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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAS
PRICE TWO CENTS.
BROKEN BONES AND
MANY BLOODY FACES
Rioting at Albany in Connection With the Street
Railway Strike Is Renewed With
Deplorable Vigor.
National Guardsmen Charge the Mob With
Fixed Bayonets and Drive It Three Blocks,
Injuring a Large Number.
Albany N. V., May 16.—The strikers have called a c for 3p. in. to dis
cuss the situation.
Albany. N. V., May 16.— Promptly at 8
o'clock this morning the United Traction
company bejan preparations to move its
cars. At that hour General Barnes, in
command of the Twenty-third regiment,
brought out before the Quail street barn,
his entire regiment. At the same time,
the Tenth battalion started down town,
dropping out details at the street corners
along the traction line running to Broad
way.
Company A of the Twenty-third started |
to clear out tlie mob massed at the curve i
on Central avenue. Persuasion was of no
avail and back went the company a dozen
paces. "Charge bayonets!" shouted Lieu
tenat Colonel Brady, who was near by.
Down went the gleaming points and on a
rush the men started for the crowd. Just
as they reached them, there was a quick
reverse of the guns and the butts smashed
against human bodies. With a howl the
crowd started back, some with bloody
faces and some with broken bones.
Mob Driven Three Block*.
The mob was not allowed to stop until
it had been briven three blocks away.
Then every side street for blocks around
was cleared and details began the work
of closing up the saloons and houses. In
two corner saloons they found surly |
groups and in one the soldiers had to
club the men with their rifles. General
Barnes then ordered windows in the
houses closed. Usually a rifle pointed
was sufficient, but in one or two cases
details had to enter the houses and close
them, the women defying them.
All the time inside the barn doors were
five open cars ready manned with non
union men waiting the word to run out.
On each car were two motormen, two con
ductors and two Pinkerton detectives, the
latter with loaded rifles in their hands.
"The men are ordered not to fire ex
cept it is absolutely necessary," said i
Superintendent Fassett of the road. At j
8:30 o'clock the first car emerged from I
the barn and surrounded the curve to the j
spot where the crowd had wrecked two,
others Tuesday. General Barnes was
on the car and when it reached the ob
structions a coupling was- made and the
damaged cars soon removed to the barn.
The crowd was too far distant to even see
the operation, and if a window went up a
guardsman soon shut it u» with an or
der.
Genuine Military Post*.
While this was going on, the street cor
ners along the State street route be
gan to assume the conditions of military \
poets. Details of soldiers in every prom- j
inent square kept people moving so that '
no large crowd could gather.
At 9:20 a second car left the stable and I
started over towards Madison avenue, a j
thoroughfare not guarded. On board of it !
were Lieutenat Colonel Brady and a com
pany of the Twenty-third regiment guard
ing two motormen and two conductors.
They proceeded over Quail street, stopping
to remove flagstone obstructions from the
track. The car was an ojen one.
Wnen the road officials were ready to |
move another car, word was sent to Col. 1
Lloyd in command of the Second regiment j
at North Albany and he immediately be
gan placing his men along Broadway at
points where trouble was feared. House
holders were warned that a brick thrown
from a housetop or. a window would mean
the arrest of all the inmates, and strag- j
glers on the street corners were notified j
to keep moving.
Driven Back Again.
It was 10 o'clock before the first car
reached the last of the obstructions, and
then it was run up to the end of the line.
In the meantime the company ran out'
seven other cars and got them ready for i
business. On each was a full company J
of militia. The first car moved out and j
down the avenue with no trouble, and '
car Xo. 2 with a trailer followed a few
minutes after. There was hardly a ripple '
of excitement as the cars moved down j
the hill to take different routes. There
were hoots and hisses at several points,
but up to the time the various cars
reached the foot of State street no serious
trouble had occurred, and there were no
great crowds at any point. Evidently the j
great display of military force and the j
way the crowds were handled had awed j
the riotous element.
