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C. Harrison 1 - wnoL TUESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER . 25, 1892. A -or...
wnoL TUESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER . 25, 1892. A -or rVn HPA OTTI?l7l7D XT' x JLixMi XU k3Urrl!ilillU Tho Death of Mrs. Benjamin Harrison This Morning-. The Close, of a Beautiful Ufe : Came After 3Ianjr Hours of Semi - Unconsciousness. iler Family at Her; Hedside When Death Came 3fr. Harrison life and Per sonal Chirac leriftic Th roneral . ' Here Friday. tin. aarrboni ViiauieTOir, octobsa 23, 13 Kow otUrcklm tndrtit; Heads folded o'r to breast In peace the plaeidest. All trial ft. All fever soothed ell pain ' A no ailed, to beert and bra'e. Xver to yex egain -i She Bleeps a( last. - - i"" ": ' Sbe sleeps: But 0 most dear And best beloved of her, -Ye sleep not oey, nor stir, - : Sato bat to bow The closer each to uh, With sobs and broken speech That ell in vain beseech '. Her answer now. in. y y And lot we weep with yon-One griafth wide world through, Yet. with the Uitb sbe knew. We see ber still Even as bere she stood,- Alt that was pare and good And ivMt In Womanhood- rill ber wilL lames Wuitcomo ituey. WASniXGTOX, October 25. lire. lisrri-on passed peacefully away at 1:40 o'clock thia morning, i All night loot ah had remained ia a etupor, with her vitality be. coming less every mom-nt. Since early morning yeit "'day the President and the other mimlitri I the family had been at hr. bedside all 'tt continuously, waiting for the end to cotne. Dr. Gardner waa in attendance roost the time, Lit all be could do wirta administer slight st.ma- lantsto the patient to keep her alive as long as possible.' Hour after hour slipped away yesterday and last night, each leaving ilra. JJarrison weaker in turn, yef so gradual was the decline that it could not be said positively at any minute that ha had materially changed. The Measure cf the " ebbing ! tide war-, the respiration, which slowlyaank from about fifteen at nightfall to twelve at midnight. The1 physician .had said that if she tided ever that hour she might and probably would eurv Ive until daylight. So frequent glances were cast at the jclock, which was siskdily ticking away the lifetime of the invalid, and there was a visible air of re-lief when the fong eoonde'd 12, arid 'one erltical point waa aupposed to hare been - passed. ' The hope inspire., by the dootor's last atatement. was only of short duration. About 13:50 o'clock, while ha aat by Mrs. Harrison's aide with hit bngara lightly pressed to her pulse, his praoticed hand BOtleed that the heart's work was becia-arlnjt to otase, lie notified the -grief-trlokea family, grouped around the couch. that the end appeared to be very near, and that unless she soon ' rallied from 7 the ataporinto which shs was then drifting she eould scarcely live half an hour longer. This iotallitcsnce had a most de-prssilog aflect upon the President, who had been in constant aittndatice upon his afflicted wife for over nine hoars, and he sustained himself with the greatest difficulty. Hersroaiued at her bedside uatil the and cams, and lis was the last face she Jooked upon. ATtsr 1 o'clock her breath grw labored and slow, and when the clock marked 1:40 it stopped foa moment, then resumed and than stopped forever. All ef the family In Wathincton were present at the death-bed except the three little grandchildren and the venerable Dr. God' v JLl ficott, the father of Mrs. Harrison. They ware Fresldent Harrison, Mr. , and Mrs. McKee, Mr. nd Mrs. Russell Harrison, Lieutenant and Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Diiatuick and Mrs.' Xew-eoroer. In addition, Mrs. Harrison's faithful maid Josephine, and Miss Davis, "the trained "nurse, 'were in. the room. Little Benjamin Harrison McKee and his alater had been kept in Ignorance of their grandmother's condition. They were too young to realise it all. The innocence-of childhood kneT nothing of death and its horrors. So they were kept strictly ia their own apartment, under; thejr .nurse's cre. Ther retired early to bed last night, But la the commotion during Mr, liar-- rison's dyin moments little Benjamin crept from his bed, then emerced from his onfinement unobserved. ; Sinjj the troubled-faoea of these about him, some of whom were aobbth?, he asked: "Grandpa, what is the. matter with you? i What ia the matter with everybody t" j j AT TBS WBITB ROCII TO-DAT. I I.Tbe Ca at the White House was not raised ! tbta morning. Tbe tou stains ia the grounds wr stopped, and the blinds of the windows ef themansloa wsre drawn down. Two po-Ucemea guarded" the entrance from the lava-lea ot the enrioas, but there was ao necessity fee their service. The department employes in the adjoining War, Stat and Navy build-tags on the one side, aad in the Treasury, on the other side, passed to their duties la s'.Ubc. -and all the " passera-by r-pected the grief of . the ; presidential . heaehold, and did not seek to Intrude upon tbe privacy of the executive mansion and grounds. A constant, bnt almost noiseless, stream of carrlacea passed orer the asphalt' pavement, drlriag In at the eastern eatraace and alter leaving card of eondo--lenc. at the main door of the White House, -drove oat by the carriage exit to the west. A Chilly spell of weather bad succeeded the Indian summer of last few days, and the first trust of autumn lat nUht nipped the beautiful foliage of the White "oon gardes. Over all the