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Source: Pittsburg Press
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Sousa Grieved Over the News”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Date of publication: 8 September 1901
Volume number: 18
Issue number: 249
Part/Section: 1
Pagination: 2

“Sousa Grieved Over the News.” Pittsburg Press 8 Sept. 1901 v18n249: sect. 1, p. 2.
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John Philip Sousa; McKinley assassination (personal response); John Philip Sousa (public statements).
Named persons
William McKinley; John Philip Sousa.


Sousa Grieved Over the News


Knew McKinley Well and Tells of the Injured Statesman.

     Among the many friends of President McKinley, no one feels more keenly the attempt upon his life than John Philip Sousa, who is now giving a series of concerts at the exposition. Mr. Sousa is well acquainted with Mr. McKinley, having been leader of the Marine band at the time Mr. McKinley was in congress. Not until Mr. Sousa had finished his second afternoon concert Friday did he learn of the attempted assassination. He says:
     “I was inexpressably [sic] shocked at the sad tidings, and could at first hardly credit the news. I knew President McKinley when he was a member of congress. I was at that time leader of the Marine band. I had then and have still the highest admiration and respect for him as a man and a statesman. The last time I saw him was about a year before his election, in St. Louis. I gave a concert there, at an exposition, and he attended. That was the last time I saw him. How any one should have any reason for taking the life of the president I cannot understand. All I can do is to hope with every man, woman and child in the land that he will live.”



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