Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: “The Story of the Mobbing”
Author(s): Wilshire, H. Gaylord
Date of publication: 21 September 1901
Volume number: none
Issue number: 38
|Wilshire, H. Gaylord. “The Story of the Mobbing.” Challenge 21 Sept. 1901 n38: p. 8.|
|H. Gaylord Wilshire (public addresses); H. Gaylord Wilshire; socialists.|
|Authorship of the editorial (below) is not credited in the magazine, but the editorial’s content implies the author is H. Gaylord Wilshire.|
The Story of the Mobbing
The death of President McKinley brought my lecturing
tour to a premature close; last Sunday afternoon I delivered my last speech
from Boston Common.
There were a lot of ridiculous stories set floating around in the press as to my being mobbed in various places, including Waterville and Bath, in Maine, Portsmouth, N. H., and York, Pa. There was a particularly lurid account of my escaping from lynching by the skin of my teeth in York telegraphed all over the country, from Maine to California. I don’t like to give away my press agent, but I must confess that I did not go within 500 miles of York during my whole trip. I had intended once to speak there Saturday night last, but the meeting had been called off days before the President was shot, as I found I could not make good train connections. The Mayor of Portsmouth asked us to postpone our street meeting there, sending word just before we began. The meeting was then adjourned to a hall and held without any interruption or trouble. There was no demonstration on the street or within doors against me at any place during my whole trip.
At Dayton, Ohio, my meeting on September 1st was stopped under authority of a local ordinance.