Sorry About The Death of Alexander Gordon 2
that when he returned, to Columbus he rrade out a commission making- his boat a Colonel on the Governor's staff. This gave Coionel Gordon great .compliment, not because he yearned tor a military title so much sa he felt proud that Governor McKinley should par the compliment without solicitation or even suggestion. Once Major McKinley was President Colonel Gordon was active In -seeking the foreign place, ana was eager for even one of the smaller diplomatic posts, like Belgium or Denmark. For months Colonel Gordon and his friends presented petitions and made personal appeals to tbe President, but the appointment never was given. Nor was it ever explained why President McKinley withheld It, as he entertained Colonel Gordon often at the White House and listened carefully to all the demands made for the Gordon appointment. Major McKinley never explained why he tailed to appoint, and Colonel Gordon always wondered If e r,.. ,t .-iv atahhert him. Possibly the best explanation was that Mark Hi" and his friends had about promised the entire Ohio allotment long before Colonel Gordon was a candidate, and it never was the fortune of Colonel Gordon to get very close to Senator Mark Hanna or any of the national organization coterie. Then, too, when It was promised back in the early nineties to make the Colonel the Republican nominee for Congress in the Third District it was discovered that he was not a cltisen of the Vnited Slates. He had neglected to take out naturalization papers ani hastened to do so. when there was some comment both on his failure and on his possible political aspirations. He had bvn a good citizen, even if not legally so, -h himself shocked when It was re called that he was legally a foreigner. He qualified as a citizen quickly enough, and po American in 1-urope was eitr m-.o enthusiastic or loyal, even before his actual nap.rs had been issued.