Was Eye Witness to Tragedy
Indianapolis Man Talks of Awful Scene in Exposition
Sept. 18.—Edward P. Clancy of this city was an eye witness of the
assassin’s attack upon the president.
“I had just shaken hands with President
McKinley,” said Mr. Clancy to-day, “and was passing on in the line
on my way out when I heard a shot. I hard [sic] only one
shot. I was not over twenty feet away from the president. I turned
at the shot. The first thing that caught my attention was the expression
on the president’s face. It was drawn and he looked as though he
we [sic] about to faint. His left hand was on his breast
over his heart. At the same instant a man at the left of the president
struck the assassin directly under the chin, apparently in the neck,
and the assassin fell.
“I am certain the man who struck this
blow was a white man. I saw a negro who was very busy, but I believe
the man who struck the blow that felled the assassin was a white
man, though it was a very confusing scene, a great mass of moving
heads and arms of the persons surrounding the president.
“When the assassin dropped it seemed
to me that [a] half dozen men fell on him. I next saw two men placing
their arms at the president’s back and apparently assisting him
to a chair. The people became so panic-stricken I with others was
crowded out. I dropped out of a low window, about eight feet from
the ground. As I was getting out they were raising up the assassin.
He was covered with blood and I thought he was dead.”