The handle of the bell reads "Remember the MAINE/ Designed for the Pan American Exposition Buffalo 1901.
When the bells were offered for sale, each was fitted with a red, white and blue ribbon.
If you click on the image of the bell, you will hear a recording of the bell ringing. It was recently recorded by Bill Nelson to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the Spanish American War. The recording is a 55k .wav file. If you cannot click and play the recording, save it and then play it through your "sound recorder" program included in your Windows multimedia package!
McClure, Alexander K., and Charles Morris, Lld., The Authentic Life of William McKinley. (Washington DC: W. E. Scull, 1901).