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to your majesty, in her name, her grateful acknowledgment and thanks for your sympathy, which was so thoughtfully bestowed.”
“The following was received from the King at the embassay:
“Please convey to Mrs. McKinley my best thanks for her kind message. The Queen and I feel most deeply for her in the hour of her great affliction, and pray that God may give her strength to bear her heavy cross. Our thoughts will today be especially with the American nation when its distinguished President is laid at rest. EDWARD R.”.
Queen Alexandra has written an autograph letter of sympathy and condolence to Mrs. McKinley.
SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM.
Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain attended the memorial service in Birmingham. There was also a big demonstration in that city in connection with the Wesleyan conference, when resolutions of sympathy and condolence were adopted after the crime of Czolgosz had been characterized in terms of deepest abhorrence.
Lord Lansdowne, the foreign secretary, intimates through the press his regret that illness prevented him from attending the memorial service in Westminster Abbey.
Mr. Choate, in his letter of apology for absence from the King Alfred millenary commemoration at Winchester, due to the death of President McKinley, says: “The sympathy expressed in a perfect avalanche of telegrams from all parts of the British dominion, is most touching."
T. P. O'CONNOR, IN A LONDON SOCIETY PAPER, RECALLS HIS PLEASANT
IMPRESSIONS OF THE LATE PRESIDENT.
Mr. O'Connor paid eloquent tribute to the character, abilities and simplicity of the dead President, concluding as follows:
“The career of McKinley was typically American. It is, indeed, Americanism at its best. Even the murmured words of the church hymn which were among the last things uttered by the dying lips-even that is typically American, too.
"Amid all the riot, blare and deafening noise of a country bursting with the abounding vitality and defiant strength of its gigantic youth, America is in its foundation a country of tranquil, sober, God-fearing homes. Every individual American mourns in simple William McKinley the sweetness, wholesomeness and faithful affection and enduring fidelity of the typical American citizen—the true American man and husband, the true American wife and the typical American home.”
REDMOND EXPRESSES SORROW FOR IRELAND. John Redmond, the Irish leader, cabled to Theodore Roosevelt: "In the name of the Irish nationalist party I send an expression of deepest sympathy. Ireland abhors the dastardly crime.”
THE LONDON TIMES. This great newspaper has given an account of the assassination in an article of forty thousand words. It says:
“The king has commanded that the court shall wear mourning for one week for the late President of the United States.''
Referring to the death of Queen Victoria the Times continues :
"In our grief the hearts of our American kin were with us, and we tenderly cherish the memories of the alleviation which our knowledge that it was so brought us in our woe. Today it is they who are stricken, and, from one end of the empire to the other, the subjects of the King of England extend to our brethren the sympathy they so loyally, so generously and so earnestly extended to us. The British people share to the full the thoughts and sentiménts expressed with touching dignity in the proclamation in which President Roosevelt appoints the day when the body of his predecessor is committed to the grave shall be kept as a day of solemn mourning and prayer throughout the republic.
CHURCH BELLS TOLLED IN CANADIAN CITIES. The proclamation of the Governor General, setting apart September 19 as a day of mourning throughout Canada in recognition of the fact that the obsequies of the late President McKinley were taking place, did not become generally known until the morning of that date. In Ottawa the banking institutions, leading business houses, the government offices and public institutions immediately closed. .
A union memorial service was held at noon. Flags on the parliament buildings and on all public buildings and private flagstaffs were half-masted, the American flag being particularly noticeable throughout the city. The signs of mourning were general and sincere, even amid all the excitement of preparations for the reception of royalty.
Throughout the Dominion as in Ottawa the reports indicate a very general observance of the day, in compliance with Lord Minto's proclamation. In some of the Canadian cities bells were tolled at the hour set for the burial, and every public demonstration of mourning was made so far as the suddenness of the proclamation would allow.
