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Sixty-Fifth Congress, Third Session

House Document No. 1861


(Late a Representative from Missouri)






March 2, 1919




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Proceedings in the House 5

Prayer by Rev. Henry N. Gouden, D. D 5, 9

Memorial addresses by —

Mr. Clement C. Dickinson, of Missouri 11

Mr. Perl D. Decker, of Missouri 14

Mr. William H. Stafford, of Wisconsin 18

Mr. Frank W. Mondell, of Wyoming 20

Mr. J. Charles Linthicum, of Maryland 23

Mr. James W. Good, of Iowa 25

Mr. Scott Ferris, of Oklahoma 28

Mr. Champ Clark, of Missouri 30

Mr. Courtney W. Hamlin, of Missouri 34

Mr. Joseph W. Byrns, of Tennessee 36

Mr. Leonidas C. Dyer, of Missouri 39

Mr. William L. Igoe, of Missouri 40

Proceedings in the Senate 43




Saturday, February 22, 1919.

The House met at 11 o'clock a. m.

The Chaplain, Rev. Henry N. Couden, D. D., offered the
following prayer :

Eternal and everliving God, our Heavenly Father, we
bless Thee for that spirit of patriotism and profound
gratitude which moves the people throughout our Nation,
yea, throughout the world, to hold in sacred memory the
birth of him whom we delight to call the Father of his


We thank Thee for the mentality which enabled him to
grasp and solve great problems; for the divination which
enabled him to penetrate the future and predict results;
for the splendid personality which enabled him to com-
mand men and lead them to victory; for the fervor of his
religious convictions which enabled him to rely upon Thee
for "strength and support and which brought him to his
knees at Valley Forge— the darkest hour in that struggle
for liberty, right, and justice.

Long may his memory live in the hearts of his country-
men and longer yet his deeds inspire men to truer, nobler


We are shocked by the news from oversea, that a Mem-
ber of this House, ever active and conspicuous for his
work, has passed to the beyond. Comfort his friends and
admirers, his bereaved wife, and those to whom he was
near and dear with the blessed hope of the immortality
of the soul through Him who died and rose again. Amen,


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Proceedings in the House

The Speaker. The gentleman from Missouri asks unani-
mous consent that the Speaker of the House be added to
the committee. Is there objection?

There was no objection.

Mr. RucKER. Mr. Speaker, I offer the following.

The Clerk read as follows :

Resolved. That as a further mark of respect this House do now

The motion was agreed to; accordingly (at 5 o'clock and
15 minutes p. m.) the House, under the order heretofore
adopted, adjourned until Sunday, February- 23. 1919, at 11
o'clock a. m.

Wednesday, February 26, 1919.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Waldorf, its enroll-
ing clerk, announced tliat the Senate had passed the fol-
lowing resolution :

Senate resolution 468

Resolved, That the Senate has heard with profound sorrow the
announcement of the death of Hon. William P. Borland, late a
Representative from the State of Missouri.

Resolved, That a committee of 10 Senators be appointed by the
Vice President, to join such committee as may be appointed on the
part of the House of Representatives, to attend the funeral of the

Resolved, That the Secretary communicate a copy of these reso-
lutions to the House of Representatives.

Resolved, That as a further mark of respect to the memory of
the deceased the Senate do now adjourn.

Friday, February 28, 1919.
Mi\ Alexander. Mi\ Speaker, I ask unanimous consent
that it may be in order on Sunday, March 2, between the
hours of 11 and 12 o'clock, to deliver memorial addresses
on tlie life, character, and public services of our deceased
colleague. Hon. William P. Borj^\nd.


Memorial Addresses: Representative Borland

The Speaker. The gentleman from Missouri asks unani-
mous consent that there shall be a meeting of the House
on Sunday, March 2, at 11 o'clock a. m., and that the time
from 11 to 12 o'clock be set aside for the delivery of
memorial addresses on the life, character, and public
services of the late William P. Borland, a Representative
from Missouri. Is there objection?

