Gloom Overspreads City
People Gather Near Milburn Residence Silently Awaiting
New from Stricken Man.
MILBURN HOUSE, BUFFALO, Sept. 7.—The
scene at the fine old residence on Delaware avenue, where the nation’s
executive lay stricken, perhaps unto death, was impressive in the
Far-away ropes were stretched and
the police guarded every approach. Three companies of the Fourteenth
infantry from Fort Porter patroled the square on which Mr. Milburn’s
residence is located.
A large American flag was draped over
the veranda on the north of the residence and here, partially concealed
by the climbing vines, sat Secretary Wilson, Miss Barber and several
of the other distinguished visitors.
By Secretary Root’s direction, shortly
after noon the telegraph instruments were removed from the stable
in the rear of the residence to a vacant lot diagonally across the
street, where a large tent had been erected for the accommodation
of the newspaper men. The carriages which brought the members of
the cabinet and other visitors were halted at the ropes.
Outside the enclosure a pall seemed
to hang over the city, notwithstanding the fact that the exposition
was open. The gay decorations everywhere now seemed a mockery and
the visitors who crowded the streets wandered aimlessly hither and
thither with heavy hearts. Thousands of them, drawn by the magnet
of their thoughts, went out to the Milburn residence instead of
to the exposition and stood at the ropes with bared heads, discussing
in suppressed whispers the chances of the president’s recovery.
Prays in the Street for Him.
Many of them were allowed to pass
the residence on the opposite side of Delaware avenue, but the curtains
of the residence were drawn and they caught no glimpse of the forms
flitting about within the darkened house. An elderly woman, dressed
in deep mourning, threw herself on her knees opposite the entrance
to the Milburn residence and with uplifted hands offered up a silent,
but fervent, prayer that the life of the president might be spared.
Upon Vice President Roosevelt’s arrival
at the residence he said to a reporter that the more he thought
of this affair the more dastardly the crime becomes. He was driven
rapidly to the Hotel Iriquois [sic], accompanied by an escort
of mounted police.
The clattering of the horses attracted
much attention as he alighted at the hotel and the crowd appeared
to annoy him. At his request the mounted police were dismissed and
some police of the bicycle squad accompanied him the remainder of
his journey to the Milburn residence. When he heard the encouraging
news upon his arrival there his face lighted up.
“I am sincerely glad,” said he, turning
to Ansley Wilcox, who had accompanied him from the station. The
vice president remained in the residence scarcely half an hour.
He left with Secretary Root and walked around the corner to Mr.
Wilcox’s residence, where he will stop. He declined absolutely to
say a word.
Secretary Cortelyou is making no attempt
to reply to all the countless telegrams that are being received.
The bulletins as they appear are, however, being sent to those foreign
monarchs who have sent inquiries and to those members of the cabinet
who have not yet arrived. Secretary Gage left the residence at 1:15.
Secretary Hitchcock is expected at 4 o’clock.
When Secretary Gage left the Milburn residence
he was asked by an Associated Press correspondent whether the news
from the sick room was still encouraging. He replied with a nod
of his head and added: “We can only trust in God.” Secretary Gage
was evidently deeply moved.