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Washington, Sept 14.The official announcement of the President
death was received at the White House at 2:35 a, m., and is as follows: BuffaJ
Sept. 14. Col. B. S. Montgomery, Executive Mansion, Washington: The Pre
dent died at a quarter past two this morning. George B. Cortelyou.
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L0N6 HOURS OF PUBLIC SUSPENSE
FOLLOWED BY THE EXPECTED NEWS.
Thflrs Was Little Hope After the Collapse ot
Early Yesterday Morning The President
Continued Conscious Until Late Last
Evening He Bade Farewell to
Mrs. McKiniey and to
Intimate Friends.
MR. ROOSEVELT IS NOT IN BUFFALO.
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DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENCY.
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REPUDUC SPECIAL.
Washington, Sept. 13. There will be no ceremony about the change .of admin
istration. Mr. Roosevelt will tako the oath of ofllce as President quietly and
unostentatiously. Upon receiving notice from Secretary Cortelyou and tho mem
oers of the- Cabinet In Buffalo that the President la dead-Secretary Hay will sen'
an. official dispatch to Mr. Roosevelt wherever he may be at that tlmel
Mr. Roosevelt will probably have received the. Information direct from the, i
Milburn house, but he will not act until he has received the official dispatch
.from Secretary Hay.- The nearest United States Judge 'will then be summoned '
and he will take the oath of office and at once become Presldentof the United' ,
States. ijf.. " -.. .
Secretary Hay will notify tho United States Ainbassedors. and Ministers In.
an roreign countries, and they will communicate Information $o tho Govem--mtnts
to which they' ara accredited. In the, absence of thJScretary.of War.'arid
the-Secretary of the Navy, the acting heads of theW'arSind NavifdeDaVtments
will issue, orders to the army and navy directing tho Xlafe'to" be .placed nt hair'.
must, ana me. customary badges of mourning to bevwornjymtf also directing the
flrlner of. minute cuns on the day of. the funeral.. J$( "'
'There wall be no Immediate change .In the composition of-the Cabinet. With-.
In a short "time,, probably In a Jay orr two after the -funeral, all the members
of the Cabinet 'will place .their resignations at the dfsposltton:'6i''the new'Presl-,
dent, who will probably aslc all to continue in office for the present. What
changes 'in the 'Cabinet may subsequently bo made cannot be predicted.
REPUBLIC, SPECIAL. . .
Mllbura Cottage, Buffalo, BeptT f, 2s30 a, m. President Wil
liam McKitileyaiedvat.flfteeamnntea after 2 o'clock this morning.
.He had been unconscions since ten 'minutes of 8 'last nigtitv The
k deam was. omciaiiy. announcea Dy. oecuiryuruuu. . mMMMMwM.'yiMMM'MMMMMM! ,
xne jrresiaeiiusiHsi conscious uuur uu ciuiu.mw ircui nu " j
..wife;'towbom he devotea.tt lrfenma of cares
.' - He"died?jinatterided byfntfnUteir. of the gospel, but. Ms" last
words -were an humble siibnUssion;'to,tKevWill;"ofithe God id "whom
he believed. He was reconciled to the crnel fate to which an as-
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spirit wnicn marKeo. niB long ana uoiiutbuic .career .:
President McKonljr'a alath wraCentirey pnless. He had been
;'klngj dibaUrtbnffdifyrpaiiiie ntir6Ilighti and for nl
' jnostoutvhoufa had Been- unconscious. SVhen5 the end: finally came
Doctw-Bixeyj alone ot the phTsiciaha yas with,him,"bnt so gradual
was the approacft'of death- that it is difficult to -sajf the" exact, second
he breathed his last
Doctor Bixey, standlhg "by the fceasideV held the ;President?s
.; hand,' felt for. the pulse that was imperceptible. Bending forward, he
felt'the President's heart and listened for the breath that' was not
drawn, and then announced tho end.
Those present at the time of the President's 'death were:
Secretary Oortelyoir, Doctor BXxey, Mrs. and Miss Barber and. Miss Duncan.
' Mrs. MeKlnlej; was la an -adjoining room. Doctor Rlxey. was the only pliysl
lan present.
Secretary Cortelyon cams .otft of ttio Mllbnrn nouse .and -walked-' slowly
down to the newspaper men, who were congregated behind the rope barrier.
