M’Kinley Memorial Fund
Much public interest is being shown
in the plan of a McKinley Memorial to be erected by popular subscription,
and a large number of people have written to the NEWS giving expressions
of approval of the idea. Many have inclosed a dollar bill with their
letters, in earnest of their support.
Some of the communications received
Friday and Saturday have asked why the names of many prominent people
of Buffalo have not appeared among those who have sent in subscriptions.
The answer to this is that the plan advocated by the originator
of the idea was that of making the subscription a popular one at
one dollar each, and that no large subscriptions should be sought
to swallow up and obscure the many who could afford to give a dollar.
Hence no effort has been made to secure
subscriptions of large amounts nor yet to solicit one-dollar subscriptions
from those who could well afford to give more. It has been felt
from the first that the one-dollar subscriptions would, in all probability,
have to be supplemented by subscriptions of larger figures before
a sum could be obtained which would be sufficient for a memorial
of a dignity worthy of Buffalo. There are enough people in Buffalo
who could give a dollar with ease, to build the most magnificent
of popular memorials if they would all contribute. But, alas! The
patriotism of the many ends just a little short of the pocketbook.