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Source: Indianapolis News
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Clock Dropped from Wall”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date of publication: 11 February 1902
Volume number: 33
Issue number: 57
Pagination: 2

“Clock Dropped from Wall.” Indianapolis News 11 Feb. 1902 v33n57: p. 2.
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McKinley assassination (predictions).
Named persons
William McKinley.


Clock Dropped from Wall


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 jubilant 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.



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