Celebrate Recovery with Special Day
Exposition to Be the Scene of National Demonstration—Plans
Now Being Considered by Director Buchanan.
Out of national gloom, caused by
the attempted assassination of President McKinley, is to come an
occasion for national thanksgiving. Buffalo is to be the center,
and the Pan-American Exposition the climax of it.
Director-General William I. Buchanan
made the formal announcement yesterday that plans are under way
for a national demonstration, patriotic, reverential, as a thanksgiving
so that all of the people of the United States and the whole world
can simultaneously rejoice. Orators, statesmen, divines and public-spirited
men from every state in the Union are to be invited to participate.
Arrangements are to be perfected so
that at a certain hour of the day set apart, a click of the telegraph
wire will set the whole country ringing and reverberating with bells,
whistles and the shouts of people. In sentiment and in fact the
noise will sound the death knell of anarchy.
It will not merely be a happy day
for this country, but for the people of all countries. South American
republics will be particularly prominent in the festivity and the
effect will reach Europe.
Of course the plans are tentative
and conditional upon President McKinley’s recovery. President McKinley
himself has expressed the desire that the Exposition keep up its
spirit and prosper. It was the outgrowth of this wish that a special
day for national rejoicing be set apart, and made the greatest in
the Exposition’s history.
The exact time for the celebration
has not yet definitely been decided upon, but Director-General Buchanan
says it will be between now and the 25th of this month. The subject
came under the attention of the Exposition directors yesterday.
It was at once decided that the plan would be the best to prevent
any possible apathy that might result and go broadcast over the
country, because of the misfortune of last Friday. So unanimous
and enthusiastic were the officials over the idea that Mr. Buchanan
made the announcement without hesitation.
The only reserve he made was that
the plan is still nebulous, though full of possibilities. The purpose
is to utilize all of the possibilities. Everywhere, in every city
and village in the country, the people are filled with suppressed
emotion, which only waits for the signal to cause it to burst forth
in common patriotism. Thanksgiving and patriotism will be the keynote
of the occasion. In all probability the day will be known as President
McKinley’s Day. Though the President himself will not be able to
be there, the glad news will be carried to his bedside.
Buffalo and the Pan-American Exposition
will be the Mecca toward which the people will be drawn, simply
because at this time the city is the most convenient place for such
an event and because now the eyes of the world are turned upon the
“The day we now hope to have,” said
Director-General Buchanan, “will be greater than any that has gone
before or that is to come. We want to make it a tribute worthy of
the President of the United States, to show the world our love for
our country, and to thank God.
“That President McKinley will recover
and thus give us this cause for national happiness we have the greatest
hopes. While we have still to await the news that he is beyond all
danger, yet the reports given us by the physicians are the most
“The great day will come before September
25th. The suggestion has been considered not only by myself, but
by others, and is pronounced a good one. The event will serve to
dissipate any possible odium that might be thrown upon the Pan-American
Exposition, and will raise it from a landmark of gloom to a symbol
No Details Yet.
“As I have said the details of the
occasion have not yet been gone over. Noted divines and orators,
men whose voices shall serve as the voice of the people, will be
asked to come. There is no doubt but that they will be only too
glad to come. Besides the speaking there will probably be a great
musical festival and other features.
“The fact that I make this announcement
is sufficient to assure the public of our confidence that the President
If the day most remote within the
time limit of September 25th, as suggested by Mr. Buchanan, is selected,
at least two weeks yet remain in which to make preparations and
spread the news over the country. Within the next few days the character
of the features of the day will be discussed, and by that time it
will be decided just at what time the active publicity work ought
to begin. Following this, invitations to various states will be
sent out, and each state will be asked to make as much effort as
if the day were exclusively its own. In this way the occasion will
be a composite of state days.
Continue to Grow.
To the people of Buffalo and to those
concerned in the success of the Exposition the setting apart of
a day in honor to President McKinley, showing at the same time sympathy
and gratitude, will mean much. As soon as the shocking news of last
Friday flashed through the city the first impulse of the people
was to show some demonstration of resentment that such a diabolical
plot could have been brought to a consummation here. At the same
time the officials of the Exposition received the blow as one that
they might never overcome. Gloom hovered over the Exposition, and
has begun to lift now only at the bright hope entertained for the
Mr. Buchanan believes that from now
on the Exposition will continue to grow. No fixed events scheduled
for the future will be changed, and much gratification is felt over
the fact that no states or organizations have asked that their plans
be abandoned. In fact, the condition is the reverse. Applications
for special days are being received constantly.