Source: Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Source type: journal
Document type: proceedings
Document title: “Minutes of Meetings: Of the Society”
Date of publication: October 1901
Volume number: 27
Issue number: 8
Pagination: 213-18 (excerpt below includes only pages 213-14)
“Minutes of Meetings: Of the Society.” Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers Oct. 1901 v27n8: pp. 213-18.
Minutes of Meetings: Of the Society [excerpt]
September 25th, 1901.—The meeting
was called to order at 8.40 P. M., President J. James R.
Croes in the chair; Charles Warren Hunt, Secretary, and present, also, 68 members
and 13 guests.
The Secretary read the following cablegram:
“SEPTEMBER 17TH, 1901.
“To the American Society of Civil Engineers,
“220 West 57th Street, New York:
“Mansergh, President, expresses the profound sorrow and sincere sympathy of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the tragic death of your honored chief, McKinley.”
President Croes spoke as follows:
“It is difficult to realize that,
during the short interval that has elapsed since we last met here, a tragedy
has occurred which has stirred the whole civilized world in a manner and to
an extent the like 
of which has never been experienced in the history of the world. The day after
our last meeting in this hall, the President of the United States, at the Pan-American
Exposition, summed up the progress of the century, showed how the Nation had
advanced to the position of a world-power, and clearly and forcibly outlined
the path the Nation should pursue to hold its position and increase its influence.
The next day he was stricken down by the hand of a useless being.
“The world shuddered, and for a week hung with breathless interest upon the messages from the bedside of the dying man, and, when he passed away, with words of pious resignation to the will of the Almighty on his lips, it ceased its labors everywhere and paid a silent heartfelt tribute to his memory.
“The law at once took the assassin in hand, and he has had a trial in due form of law and has been convicted of his crime.
“In reviewing the character and career of William McKinley, it has seemed to me that he possessed many of the characteristics of the true civil engineer. A careful investigator of questions which came before him for adjudication, he was slow to decide, open to conviction, vigorous in advocacy of what at the time he felt to be right, but not afraid to change his mind when affairs had changed or when new arguments were presented to him. Courteous to his opponents and ever ready to discuss principles, he has been by some considered as one who was too much disposed to compromise.
“To me, it rather seems that he was progressive, and not simply a persistent advocate of any opinion merely because he had held it once and had to be consistent.
“He looked abroad, he felt the public pulse, he noted the sequence of events, and forecast the results to which they must lead. He may not have been an originator of novelties, but he kept abreast of the times and was successful. His memory will long be cherished with affection and increasing veneration.”