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Remarks by Representative kennedy
Of New York
Mr. MARTIN J. KENNEDY. Mr. Speaker, as the Seventysixth Congress meets today to pay tribute to those former colleagues who have passed on to greater rewards during the past year, it is with deep sorrow that I take this opportunity to pay my own respects to the memory of one of the most able and unselfish men who ever served in the Chamber at the other end of the Capitol. I refer to the late ROYAL S. COPELAND of my own State, who died last June 17, after 20 years as a zealous guardian of public health and as a statesman.
Time dims the pangs of sorrow, of pain, and soothes the bereaved mind and heart. Nearly a year has passed and we of New York-and countless friends throughout the Nationhave come to accept the fact that Senator COPELAND has passed on; that the inevitable red carnation that symbolized his thoughts and his profession is buried near the township of Nyack with his mortal self. Yet he is missed and that fact is the measuring rod by which men are judged.
Doctor of medicine, doctor of laws, master of arts, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, ROYAL COPELAND devoted his knowledge and skill to the improvement of the body. It is futile to reveal his entire career as a statesman, for above every other thing, he will be remembered as an adviser to the sick, a counselor for the prevention of human ailments.
In time other great personalities may adorn themselves with the familiar red flower that he made famous in the Senate Chamber; they may become great statesmen; but no more determined and devoted health advocate could ever replace the departed Dr. COPELAND.
He first came to national attention as health commissioner of New York City, and he continued his activities in that direction when he first came to the Senate in 1922. As arduous as his duties on the floor and in the committee and in his office, he daily sent health advice to millions of readers throughout the Nation through his daily health chats in the columns of a huge newspaper chain. He found time occasionally to broadcast additional facts to prevent disease and guard the health of his listeners.
All over the country today are persons who owe their life to him, some because of laws to guard foodstuffs, thousands of women because he fostered legislation to protect them against poisonous cosmetics and so-called "patent medicines.”
Not only the State of New York, but the entire Nation lost a friend when Senator and Dr. COPELAND died. I think that he would like better to have been called “Doctor" instead of "Senator.” That is my opinion and that is how he lives in my memory.
Mr. Speaker, his favorite hymn bears out that assertion. It was C. Austin Miles' In the Garden, a perfect companion piece, so to say, to his other constant companion, that red carnation.
It was with these beautiful words sung by my friend, Gerald E. Griffin, he went to his lasting resting place; God rest his soul: I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses; And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, The Song of God discloses. He speaks, and the sound of His voice is so sweet that the birds hush
their singing And the melody that He gave to me, within my heart is ringing. I'd stay in the garden with Him, tho' the night around me be
falling, But He bids me go; thru the voice of woe, His voice to me is calling.
Chorus And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am
And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.
Remarks by Representative Keogh
Of New York
Mr. KEOGH. Mr. Speaker, I approach the task of paying tribute to the late ROYAL S. COPELAND with humility, for here, truly, was a great man.
Kindly under all circumstances, patient beyond words, sympathetic to all, his stature grew with lengthening years.
His service was the service of one steeped in things American-capable, patriotic, representative.
His life was the life of a benefactor of mankind-ministering to man's ills physical, social, economic-here was a "doctor" of medicine, public health, statesmanship.
His death was indeed a loss to a great Nation and a great State.
To his family I extend my heartfelt sympathy. To his wife, his constant companion, I confess that no words of mine could begin to bring adequate consolation. Her consolation can only come in the realization that his life was a noble one, his benefactions many, and his memory sacred and hallowed to his countless friends and colleagues.
He has earned eternal happiness. May he have it!
Remarks by Representative Merritt
Of New York
Mr. MERRITT. Mr. Speaker, once again the Grim Reaper has reached out, and taken from our midst the Honorable ROYAL S. COPELAND, Senator from the State of New York.
In the passing of Senator COPELAND the Congress has lost one of its ablest and most brilliant Members. His life has been one of devotion and service to the people of the State of New York and to the people of this great country of ours.
His scholastic attainments have not only been in the field of politics and government but also in the field of medicine; he leaves behind a most honorable reputation.
It was my honor and good fortune to have known him intimately, and at this time I desire to pay tribute to this fine character who guided me with a fatherly hand and gave me the benefit of his experience in my first campaign as an aspirant to the House of Representatives. I have lost a very dear friend. May he have eternal peace.
Remarks by Representative Dickstein
Of New York
Mr. DICKSTEIN. Mr. Speaker, the sudden and unexpected passing of the senior Senator from New York, which occurred on June 17, 1938, was a blow from which his friends and colleagues will not be able to recover.
He who was always ready to administer to his colleagues when infirmity struck was to succumb himself to the Grim Reaper.
The senior Senator from New York lived not one but literally two full lives during his span of three score and ten. He was a native of Michigan and spent half of his life in that State, having been a practicing physician and later on mayor of Ann Arbor,
The second half of his life belongs to the State of New York. In 1918 Mayor Hylan chose him to be health commissioner for the City of New York, and his record in that office was so conspicuous that he became not only city- and State-wide but a Nation-wide figure. In 1922 the voters of the State of New York elected him to represent them in the Senate of the United States.
Senator COPELAND'S work was so brilliant and his ability so marked that just before his death he was drafted for a nomination as mayor of the city of New York, and who knows but even greater honors might have been in store for him had not death intervened to remove him from this earthly scene?
We mourn his loss as that of a true and devoted servant, a real American, a beautiful personality, a charming friend and companion, and above all a man who had the stamp of greatness upon him.