Placid Face of McKinley Seen the Last Time in Washington.
Washington, Sept. 17.—After the funeral
services almost 20 minutes was required to clear the rotunda sufficiently
to permit the opening of the doors for the admission of the general
public. Most of the flowers were removed from the casket. The lid
was lifted from over the face and at 11:53 the people began to file
by, coming into the building at the east door and passing out through
the west door. The people passed on both sides of the casket. No
one was allowed more than a hurried glance.
The people came in double file, one
line passing to the right and the other to the left of the casket.
This was continued until the casket was closed at 6:30 o’clock.
Whenever there was an attempt to linger, especially over the casket,
as there was in many instances, the person making it was admonished
by the capitol police to “pass on.” In this way about 130 people
were enabled to view the remains every minute. The crowd consisted
of men, women and children, and all colors and ages were represented.
Many children were carried through
the building in the arms of their parents. As the body of the dead
president lay in state, it was guarded by representatives of all
branches of the national martial service, and besides sentries at
the head, foot and sides of the coffin, artillerymen, seamen and
marines formed a lane through which the people passed.
According to the previously arranged
program the remains were escorted from the capitol to the Pennsylvania
depot by the same martial forces which acted as escort from the
White House to the capitol, the funeral party boarded the special
train and at 8 o’clock departed for Canton.