A Supplement to A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents eBook

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4.  The following officers of the army will, with a like number of officers of the navy selected for the purpose, compose the guard of honor, and accompany the remains of their late Commander-in-Chief from the National Capital to Canton, Ohio, and continue with them until they are consigned to their final resting place: 

  The Lieutenant-General of the Army. 
  Maj.-Gen. John R. Brooke. 
  Maj.-Gen. Elwell S. Otis. 
  Maj.-Gen. Arthur MacArthur. 
  Brig.-Gen. George L. Gillespie.

  By command of Lieut.-Gen. Miles.

    Acting Adjutant-General.

The following order then issued: 

  WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, Sept. 14.

  The Secretary of War announces to the army that upon the death of
  William McKinley, President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt,
  Vice-President, has succeeded to the office of President of the United
  States, by virtue of the Constitution.

    Secretary of War.

Secretary Root also gave directions to the officers of the department to make the necessary arrangements and issue orders for the participation of the army in the funeral ceremonies, following the Garfield precedent.

The following order was issued by the Secretary of the Treasury to the Revenue Cutter Service: 

  The department announces to the service the sad tidings of the death of
  the President.  The flags of all vessels of the Revenue Cutter Service
  will be carried at half-mast until otherwise ordered.



Secretary Gage issued the following announcement of the death of President McKinley: 

It has been thought proper to make sad but official announcement in this issue of Treasury Decisions of the tragic death of William McKinley, twenty-fifth President of the United States, and to give some expression of that tribute which his character and deeds compel.

  It needed not the shadows of death to make the figure of the late
  President loom large in the estimate of mankind.

  The republic he loved he lived to broaden and unify as no previous
  President had done.  Under his prudent and far-seeing statesmanship it
  took exalted place in the community of nations.

  From his place as private citizen, on through many and increasing
  honors to his final post as ruler of his people, he remained true to
  the highest ideals.

By the people of the nation at large and by the world he was known and will live in grateful annals as a gentleman of noble heart, an affectionate husband, a sturdy friend, and a faithful and illustrious President.

  In a long public life, ever open to his fellows, nothing was ever found,
  even by intemperate partisan zeal, that would cast a shade upon his

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