President McKinley Is Dead
Yesterday afternoon about 4 o’clock
the British Steamer Hating came up the channel with her flags at
half-mast. Judge Bach immediately telephoned over to the central
office in Juneau for news of the President and an anxious crowd
of citizens waited for the reply. In a few minutes the word came
that death had relieved the sufferings of the nation’s chief executive
at 2:30 o’clock on the morning of the 14th inst.
Judge Bach brought out his grand old
flag, that has waved over the city on so many joyous occasions and
sadly raised it to half-mast. The news, posted on bulletin boards,
spread rapidly,and [sic] the grief of the nation was shared by the
loyal people of Douglas Island.
William McKinley was born at Niles,
Trumbull County, Ohio, January 29th, 1843, of Scotch-Irish ancestry.
His father William McKinley was an iron manufacturer. His mother’s
maiden name was Nancy C. Allison. He was not a graduate of any college,
although the degree of B. A. was conferred upon him by Williams
college [sic]. He engaged in the practice of law in early life,
which profession he still followed when elected to the presidency
in 1896. He was married in 1871 to Miss Ida Saxton who survives
It is the opinion of many that William
McKinley as president of the United States has displayed more of
the ability of a statesman than any president since the days of
Abraham Lincoln. Be that as it may, yet, it is a fact that today
the nation mourns not only for the loss of it’s [sic] chief executive,
but for the loss of William McKinley, the man and statesman.
For the third time in the history
of our country, the nation is wrapped in sorrow for the loss of
a president at the hand of an assassin. Just twenty years ago (tomorrow)
James A. Garfield died at Long Branch, N. J., from the effects of
an assassin’s bullet, and sixteen years prior to that Abraham Lincoln
lay in the sleep of death from the same cause. What a fearful commentary
on a people, blessed with a most wonderfully productive country
and a height of freedom perhaps never hitherto attained in any land.