Witnessed the Shooting
Rochester, N. J. [sic],
Sept. 6.—C. Walter Calloway, of Boston, was one of the party that
left Rochester to attend the Pan-American to-day, and reached here
late last night. He says he was a personal witness of the shooting
of President McKinley. He was the second man from Nieman, in the
crowd waiting to greet the President. In the excitement that followed
Mr. Calloway had a fo[o]t crushed and his injury was treated on
“I thought Nieman had a lame hand,”
said Mr. Calloway. “There was something about the fellow’s actions
that struck me as peculiar. He carried his right hand at his side
and slightly behind, until he came up to wher[e] the President was
standing, and then he extended his left one, holding up the other
hand in a peculiar way.
“His right arm trembled and he seemed
to be laboring under some emotion. If I had been of any authority
I would have cried out for them to arrest the man that instant.
I was not greatly surprised when the handkerchief in the right hand
spouted fire and the President fell back. I didn’t even start for
Mr. Calloway says the excitement ensuing
was indescribable. People wrung their hands and hundreds wept. A
woman who was standing beside him fainted, but so great was the
crush that she was not allowed to fall, but was jostled back and
forth until somebody seized her and dragged her to a place of safety.
Although suffering the most excruciating
pain from his foot, Mr. Calloway said that he was the one who raised
a cry to lynch the would-be-assassin.
The cry was taken up by several, but
one of the Exposition guards rushed in and shouted that the first
one who made a move towards the prisoner would be shot. As the man
seemed determined, Mr. Calloway and the others who favored a lynching
party quickly forgot their resolve.
Secret Service O[f]ficer Samuel R.
Ireland lives in Rochester, and Mr. Calloway knows him well. Ireland,
Mr. Calloway said, was only two feet away when the President was
shot. He immediately jumped upon the assassin, struck him a crushing
blow and forced him to the ground. Instantly a score of p[e]ople,
one or two women in the number, jumped upon the man.
I[r]eland is 30 years of age, and
he s [sic] an athlete, tall and well built. He was abundantly able
to cope single handed [sic] with the man. Mr. Calloway says Ireland
was quite the hero of the hour after the arrest of Nieman.