As the numerous cars kept coming
down the hill the crowd near the post
office increased in numbers and began to j
jet excited. The military charged and j
lrove them two blocks from the junction
>f State and Broadway. The car 3 ran
ap Broadway as far as the company's j
barn and although there were several \
thousand people", the hostile demonstra- j
tion was limited to jeering.
Following the passage of cars the re
>air wagons, guarded by seventy mounted j
lignal corps men, came down the street!
md turned up Broadway, where there j
jras some repairing to be done.
The United Traction company has added
\o Its five rewards offered yesterday for
Information as to who hurt the nonunion
ben, five more rewards of $100 each.
Mayor to Arbitrate.
A conference was held in the office of
jlayor Blessing te-day between the mayor,
•orporation counsel and Attorney Woolard,
he latter representing the strikers. It was
Jier« decided that the strikers should meet
;ate this afternoon and draw up a com
promise proposition to submit to the trac
jion company as the basis of the settle
ment of the strike. The mayor will act I
as arbitrator between the strikers and the
company.
The members of the common council of
Albany have decided to hold a special
meeting to-morrow to pass resolutions
calling upon tn« United Traction company
to terminate the strike before Monday
' next. If the strike is not ended by that
time it is the intention of the . council
to consider a proposition to repeal the or
dinance under which the company uses
electricity in the operation of its cars.
At 2 p. m. the strikers succeeded in
cutting the traction company wires in
Clinton avenue ' near Quail street. The
! line is now being repaired by the power
j wagon under a heavy guard. -"•■;:
SABER SLASHES
Bloody Collisions Between the Mob
and Militia.
.Albany,N.Y.,May 16.—50 serious was the
situation here last night over the traction
company strike that Governor Odell post
poned a trip to the state institutions
which. he had undertaken and returned to
I the executive mansion.
Two thousand armed solders are now
within the city limits, more are coming
and 2.500 are in readiness to move to Troy
when Governor Odell so orders.
The streets are blocked with excited
men, women and children and the other
wise quiet, day terminated in bloodshed.
As long as the traction company does
! not attempt to move cars or bring in non
. union men -the crowds-on the street re-
I main good natured, except for taunting
the soldiers and police, but the instant an
attempt is-made ta work on the lines or
bring nonunion men in, the crowd be
comes frenzied and bloodshed results.
Citizens," sabre-slashed non-union men
with broken limbs and bloody faces.women
and children trampled.under feet, soldiers
maimed with flying missies and leaders in
the crowd beaten with muskets were some
of the results of the day.
Anticipating an effort to move the cars
in Troy, Major Rohe has ordered the Thir
teenth, Fourteenth and Forty-seventh
regiments of Brooklyn, troop C of Brook
lyn, the Second signal corps, the. Seven
teenth- -separate -company and the Third
battery, which carries gatling guns, to
hold themselves in readiness to move im
mediately.
Mob and militia closed In combat late
I yesterday, but fortunately there were
mo serious casualties. It was the inten
| tion of more nonunion men to take the
| places of striking traction employes that
l produced' the violence. Seventy-five non
union men reached the union depot short
ly before 6 o'clock and their delivery at
Quail street ; barn, a mile and a half
away, was made with a dash under cav
alry escort, with mob resistance in al
most every block. Crowds surged around
the fast moving cavalrymen and fought
to get at the cowed nonunion men inside
the circle of galloping horses.
The rays of the sun gave glint to busy
sabres, but the long blades wielded by for
bearing hands seldom descended in se
rious blows. Several of the mob were
knocked down by cornered cavalrymen,
but the record does ; not yet show the
; score of a single fatality.
[ In the passage through the streets few
lof the nonunionists escaped the flying
j bricks and stones that were hurled at
them, but less than a dozen were badly
| hurt. The courage of nearly a dozen of
| the nonunion men failed them in the
! opening spurt through the crowds, and
they sprang from the wagons that car
ried them, to mingle with and be lost
in the crowd.
