Source: Buffalo Review
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Exposition Dark for First Time”
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 7 September 1901
Volume number: 19
Issue number: 79
|“Exposition Dark for First Time.” Buffalo Review 7 Sept. 1901 v19n79: p. 6.|
|Pan-American Exposition (impact of assassination); McKinley assassination (public response: Buffalo, NY).|
|William I. Buchanan; William McKinley.|
Exposition Dark for First Time
Illumination Dispensed With out of Respect to the President.
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.