Striking Likeness in Wooden Floor Where M’Kinley
Remarkable Phenomenon Discovered by Ohio Men in
Temple of Music
Within Inclosure Marking the Spot Where the Late President Fell.
A remarkable discovery was made in
the Temple of Music yesterday which almost startled those who made
it. In the grain of the wood flooring, almost in the exact spot
where President McKinley stood when stricken down by the bullet
of an assassin, was found to be portrayed a splendid likeness of
the martyred President.
The profile is by no means perfect,
but when once seen it seems to develop, and if the observer looks
carefully all of the prominent features of William McKinley are
discernible. The likeness was at first thought to be the trick of
someone, but repeated study of the grain of the wood has convinced
those who have seen it that it is genuine.
The likeness lies within the railing
placed around the spot where the President fell. It is the size
of an ordinary cabinet photograph and is located about two feet
west of the nail driven in the floor to designate the exact place
where he stood when shot.
In the likeness the high forehead
and Napoleonic nose of President McKinley are the most prominent
features. The lights and shadows of the building have something
to do with the picture and these tend to bring out in relief the
strong, determined chin. The President’s heavy, overhanging eyebrows
are also plainly visible to the observer.
The casual visitor in the Temple,
perhaps, would not notice the likeness. In fact, it is really hard
to find. It is necessary to stand in a certain position in order
to obtain the advantage of the light and shadows.
DISCOVERED BY ACCIDENT.
The finding of the likeness was an
accident. The discovery was made by a man from Massillion [sic],
O., who had been a major in the Civil War, and who on various occasions
had visited the President at Canton. The discovery was made known
to Jerome Bayliss, also of Massillion [sic]. Mr. Bayliss
made an investigation and called several bystanders’ attention to
“If the discovery had been made under
similar circumstances in the middle ages,” said Mr. Bayliss, “it
would have led to superstitious beliefs. The Temple would have immediately
been made a shrine. I have seen several likenesses in the natural
grain of wood, but never have I seen anything so perfect as this.”