The ride of the nonunion men through
the city was the dramatic spectacle of
the day. At 5 o'clock the Third signal
corps, mounted and armed as cavalry
men, formed a hollow square around the
nonunion men who had just arrived at
i the depot.
Five thousand men tagged at their heels
land jammed in around them, and thou
sands more crowded into the intersecting
streets. Fifty policemen formed in cor
don about the waiting dragoons and tried
to force the crowd back. The street was
cleared, but the walls of humanity on the
sidewalks held firm and could not be
| moved. A broken alleyway that runs
I along the south side of the union depot
i was the stage of operations. Into it were
driven four flat-topped open trucks. The
crowd recognized them as the same ve
hicles that had carried the first batch of
strike breakers, and greeted them with
groans.
Suddenly a side door of the depot was
thrown open and up the alleyway to
' ward the waiting teams marched the non-
I union men. Once they were all aboard
I the drivers brought their teems out into
the street the cavalry closed in around
• them and the race was on. High up in
i a window on the top floor of a Broadway
[bui.ding a wildly excited man barked
I out an imprecation on the heads of the
i luckless fellows below him and 10,000 men
j took up the hue and cry.
The police threw themselves across the
street in solid phalanx but the crowd
swept over them and took up the chase.
Ahead were thousands more and, with no
fear for either. heels of horses or blades
of steel, they closed in around the caval
j rymen. Soon there came a volley of bricks
and three of the strike breakers sprang
: from the rear wagon, and were lost In. the
j crowd. The flying column dashed into
State street for the run up the hill past
the capitol. Here the crowd was as dense
and desperate as the other, and men
i plunged in around the galloping horses.
One rider, ' cut off from the crowd,
brought his sabre down on the face of
one of his antagonists, and a line of blood
! marked where ■it -struck. Two blocks up
j State street and a clever military ruse
blocked the down town mob. Two com
panies of the Tenth battalion were con
cealed In Chapel street, and when the
I cavalry dashed past they ran across State
' ; street and -faced.-the-pursuing crowd with
! j fixed bayonets. . The new line wavered and
j broke on one flank, but in the main the
• movement was successful.
Smaller crowds had gathered at various
> points along the route to the barn, and
they threw, stones when the ( non-union
men rushed pest. There was another wild
scene at the barn where thousands more
' j had assembled. The infantry repeatedly
• j charged into the crowd, substituting butt
. for bayonet, and after much effort a pas
> sage was opened for the scurrying caval
■ cade and it was safe inside. . .
Sixteen, strike - breakers were injured
• during the ride, and many of them,
- stunned, weak and scared, had to bo
'.' helped from the.wagons."
THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 16, 1901.
1 •
RIVAL FOR TORRANCE
Another Aspirant for Head of the
Grand Army of the Republic.
GENERAL SICKLES IN THE FIELD
IHe Expreiiea/ His Willingness* to
Take the Position Should lie
Be Desired to Do So.
From The Journal Bureau. Room MS, Poll
Building, Washington.
Washington, May 16.—1n view of the
fact that Judge Ell Torrance of Minneap
olis, will probably be a candidate for com
mander-in-chief of the G. A. R. this year,
northwestern old soldiers may care to
know that General D. E. Sickles has pub
licly signified his willingness to enter the
field for the same high position. In a re
cent letter to A. G. Peterson of St. Louis,
who has been working up a Sickles boom
while Sickles has been in Cuba, the gen
eral says:
In regard to the position of commander-in
chief, I am not in any sense of the word a
candidate. I have received many letters on
the subject like your own, generally offer
ing support. I have gone so far as to say
that if the office came to me without strife,
so that I could feel myself summoned by my
comrades to fill the post under conditions
that would be useful to ' them, I would not
refuse compliance with their wishes. I would,
however, be quite unable to visit all the de
partments, as has been the custom in recent
years. I might, perhaps, do something in
that direction, but not much. If I can be
useful at all it would be in Washington look
ing after the administration of. pension laws
and endeavoring to obtain such further legis
lation as may be deemed wise by the national
encampment. This would indeed be a labor
of love to me, and I could devote myself to
it earnestly and heartily.
