Source: Buffalo Evening News
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Temple of Music Will Reopen Tomorrow”
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 7 September 1901
Volume number: 42
Issue number: 127
|“Temple of Music Will Reopen Tomorrow.” Buffalo Evening News 7 Sept. 1901 v42n127: p. 8.|
|McKinley assassination (investigation); McKinley assassination (crime scene); Temple of Music.|
|Robert Cherry; Charles J. Close; Leon Czolgosz; Samuel J. Fields [misspelled below]; Frederick Haller; James B. Parker.|
Temple of Music Will Reopen Tomorrow
Today Its Interior Is Arranged As It Was When the President
ALL TRACES OF SHOOTING WILL BE REMOVED.
Assistant District Attorney Haller Taking Photographs and Measurements for Official Use.
Every door of the Temple of Music was closed
to visitors today. Tomorrow, however, it will be opened once more. But the morbidly
curious who go there to see the blood stains on the floor that mark the place
where assassination struck down the President, will be disappointed. By nightfall
every trace will be erased and the location be obliterated by chairs. This will
be done to prevent crowds from infesting the spot.
This morning everything was in the same condition as when yesterday’s tragedy was enacted there. A row of chairs stretched in an arc from the southeastern to the southwestern door. The other chairs formed a similar hedge on the other side of the six-foot aisle.
The chairs were draped with purple. About one-third of the length of the aisle from the southwestern door, which was used for the entrance at yesterday’s ill-fated reception, was a throne-shaped screen of flags, about seven feet high. This was flanked with palms, ferns and two bay trees in tubs. It was directly before this that the President stood when the miscreant messenger of anarchy shot him down.
About six feet to the right of this, and almost in the center of the aisle, was a dark splotch of blood. This flowed from the nose of the would-be assassin when he was knocked down by the blow of the fist of the negro, James B. Parker.
Assistant District Attorney Haller was busy in the Temple all the morning taking photographs and measurements of the place for use in the coming trial of the Anarchist Czolgosz. He was assisted by Chief Engineer Field, Charles J. Close, Superintendent of Building, and Robert Cherry, Superintendent of Transportation at the Exposition.