Source: Harper’s Weekly
Source type: magazine
Document type: article
Document title: “The Shooting”
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: 45
Issue number: 2334
|“The Shooting.” Harper’s Weekly 14 Sept. 1901 v45n2334: p. 913.|
|George B. Cortelyou; William McKinley; John G. Milburn.|
IT was shortly after four o’clock. The President was in his most cheerful mood,
and evidently enjoying the cordial demonstrations of good-will with which he
was being greeted. John G. Milburn, president of the Exposition, stood at his
right hand; Secretary Cortelyou stood at his left.
Out of the throng crowding around the President stepped a medium-sized man, brown-haired and smooth-shaven, apparently a respectable mechanic. His right hand was swathed in a handkerchief, and as he approached he held it close to the back of the man in front of him, as if he wished to conceal it as much as possible. As his turn came he stepped close up to the dais upon which the President stood. Mr. McKinley smiled and extended his hand; but instead of grasping it, the man threw forward his own bandaged hand, and brushed aside the President’s arm. As he did, two revolver shots rang out sharply above the subdued murmer [sic] of voices and the shuffling of feet; the assassin had discharged a concealed revolver through the handkerchief binding his hand.
As the smoke cleared, the President was seen to swerve slightly, and raise his right hand to his chest, while a look of bewilderment passed over his face. Then he collapsed and sank back into the arms of Secretary Cortelyou.