CITY AND COUNTY HALL,
BOARD OF ALDERMEN,
Buffalo, Saturday, Sept. 14, 1901.
Pursuant to call of the Mayor the
Board of Aldermen convened at 3 o’clock p. m.
Present—James Franklin, President
of the Board, and Ald. Avery, Barth, Busch, Butler, Collins, Cwiklinski,
Gorman, Haese, Hendler, Holmes, Huster, Kennedy, Kissinger, Knickenberg,
Landsheft, Maischoss, Manning, McEachren, Roedel, Schneider, Schnellbach—22.
Absent—Ald. Darmstadter, Dix and
FROM THE MAYOR.
Buffalo, Sept. 14, 1901.
To the Honorable Board of Aldermen:
I have called you together in special
session under the most sad and trying circumstances.
The infamous assault upon the President
of the United States by an advocate of anarchy has culminated in
the death of our beloved Chief Magistrate, William McKinley, and
has brought deepest anguish to our stricken people and the civilized
I recommend that Your Honorable Body
as representatives of the citizens of Buffalo unite with their fellow
citizens in all parts of the country in expression of their great
grief for the terrible affliction that has befallen the Nation and
humanity and in extending their warmest sympathies and heartfelt
condolence to the grief-stricken family of our beloved President.
I also recommend that a joint committee
be appointed to consist of five members of the Board of Councilmen
and five members of the Board of Aldermen to act with the Mayor,
the President of the Common Council and ten citizens to be named
by me, to make such arrangements as may be deemed proper and advisable
for a public tribute to our most illustrious dead.
Received and filed.
Ald. Avery moved that the president
appoint a committee of five to draft suitable resolutions on the
death of William McKinley, President of the United States.
The President appointed as such committee
Ald. Avery, Kissinger, Manning, Kennedy and Butler.
Ald. Avery from the committee appointed
to draft resolutions on the death of the President of the United
States presented the following report:
Your committee appointed to draft
suitable resolutions on the death of President McKinley respectfully
submit the following:
ETERNITY HAS CLAIMED THE SPIRIT OF OUR NATION’S
William McKinley, beloved
of his people and honored by the whole civilized world, has this
day yielded up his life a martyr to good government and social order.
To our city, to lend the great influence
of his presence and the power of his endorsement to an institution
conceived and brought into being for the enlightment and betterment
of mankind, he came in the glory of his manhood. Just as Christendom
was applauding his utterances and while extending the warm hand
of friendship to his own admiring people, anarchy dealt him a cowardly
blow and he fell, pierced by an assassin’s bullet. We bow our heads
in sorrow, and while we deplore his taking away and know that his
tragic death has brought sadness into every house in this land,
we find consolation in the sentiment contained in his own dying
words, “His will, not ours, be done.” Heroically he fought the battle
with death, strengthened by the conscience that his best beloved
was near and that probably his stood between her life and death.
A great man has gone. Our Nation has
lost a wise, conservative and patriotic ruler and the world a Christian.
Resolved, That the people of the City
of Buffalo, through its Common Council, tender their sincere sympathy
and condolence to the faithful and loving wife, the companion of
his youth, and to the other members of the sorrow-stricken family.
Resolved, That in the assault resulting
in the death of President McKinley we recognize an attack upon the
principle of free government and social order in this land and feel
that more stringent laws should be enacted safeguarding our institutions
and the lives and happiness of our people from anarchical designs.
Resolved, That a joint committee consisting
of five members of each board constituting the Common Council, of
which the presiding officer of each board be a member, be appointed
to act with the Mayor, the President of the Common Council and City
Clerk and a committee of ten citizens to be appointed by the Mayor,
with full power to take such action and make such arrangements as
may be deemed advisable pertaining to the obsequies of our lamented
by a rising vote.
The President appointed
as such committee Aldermen Avery, Barth, McEachren, Holmes and Collins.
Ald. Kennedy moved that
His Honor, the Mayor, the President of the Board of Aldermen, the
President of the Board of Councilmen and two members of the Board
of Aldermen, and two members of the Board of Councilmen be appointed
a committee to attend the funeral of the late President of the United
The President appointed
as such committee Ald. Franklin, Kissinger and Kennedy.
Ald. Avery moved that
when this Board adjourns this day it adjourns to meet again Tuesday,
Sept. 17, 1901, 2:30 o’clock, p. m.
Barth, Busch, Butler, Collins, Cwiklinski, Franklin, Gorman, Haese,
Hendler, Holmes, Huster, Kennedy, Knickenberg, Landsheft, Maischoss,
Manning, McEachren, Roedel, Schneider, Schnellbach, Sullivan—22.
On motion of Ald. Avery
at 3:40 o’clock, p. m., the Board adjourned.
CHARLES F. SUSDORF,