FLETCHER Evidently, Con
gressman Fletcher is
IS NOT not greatly -worried
over the prospect
WORRIED. that Mayor Ames is
thinking of getting
into the race for congress next year.
Readers ofThe Journal already know
with what Indifference the congressman
treated the mayor's announcement. When
I asked Mr. Fletcher for his statement
regarding Ames he smiled, and said:
"There isn't anything \ that it is worth
while saying on that subject, is there?"
And then he dictated the short interview
which was wired The Journal last
Saturday. Mr. Fletcher, apparently thinks
that if Ames is the only man he will have
to go against next year his nomination Is
as good as secured already. At the same
time, however, he declined to discuss the
doctor or his administration. His policy
seems to be to ignore the doctor.
TREATY Indian Inspector Mc-
Laughlin returned to
WITH LOWER Washington to - day
from South Dakota,
BRULES. where he negotiated
';'. yXz a treaty with the
Lower Brules for the ■ cession' of 60.000
acres of the western portion of their res
ervation to the government. The price to
be paid is $70,700, and one stipulation in
the agreement is that the money is to be
expended in fencing the western side of
the reservation, and In the purchase of
stock cattle and agricultural implements,
so that none of the money will go to the
Indians direct. The treaty must be ap
proved by the secretary of the. interior
and ratified by congress. Major McLaugh
lin was also instructed to negotiate a
treaty for the cession of about 450,000
acres of land in Gregory county, but could
not get the. tribe together owing to the
outbreak of smallpox. He reports the
disease as very prevalent, "with several
quarantine camps established on the res
ervation. Major McLaughlin will be here
about ten days, when he will probably go
to Minnesota to negotiate a treaty with
the Chippewas for the cession, of some
of their lands. This treaty was asked
for by Representative Eddy some time
ago. 'i(;j, - .
THAT NEW Too much reliance
should not be placed
FEDERAL in the statement in a
• Minneapolis newspa-
BUILDING.' per . recently, . that
during his recent fly
ing trip to this city Congressman Fletch
er set the ball in motion for a new gov
ernment building for Minneapolis. There
Is nobody now in Washington who will
have a single word to say aboutia* new
building. There is In each house of con
gress a committee known as the commit
TAEL-RAISING EPISODE IN THE ORIENT.
tee on public building^ and grounds, and
to it all bills referred which call for ap
propriations for public buildings. These
committees will not meet until next De
cember, and no members of them have
been in Washington for months. The sev
eral departments have no more to do
with new public buildlpgs than rank out
| siders, and cannot influence the action of
congress. The needs "for new buildings
are always passed upon by congress it
self, without asking the advice or in
formation of the departments. If Min
neapolis is to have a new building, as she
will have some day, the congressman from
that city will introduce a bill providing
tor it, and the bill wiii -^c referred to the
public building and ground 3 committee,
and by it reported ta the house, either
favorably or unfavorably. And after the
bill gets through the house, it must run
the gauntlet of the senate. So, It will be
seen that any discussion of a new build
ing between sessions is far from being
definite or reliable.
—W. W. Jermane.
LA FOLLETTE AROUSED
ORDERS A FIGHT PREVENTED
Wisconsin's (iOTernor Vetoes the
Root-Carter Fight Booked for
Oshkosh—His Order.
