Colored Hero in Town
James R. Parker Complains That Things Are Too Easy
for Him in This Hard World.
James R. Parker, the negro who first
grappled with the assassin of the late President McKinley at the
Temple of Music, at Buffalo, was in this city this morning, on his
way to Pittsburg [sic], where he will lecture before an audience
composed of negro veterans of the civil war, who are holding a convention
in that city. While here Parker was surrounded by a little group
of people at Union station and they listened to his story of the
shooting with no little interest.
Parker is a man over six feet in height
with huge shoulders and muscles as hard as wood. He said he was
directly behind the assassin when the two fatal shots were fired
and that he grappled with him and they both fell heavily to the
floor. The excitement was intense and it was with difficulty that
the assassin was saved for the legal execution that awaits him in
the near future.
Speaking of himself, Parker said that
since the public attention has been directed toward him he has had
little difficulty in securing a livelihood. In fact he says that
his difficulty now is to keep from accepting all sorts of positions
that are offered to him. “Why, when I started away from Buffalo,
where I now have temporary quarters at No. 117 Clinton street [sic],
I was beseeched by a number of people who wanted me to accept offers
to deliver several lectures in various parts of the country.” Parker
is from Atlanta, Ga., but will likely locate in Buffalo.