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! VOL. VII NO 223
V Spectacle of Mournful Grandeur. V
With Majestic Solemnity Were
the ILernainLS of a Gread:
; Lid Good Statesman
XV and President.
0re of the
of the Day w.s the Absence
,; of Mrs. McKirvley From the
Furieral Servicese
m. Ai'fiT'T, $ ;"
Canton, 0., Sept. 10. With majes
tic Bolcmnlty, surrounded by his coun
trymen and his townspeople, In tho
prcsenco of the President, of tho Unit
ed States and tho cabinet, Jus
tices of tho United States Supremo
court, Senators and, Representatives In
congress, heads of military and naval
establishments, Governors of states
and a great concourso of people, all
that was mortal of tho third Presi
dent to fall by an assassin's bullet
was committed to tho grave.
It was a spectacle of mournful
grandeur. Canton ceased to bo a
town and was swelled to the propor
tions of a great city. Fully 100,000
people camo hero to pay their last
tributo to tholr fallen chief. Tho
final scenes at tho First Methodist
church, where tho funeral services
woro held and at the beautiful West
lawn cemetery, where tho body was
consigned to the vault, were simple
nnd Impressive. Tho service at tho
church consisted of brief orations,
prayers by ministers of thrco denom
inations and singing by a quartette.
Tho Jwdy was then taken to tho West
Lawn cemetery and placed in tho re
ceiving vault, pending the tlmo when
It will bo finally laid to rest besido
his dead children burled years ago.
Tho funeral procession was two miles
long. t
Ono of tho most pathetic features of
tho day was tho absence of Mrs. Mc
Kinley frqm tho funeral services at
tho church and cemetery when tho
body of her husband was laid to rest.
Sho was too weak to pass through tho
trials of tho funeral ceremonies.
Through the open door of her room
sho heard tho prayer of the minister
as tho body, was ''borno out of tho
house. After that Dr. Rlxey remain
ed closo by her. Although tho full
forco of tho calamity como upon her
It was believed that thero was piovl
dentlal mercy In her tears, as they
, gavo some relief to tho anguish of tho
heart within. At 7 o'clock tonight
President Roosevelt and members of
the cabinet started lack to Washing
' Canton, O., Sept 19. Tho scono with
in tilo church whon tho casket was car
ried in was profoundly ljnprosslvo. The
black border, twenty feet high, was to
j'eved at Intervals by narrow whlto
bands, which falling to tho floor swept
completely around tho Interior. The
vestibules on eitner side of tho chan
cel reading into Ihe chur.ch wero black
tunnels with stained glass windows oh
ol'thor fcldo, framed In black, and the
balcony in tho rear was shrouded in
tho tamo sombre colors. Graceful
black streamers festooned along the
)yrblne'd arches of the nayo formed n
black canopy ab9Ye tho chancel. Fron-.
Most Pathetic Features
this, djrectly above tho low flag coy-
crcd catafalquo on which the casket
,was to rest, hung a beautiful silk ban
ner, its red and s'now whlto folds tied
midway with a band of crepe.
' But It was tho floral display at the
front of tho church which filled tho
whole edifice with glory. Tho center
of it was a great wealth of American
beauties, framing, In a black bordeltv .i
portrait of McKfnley.
From it extending outward and up
ward was u. perfect wealth of gorgeous
blossoms. Almost directly abovo tho
support for tho coffin a sunbmst of
lights glittered like brilliant stars in
black skies. Light from without camo
through the stained glass windows.
To the music of Beethoven's Grand
Mineral Mr.ich tho body beaiers gent
ly lowered tho flag draped, flowci
adorned coffin to Its support.
Members of tho Loyal Legion, Gov.
ernor Nash, Gov. McMillan, of, Tennes
see, and Gov. Longlno, of Mississippi,
each nJth his staff, had already enter
ed tho chuich, and filled up tho most
westerly sections of tho pews.
Members of tho Sonato and Houso
preceded" tho coffin through tho door at
tho" side of the chancel through which
it entered.
Senators Allison, of Iowa, and Bate,
of Tennessee, headed tho Senatorial
representation, of which thero wero
about forty, and Speaker Henderson
and Representative Dalzell headed the
membership of tho Houso. of which
more than half of tho membership was
Tho Congressional party filled up the
entire east section of tho pews and tlm
rear half of tho two central sections.
Tho local clergymen occupied tho seats
below tho organ. All had risen as the
coffin was borne In. Tho Generalsand
Admirals of tho army and navy, who
comprised tho guard of honor, followed
tho Dody and occupied the first pew on
either sido of tho center of tho aisle.
