Welcome to MAIWelcome to MAI

"Hello, I'm William McKinley."
partial cover image from "American Boys' Life of William McKinley"                                              
About MAI
Help MAI

Who I Am
Contact Me


Publication information
view printer-friendly version
Source: Seattle Star
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “A Seattle Girl Near M’Kinley When Shot”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Seattle, Washington
Date of publication: 13 September 1901
Volume number: 3
Issue number: 173
Pagination: 3

“A Seattle Girl Near M’Kinley When Shot.” Seattle Star 13 Sept. 1901 v3n173: p. 3.
full text
Violet Abrams; McKinley assassination (eyewitnesses); McKinley assassination (eyewitness accounts: Violet Abrams); McKinley assassination (public response: Buffalo, NY).
Named persons
Mary H. Abrams; Robert Abrams; Violet Abrams.
The first paragraph of the article appears below as given in the original source, with words missing mid-sentence. The fourth paragraph likewise replicates the original source, with duplicate text in the second sentence.


A Seattle Girl Near M’Kinley When Shot

     From Seattle people who were at the Pan-American exposition at the time of the a[ss]ault on the pres- to this city, describing the terrible affair. [sic]
     Among the letters received was one from Mi[s]s Violet Abrams, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Abrams, of this city. She, with her father, mother and sister, has be[e]n East for three weeks. Mi[s]s Abrams is well known in mu[s]ical circles of Seattle, and she was to have sung at the great reception to the president that day.
     Miss Abrams was in the Temple of Music on the unfortunate afternoon. She says in her letter:

Heard the Fatal Shots

     “Just as the crowds arose, and the singing began, there was a sound of the assassin’[s] [s]hots. I thought at first the balcon[y] had broken down, so intens[e] was the commotion, but the the [sic] balcony had broken down, so inten[se] was the commotion [sic], but the news spread like wildfire that the president had been shot. When the crowd learned of the dastardly deed hundred[s] of men tried to break i[n]to the circle near the wounded man, but were re[s]trained by the po[li]ce and the exposition guards.”

Expressions of V ngeance [sic]

     Miss Abrams, in her letter, says also that the multitude was at first astounded, then horrified, but in a few moments broke out into expre[s]sions of vengeance. “Lynch him, lynch him!” was the cry all over the grounds, and, she says, that if the assassin could have been seized his life would have been a matter of a few seconds.

All Flags at Half-Mas[t]

     Miss Abrams further says h[e]r father was one of the most enthusiastic in favor of vengeance. A short time after the president was shot, she says, that a report spread about the exposition grounds that he was dead, and all flags were promptly lowered to half mast and the fountains in the grounds stopped playing.
     Mr. Abrams and his family [are] [e]xpected home next week from Buffalo. Miss Abrams adds in her letter that she will never forget the turbulence of that sad afternoon.



top of page