Monday, October 14, 1912. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Autumn crispness was slipping in. Another demanding day dissolved into dusk, amid one of the most raucous, hard-fought, and consequential presidential campaigns in American history.
That evening, former president Theodore Roosevelt would take the cause of his breakaway third party to the people in yet another speech, in yet another auditorium.
Neither TR, nor anyone else, had any reason to anticipate the extraordinary events that were about to unfold.
No one, that is, other than an armed gunman, lurking in the lengthening shadows.