Mr. Garner. Had not the gentleman better make that
from 10 o'clock to 11 ? Would it not be just as convenient?

Mr. Alexander. I doubt if it would be as convenient.

Mr. Garner. That difference of one hour on Sunday
would mean a good deal.

Mr. Stafford. I assume that the gentleman would have
no objection to providing that it would not interfere with
conference reports, so that there would be an hour for
these exercises on that day at that time?

Mr. Alexander. No; we realize the condition, and we
do not want to interfere, but our plans are already made.

The Speaker. The gentleman from Missouri asks unani-
mous consent that on Sunday, the 2d of March, there be a
meeting of the House at 11 o'clock a. m., and that the time
from 11 to 12 be set aside for the delivery of memorial
addresses on the life, character, and public services of the
late William P. Borland. Is there objection?

There was no obj'ection.

Sunday, March 2, 1919.
The recess having expired, the House was called to order
by the Speaker at 11 o'clock a. m.
The Speaker. The Chaplain will lead in prayer.

The Chaplain, Rev. Heni-y N. Couden, D. D., offered the
following prayer :

Infinite Spirit, Father of all souls, with unbounded faith
in the overruling of Thy providence for the final good of


Proceedings in the House

all mankind, we humbly and reverently bow in Thy holy
presence and pray for that love which casteth out fear.
Increase our love for Thee and for our fellow men, that
when death comes to our dear ones our grief may be
assuaged by a perfect trust in Thee.

We meet here to-day to record on the pages of history
the life, character, and public service of a Member of this
House who passed from the scenes of this life far from
home and native land — a scholar, a teacher, a professor, a
president of a college, a writer, a statesman. Be graciously
near to those who knew and loved him, especially to his
bereaved wife. Comfort and sustain her in the blessed
hope of the life everlasting.

Faith is the rainbow's form

Hung on the brow of heaven.
The glory of the passing storm,

The pledge of mercy given;
It is a bright, triumphant arch,
Through which the saints to glory march.

Hear us in His name. Amen.

Mr. Dickinson. Mr. Speaker, I offer the following reso-
lutions, which I send to the desk and ask to have read.
The Clerk read as follows :

House resolution 621

Resolved, That the business of the House be now suspended,
that opportunity may be given for tributes to the memory of Hon.
William P. Borland, late a Member of this House from the State
of Missouri.

Resolved, That as a particular mark of respect to the memory
of the deceased, and in recognition of his distinguished public
career, the House, at the conclusion of the proceedings of this
day, do stand adjourned.


Memorial Addresses: Representative Borland

Resolved, That the Clerk communicate these resolutions to the

Resolved, That the Clerk send a copy of these resolutions to the
family of the deceased.

The Speaker. The question is on agreeing to the resolu-

The resolutions were agreed to.



Address of Mr. Dickinson, of Missouri

Mr. Speaker: The news of the death of William P.
Borland came as a distinct shock to all of the Members
of the House. He had gone about the 1st of January
on a trip to France, and was taken ill while on his way
to Coblenz, on German soil. He contracted a cold, which
resulted in pneumonia, and, finally, in his death, about
the 20th of Februar3\

I knew William P. Borland intimately. His friendship
I enjoyed and appreciated. He came to Congress and
entered upon his services here on the 4th of March, 1909.
He served 10 consecutive years in this body, the longest
period of service of any Representative from Kansas
City, which place he represented with such distinguished
ability. That city is said to be the Cape Hatteras of
American politics, and changes its Congressmen with
unusual rapidity. It is notable that this courageous Rep-
resentative stayed so long in Congress from this great
Kansas City district. Mr. Borland was comparatively a
young man. He had barely passed the half-century mark,
being nearly 514 years old.

The hand of the reaper

Takes the ears that are hoary,
But the voice of the weeper

Wails manhood in glory.


