Source: Minneapolis Journal
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Fell Like a Pall”
City of publication: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of publication: 9 September 1901
Volume number: none
Issue number: none
|“Fell Like a Pall.” Minneapolis Journal 9 Sept. 1901: p. 7.|
|Pan-American Exposition (impact of assassination); Charles T. Thompson; McKinley assassination (persons present on exposition grounds); Charles T. Thompson (public statements); McKinley assassination (public response: Buffalo, NY); William McKinley (death: false reports).|
|William McKinley; Charles T. Thompson.|
Fell Like a Pall
News of the President’s Shooting on Pan-Am. Expo Crowd.
GROUNDS QUICKLY DESERTED
C. T. Thompson, Who Was on the Grounds, Tells What He Saw.
The spectacle of a city of 75,000
souls deserted within two hours was presented at Buffalo, following the attack
upon President McKinley, Friday afternoon. The attendance at the Pan-American
Exposition that day was unusually large. According to C. T. Thompson, who was
on the grounds at the time of the shooting, 75,000 is a conservative estimate,
yet the crowd poured out of the exposition gates until only a handful of people
were left, every one being anxious to get away from the scene of the murderous
Mr. Thompson is a member of the firm of Keith, Evans, Thompson & Fairchild, attorneys. He returned from Buffalo yesterday. When seen this morning he said:
“I got into Buffalo from New York at 2:30, Friday, and reached the exposition grounds shortly before 4 o’clock. I entered by the gate which opens onto the Midway, and was strolling u[p] the street when I saw the crowd begin to run toward the Temple of Music. A moment later I heard that the president had been shot. At first many people thought the report was a hoax, but when they came to realize its truth, indignation was wonderful to see. If there had been a leader present the assassin would never have gone forth from the exposition grounds alive.
“However, the stunning force of the blow was in his favor and the police had hurried him into a carriage and away to Buffalo before the crowd had come to a thorough realization of his crime.
“I never saw news travel so quickly. Within five minutes everyone within the vast limits of the grounds knew that an assault had been made upon the president. The first report was that he had been shot in the temple and was dead. That probably arose through someone’s saying that he had been shot in the Temple of Music, the last two words being lost as the information was passed from man to man.
“I did not myself see the shooting and when I reached the scene of the crime both the president and his assailant had been hurried away. The crowd was very angry, but it was an anger tempered by regret and pity. There was no speechmaking and no disorderly demonstration.
“By 6 o’clock the grounds were practically deserted. Many did not content themselves with leaving the grounds only, but left Buffalo as well. I myself took an evening train for home, although I had arrived in the city on that very day and had expected to remain for some time. All the outgoing trains were crowded, and I suppose the exodus continued on the following day.”