How Brother Heard the News
Dramatic Story of Storm Which Broke in Colorado
When Abner McKinley Received Telegram.
Denver, Colo., Sept. 7.—A dramatic
story of the circumstances attending the reception by Abner McKinley
and family in Platte Cańon yesterday of the news of the attempted
assassination of the President was told today by C. F. Meek, a railway
“As the telegram was handed to me,”
said Mr. Meek, “there was a terrible flash of lightning, followed
directly by a crash that shook the granite mountains. I glanced
at the contents of the telegram, staggered into the car, and called
Abner McKinley to one side.
“Between the crashes of heaven’s artillery
I read the message. Mr. McKinley put his hand to his head and staggered.
With each step almost there was a terrific crash from above. We
called the rest of the party together and plainly told them the
“At first we were speechless—tearless.
“Then came the torrent. From above
broke forth the most astounding masses of water, great sheets of
it. The heavens wept with us.
“Then there was a rainbow the like
of which few men have ever seen. It was an arch of crimson and gold
that rivaled a noonday sun. Mrs. McKinley looked at it a moment
in mute astonishment. ‘It is the sign from God that he will let
our brother live,’ was her remark as she fell upon her knees.
“With tears streaming down our faces
we did likewise, and the prayer that went up certainly must have
reached the Father above, for the rainbow grew wider and brighter
as we prayed and suddenly flared up as if assenting to our supplications.”