Publication information

Century Magazine
Source type: magazine
Document type: article
Document title: “The Associated Press”
Author(s): Stone, Melville E.
Date of publication: July 1905
Volume number: 70
Issue number: 3
Pagination: 379-86 (excerpt below includes only page 381)

Stone, Melville E. “The Associated Press.” Century Magazine July 1905 v70n3: pp. 379-86.
Melville E. Stone; Associated Press; McKinley assassination (news coverage).
Named persons
George B. Cortelyou; Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley.
From page 379: By Its Manager, Melville E. Stone.

The Associated Press



ON the afternoon of September 6, 1901, worn out by a long period of exacting labor, I set out for Philadelphia, with the purpose of spending a few days at Atlantic City. When I reached the Broad-street station in the Quaker City, I was startled by a number of policemen crying my name. I stepped up to one, who pointed to a boy with an urgent message for me. President McKinley had been shot at Buffalo, and my presence was required at our Philadelphia office at once. A message had been sent to me at Trenton, but my train had left the station precisely two minutes ahead of its arrival. Handing my baggage to a hotel porter, I jumped into a cab and dashed away to our office. I remained there until dawn of the following morning.
     The opening pages of the story of the assassination were badly written, and I ordered a substitute prepared. An inexperienced reporter stood beside President McKinley in the Music-hall at Buffalo when Czolgosz fired the fatal shot. He seized a neighboring telephone and notified our Buffalo correspondent, and then pulled out the wires, in order to render the telephone a wreck, so that it was a full half-hour before any additional details could be secured.
     I ordered competent men and expert telegraph operators from Washington, Albany, New York, and Boston to hurry to Buffalo by the fastest trains. All that night the Buffalo office was pouring forth a hastily written, but faithful and complete account of the tragedy, and by daybreak a relief force was on the ground. Day by day, through the long vigil while the President’s life hung in the balance, each incident was truthfully and graphically reported. In the closing hours of the great tragedy false reports of the President’s death were circulated for the purpose of influencing the stock-market, and, to counteract them, Secretary Cortelyou wrote frequent signed statements, giving the facts to the Associated Press.