Source: Buffalo Evening News
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “The M’Kinley Doctor Bills”
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 1 March 1902
Volume number: 43
Issue number: 118
|“The M’Kinley Doctor Bills.” Buffalo Evening News 1 Mar. 1902 v43n118: p. 6.|
|McKinley physicians (payment); John G. Milburn (public statements).|
|Marcus Hanna; Edward G. Janeway; William W. Johnston [identified as N. W. Johnson below]; Matthew D. Mann; Charles McBurney; William McKinley; John G. Milburn; Herman Mynter; Roswell Park; Charles G. Stockton.|
The M’Kinley Doctor Bills
Compensation Has Been Agreed upon and the Figures Sent to Washington.
(From Yesterday’s Last Edition.)
John G. Milburn, president of the Pan-American
Exposition Company, had his attention invited this morning to an article in
the Enquirer in which it was stated that he and Senator Marcus A. Hanna had
charge of the matter of the payment of the bills of the physicians who attended
the late President McKinley; that the physicians were “put out” because Dr.
Matthew D. Mann was to obtain the largest fee; and that the rate of compensation
agreed upon to be presented in a bill to Congress was as follows:
Dr. Matthew D. Mann, $10,000; Dr. Herman Mynter, $5000; Dr. Roswell Park, $5000; Dr. Charles McBurney, $2500; Dr. Charles G. Stockton, $1000; Dr. N. W. Johnson, $1000; Dr. Janeway, $1000.
Mr. Milburn read the article carefully, then with much deliberation wrote the following statement:
“There is no basis whatsoever for the statement that the bills for the services of the doctors who attended the late President were referred to Senator Hanna and myself; that any bills rendered had been revised or cut down; or that I have anything to do with the preparation of any bill to be submitted to Congress. Some time ago I was requested to confer with the doctors about their compensation. No bills have been rendered by them. We met and talked the matter over. There has been no controversy between the doctors themselves or between me and any of them. As the result of our talk certain figures were made which were agreed on all around and impressed me as very reasonable, and those figures I sent to Washington, which is the last I have heard of the matter.
“It is unjust to the doctors to represent them as having rendered bills which were cut down, or as having asked for compensation which was not allowed, or as differing between themselves.
“I am not at liberty to give the figures which I sent to Washington. Those which are given in the Enquirer are not correct. That is all I can say.”