Government offices and over the hot ela and many of the business buildings the Sags " were at half mast. - From tbe hodr when the White House was closed, following; the death -of Mrs. Harrison, quiet had'rigned until th nsnal tirae for opening - the mansion. Tresldaat Harrison retired and obtained some rest; when he reappeared this morning he bore himself with the'calmnese and fort t- ; tude that come from dpendno upoa a i -.higber power, and a reaigaation to the man- , dateeof Hi will. He waa. of course, suffer- ', ing greatly from the blow that bad fallen, no i . less severe hecsuse long delayed and long ex pec ted, but bt morning greeting was' as much i like the usual one a coald have been expected. The family break. asted together, and the little ones learned or the great loss they bad aostalasd ia the hoars of sleep- ""hey have , ad ly missed grandma' in the 4. -a the that have passed, losabove all otber joys, Mr. Alarrison appreciated the com paaioaahip, and j are as well, of the childrsa of the household. I Tbeloveof both tb President and herself for t thm wm on of tb beatifnl and promi- neat features of bom life ia tne 'White IIoqm. After breakfast the preeideas retired to hie room. as - did, the ladle. Mr. McKm and Mrs. Dimmick. spoa whom the greater portion of the burden of the iUaese of Mrs. Harrison baa 1 si lea. Tber were feeling tbe effecU of the Ions; straia they bad undergone, and perforce sought rest ihI quiet. They are la bo otherwise the worse., and will be able soon to resume tbe wonted do tie of life. Te nsbers were eirJy required to receive tie cards of callers wbo.csmt with mees ot condolence, or on boslaes connected with the sad event. Among tbe first to arrive was the Rev. Dr. Ham lio. the President's pastor; Attorney-General Miller. Secretary Tracy. Post-tnaAter-Oenersi Wananaker and Assistant becretary of Wax Great, who remained some time in cosssHation with Private fcecretary" TTalford and Mr. HcCee. Mr. ft. A. Parka, district passenger ageat of the 'Pennsylvania railroad, who was consulted with regard to the transportation of tbe f ansral party to Indianapolis, was also am ong tbe ear.'; visUors. The arrangements far the laneral are yet inchoate, bat there wiil be private services in the bine room of the White Hons either to-morrow or Thursday morning, conducted by Dr. Hamlin, and service at Indianapolis in the First Presbyterian church, of which the President and Sirs. Uar-riaon were for many year active members, on Friday. These wiil be in cbarge of the Rev. Matthew L. Ilaines, ' D. D.. who was pastor of the church when the family came to Washington. A treat number of the telegrams conteying roeanages of sympathy and sorrow have been received at the White House from ail parts of tbe country. They have not yet been brought to tbe notice of tbe President, and none will be made public until, he has been made acquainted with them. One -r.b- ... r U- Vf r-t.T. nA Mrs. Harrison's body lay undisturbed intil 10 o'clock t'ais morning when Undertaker W, R. Spear and assistants took, chare and prepared it for examination- by Dr. Gardner. . MRA. HAHItI0f, i-IraC. lb Personal Charaeterisrfcs of m SoWs Woman Tributes From r'fiend. Caroline Scott Harrison was bor InOxfOrd, O;, la 1S34. Her father is Dr. John W. Soott, then president of tbs Young Ladies' Seminary of Oxford. Her early ills was spent a.t thjs place, where sbe was educated and where she first met benjamin Harrison. He was then a junior at college, eighteen years ef age. and she a year younger. Although be was a grandson of a President of the United States he was but a poor boy, working bis way th'rdugb college. They loved each otber. almost from the bettinnicg of their acquaintance, and were married October 30, 1863, at Dr. Scott's home. A lady who was one of Mrs. Harrison's bridesmaids, at her wedding, give t his ac count Of that event and its circumstances: Caroline acorr hareisox. "Mr. Harrison first met Carria Soott, his destined wife, while be was attending a boys' academy at Walnut Hills, O., and she was a pupil in the girls' seminary at the same place, lie was about nineteen year old then and sbe was a e-irl of Seventeen. Later on they both moved to Oxford. O., where he became a stu dent in the Miami University, and she busied herself with the householddutles of the family home. Her lather was John M. Scott, who, at the time of her marriage, was the prlnoipal of a young ladies' seminary at Oxford. The family lived in the seminary boarding-house, a two-story building just across from the echoed,' which was managed by Mrs. Scott. About thirty of tbe girls boarded at: the place. ' Carrie waa a bright, vivacious, witty girl, rather petite In figure, with snapping black eyes and pleasant features. Sbe was very popular and had many admirers, but none of them recti red any' encouragement except "Den." at she called him in those daya. She waa somewhat inclinedto be sarcastic, but she nsed thisvdangerous gift with aucb kindness and judgment that no on suffered therefrom. I am inclined to believe that ber father, who was a stanch Presbyterian, did not look with any dgree of favor upon the match, for "Ben" was chock full of poll-tics, even then. . -: Tbe wedding took place during the vacation season, when most of the pupils were at home, and only a few of the teachers lingered at the board in g-schooL The ceremony was performed about W o'clock in tbo morning by President' Anderson, of tbe university, in the parlor. There