Presulent Roosevelt and cabinet camo
Blowly niter. AH wero In black and
woro black cloves. Tho President
aloho had on a black overcoat. He
took his place Immediately behind
Lieutenant General Miles, next to tho
center of tho aisle, In tho second pow
to tho eastward. So closo was ho to the
coffin that ho coutu almost lean over
and touch it. Secrotary Cortelyoil,
JubHco McKenna of tho Supremo Court,
John ir. Mllburn and John N. Scath
erd, of Buffalo, and several others, took
seats Immediately In tho rear of the
Then, followed tho mourning relatives
who Occupied tfielf pews on tho left
of (lib center of tho aisle. Mr, and
Mrs. Abnor McKinley led the way, fol
lowed by other kumcdlato relatives.
Senator and Mrs. Fairbanks and Col,
and Mrs. ''Myron T. Herrlck, of Qleye
(land, and. a few pthfcr cloae pttpoaal
.tt&! jtyttM mmfymfy -'
friends coupled tho fqurth pew frohl
tho front. That always occupied by
President McKinley was draped In
black and rcmalned'vacant. After these
wero seated tho door leading Into the
Sabbatlf School room was opened and
tho seats wero arranged below as well
as those in tho bafcony, and were soon
filled with representatives of vailoua
organizations and the fellow townsmon
of tho martyred President. It was af
ter two o'clock when the quartette sang
"Beautiful Islo of Somewhere."
When the sound of the last line died
away Rev. O. B. Milllgan, pastor of tho
First Presbyterian church, In which the
President and Mrs. McKinley were
married thirty years" ago, offered a fer
vent prayer. Every head within the
church was bent in solemn reverence
as invocation went up.
Dr. JoHnsr. Hall, pastor of tho Trin
ity Lutheran church, then read from
the Blblo tho beautiful 10th Psalm, and
Rev. E. B. HeiCeruek read verses 41
58 of tho 25th chapter of First Corin
thians. With great feeling ho read tha
ln:Trlng words jlKng of ihe mystery
that all would not sleep but all would
be changed. Tho choir then sans
"Lead Kindly Light."
Dr. C. E. Manchester then delivered
an address, which lasted 24 minutes,
on tho llto of tho lato President and tho
lessons taught by his noble character
and death.
Rov.'l.W. Joyce, of Minneapolis, fol
lowed with"" brief prayer services,
which wero concuded with singing tho
hymn which President McKinley re
peated on his deatli bed "Nearer My
God to Thee." The entire congregation
nroso and joined in the last stanza an!
Father Valtman, of Chicago, pronounc
ed tho benediction.
Then tho notes of tho organ again
aroso and" tho cofiin was borno fiom
tho church. Relatives and theso In f
ficial llfo went out In tho order they en
tered. It was after 3 o'clock when tho
throngs outside tho church saw the sol
emn pageant reappear through tho
caurch doors.
AgalnTho flag-draped casket was
committed to tho hearse. Tho Presi
dent and members of tho Cabinet fol
lowed arm In arm. Relatives entered
tho carriages tiext. Then tho troopers,
wheeling Into ptatoons, took up the
march to tho gravo. ' In tho long lino
of carriages wero United States Sena
tors and Members of the Houso of Rep
resentatives, Justices of the Supremo
Court, ranking heads of the army and
navy, Governors of States, Mayors of
cities, and tho Wad President's fellow
Out Tuscarawas street tho long pro
cession moved. If presented tho same
sorrow strlcken"aapect lhat was ob
served Jn the heart of the city. Fun
eral arcTle3 spanned the street. louses
were nun with. KacJc' and eyen the
Stately elms along tho way had their
ttuhJTs enshrouded in black and whio
The funeral march from tho church
to the cemetery was about ono and a
.hulf miles. The route was north on
Tuscarawas street from tho church to
Lincoln street, west on Lincoln street
to West Third street, then north ono
square to the gates of tho cemetery.
t The streets along tho entire length of
tho lino wero crowded with spectators.
From tho gates of tho cemetery to tho
dooiE. of the church, on each side of
tho street was an almost unbroken
lino of soldiers, and on all Intersect
In' streets detachments of militia
,wcro posted about 'one hundred feet
from the thoroughfare upon which tho
cortege was to go, and nobody was
permitted to pass In either direction.
.jTherc was not a window that com
manded a view of tho lino of match
thai was not Hilled with faces. Num
erous stands were crowded to tho ut
,most. On roofs wee hundreds of
No greater revcrenco has over been
shown any man than was expedited
toward the dead President today. As
the funeral car passed through tho
streets men and women sobbed con-
vuleively, and at tho 'cemetery gates,
whero tho crowd was densely packed,
two women fainted.