Chicago, May 16.—1n reply to a query
as to what action he would take regard
ing the Root-Carter fight. Governor La-
Pollette telegraphed the Associated Press
as follows:
Madison, Wis., May 16.—"Respecting
your query as to official action in connec
tion with the proposed fight at Oshkosh,
the following instructions have been
issued from this office:
To Carl D. Jackson, District Attorney, and
Eugene Potter, Sheriff of Winnebago County:
You, and each of you, are directed to take
such action aB- will absolutely prevent any
prize fight from taking place anywhere with
in your county. It will not be held to be a
compliance with this order in any respect,
should you allow a contest to commence and
to stop it after a violation of the statute has
taken place. No violation of the statute
whatever must be permitted, and no mere
error in judgment will be accepted as an ex
cuse for such violation. You and each of
you will be held accountable for the strict
enforcement of this order.
The attorney general of the state will be
In Oshkosh to aid and advise you, and the
adjutant general of the state at hand with
full authority to support you with all the
power of the state.
General Charles R. Boardman, adjutant
general of the state of Wisconsin, is hereby
directed to proceed to Oshkosh to consult
with the local authorities and take such steps
as he may deem necessary to enforce the
law which prohibits prize fighting in this
state. —Robert La Follette, Governor.
Oshkosh Not Informed.
Oshkosh, Wis., May 16. —A conference
between Sheriff Potter of Winnebago
county and Attorney-General E. R. Hicks
at Madison is to be held by long-distance
telephone this morning relative to the
Root-Carter fight. There is absolutely
no truth in the report that the contest
will be prevented by officers of the law.
The sports are extremely confident, and
with Principals Jack Root and Kid Car
ter on the ground, no fear is felt as to
the outcome of the attempts of Professor
O. R. Gleason, the world-renowned horse
trainer, to stop the bout.
GOLDEN WEDDING
Rev. and Mrs. < onklin of Lake City
Celebrate.
Special to The Journal.
Lake City, Minn., May 16. —Rev. and
Mrs. V. B. Conklin of this city celebrated
their fiftieth wedding anniversary at the
home of Rev. and Mrs. G. W. Fuller. They
were married at Berlin, Wis., on May 15,
ISSI. The entire family and several
friends were in attendance. —A companion
court of the I. O. F. was organized in the
city last evening, with thirty charter
members.
MORRISON RETURNS
Indians' Complaints to Be Settled
by Arbitration.
Special to The Journal.
Park Rapids, Minn., May 16. —Daniel
Morrison, clerk to Captain Mercer, has re
turned. The trouble at Round Lake will
be settled by arbitration. _No further
trouble is apprehended.
The newspaper of Brooklyn say that
the free lecture system has proved a
great success. During the course, which
lasted thirteen weeks, 112,444 people at
tended.
BIG TRUST'S
ABLE ALLIES
Two Railroad Commissioners
Are That in Effect.
THAT OKE RATE CASE
Mills and Miller Will Vote for a
Compromise.
AN EASY VICTORY FOR THE ROADS
Roads Contend In Substance That
They Are Hot Common
Carriers of Ore.
If the railroad and warehouse commis
sion Is possessed with the idea of helping
the giant steel trust in its war with the
independent ore shippers of northern Min
nesota, it would probably conduct the ore
rate case about the way it Is now doing.
This is a hard thing to say of men
elected to a public trust by a vote of the
people, but the shadow of coming events
gives good cause for the statement. This
is said with the understanding that the
commission i 3 about to modify the order
filed May 7. It proposes to "compromise"
with the railroad attorneys, permitting
them to have a rehearing In the ore rate
case without acknowledging the legal
right of the commission to regulate the
rates.
Gift to the Railroads.
The ore carrying roads of northern Min
nesota, are owned and controlled by the
United States Steel company,, which also
owns the great majority of the producing
iron mines of northern Minnesota. The
mines owned by independent companies
cannot operate at a profit on account of
the excessive rates charged by the roads
for hauling their ore to Duluth.
The former commission, which went out
of office Jan. 7, filed an order in Decem
ber, directing the Duluth & Iron Range
and the Duluth, Missaba & Northern to
reduce their rates 20 cents per gross ton.