were only about thirty persons present,' rnost ot them intimate friends and kindred of the families. . The' bride wore a Simple dress and -veil and looked very sweet. The bridal party came from Mrs. Scott's room adjoining, and stood between the windows, while President Anderson tied the knot. In those days it was not fashionable to gie wedding presents, so there were ao gifts. After the ceremony we all at down to a wedding breakiasfin th dining-room of the boarding-bouse, and as soon as this was over, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison were driven to a railroad station twelvs miles away, where they took the traia for North Bend. President Anderson. I remember, was going to Cincinnati the asm day; aud someone asked him why he did not ride to the station I jjtfth the wedding party. Hie answer was: ! I'd as soon ride with a keg of nails for sociaDility a to viae with a bride and groom. The young coup! went to North Bend to j live, where Mr. Uarrisoa began his struggles 1 as a lawyer, his only property being $800, bequeathed to him by an aunt. From Korth i. Uend they removed to this city. . Too poor to I rent a bouse, they boarded in the Roll House. I Within a year clients came, and irom that ' time on Mr. Harrison's practice gradually increased, tfntil he began to draw the favorable attention of otber lawyers and of his neighbors, and had opportunities to show his pow--ers on the stump, so that in a little more than six year from th time he began, to practice 'be wa elected in October, 1S60. by tbe people, reporter of th decision o the Supreme Court of Indiana, with a salary which must have aeemed to the Harrisons th income of affluence. ' It was shortly alter this that Mr. Harrison, abandoning bis pro ession for a time, went ' tnto the armband served throughout the rebellion. During the war Mcs. HarsLson took her children and went to the S.uth twice to see her husband, once nursing hiiu through aa attack o: the scarlet fever. He remained at' th lrcbt. being promoted from tiru to t.me on account ot meritorious services, while she here tr Indianapolis devoted her time to the education and loving care o-' her children-A letter which General Uarrisoa wrote to V. Irani '...it. in notnW l&n rw.. : .... ,. i istfd between them. In this letter he wrote: at T K'Kmi tic v u tttr tcutu sitttiiciMtj vi the cay on whici vre p'.edgea ourselves to each other for better r ; lor worse. I could have wished that w miirht not be separated, but. j as tbis coveted pleasure is denisdme, I will spend th evening la the closest communion aion I withvou that our separation will allow. I Ane tc-V yoV aTdav. iT.eaYoua" loil -nave precaaij- rrccuca it. oe.or isu received it time, and now wear it upon the wadding fin ger. ita that ring a ao tnee ea again. Acaln, in March, 1564. General Harrison, writing to his children, shows whst a hardship it must have been to tbe wi:'e to carry oa the boa with the husband and father absent, la this letter he says: "My Desr Little Children Tour mother has resd you some of ray letters to ber, and Irom them you k,now that 1 ant under promis to write to you. Every day. and many times a day, your papa thinks about his dear little boy and girl and desires so much to see' them. Sometimes, as you play about the boue or ia jJT , :?-' ' vA-- .-'JaT fit I tbo yard, do yon think about your absent father and thoso nappy days when w were all together at borne? Do at yon remember bow yoa seed to raa down tbe irrt to meet papa when he came op from the office, and what a race yon bad to wbicn snonld get to bins first, and tben how we naed to work together ia the gardes, training toe vino, weed id the etrawberries and ail that sort of thing? Those were baopv days, and we hope and pray God that they may come again after tbe war ia pver, and taat we isay have many glad, happy times ia oar nice little borne." At the cioe of the war be aa General Harri-j eon's Ions; and varied political career, la the : early part of which there were nearly as many defeats as Victories. ' Through it all Mrs. Harrison waa hi trusted adviser, hat politics never marred their a'most ideal married lire. ; Mrs. Harrison bore bravely the trials and aa- noyance incident to her husband s candidacy in 1S8SL Jiear the cke of the ordeal, wuh ber I furniture and carpet ffcut aot ber patience) i Worn out, she told an intimate friend: 'Well. ! it will be either the -White House or poor- Loose for os now. . W THE VHIT8 HOCSE. JT either tbe President, nor his wifej nor any member of bis fam ily was changed in point" of pride by his election. They remained just the same to everybody to the old friends tbeyle;t behind in Indianapolis, to the old friends they had made in Washington when Genera! Harrison was ia the Senats, and to the co re of people who Cocked around them THE HARRISON when tbey got to Washington, while the7 were till Waiting in a hotel tor inauguration day, to make friends of them for their own selfish purposes. Mrs. Harrison, no longer young, a grand-mcther of settled habits, leaving her old home and coming to Washington as the successor to Mrs.. Cleveland, young, charming and brilliant, who had come to Washington as a bride, was at an evident disadvantage. Then, too, Mrs. Harrison had lived there not so lone before, for six years as tbe wile of a Senator , whose modest means did not permit him to-have even a bouse, much less to entertain extensively in Washington. Mr. Harrison had not been a society