Source: Daily True American
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Saw Crush at Capitol”
City of publication: Trenton, New Jersey
Date of publication: 18 September 1901
Volume number: 66
Issue number: 221
|“Saw Crush at Capitol.” Daily True American 18 Sept. 1901 v66n221: p. 2.|
|David Taylor Ivins; McKinley funeral services (Washington, DC: panic).|
|David Taylor Ivins; William McKinley; Richard Sylvester.|
Saw Crush at Capitol
David Taylor Ivins Was Witness of Scenes at Washington Funeral
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.