While the case was pending, and before
the order was filed, the roads withdrew
their schedules of rates, then on file with
the commission, and set up the plea that
the commission had no authority in the
matter. It was too late for the old com
mission to take up the case, and it was
left for the three men elected last fall
to handle.
Five Months of Violation.
For five months the two railroads have
been in constant violation of law, still
refusing to file their schedules. The
shipping season has begun, and they have
begun their carrying trade, paying no
attention to the commission's order.
Instead of starting a mandamus pro
ceeding to compel the roads to file copies
of their rates, the commission made an
order on May 7, declaring In substance
as follows:
"If the roads, on or before June 20, file
with the commission their rates, and also
file a stipulation acknowledging the
authority of the commission to regulate
these rates, the commission will suspend
the order and grant a rehearing."
No one had any idea that the railroads
would comply witn these conditions.
Three days later counsel for both the
roads, accompanied by E. L. Windom,
claim agent for the Duluth & Iron Range,
and by M. D. Grover, representing the
Eastern Minnesota, waited on the com
mission. They spent two hours in secret
consultation with the commission, and at
Its close not a word was given out as to
what took place, except that one of the
railroad attorneys said they did not pro
pose "to sign away all their legal rights."
Next day the commission retained Sen
ator Moses E. Clapp as special counsel
in the case, but they have as yet held
no consultation.
Two CommlMioDeri Back Down.
Two members of the commission, how
ever, have decided to back down from the
order of May 7, and to withdraw the re
quirement that the roads recognize the
commission's authority. They will agree
Continue!! on Second. Page.
12 PAGES-FIVE OCLOOK.
MRS. MCRINLEY
IS SINKING FAST
President Is at the Bedside of His Wife Without
Hope That She Will Ever
Recover.
He Cancels All Engagements—Medical Skill
Exerted to the' Utmost to Keep
Mrs. McKinley Alive.
t f U
MRS. WM. McKINLEY.
San Francisoo, May 16. —9:30 a. m.—Secretary Cortelyou has just given the As
sociated Press the following bulletin:
At 9 o'clock the doctors report Mrs. McKinley's condition not so fa
vorable, she having had a sinking spell at 5 o'clock this morning. There
will not be another official bulletin until noon. President McKinley has
cancelled every arrangement for the day.
San Francisco, May 16.—10 a. m, —President McKinley is at the bedside of his
wife without hope that she will ever recover.
After a comparatively easy night she commenced to sink rapidly at 5 o'clock
this morning. Dr. Rixey, who has been in attendance almost without relief for
several days, hurriedly summoned Drs. Hirschfelder and Gibbons. They arrived at
the Scott residence before 7 o'clock and everything their knowledge and skill could
suggest was done to keep Mrs. McKinley alive.
Access to the house for the first time was denied to newspaper reporters. Guard*
were posted at the door and everyone but the doctors were turnd away.
CONDITION 31 ORB ALARMING
At 9 o'clock the physicians held a consultation and at 9:30 a. m. Secretary Cor
telyou gave out a bulletin, announcing that Mrs. McKinley's condition had become ,
more alarming owing to the sinking spell at 5 o'clock and that the president had
cancelled all engagements.
Later it was learned that Mrs. McKinley was barely alive and that she was
likely to expire at any moment.
The distressing news was spread rapidly over the city and crowds gathered about
the newspaper bulletin boards, anxiously awaiting further information.
About the house on the hill where Mrs. McKinley lies, groups of people gath
ered and discussed in low tones the illness of the president's wife. Everybody who
left the house was eagerly questioned for information but everybody was referred
to Secretary Cortelyou.
As that gentleman was invisible to these who called nothing definite could be
learned.
STREETS KEPT QUIET
The Scott mansion is on the crest of a high hill overlooking Lafayette Square
and there is very little traffic in that neighborhood. When it became known how
dangerously Mrs. McKinley was, even the few vehicles that pass that way were
stopped and the streets on all sides of the house were kept free from noise.
