Saw Crush at Capitol
David Taylor Ivins Was Witness of Scenes at Washington
of President McKinley.
David Taylor Ivins of this city was
an eye witness [sic] to the crush in front of the Capitol yesterday
when the doors were thrown open to those desirous of viewing the
remains of the late President.
The crowd to a man seemed to understand
fully that some one [sic] would not [see?] the late executive and
each determined that fate should not be against him. Six hours only
were allowed for the silent reverence to the dead, and 200,000 people
were determined to pass in at the head of the line.
The police were swept from their feet.
Men rushed pell mell ahead, women were trampled under foot, some
losing their children, many being torn and bruised.
Twenty women were counted cut and
bleeding, one was almost naked, two were distractedly seeking children.
The steps of the Capitol were littered with jewelry and ornaments.
The wonder is no one was fatally or seriously ill ,though [sic]
a dozen at least were taken to Providence Hospital.
The rule of single file observed in
viewing the remains, together with not enough police to keep back
those constantly pressing forward from behind was responsible for
this mar on the funeral.
The prompt action of Chief of Police
Sylvester in despatching [sic] twenty-five mounted policemen to
the danger point saved the killing and maiming of many in the crowd.