Clock Dropped from Wall
FALL PRECEDED THE ASSASSINATION OF M’KINLEY.
MECHANISM NOT INJURED
Nevertheless It Stubbornly Refuses to Mark Time, and Hangs Listless
on the Wall.
[Special to The Indianapolis News.]
EVANSVILLE, Ind., February
11.—Two or three hours before the late President McKinley was shot
by an assassin at the Buffalo Exposition, in September last, a large
clock hanging on the wall of the Acme Hotel, of this city fell from
its fastenings. To all appearances the time piece [sic] was not
badly damaged, but since that event it has refused to keep time,
although it has been in the hands of several clock repairers. Persons
superstitiously inclined are now certain that the clock fell from
the wall as an omen of the impending death of the President, and
that its refusal to keep time since then is due solely to that fact.
The clock had been securely fastened to the wall and fell without
warning, and the proprietor remarked at the time that, according
to the superstition, something out of the ordinary would happen.
The news of the assassination of the President was received that
evening and verified the prediction.
The clock was sent to a jeweler for
repair, but an examination revealed no apparent damage to the mechanism,
but the jeweler was unable to coax the wheels and pendulum to respond
to his entreaties. The clock was then sent to other jewelers and
the result always was the same. They can find nothing the matter
with it, but the chronometer simply refuses to work.
The clock, with a history of its peculiar
conduct since the day President McKinley was shot, will probably
be sent to some museum. Those persons who believe in superstition
are rather jubilan[t] over the turn of affairs in connection with
the clock and they declare that it is a verification of their theories
that can not be gainsaid.