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Out under the whispering oak trees of Westlawn cemetery, in a vine-cov- ered vault, almost buried in a sloping hillside, all that is earthly of William McKinley now rests. About the flower- strewn Jlopes a picket line of sol- diers stands silent in the shadows. Whole Day Given to Grief. All day Thursday muffled drums beat their requiems, brasses Wailed out the strains of marches of the dead, great men of the nation followed a funeral car in grief and tears. Through solid banks of bareheaded men and weeping women and children, fringed by a .wall of soldiers, marching mil- itary and civilians passed with the mourners of the distinguished dead. First among those who followed the dead during the journey from the home to the tomb was the man who is now at the head of the government. Mrs, ~[cKlnley Nea~ Collapse. Mrs. McKinley was unable to attend the funeral. While the last rites were being said she remained in a room of the family home, dazed, not realizing that death had come to her husband, almost paralyzed mentally. During the morning, at her urgent request, she sat alone for a time beside the cof- fin as it lay' in the south parlor of the house. No one seeks to lift the veil that is drawn over this scene about the bier of the last earthly sleep. The casket was not opened. But she was near the one who ever had cared for and protected her; near the dead for whom grief has burned into the Soul of a country the lessons of manliness and beneficence taught by his life, Final Ceremonies Impressive. The last ceremonies for the late president were marked with a dignity that struck dumbness to the tens of thousands who watched the funeral oelumn make the Journey from the home to the cemetery. From the south parlor of the frame house which had so long been the family home the casket was borne to the First Metho- dist church at Canton, with statesmen, diplomats, great men of nation, rep- resentatives of the world, gathered with the surrounding members of the family. Ministers of five religious de- of the vault the flower carpet had dis- appeared, its blooms, however, to be guarded for years as mementos of tills day of sorrow. Just without the entrance t9 this mausoleum stood the new president oC the United States. The colfin rested on supports only a hand's reach ires Nm. Then the members of the cabi- net formed an open line with him, and members of the family--all save the lone woman who was in the home under the close watch of Dr. Rixey-- gathered near. "Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust," came the bene- diction from the lips of the veneiabie Bishop Joyce. The roar of the cannon echoed from the hilltop Just above. It came as a mighty "amen." Again the white- haired minister spoke. Again came the crashing roar of the salute, its raver. berations beating on and on over the hills about the city. "Taps" Sounded by Bugler. "Taps," the saddest call the bugle language of the army knows, came from eight bugles. The last notes were held until the breath of the wind seemed to rob them of life. Away down the broad street, two miles away, the marching columns were still com- ing. The lnu~ic of the bands, muted, it seemed, by some giant hand. came floating to the group about the vault-- "Nearer, My God, to Thee, Nea~.'er to Thee." Once again came the crash from the guns above. Door Is Closed Upon Martyr. Then the casket was carried Within the vault. Five infantrymen marched behind it. A moment passed ar.:l the outer doors were closed. The last cer- emony was over; the third martyred president of the. United States had been committed to God and eternity. Slowly the marching column treaded about the crescent road to the left of the temporary tomb. Then darkness threw its veil over all, the silent guards took their stations, the cem- etery gate~ were closed. Never Mourniug l~[orc Sincere, That is the bare outline of one of the most imposing and impressive ~u- nerals ever seen in the United States. To flU in all its details would lake AC for the erection of a monument. The plans and details are as yet embryonic, but will assume definite proportions in a week or two. Scenes at the Church. It was 1:50 o'clock when the pro- cession reached the stately stone edi- fice where the funeral services were to be held. At the church