The President died at a quarter after 2 o'clock," said he, in an even voice.
fie then turned and walked back to the home, maintaining, even after All wns
orer, the calm demeanor 'which has characterized all his actions during the anx
ious days and sleepless nights which have passed since the President was shot.
MRS. MdONLEY BREAKS
fDOWN WHEN END COMES.
iWhen-thoiannoxmcement was made to Mrs. McKiniey that her husband could
tot lire, she seemed to bo resigned and bore tip bravely, but as the full eig
bttcanee of her loss came upon her she gave way under the strain, and nt the
time of her husband's death she was under the care of a physician and nurses.
It Is feared that she will recover from the loss of her husband with difficul
ty if at aB,
A telegram has been sent to Vice- President Roosevelt, and-an. attempt, will
be made to Intercept him. on his journey. A call has been Issued for a Cabinet
i meeting; which will be held early Jn the morning. Secretary Gage cannot- be
present, but It is' understood that he is now on, bis way to Buffalo..
The burial will be in Canton.
v Director General Buchanan of the exposition has announced that the expo
- sttlon would close, to-day, to-morrow and Monday.
No definite arrangements for the funeral have been made, but the Presi
dents body win be removed to Washington to-morrow, or on Sunday at the lat
est; and wm lie In state there.'
Secretary of the Navy John D. long arrived at six minutes past 12 o'clock,
In time to see the President alive, although unconscious.
A few minutes before he sank into -unconsciousness
the President murmured the
words of the hymn, "Nearer My God to
The."
Ab the dying" President sank Into uncon
sciousness b said:
'It is Ood's way;, his will be done!''
The-President's vitality to-day was mar.
velons. Burins' the late afternoon", life was
sustained solely by- powerful restoratives
and by oxygen." For a Ions while he failed
to respond, and all hope was abandoned, but
the flfht with death was kept up nobly, and
again the. patient rallied, until a. new,
though small, hope. wa aroused in "'the
watchers by the bedside.
But this hope -Was short-lived. Again the.
dreaded linking spell appeared, and again
9xygen sailed to aid.
The short period of consciousness between
the sinking spells was marked, by a scene
it wonderful tenderness and pathos". Presl-.
lent McKlhley's first Whisper .was- for his
wife, and' Mrs. McKiniey, wbo.dld not know,
is he did,' that the end was' so near, came
nto the room and sank on her knees "beside
ihe' bed.- .
Taking her. loved one's hand between tiers.
Ihe broke into sobs, deep, but, not ioud;
.As if the truth burst upon :her in that
inoment, she' turned to Doctor Rlxey and,
n broken, tones, said: ."Tou will save him?
I cannot let him go, .and -the nation cannot.
Tare him." -j .
Mrs. McKiniey last saw her husbaild be
1 ween'll aad'U.5 - " - - ?
to the sickroom singly at
were admitted
that time;" .
MOCRHIXG FAMItY LEFT
ALOXE WITH THEIR DEAD.
The announcement ot the .death to the
members of the Cabinet was made by Wobb
Hayes, who said:- -
"It's all over."
With the momentary .excitement Incident
upon the announcement of the end, the en-'
tire scene became one of unmistakable deep
mourning. As if nature lent lt 'aid to tho
grieving crowd, a; dense fog' settled like a
pall over the city. . - '
The Milburn house became a tomb .of
silence. Lights not extinguished were
dimmed, visitors were refused" admittance
and the mourning, family, and their intimate
relatives.. were ieft alone with their dlstin
gulshed dead. '..-..'.
- One of -the members" of the .Cabinet said
the expectaUonof the, Cabinet. was that the.
remains would be taken -to. Washington and
men ue m state, at, the. Capitol, afterwards
going to Canton for anal .Interment;
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"M-HAT FRESIDBKT ROOSEVELT
WILL PROBABIr DO FIRST.
It was late -eite'rday evening, before word
came from the Adirondacks.that Vice Pres
ident Roosevelt had -recelvedi' the news' of
theiPresldent critical" condition. He was
on top of Mount. Maroy. on a shooting trip,
and inhere wereithlrty-ftye-tnllea" of rough
country to. cover before .he reached North
.Crreek, where.afspMUlIn. Isiwiltlng for
PRESIDENT'S LAST HOURS,
all
nat the President would recover- was abandoned. ,,
The mo"st heorla measures were resorted- toi'by the eminent medical men
; in -attendance to save the .President's 'life.
