[Note: U.S. President William McKinley was shot by an assassin on 6
September 1901, and died on 14 September.]
Heard with Amazement About the Shooting of the President
News Casts Gloom Over Big Liners---Lady Sarah Wilson Among Those Who
Denounced the Assassin's Act
Never before in the history of the New York marine has such a great
number of sorrowing persons landed at this port in one day as
disembarked yesterday. Four great transatlantic liners and one liner of
the New York-Havana trade arrived, each bringing a full quota of
passengers, to whom the news of the attempted assassination of the
President at Buffalo was a great shock. Of the two thousand passengers
in the cabins of the vessels referred to, which were the White Star
liner Celtic, the rebuilt American liner Philadelphia, formerly the
Paris; the Cunarder Umbria, the Bohemia of the Leyland Line, the Hamburg
American steamship Bulgaria, and the Ward liner Monterey, there was not
one who did not express in the warmest terms his or her desire that the
President would speedily recover, and that his assailant would just as
speedily receive the punishment that is due to him.
[Comments of former U.S. Attorney General Wayne MacVeigh, Congressman
E.J. Hill and Pennsylvania Railroad president A.J. Cassatt omitted.]
Bruce Ismay, head of the White Star Line, came across with ex-Lord Mayor
W. J. Pirrie of Belfast to see how the Celtic worked. Mr. Pirrie is a
member of the firm of Harland & Wolff, the builder of the White Star
liners. Both spoke in a similar strain concerning the attempted
"The news saddened the entire ship," said Mr. Ismay. "It was such a
cowardly act, and your President is such an estimable man. I trust that
his recovery will be speedy."
[Comments by Lady Sarah Wilson, New York Supreme Court Justice J.T.
Marean and Capt. T. Usui of the Imperial Japanese Navy omitted.]
J. Pierpont Morgan met the Celtic to greet Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hickox of
Cleveland, who were among the passengers.