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The Companionship of Books and Other Papers
Source type: book
Document type: essay
Document title: “Stage-Fright”
Author(s): Marvin, Frederic Rowland
G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Place of publication: New York, New York
Year of publication:
Pagination: 265-75 (excerpt below includes only pages 274-75)

Marvin, Frederic Rowland. “Stage-Fright.” The Companionship of Books and Other Papers. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1905: pp. 265-75.
excerpt of essay
William McKinley (last public address); William McKinley.
Named persons
William McKinley; John N. Scatcherd.


     It is related that when President McKinley arrived at Buffalo to visit the Pan-American Exposition which was held in that city in 1901, he enquired of Mr. Scatcherd, who was upon the Committee of Reception, “When am I to make my speech?” Mr. Scatcherd replied, “Early to-morrow forenoon.” “Well,” said the President, “I am glad of that: I’ll not be able to have any fun until I have got my speech off my mind.” “Public speaking should [274][275] not cause you any nervous apprehension,” responded Mr. Scatcherd, “you’ve been at it so long.” “Well it does,” said the President; “I am just as nervous before a speech in these days as I was before my maiden address in the House of Representatives years and years ago.”