Strains of Marimbon [excerpt]
Many and varied as are
the attractions of the Streets of Mexico on the North Midway one
feature in particular is of more than special interest now, as a
consequence of its connection with the incident subsequent to the
assassination of President McKinley in the Temple of Music two weeks
ago last Friday. The feature referred to is the Marimbon quartette.
The quartette is composed of Mexican Indians who come from a section
of the republic close to the southern boundary or Guatemalan line.
The Indians play the strange native instrument called the Marimbon
and since the opening of the Streets [?] have been one of the unique
and popular attractions of the concession.
On the day the President was shot
the Marimbon quartette appeared at the Mission building near the
Stadium which the President visited on his way to the Temple of
Music where he was shot a few minutes later. The music of the Marimbon
was the last the President heard, excepting that of the big Temple
organ which was playing at the time of the reception. President
McKinley, unconscious of coming danger, expressed enjoyment at the
performance of the Marimbon men and then departed for the place
where he received his fatal wound.