Publication information

Source: Illustrated London News
Source type: magazine
Document type: article
Document title: “The Attempt Upon President McKinley’s Life”
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: 119
Issue number: 3256
Pagination: 372

“The Attempt Upon President McKinley’s Life.” Illustrated London News 14 Sept. 1901 v119n3256: p. 372.
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McKinley assassination.
Named persons
Leon Czolgosz; Ida McKinley; William McKinley.
The article below appears in a regular feature of this magazine titled “Our Illustrations,” a section given over to providing textual introductions to photographs in the publication. This specific article introduces a three-page photographic layout (pp. 383-85) titled “The Attempted Assassination of President McKinley.”

The Attempt Upon President McKinley’s Life

World-wide consternation has been caused by the news that on Sept. 6, in the Temple of Music at the Buffalo Exposition, a dastardly attempt had been made to assassinate President McKinley. The President had just attended an organ recital, and was, according to the custom of the highest official of the American Union, holding one of his informal receptions to which all comers are welcome. Mr. McKinley had just shaken hands with a little child, and the next to press forward was a man with his left hand bandaged. The President turned towards him with an air of interest and shook hands. At that moment the miscreant, who held a revolver beneath the supposed bandage, fired twice at Mr. McKinley. A scene of the wildest commotion ensued. The secret police and attendants hurled themselves upon the assailant and bore him to the ground, where he was roughly handled by the populace. The President walked to a chair, and though evidently suffering, gave directions that Mrs. McKinley should not be alarmed, and that the would-be assassin should not be harmed by the mob. Mr. McKinley was then conveyed to the hospital, where one of the bullets was extracted. The other shot could not be reached, so the surgeons cleansed and closed the wound, and the patient rallied so satisfactorily that good hopes are entertained of his recovery. The assassin, who was conveyed to prison with the utmost difficulty, as the populace endeavoured to lynch him, proved to be of Polish extraction, and gave the name of Czolgosz. He called himself an Anarchist, but that fraternity denies all knowledge of him.