John Purroy Mitchel, former Mayor of New York, laid to rest
New York, 12 July 1918 - The former Mayor of New York City, John Purroy Mitchel, has been laid to rest.
The streets of the city were thronged with crowds as the body of Mitchel, a grandson of the Irish Fenian leader John Mitchel, was removed from City Hall to St Patrick’s Cathedral. All along the four mile route, people stood with bared heads and many had tears in their eyes.
The escort of honour consisted of US troops and sailors, the city police and firemen and members of numerous civic bodies. An estimated 10,000 people marched behind the flag-draped coffin, with President Wilson’s secretary occupying the position of honour, along with the current mayor, John F. Hylan.
Mitchel, who began his term as mayor in 1914, entered the Aviation Corps after leaving office in 1917. He was killed instantly when he fell from a scout plane in Louisiana.
[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]