Kansas and President M’Kinley
The birthday of Kansas
and the birthday of our late lamented patriot president is the same.
Kansas was the first state to declare for Major William McKinley,
the champion of protection and America for Americans, for the presidency.
A national organization has been perfected for the purpose of a
popular subscription for the erection of a monument to the memory
of McKinley. The idea is for a popular subscription for a monument
to be erected to the memory of a patriot and martyr by the men,
women and school children of the entire country, and not one as
the gift of rich men. Governor Stanley has been made a vice president
of the McKinley National Monument association, and as such vice
president will have charge of the contributions made by Kansas for
the building of the monument.
Governor Stanley has been interviewed,
touching his idea of a plan for a general donation in which there
shall be no partisanship: only loyalty, love and patriotism. He
says he wants particularly to reach the young people and children
through the colleges and public schools. His desire is that every
rural school house and its occupants shall be reached, so he will
probably appeal to the teachers of all schools. Then he expects
to reach the soldiers through Grand Army posts. He will find no
trouble in getting a hearing with the old soldiers. Of course, the
matter of reaching the business men of the towns and cities of the
state will be a comparatively easy matter. It is, in short, and
undertaking in which there will be found no one pulling back. Newspapers,
preachers, teachers upon the one hand, and bankers and business
men upon the other, will be found everywhere encouraging the governor
in his effort to have the state of Kansas a credit and an honor
to the nation of states.