Every Precaution Taken
Ample Advance Preparations by Police at Exposition
The police arrangements
for the protection of the President on the grounds of the exposition
were in charge of Col. John Byrne, commandant of police, and Capt.
James A. Vallaly, of the special detective bureau. On last Tuesday
night several of the commissioners’ party were at police headquarters
on the exposition grounds and Captain Vallaly explained to them
the preparations that had been made to avoid accident or harm to
the President during his visit. Captain Vallaly said that it was
their intention to give the Executive and his party perfect protection
at all times.
Captain Vallaly stated that the police
of Buffalo would escort the President to the grounds, and that at
the gate the exposition police would take charge of the party. The
captain said that the plan contemplated the detail of twenty detectives
in citizens’ clothes to surround the President and to watch him
constantly. In addition to this a large body of police in uniform
was to be near and ready for service. The detectives detailed for
this work, Captain Vallaly said, were from the large cities of the
country and had been sent to Buffalo because of their wide acquaintance
with crooks and criminals. He explained that this body of men would
be so strong that it would be impossible for any known man of evil
intent to approach the President, much less to do him harm.
Captain Vallaly was in Washington
at the time of the Centennial Celebration, having been detailed
here for special duty in connection with that event. He stated that
he then saw the President and that he became acquainted with Mr.
Cortelyou. In view of this acquaintance Captain Vallaly anticipated
with pleasure the coming of the Presidential party and expressed
himself very dec[i]dedly that there would be no slip in the precautions
taken for their safety. It was probably owing to this special precaution
on the part of t[h]e police that the assassin was unable to escape,
or that he was not more severely handled by the indignant crowd.
It was stated last night by the Washington
detectives who are acquainted with both Colonel Byrne and Captain
Vallaly that they are capable men, and that the attack on the President
was not due to any carelessness or lack of attention on their part.
Sergeant Carter said that, of course, no man could foresee the approach
of an unknown Anarchist in the line of American citizens who were
shaking hands with the President. He was of the opinion that the
police on the exposition grounds did all that could be done to protect