Story of the Exciting Scene
E. C. DELAVAN THINKS CZOLGOSZ WOULD HAVE BEEN
LYNCHED IF MOB HAD HAD A LEADER.
E. C. Delavan, of this city, returned
Saturday from a trip to northern and and [sic] western New York,
Loui[s]ville and Cleveland. He was at the exposition grounds at
Buffalo when President Mc[K]inley was shot and had [s]een him only
a few minutes before the shooting occurred.
When seen by a Republican reporter,
Mr. Delavan was able to give a very interesting account of the events
immediately following the [assa]ult [as?] they appeared to the onlookers.
“Knowing that the President would
give a public r[e]ception at the Temple of Mu[s]ic, a larger number
of people than usual had [asse]mbled in that [neigh]borhood. They
saw him enter the building and presently those who still remained
outside [h]eard a sound like the crack of a pistol, but which most
of them thought was cau[s]ed by the breaking of a platform or some
“Almost immediately there was a rush
of people out of the doors which [were] immediately closed. A rumor
which found little credence quickly spread about that the President
had been shot. Doubt, however, speedily changed to certainty when
the ambulance from the emergency hospital came at full speed over
to the Temple of Music, surounded [sic] with mounted guards riding
at a gallop, and Mr. McKinley was brought out and placed in it.
As they went away the people could [see?] the President reclining
in the ambulance and a physician bending over him.
“By this time fully 20,000 people
had assembled. Women and children were crying and tears showed in
the eyes and on the cheeks of many a masculine fac[e], while [se]t
jaws, clenched fists, and the twitching of muscles in face and throat
showed the violent emotion of the entire crowd.”
When asked how it happened that the
culprit was not lynched, Mr. Delavan could speak only [as?] to those
outside the buil[d]ing. He said: “There was a rope which had been
[use]d to fence off the crowd from the driveway [s]o that Mr. McKinley’s
carriage could p[ass], and this the crowd secured. Meanwhile the
detectives were hurrying to get their man away before the hitherto
orderly crowd should become an ungovernable mob.
“There was an electric patrol wagon
at the Temple of Mu[s]ic, and this was sent away empty, and the
pri[s]oner was hurried into a closed cab. The a[u]tomobile [st]arted
first and drew away many of the people who thought Czolgosz was
inside, and for a mo[m]ent everybody was in doubt [as?] to where
the prisoner wa[s].
“When the cab start[e]d away, how[eve]r,
an attempt was made to stop it and for a moment it seemed [as?]
if the pri[s]oner would certainly be taken by the mob. Som[e] grabbed
the r[eins]; others caught hol[d] of the wheels; and once it looked
[as?] i[f] the cab would [be] overtur[n]ed, the wh[eels] on one
[side] being lifted off the ground. Just at this juncture the driver
drew his hor[ses] sharply to the right, the crowd on that sid[e]
fell back for an instant and the driver dealt the hor[ses] [seve]ral
blows with a very heavy whip which [he?] carried. The [horses] leaped
forward, guards who had jumped upon the cab drew their revolvers
and kept the crowd at bay and the cab d[ashe]d off the grounds at
A gr[ea]t many guards, policemen and
detectives w[ere] [presen]t, but in spite of that the pri[s]o[ne]r
would have [been] lynched, [so?] thinks Mr. Delavan, if the mob
had had any [leaders]. A[s] it w[as], no one [knew] any [one] [else?],
everybody [was] [excited], all [was] un[cer]tainty and confu[s]ion,
there was no organized action, and in the mi[dst] of the uproar
the [officers] carried away their pri[s]on[er].