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 th[e] president.
The Supreme Court was represented by Judge Shauck.
Governor Nash was made chairman and
Auditor of State Guil[b]ert secretary of the meeting. A committee
consisting of Secretary of State Laylin, Judge John A. Shauck of
the supreme court and At[t]orney General Sheets was appointed to
draft the memorial.
Later the following memorial submitted
by this committee was adopted:
From long and per[s]onal 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 affli[c]ts
the nation and the civilize[d] world. Born in this state, educated
in its [s]chools, entering upon professional life here, going upon
the roll of Ohio volunteer soldier[s], filling a large place in
congress as the representative of one of its districts, holding
its h[i]ghest executive office [f]or two terms, and passing thence
to the chief magistracy of the nation; in every relation noble,
of the most kin[d]ly 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 th[e] 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 s[e]n[se]
of personal loss is [o]ur sympathy wi[t]h th[e] nation, which now
prays [sic] a sorrowful penalt[y] 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 honor[e]d
presiden[t]s of [t]h[e] [re]public.
It will b[e] some compensation for
our sor[r]ow if the cause of na[t]ionali[t]y for which he liv[e]d
r[e]ceiv[e]s an impetus from his tragic death.