Clark Lane Tells What Memorial He Desires
CLARK LANE TELLS WHAT __ MEMORIAL HE DESIRES. DEVELOPMENTS OF THE LANE FREE LIBRARY OUR BENEFACTOR'S DEAREST HOPE. Jn a Letter to the "Republican-News" He Discusses the B. or c. Plan. "If the Committee and the Good People of Hamilton Please to Do That Which Will Most Please and Gratify Me," He Says, "This can be Consummated Through the Enlargement of Lane Free Library." When the Board of Control first proposed the plan of erecting a public public memorial, in recognition of the public beneficences of Clark Lane donor of the Lane Free Library and founder of the Children's Home the daily REPUBLICAN-NEWS advocated advocated the extension and enlargement of the library, as the most appropriate appropriate monument to the life and purposes purposes of the man. Much discussion lifts since arisen as to what form of memorial should be selected, and the failure of the committee having the matter in charge, to return a report, report, leaves the question still open. Believing the first purpose of this memorial, both in the view of the Board of Control and of citizens generally, generally, is to do honor to. Mr. Lane, the REPUBMOAN-NEWS to secure an authoritative expression of his wishes forwarded this letter to bim: Clark Lane, Esq., Elkhart, Ind. DEAK MB. LANE:—A resolu- , tiou was recently passed by the Board of.Coutrol of the city of Hamilton, providing for the erection of a memorial to perpetuate perpetuate the memory of your public beneficences A committee lias been appointed consisting of two members of the Board and the city solicitor to determine the nature of this memorial, and to report a recommendation to the orgiual body. This committee.flnds difficulty in arriving ata decision, and tho matter • lias aroused very general general interest and discussion among your old fnends in Hamilton Hamilton and others interested in the movement Some have suggested suggested that the most fitting manner of memorallzing your services to the city, would be by carrying to the fullest degree, those public projects which you have initiated. They believe': that tho memorial which would be most gratifying to you would be secured by developing, through liberal public appropriations to Lane Free Library. Its buildings might be enlarged and its store of books built up through regular accessions, into the finest and most useful collection owned by any Ohio city of Hamilton's size. Others have advocated a public park, and others a statue in bronze. There is,a general desire,that this memorial shall be of a character character most pleasing to yon,'and it appears that the only method of. deciding the controversy to the satisfaction of all, is through a personal expression from yourself. yourself. We should be very glad to receive at your earliest possible convenience, a full expression as to whatsort of a memorial would be most gratifying to you. We feel that wo spodlc in behalf, not only for ourselves, but of every class of citizens in Hamilton, in this request. Very truly yours, The DAILY REPUBLICAN-NEWS. lu reply Mr. Lane says: ELKHART, IND., January 27, '99. To The Editor—Your valued favor of i6th inst., came promptly, finding me with a very sick wife requiring close attention. Hence the delay. Now as briefly as possible-I have to say: If yourselves'the committee and the good people of Hamilton, Hamilton, please to do that which will most gratify and increase the pleasure of the writer hereof, such condition of satisfaction can be consummated through the enlargement of "Lane Free Library," as suggested in your letter. The making of it "the finest and most useful collection of books owned by any Ohio city of Hamilton's size," certainly will be, and should be, the pride of the beautiful old city, the Queen of the Miami's. So let it be done. Let it be done by the people for all of the people now, as well as for coming generations of the new century soon to be born, and my cup of pleasure, will ba full to overflowing. Cold Brass, "A Statue in Bronze" at least is and forever must remain, cold. You have as I well know, at least two beautiful parks, and others will come r to meet needful and pleasurable demands. How-beit good books free to all, aud comfortable place or places wherein to enjoy the same are not only a joy forever, but are also a powerful factor in the "git-up" of the best type of humanity. Placing it mildly at least one economic feature of my life has been the placing of money where I believed the same would last longest and be of most real useful benefit to my fellow-man. If he, or they, but use the beneficence with determination determination of success, as has been my wish and hope, the final outcome will verify, and the world be made better. Closing now, I wish for your committee, the Library trustees trustees aud every good citizen of Hamilton a full realization of all the good, the glory, fame and usefulness that can and will come to them through the "Lane Free Library" after the plan set forth in your letter, to which this reply is respectfully tendered. tendered. Yours Truly, CLARK LANE.