Arch to Honor M’Kinley
MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION ISSUES STATEMENT OF SCHEME.
Location Selected Is Washington Approach of Memorial Bridge across
the Potomac—Each Contributor to Become Member of Organization and
Receive Certificate—President Roosevelt a Member—Money to Be Held
by Lyman J. Gage.
Washington, D. C., Oct. 27.—The William
McKinley National Memorial Arch association tonight issued this
statement to the public:
“President McKinley’s memory is enshrined
in the hearts of his countrymen. But their unexampled affection
demands expression in a material memorial, national in character,
to be erected at the national capital, the scene of his greatest
labors and achievements. The William McKinley National Memorial
Arch association has been incorporated under the laws of the District
of Columbia to meet this desire by the erection of a national memorial
arch in honor of President McKinley in the City of Washington by
national popular subscription.
Roosevelt a Member.
“President Roosevelt has accepted
honorary membership in the association.
“It is proposed to place the memorial
arch preferably at the Washington approach to the memorial bridge
across the Potomac connecting Washington with Arlington, which President
McKinley earnestly desired and recommended to Congress as ‘a monument
to American patriotism.’
“Contributors to its fund will be
made members of the William McKinley National Memorial Arch association.
The treasurer, Lyman J. Gage, Secretary of the Treasury of the United
States, Washington, D. C., will receive all contributions and will
forward certificates of membership to all contributors. Contributions
of money may be handed to postmasters, managers of telegraph, telephone,
and express offices, or deposited with banks or other financial
institutions and newspapers. They are hereby authorized and requested
to receive and transmit contributions to the treasurer.
All Asked to Co-Operate.
“The association heartily invites
and confidently expects the coöperation of Governors of States and
Territories, the Mayors of cities, and all other public officials,
of the press of the country, of the churches, colleges, and schools,
and of all organized cities, and requests that they will take immediate
action to promote its objects by making and securing subscriptions.
All communications except remittances should be addressed to Thomas
F. Walsh, secretary, Washington, D. C.
“The association is in entire sympathy
with the proposition to erect a suitable memorial to the late President
at his grave in Canton, O.”