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They Were Greatly Shocked, but Had Feared Something of the
Kind Would Happen.
Cleveland, Sept. 7.—It was shortly
after 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon when the news was broken to
Mr. McKinley’s sisters of the dastardly attempt made upon the president’s
Mrs. A. J. Duncan and Miss Helen McKinley,
sisters to Mr. McKinley, live at No. 190 Oakdale street. W. M. Duncan,
a son of Mrs. A. J. Duncan, had just reached his home at No. 58
Bell avenue when he was notified from his office of the attempted
assassination. The news was read at his office in the special edition
of a newspaper, and the office was called up for a verification
of the report and further information before the sad tidings were
telephoned to the president’s nephew. Mr. Duncan was horrorstruck.
He hurried to the home of his mother,
and gently as possible acquainted the two sisters of the president
of the terrible happening. Tears were shed, but both ladies bore
up under the shock and showed much bravery. They had both feared
an attempt upon the life of their brother, and their fears were
at last awfully realized.
Nothing about the small pretty house
indicated that it was the home of the president’s nearest relatives
or of the great sorrow being suffered within. The door stood open
and rugs and easy chairs were on the porch.
It was hard for the ladies to obtain
news of the attempted assassination. They sat within the house,
patiently waiting. They knew that their brother had been shot in
the breast and abdomen, but they could learn nothing of his condition.
They knew not whether he was dead or living. The whole United States
was appraised of the sad affair before news reached their home in
the East End. At last, at about 6 o’clock, Mr. Will Duncan received
word that the president was resting quietly and would probably recover.
The news was received with joy, as it was shouted by Mr. Duncan
as soon as he reached the door of his mother’s home.
Miss Sarah Duncan, the daughter of
the president’s sister, is with the McKinley party in Buffalo. She
boarded the special train taking the president, Mrs. McKinley, and
several friends to the Pan-American exposition, at the Union depot
just as it was about to leave. Mr. Will Duncan left for the bedside
of his uncle early last evening. Mrs. Duncan and Miss McKinley also
went to Buffalo on Colonel Herrick’s private car, which was attached
to the Lake Shore railway train which left here at 7:40 o’clock.