Source: Daily Notes of a Trip Around the World
Source type: book
Document type: letter
Document title: none
Author(s): Howe, E. W.
Edition: Second edition
Volume number: 1
Publisher: Crane and Company
Place of publication: Topeka, Kansas
Year of publication: 1909
Pagination: 125-28 (excerpt below includes only page 127)
|Howe, E. W. [untitled]. Daily Notes of a Trip Around the World. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Topeka: Crane, 1909: pp. 125-28.|
|excerpt of letter|
|McKinley assassination (international response: Americans outside the U.S.); McKinley assassination (news coverage).|
The letter (excerpted below) is dated 17 November 1905.
The book’s preface begins: “These notes of a trip around the world were written every day as the journey progressed, and sent back to The Atchison Globe, of which paper I am editor, as my part of the daily work” (p. v).
The running title appearing at the top of the pages is “Letters by E. W. Howe.”
This book is copyrighted for 1907; however, the year 1909 is given on the title page.
From title page: By E. W. Howe, Editor of the Atchison Globe, Author of “The Story of a Country Town,” “A Moonlight Boy,” etc.
From title page: Vol. 1: Hawaii, Japan, China, The Philippines, Ceylon.
Speaking of the remoteness here from everything American, a naval officer told me that one day, several years ago, he was sitting on a hotel veranda in Shanghai, China, when a boy came along selling copies of an English paper. The paper contained a line stating that “William McKinley, President of the United States,” had been shot at Buffalo the day before. The Americans didn’t believe the story, but the news was confirmed next day. Within a week, the officer’s ship sailed for Guam, believing that the wounded President would recover. Arriving at Guam after several weeks, the people there had not heard of the shooting at all, although at that time the President had been buried many days. The arrival of the next ship was eagerly awaited, but when it came, after several weeks, the officers had not so much as heard of the assassination. Five weeks later, another ship arrived, bringing news of the death of the President. The news was then several months old.