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The Michiqon Daily
Reagan, Brady moving

rapidly
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - President Reagan,
making "super" progress, took four
walks around his hospital suite yester-
day while life support tubes remained
fixed in his chest and nose. He told two
visiting senators, "I found out it hurts
to get shot."
After his best night's sleep since an
apparent ricochet bullet tore into his
left lung in Monday's assassination at-
tempt, the president was in "extremely
good spirits" according to his personal
physician.
REAGAN WALKED for 50 yards
yesterday morning, then, joined by wife
Nancy, ventured out of his room again
in the late afternoon.
A late afternoon medical bulletin
issued by the White House said the
president walked twice more during the
day as part of his regular exercise and
that he "continues to make excellent
progress."
Qualified medical sources reported
that in the moments after Reagan
arrived at the hospital emergency
room, doctors "thought they might lose
him" because he was hemorrhaging in-
ternally although there was no in-
dication he had been shot.
HOSPITA L SPOKESMAN Dr. Dennis
O'Leary "flatly" denied the president
was ever in danger of dying from the
wound;. But he acknowledged that his
own information came second- and
third-hand. Direct sources, including a
senior physican involved, said that
Reagan had lost nearly half his blood.
The president, conducting brief
business yesterday, signed a routine
poclamation and spent 10 minutes

toward recovery

early in the morning with White House
chief of staff James Baker III and
deputy chief of staff Michael Deaver.
He also met with Vice President George
Bush, and with Senate Majority Leader-
Howard Baker Jr. of Tennessee and
Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.), a personal
friend and key congressional supporter.
Meanwhile, Press Secretary Jim
Brady, whose brain was pierced by a
bullet in Monday's assassination at-
tempt, was reportedly showing
''astounding progress"~ two days after
surgeons removed part of his brain.
BRADY WAS SAID to have "played
catch" with a cotton ball and wiggled
his left arm and foot, activities that
were noted as "good functions of some
rather complex nerve pathways."
Doctors reported that Brady, when
asked how he was feeling, gave the
thumbs-up signal and replied, "fine,
fine."
"Mr. Brady's post operative status
continues to improve," the George
Washington University Medical Center
doctors said. "He appears clearer men-

tally. He held a restricted conversation _______________
with his physician this afternoon." Tikt $.0 1 v * *b*e -tSh
Earlier, O'Leary said, "We are a long k d * n A * r *o *
way from home on Mr. Brady," but of f-c
noted the press secretary's satisfactory
progress.
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ยง ASHINGTON (AP) - John Hin-
ekley Jr., said to have vowed to "get
Reagan" in desperate hope for a film
star's heart, was deemed competent to
stand trial yesterday, but was sent to
North Carolina for further sanity tests.
~-Hinckley could remain at the Butner
Ideal corrections facility near
Durham, N.C., for up to 90 days as
aithorities attempt to determine his
state of mind when Reagan was shot
Monday.
;T HE 25-YE AR-OL D defendant,
wearing a white, bullet-proof vest, was
a'calm but intense observer as he heard
Miagistrate Lawrence Margolis order
the charge of attempting to assassinate
the president bound over to a federal
grand jury.
,Margolis agreed with a court-
*appointed psychiatrist that Hinckley is
s''presently mentally competent to
-stand trial," but told the government to
-conduct further sanity tests. Shortly
thereafter, Hinckley was flown to the
2Butner facility, arriving in late after-
2noon.
The finding that Hinckley is com-
petent to stand trial merely means he
understands his rights and is able to
:help prepare his defense. It does not
constitute a judgement that the defen-
:dant was sane at the time a crime was
cCOURTHOUSE security was tight to
*prevent arepetition of the 1963 shooting
of Lee Harvey Oswald, who was gunned
down in police custody while held on
:charges of assassinating President
~John Kennedy.
-While that was going on in a gray
stone courthouse, investigators
analyzed a letter to Jodie Foster, the
young movie actress with whom Hin-
*ckley was so infatuated that he vowed
:to "get Reagan" at risk of his own life
tocle provi edication, sourcs said.1

eclared
for trial
less than two hours before the shooting
of the president.
The letter was found in Hinckley's
hotel room. According to sources who
asked not to be identified, it was dated
"3-30-81" and timedoff at "12:45 p.m."
Addressed to the actress who played
the teenaged prostitute in the violent
movie "Taxi Driver," it said:
"THERE IS A definite possibility
that I will be killed in my attempt to get
Reagan. It is for this very reason that I
am writing you this letter now.
"As you well know by now, I love you
very much. The past seven months: I
have left you dozens of poems, letters
and messages in the faint hope you
would develop an interest in me.
"Although we talked on the phone a
couple of times, I never had the nerve to
simply approach you and introduce
myself. Besides my shyness, I honestly
do not wish to bother you with my con-
stant presence."
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