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 twen[t]y feet of the victim
when the tragedy was enacted.
From that moment Mr. Clark was surrounded
by anxious inquirers eage[r] 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.