. Oxygen had been administered steadily, but with little effect In keeping
Iwfctthe approach cf dca'th; The President came out of one period of uneonr
sclousuess only to relapse Into another. But in this period, when his mind was
'partially clear, occurred a series of events of profoundly touching character.
Downstairs, with strained and tear-stained faces, members of the Cabinet
werq grouped in anxious waiting. They knew the end was near and that the
tlD'.e had come when tiiey iuust see ulm for the last time on earth. This was
about 0 o'clock.
One by one they ascended the stairway Secretary Root, Secretary Hitch
cock and Attorney GcnerairKnox. Secretary Wilson also was there, but he held
back, not wishing to fee the President In his Inst agony.
There w:is" only a momentary stay of the Cabinet officer at the threshold
of the death chamber. Then they withdrew, the tears streaming down their
faces and the' wot da of intense: grief choking In their throats.
After they. left the .sickroom the physicians rallied him to consciousness and
the President asked almost inuiuMIately that his wife be brought to hlui. The
doctors fell back into the shadow of the. room as Mrs. McKiniey came through
the doorway.
The strong face cf the dying man lighted up wlthSi faint 6mile as their
hands were c?ni!cl.
THE PRESIDENT'S LAST WORDS.
She-sat bcs'.de him and held. his hand. Despite her physical weakness, she
bore tip bravely under the ordeal.
The President, in his last period of consciousness, which ended about 7:40,
chanted the words of the hymn, "Nearer. My God. to Thee." and his Inst
audible conscious words as taken down by Doctor Mann at the bedside were:
"Gocd-by, all; gocd-by. It is God's way. His will be done."
Then, his mind began to. wander and soon he completely iort consciousness.
His life was prolonged for horns by the administration of oxygen and the Presi
dent finally exprrr'sed a desire to be allowed to die.
About 8:30 the administration of osygen ceased and the pulse grew fainter
and fainter. He was sinking gradually, 'like a child, into the eternal slumber.
Bv 10 o'clock the pulse could'no longer be felt In his extremities and they
grew cold. Below stairs the grlcf-'strlcken gathering waited sadly for the end.
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PRESIDEXT'S FRIESDS
AXD RELATIVES GATHER.
All the evening those who had hastened
here"a3fast.as steel and steam could carry
them continued to arrive. They drove up
In carriages at a gallop, or were' whisked
up in automobiles, all intent upon getting
hero before death came.
One of the last to arrive was Attorney
General Knox, who reached the house at
9:30. He was permitted to go upstairs to"
look for the last time upon the face of his
chief...
Those in the.house at this, time were Sec
retaries Hitchcock. Wilson and Boot; Sen?
ators Fairbanks, Hanna and Burrows;
Judge Day, Colonel Herrick, Abner "Mc
Kiniey, the President's brother, and his
wife; Doctor and Mrs. Baer, tho President's
niece and her husband; Mrs. Barber and
Mrs. Duncan, the President's sisters; Mrs.
Mary Barber, Mrs. McWilliams. Mrs. Mc
Klnley's cousin; the physicians, including
Doctor McBurney, who" arrived after S
o'clock; John G. Milburn, John' .If. Scaich-
erd, Harry Hamlin, all. of this city; Secre
tary Cortelyou and a number of others.
Reverend C. !D. Wilson, a Methodist min
ister of Tonawanda. N. T who" was "the
President's pastor for three 'years at Can-.
ton, called - at the residence to Inquire
whether his services were needed, but did
not enter the house. Another Methodist
minister, who has. a church near by... re
mained at the: Milburn residence ! for" two
hours In the belief that his services might
be desired. . ' "'?
At :S7. Secretary Cortelyou; who hid; been
much of the. Ume with. TiU dying chief, sent
out- formal' notification that; the President'
was dying. Bit the President lingered on.
bis pulse growing fatnterand fainter, -
HIS TRRHEXDOCS VITALITY ,. ., ;'t
FROLOKQED DEATH STRPOOLE.- y :.