Memorial Addresses: Representative Borland

He was a graduate of law at the University of Michi-
gan and commenced the practice of law in Kansas City,
which was not the home of his birth. He was born at
Leavenworth, Kans. He finally moved to Kansas City,
which remained his home until his death.

He organized a school of law in that city and was the
dean of that school. He wrote one or more law books, a
textbook on wills and administration.

He entered political life comparatively early and was
in the public eye up to the time of his death. He was a
public-spirited man, a man of courage and strong convic-
tions, and battled for his ideals. He hunted for the right.
He did not feel the pulse of the public to learn whether
what he did was popular but acted always from the impulse
of what he believed to be right. He felt that his career as a
Representative in Congress might end quickly and that he
would be retired, because he was not allied to any great
political organization in his city, and he came repeatedly
to Congress, fearlessly asserting the right, and as a strong
Representative of a great city and district — tied to the
chariot wheels of no organization — he repeatedly came
because he was the popular choice of this great district.
Mr. Borland was an easy and ready public speaker, and
took an active part in this House, was active in debate, a
hard student, well informed, and handled his subjects
with unusual ability. By reason of his public services he
attained State and national reputation. His name was
always before the public because of his activities as an
industrious public servant. He was a member of the Ap-
propriations Committee, where he rendered active and
efficient service. He was vigorous mentally and physi-
cally, and bore evidence of a long and active life.

It was a great shock when we learned of his passing
away. His anxiety to see and learn by personal contact
what was going on in France and Germany caused him


Address of Mr. Dickinson, of Missouri

to breast the storm of severe weather in a hard winter,
and he took a severe cold, resulting in pneumonia and
death, which was a distinct loss to his State and the

William P. Borland was popular because he was cour-
teous. He was gentlemanly in his bearing toward his fel-
low men. His courage and intelligent work gave him the
respect of his associates in Congress. He led a correct life,
and was a man of high ideals and lived and loved to do
the right. He was ambitious even beyond the office that
he held, and if he had lived he would still have remained
in the public eye and continued to be prominent in the
affairs of the State and Nation. All who knew him inti-
mately learned to love him for his many virtues; all who
knew him and saw him in his daily work respected him
for his high character and deeply regretted his early de-
parture from life and its activities. We will miss him. He
will live in the affections of those who knew him because
of his courageous stand for what he believed to be right
and good. Many notable speeches did he make in this
great public body. He has gone into the great beyond.
He has entered the gates of eternal life. He builded on
earth a character that will remain a monument to bear
evidence to his worth. His virtues and active efforts to
help build for the right will be a sweet memory to his
hosts of friends, who gave him support because they be-
lieved in him. His place will be hard to fill. He gave the
example of a correct life, of the duties of a public servant,
and the confidence of those who gave him opportunity for
public service will be a lasting monument to his great and
unusual public career.


Address of Mr. Decker, of Missouri

Mr. Speaker: I deem it an honor to stand in this Hall
and pay a tribute to a departed friend and to a statesman
of ability and courage. Mr. Borland, of Missouri, as we
all know, was a man of the highest personal character.
Upon his private life there was no stain. He was a worthy
Cnend and a worthy citizen in private as well as public
Hfe- As a public man his work was greatly appreciated
by the people of the State whom he had the honor in part
to represent I have not an extensive personal acquaint-
ance in the great metropolis of Kansas City, where he
hved, but I think that without using the language of ex-
tcavfi^aace I can say truthfully that I never met a man
ftuHn Kansas City who did not have a word of praise for
BepaxaeD.ta.irve William P. Borland. I have no doubt he
had liis pem^tal and pohtical opponents, but it was singu-
lar and a matiier of frequent remark by men who lived
outside of Kancag Clt^- bow highly our friend and de-
puted ooilea^e was esteemed by the people of his home

