The Buffalo Exposition. President McKinley’s
father was sent to the Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo, N. Y.,
from Washington, as one of Mexico’s representatives.
We took a house in that lovely and
attractive city and remained there about three months, going frequently
to the Exposition and sometimes we stayed in the grounds all day
My delight was to go to the Exposition
and visit the different buildings, and add to my collection badges,
pamphlets, coins, samples, and imitations of various articles on
exhibition there, which were given away to the people and children.
Of course the greatest desire of us chil- 
dren was to go to the “Midway,” where all the amusements were. I
remember especially “The Trip to the Moon,” “The House Upside Down,”
and the Streets of Cairo; there I rode on the backs of a camel and
elephant, being almost shaken to pieces, but nevertheless enjoying
it very much.
It was a very fine exposition and
the illuminations were splendid; they say that owing to the great
power obtained from Niagara Falls it had one of the best electrical
displays ever had in any exposition.
Our trip to Niagara Falls was a very
interesting one and we were able to admire those wonderful waterfalls,
the greatest in the world, from both the American and Canadian sides.
We still have a photograph taken there. It looks as if the whole
family, my mother, father, brothers and I, were standing on one
of the falls; a scheme the photographers have of combining both
pic-  tures, the Falls and
the group, to make it appear that way.
The assassination of President McKinley
was a tragic and sad event. My parents related to me how pleasantly
they had spent with him that day at an excursion and luncheon at
Niagara Falls. All the officials, American and Latin-American, were
invited, as were also President and Mrs. McKinley. They both were
in a happy and cheerful mood, mingling and chatting most amiably
with the other guests.
On returning to Buffalo and the Exposition,
the party dispersed. My father then went home for us children to
take us to join my mother, who had remained with friends in the
Mexican building. To our great horror and regret on entering the
grounds in a carriage, as that day carriages were permitted inside
the grounds for the invited guests, we were told at the gate that
an attempt had been made on the life of President 
McKinley and that he was severely wounded. At that moment we began
to hear shouts, screams of “Lynch him!” and the excitement of the
people was intense. Just then a carriage passed us at high speed,
in which the assassin Czolgosz was being taken to prison. President
McKinley at the time of that cowardly attempt was holding a public
reception and shaking hands with all at the Temple of Music. That
tragedy upset us so much that we changed our plans and having met
my mother, who also was very much impressed, sad and nervous, after
having witnessed and heard the cries of “Lynch him!” and seen the
carriage with the assassin, that we returned home, instead of remaining
the rest of the day. Though very young then, the terrible event
impressed me very much, especially as I noticed how everybody felt
so sad, not only on account of the dastardly deed, but because President
McKinley died a few  days
later. He was so very kind and deservedly popular.
Mexico had a very important part in
the Exposition, having an administration building and exhibits in
all the various departments and buildings. These exhibits were very
attractive and interesting, and drew the attention of thousands
of visitors. That they were duly appreciated, is shown by its many
prizes that Mexican exhibitors received at the Exposition. Furthermore
it sent a military band, which gave concerts that were very popular.
I well remember how the people applauded when the “Paloma” and other
typical pieces, that are popular in the United States, were played
by the band. Whenever I went into Mexico Building and saw so many
things made in my country, it seemed, at times, as if I were back
again in my native land.