In Temple When Shot Was Fired
Miss Vincent, of Richmond, Describes Scene.
NEAR THE PRESIDENT
Within a Few Yards of Him When He Was Wounded.
A GREATLY EXCITED CROWD.
[A]n Hour in Getting Out of the Building, and Was So Fatigued
That She Nearly Fainted—The Assassin Would
Have Been Lynched but for the Prompt
Action of the Police.
Miss Mamie Vincent,
of No. 213 South Pine Street, a tailoress in the employ of O. H.
Berry & Co., was in the Temple of Music, at Buffalo, when President
McKinley was shot by Leon Czolgosz on Friday afternoon.
Miss Vincent, with her brother, Master
Linwood Vincent, returned to the city yesterday afternoon, after
a stay of several days at Buffalo and Niagara. Miss Vincent, when
seen at her residence last night by a representative of The Times,
gave the following graph[i]c account o[f] the shooting as she witnessed
“We arrive[d] at the Exposition grounds
early in the a[f]ternoon and visited several of the places of interest.
We then went into the Temple of Mus[i]c, where the President was
s[h]aking hands. We passed down the aisle some distance from the
dais on which he was standing, but in full view of him. I [l]ooked
at him as we passed by, and he seemed to be in a very cheerful mood
and was chatting with one of the gentlemen on the stand. We moved
slowly down the building, as the mass of people, numbering thousands,
would not [a]llow us to move otherwise, viewing the magnificent
building and its contents.
“Possibly we were twenty-five
yards beyond the dais when I heard two clear, distinct reports of
a pistol or other firearm. I paid no attention to them, thinking
it was the Indians or military on the campus at practice. Silence
reigned supreme for a few minutes. Suddenly it was announced that
the President was shot.
“I cannot recall what happen[e]d then.
I turned to see if it was so, but I could not see the Presid[e]nt
for the immense crowd that thronged around the dais. The message
was passed from lip to lip, and in a few moments the confusion was
terrible. Men shout[e]d and several women around me fainted and
children screamed. We decided to get out of the building as soon
as possible to avoid being in the stampede. The crowd grew thicker
and thicker every second.
“Finally, after an hour had elapsed,
we reached the door of the Temple and were soon in the dense crowd
which thronged around the door.
“We were nearly trampled
to death in reaching the open air. If I had not reached the open
air when I did I think I would have fainted.
“When we passed out of the gate I
heard so[m]e one say that the President [h]ad been carried to the
The reporter asked Miss Vincent if
she saw the man who did the [da]stardly deed.
“No, I did not,” said she, “as the
crowd between me and the dais numbered several thousand, and it
was impossible to hear your own ears. I think he would have been
lynched had it not been for the quick work of the police and the
secret-service men. We took the first car for Mrs. Neylon’s, where
I was staying, and I was so excited and fatigued I do not remember
what occurred. The crowd at the exposition on that day numbered
one hundred and seventeen thousand people.”