May Postpone Yacht Races
International Event Probably Will Be Delayed by
Death of President—
Lipton Expresses Grief.
New York, Sept. 13.—[Special.]—The
probability of President McKinley’s death started some discussion
as to whether the yacht races would be sailed this season or postponed
until next year.
This is a matter that will have to
be settled by the representatives of the challengers and the challenged,
the Royal Ulster Yacht club and the New York Yacht club. The first
race has been set for next Saturday, according to the agreement
between the two parties, and a change in this agreement can only
be made mutually.
No one representing either club would
discuss the question officially today, every one declaring that
it was too painful a subject to be considered until it was necessary.
It is probable that the races will be postponed for two weeks, or
until after the funeral, but not for a long time.
Sir Thomas Lipton received a telegram
from Buffalo shortly after 10 o’clock this morning telling him of
the change for the worse in the condition of President McKinley.
When seen shortly afterward he said:
“This news is bad, and I am too much
worried to think of yachting. To have such a man as President McKinley
die would be awful. He is a great and good man, and as President
of this great country was a great influence for peace in the world.”