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 - TUE Middletown Signal rids itself of what we...
TUE Middletown Signal rids itself of what we consider a foolish and unappreciative sentiment, in this editorial expression: "The Board of Trustees of the Chil dren's Home at Hamilton in their reso lutions published elsewhere paid a worthy tribute to a worthy man yee terday. Mr. Clark Lane in other days and fairer fortunes was a benefactor and friend of Hamilton whose people feel that they owe him a debt of grati tade. Recently there has been a half hearted attempt to fittingly acknowledge their appreciation of his inagnan- imons generosity, but some of those at the head of tbe work seem afraid that they .-nay do something for which the city will not receive full value and suggest that by properly fitting up the 11 brary, which he so generously donated, as if that was not a duty always incumbent upon them, they wonld be showing their appreciation of his muni ficent gifts. It's a kind of a Dutch treat or putting a roof on ones house to pjy a debt. We would say in all kind ness to the people of Hamilton If Clark Lane is to be fittingly remembered don't remember him by buying books for yourselves " Any person who raafls this may well wonder what the Middletown Signal contiders the purpose of a memorial to bev *• We have long entertained the im- presalon that the object of a memorial was to perpetuate and to honor the memory and the deeds of an eminent person. Such action our contemporary dubs a "Dutch treat.'' Since the committee from the Board of Control is casting about for suggestions as to what will constitute a fitting memorial of the pnblic benefactions oi Ch-rk Line, it might be well for it to kneel for a while at the shrine of this Middletown Oracle, lest i!s laudable enterprise fizzle into a "Dut^-h treat.' Perhaps the Signal considers that tht gifts of a purse of money, or !in em broid?red centrepiece, or a box of candy to Mr. Lace would be more iu taste It would at least free us from the suspicion of attempting to profit by our own charity, snd whatever satisfactioi might result from the gift would be al for Mr. L^ne. The city at least conic not spend tho money, or soil the table decorations or eat the candy. Or iudeec vre might erect a monument on tht the main street of Middlatotvn, betweei Paul J. Sorg's residence aud Paul J. Sorg's Opera house, but by doing anj of these things, would the memory o Clark Lane be served, or the wishes o his declining years gratified by the knowledge that his benirhence wai appreciated by those whom it was in tended to benefit': To our thinking Mr. Clark Lane has made the clearest possible exprestio: of the sort of memorial he desirec When he gave to the city of Ilanitlto H library fur the pleasure and the bent lit of hianulghliois and their posteril lo gmitrali inn jet unborn, ha iml culed by that act the foim iu which 1: desired his memory to endnre. It *( plainly the fondest desire of his lit

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  1. The Journal News,
  2. 14 Jan 1899, Sat,
  3. Page 2

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