Source: New York Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Mr. M’Kinley Mourned in City and Village”
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 20 September 1901
Volume number: 51
Issue number: 16132
|“Mr. M’Kinley Mourned in City and Village.” New York Times 20 Sept. 1901 v51n16132: p. 2.|
|William McKinley (mourning); William McKinley (death: public response).|
Mr. M’Kinley Mourned in City and Village
Memorial Ceremonies Were Held All over the United States.
ALL BUSINESS SUSPENDED
At the Hour of the Funeral Street Cars, Trains, and Boats Ceased to Run
and Even Pedestrians Stood Still.
In every city, town, and village
in the United States there was mourning yesterday. Wherever an American flag
floated it hung at half-staff, and wherever there was a church it was filled
with mourners gathered to hear some great man or the local preacher tell of
the glorious life of the dead President, William McKinley.
Public buildings, banks, schools, great manufactories, were all closed; bells tolled and from army post and State arsenals the half-hour guns were fired.
At the hour the funeral took place in Canton business of all kinds stopped all over the land, street cars came to a stand, the wheels of railroad trains ceased to turn, and ferryboats floated silently upon the waters, while hundreds of thousands of men walking on city streets and country roads stood still, lifted their hats, and breathed a silent prayer.
It was America’s tribute to her dead, and it was not Americans alone that mourned, for wherever the representative of a foreign nation was there also was mourning. Ambassadors, Ministers, and Consuls took part in the memorial services.
The ceremonies, the services, the decorations, the actions of the citizens were the same in capital and in hamlet. The eulogies differed only as the limitations and abilities of the speakers differed. All were alike in that they breathed forth the deep sorrow, the great love of a weeping Nation.
The story of the ceremonies and of the closing of business houses and factories is the same everywhere. As New York did yesterday, so every city and village did on a smaller scale. The story of one city’s action is the story of all. Grief and mourning were general.