’Twas Sad End to Happy Day
President Took Trip to Niagara Falls in Gay Mood
the Sights with Keenest Pleasure.
The misfortune to President McKinley
came as a sad end to a happy day. In company with Mrs. McKinley
and members of the diplomatic corps he visited Niagara Falls, leaving
the Terminal Station on a special train at 9 a. m.
Throughout the morning the President
appeared in an unusually happy mood. At the Falls he visited all
points of interest and walked from his carriage to various places
in company with Mr. Milburn and Mr. Buchanan.
The trip was made to Lewiston, thence
down the Gorge route to the Falls. At the Falls Mrs. McKinley expressed
the wish that she be taken to the International Hotel, there to
rest while the President went with the party.
EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD HUMOR.
It was observed by those with him
that the President was in an exceptionally good humor. He expressed
his thoughts freely on the beauty of the Falls, this being his first
visit since the G. A. R. encampment held here.
At the Niagara Falls Power Company’s
plant, where he was greeted by the ringing of bells and the blowing
of whistles, the President alighted from his carriage, smoking a
cigar. He was deeply interested in the project of utilizing the
energy of the cataract. He did not neglect to observe, however,
that none of the beauty of the Falls should be lost by the scheme.
In starting for the Falls President
McKinley was up and on his way to the Terminal Station before the
crowds had gathered. In company with him were the party which came
on the Presidential train from Canton—Secretary Wilson, the local
committees, officials of the Exposition and members of the diplomatic
corps. The train left the depot promptly at 9 o’clock. It reached
Lewiston at 10:05 o’clock. Many country people were at the station
to greet him. Three trolley cars were ready to carry the party up
the Gorge. The President and Mrs. McKinley occupied the first car.
Throughout the trip the President chatted freely, giving evidence
that he had determined to enjoy his vacation as much as possible.
MRS. M’KINLEY STOPS AT HOTEL.
After the party had driven through
the streets of Niagara Falls, Mrs. McKinley decided not to continue
over Goat Island, and accordingly she was taken to the hotel.
President McKinley alighted three
times on the island in order to obtain a good view of the cataract.
The start to return to Buffalo in
order that the Temple of Music reception might not be delayed was
made at 2:45 p. m. The train reached the Terminal Station shortly
after 3:30 p. m., when the President alighted and prepared for the