How the News Was Received in Canisteo
Sympathy for the President Was Mingled with Vengeance
The first news of the
attempted assassination of Pr[e]sident McKinley in the Temple of
Music at the Pan-American Exposition in Buff[a]lo 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, w[h]en 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 d[e]finite information concerning the President’s
condition. The universal sorrow expressed on all side[s] 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 wa[s] used as a criterion anarchy and its disciples
would be promptly and permanently exterminated root and branch from
Report[s] 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 w[as] 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.