Widow’s Grief Is Pitiful
PATHETIC SCENE AFTER LATE PRESIDENT’S BODY WAS
Ladies with Mrs. McKinley Thought It Would Be Necessary to Bring
Buffalo, N. Y., Sept. 15.[—]George
Cortelyou, the secretary of the late President McKinley, was asked
this afternoon if it were true as stated, that Mrs. McKinley had
collapsed so completely as to necessitate the use of drugs, which
had been continued up to to-day, rendering her unconscious of the
death of her husband.
“That is an infamous falsehood,” said
Mr. Cortelyou. “Mrs. McKinley is fully conscious of the death of
her husband. Her grief is very pathetic. To-day, when the President’s
body was carried out, she broke down in a paroxysm of weeping, and
these attacks have continued during the day.
“She realized keenly the departure
of the President from her life when his body was taken away from
the house to-day. Since then her grief has been terrible. It increases
as the time comes for the conveyance of the President’s body to
Canton, their home and the grave. She is bearing up under the blow
better than we expected, but her grief is sad to witness.”
Just before the funeral services in
the house began Abner McKinley, Mrs. Hobart and Dr. Rixey assisted
Mrs. McKinley into the room where the President’s body rested. The
bereaved wife was left alone with her dead for half an hour. At
the end of that time she was assisted upstairs again.
The grief-stricken widow of the murdered
President listened to Rev. Mr. Locke’s fervent prayer over her husband’s
body from the top of the stairway connecting the first and the second
floors of the Milburn house to-day. She consented to the removal
of the body to the Buffalo City Hall to-day, but afterward her grief
became so pathetic that the ladies with her thought it would be
necessary to have it returned. She calmed down, however, during
the afternoon and slept for a time.