man and Mrs. Harrison had not been a society woman in the strict sense of those terms that is to say, neither of them had been in tbe alt re-fashion a bU set wbere, indeed, only half a dozen of the congressional families are to be found. Aa the wife ot the President and the first lady of tbe land. Mrs. Harrison bad, of course, to entertain and be entertained by the-members of this "smart act." who, while-tbey would not have called on the wife of the Senator from Indiana, Cooked with well-con-V cealed eagerness to the White House to call-on the wile of tbe President, of the United States, who "received them with perfect natural courtesy and dignity. Mrs. Harrison had a larger household, too-then has usually been lound In the White House, having gratified her long-held with to take from the drudgery of "his .Pension Office desk ber venerable father, to have him make his home with .her, and be unwilling, as was her husband, to let her grandchildren go, thua making it necessary for Mrs. McKee and Mrs. Russell Harrison to be much of the time at the White House. Mrs. Harrison, too. was hospitable and liked to have otber relatives and friends visit her. Heriarge-heartednoss made her feel tbe narrow physical limits of the small part of tbe White House left by tbe executive business for the family. Not only did she have to care for an enlarged family circle, but ahe lelt moved to plan for the enlargement of the. White; House, and also for its improvement in other respects; not that she expected to achieve jery much while she was in it, but ' in Tfhe hope that Congress might be gradually stirred 'up to do something in the future. It is simply justice, and . not praise, to say that Mrs. Harrison's entire course in the White House was thoroughly admirable and entirely successful. It ia -tome satisfaction to tbe friends who have admired the unfailing tact and courtesy with which Mrs. Harrison has met all her. duties, to know that ber arduous attempt to carry out her high idea of them has received general recognition. It is hard to have to admit that her conscientious devotion to her re-' sponsihilities broke aown her health, but it wasfeaiy to see that that would be tbe out-CJttfe. i " Mrs. Harrisonboth entertained and went out i more than is absolutely , required of the President's ' wife; tshe kept the onerous; (correspondence ' which people; All over i the -United States and over the I world, for that matter, ' pile upon the President's wiiev cut of. arrears'; she 'administered .'ber 'exacting household duties; she received all the callers who had lavors to ask whenit was possible, showing' especial consideration to tbe young women who write .society 'news for tbe papers, and who are especially dependent on the oodrtesy of thb President's wife for interesting information, and all without neglecting the offices" ot religion and charityp ' SI'KKE LOT' IX CBOWX II ILL, WHERE - Mrs, Harrison did not eomplaia at any time of the demands made upoa her demands which lelt her ao time for personal re- creation, except as sh was abl to snatch lew hour daring the month for reading for her decorative work out ahe did everything ' that ahe had to do with characteristio good nature and good honor. Xo' am ail part of ber attractive aess was due to her wit and' ber sense of humor, ' which are. always kindly- em plot ed and serve to make her conversation "and her f ,"Sh? T ant" might well b said of her. Much more of praise is bow being said by t!y great company of her friends ia every atratum of Washingtoa society. ' ' .. scxr cba AcrraisTic ixctdk Vts. . "Mrs. Harrison," said a lady who knew her well. -and was numbered' among her intimate friends, was a modest, retiring womaa and much disliked the glare of public USe. It was as a wife, mother and friend that ber life waa beautiful. Ther was ao happier heme, ao more perfect picture of domestic it-content and beanty than that afforded in the Harrison household. I ifixst became acquainted with ber lovely character apoa the board of managers of the Indianapolis Orphan Asylum, of which abe was a meaner for hirty-two years. her service beginning ia I960. She took' aa active part ia that work from the beginning, and was a model la the discharge of wbat she considered her datyio tbe little waifs that are cared for at that institution. It fell to her a to tbe otber lady .xnanazer to visit the aay- lam one month ia .each year. When there is sickness ia the asylum it is customary for the visitors to coma every day, to inquire after these little ones, otherwise the visitors come but three times a week. As I -have said. Mrs. Harrison was eJwavs exact in the discharge of thi duty." "When her husband was elected President and it became neceaaary for -the tamUy to remove to Washington, she asked leave to resign from the board, but this we would aot permit her to do. Wo all remembered that to ber as much as to aay other one person we were in, debted lor tbe cresent admirable location of the asylum with its beaotifaj grounds.