McKinley Monument Day
Sept. 15.—Fully 100,000 people saw the unveiling of the bronze statue
of William McKinley in this city yesterday. The civic and military
parade that preceded the unveiling is said by all to have been the
most imposing in Ohio since the close of the Rebellion. Senator
Hanna, although in poor health, presided as officer of the day,
and paid a glowing tribute to the late President in introducing
Senator Fairbanks of Indiana, who made the principal address of
Dorothy Bonner, daughter of Col. J.
S. Bonner, president of the McKinley Memorial Association, pulled
the cord to drop the draping, but unfortunately it broke and two
Regular soldiers standing by sprang to the base of the monument
and quickly swept the covering to the base of the shaft, while cheers
rang from thousands.
The monument was built by 6,500 Toledo
contributions from adults and the mites of over 20,000 school children.
It is of bronze, heroic size mounted on a shaft of marble on a broad
base of white granite surrounded with flowers.
There were no public exercises in
Canton to-day. Flags were lowered on the public buildings and school
buildings and reference to the life of McKinley and his death was
made in the schools. Carnations, McKinley’s favorite flower, were
worn by many in recognition of the day.