A meeting of the state officers
and officials was held at the Governor’s office on Saturday to appoint
a committee to prepare a memorial on the death of the president.
The Supreme Court was represented by Judge Shauck.
Governor Nash was made chairman and
Auditor of State Guilbert secretary of the meeting. A committee
consisting of Secretary of State Laylin, Judge John A. Shauck of
the supreme court and Attorney General Sheets was appointed to draft
Later the following memorial submitted
by this committee was adopted:
From long and personal association
with William McKinley, we feel a sense of personal loss in view
of his death, in addition to the common burden of sorrow which afflicts
the nation and the civilized world. Born in this state, educated
in its schools, entering upon professional life here, going upon
the roll of Ohio volunteer soldiers, filling a large place in congress
as the representative of one of its districts, holding its highest
executive office for two terms, and passing thence to the chief
magistracy of the nation; in every relation noble, of the most kindly
spirit and complete devotion, he has filled our hearts with a love
to which no memorial can give adequate expression.
It is a striking testimony to the
nobleness and gentleness of his character that the conflicts of
public life left no sting, and he was struck down by the hand of
an assassin solely because he was the appointed of the people, the
most conspicuous representative of government. Added to our sense
of personal loss is our sympathy with the nation, which now prays
[sic] a sorrowful penalty for its failure to distinguish between
liberty and license. In his life he made domestic and private virtue
illustrious, contributed powerfully to the development and honor
of the nation, and won a foremost place among the honored presidents
of the republic.
It will be some compensation for our
sorrow if the cause of nationality for which he lived receives an
impetus from his tragic death.