Apropos of Mr. McKinley’s Death
The desire to honor the memory of the late President McKinley has
taken form in the organization of a national monument association,
of which Judge William R. Day, of Canton, Ohio, is chairman, and
Col. Myron T. Herrick, of Cleveland, treasurer. It is proposed to
erect a worthy monument of some kind at Canton. Another project
is that of the erection of the proposed bridge across the Potomac
River at Washington as a memorial to Mr. McKinley, with an arch
at one end designed especially in commemoration of the late President.
The citizens of Washington have taken active measures to advance
this project, and Mr. Henry B. F. Macfarland, chief commissioner
of the District, is chairman of the association, and the Secretary
of the Treasury, Mr. Gage, is treasurer. There is said to be entire
harmony between the Canton and the Washington associations, and
it is desired to make both projects completely successful at a very
early day. The reports regarding Mrs. McKinley’s health are favorable.
While the late President did not leave a large fortune, it appears
that the amount was ample for the maintenance of Mrs. McKinley,
whose welfare must naturally be a matter of general solicitude.
The trial of the President’s assassin was very brief. The evidence
as to the act itself was, of course, conclusive, and the examination
of the accused man by medical specialists showed that there was
no ground for urging insanity as a defence. The man himself maintained
a stolid silence throughout the proceedings. The trial began before
Justice Truman C. White, at Buffalo, on September 23, and the verdict
of guilty of murder in the first degree was returned the next day,
followed by sentence of death, to take effect in the electrical
chair at the Auburn State Prison in the week beginning October 28.
Every form required by law to assure a fair trial was scrupulously