Source: Buffalo Evening Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Chief Wilkie on M’Kinley’s Death”
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 20 March 1909
Volume number: 50
Issue number: 157
|“Chief Wilkie on M’Kinley’s Death.” Buffalo Evening Times 20 Mar. 1909 v50n157: p. 1.|
|John E. Wilkie; John E. Wilkie (public statements); McKinley assassination (government response); James B. Parker (dispute over role in assassination); George F. Foster; Secret Service; presidents (protection).|
|George B. Cortelyou; Leon Czolgosz; George F. Foster; William McKinley; John E. Wilkie.|
Chief Wilkie on M’Kinley’s Death
Head of Secret Service Says Death Was Unnecessary and That Reception
Should Never Have Been Held.
Chief Wilkie, head of the United
States Secret Service, quiet and unassuming but keen-eyed and observant, who
delivers an address at the Saturn Club tonight, arrived in Buffalo this morning
and registered at the Lafayette Hotel. He had little to say about his department
but in referring to the assassination of President McKinley declared that distressing
event was entirely unnecessary.
“The reception,” he continued, [“]should never have been held. It was held against the earnest protest of Foster, McKinley’s personal guard, and Cortelyou. It is always dangerous to hold public receptions when the people can come to the President with bundles in their hands.”
Commenting on the statement of a negro that he had knocked Czolgosz down after the shooting Chief Wilkie said it was not so. “The man he struck was one of our men who had wrenched the gun from the assassin’s hand,” said Chief Wilkie.
“Foster, who was the rPesident’s [sic] personal guard, is now custodian of the department at Washington.
“From that day to this the rPesident [sic] has always been closely guarded. We do not fear the known criminals as much as we do these persons who believe they have been called upon to remove the head of the nation.”