There was"-no need, for. official bulletins
after this; Those who came f roil Um'smmm
President-was dying and that the- end might
come at any time. His tremendous vitality
was the only remaining factor in the re
sult, and this gave hope only of brief post
ponement ot the end. Doctor Mynter
thought that he might last until 2 a. m. Doc
tor Mann said at 11 o'clock that the Presi
dent was still alive and probably would live,
an hour.
Thus minutes lengthened to hours, and
midnight came, with the President still bat
tling against death.
At this hour, midnight, the Milburn house
was the center ot a scene as animated as
though it were midday, although a solemn
hush hung over the great crowd .of watch
ers. The entire lower part of the house
was aglow with light and. the many attend
ants, friends and' relatives, could be seen
within moving about and occasionally com
'ing In groups' to the front doorway for a
breath of air. In. the upper front chambers
ihe. lllhts were low." and around on the
r.orth side, where' the chamber of death is
located, there were, fitful lights, some burn
ing brightly and then turned low,
VITALITY EBBED AS
MIDNIGHT APPROACHED.
Secretary -Boot and Secretary Wilson came
from the house about midnight and paced.
up and down the sidewalk. All that Sec
retary Boot saw -was:.
The night has not come yt."
;Desplte the, fact that vitality continued to
ebb as midnight approached, no efforts "were
spared to keep the spark at life glowing.
Doctor. Janeway of New York City arrived
at the depot at U:jiq"o'e!oek. George 'Urban
was" waiting' for him and' they' drove at a
Dreak-nick pace' -:to -the Milburn house.- He"
waa phown to the President's -room at onca
andi began ah : examination of the 'almost
Inanimate form'.-
VICE PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT
XOTIFIBD HARtT IX DAY.
Secretary.' of the Navy, Long arrived at
the, MUDurn house, it Hint o'clock. This
"wm hU,. first 'vtett to the city, and he had
the extreme satisfaction of seeing the
! TreEldent aliva, even though he was not.
conrclocs cf tils visitor's presence. Secre
tary Lcng was visibly affected.
Vice President Roosevelt had been notified
early In tho day of the critical state of af
fairs. Therp wan no lonser a doubt that in
the approaching death, of the President n
complete chance In the pxecutlvp admin
istration of the Government would, ensue.
When Mr. Roosevelt would .take the oath
of office was wholly a matter'of conjecture.
President Arthur took the cath at 2 a. m.
after tho death of Garfiolu. ,nd in that case
Justice Brady of New Tork administered
the oath. Thera is no reaulrement that the
oath shall be administered by a Justice of
the United States Supreme Court, although
that procedure is adopted when circum
stances permit.
Without unseemly har.te the members cf
tho Cabinet will tender their resignation'
and the new President will then be free to
Initiate his own policy and choose his own
Cabinet.
MR. ROOSEVELT MOST
SURPRISED OP ALL.,
There la little possibility to-night that Mr.
Roosevelt, will get here. Mr. Anslcy Wil
cox, who entertained the Vice President
when he was here lost, said to Inquiries that
the best Information he had was that Mr.
Roosevelt would bo'here to-morrow-morning,
and not until late in the morning. He
snid that-the Vice President would bo un
able to. reach a railroad station much be
fore 4 o'clock to-morrow morning. That
would bring him hero" about nport to-morrow.
Mr. .Wilcox said, in explanation of
Mr. Roosevelt's being so far .out of touch:
"The Vice President was at all times very
optimistic, and .when he went away was
absolutely positive that the President' would
recover and that'- the- convalescence would
be rapid. He certainly never' expected to
day's sad occurrences."
Shortly? after midnight the. President's
breathing was barely perceptible. His pulse
had practically ceased, and. the extremities'
were cold. It was recognized that noth
ing remained but the last struggle, and
some of the friends of-the..family who, had
remained through "the day" began to ieave
tho house, not caring to be present at the.
final scene.
ANOTHER PREMATURE'
REPORT' OP DEATH.
Suchan Intense state of anxiety existed
among the watchers that rumors gained
frequent circulation that death had already
MRS. McKINLEY WAS UNABLE
TO REALIZE HUSBAND'S C0NDITH
Buffalo. Sent. 13 Senators Hanna. Fairbanks and Burrows were still in
Houreat V0 a. ra. Fairbanks- said he was In the President's room 'at. 9:18. gi
Klnley was there." he said, "but her condition was pitiful. She didn't una
hu;!r.r.d's condition."
