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Commissioner Woods and others wrestled the gunman to the ground and, accompanied by Mitchel, hustled him through City Hall Park to a police station. The assailant was Michael P. Mahoney. He’d acted out of an imagined grievance against the city administration. Judged insane, he was committed to a mental institution. A Little Flower Blooms 51 New Yorkers were shocked, sickened, and outraged that for the second time in less than a year, their mayor had been the target of an assassin. Two years earlier, a gunman had wounded the beloved Teddy Roosevelt as the candidate of the Bull Moose Party was about to enter an auditorium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to give a speech.

The work put him in the shoes of the Ellis 32 THE NAPOLEON OF NEW YORK Island officials he had scorned when he was on the departure side of the torrent of hopeful immigrants flowing toward New York. Often called to be on duty seven days a week, he was now on the receiving side. Many years later he recalled the plight of a young girl who had come from the mountains of northern Italy and spoke a dialect that was unknown to the little ex-consular official and master of several languages. Questioned endlessly, she answered as well as she could, and found herself queried and examined physically again and again.

Although the activities of the men of the Eleventh were the main concern of the sixteen-year-old Post-Dispatch correspondent, the former columnist for the Prescott newspaper could not forget that also in Tampa was the ex-mayor of the town he considered home. Visiting the camp of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, he found Bucky O’Neill wearing the twin bars of captain. The Rough Riders were a mixture of American types. John Greenway was from Arkansas, but he had been both a star footballer and an ace catcher in baseball for Yale.

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