entrance were drawn up deep files of soldiers, with bayonets advanced, keeping a clear area for the advancing casket and the long train of mourners. The hearse halted while President Roose- velt and members of the cabinet adghted. Again they grouped them- selves at either side of the entrance, and with uncovered heads awaited the passing of the casket. Then the fk)w- er-covereu coffin was brought from the hearse and as it passed within the black-draped entrance the president and his cabinet followed within the edifice. Members of Congress Enter, At the rear of each of the four aisles stood a soldier at attention, cap in Those who had accompanied the f~ neral train then were seated. Senator and Mrs. Fairbanks came first, fol- lowed by Controller Charles Gates Dawes. Senator Hanna followed. He looked worn and leaned on his cane. Mrs. Hanna accompanied him. Then the black-gloved ushers seated the o~her members of the party. The formation of the funeral proces- sion was as follows: First Division. Gen. Ell Torrance, national commander G. A. R.. commanding, and staff. Gr~-.hd Army band. E. F. Taggart, department commander G. A. R., of Ohio, ~nd staff. Canton Post. No. 25, Canton, O. Buck~ey Post, No. 12, Akron, O. Bell l~:armon Post, No. 36, Warren, O. C. G. Chamberlain Post, No. 86, East Palestme, O. Given Post, No..133, Wooster, O. Hart Post, No. 134, Massillon, 0. Other Grand Army posts. Second Division. MaL Charles Dick, commandlng, Eighth Regiment Military Band. Detachment Ohio National Guard. Troop A of Ohio National Guard, guard of honor. Officiating clergymen. Funeral car and hearers. Honorary hearers. Special guard of honor, Gen. Nelson A. Miles, Admiral George Dewey, Gem John R. Brooke, Gen. Elwell S. Otis, Gen. George L. Glllespie. Loyal Legion. Family, President, and Cabinet. ! ; B I l ......... ' ................. e" ! FUNERAL CORTEGE NEARING THE CAPITOL AT WASHINGTON. hand, musket held straight in front. The members of the senate entered. At the head walked Senator Allison of Iowa. Then came Penrose and Cock- rell, Scott, Burrows of Michigan, Til- man and Mason of Illinois. Next the members of the house filed in. They numbered almost 150. Speaker Hen- derson at the head. Louder came the mourn of the band, and outside the troops had formed a phalanx of sabers and bayonets. Then, under the black shrouded door, came the casket. Under &r~h of Saberi. The black coffin had passed under an President of Senate and United States Senators. Speaker of House of Representatives. Governor~ of states with staffs. Gen. Leonard "vVood, Governor of Cuba. Ohio state officials. Circuit Co-~rt Judges, state of Ohio. Gov, McKinley's former staff officers. Federal officers of Cleveland. Federal officers of Chicago. Federal officers of Canton. Federal officers of Massillon. Board of directors of Pan-American Ex- position. Board of Cook County officials, Chicago. Third Division. MaJ. A. Vtgnos, commanding. Gate City Guards of Atlanta, Ga. Cleveland Grays. Cleveland Scotts Guards. Vlilllam McKinley Command Spanish- American War Veterans. arch of drawn sabers as it was carried up the steps. Lieutenant G~neral Miles and the men of the army and Rear Admiral Farquhar and the men of the navy held their positions. Cov- ered with a great American flag, bear- Ing only sprays of immortelles and roses tendered by the Legation of honor, the casket was slowly brough~ to the front, supported on the shoul- der~ of the blue Jackets and the sol- ~diers. At the foot of the mounts.in of flowers marking the altar and the choir loft lay the bier shrouded, too, in the national colors and in black. On this the casket was placed under the quivering folds of the starry ban- ner, with the lights shedding their ef- fulgence from above, the fragrance of the flewers hovering about an4 the music of Beethoven's grand funeral march pulsing from the organ, the FUNERAL TRAIN EN ROUTE FROM WASHINGTON TO CANTON A bodybearers gently lowered the flag- SCENE AT A WAY STATION. i ! nominations said the simple services, pages, while to convey an adequateI in t idea of the feature of it all which wa~I Great Throng Joins Hymn. most conspicuous the depth and si Troops banked the streets about, but ] . -- . " I lance of the grief displayed Is beyond the thousands who had gathered n~ar and stood in places for five hours held words. In