- ra will remember hat before I this change n as made tbe aayluib was in cramped quarters at the southeast corner of Fifth and Tennessee streets. J . Alter General Harrison was elected United State Senator andvh was called upon to spend ber winters in. Washington she still had the welfare of the asylum at heart. he remarked to me that ber sumtders would still XOKTH: DELAWAEI be spent in Indianapolis, and that ahe would not be deprived of ber month 'a visiting to the little pnes at the asylum. This program, waa always inlly carried ous. "There waa a great deal of quiet humor about ber. She was specially fond of the writings ot Charles Dickens and thoroughly familiar, with most of the characters of hia novels. Sbe appreciated their whimsicalities and with an intuitive knowledge of dramatic art knew bow to reproduce them most effectively. No one knew better bow to devise a pleaaant entertainment for a party of friends. Several years ago there was in this city an organization known as the Impromptu Ciub. It consisted of about seventy-five members, forty families being represented in it. Whenever the club met at Mrs. Harrison's we could depend upon having" something qoite "But of tne ordinary, i remember on one of these occasions at Mrs. Harrisons'a she arraged tbe cart scene in David Ccpperfield in which 'Barkis ia Willin',' the cart being placed in in the bow-window of the back parlor and when the curtain-went an ahowed.Dr. Newcomer as 'Barkis' and Mrs. Anna Hay as ,'Pegeotty. It was a great hit and much talked about in-the; club. She was admirable ia detail ia any home entertainment of this character. - V ' 'She enjoyed having a few chosen friends about her. but disliked a throng, and was as far as might be from being what ia 'called a society woman. - It Amoylher to b .pointed out and gazed at as a- part of tbe national show, and from the beginning of the campaign of 1888 this told heavily npon her. It may also be said of ber that ahe was too mnch of aa American, even after she got into tbe White House, to send abroad for her dresses. They, as well as everything she wore, ware bought in this country. "She was a faithful teacher in the First Presbyterian Sunday-school up to the time she removed to Washington. She taught the primary class; and her sweet and gracious ways made her to be greatly loved by tbe little folks. She knew exactly how to get on with children, but, for that matter, she bad admir- Lable tact, no matter In what company she mieht be placed. .. "I remember many years ago when she determined that her children, Russell and Mary (now Mrs. McKee). should take dancing lee-eons. This required sbme finesse, as the Ge n eral bad aome old-fashioned Presbyterian notions. As Mrs. Harrison expressed it-to me: 'You know Ben won't let the ungodly fiddle come into our house; and so it was arranged tbat the children took their dancing lessons elsewhere."- - A NEVER OflAffbllTO CHARACTER. The .calm, self-poise of Mrs. Harrison under all circumstances of fortune was recognized by all who knew her. Though of a deeply sympathetic nature,, she was never overwhelmed by any grief or loss, nor was she ever unduly elated over any success. Commenting- upon this characteristic. Mr. V. T. Malott, a neighbor and personal friend, remarked: "My wife and' myself called at General' Harrison's the morning after bis nomination in 1SS8. ' He was nominated oa Friday, you will remember, and our call waa on Saturday moratng. My wife had made an engagement to go to market that morning with Mrs. Harrison. I recall hef appearance as she entered the room that morning. Sbe was .the same Unostentatious and rlsasant lady as ever, and seemed mnch more interested in the matter of going to market than in the great -honor that had fallen upon her through ber husband. 'Ben, sbe said, simply, turning to her husband, M want some MRS. HARBISOJT MAT EE. BUSIED. meaey; Carrie Ithit's iiiy wife and I are going to market-fTiarwas alL The General furnished 'the required funds, and away ah went to the market. It was a beautiful ho use-hoi d. and Ir there ever was thorough' companionship and understanding between husband and wife, it existed between Presideat Harrison and hi wife. A lady who had a niece come her from Ireland remember with gratitude a service performed by Mrs. Harrison. This niece had three or four children and had to earn a living for her family.-. Mrs. Harrison -waa told the circumstances Of th case, and interested herself ia the matter with such, effect that the Struggling Irish woman wa given a place in one of the State institutions, where' she did ber duty in each a way as to b commended by all. and In which ahe was enabled to support herself and fam ily. "MRS. HARRtSOX'S ACCOVFLISHXEirrS. During, her very busy life Mrs. Harrison found time to develop one or two aeoom-pliabment. Sh ; had a fair knowledge of music; wa a great lover of it. and somewhat proficient In it. Her chief pleasure, however, next to the care ot her household, waa paint- ing. Sbe bad a natural taate for the artistie I work, and by study and practice had made herself almost pTofeasionaiiy accomplished in the use of tbe brush. She devoted most of ber spare I time to .tbe decora-, tioa qf china.) and ber borne, bere J and ' in . Washington, were filled with j specimens of her -skin. She stadied'nnder the tutelage of a teacher from the royal I pottery at Dresden, and since ah has been ia the White House she devoted two mornings j a week, the greater part of the time, to this . occupation. Many of tbe designs she painted were'of Cowers which she had herself gathered. Often she went out with a sketch-book and made pictcre of flowers, or gathered the bloesoms . themselves lor fnture use. Ia her drawing-roon and library were specimens of her work, which Rood critics have called aa perfect a the work of professional artists.. Not quite so much of a hobby as the babies, or the music,' or the painting, was