Clark Lanes Portrait
I CLARK LAKB? POBTMUT UBveltod .1 the Ubnrr. which B»»« HU N»n»i null Which Studs H » Monument to HU <im«ro«ltr mm* LoJ»l»r ««d Good Will to Haudlton-Th« l!nve»lii» of the Portrait Attended with Much Interest— *l>rrcnea by Chairman Fuleoner, Geo. T. R«.|»», I.. I 1 . Cluwson, Thorn*" Millikin, Patrick Hums, Judge llcrry unil the Founder Illiuscir-Mr. Lane Would 1-lke to 1>J Still More lor the Cltj I)) Adding » MiirhiinlciT Institute. An audience of about 100 people gathered at Lane Free library last evening to witness the unveiling of the picture of the founder of that noble institution, Clark Lane. Dr. Cyrus Falconer, as chairman, stated the object of the meeting, and in the •course of his remarks said that in 1B66 he read in the Teleerapli a proposition to found a free library. The article was from the pen of Clark Lane, but received little encouragement from the citizens. Without the support of others, Mr. Lane erected the building and furnished the books for our present lifcrary and presented it as a gift to the city. It is true that many project, but few fulfill so much as our honored guest of this evening. Generations to come will honor and bless the name of tbe noble donor and his most noble gift. As the next speaker, Mr. Geo. T. Reiss, said: "He, whom we would honor this evening, as a mechanic, who by his own efforts, rose to the high place he now occupies in the hearts of the people of Hamilton, believing that the mind is elevated and enlarged by reading good books, and clearly seeing the want of opportunity, determined to supply the long needed want by building a proper structure and filling it with good books, and the building we this evening occupy is the result of that determination." 'As the young men of our growing city had never the pleasure of personally knowing Clark Lane It is eminent; ly fittingithat we should place before them the portrait of Hamilton's most honuredabenefactor. Some of our public spiritedjcitizens purchased the portrait which I have the honor, this evening, to present to the trustees, of Line Free lib.-ary, assured that its intrinsic worth will not be the measure of its value, but the place that the orig- nal holds in the hearts of the people of Hamilton.'' L. P. Clawson, one of the board of trustees, accepted the picture, saying: In behalf of the trustees of the Lane Free library, I thank the donors lor the most appropriate gift, in appreciation of our honored fellow-citizen, Clark Lane. We honor Clark Lane as a benefactor ol the people of Hamilton. Progressive and public spirited he made his presence and influence felt. Kind and generous, he was loved and honored while he remained with us and only re grets followed him as he went from us." Patrick Burns followed with a few pertinentjremarks. Hon. Thomas Millikin was then introduced and said: in of Is his his "This occasion calls to mind the fact that this library is the flrst important gift to the city of Hamilton. Every dollar is from the hard earned money of the donor. Let the people remember, that, not for display or personal glory was this noble gift bestowed, but for the young men and women, to educate themselves. Here they may read what others have thought and wrote and thus learn that which they would otherwise never know. Franklin gave to the youth of Philadelphia a free library and his name will live as long as Franklin free library shall last, so shall the name of Lane go down to posterity as a benefactor of our race." In with Dayton few days the Ed To W. Mr. people fidelity. of the and of fnl Chairman Falconer, with a few words then introduced the honored guest of the evening, Clark Lane, who said: 'On invitation of the donors I am here, and am ready to return my heartfelt thanks for the honor of the invitation. 1 never make speeches but 1 will do a little rambling talking. 'I came to Hamilton about July 1, 1S44, being then 21 years old and having finished my trade. 1 hired to John H. Brown then living in Rossville (First ward). I cast my first vote in that place and as 1 was an abolitionist I voted for Birney, the abolition candidate. "Next morning Brown came into the shop and in language more forcible than polite, told me, that no abolitionist should work in his shop. "I went from there to Dayton and worked for Mr. Ross eight months when I was.married to my wife witli whom I lived forty-five years. "Mr. Ross having moved to Hamil- work for and re- I went into busi- the A the ton 1 came here to mained with bin', til ness for myself. "1 borrowed *1,000 from my friend.Wm. Beckett, and success crowned my labor. Hamilton having done much for me I eltitmyduty to do something in re- urn and gave a free library, and I trust he day may come when 1 can establish a mechanics' institute in connection with he library for the education of yonng lochanics." Judge Berry, in a few closing remarks, tated that the trustees contemplate juilding an addition to the library for he purpose named by Mr. Lane. He was much pleased to see the people icnor Mr. Lane while living and not wall lill afler he is dead.