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Source: Photographic News
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: 4 October 1901
Volume number: 45
Issue number: 301
Series: new series
Pagination: 626-27

[untitled]. Photographic News 4 Oct. 1901 v45n301 (new series): pp. 626-27.
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McKinley assassination (news coverage).
Named persons
Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley.



     WE learn from an American paper that there is in existence a complete cinetoscope record of the Buffalo crime. During Mr. McKinley’s visit to the Buffalo Exhibition he was pretty constantly within range of the cinematograph, and a series of moving pictures of the President’s doings were taken almost up to the moment of his assassination. It is thought (says the journal in question) that some of these pictures may disclose the presence of Czolgosz’s accomplices. At a private exhibition given a few days ago at the Edison manufactory, when the panorama of the President making his speech was [626][627] shown for the first time, a discovery of much value was made. Among the great press of people, one face and one figure stands out with a startling distinctness. It is Czolgosz, who was then intent upon killing the President. Prints of the films are being made and enlarged for the use of the Secret Service. The first series of pictures shows the entrance upon the platform of Mr. McKinley and the surging of the vast crowd as he begins his address. A man is seen to fight his way desperately towards the platform. Several men in his path turn round angrily, but he gets through, and faces the all-seeing eye of the camera, which shows him to be Czolgosz. Only for a fraction of a second does he stand still; then again he begins to move forward. The cinetoscope pictures his movements exactly as he makes his way to the very foot of the stand. Again he turns his face towards the machine. This time he looks wild and excited; his Derby hat is pulled down over his eyes, but as he raises his head he can be easily distinguished. For some seconds he gazes about the crowd in search of someone, or awaiting a signal. He is now within a few feet of the President, and could readily have shot him. Thousands of other persons are in the pictures, but, unfortunately, most of them have their backs turned to the camera. The dress and features of many who turned just as Czolgosz did are accurately caught, and their faces are shown in the picture. The pictures end as the President closes his speech, and Czolgosz is lost. The pictures of the President on the day he was shot showed many thousands constantly crowding about him or following him from place to place. The faces are almost all discernible, and if there are any Anarchists known to the police among them they will be recognised. These films will, perhaps, soon be on exhibition in London, when we hope to see them, but until we do, we we [sic] shall take the above news—like we take similar items from the American press—with a grain of sodium chloride.



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