Mrs. Harrison's liking for needlework and embroidery. She waa aa adept ac each, and there were tew piece of linea ia use in ber home that did not bear a monogram worked by her own hands. OinERs HAT Is DIEO IHIt. Aeai7n Bss Visiters th TV tilt II ous Oa Jlauy Occasions isef ore. Washikgtox, October 25. Mrs. Harrison is the second President's wife who has died ia the Wbite House. And it ia a strange coincidence that most of the deaths that have oc- enrMi within itst waUa wr nf unnnt rr,n. fjjnected more or less remotely, personally or 1 politically,' with tbe family of President Har rison. The first death was that of President William Henry Harrison, which occurred oa the morning of April 4, 1341, just one month alter hia. inauguration. Tbe President, on that occasion, went .through the ceremonies bareheaded, ia the midst of a driving storm. On .the 1st of April he was compelled to take to hie bed. and send'-for a physician. But the disease resisted all treatment, and at 12:30 o'clock of the morning of April 4 the President breathed this last. Mrs. Letitia Tyler, first wife of President Tyler, who was elected Vice-President oa the ticket with General Harrison arid succeeded him as Chief Executive, died in the White Uonse on the 10th of September the next year. 1S42. During ;her brief stay in the Executive Mansion Mrs. "Tyier was unable to discharge the duties of hostess, ber place being taken, first by. Mrs. Robert Tyler, her son's wi:e. and Mrs. Sern-pie, ber daughter. The third death waa that of President Zacbary Taylor, who entered the White House March, 4, 1S49. He lived only until July ' 9, 1850. His death was the result of exposure' oa the Fourth of July just, previous, ..when be . took part in the dedication of Washington's Monument. The weather wsis exceedingly hot, and the President drank freely of ice water and partook of a large Quantity of fruit. Itnmedi- : atelyupon his return to tho.White House ha waa seized with an indisposition, from which he never recovered, but which was not be- ' lieved to be of a latal or even serious nature until the morning of his death, i Willie Lin coln, second son of President Lincoln, died in the White House ra February, 1SG2. at the trme when "Tad," the iavorite son of the . martyred President lay seriously Hi, Mr. j Lincoln said tbat the: blow was tbe saddest' i experience of hia lite and the hardest to be ! borne. Willie was. twelve years old at the time of his death. Frederick F. Dent, lather ' of Mrs. U.'S. Grant, who was a member of the presidential family from tbe time General Grant entered the White House, died there December 15, 1873. The last previous death within the portals of the Executive Mansion was the most dramatic -of all. It occurred at the New Year's reception beinp held by President Arthur January 1, 1S83. and threw a pall over, the festivities of the occasion, which were at once brought to a close bo the unbidden and unexpected entrance of the grim messenger.' Mr. Elisha H. Allen, minister to the United State from Hawaii, and dean of the diplomatic corps, was at the head of his associates, making his way to the President to preseut the members ot the legation, with their compliments, when he wassmittea with heart disease.- Falling to the floor he was hurriedly borne to one of the parlors, but never recovered consciousness, and died before medical aid could reach him. Beside these deaths, toe Wbite House has been the theater ot otber scenes - of. sorrow and suffering. When President Garfield lell with the assassin' bullet In his back, he waa conveyed to the room in which Mrs. Harrison now lies, and remained ther nntil carried lortb to die at Elberon. Colonel E. E. Ellsworth, the hero of the. early war days, lay in state in the Blue Room on the morning of May 25, 1861. and faneral services were held there in the presence of one of the most distinguished gatherings ever assembled ia that parlor. Another and more notable funeral held in the Blue Room was that ot the victims of the explosion of the big. gun -on the Princeton, Commodore Stockton's ship, near Alexandria February 23, 18 M. These included Secretaries Upshur and Giimer, and the : Hon. David Gardner, of Xew York. Pressdent Tyler, then a widowen narrowly escaped the fate of his secretaries by an interesting incident of a romantic character. He was devotedly attached at that time to the daughter of Mr. Gardner, and waa with a party in the cabin of tbe ship listening to ber sing. He turned-to. go on deck. with the others, but she bepran another song, and he remained-iu the companion-way to listen. While there the explosion occurred, and his associates were blown into eternity. Tbe 2Stb of June following Mis Gardner became mistress of the White House. Ueatlie in the Uarrisoa Family. It haa heretofore been said that the death of Mr. Harrison was the first to occur in th household ot the' President. This is not quit correct. Many years ago an Infant born to them died after but a gAsp or two of life, and thlacbild was buried at Groenlawn Cemetery. In -the account published yesterday concerning the deaths that have taken place in Mrs. Harrison's family that of her sister, Mrs. Spear, waa not mentioned. Mrs.. -Spear died many years ago, at Hanover, in tbis State, of consumption. Mrs, Harrison's mother, who also died many years ago, is buried at Washington, Pa. . - ' THE FUJiERAL AKRANGbMETS. Tha Burial Win Tats Place at Crown niU Nxt Friday Mnrntag. Mr. E. W. Hal ford, private