Chico Weekly Record, Chico, CA – Saturday, December 11, 1897
M’KINLEY’S MOTHER IN DEATH’S SHADOW
Almost By Miracle She Rallied Sufficiently to Recognize Her Children.
JOY WAS MINGLED WITH SORROW.
The Aged Lady Recovered Consciousness After the President’s Arrival But It Was of Short Duration.
CANTON, December 7.—Once more the children of Mrs. McKinley have gathered about her couch made sacred by her tenacious struggle against death. The union is complete. The President arrived before the death angel made his visit. With the children were other relatives, among whom was the aged sister of Mrs. McKinley, Mrs. Osbourne, mother of Consul William Osbourne.
There was joy unspeakable in the breast of the President as he stood at the bedside. He had been permitted again to see his mother alive, after having answered all the obligations to his country.
In the little upper room at the McKinley homestead there was a scene almost too sacred for pen to write. The eyes of all present were filled with tears as they witnessed the remarkable and almost miraculous rally of the President’s mother from the unconscious state into which she had fallen early in the morning.
As her son entered the room accompanied by his wife and Miss Mabel McKinley, the sister of the President, Miss Helen, said:
“Mother, here are William and Ida.”
The President knelt by her bedside, kissed his mother tenderly, reverently, and as he did so she put her arm about his neck and signified that she knew him. She also recognized the President’s wife and extended a hand toward her.
She recognized Mabel McKinley and Jack Duncan.
It seemed to friends that she had been awaiting the arrival of her son. Soon afterward she lapsed into an unconscious state and the strength that had been husbanded for the last meeting of mother and son seemed to leave her.
Dr. Phillips, who was present, said that he had never known such a recognition to occur in a case where the patient was as advanced in years. It is plain to the President, however, that despite the rallies she has had his mother has been failing since he left.
At 5 o’clock this morning it was thought by those in attendance that the President would not arrive before his mother died. She was informed that such was thought to be the condition. The President’s run was a rapid one.
The Presidential party was made up of the President and Mrs. McKinley, Secretary and Mrs. Day, Miss Mabel McKinley, Jack Duncan and Miss Mary Barber. The train arrived here at 5:55 a.m.
Mrs. McKinley is rapidly sinking.
You gotta love that melodrama! They certainly don’t write ’em like that anymore…
From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair