Publication information

Arizona Silver Belt
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Tumultuous Excitement”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Globe, Arizona Territory
Date of publication: 19 September 1901
Volume number: 24
Issue number: 23
Pagination: 6

“Tumultuous Excitement.” Arizona Silver Belt 19 Sept. 1901 v24n23: p. 6.
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J. W. Ransom; McKinley assassination (eyewitnesses); McKinley assassination (public response: Buffalo, NY); Pan-American Exposition (personal response).
Named persons
William McKinley; J. W. Ransom.

Tumultuous Excitement


J. W. Ransom, Returning from Buffalo, Tells about Shooting of the President.

     An interesting visitor to the city just now is J. W. Ransom, of Globe, Ariz., who is stopping of[f] here on his way home from the Buffalo exposition. Mr. Ransom was in the Temple of Music at the exposition grou[n]ds last Friday when President McK[i]nley, was shot, and had shaken hands with the president but a few minutes before the shooting occurred, but did not, as was stated by an evening paper, witness the assas[s]ination. He was quite clos[e] to the president, however, at the tim[e], and gives [a] vivid de[s]cription of the tumultuous [s]cene[s] the a[ssa]ult preci[p]itated in the great building, where men, women and children were thrown into the wilde[s]t excitement for a time. Mr. Ransom says [i]t is impossible to describe the scene that followed th[e] shooting of [t]he president, and that within thirty minutes [a]fter the occurrence everything was clo[se]d in the exposition. That night, he says, the exposition grounds, which before had b[e]en lighted with brilliance and magnificence never [se]en before, were dark and [s]ilent, an[d] that throughout the city thou[s]ands of people were surging thi[s] way and that in [s]earch of new[s] of [t]he fate that had overt[a]ken the na[t]ion’s president, and praying for his recovery.
     Mr. Ransom says that while not the equal of the world’s f[a]ir at Chicago in many ways, the Buffalo fair is a finished [s]ucce[s]s, and in some respect[s] surpa[ss]es the Columbian expo[s]ition, notably in the el[e]ctri[ca]l display, which he declares a marvel of mag[n]ificence. He deprecates the fact [t]hat neither thi[s] [s]tate, New Mexico nor Arizon[a] i[s] at all adequ[a]t[e]ly repr[e]sented at the exposition. The Mexican gover[n]ment, he say[s], has adverti[se]d to the world in a manner unapproach[e]d by any other the wonderful r[es]our[ces] of the [s]outher[n] republic, and d[ese]rv[e]s great credit for what it ha[s] accompl[is]hed in thi[s] way. The exhibits from the South Am[erican] republic[s], he [sa]y[s], are also [a] credit [t]o those countrie[s]. They hav[e], for the most part, [fine?] bu[i]ld[i]ng[s], and [seem] to have [spared] no pain[s] in di[s]playing th[ei]r [a]chi[e]vements to advantage. Mr. Ran[s]om [s]ay[s] he will not [fail] to vi[si]t the expo[s]i[t]ion [a]t St. Loui[s] [i]n [1903]. He finds much to interest him in world’s fairs and ha[s] decided th[a]t he can not afford to miss one of them. H[e] i[s] a pioneer [r]esident of Globe, Ariz [sic], having gone there tw[e]nty-two y[ea]r[s] ago, when the country about th[a]t [place] wa[s] nothing [b]ut a wildern[ess], and [s]tayed with it until it ha[s] grown to a rich mineral and grazing [se]ction, hardly [se]co[n]d to any in [t]he [s]outhwe[s]t. He ha[s] s[e]en Globe grow from practically nothing to a town of 3,500 [p]opula[ti]on, and is conten[t] to remain there the rest of hi[s] days.—El Pa[s]o Time[s].