This section is from the book "The National Capitol. Its Architecture Art And History", by George C. Hazelton, Jr. Also available from Amazon: The National Capitol Its Architecture Art and History.
On the afternoon of February 27, 1902, Secretary John Hay, the distinguished diplomat and author, before a brilliant assembly in the Chamber of the House of Representatives, pronounced a panegyric in honor of McKinley, our third martyred President. By a strange fate, just twenty years before, the great Ohioan, as chairman of the committee of arrangements, had escorted President Arthur and the orator of the day to their places in the same chamber, when it had fallen to the lot of Ingersoll's " plumed knight," James G. Blaine, to voice the nation's sorrow before a similarly distinguished audience, upon the life and character of Garfield, our second martyred President.
The presence of Prince Henry of Prussia, the brother of the Emperor of Germany, at such a gathering, for the purpose of eulogizing republican principles as represented in the person of a martyred President of our republic, who, if anything, was democratic in life and thought, was strange and unique. The Prince, who appeared in the simple dark blue fatigue uniform of a German Admiral, listened respectfully to utterances that would have been almost treason in his own land. He was preceded down the aisle by General Miles in brilliant regimentals. Some embarrassment was caused by the uncertainty of the officials as to what to do with the Prince after he had been brought into the chamber formally announced as " His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Prussia," and hailed by the inspiring notes of " My Country, 'tis of Thee ! " No one seemed to know what chair belonged to the visiting Prince, and he was accordingly requested to move several times, which he did most graciously, before the German Ambassador was called into consultation and the matter properly arranged.
When President Roosevelt was announced, the Marine Band played " Hail to the Chief." He passed down the aisle with Secretary Hay, the orator of the day. The President, throughout the exercjses, sat by Prince Henry in the circle before the orator, who occupied the Clerk's desk. He exchanged a word of greeting with the Prince as he took his seat beside him.