Source: Around the World via Siberia
Source type: book
Document type: book chapter
Document title: “Chapter XVIII”
Author(s): Senn, Nicholas
Publisher: W. B. Conkey Company
Place of publication: Chicago, Illinois
Year of publication: 1902
Pagination: 347-67 (excerpt below includes only pages 363-64)
|Senn, Nicholas. “Chapter XVIII.” Around the World via Siberia. Chicago: W. B. Conkey, 1902: pp. 347-67.|
|excerpt of chapter|
|Nicholas Senn; McKinley assassination (international response: Americans outside the U.S.); McKinley memorial services (Tokyo, Japan); William McKinley (death: international response).|
|Alfred E. Buck; William Imbrie; William McKinley.|
From title page: From Articles That Originally Appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Reprinted by Permission of the Author.
From title page: By Nicholas Senn, M. D., Ph. D., LL. D., C. M. Professor of Surgery, Rush Medical College, Chief of Operating Staff with the Army in the Field during the Spanish-American War, and Surgeon-General of Illinois.
From book cover: Dr. Nicholas Senn.
Chapter XVIII [excerpt]
Just as the “Kaga Maru” was ready to leave Moji,
September 10th, the news was brought on board of the dastardly attack on the
life of the late President McKinley. This announcement soon spread and brought
sorrow not only to the members of our party, but every one on board. We continued
to hope that this information might only be a rumor, until we reached Kobe,
where it was confirmed by the accounts given in the local newspapers. We were
delighted to learn from the same source here and at Osaka and Kioto that the
President was improving and that everything indicated an early recovery. The
course of events in his case was watched with intense interest by the natives
as well as the foreigners. The newspapers discussed the case at length, and
the cablegrams were looked for with intense anxiety. Soon after our arrival
at Yokohama, September 16th, a small extra of one of the local Japanese papers,
not larger than a hand, was circulated in the corridor of the hotel, and contained
the terrible news of the unexpected death in the sentence flashed over the wires
to all countries: “President McKinley died at eight o’clock.” The sorrow caused
by this message was universal. The flags of all nations were lowered to half-mast
at once. Groups of natives and foreigners in low, solemn tones discussed the
On September 26th an impressive memorial service was held in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tokyo. The minister of the United States, Colonel Buck, made all necessary arrangements, and it was through his courtesy that the members of our party were admitted. The Emperor was represented by the Imperial Prince Kom-in. A detachment of United  States marines and soldiers, under command of a commissioned officer, constituted the guard of honor. Every seat was occupied. The front seats and center of the church were reserved for the nobility, the foreign legation, and army and navy officers of high rank, all in full court dress and uniforms. The interior of the church was draped in mourning. The hymns sung by the choir were “Rock of Ages” and “Nearer, My God, to Thee.” After reading the service for the dead, Rev. Mr. Imbrie, a Presbyterian clergyman, delivered an eloquent memorial address, in which he paid a high tribute to the many virtues of the late President as a man, husband, soldier, and statesman.
Before the exercises commenced, the Imperial Prince, accompanied by Colonel Buck, entered, when the whole audience rose and remained standing until he took his seat in the front row of pews, opposite the pulpit. The guard of honor, arranged in a single file between the pews and the pulpit, facing the audience, in fatigue uniform with fixed bayonets, made a dignified and creditable appearance. Colonel Buck, in civilian full dress, was the ideal representative of a republican form of government, and in strong contrast with the uniformed, profusely decorated foreign ministers of other countries. All of the ceremonies were well arranged and passed off without the slightest confusion.