Exposition Dark for First Time
Illumination Dispensed With out of Respect to the
Midway, Usually Merry, Was Filled with Gloom and Solitude.
The Pan-American was in deep gloom
last night, the Midway being closed and the wonderful illumination
of the grounds omitted for the first time since the Exposition opened
last May. The illumination was suspended and the Midway shows closed
by order of Director-General Buchanan, immediately after it was
learned that President McKinley had been seriously wounded. The
throngs of people on the grounds hovered about the Temple of Music
with a morbid interest, although it was closed and dark; they wandered
everywhere where they might hear of the President’s condition and
of the anarchist who shot him. In front of the hospital was a throng
of probably 8,000 people who stood with uncovered heads and in respectful
silence, as the executive head of the nation was tenderly borne
out of the exposition hospital.
It was an impressive scene.
The crowds of people drifted from
the grounds and at 11 o’clock last night there were on the grounds
only those whose duties required that they be there.
All the evening and far into the night
the streets down in the city were thronged; people stood in front
of the newspaper offices, the hotels and the telegraph offices,
and eagerly read bulletins which were posted. At 1 o’clock this
morning, there were thousands of persons awaiting news of the condition
of the President.