Canton People Say Bulletins Were Doctored
SAID THERE THAT RELATIVES AND CLOSE FRIENDS KNEW
DEATH MUST COME.
TALK ABOUT TELEGRAMS SENT BY SENATOR HANNA
Two That Were Flatly Contradictory Sent Within Period of Seven Minutes.
WHAT MISS MARY BARBER SAID.
CANTON, O., Sept. 18.—Strange
stories concerning the bulletins and interviews given out by doctors
during the time that President McKinley lay suffering at Buffalo
are afloat in Canton. Here, in the home of the martyr, information
that has never appeared in the public prints is current upon the
streets, and it [is?] of a nature that causes the Cantonians to
cherish sullen anger and to speak, plainly and openly, that which
has been but dimly suspected elsewhere.
It was known, from the first, that
William McKinley must die. So say his townsmen. They have learned
it bit by bit.
The public remembers that, when news
of the shooting reached Senator Hanna, he rushed to Buffalo by a
special train that annihilated time and distance; and that, upon
his arrival, he sent to Cleveland a telegram of which the wording
was soon in dispute. The press said that the telegram reported the
President as in a very critical condition. Senator Hanna vigorously
declared that it reported the President as doing well.
Two Telegrams Were Sent.
Senator Hanna sent two
telegrams, say the people of Canton, and they, at least, are satisfied
with the evidence upon which their confident assertion is rested.
Here is the story:
The Senator’s first telegram was to
his son, Dan R. Hanna. Telegraph companies and their employes [sic]
are supposed to maintain secrecy as to what is flashed over the
wires, but, with the President stricken down by an assassin, discipline
was relaxed in all that bore upon his case. Soon it was known, in
every office of that company, and to some outsiders, as well, that
Senator Hanna [had?] wired that the President was dying.
The news of the sending of this message
reached W. W. Clark, a prominent Cantonian who is a personal friend
of the McKinley family, president of a local bank and head of the
Diebold Safe Company. Mr. Clark called up the superintendent of
the telegraph company, relying upon his acquaintance with that official
to obtain the required information, and asked if the Senator had
sent such a message.
Text of the Messages.
“Senator Hanna has sent
two messages,” was the reply. “The second was filed just seven minutes
after the first. I will read you both.”
The first message was: “The President
The second message was: “Recall my
former telegram. The President is doing well.”
This is one link of the chain of evidence
forged by the Canton folk. Here is another:
Early in the week following the shooting,
Miss Mary Barber, who had been ministering to the invalid wife of
the wounded President, came home to Canton. At the same time, Senator
Hanna and other relatives and friends of the President, as well
as members of his official family, left the Exposition City. It
was reported that they left because the President’s recovery was
What Miss Barber Said.
When Miss Barber reached
Canton she told her intimates, it is said, that the condition of
the President was absolutely hopeless. That she had been told by
those in charge of his case, that death was a matter of but a short
time. The bulletins and statements of the doctors were, it will
be remembered, more encouraging then than at any other time.
The people feel that the condition
of their distinguished citizen was concealed for a purpose. They
do not assert, openly, just what that purpose was, but their anger
shows strong disapproval of what they believe that it was.