Debris Left by the Panic
Front of National Capitol Strewn with Hats, Umbrellas,
and Articles of Clothing.
Washington, D. C., Sept. 18.—The
east front of the Capitol early this morning presented many evidences
of the panic in the crowd which assembled there yesterday before
gaining admission to the rotunda. The ground was strewn with many
articles of wearing apparel. There were hundreds of hats, scores
of umbrellas, handkerchiefs, numberless bows, ribbons, and ties,
and also not a few women’s skirts and other articles of feminine
Believing that pocketbooks, watches,
and other articles of value might have been dropped, the police
searched the grounds as soon as day broke, but they found nothing,
and they are satisfied that other searchers had been there in advance
The articles left had been trodden
over until they were almost unrecognizable. The fire department
was called upon to clean the grounds.
The Chief of Police has directed the
officer who had charge yesterday of the police force at the east
front of the Capitol to make a report upon the occurrence.
The police assert that the army officers
interfered with the details of their plans by ordering away the
mounted members of the force who were stationed in the plaza directly
at the foot of the east steps. Thus, they say, they were rendered
comparatively powerless in controlling the movements of the crowd.