that respect it was the their ground, catching up the broken strains of "Nearer, My God, to Thee." The silence of calm had come; the si- lence of supreme excitement had pass- ed. "It was not at him," said the min- ister of the church, all but hidden from sight by the mountains of blooms and floral pieces that bound in the pul- pit and choir loft, "that the fatal shot was fired, but at the heart of our gov- ernment." Then he added: "In all the coming years men will seek, but will seek in vain, to fathom ~he enor- mity and the wickedness of that crime." New President in Tear~. These words brought home with crushing force the warnin~ that the last scenes were being enacted. Among those who sat with bowed heads was .~resident Roosevelt. The tears welled ~nto his eyes as he heard the peti- tions that God might guide his hands aright. Then came the st stage of scenes of Wednesday enacted over again with increased intensity. All along through the great black lane of people that stretched from the Mc- Kinley home to the cemetery--quite two miles--were men and women weeping as though their dearest frlend was being borne to the grave. Every Eye Dim With Tear~. About the tomb itself the outburst of grief was still more striking. As the casket was borne into the vault there was not a member of the cabinet who was not visibly affected, while several were In tears, with their handkerchiefs to their eyes. Secre- tary Root, although controlling him- self to some degree of outward calm, was deeply moved, while President Roosevelt repeatedly pressed his hand- kerchief to his eyes. Great Picture of Desolation. Among the bystanders many scarce- ly made an effort to conceal their emo- draped and flower-adorned coffin to its support. All Bbe ~a Co~n Passes, Then the generals took their .places in the first sea~ to the right of the central aisle. The rear admirals crossed and took the first pew to the left. Every one within the church had risen as the casket was brought in. They remained standing. A moment later and President Roosevelt entered through the same doorway of black. His lips quivered slightly as he was escorted to the pew-directly behind General Miles. Behind him came Sec- retaries Hitchcock and Wilson and Postmaster General Smith, who filed into the next .pew, and with them Sons of Veterans. Union League Legion. Canton Encampment, No. 94. Fourth Division. A, B. Foster, Grand Commander of Ohio, commanding. Knights Templar. Grand Lodge of Ohio. Eagle Lodge of Canton. Canton Lodge of Canton and other Ma- sonic lodges. The remaining three divisions were made up of representatives from clubs, societies, civic bodies and the Eighty- second regiment of National Guards, together with other military organiza- tions. When the funeral at Canton began all the tides of American life stood still. The wheels of industry ceased to revolve. The hammers of toll paused in their beat. The ship stopped her throb in its race against time. The miner dropped his pick. The farmer checked his team in middurrow. The crowds in the city streets halted. All activities save the ministrations to the deadly sick and the dying were sus- pended. The sun in heaven for a space looked down upon a motionless nation, where nearly every head was bent. Special services were held in the churches, of the national capital and hundreds of other cities. TRIBUTE FRO.-~I W. J. BRYAN. Memorial exercises for the dead President were held at the Auditorium in Lincoln, Neb., and w~re largely at- tended. W. J. Bryan was one of the principal speakers. He said in part: "As ~aonuments reared by grateful i ..... TELEGRAPHIC BREV|Ti||, The finest of autumn weather char- acterlzed the funeral service of Pres. ldent McKinley at Washington. The Kobe Herald says the Japanese Cabinet is discussing the placing of Japanese bonds to the value of 50,000,. 