TR's Bull Moose Speech in Milwaukee: October, 14, 1912. Just before entering the auditorium at Milwaukee, an attempt was made on Roosevelt's life. This is the speech transcript from a stenographic report, differing considerably from TR's prepared manuscript. The opening paragraph:
"Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. But fortunately I had my manuscript, so you see I was going to make a long speech, and there is a bullet - there is where the bullet went through - and it probably saved me from it going into my heart. The bullet is in me now, so that I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best."