It is very probable that the local committees having in charge the arrange
ments for entertainments and banquets for the president and the visitors from
Ohio will abandon everything.
In the event of Mrs. McKinley's death it is likely that the launching of the'
battleship Ohio, planned for Saturday, will be postponed.
The members of the president's cabinet called at the house early this morning,
but they could be of no assistance and they returned sadly to their hotels. From,
there they kept in constant telephonic connection with Secretary Cortelyou who,
even to the members of the president's own family, was very reticient.
ARTIFICIAL HEART-STIMULANTS
10-30 a m.—The president was with Mrs. McKinley constantly during the night.
At his request all relatives have been notified of the extremely critical character
of her illness. She is unconscious most of the time and is just hovering between
life and death. Artificial heart stimulants have been resorted to and three physi
cians are in constant attendance.
Thousands of telegrams have been received, not only from all parts of the
country but from all over the world. As far as possible they are being answered
with the information that Mrs. McKinley's condition is very critical. At 10 a. m.
Mrs. Morse, the president's niece, arrived at the house. Everything at that hour
indicated that the end was approaching.
A BARE CHANCE FOR LIFE
At 1130 a m the attending physicians were in consultation and they believe that
there is <& bare chance for Mrs. McKinley to rally. Her lack of reserve strength,
however makes her ability to revive extremely doubtful.
The president is at her bedside, and the ladies of the cabinet, with Mr. and Mrs.
Morse and Mr and Mrs. Scott are In the adjoining room. Secretary Hitchcock and
Postmaster General Smith are in the parlor below awaiting tidings from the slck
r°oIAt 1145 a m. Secretary Cortelyou made the following statement:
The physicians have been most of the morning with Mrs. McKinley
and report that while she has bad no relapse during the morning, her
condition is grave. She is not suffering, but is very weak.
Canton Ohio May 16.-Mrs. Marshall Barber, sister to Mrs. McKinley. received
the following dispatch shortly before noon from President McKinley:
the »uow™* a ra |£ ed from tne Blnklng B peii which she had at 6 o'clock thla
morning, and while now fairly comfortable, ahe Is critically 111.
AN ANXIOUS NIGHT
Little New* Come. From the Sic*
Room. J -
San Francisco. May 16.-An anxious
night was passed by many watchers in
and about the temporary home of Presi
dent and Mrs. : McKinley on the western
Blope of Clay street hill. A heavy fog
hung low over the city and the long hours
until morning were cold. and \ cheerless.
After 10 o'clock last night no official in
formation regarding Mrs. McKlnley's con
dition was given out/ and: the newspaper
men who waited at the entrance of the
Scott residence could obtain little news
from the ■ few persons : who passed out of
the building. The " departure . of .. Dr.
Hirschfelder at 10 o'clock brought a few
words of cheer, as it - was j learned that
the patient was slightly better. i A little
later the ; faithful Dr. Rixey took a short
rest, which, he badly • needed, for his care
of Mrs. McKinley has been unremitting
for many weeks.
At midnight the * sufferer was -sleeping
quietly, and her condition showed im
provement. The digestive trouble which
had caused much uneasiness, had in a
- measure succumbed to treatment, and
hope was expressed that the crisis had
passed. Nothing definite was given out
during the early hours of the morning.
Condition Still Critical.
The only word that could be obtained
at sunrise was that Mrs. McKinley had
rested as well aa could be expected,
though it was stated that her condition
was very critical.
In an authoritative statement made by
Irving M. Scott, the future movement*
of the president, so far as decided upon,
were announced as follows, .subject ta
change or revocation, should Mrs. Mc-
Kinley not improve:
For to-day, the trip up Mount Tamal
pals and all other events arranged tor
the day are abandoned. For the night th 4
president will attend the banquet given
by the Ohio society.
Friday, the president will receive th*
school children in Golden Gate park, de-«
voting as much of his time to this evenf
v is poMlble. TIM Knights Templar*

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