Source: Broome Republican
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Mr. Williams Was There”
City of publication: Binghamton, New York
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: 71
Issue number: 9
|“Mr. Williams Was There.” Broome Republican 14 Sept. 1901 v71n9: p. [3?].
|Fremont F. Williams; McKinley assassination (persons present on exposition grounds); McKinley assassination; McKinley assassination (public response: Buffalo, NY); Pan-American Exposition (impact of assassination).
|Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley; Fremont F. Williams.
|The condition of the newspaper (an online scanned document) is poor, rendering selected letters/words difficult or near-impossible to read. Most difficult of all to read is the concluding sentence of the first paragraph, which is given below as a best guess.
Mr. Williams Was There
Lights Were Put Out While President Was Taken from Pan-Am Grounds.
F. F. Williams of this city witnessed the exciting
scene at the Pan-American at the time of the shooting of the President. A great
crowd was on the grounds and not near all were able to enter the Temple of Music
where the reception was being held. Part waited without until their turn came
to enter the building. Mr. Williams was among those waiting when suddenly a
shot was heard. The people on the outside of the building were not startled
as such noises coming from where the midway shows were frequent [sic].
Suddenly it was whispered about that the President had been shot. While this was being denied by people who could not imagine such a deed the police were soon to rush forward and the awful truth was made certain.
Mr. Williams said that at 8 o’clock the illumination began as usual. The light slowly grew brighter and when it had reached about one-third its usual brilliancy the lights went out entirely and then within a minute the ambulance with President McKinley and physicians came down the driveway guarded by mounted police. Mr. Williams thought it rather a coincidence that President McKinley should be conveyed out through the gateway named after an assassinated President Lincoln. That night the illumination was not as complete as on other nights and many of the buildings were closed.