Twenty-Ninth Annual Session of the American Health
Memorial Service for President McKinley. Held in the 74th Regiment
Armory, Buffalo, N. Y.,
September 19th, 1901, by the American
Public Health Association.
The meeting was called to order
at 10 o’clock A. M., by the President, Dr. Benjamin Lee, who spoke
This day, the day which the National
and State authorities have set apart as a day of humiliation in
commemoration of our late lamented President, the ordinary business
of the Association will be entirely given up.
There are, however, one or two matters
which could be properly attended to which will take very little
time before the resolutions are presented.
The Secretary will read the resolution
prepared by the Executive Committee to formulate resolutions. The
Chair will call upon Dr. Holton as a member of that Committee to
present the resolutions of respect to the memory of the late President.
Mr. President and gentlemen of the
Association: Your  Committee
appointed to grant resolutions on the death of President McKinley,
beg leave to submit the following:
RESOLVED, that the American
Public Health Association has received with deep sorrow the
intelligence of the sudden and tragic death of the beloved President
of the United States.
RESOLVED, that in President McKinley
we recognize the highest type of modern civilization, a patriotic
citizen, a Christian gentleman and a sagacious and enlightened
RESOLVED, that we respectfully
extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. McKinley in this her hour
of bereavement and to other members of the family.
RESOLVED, that a copy of these
resolutions be spread upon the records of this Association and
given to the press for publication.
BENJAMIN LEE, Chairman.
HENRY D. HOLTON.
The Chair would suggest that before
the motion is put, some members may like to express themselves in
regard to the resolutions, and we will call upon Dr. Wm. Bailey.
The Chair has but one word to say
in this connection—he is in Heaven, we upon earth; therefore, let
our words be few.
Dr. Wm. Baily’s address:
Mr. President and Members of the Association:
I feel that words fail me to express the depths of sorrow that we
all feel. Yet it is a sad pleasure to me to speak a word on this
occasion. As expressed, I think, well in our resolution, we recognize
in the late President all that is best in modern civilization in
every relation in life. As a man, as a statesman, as a soldier and
as a Christian, and as to his family relations, we all doff our
hats when we contemplate the loyalty of this man to his afflicted
Coming, as I do, from the South, I
would like simply to call attention to the fact, that no man since
the war—the civil war—has done as much as President McKinley to
unify this country of ours. Without partisan bias, when it came
to the Spanish war we find that a Wheeler, a Lee, a Breckenridge
were his prominent agents in the carrying on of this war. So that
to-day in the South, as never since ’60, have we had such a feeling
toward a President or toward the flag of our country. So for this
we may be thankful for this man. The very heinousness of the crime
precludes almost its mention, and yet allow me to express in this
presence that this country, since its organization, has always been
open to receive everybody from other climes who desired to come
to us. While that is still our wish for those who come for the betterment
of themselves and mankind and who desire to become Americanized,
adopting the principles of this government as their own, yet let
me say that the day has come when it must be expressed that we have
no place in this country for those who come with a view of promulgating
principles that are so much at variance with the principles upon
which this government is founded, and that there is no longer a
place in this country for such spirits to come and concoct their
Simply, then, and briefly, I would
offer the seconding or the adoption of these resolutions in their
full spirit, that we do recognize an irreparable loss, that we recognize
in this man one worthy of our deepest love, and I am sure that we
likewise congratulate ourselves and feelingly return thanks for
the expressions that have come to us from our sister nations and,
I might say, from the world.
Dr. C. P. Wilkinson:
In seconding the resolutions I voice
the sentiments of the people of the extreme South in the section
from which I come. Our city was very recently very highly honored
by a visit from our now deceased President. Our people turned to
him with a smile and extended hands. They held out armfuls of flowers
for the man, for the citizen and for the President. The same bells,
Mr. President, that rung out paens of praise for that man are now
tolling deeply as his body lies just about ready to be consigned
to the tomb. There is no section of the country that feels more
acutely and more bitterly the killing of President McKinley than
does the South. He was their friend. As in the killing of Abraham
Lincoln, in the excitement of war, the South was visited, was direly
punished for any hand whish [sic] she might have had in that
assassination, so, to-day, Mr. President, the South mourns the loss
of that President, who was, since that time, the first to extend
the open hand of fellowship and ask us to join in the house of our
fathers in the Union.
To-day, sir, we find no place for
any reflections upon the previous history of any party, or any man
in that party, but we do recognize the onward march of Wililam [sic]
McKinley towards the prosperity, towards the peace, towards the
protection of our citizens alone, regardless of our State or sectional
We mourn, Mr. President, to-day more
than we can express, and, on behalf of the South, I join in the
deepest regret that we have to pass these resoluions [sic],
but, sir, with the most heartfelt earnestness in the truth of every
word they express. (Applause).
Appropriate addresses were likewise
made by Mr. Bryce (Dominion of Canada) and Dr. Liceaga (Republic