There Are All the Comforts of Home in the Milburn
House for Mr.
and Mrs. M’Kinley
AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF THE ROOM IN WHICH THE
PRESIDENT’S BED IS LOCATED
It Faces Delaware Avenue and Is One of the Pleasantest
Beautiful Milburn Home Affords.
Every Person Approaching or Going into This Room Must Wear
Soft Slippers and Step Quietly.
Most of the Regular Furnishings of Room Have Been Removed—
Necessary Equipment Substituted.
Room Occupied by President Was Formerly Used by Mr. Milburn’s
Sons, George and Devereaux.
The President does not, as is generally
supposed, occupy a room in the back part of the Milburn residence.
He is occupying the room in the northeast corner of the house, directly
facing Delaware Avenue. It is the room usually occupied by Mr. Milburn’s
sons, George and Devereaux Milburn.
It is an airy room, 15x16, with the
high ceiling that was in vogue at the time the place was built,
forty years ago. Much of the furniture which was in the room has
been taken out to make way for the necessary tables and appliances
in a modern sick room. There was an old-fashioned black walnut wardrobe
in the room, which has been the admiration of many of the friends
of the Milburn home. This now is in one of the back rooms of the
The dressers and several small tables
were removed also. The two bedsteads of the Milburn boys were also
taken out to make room for the white iron bedstead on which the
President is now comfortably resting. The bedstead is placed in
a position to keep the patient’s eyes from the shaded window light.
The room is at the present furnished in a most scientific manner.
The floor is hard wood, covered with
a soft rug. A glass table stands near containing all the necessary
dishes and appliances used by the surgeons. A few chairs are scattered
about the room. There is a comfortable easy chair among them. Once
or twice a day it is moved directly in front of the invalid’s bed
in a position facing him. This is for Mrs. McKinley when she makes
her daily visits to her husband’s bedside.
Though loads of flowers are carried
into the home daily as tokens of sympathy from friends and a loving
public, none is allowed in the sick room. This is because flowers
absorb oxygen, and modern medical science demands pure air above
all things for the sick.
In constant attendance with the President
are two United States army nurses, dressed in the regulation suit
of white trousers and coat. Outside the door in the hallway sits
a woman nurse.
Though the President takes no solid
food, an ice box is placed in a small room directly outside the
one occupied by him. This contains whatever might be needed in case
of emergency. Another ice box, containing surgical instruments,
stands in the hall.
Every person in the household who
enters the room wears soft slippers. The doctors or any friends
who are allowed entrance in the room first remove their shoes and
place soft-soled slippers on their feet.
Mrs. McKinley’s room is directly opposite
her husband’s. It faces south, overlooking the Glenny residence.
It has a large bay window.
AN ANCIENT HOME.
The Milburn residence is one of the
oldest homes in that part of the city. It was built nearly forty
years ago by Mr. Vaughn, when Ferry Street and that part of Delaware
Avenue were practically Buffalo’s suburbs. It was the Meldrum homestead
before Mr. Milburn bought it, about sixteen years ago. It has undergone
many changes. It is constantly being remodeled. Today it is one
of the finest residences in the land.
Every person who enters the Milburn
house is requested not to gossip, as great efforts are made to have
all the news given out officially.