secretary to Presideat Harrison, thia morning telegraphed the following message to The Indianapolis News: - : ' . ' ' '."The funeral party accom panying ihe-re-mains of Mrs. Harrison will leave Yashin g-ton on Thursday, and tbo burial will take place in Indianapolis on 'Friday morning instead' of Thursday, as announced." " A ' dispatch- received by Tbe Nvi from Washington this afternoon says: The arrangements for Mrs. Harrison's funeral,' which bad been partially asrreed npon ia tbe early hours of the' morning, were changed later, ' after a consultation with members of the Cabinet and communication by wire' with friends of the family in Indianapolis. As the arrangement now stand, a short lnneral service wif; b held in the east room of the White House on . Thursday morning, and ti no a its conclusion the remains will be taken' to the Pennsylvania railroad station. where they will b placed on board a special train The train will probabl v leaVe the ata- tion at noon, and it will be doe in Indianapolis about 8. o'clock Friday morning. From the station at the President' bom city th . funeral cortege . will proceed directly, and without delay to the First Presbyterian . church, corner of" ' New ..York and Pennsylvania streets. Her-' the Rev. M. L. Hainea, the President pastor, will conduct simple -services, attendance oa' which will probably be restricted to relativea and intimate friends. Leaving the church the funeral procession will wind its way' to the beautiful cemetery of Crown Hill, wbere the body will be buried with brief and eimple ceremony. .'The exact resting place is being selected to-day by friends of the family in Indianapolis. . It is not the desire of the executive family to remain in Indianapolis for rest after the fatigue of tbe j journey from Washington. The arrangement lor th funeral contemplate an immediate return on their part to the railroad station, the special train to leave for Washington within a short time therealter. The services at the White House on Thursday moraiasr will be of the simplest character, and the utmost privacy will attend them. Tbe Rev. LeomrS. Hamilton, of the Church of Covenant in this city, the pastor of the Whit House family, will conduct th service. " . Tbe pall-bearers who will officiate at Indianapolis have been selected. They are: Dr. IL K, Allen. John B. Elain, Hugh Hanna, E. B. Martindale, Gen. Lew Wallace, of Crawford sville; Hon. Wm. E. Xiblack. of Vin-eeanea; Joha B. Elder and Tho. P. Haugbey ' Private Secretary Hal ford has telegraphed to Mrs. Harrison's absent brother, now oahia way from Washington fste, to proceed at once to ' Indianapolis. : " Thia "waa on of the reaaoas why4he tnneral services here were postponed from Wednesday until Thursday. Judge Scott is expected to arrire ia Indianapolis oa Fridsy morning about the i same time as the Washingtoa party. The casket selected for Mrs. Harrison's interment is of cedar covered with black cloth, with oxy-dixed silver bars along the ande and across tixm ends. - I TBS XXJCAl. lUASOIHKKTI. The Rev. M. L. Hainss said this morning that the funeral party was expected to arrive here Friday- about 10:30 o'clock a. m. The body will be taken at once to the First Presbyterian church, where simple services will ' be held, probably about an hour in length. After this the body will be buried at Crown HilU . t Mr. Ransdell. marshal for the District of Columbia, is attending to many of the funeral details. - He say that President Harrison will return to -Washington very soon after tbe fu- nerel. He may remain over aight. but hia of ficial duties, greatly; interrupted daring-Mrs. Harrison's illness are demanding attention. The pa; 1-bearer, for th funeral will be se- ; letted at Washington, Mr. Ransdell said, prob j ably to-day. I The survivors of the Seventieth Indiana- General Harrison's regiment will meet at 'Squire Smock's thee a halt hour be. ore the luueral hour Friday, and prepare to attend the services in a body. -Capt. John K. Cleland said to-day that th Seventieth was under many1 social 6bligatioos to Mrs. Harrison. She had been uniformly thoughtful and kind, and all the survivors felt bereft of a personal friend. She bad never been content to leave ber husband alone to extend a welcome in time of reunion, but had herself alwaya taken pains to show her interest in the regiment. The funeral party, ao far a th near rla ; i , : "ici n coDccroca, scconiiog o laiorratiwo : received from Indianapolis t'riceas, will eon sist of Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Harrison and their daughter. Marthenia, five year old; Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McKee, with their children, -Benjamin Harrison and Mary Harrison Mc- Kee; Mrs. Dimick and Mrs. Parker, who are daughters of the - late1 Mrs. Scott Lord, a sister . of Mrs.'tHarrtson who has died -since Mr, narri- soa became President. ' . Mrs. Harrison's father. Dr. Scott, is now ia his ninety-third yearand it is not likely that be will be able to stand the trip. In that case either Mrs. Dimick or Mrs. Parker will remain with him at Washington. It is not possible that Mrs, Harrison's brother, John Scott Harrison, a former resident of tbis city. now at Port Towasend. Washington, can be here at the funeral, the distance 'being too great to admit of getting- bere ia time.. TASK iltillAL SITE. Relatives Visit Crown xltll to select a Lot For Mr. Harrison. At 11 o'clock this morning R. S. MoKe, having received a telegram from Secretary j Halford-. to make selection of a lot , at Crowa ' HiU Cemetery, drove out I ta the ,, silent city. He waa accom-' panied .by Miss Nannie Newcomer and - Mrs. Benjamin Walcott. daughtsrs of Mrs. F. . 