President Harding Dies Suddenly; Stroke of Apoplexy at 7:30 P.M.; Calvin Coolidge Is President
DEATH STROKE CAME WITHOUT WARNING
Mrs. Harding Was Reading to Her Husband When First Sign Appeared -- She Ran for Doctor
BUT NOTHING COULD BE DONE TO REVIVE PATIENT
News of Tragic End Shocks Everybody, Coming After Day Said to Have Been the Best Since His Illness Began a Week Ago
President's Death Shocks Capital, Which Had Expected Recovery: News Telephoned to Executive Clerk From San Francisco -- Effort Made to Reach Coolidge in Vermont -- Only Two Members of Cabinet in Washington
San Francisco, Aug. 2 -- President Harding died at 7:30 o'clock tonight of a stroke of apoplexy.
The end came suddenly while Mrs. Harding was reading to him from the evening newspaper, and after what had been called the best day he had had since the beginning of his illness exactly one week ago.
A shudder ran through the President's frame and he collapsed.
Mrs. Harding and the two nurses in the sick room knew the end had come, and Mrs. Harding rushed out of the room and asked for Dr. Boone and the others to "come quick."
Dr. Boone and Brig. Gen. Sawyer reached the President before he passed away, but were not able to avert the inevitable.