Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Silencing of the Wires”
City of publication: Spokane, Washington
Date of publication: 20 September 1901
Volume number: 19
Issue number: 97
|“Silencing of the Wires.” Spokesman-Review 20 Sept. 1901 v19n97: p. 1.|
|William McKinley (death: public response).|
Silencing of the Wires
For Five Minutes Not a Tick Was Heard Anywhere.
CHICAGO, Sept. 19.—One feature absolutely unique in history characterized the McKinley obsequies. It was the silencing of the telegraph. Never before since electricity was first put to use as a m[e]ans of communication from city to city and from country to country has there taken place, it is said, anything paralleling, even in a small way, what was done this afternoon on a s[c]ale that was magn[ifi]cent. On orders from the officials of the different telegraph companies or upon the common impulse of the presidents where instructions were not received, the telegraphic system of the United States was hushed for five minutes at 2:30 p. m., the hour set for lowering the president’s body into the grave at Canton. At that moment on all the huge network of wires from the Atlanti[c] to the Pacific not a “sounder” in the land gave a single [t]ick and the great ocean cables were pulse[l]ess as the corpse of the late chief magistrate himself. Wires of the Associated Pr[e]ss, the Postal telegraph, the Northern Telegraph company, the Chicago & Milwaukee Telegraph company and all similar organizations were included in the gen[e]ral stoppage.