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Source: Philadelphia Record
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “In M’Kinley’s Pockets”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of publication: 10 September 1901
Volume number: none
Issue number: 10782
Pagination: 6

“In M’Kinley’s Pockets.” Philadelphia Record 10 Sept. 1901 n10782: p. 6.
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William McKinley.
Named persons
Ulysses S. Grant.


In M’Kinley’s Pockets


Three Knives, Some Money and No Clew to His Identity.

Special to “The Record.[”]
     Buffalo, N. Y., Sept. 9.—The President’s clothes, which were removed at the Exposition Hospital, have been sent to the Milburn residence, where the pockets were emptied. In his right-hand trousers pocket was $1.80 in currency. With these coins was a small silver nugget, well worn, as if the President had carried it for a pocket-piece for a long time. Three small penknives, pearl-handled, were in the pockets of his trousers. Evidently they were gifts that he prized, and was in the habit of carrying all three of them. They were simple knives, with no ornamentation. Another battered coin, presumably a pocket-piece, was in the left-hand pocket.
     The President’s wallet is a well-worn black leather one, about four inches by five and a half inches in size. It was not marked with his name or other identification. In this wallet were some bills, amounting to $45. A number of cards, which evidently had rested in the wallet for some time, were in one of the compartments. They were not examined.
     In a vest pocket was a silver shell lead pencil. Three cigars were found. They were not the black perfectos which the President likes, but a short size, and were recognized as some that had been given to him at Niagara Falls that day. On two of them he had chewed, much as General Grant used a cigar. The other he had not touched. The President’s watch was an open-faced gold-case American-made timekeeper. Attached to it was the gold chain which the President always wore. No letters, telegrams or papers were found. There was not on the President’s person a single clew to his identity, unless it was to be found in the cards in his wallet.



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