It was exactly four minutes after
four when tho funeral car which boro
the remain through the gateway was
leading up to tho vault.
From tho first carriage that slopped
at the foot of the walk leading up tu
thevault President Roosevelt and
Commander Cowles of the Nav7 ft
liEh'Ud. Without waiting fot thosi
In tho second carriage, which contain
ed "Secretaries, Root, Gage and At
torney General Knox, tho President
,walkcd slowjy toward the vault unci
his Tposltion on tho south side of tho
ose to 4tho door., , Secretary
lobt.Jissiimc'da similar posltlonthe
nbTUi'of'lho walk. Othor momborB of
tho cabinet ranged themselves by the
sldo of the President and Secretary of
War. With bared heads tho Presi
dent and members of the cabinet who
wero followed by officers of tho army
and havy, stood on each side of the
walk, the lines reaching Just to the
edgo of the roadway. Within a min
ute after the formation of tho lines
the funeral car camo up to tho walk.
It was gently lifted from tho hearse
and borne to tho door of tho vault,
whero it rested upon tho catafalque.
Just as tho bearers lowered it to the
catafalquo Abncr McKinley and Mis.
Barber alighted fiom their carriages
and passed up to the foot of tho cas
ket, whero 'they remained during tho
brief services.
When all was In icadlness Bishop
Joyce, of Minneapolis, read tho burial
servico of the Methodist church. As
t.e words ended eight buglers of tno
Canton Band sounded "taps." When
the last note floated away, Secrotary
Wilson was in tears and Secretary
Hitchcock was also weeping. Tho
President was gazing gilmly at tho
walk. When all was ended Captain
Blddlo of Co. C of' tho Fourteenth
Infantry, who commanded the guard
which will bo placed around the vault,
stepped up and proceeded to the
post with five soldiers. Ono passed
into the vault taking his station at
the head of tho casket. Another plac
ed himself at tho foot and three men
stood In tho doorway. Thero they
remained until after the passage of tho
funeral procession. Tho President,
members of tho cabinet, and officers
of the army and navy then entered
their carriages and followed by mem
bers of tho family, passed out of tho
cemetery. Tho sentries paced tho
cement walk before tho vault while
another kept vigil on tho grassy slope
abovo, and. at tho head and at tho
foot of tho casket stood armed men.
Before tho door, which was not
closed," tonight was pitched a tent for
tho guard. Thero is will remain un
til the doors arc closed tomorrow.
Sentries will then guard tho vault
every hour of tho day and night until
tho body is borne to Its last resting
By Associated Press.
Washington, Sept. 19. Twenty years
after tho death of President Garfield,
the nation's capital is again In mourn
ing, tho wheelB of tho government are
locked and the vehicles of tho people
are uplifted lnpraycr for tho soul of
President McKinley. Everywhere Is
seen baiTgcs of mourning , Private
and public business Is absolutely sus
pended and every face shows signs of
(Continued on second page)
To the Memory of Presi
dent McKinley by
our Citizens.
Time of the Funeral was Fit
tingly Observed at tHe
Fully two thousand people gather
ed at tho Audltprlum to attend tho
McKinley memorial services Thurs
day aftcinoon and many wero tuincd
away, there not being room enough to
accommodate them all. Tho Elks,
Knights Templar, G. A. R. and
Sonsof Veterans attended In bodfcs.
Mayor Sykes opened tho services
with a few well chosen remarks and
turned tho program over to Rev.
Gear. Tho choir sang "Lead on
Kindly Light," after which Rev. Clicr
lngton lead in prayer. Dr. Perry was
the first speaker, his subject being,
"The Domestic Life of the President."
Following is a part of hid address:
The willing service,,! render at this
sadtlmo Is to romlnd.you of the hu
man side of our beloved President, to
speak of Mr. McKlnloy as a man a
mong men and his family. As we
llfo up men Into official prominence
beforo their fellows wo arc apt to for
get that offices docs not change their
natures, that they arc still men of llko
passions, desires, feelings, sympathies
with ourselves. This may account
in a measure for tho shameless and un
bridled assault upon tho character,
tho motivqs, alms, and the private
life of our public men. Let us hope
that such things have received at this
time such a check as will forever pre
vent such rash license. We cannot
but feci that a part of the responsibil
ity for the death of our Piesldcnt must
be laid at tho door of those whose
persistent and malicious attacks serv
ed to poison the minds of their delud
ed readers. Mr. McKinley at the hour
of his death was no other than the.
