. Roosevelt Hears the News.
New York. Oct. 14. Mrs. Theo
dore Roosevelt was attending a mus
ical comedy at & Broadway theatre
io-nignt at the time the attempt was
made upon her husband's life in)"1" u,tJl i'-ohk) acuuireu irom
Milwaukee. The news was broken to that Instant the Kingdoms ov Italy
jher as she sat in a box with a party
, frarira
oi irienus
Mrs. Roosevelt was very
much alarmed and Immediately leftlPeror an' Augustus, till he had re-j
tfae tneatre
Shortly after midnight Mrs. Roose-
velt received a telegram which had
evidently been dictated by her hus
band assuring her that he was in no
danger and making light of the at
tempt on his life. The telegram;
"I am now in the American
Hospital. The bullet did not hit
anything vital and think they
will find It somewhere around.
It is not more serious than the
injury the boys received. My
voice is holding out well, and I
will go on with the trip. Don't
worry. Love to all.
T "(Signed)
Assassin a Fanatic.
A written proclamation found in
the clothing of the man who did the
shooting reads:
"September 15, 1901; 1:30 a. m.
In a dream I saw President McKin
ley sit up, in a monk's attire, In
whom I recognized Theodore Roose
velt. The President said: 'This is
my murderer. Avenge my death.' "
Lives in Xew York.
New York, Oct. 14. John Shrenk
formerly lived at the address given in
laundryman who left here about a!
month ago.
here. The
his history
He has a wife and child
police are investigating
Many Tmimrtant Cases t lie Heard
by This Term of Court.
There were twenty-one cases ofjture, you hev gotten up a concoction
major importance set for argument that even a Taft Republican or a
before the Supreme Court when the j Wilson Democrat can't stomach, un-
fall term opened last Monday. Among
the important suits to be argued are
the International rate case, the cot
ton corner case, the suit against the
alleged bath-tub trust, the L. & N.
rate case, which involved the power
of the commerce court to weigh evi-
dence presented and previously pass
ed upon by the Interstate Commerce
Commission and the embezzlement
case of William R. Breese and Joseph
Dickerson, of Asbeville, N. C.
It Is also probable that the Kan
sas ballot case, involving the right
of the Roosevelt electors to remain
on the Republican ticket in that State
will come up. The ballots must be
printed for the November election
several days before that event. If the
Supreme Court Is to say anything of
practical effect on the case, its de
cision must be rendered during the
latter part of October.
Kissed His Wife Then Shot Himself.
Mr. Matt. Rierson, of Madison, N.
C, shot and killed himself Monday,
October 7th, at his home in that
place. Mr. Rierson formerly resided
in this city and for two years was a;
member of the police force here. No
cause for the rash act is given other
than that Mr. Rierson had been in ill
health and as a result jwas despond
ent. He returned home from his work,
says Mrs. Rierson, last night as usu
al, and ate his supper. Arising from
the table he ask ed her if she didn't
want to kiss him good-bye, and she
says that when she did so, she
thought he was going to walk out in
town for a while. To her horror she
saw him draw the gun when he reach
ed the. door and shoot himself to
death. Union Republican.
Prti- n u,,4 j rr;
tor One Hundred and Rfty
Years Saxon Ruled
Shrewd Game flayed Ily the Iore
of Home to CVmtrol the tkver
mre t Cti arc h mmi Mate Mas, lie
main Separate aad IHU act Flrt
German Army Made Up of Soldier
Fmuiu The Old King Koronr
aged Town Building in Germany.
(Correspondence of The Caucasian
Enterprise.) Bilklnsville. SC.. Oct. 7. 112.
Germany wuz ruled by a line ov
Saxon princes from 912 to 1024.
They were Henry I., Otho I.. Otho II.. j
Otho III., and Henry II. Durln this?
period the limits ov Germany were
extended, chiefly by Otho I
f" ;
times called Otho the Great. This
monarch subdued Italy durin' hlz
reign an fixed the imperial crown
in the name ov Germany. In 962?
r mA(ma tn)tlt a ( i Iim
fu juMuurmrip,,,. auction an the drmand .made
were introduced. Hrst. that the fh.. nH. hirk
" Ui v-vicu m int.- ut-r-
an' Ilome; an' second, that he could j
not esay assume the titles of Lm-j
ceived the crown irom the hands ov j
the Pope, awl ov which goes to show!
that the Catholic politicians were not
out for business even at this early
day, an' that they hoped to make
sure ov the government ov Germany
from that date on az they did In
France an Italy at a later date. But
the scheme wuz only successful In
part, and at times they nearly lost
out. The time lz comin', will soon
tffe here, in fact, when Catholicism
an other church machines will be
compelled to play hands off In po
litical affairs. Two such machines
practically rule North Carolina to
day. The State lz not much benefit
ed by such rule, an' many disadvan
tages might be pointed out. One ov
the denominations referred to lost a
member lately on account ov the ten
dency ov said denomination to dab
ble In politics an the end iz not yet.
The notable deteriation in political
parties plainly visible just now
throughout the United States lz most
ly due to mixin' Church an State.
An remember, that no matter what
the name ov the denomination, no
matter how smart the politician.
Providence will not prosper the man,
nor the Church ncrr the party, which
gets mussed up in such an unnatural
alliance. We need an' should hev re
ligion an' morality in politics the
more the better. But remember that
!he raan or 6et ov men who empt.
io use any Drancn, or numDer ov
branches, ov the Christian Church
for political advantage, az hez bin
done many times lately, iz himself
without religion or honesty, an' the
two are inseparable. Dishonesty in
politics iz bad enough. But when
you add trickery, deception, hypoc-
I risy an everythin' else ov that na-
less he hez gotten very low- In hlz
ideas ov a political standard.