000 yen in America. A Manila dispatch of the 17th inst. says General Fnnston is in the hos- pital suffering from appendicitis and will probably be operated upon. The transport Warren sailed from San Francisco on the 16th instant for Manila with officers returning to duty and a number of school teachers. One hundred persons were more or less injured in the rush of people to see the remains of President McKin- ley at the capitol building in Washing. to~. if'he mayor and chief of police of North Bergen, tIudson county, New Jersey, interfered to prevent a meet- ing of anarchists at the homo of Mrs. Brescl. The National Baseball League unan- imously voted to suspend all league championship games on Thursday, tl~e day of the funeral of the late Presi- dent McKinley. Fire on the 15th instant destroyed the largest portion of O. J. Bautrett & Co.'s carriage body worlds at Pontiac, Michigan. Loss $60,000, insurance $47,000. Mrs. Quintevalli, wife of the alleged co-conspirator of Bresei, King Hum- bert's murderer, and Charles Martino, ~ave been expelled from the town of Union Hill, New Jersey. The Cologne Gazette asserts that all anarchist meetings have been forbid- den in Germany since the assassina- tion of President McKinley, and that all anarchist club~ will be closed. The London Mail says: "The United States have a great man at their head. We may expect with confidence that Mr. Roosevelt wiU be a moderating and not an exasperating influence." The plant of the Glucose Sugar Re- fining Company at Peeria, Illinois, which was closed down a week ago, as it was then supposed indefinitely, has started with a complement of 1,000 men. Anti-Italian demonstrations in Croa- tla are reported, caused by the recent expulsion of Austrian priests from Ital- ian territory, The authorities are anx- ious and are endeavoring to suppress the news. The constitutional convention now in session in Virginia has eat the words "freedom of speech" out of the state's bill of rights. Members declare that tl~ls provision is responsible for the President's murder. Emma Goldman, who is in Jail at Chicago, has received many letters threatening her with death as soon as she appears on the su-eets. They have affected her so that she has been on the verge of hysterics. "The American minister to Bel- gium," says a dispatch to the London Standard from Brussels, "confirms the report that the United States will no longer oppose international meas- ures against anarchists." Major General Corbia has reached Victoria, British Columbia, from Ma- nila. When the pilots took the news of the assassination of President Mc- Kinley on board he was prostrated and tears rolled down his cheeks. Frederick I. V. Skiff, of Chicago, for- merly of Denver. has been appointed to direct and supervise in all depart- ments the exhibits at the World's fair to be held in St. Louis in 1903. He is now director-in-chief of the Field Co- hmbian museum, Chicago. H. D. Peary of Ogden, Utah, died on the 17th inst. l~Ir. Peary was an in- timate friend of Brigham Young, and had amassed a fortune estimated at $2,000,000. He had been mayor of Og- den and also served in the territorial Legislature and constitutional conven. tlon. Dr. S. W. Burson. accused of being an anarchist, and who was expelled from his boarding house at ]Boise, Ida- ho, for. utterances reflecting approval of the assassination of the President, was arrested, charged with disturbing the peace, and released oa bonds for hearing later. Colonel B. H. Howell is under arrest in Lawton, Oklahoma, for the alleged killing of R. C. Gores at MeKnlght ou September 4th. His son, James T. Howell, is also under arrest charged with complicity in the affair. The shooting resulted from a dispute for a town lot, Comte Henri de la Vaulx is prepar. ins for his trip across the Mediterran. can in a balloon. He will not~ however, be followed as he desired, by two French cruisers, as the government re. fused to expose the vessels'unneces. sarily to the dangers of Mediterranean navigation In equinoctial weather. The annual report of the Northern Pacific road shows gross earnings for the year ending June 30th of $32,560,. 984, an increase of $2,245.516, and net earnings of $15,920,C~0, an increase of 150. The dividends WASHINGTON GOSSIP President Roosevelt has pror~ised to carry out the plans of President Mc- Kinley and appoint Dr. Rixey surgeon general of'tile navy. Dr. Rlxey gave up a practice worth $10,0~) a year to became tile President's private physi- cian, and his devotion to the President and to Mrs. McKinley are well worth reward. Another of President McKin- ley's arrangements which will be cai~ tied out by President Roosevelt is the appointment of Mr. ttidgley of Sprin$~ field to be comptroller of the currency in place of Mr. Dawes, resigned. A number of o~her appointments ar- ranged by