McKinley of two years ago; but in this
bioad land, today, whoever dares to
hint nt things openly spoken a short
tlmo ago, would lcccivc swift punish
ment at the hands of indignant citi
zens. We know, today, we have
known all tho tlmo, that we had in
our President an honest man who was
trying to serve God and his fellow-
men with all his might. Wo ought
never to tolerate such vllllfication as
has followed him these past years.
t As wo look now wo sec how all men
loved him; how these who camo In
contact with him were won by tho sweet
ncss and frankness of his greetings;
how ho bound men to him In most
devoted loyalty, becauso ho himself
was a loyal, friend; how ho maintained
friendship across political banlcrs;
how ho brought even his foes to re
spect and honor him. 'And wo pay
tribute today, to his manhood, in Its
integrity, its purity, Its gentleness,
Its fidelity, its straightforwardness, its
pci feet poise. Ho was a truo man, a
noblo example to tho youth of this
Can we venture further to speak of
his llfo at homo? Can auy words
describe the fragrance of tho Illy?
Equally vain is It to attempt too de
scribe tho sweet aroma of his beauti
ful devotion to hie wife. It has fill
ed tho land; it hns penetrated tho
home of the rich and poor alike; It
has shamed ovety careless, Indifferent,
tyrannical husband and poured its
balm into many a home, whero tho
first lovo was beginning to fade. It
will never be known how many hus
bands havo been made better, how
many wives havo been made happy by
that shining example of constant love
and dellcato attention. Wo thank
God for that. And wo do not over
look tho effect upon his own character
of that constant care lor his loved
one. Out o that thoushfu! devo
tion came a habitual regard for the
Interests of others, a self-forgctfulncss
that proved one of his greatest charms.
In blessing others he was himself
blessed. Our thoughts Instinctively
turn at this hour to that dellcato
wife who has given her all for her
countiy, who must pass her rcmatnln'g
das without that btrong arm and
tender heart which havo been all
theso years her support. May . Go'd
pity and comfort and sustain" tho wid
ow. - '
My friends, a noblo man, .a truo
friend, a model husband haa gone
from us. May his examplo bo an In
spiration to us who remain, espec
ially to the young men of American.
This land will always bo In need v of
such as ho. " ' " h
Goncial A. J. Warner then spofce,
tho following of which aro a few of
his well chosen remarks: "It is har-i
to understand why the blows of tllo
assassin should bo directed toward
such men. In the casn of Lincoln, It
was really the blow of a mad-man;
In tho case of Garfield it was the blow
undoubtedly of a crazy" manj but In
this case it was a blow aimed not
meicly at Mr. McKinley as a man, but
at the President of tho United States
and was therefore, a blow .agaln'st
free government, and ono affecting all
the people, becauso tho pcoplo havo
mado tho laws which ho was chosen
to execute and sworn to execute faith
fully. Ho was therofore, cxccutllrig
but tho will of tho people.
Rev. Klrtley made a very impressive
address. He stated that there aro
fivo places In this country that are in
tho deepest iiournlng for President
McKinley: Miles, his birthplace;
Poland, whero ho received his early
education; Canton, 'tho'clty which was
for many years his home; Columbus,
whero ho was twlco governor; and
Washington, where ho was twlco
President. There aro thrco things
that como upon this country bjf iho
death of the President, sorrow, shamo
and dread.
Dr. Roo then lead In prayer and the
choir sang a very beautiful selection,
after which Rev. Hawk delivered tho
following address;
Fortunate is the child that la woll
born. Wljllam McKinley camo of a
pious ancestry. Like Washington,
Lincoln and Garfield, ho owed many of
his good qualities to his mother.
From her ho received no moro precious
hciltago than the example of rever
enco for God and obedience to his
commands. Early In life, William
McKinley chose his mother's God4 as
his God, and, in his sixteenth yeqr,
ho choso her peoplo as his, pcoplo, b,y
uniting with the Methodist Episcopal
church. HJs whole llfo was char
acterized by reverence of sacrod things.
Tho Holy Sabbath, tho Holy Sacra
ments and the Holy Scriptures woro
dear to him.
Ho was a life-long member of tho
church, and at the time of his death
he was a trusteo of hlB homo church at
Canton, O. His beautiful devotion
to his aged Christian mother, In as
sisting her to and from tho church,
In her declining years, was tho subject
of much favorable comment. He
was not ostentatious in the perfor
mance of his church duties, b'.it ho
was conscientious and consistent in
the same. Wherever he happened a
be on the Sabbath he went to church.
(Continued on Fourth Pae.)
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