Clipped From Arizona Republic
PHOENIX ARIZ.. SEPT. IS, 1907. JOHN Era MONUMENT. The Republican yesterday received the following' communication from "John D. Rockefeller Hotel, John D. Rockefeller Farm two miles south of Hotel. Denton, Tex.:" "A. G. Lee Is erecting a monument to John Davidson Rockefeller on the northeast corner of the Rockefeller farm, one and a half miles south of Denton. Texas. Work begun on the monument March 19 last, and it will take not less than ten years of incessant work to complete it. it is to be made such a wonderfully large Ktrnptiire There is an accompanying Invitation to newspapermen to go to the scene , of operations and ftispect the work. ' We had never heard of this enterprise J and are not yet fully informed as to the purpose of it or as to the person whose memory is to be enshrined. The communication states that It is . lO DC JUOO imVlUWO XUAkCLCIIiri B monument. The name of the great oil magnate Is John "Davison." Assuming that the monument is to be for the great and only John D. and j .admitting his worthiness of It, It strikes us that the proceedings are ' premature. A monument is something by which we are to remember some , person or event wtio or which might otherwise be forgotten. People at present are in no Imminent danger of forgetting John Davidson Rockefeller. We especially of the Arizona oil district recall him more or less vividly every time we pay forty cents a gallon for coal oiL This monument project reminds us of one of the early conversations between Messrs. Dooley and Hennessey who were discussing the late Charles T. YerkeS who had Just returned triumphant from a legislative session at Springfield with an Ironcland street railway franchise. Mr. Yerkes was alluded to by Mr. Dooley as a great public benefactor and philanthropist, deserving of some mark of popular recognition. He was not quite sure what form a public expression of gratitude to Mr. Yerkes should assume. Mr. Hennessey suggested a monument whereupon Mr. Dooley wiser in the conventions observed that monuments were erected only to the dead. "WelL" replied Mr. Hennessey, "What's holdin' him?" So a great many people in this broad land may Inquire "What's holdin'" John D. Rockefeller? Why does he not qualify himself for becoming an appropriate object of the at- tentions which the Texas mouument builder is endeavoring to bestow upon him?