He was a man of much more than the average abiUty.
He was a scholar, and by that I do not mean that he was
a product of the schools. He was a man of much reading,
a man of much research, a man of much investigation.
He was a la"wyer, a lawyer of more than usual ability.
He was one of those la-wyers who realize that genius con-
ads mostly in hard work, and William P. Borland was an
industrious man. As a j'oung man myself I -wish to pay
him a tribute for one thing. I -wish to speak in behalf of
file yowag lb y <^ tiiem in the State of Missouri,

and pay toll-. . - -. a tribute, but also speak a word of

gratitude and appreciation for the work which he did as


Address of Mr. Decker, of Missouri

an educator in the law. Many a young man in Missouri
who to-day stands high in the profession that most of us
regard as a very high profession would not stand there
to-day if it had not been for the untiring industry of our
departed colleague and for his spirit of generosity- and
■vsillingness to serve his fellow man. The Kansas Cit>'
Law School has done much good in our State, and when I
think of the Kansas City Law School I think of William
P. Borland. As a public citizen, as a Representative, and
as a statesman he took high rank. His chief character-
istic, or, rather the two characteristics which most im-
pressed me as I watched his career were industry and
courage. He took an interest in all the legislation of this
body. I do not mean that anybody's mind is of sufficient
breadth and power fully to master ever}' subject that
comes before this body, but perhaps, on account of the
varied interests of the great metropolis which Mr. Bor-
land had the honor to represent, his duty as a Representa-
tive made it necessary- for him to be familiar with and to
participate in many fields of legislation. The next quality
was his quality of courage. He stood for cleanness in
American politics. Kansas Citj" is one of the greatest cities
in the United States. I speak somewhat from personal
knowledge because I was educated 'vs'ithin a few miles
from there. It is a clean city as cities go. It is a city where
public virtue and ci^dc spirit is high, and on the right side,
on the clean side of eveiy^ public question, William P.
Borland, our departed colleague, was found. But he had
his enemies. He catered to no pernicious influences. He
never sacrificed his honor, he never sacrificed his man-
hood for public preferment. He stood foursquare to all
the world and dared to do what he thought was right, and
dared to do what he conceived was his dutj-. How well
he did I need not saj% for you men know him as well as I.
As a member of one of the greatest committees, perhaps


Memorial Addresses: Representativ-e Borland

the greatest committee of this legislative body, he was a
useful, valiant, and able member, and I was impressed in
tlie last year with the toil and the foresight and the wis-
dom wliich he displayed as a member of that committee in
appropriating for the great needs of this titanic struggle
through which our Nation has passed.

I am not surprised tliat when the armistice was signed,
when the war was over — the war to which he had de-
voted so much of liis time and of his heart interest and his
intellect — he could not restrain himself from wanting to
go across the sea and observe for himself as an American
representative what the real situation was and what was
the result of our efforts on the other side. I know that
he was also prompted to go by his deep and abiding inter-
est in all the brave boys who have won the battle for our
country' and for humanity- and for the civilization of the

And while upon this mission — this important mission —
the summons came. Far from home — I will not say far
from friends, because it is a matter of consolation to us
to know that he was among those who cared for him
well — when the end came he w as among those who appre-
ciated his worth and knew the things for which he stood.
He was among Americans when he answered the last
summons, and although those who were the nearest and
dearest to him were far away at the end, I know that
as he was brave in private life, as he was clean in private
life, I know that as he was brave and courageous in public
life he was not afraid to answer the last roll call. For
I know that he could sav with Tennvson :


Address of Mr. Decker, of Missouri

Sunset and evening star,

And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,

WTien I put out to sea.

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,

Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep

Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,

And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell

WTien I embark.

For the' from out our bourne of Time and Place

The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face

When I have crost the bar.

49775—22 -2 [17]

Address of ISIr. Stafford, of Wisconsin

Mr. Speaker: In 48 hours the Great War Congress will
come to an end, and in this hour we set aside the pressing
legislative business to pay our last tribute to one of the
men who did much in this Chamber and in the committee
to make possible the great victory that is about to be con-
summated in a peace that will bring, it is hoped, all wars
to an end for years and j'ears.

