Read this little article and then think about the last time you got caught on a camping trip without your cell phone!
When Theodore Roosevelt and his guides left Tahawus Club yesterday morning on a hunting expedition the then Vice-President fully believed that President McKinley was entirely out of danger and on the road to rapid recovery, as that seemed to be the general belief when he entered the Adirondack wilderness.
The hunting party moved in the direction of Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in the Adirondack region. They had not gone over three hours when a mounted courier rode rapidly into Tahawus Club with messages to the Vice-President, stating that President McKinley had been suddenly taken worse and was in a critical condition. The messages had been telegraphed to North Creek and from there telephoned to a point ten miles south of Tahawus Club.
GENERAL ALARM SOUNDED
Extra guides and runners were at once deployed from the club in the direction of Mt. Marcy with instructions to sound a general alarm in order to find the Vice-President as soon as possible. This far-reaching megaphone code and the rifle cracking signals, as hour after hour passed away, marked the progress of the searching mountaineers as they climbed Mt. Marcy. Just as the afternoon began to merge with the shades of early evening and as the searchers were nearing the summit of the lofty mountain, the responsive echoes of distant signals were heard and answered and gradually the signals of the search party and the Roosevelt party came within hearing distance of each other.
ALL HURRY AND RUSH
When Col. Roosevelt was reached and informed of the critical condition of the President he could scarcely believe the burden of the messages personally delivered to him. Both startled and shocked at the serious nature of the news, the Vice-President, at 5:45 o'clock, immediately started back for the Tahawus Club. In the meantime the Adirondack stage line placed at his disposal relays of horses covering the thirty-five miles to North Creek.
A deluging thunderstorm had rendered the roads unusually heavy. Without any delay he moved as rapidly as possible in the direction of North Creek, the northern terminus of the Adirondack Railway, where his secretary, William Loeb, and Supt. C.D. Hammond of the Delaware and Hudson Railway, with a special train were awaiting his arrival. Soon after Col. Roosevelt started, night came on and rendered the trip exceedingly difficult, as mile after mile was traveled in almost impenetrable darkness, but the expert guides piloted the Vice-President safely to his objective point, for which he expressed himself truly grateful.
HEARS OF THE END
Not until he dashed up to the special train at North Creek at 5:22 o'clock this morning did he learn that President McKinley had passed away at Buffalo at 2:15 o'clock. Mr. Loeb, his secretary, was the first to break the news to him. The new President was visibly affected by the intelligence and expressed a desire to reach Buffalo as soon as possible. Within one minute after his arrival at North Creek, he boarded the special train which at once pulled out of the station in the direction of Buffalo via Saratoga and Albany. He did not complain of fatigue, but looked somewhat pale and careworn.