Source: Proceedings of the Common Council of the City of Buffalo
Source type: government document
Document type: city council proceedings (Board of Councilmen)
Document title: “Corporation Proceedings”
Author(s): City of Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
|“Corporation Proceedings” [Board of Councilmen]. Proceedings of the Common Council of the City of Buffalo 14 Sept. 1901 n36: pp. 1507-08.|
|William McKinley (death: government response); messages to city council (Mayor Diehl, Buffalo, NY); resolutions (Common Council, Buffalo, NY).|
|James Ash; Charles H. Avery; Frank J. Bissing; Joseph Butler; Conrad Diehl; Charles F. Dunbar; Simon Fleischmann; John J. Kennedy; Jacob Kissinger; Christian Klinck; William E. Kreiner; Henry C. Ladd; John O. Manning; William McKinley; John J. Smith; Henry C. Steul; Charles S. Susdorf.|
CITY AND COUNTY HALL,
BOARD OF COUNCILMEN,
Buffalo, Saturday, Sept. 14, 1901.
At 3:45 o’clock p. m.
Present—James Ash, President of the Board, and
Councilmen Bissing, Dunbar, Klinck, Kreiner, Ladd, Smith, Steul—8.
FROM THE MAYOR.
Buffalo, Sept. 14, 1901.
“To the Honorable, the Board of Councilmen:
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 world.
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 Aldermen and five members of the Board of Councilmen, 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.”
Mr. Steul moved, that the following action, taken by the Board of Aldermen, Saturday, Sept. 14, 1901., viz.:
ETERNITY HAS CLAIMED THE SPIRIT OF OUR NATION’S CHIEF MAGISTRATE.
“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 President.
|CHAS. H. AVERY,
JOHN J. KENNEDY,
JOHN O. MANNING.”
Adopted unanimously by a rising
—be and the same is hereby approved.
Adopted unanimously by a rising vote.
The President appointed as such committee Councilmen Bissing, Kreiner, Ladd, Smith, and Steul.
Mr. Dunbar moved that the following action, taken by the Board of Aldermen, Saturday, Sept. 14, 1901, viz.:
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 States.
—be and the same is hereby approved.
The President appointed as such committee Councilmen Ash, Klinck and Dunbar.
On motion of Mr. Steul at 3:55 p. m., the Board adjourned.
CHARLES F. SUSDORF,