Source: Broome Republican
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Story of the Exciting Scene”
City of publication: Binghamton, New York
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: 71
Issue number: 9
|“Story of the Exciting Scene.” Broome Republican 14 Sept. 1901 v71n9: p. [3?].|
|E. C. Delavan; McKinley assassination (persons present on exposition grounds); E. C. Delavan (public statements); McKinley assassination; McKinley assassination (public response: Buffalo, NY).|
|Leon Czolgosz; E. C. Delavan; William McKinley.|
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. He said:
“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 other structure.
“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 full [spee]d.”
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].