Washington, D. C (Dec. 17)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
A resolution for the erection of a monument to the memory of Oscar S. Straus in the Capitol grounds at Washington was introduced into the House yesterday by Congressman Emanuel Celler.
In a statement issued today, Congressman Celler declared:
“The Roman Cate once said ‘I had rather it should be asked why I had not a statue, than why I had one.’ There are none who question in the slightest a monument to Oscar S. Straus. On the contrary millions would applaud.
“Humanitarian, scholar, diplomat, patriot; he served with distinction under four administrations. He was ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Turkey, and a member of Roosevelt’s Cabinet.
“He was born abroad, and was thus a citizen by choice,’ and he loved America with all his soul. He could ‘walk with kings, nor lose the common touch.’
“The Capitol grounds at Washington would be a fitting setting for his statue, and thus the American people would bear perpetual witness to his greatness.”