A Shadow of Gloom
CAST OVER NORFOLK BY THE ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION
Of President McKinley—As Soon as the First Telegram Was Received
Crowds Congregated around the Bulletin Boards and Denounced the
Dastardly Act—Scenes around the City.
A shadow of gloom was cast over this
city yesterday afternoon, when a brief bulletin was received by
The Landmark stating that an assassin attempted to assassinate President
McKinley while he was holding a public reception in the Exposition
grounds in Buffalo. As soon as the bulletin, which was the first
received in Norfolk, was put on the board a large crowd collected
and stood around and condemned the action of the villainous crank
who attempted to rob the nation of its Chief Executive. When the
report was shortly afterwards confirmed the indignation of the crowd
burst forth like a tidal wave and the terrible deed that perhaps
was planned in the brain of an anarchist was condemned. In half
an hour Main street was thronged with excited people, and Extras
containing details of the attempted assassination were eagerly purchased.
Late in the afternoon, when the business
houses closed and the thousands of people in this city ceased work
for the day, the crowd around The Landmark’s bulletin board was
greatly augmented and many would not leave their places of vantage
in the crowd until they had learned positively that the nation’s
Chief Magistrate was not dead.
Several times it was reported that
President McKinley had passed away, but this terrible news was soon
denied and the many sympathizers in this city of Mr. McKinley were
greatly relieved. As bulletins continued to come in during the evening
the anxiety of the people increased, and until after midnight the
telephones in newspaper offices were kept continuously ringing.
By all people, irrespective of class,
the greatest sorrow was expressed, and suppressed excitement and
the fact that Mr. McKinley still lives is all that kept the people
of this city from openly denouncing their indignation at the act
of an assassin.
After the theatre last evening many
people anxiously inquired about the President’s condition as soon
as the performance was over, and at several places around the city
newspaper bulletins were posted.