DUKE OF YORK SYMPATHETIC. As a sympathetic tribute to the memory of President McKinley, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York refrained from participation in public functions, and limited their movements to a round of visits to religious, charitable and educational institutions, including McGill University, where each received the honorary degrees of doctor of laws.
FINE DEMONSTRATION IN CITY OF MEXICO. The American colony held a memorial service in honor of the late President McKinley at 10 o'clock, September 19, in Orrin’s Theater, the largest available building. United States Ambassador Powell Clayton presided. President Diaz and the entire cabinet and diplomatic corps attended. The great building was swathed in black crape and profusely lighted with electricity.
SANTIAGO CITIZENS MOURN IN THE RAIN. A memorial service was held at 10 o'clock, September 19, at the Oriental Theater in honor of the late President McKinley. The hall is the largest auditorium in the city, and it was packed with people. All the American officers wore full uniform and side arms.
A troop of cavalry from Morro Castle, the civil and municipal officers, the foreign consuls, the judges, students from the state institutions, employes of the sanitary department, the entire American colony and thousands of Cubans of all classes were present, notwithstanding the fact that it was raining heavily.
Hundreds were unable to gain admission and remained outside in the drenching rain throughout the services, which consisted of addresses made by prominent Americans and Mayor Bacardi. The theater was draped inside and out with flags and black cloth. All public and private business was suspended for the day.
PORTO RICO. Appropriate memorial services were held in every town of Porto Rico. The gathering at the theater in San Juan was very large. The most prominent speakers, representing all parties, delivered addresses of eulogy and sympathy, which were received in mournful silence.
GERMAN EMPEROR SHOWS GRIEF. When Emperor William heard of the death of President McKinley he immediately ordered the German fleet to half-mast their flags and to hoist the stars and stripes at their maintops.
Emperor William sent the following dispatch: “To Mrs. McKinley, Buffalo:
"Her Majesty the Empress and myself beg you to accept the expressions of our most sincere sorrow in the loss which you have suffered by the death of your beloved husband, felled by the ruthless hand of a murderer. May the Lord who granted you so many years of happiness at the side of the deceased grant you strength to bear the heavy blow with which he has visited you.
“WILLIAM, I. R.” Emperor William also sent the following dispatch to Secretary Hay:
“I am deeply affected by the news of the untimely death of President McKinley. I hasten to express the deepest and most heartfelt sympathy of the German people to the great American nation. Germany mourns with America for her noble son, who lost his life while he was fulfilling his duty to his country and people.
“WILLIAM, I. R.” Memorial services were held in the American chapel at noon September 19 in honor of the late President McKinley. All the imperial and Prussian cabinet ministers were present, except the imperial chancellor, Count von Buelow, who is absent from Berlin. He was represented by Privy Councillor von Guenther.
All the foreign ambassadors and ministers in Berlin attended the service, and many of the attaches and secretaries of the diplomatic corps were present. Prince Leopold of Solms-Baruth, as, the representative of Emperor William, occupied the seat of honor.
The chapel was decorated with draped American flags and was crowded to its fullest capacity with members of the American colony. Rev. Dr. Rickie preached the memorial sermon.
Memorial services were held in various German cities. Those in Dresden attracted a large attendance of the highest official society and the Anglo-American colony. The King of Saxony and the royal princess were represented by their respective court marshals, and among those present were the members of the Saxon cabinet, representatives of the diplomatic corps and the various consulars, and Mrs. White, wife of the United States ambassador to Germany. Addresses of sympathy were presented by Herr von Vetzsch-Reichenbach, Saxon minister of foreign affairs, and by the mayor of Dresden.
At Munich the services were held in the Markuskirche. The prince regent was represented by his chief master of ceremonies, Count von Moy. A number of the members of the cabinet and representatives of the diplomatic corps, together with many British residents, were present. Mme. Nordica sang.
The service at Stuttgart was held in the English church, and was attended by Dr. Von Breitling, the premier, and representatives of all the legations.
At Cologne the Anglo-American colony held a meeting in the English chapel.