P. R. R. to Carry President’s Body
Funeral Train Will Be Under Supervision of George
President McKinley’s body will be
conveyed to Washington for the State funeral in a funeral train
of six cars provided by the Pennsylvania Railroad. All the details
and arrangements for the trip will be under the personal supervision
of George W. Boyd, assistant general passenger agent of the Pennsylvania
Railroad, he having been appointed to be the representative of the
railroad yesterday afternoon.
After the ceremonies in Washington
are completed, the same train, still under Mr. Boyd’s charge, will
take the remains to the President’s home, at Canton, Ohio, for final
interment. That the directors realize the honor of the sorrowful
duty assigned to them is shown in the appointment of such a high
official to represent them. The train, which will leave Buffalo
on Monday morning, will take about twelve hours in reaching Washington,
it being necessary to make four stops on the way to the capital.
Three times the assassin’s bullet
has cut short the life of a President of the United States, and
plunged the country into mourning. On each of these occasions it
has devolved upon the Pennsylvania Railroad to move the remains
of the martyrs. The first was in 1865, when Lincoln’s body was brought
to Philadelphia to lie in state in the State House; the second was
in 1881, when Garfield was shot; the third, and as Mr. Boyd expressed
it, “it is hoped the last,” will be to-morrow, when the body of
our late President will be [taken?] from Buffalo.
The train will have six cars, as follows:
One combination car, one dining car, two drawing-room and sleeping
cars, the private car “Olympia,” and an observation car. In the
last, the observation car, will be placed the body of the Chief
Magistrate. “The Olympia” will be placed at the disposal of Mrs.
McKinley and the immediate family of the dead President. Others
on the train will be the members of the dead President’s Cabinet,
Secretary Cortelyou and such other officials of the Government as
Mrs. McKinley shall invite. The train will stop in order to make
the necessary connections at Olean, New York; Williamsport and Harrisburg,
in Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, in Maryland. The stops will be for
no longer than is absolutely necessary to make the changes, as those
in charge of the trip wish to avoid any demonstration.
Immediately following the ceremonies
at the Nation’s capital the body will again be placed in the observation
car and the trip to Canton begun. Senator Hanna will in all probability
be one of the party.
George W. Boyd said last night that
most of the arrangements for the trip were outlined and that many
of them were completed. He said he would start for Buffalo at once
and take charge of the train. Mr. Boyd mentioned that besides having
charge of the removal of the bodies of the three assassinated Presidents,
the Pennsylvania Railroad also conveyed the body of the wife of
President Benjamin Harrison from Washington to Minneapolis, where
she was buried.