Source: Stark County Democrat
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Great Throngs Visit the Tomb of M’Kinley”
City of publication: Canton, Ohio
Date of publication: 24 September 1901
Volume number: 67
Issue number: 137
|“Great Throngs Visit the Tomb of M’Kinley.” Stark County Democrat 24 Sept. 1901 v67n137: p. 1.|
|McKinley burial vault (visitors); William McKinley (mourning: flowers, tokens of grief, etc.).|
Great Throngs Visit the Tomb of M’Kinley
All day long on Sunday throngs of people gathered
about the tomb of the late president in Westlawn cemetery. The lawn in front
of the tomb was guarded carefully by a patrol and no one was allowed to pass
near the flowers. The flowers are almost as beautiful as the day they were placed
there. Some of them are slightly withered but that cannot be noticed from the
distance at which the crowd is allowed to view them.
Several new pieces have been added to the hundreds already placed there, most notable among them being a wreath from the czar of Russia. It is an immense one measuring some seven feet in diameter and made of orchids, lilies of the valley and palm leaves. The wreath has been placed inside of the tomb and as the gates were closed it could not be seen on Sunday. It is rumored that a half car load more of flowers is on the way now from California and it is probable that the tomb will be decorated with fresh flowers from time to time until the frosts make it impossible to put them out in the open air.
A number of beautiful flowers were also placed on the graves of the McKinley children, which also are protected by a patrol of soldiers. Many of the crowd wandered from the vault to the private lot. Many also climbed the high knoll in the new part of the cemetery, the prospective site of the permanent McKinley tomb and monument. Those thousands of visitors at the cemetery were not from Canton alone, but hundreds came from neighboring towns. The court house was kept open all day for the accommodation of hundreds of people, who had not yet seen the catafalque and many people passed through the corridors of that building during the day.