In the time ov Tacitus, az hex been
mentioned, the Germans were an ag
ricultural people in every sense ov
the word. But az they spread over
the country west ov the river Rhine,
a change came. After the Triboci.
Nemetes, and Vangolns settle in the
country between the Rhine an the
Vosges, the cities ov Strasburg, Spire.
Mentx an Worms became important
enough to attract some attention. But
az these villages, for they were hard
ly more than villages, contained no
great temples, no important build
ings ov any kind, they attracted but
little attention for many years. But
after the Francic sovereigns began
to reign cities an' towns multiplied,
an, in some cases, received substan
tial encouragement. Under "Henry
the Fowler," when many ov the able
bodied men were serving In the
standing army, that ruler picked ev
ery ninth man for duty ax a soldier
an the other eight were encouraged
to till the soil an sell the surplus
to the ninth man, the soldier, who.
In addition to hlz duties az national
guardsman, wux to act ax merchant
an dispose ov what he an the eight
men could not consume, their fam
ilies. If they had any, bein among
the consumers, or course. That wax
primiaive farmln with a vengeance.
But hit had some semblance or sys
tem an divided the population Into
certain proportions. Az there wax
nothin doin in the way or manufac
turin. but little in building except
very small habitations, which did not
require skilled mechanics, "Henry
the Fowler" wux not such a bad ruler
after awl. At any rate, he establish
ed system among a disorganized peo
ple, an' If hit wuz not just right they
K.ir wy warn
t tit
!OT ossr lr Wta lif a tl farts.
i Atth0f frxtm vp OT g !.
? lo fax tort, store or tfe profotwisaa.
j -flack to the fare- waits froa writ
r mha i!aa'i am Ia in
to take their own adtk kt bet lit
tle erect at a rale, tho jffc a fett do
grow tired or "city life4 an drift
I back to the rooatry. Ta Clevdaad
bond panic put thousands back aosae
years ago. an u wusoa rts a chance
lo "panic" four years hit may rrenlt
in a general motins back to the farm
arala. Cleveland -soup" wut aa!4 to
be a hard doae. Thoee were the days
when you ronld ret a good dinner
for ten cent but couldn't ret tho
ten cent. If you are you&g or Inex
perienced you might try the Wilson
era ov prosperity an see how hit will
compare with the good (?) old
Cleveland days when cotton (tlfit)
wux four and fire rents per pound.
"Back to the farm" will be a sad
reality then.
In ancient Germany the lower or
der ov people united themselves with
the soldiers. The Kraperor ordered
the courts ov Justice, the fair an'
things ov that kind, to b held In the
towns. In that may the towns began
lo grow Important. At flrt aw! prod
ucts ov the farms which were brought
to the towns for sale wer sold at
. .
!he tj,.Kjrf yor lhlt or tha. nrojuc.
Awl product were rli;hd or meas
ured by a public w elchma.trr. at cot
ton iz Rold In tnoit ov our towns an
weighed nowadays, the town setting
a certain proportion ov the price ov
such products, awlto a percentage ov
the price ov any goods sent out from
the town. If weighed by the public
weigher. At first no man could hold
any public ofljee unless he wui of
"noble birth," but by degrees this re
striction wuz removed. The German
population up to about the beginning
ov the twelfth century wui divided
Into three classes, nobles, rltitens,
an' slaves. In the year 1200 Henry
V. enfranchised awl slaves tn cities,
if they were mechanics.
From 1027 to 1137.. one hundred
an ten years, the German Empire
wuz ruled by emperors ov the house
ov Franconla, ending with Henry V.,
when Lo thai re wux elected King.
Under Henry III. the German Em
pire had the greatest territory. It
comprehended Germany. Italy. Bur
gundy, an Loraine. Poland an oth
er Slavonian districts were tributary
to hit. Denmark an Hungary recog
nized the German government in a
way, but were not a part ov hit. Yet
the Emperor ov Germany made war
upon the Duke ov Poland In 1077 be
cause he called himself a King. But
after reaching this great height In
national Importance, Germany failed
to hold her own, goln backward a
considerable way, chiefly because she
didn't encourage an hold up her for
eign States. The so-called clergy, the
priests, began to grow too important,
they having grown vastly rich, which
threatened the government Itself. The
priestly districts became greater In
their own estimation, an they claim
ed more authority than the Emperor
in local affairs, at least. At various
times the States comprising the Unit
ed States hev stood upon their dig
nity an hev argued that they could
or would do thus or so. I am sot
speaking ov the causes that brought
on the Civil War in 1861. but ov oth
er things before an since the Civil
War, when State authorities. State
Legislatures, etc., set themselves up
a bit. But up to this time the Su
preme Court hez bin able to sit down
upon most ov em very gently, but
firmly, but in such a dignified way
that peace hex bin preserved. Wbea
hit comes to dignity, the Supreme
Court fx great.
Az ever,
Col. W. J. Bryan Bays Simmons Is Sot
In Sympathy With the People.
Mr. William J. Bryan, in the last
issue of his paper, the Commoner,
"Simmons 'ought to be defeated
because 'North Carolina Is in reality
a progressive State. It Is entitled to
representation In the United States
Senate of a man whose heart is
known to be in sympathy with the
hearts of the people. Mr. Simmons
is not such a man. He would do
very well as a representative of the
stand-pat Republican party. He will
not do as a representative of the
Democratic party if that party is to
be true, to its principles."
Locomotive of Great Power.
(Chicago Tribune.)
The most powerful locomotive ia
the world has Just been built by the
American Locomotive Company for
the Virginian Railroad. It can htui
155 loaded fifty-ton capacity goods
trucks at ten miles an hoar. It has
sixteen driving wheels. The locomo
tive and tender weigh 752,000 pounds
and the fim-box is large enough to
hold a shutting locomotive.
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