Source: Buffalo Review
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “News Caused Riot at Indianapolis”
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 7 September 1901
Volume number: 19
Issue number: 79
|“News Caused Riot at Indianapolis.” Buffalo Review 7 Sept. 1901 v19n79: p. 7.|
|McKinley assassination (public response: Indianapolis, IN); McKinley assassination (sympathizers); lawlessness (mob rule: Indianapolis, IN).|
|Click here to view an editorial written in response to the article below (as it appeared in the New York Sun).|
News Caused Riot at Indianapolis
(Special to THE REVIEW.)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Sept. 6.—The attempted assassination
of President McKinley created the most intense excitement in this city, and
while it was at its height there came very near being mob violence on one of
the principal streets.
The news was being told from mouth to mouth, when someone called out in a loud voice: “President McKinley is shot!” From a nearby crowd someone answered with a strong foreign accent: “Good!” In an instant the excitement was increased to fever heat and the man supposed to have uttered the commendatory words was surrounded and roughly handled, several persons struck him in the face and punched him in the ribs with their fists.
“Hang him, hang him, hang the d—d scoundrel,” came a number of voices in chorus, while the man was protesting that it was not he who used the objectionable word, and all the time the crowd was becoming more excited and more demonstrative. At that instant a policeman rushed into the crowd followed quickly by several others, and the man was led away. He was severely reprimanded by the police, but there were no charges against him and as a case could not be made, he was advised to get off the street as quickly as possible, which he did by darting down an alley and disappearing.
It was afterward said that the man is a Socialist and that he uttered the words although he denied them when he saw the furore it had created. No one in the crowd knew him and his name could not be learned.