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Source: Salt Lake Herald
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Man Who Saw President Shot Reaches Salt Lake”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Salt Lake City, Utah
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: none
Issue number: 112
Pagination: 8

“Man Who Saw President Shot Reaches Salt Lake.” Salt Lake Herald 14 Sept. 1901 n112: p. 8.
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Frederick M. Clark; McKinley assassination (eyewitnesses); McKinley assassination (eyewitness accounts: Frederick M. Clark).
Named persons
Frederick M. Clark; William McKinley.


Man Who Saw President Shot Reaches Salt Lake

     An eye-witness of the shooting of President McKinley is in Salt Lake City in the person of Frederick M. Clark, a guest of the Walker. Mr. Clark arrived late Thursday night direct from the Pan-American exposition, and it soon became noised about that he had seen McKinley shot down. It developed that he had stood within twenty feet of the victim when the tragedy was enacted.
     From that moment Mr. Clark was surrounded by anxious inquirers eager to learn the details from one who had been on the scene.
     “It was a terrible moment,” said Mr. Clark. “Everything was progressing nicely, despite the enormous crowd present, when suddenly the shots rang out. Confusion followed and a wild scramble for the president’s side ensued. Even then, though the very atmosphere was laden with dread fear that the worst had occurred, it was impossible to believe that the chief executive had been attacked. The scenes that followed were simply indescribable—the rush, excitement and public manifestation of horror being beyond compare. When the true situation was realized it seemed certain that the assassin would be torn to pieces by the angry mob. That he was not is simply due to the fact that the crowd was without leaders. I would not say now that he will escape that fate. It has killed the exposition.”
     Mr. Clark is on his way home to Nevada.



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