Source: The Old World in the New Century
Source type: book
Document type: book chapter
Document title: “Across Europe” [chapter 26]
Author(s): Barton, William E.
Publisher: Pilgrim Press
Place of publication: Boston, Massachusetts
Year of publication: 1902
Pagination: 440-76 (excerpt below includes only pages 455-57)
|Barton, William E. “Across Europe” [chapter 26]. The Old World in the New Century. Boston: Pilgrim Press, 1902: pp. 440-76.|
|excerpt of chapter|
|William McKinley (death: international response); McKinley memorialization.|
|Sarah Bernhardt; John K. Gowdy; William McKinley.|
From title page: The Old World in the New Century: Being the Narrative of a Tour of the Mediterranean, Egypt and the Holy Land, with Some Information About the Voyage and Places Visited: For the Benefit of Those Who Have Made the Journey and Wish to Remember It; Those Who Hope to Make the Journey and Wish to Prepare for It; and Those Who Cannot Make the Journey and Wish to Read About It.
From title page: With Two Hundred and Forty Illustrations, Most of Them Made from Photographs Especially for This Work.
From title page: By William E. Barton, D. D., Pastor of the First Congregational Church, Oak Park, Illinois; Associate Editor of the Bibliotheca Sacra; Author of “The Psalms and Their Story,” “A Hero in Homespun,” “Pine Knot,” “Faith as Related to Health,” etc.
Across Europe [excerpt]
During the time of my visit came the demonstration in favor of America, in the benefit concert for the McKinley monument; but it was Sarah Bernhardt’s picture, and not  McKinley’s, that adorned the souvenir programme. The lady herself awakened enthusiasm which her reading did not deserve, for it was spiritless and perfunctory, and such as no woman would have ventured to present to such an audience unless her reputation had been made already. There were other noted performers, each giving an act or bit of an act, from some play then on the boards, and worth advertising at the expense of the United States. I shall not advertise them by giving their names, for they do not deserve it. The president of the French Republic attended, and remained in his box long enough to be seen by the reporters; and all the papers agreed that it was an overwhelming testimonial of the  warm feeling of the Republic of France toward her sister republic across the sea; and General Gowdy came home so loaded with flowers that there was not room for me in the elevator with him. But I will take my countrymen into my confidence enough to say that whatever good feeling France has for America cannot be proved by the willingness of Parisian theaters to advertise their current plays before an audience of Americans who pay four dollars or more a seat to see and hear not much of anything. However, the McKinley monument received some money, and the American girl who sang The Star Spangled Banner did it better than the French girl who sang the Marseillaise.