The second inaugural of President McKinley, March 4, 1-901, differed little from the first, except that there was no packing of trunks at the White House and that, in the carriage-seat by the President's side, usually occupied by the retiring President, sat the smiling Senator Marcus A. Hanna, with whom no one can dispute the honor of being the Warwick of America—the American King-Maker. Much picturesqueness was added to the ceremonies of the day by the personality of the Vice-President, since President Roosevelt, whose career as cowboy, hunter, soldier and statesman won cheers for him from the lovers of the strenuous along the way.

The day was overhung with clouds, and during the inaugural the rain began to beat down in torrents; but even this did not prevent thousands from listening to the voice of the popular President, as he reviewed, in the eloquent address, the needs and conditions of our new possessions and the prosperity of our land. Over] the heads of the President and of Chief Justice Fuller, who administered again the oath of office, was erected a small but substantial canopy, which lent a slightly novel appearance to the scene. Mrs. McKinley attended the ceremonies, leaning on the arm of Adjutant-General Corbin. General Miles and Admiral Dewey, and the diplomatists, headed by Lord Paunceforte, contributed the usual lustre and gold lace to the picture.