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" HOW PREMATURE NOTICE OF THE PRESIDENT'S
DEATH CAME TO BE GIVEN TO THE STARTLED NA'
Washington. Sept: 13. A premature announcement of the death of
McKiniey was given out nt the White" House by Chief Operator Montgoi
shortly before 6:30 -o'clock, and was recalled a few moments later. In expl
tlon it was stated -that the operator at the Buffalo end of the White Hi
wire had been handed, s. bunch of official messages announcing the
death, and Immediately! began sendlng-them out. He had sent. three of the
sages when they were recalled and canceled, and word given to "km".
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MAYOR WELLS'S-PROCLAMATION. , l
Mayor Wells will issue a proclamation this morning directing municipal
flclals and the people of St. Louis to observe an extended period of mourning-i
reverence of. President McKiniey. Flag will float at half-mast and public bo
ings wilt be draped with crepe for thirty days. The City Hall and all pus
buildings will be closed on the day. of the funeral, and all public -work win.
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V The Presidents death gives particular reason for public demonstratw?
condolence. Mayor -Wells believes, and he 'hopes business men and. -families
show their patriotism ana anecuon py iouowmg me oraer commanaing. atf
pal officials to place their. flags at nail-mast and. drape pubUc building. TQifWt
He thinks love of country ana uie country s ruier'snould inspire citixen;
.exhibit mourning.- Twenty years ago, within a week of the same date, .a ataS
- proclamation was promulgated oy Mayor awing, .rresiaem uarneia o.ia,J
tember 1?, lS31,.in Long Branch,. N.: j.,. the yIctlm'of;an assassin, and Mayor'.!
inc commanded thirty days of .mourning-. In-1891 Mayor Noonan closed pub
buildings for one day in respect .to General Sherman. The enrollment of Pre
dent McKiniey among the names of c the, nation's martyr Presidents demands 1
traditional season of public, sorrowing, ue believes. Mayor Wells wm not incu
A In h nrneln'matlnn n. reouest tnatbeJlsbe tolled durlnsr the funeral.
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death. He had s?en-a reputable local paper
Issued with the announcement that ,the
'President died at 11:05 p. m. and had. hur
ried up so that there would- bo no delay' In
removing the body. - - ""l..
He was:very much chagrined wjin Doctor -cl,rta.aitne state w'Mtfffe
Mann met him at the doer and told him I jj--. .' &&
Mann
that his services were not' required land
that he would be notified when . 3 'wa.'
wanted. Doctor Mann ' said that the -Presi-
actuaUy occurred; Warrival'of the Cor- ldent was stl" ??' "a,th -Sii'
oner gave rise to one such rumor, and a i wy was examining the Heatt-gcenTheM;
flood of groundless dispatch,-were sent, has raU no hope, but thy;dia,not deelre
sarins: that the end-had ee-me; These were " ..-.,.-. -a.
speedily, set at resthy;..an.oiacial statement '
from within the.house.- that, the. reports of
death' were groundless and that the. Presi
dent still lived. ; ' r--. " "
Coroner Wilson said that he had been or
dered by- the.-District Attorney of the couni
ty to go to" the, Milburn resldenco as soon
as possible arwf tho' announcement ., of
NOTIFYING THEWORLK!-..
Washington AnthoriitiefSend For?
vrnal Notices of PVesliKntfs. Death?
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dent McKiniey had passed .away,-
o'clock,- tho crowd-which had btm.'i
streets restlessly and sorrowfully-" a
news of the ead had retired for the nh
had 'all the Government offlclalsjsaye'.i
Washtngton,.Sept, It: When.thelew-in I
and official announcement cajje.tat'Pj)fre'gceretJ,ili
tnents.. .' - :&&&
.Secretary Hay bad Issued dire
what i should be- done;' and' Acting
.Clerk Martin" and other employes, ae
news, immediately nrnr i nniii ssse. I
ana every, uniiea siaKSTJUBU
f Minister, or the Charge. d'AfflWiafeN
the chief diplomatic' ofllciala
from-their posts, .'notifying ' ttem'tbiitj
dent- McKiniey died at'zdB' rf
morning. In Buffalo; andlMtrorttiif:!
to inform. the'Goverhmentato 'EmsI
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