Keeping Well [excerpt]
They [doctors] are most useful and important servants
of their fellows. They often get no proper compensation. Sometimes,
they are very extravagant in their demands; and need a little reproof
as well as others.
The physicians attendant on President
McKinley upon his assassination made an effort to get $100,000 from
Congress after his death. The Poughkeepsie Eagle of October 17th,
1901, justly rebuked this.
In endorsement of the sentiment expressed,
this writer furnished a brief article; a part of which is here inserted:
Will you permit one of your constant
readers to publicly thank you for your just and sensible editorial
of this Thursday, October 17th, based upon the report that bills
to the amount of $100,000 are to be rendered to Congress for
the services of physicians and surgeons attendant upon our stricken
President during his sufferings in the days follow- 
ing the cruel assault upon him that resulted in his tragic death.
Surely, none of us desire to reflect
upon these men of science, or to intimate that they did not
do all they could to save the life of their distinguished patient.
Indeed, perhaps many will always believe that excessive desire
led to a multiplication of efforts that were too much for the
strength of the sufferer. But, with no disposition to assume
the role of critic, I want to confirm your statement: that the
outcome proved beyond question, the utter uselessness of all
that was done; and, just when many were preparing to glorify
modern surgery in almost a forgetfulness of the God who rules
and reigns over us all, the entire futility of human wisdom,
and the vanity of human boastfulness, was made to so appear
that the doctors themselves have remained quite silent since,
and been compelled to subside, because unable to justify their
own confident predictions. We should all have rejoiced, if the
means employed could have been successful in rescuing the President
from the jaws of death. But God ordered otherwise, and let us
all manifest our submission. And let none bring upon themselves
the reputation of seeking to profit, financially, out of the
great sorrow that has called forth so much lamentation.