6. Newcomer.' and who are cousins to the i President. They, too,' bad been designated I to aid in making the selection. There were ; also of the party Mrs. R. 8. McKee, Mrs. C C Foster and Mr. E. L. McKee. On arrival at tbe cemetery Superintendent j Chislett showed the party about. Indicating to them the choicest lots and locations. The first lot looked at ' .was in the section in which Is the grave of Governor Hendricks; next tbe section in which are tho . graves of Governors Morton and Wbitcome and Gen. Canby. Next to these, lot No. 8 in sectioa 23 was looked at a beautiful lot forty by forty feet square. -Another lot ; that received favorable consideration was the one lately purchased by R. 8. McKee, and which lies near the F. S. Newcomer lot ia a, beautiful location. Still soother lot was No. 16, in section 14, thirty feet square. This is the section ia which are lots of Governor Porter, John Douglass, Noble C. Butler and Judge Clay pool. The lot of all others which received most favorable consideration was in section 11. This is a'clrcnlar lot sixty-fire feet in diameter on the crest of a beautiful knoll, the high-oit ground in - th cemetery except the rise known as Crowa Hill. To the east of thia circular lot i tha Isaiah Man. aur lot, to the west th E. B. Alvord lot, wbllelj in tne otner airections, north and south, are fine stretches of the original forest. The lot is about 130 yards directly west of the soldiers' graves. This lot may be selected, but it was thought best not to at once make choice, but to first communicate with Secretary llslford, at Washington, that the wishes of. the family might be definitely known. .Suggestion was made by one of the ladies of the party ( visiting the '.cemetery that the grave should be lined with chrysanthemums, -as Mrs. Harrison waa a great admirer of that flower, andf it will be remembered, was a patron of the last annual exhibit of chyrssnthemums given in tfiis clty by Indiana florists. A Resolutioa of nytnpathy. - ' Baltimorr. Octobsr25. At the eighteenth and last day's session of the General Episcopal Convention the following resolution was adopted: Resolved. - Tbat ' tbe ' president of this house be requested to convey to the President of tbe United State, in auch man ner a he may deem most fitting, the expression of our sincere and respectful sympathy in tbe bereavement -which has darkened hia home and hia heart. Flags At Hall-Mast. ' T Nrw Yobs, October . 23. Mayor Grant ordered tbe flags at balf-mast on the City Hall to-day, "he cause of the death of Mrs. Harrison. Tbey will also be up at half-mast on the day oftbe luoraL All public building and larg "business bouses ia Brooklyn displayed MaiiS at bal. -mast this morning out of respect to the memory ot Mrs. Harrison. The Pops'i Msitscs of Condolence. Chicago, October 25. The following telegram was sent from this city this mornings To President Harrison, Washington j Tbe Pope, through.' Cardinal ' Rampolla", sends yon beartielt condolence in your preseut amictioa. Cabdinax. Oibbors. In. Sre'mory f Mrs. U am son. Many of President Harrison's pictures la ijldows were draped this afternoon ia testimony of the sad event which has beiallea him. -':-.'.)- The court-house and State House flags are at half-mast. j CONUENSED CU11KEXT8. , . Boston beat Cleveland 6 to 3 in the clsive game yesterday, thus winning championship. de-the -feafly every city in western Pennsvlva- ala is sufiering from a water famine owing to th long-coutinned drought. European lines expect to bring ha million visitors to the Worldl Fair next ear ana wiu max uniiorm rates. i ' James tell,- aged sixteen, has fasted forty-eevea days at Jamesburg, N. 14 aa effort to. cure himself of indigestion. . The two-year-old child -of Martin Case, ot Hopkihsvitle,' Ky., who swallowed a bean while' playing, died Saaday of congestion. ' ' The Teutonic, Which sails to-morrow from London, will carry Peter Jackson, the pugilist. Jackson intends challenging Corbett. The Jsaads Point hotel at Royslin.X. t, owned by George Eh ret, tbe brewer, burned yesterday. Loss, flOO.OOO Covered .by Insurance. ' . " Edward..OI3ver, proprietor of two large grain elevators, was killed ia the machinery ia one of hia buildings at Danville, 111., yesterday. - . . - - The butchered body of Johanna. Schoolman, a servant girl of Sedalia, Moi. waa found ytsterdayThorning, her hand having been eat by grasping the assassin's knife. . - Th late yield of cotton in Texas is exceeding expectations. Tb weather has "been favorable, and shipments have been heavier than at any time since the season opened. - Fred Ulrch. of Seymour, 11L, while returning bom from a Republican meeting, was attacked, by dogs and torn all to pieces. He died ia an hoar after. the attack, hia body being torn into shreds. ' , .Armor plate has been ordered by tbe NaVy Department. About seven thousand tons, at a cost of f4.000.003, will be called for. This will be the largest armor plate contract ever let by the department. Since the rapid-transit street-ear else trie line has been in operation at Peoria, 111., just one week, Thomas Lake has been killsd. and Samuel McKlnney and a Mrs. Olander have beea seriously injured. :' ' ' . . " ' - '

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