Mrs. McKinley as a Widow
A YEAR’S widowhood finds Mrs. William McKinley at Canton in better
health than before. At the time of the tragedy at Buffalo she had
entirely recovered from the effects of her sickness in California
the previous spring, and the President was looking forward, according
to the correspondent of the New York Sun, to her taking a more active
part in the social life of Washington. Then came the blow that almost
crushed her. Her improved physical condition enabled her to survive
the trying ordeal, and although her grief is as keen as ever, she
is now better able to control her emotions. She occupies the old
home, the one where she and her husband began their married life;
where their children were born and taken from them; the home which
had grown from a modest little cottage to a commodious, but not
conspicuous, home in anticipation of their retirement to private
A feature of her widowhood is that
she never enters the house of any of her old friends or relatives.
Even the request of her sister, who now occupies the old Saxton
home, has been denied, as she fears to revive old memories.
In her business affairs she takes
an earnest interest, going into details and endeavoring to have
them executed as her late husband would have directed.
In her daily life there is scarcely
any variety. At 10:30 o’clock the carriage, an ordinary surrey,
such as the President used, is ordered, and Mrs. McKinley and whoever
may be with her at the time enter and are driven direct to the cemetery,
where the President’s vault is guarded by a detachment of troops.
Mrs. McKinley and her companions enter
the vault and arrange the flowers that are always kept upon and
around the casket, adding some fresh ones nearly every day. They
then drive through the cemetery to the McKinley family lot. Only
on a very few days during the entire year has this program not been