Source: Buffalo Evening Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Excitement at Porter Avenue”
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 5 September 1901
Volume number: 35
Issue number: 152
|“Excitement at Porter Avenue.” Buffalo Evening Times 5 Sept. 1901 v35n152: p. 8.|
|William McKinley (arrival at Pan-American Exposition: 4 Sept. 1901: public response); William McKinley (other assaults upon: false alarms).|
|The condition of this newspaper on microfilm is poor, rendering selected words unreadable. The omission of such words is indicated below by a bracketed question mark.|
Excitement at Porter Avenue
Broken Windows in the President’s Train Caused a Foolish Man
“Anarchists!” and a Panic Was Narrowly Averted.
Good, level headed people prevented
what might have been a riot at the foot of Porter Avenue late yesterday afternoon.
The President’s train just passed. To some, the broken windows of the first
car suggested a plot to dynamite the train with the Chief Executive and his
loved wife. Carriages were in waiting for the members of the Washington party.
Fully 3,000 persons had gathered in expectation of seeing the President. They
knew that in such times something might happen—anarchists are abroad in the
“Tried to wreck it!” came from the lips of one man.
A swarthy man stood near. He was [?]dered one of the reds. Three men [?]d toward him. He understood. [?] [?]ok the defensive. Twenty more [?] the men on the offensive.
“Nothing wrong, gentlemen. Dynamite could not have done it. Don’t you see that only the windows are broken? Wood splinters, broken wheel, stopping of the train for safety’s sake would have indicated an attempt at wrecking.”
This short talk came from a man in evening dress. He evidently had just alighted from one of the carriages. His good sense caught the fancy of the crowd at once. He was the man of the hour—the being in the right place at the right time. He declined to give his name.
By the time the train bearing the President’s party must have been at Ferry Street, but had the President heard the cheers he would have known that, deep-seated in the hearts of his countrymen, was something that made that crowd at the foot of Porter Avenue thankful that his coming to the Pan-American City had not been marked by any unseemly [attempt?].