The Hero of Buffalo
J. B. Parker, a Waiter for the Bailey Catering Company
at the Exposition,
Saves the Life of President McKinley.
New York, September
9.—J. B. Parker, the negro waiter who prevented the anarchist from
firing a third shot into President McKinley’s body, is said by his
associates in New York to be as fearless as he is strong, and as
modest as he is fearless.
Parker, who lives when in New York
at 450 Sixth avenue, is popular, but is feared because of his tremendous
strength. The strangle hold, the one he tried on the anarchist with
such success, is known to few men outside professional wrestlers,
but it is known to Parker, who learned it when he lived in Georgia.
Parker was recommended for a place
in the Atlanta postoffice during McKinley’s first term. He passed
his civil service examination and obtained a place as a letter carrier.
He was obliging and courteous and made many friends during his four
years’ service. He resigned his place, not because of any dissatisfaction
with him, but because he was ambitious to become more than a letter
It was during the Charleston earthquake
that Parker’s strangle hold came in good stead. When the robbery
of the dead and the looting of wrecked houses began, he went from
Atlanta and offered his services as a policeman in Charleston. The
negroes were giving the most trouble, and Parker, with his tremendous
size and strength, wrenched the neck of more than one thief. He
was more feared than any other man who had helped to guard the stricken
When Parker came to New York he had
no friends, but had saved his money, and being a man of excellent
habits, he soon found good employment. He is said to be much better
off in a financial way than the average negro. A story illustrating
Parker’s influence among other negroes is told by his associates.
During the race riots in New York
in the summer of 1900, it was dangerous for a negro to venture out
on the west side of the city, between Twenty third and Forty second
streets. The negroes were panic stricken and many were ready to
commit violence. Parker advised the negroes to keep cool and to
stay off the street, and above all things keep out of rows. His
advice is said to have been followed by many men. Parker is a factor
in Republican politics in his district.