Mr, Borland had more than average ability, else he could
not have achieved the distinction he attained. He was
one of the recognized forces for good, truth, and right. He
led many fights on this floor. His worth was recognized
in the Committee on Appropriations when the chair-
man imposed on him the high responsibility in the pres-
ent Congress of chairmanship of the subcommittee on

Prior to this Congress he had not served on that sub-
committee, but on the other important and leading sub-
committees — the sundry civil, the District of Columbia,
and the legislative. Being a stranger to the work, he im-
mediatelj" applied himself to the heavy task, as he did to
ever}' subject intrusted to him to take charge of, and after
months of close studj' and laborious work he presented to
the full committee, and later to this House, the fortifica-
tion appropriation bill that carried the enormous amount
of $5,600,000,000. His handling of that measure on the
floor of this House showed the great work in which he
had engaged to make himself master of the subject of

We were all greatly surprised when we learned that he
had lost in the primar>' fight for nomination. We liad


Address of Mr. Stafford, of Wisconsin

thought that his people would recognize his work and
worth. If the people of his district had possessed the
same estimate of him and the same high regard in which
he was held here, I truly believe that he would have been
renominated and would have continued for many years
the useful service that he had given to the country and his
district these many years past. His whole life seemed to
have been in preparation for public service, so favorably
equipped was he for its needs. Though I did not know
him intimately, yet my personal estimate of him from his
work in committee and on the floor was that he was pre-
paring and was peculiarly qualified to be advanced to
higher position in the other body, the Senate of the United


It is sad to contemplate that in his prime his work should
have ended so abruptly. If he had lived, the rich promise
of the mid years of life would have been crowned with
laurels of requited labor and service. The future his-
torian, as he studies the annals of Congress, will agree that
William P. Borland has left his impress upon the legisla-
tion of the greatest Congress that ever met— the War Con-
gress that is about to close.


iDdiistrioTis. but ihe two traits of

thai most impx^ssed me woe <

difficult it Is in iiie dash of

am^ and more so in def eal^ to keqp oncfs

maintain a judicial attitnde, and to be

teoos. Hofw bukIi all of us have at one time and

had to F^^eft tte vord qiDcidj

It was a chaiactoistic of oar

Ae tide of battle rsoa, he was cafan

andcoBadenie. liloan

on ttns floor has dJapiajed

cmir^e. I hanne cone to flie hcfief Oat

n ff fdrd here wbofvc sM a

is that of cooiage. We are d rawn maltmoMy to

we a^ce, hot as time gtMSB on and oar kflULitiM.

to men with whom we
to vafaie and appvecia
and cooEragBonB.

Scfflie day A meri can < uniliiMf n ci es wfll resfiae ttat tte
pomaij qnatifiratian for a M Lm h uL of Ons hodjp^ is en-
li^hiened, imw4BA aannl ooniasu I
tint witiiin tiie iMimlaifc* of HMne fln^s ^at we
skier as hdnig mmnshir it does not mallei so
ndiat men's views aic^ do ftej hot hold
witti cimviction and maintain ftem wSBk
Ixiend, with a coortesy that never failed,
courage ftat never faltered.

We do not know what lies beyond the vcJL We do
not know what the fiatiBne nmir hold for any of ns. Bat
we do know this, flat for Ae spiendU, loyai,
lioos; hf^id, conagexms sonl of onr finend I
and the $reat be^oBd can hold no te i nois and have
naoght hot good. He was futirfnl, '


Memorial Addresses: Representative Borland

conscientious always, and we do not despairingh' mourn
for him in his passing, much as we regret his loss, for
everj" duty of his life was well done, and he has, we
know, gone to a goodly reward.

Mr. Igoe assumed the chair as Speaker pro tempore.
The Speaker pro tempore. The gentleman from Mary-
land [Mr. Linthicum] is recognized.


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