How the News Was Received in Canisteo
Sympathy for the President Was Mingled with Vengeance
The first news of the
attempted assassination of President McKinley in the Temple of Music
at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo at 4 o’clock last Friday
afternoon by the Polish anarchist Czolgosz, reached Canisteo over
the Western Union wires shortly before five o’clock. The news spread
like wild fire [sic] and by six o’clock, when the whistles blew
in the factories practically the entire population of this place
had received intelligence of the tragedy.
The first report received was that
President McKinley had been shot twice and was dead; and it was
after six o’clock when news came that the President was still living.
The streets were quickly thronged with people desirous of receiving
some later and more definite information concerning the President’s
condition. The universal sorrow expressed on all sides at the great
calamity was mingled freely with bitter threats at the would-be
assassin. The bitter hatred and desire for vengeance against the
anarchistic creature who attempted to take President McKinley’s
life has increased daily since the shooting and if public feeling
in Canisteo was used as a criterion anarchy and its disciples would
be promptly and permanently exterminated root and branch from this
Reports from the President’s bedside
are eagerly awaited and there is great hope that the worst is over
and that the President will recover.
Canisteo was well represented at the
Pan-American last Thursday and Friday. Among those from this place
who were in the Temple of Music at the time and witnessed the shooting
was Mrs. Wm[.] Burrell.