“M’Kinley Still Is President”
So Spoke Theodore Roosevelt to the Officer of His
Canton, O., Sept. 19.—“In the hearts
of those of us who loved him, Wm. McKinley is still President of
the United States. Until he is laid to rest, I wish none of the
Presidential honors to be paid to me.” So spoke President Roosevelt
to the officer of his guard, who had brought his detail to a present
arms as the new President approached. His voice choked with emotion
as he talked and his lips trembled.
It would be hard for the President
to move ten feet without stumbling upon at least one soldier, and
he has not moved a foot on this trip that a secret service officer
has not been at his heels. As soon as he arrived in Canton yesterday
he notified the reception committee that he desired to remain in
comparative seclusion during his stay. So when the body had been
placed in state, he was driven to the Harter home, a brick mansion
resting away back in a shaded grove. He had scarcely entered the
house when a detail of eighty men from the First regiment came up
the street on the double quick. They were deployed, counted off,
and in charge of sergeants and corporals, sent flying in different
directions around the house. In ten minutes four different lines
of sentries were pacing swiftly up and down around the Harter house.
The ugly looking sword bayonette [sic] glistened on the end of their
rifles, and in each man’s belt were twenty business-like ball cartridges.
Outside the soldiers might be noticed
a score or more quiet, inoffensive looking men, who walked carelessly
around mingled with the crowd and appeared to be mere curiosity
seekers, but let anyone at all suspicious in clothes or manner come
near and the quiet citizen began to get busy, and the center of
their attraction seemed to be the suspicious looking man. They were
with Secretary Cortelyou.
In the afternoon Mr. Roosevelt went
for a stroll around the grounds and he went at such a pace that
big secret service officer Foster was well heated trying to keep
pace with him. It was on this stroll that an officer turned out
the guard and Roosevelt objected. The President dined with Secretary
Root and others at 8 p. m., and retired early to be prepared for
the trying ordeal to-day.