Source: Illustrated Buffalo Express
Source type: newspaper
Document type: column
Document title: “Strains of Marimbon”
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 22 September 1901
Volume number: 18
Issue number: 51
|“Strains of Marimbon.” Illustrated Buffalo Express 22 Sept. 1901 v18n51: part 2, p. 14.
|Pan-American Exposition (Streets of Mexico); William McKinley (at Pan-American Exposition).
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
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.