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TITLE CARD: “Don’t Put Me Off at Buffalo Any More”



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TITLE CARD: “Don’t Put Me Off at Buffalo Any More”




“DON’T PUT ME OFF AT BUFFALO ANY MORE”


To see the Pan-American, I went to Buffalo.

I saw the great exhibits that this nation had to show in Buffalo, in Buffalo.

The curiosities I saw, they really made me smile.

You can see more sights on Sunday on the beach at Coney Isle.


NARRATOR

On September 5th, 1901, President McKinley visited the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He spoke about the nation’s new world role.


WILLIAM MCKINLEY

We have a vast and intricate business built up through years of toil and struggle, in which every part of this country has its stake. Isolation is no longer possible or desirable.


WALTER LAFEBER

He was the first President who had ever said this, who had essentially told Americans they now had global responsibilities and that they had to start learning foreign languages because they were now competing in a world market.


NARRATOR

The next afternoon, President McKinley greeted visitors at a public reception.


WALTER LAFEBER

He had been warned by his secret service detail that there was the danger of assassination. Anarchists had assassinated several ah, figures ah, in Europe, particularly European royalty, and there had been threats made on McKinley’s life. McKinley would not listen to these warnings and he insisted upon meeting people one by one as they came through the hall at the Buffalo exposition.


NARRATOR

A Bach sonata murmured quietly from the reception hall, broken suddenly by two shots. Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, had fired a revolver concealed by a handkerchief. One bullet deflected harmlessly off a button on the President’s shirt. The second lacerated his stomach. President William McKinley died eight days later. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in.


TITLE CARD: “McKinley, Our Hero, Now at Rest”




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