Source: New-York Tribune
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “The Funeral Begins”
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 16 September 1901
Volume number: 61
Issue number: 20028
|“The Funeral Begins.” New-York Tribune 16 Sept. 1901 v61n20028: p. 1.|
|William McKinley (lying in state: Buffalo, NY); McKinley funeral train (procession from Buffalo, NY, to Washington, DC); Ida McKinley (grieving); Ida McKinley (medical condition); George B. Cortelyou (public statements).|
|William S. Bull; George B. Cortelyou; William R. Day; Marcus Hanna; Ida McKinley; William McKinley; John G. Milburn; Theodore Roosevelt; Elihu Root.|
The Funeral Begins
Buffalo Pays Its Tribute to the Murdered President.
BODY GOES TO WASHINGTON TO-DAY
After brief religious services at the home of
John G. Milburn at 11 a. m. yesterday, attended by President Roosevelt, members
of the Cabinet and personal friends, the body of President McKinley was taken
to the City Hall in Buffalo, where it lay in state until 10:30 p. m. It remained
at the City Hall over night. It is estimated that from 75,000 to 100,000 people
looked on the face of the dead President.
At 8:30 o’clock this morning the funeral train will start from Buffalo for Washington, where the state funeral will be held on Tuesday.
SAD AND SOLEMN RITES IN BUFFALO.
Buffalo, Sept. l5.—Not until 10:30 o’clock to-night,
after more than seventy-five thousand persons, by conservative estimate, had
passed the bier of the dead President, were there any breaks in the double line
of people, walking two abreast, which swiftly passed through the City Hall.
By actual count, at certain periods of the afternoon and evening, nine thousand
persons passed the coffin every hour. By 10:35 the last straggler had been hurried
into the line, and then the police blocked the doorway. The police remained
on guard to-night on the outside, and the details from the army and navy on
the inside of the City Hall. Immediately after access to the hall was denied
to the general public to-night at 10:40, the coffin cover was replaced, and
one sailor and two soldiers began the night patrol around the nation’s dead
chief. This will be kept up until the coffin is placed on the special train
at 8 o’clock to-morrow morning. These details from the army and navy will accompany
the body to Washington and Canton.
The police have made ample preparations for handling the crowds around the Union Station to-morrow morning. Secretary Root sent word to Superintendent Bull that Senator Hanna and Mr. McKinley’s relatives desired all necessary precautions taken so that there should be no blocking of the carriages. Superintendent Bull to-night issued special passes to the newspaper men and others whose business will take them through the lines. The train will leave the Union Station at 8:30. It will consist of six cars—five Pullmans and an observation car. The observation car will be at the end of the train and will carry the President’s body. One car is set aside for the representatives of the newspapers. The route will be by the way of Olean to Williamsport, Harrisburg, Baltimore and Washington, with as few stops as possible.
THE BODY REMAINS AT THE CITY HALL.
Mrs. McKinley’s feelings were put to a severe
test to-day by the desire of influential citizens of Buffalo, who deemed it
proper respectfully to urge upon Secretary Root, Senator Hanna and Judge Day
that the President’s body lie in state until a late hour to-night at the City
Hall. She waived her personal wishes when all the circumstances were brought
to her notice, although she was greatly depressed on account of the absence
of her husband’s body from the Milburn house over night. When 4 o’clock came
there were still thousands of people in line, and it was evident that they would
continue after the hour set for the closing of the building. Mrs. McKinley was
appealed to. Members of the committee on arrangements hurried to the Milburn
house and told the bereaved woman the conditions that confronted them and assured
her that her wishes should be respected. It was a severe test. Tearfully she
said that she had hoped to have the body of her husband back at the house during
the night before it should be forever taken from her presence, but after listening
to the statements of those who had come to talk with her she gave her consent
to have the body remain at the City Hall. Senator Hanna and Judge Day advised
her to give her consent, saying to her that it was only an evidence on the part
of the people of Buffalo that they were loyal to the man who had been stricken
down in this city.
George B. Cortelyou, secretary to the late President, was asked to-day about the many reports that Mrs. McKinley is too ill to realize all that has happened. “Those stories are absolutely false,” said Mr. Cortelyou with warmth. “Considering Mrs. McKinley’s poor health, she has borne up exceedingly well. She is much depressed to-day on account of the removal of the President’s body to the City Hall. She seemed to want to be as near as possible to it. I suspect that the nearer she gets to the old home in Canton, with the inevitable final parting there, the more miserable she will be. Mrs. McKinley will go on the train to-morrow and will go to the White House. From Washington she will go to her home in Canton with the dead President.”
Buffalo to-day became a city of mourners. The sorrow was indescribable. In the morning a simple service took place at the house, in Delaware-ave., where President McKinley died. Hymns were sung and prayer was offered over the body. Only the immediate family and the friends and political associates of Mr. McKinley were present. Then the body was borne to the City Hall, where it lay in state and remained over night.