Source: Milwaukee Sentinel
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Was Eye Witness to Tragedy”
City of publication: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date of publication: 19 September 1901
Volume number: none
Issue number: 23693
|“Was Eye Witness to Tragedy.” Milwaukee Sentinel 19 Sept. 1901 n23693: p. 2.|
|McKinley assassination (eyewitness accounts: Edward P. Clancy); Edward P. Clancy (public statements); McKinley assassination (eyewitnesses).|
|Edward P. Clancy; William McKinley.|
Was Eye Witness to Tragedy
Indianapolis Man Talks of Awful Scene in Exposition Building.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Sept. 18.—Edward
P. Clancy of this city was an eye witness of the assassin’s attack upon the
“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.”