I~'esideut McKinley some weeks ago will be niade by his su(~ cessor. Every promise given by Pres- ident McKinley will be redeemed by the new chief magistrate. Secretary Hay was at first very re- hctant to remain in the State Depart- men~. He is no~ in the best of health. tie is weary of public service. He has his family griefs to bear. He has long dreamed of a season of travel and' study in various parts of the world. Only his great attachment for Presi- dent McKinley has kept him in office up to the present time. Before Presi- dent Roosevelt arrived in Washington Mr. ttay had definitely decided to re- tire almost immediately. But wh@n the new President came to him with the most sincere and friendly proffers, when Mr. Boosevelt urged him to stay as a ma~ter of public duty in order to avert a break in the transfer of the McKinley administration to the nave regime, Mr. Hay hesitated. He took the matter under consideration and finally signified his willingness o re- main. The proposition made by citizens of Chicago to start a fund with which to erect a McKinley memorial arch in 3Vashington is an evidence el" the de- sire of the people to show their admi- ration of the de'ld P~euident in some more substantial manner than by merely _giving expression to apprecia- tive words, says the Chicago Record- Herald. The idea seems to have met with instant approval on the part of all classes of people. The raising of a memorial arch fund of $1,000,000 or more, as may be decided upon here- after, if the proposition is adopted, would make it possible for all to con- tribute, and thus the arch would stand as a national mouument to the man for whom the whole country is sorrowing to-day. From an artistic standpoint the arch may be made to exhibit the noblest sentiment, either as a niemor- tal or as an emblem of triumph. There is probably no finer monument to the first President of this Republic" than the Washington arch in New York, and the Dewey arch commanded the approval of some of the world's best critics. It is, therefore, within the possibilities that the most impressive arch (~n earth may be erected in mem- ory of William McKinley at Wash- lag'ton, where there is an abundance of splendid sites for such a struetm'e. The President has appointed Colonel James M. Bell. Eighth cavalry, and president of the Military Board of Re- view, to l~ a brigadier general, vlee Brigadier (~eneral Ludlow. deceased. General Bell will retire October 1st. thus leaving a vacancy f(~t" another aP- pointment. In July a year ago Gen- eral Bell was appointed provost mar- shal of Manila. |n recognition of the fine record he had made in fighting the I~llptno rebels, lie was the officer who captured Tarlac. one of Agutnal- ale's ea.pitals and s~ronghoNs. At Man- gatareu,. General Bell with less than twenty-forur men drove 200 Filipinos from a strong position, captured 150 rifles, thirteen pie~'cs of artillery and about 20.000 rounds of ainmunitlon. Not one of Bell's small force received a scratch in executing this remarkable feat. General Bell began his career as a soldier in 1862 as a lieutenant of the Eighty-sixth Ohio volunteers. For his courageous bearing during the bat- tle of the Wilderness he was given the brevet of captain, and he was brevet- ted major for gallant and meritorio~ servio~s in the battle of Ream's Sta- tion. After the war he became an offi- cer in the regular arm~: General Bell also performed distinguished services in the war with S[uiin. Colonel .:[ames M. Bell should not be confounded with James Franklin Bell. who was, also made a brigadier general of volunteers recently for Philippine services. Secretary Gage's Aanouncement. Secretary Gage has issued the fol- lowing announcement of the death of President McKinley: "It has been thought pi'oper to make sad but official announcement In this issue of treasury deEslons of the trag- ic death of William McKinley, the twenty-fifth Presidfent of the United States, and to give some expression of that tribute which his character and deeds compel. "It needed not the shadows of death to make the figure of the late Presl- dent loom large in the estimation of mankind. The Republic he loved, he lived to broaden and unite as no pre- vious President has done. l)nder his prudent and far,seeiug statesmanshiia it took exalted place in the community of nations.