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Vol. VIII., No. 17
Has been Carefully and Ten-
derly Laid to Kest.
\u purer nor sweeter soul ever
returned to the God that gave it
than thai of William McKinley, the
late martyred president of this, the
greatest republic on which the sun .
ever shown. Thai the death of Pros-'
idenl McKinlev was one for wide
spread lamentation goes without say- 1
ing. for ever since his boyhood days
he had from time to time so endear
ed himself lo his fellow men, not
only in this country, bui throughout
the entire realm of Christendom, by
his noble deede and Christian forti
tude, wherever the public interest
was at stake .as to cause men with
out regard to color, creed or nation
ality, to mourn for him as though
some relative near and dear to them
had been slain. If the latter day gen
eration ever produced an ideal man, ■
if oui western republic ever produc
ed a grand, great and good citizen,
if the United Slates ever selected a
wise man as its chief executive, if j
the American people ever placed im
plicit confidence in any individual.
William McKinley was the quintesc
eense of them all, and in not a single
instance did he betray a trust or aj
confidence imposed in him. Until
time shall be no more the name of
William McKinley will be a syno
nym for honor, honestness and up
rightness. His portrait will be point
ed lo with pride by the mothers of
this and other land- as a model for
their sons, whom they hope to see
rise in the scale of public life as did
our martyred president as an exem
plar doubly worthy of emulation.
For eisrht days, while tin 1 assassin^
poisoned bullet was doing i*-s fatal
work and the president of the Unit
ed States lay stricken unto death
therefrom, the heart? of i lie A meri
ean people prayed one continuous
prayer, that the ill'e of their presi
dent might he snared and be restor
ed to health and happiness, that lie
might continue the good work so
characteristic of himself^ hut this
was denied them, and fesi Saturday
he quietly passed from earth into
glory, causing every nook and corner
of the United States to l>e shrouded
in an awful mantle of mourning, ii
may he thai nature has taken ihi
peculiar way to perpetuate the mem
ory of our greatest and best men to
the hearts of their fellow citizen-.
by permitting them lo be struck
down when in the height of their.
glory and greatness, hut humanity .
in it- weakness does not seem to see
it in that light, and it therefore
mourns for them almost without
We are all ready and willing lo
how to the will of Him in whose
hands the destiny of this world i<
held, hut our prayer was that Mi-
X inley would he spared. 1 tealh, ]
however peaceful to the departing
soul, always casts a gloom on those
lefi behind, and the more prominent j
the personage the greater the gloom
left behind, and in the death of pur
much lamented McKinley, not only]
his family and immediate acquain
tances were lefi to mourn his loss.
hut every American citizen, yea, the
citizens of practically every civiliz
ed land, more or less mourns Ms
death. As the death chamber scene
were read by every American it was
done with tear dimmed eyes; as they j
sat in their church pews on Sunday ■
arid listened to their respective pas
tors pray for him they hung their I
heads and wept like unto a brother
hail just passed to the great beyond.
Few sadder Sundays were ever wit
nessed in the United States than
last, and all because one of the nob
lest men of the entire land had been
stricken down by a red handed assas
sin without cause or provocation.
"Good-bye, all; good-bye. It is
God's way. Hie will be done." The
president's last audible words on
earth were probably quoted in every ■
pulpit in the United States last Sun
day. The song that gave him such
sweet consolation as life's flickering
lamp -lowly grew dimmer, k"Xoar,
My God, to Thee," was perhaps sunn i
and chanted by every church congre
gation in the realm of the Stars and
Stripes at some service last Sunday.
Though he had been stricken down
when life seemed to him the bright
est and when he was being exaulted ;
by bis fellow citizens on the topmost
pinnacle of fame, yet through
out his brie! gicknes?, pain and death
not one word of reproach did lie ut
ter against the man. who without
cause or provocation brought if all
upon him. but in bis dying hours
he admonished those who wept over
him that "It is Hod's way. and His ,
will be done." History does not re
j cord a more peaceful resignation of
| fate on the part of one of its eharac
| ters than this. Calmly and serene
! ly did he surrender himself into the
I chilly hands of death. How unlike
j himself in life, when he knew no
j such word as surrender or retreat
; from the principles of right and rec
titude, bin he recognized the Mas
ter's call and he quietly folded his
a I'm- and bade death take him to
lhai home from whence no traveler
ha- ever returned, lie was as eom
passionatevon the assassin whose bul
let had brought him to death a on
his faithful wife, whom lie had so j
tenderly cared for during her entire
invalid life. Truly was this man of j
(.'oil. truly did G*d give him into the j
world that his life should be one for
emulation for men and women of
generat ions vet unborn.
There is something in the theory
of the Great Reyond more mo
mentons than mere prattle. When
man can rise from the lowly walks
of life, pass from one degree to an
| other as a public character until he
reaches the topmost round of the
: ladder of success and thre remain
poised as the central figure of a
great nation, with power to wield
: its destinies at his own sweet will;
to be able to be ready and willing
; to meet death without a fear;to he
able to do all this, to look hack over
ins entire life and then say it is well
with my soul. McKniley had lived
the life of a devout Christian. High
official scenes had not changed his
course from his regular Sunday
church service. Whether as gover
nor of the state of Ohio or as rep
resentative in congress of his native
state or as president of the United
States ,the same sacred regard for
his Sunday service abided with him
just as it did when he was a farmer
hoy or when following his daily pnr- !
suits, struggling to provide for his'
wife and family. It was living such
a life that enabled this man, when
he was summoned to appear at the
bar of the Almighty to |
he able to without hesita
tation say, "I am ready and
will ing to go; T have no fear of meet
ing my God. My accounts have
been footed up and T am prepared to
render a full account of my steward
ship while on earth." The infidel
or the lukewarm Christian need not
go further for a convincing sermon
than the life of President McKinley.
Those who do not live as they have
been commanded by the great and
good book are unable to make prep
arations to cross the dark river into
the Great Beyond with the confi
dence and firm belief that all will
be well when they reach the other
shore, as was President McKinley.
Sundays ma ybe the big days
lat the Pan-American exposition,
but last Sunday r%e gates draped in
mourning refused, as it were, to
swing on their hinges, because, for
sooth, the foremost man of the land
lay a corpse in the city. One glance
at the face of the distinguished
corpse was worth more to those vis
iting Buffalo to see the sights of the
Pan-American exposition than a
week on the exposition grounds with
all of its sights and wonders. Ac
cording to the press dispatches last
Monday one-half a million persons
viewed the remains on Sunday and
funeral services were held in every
pulpit and public place in the city.
I The scene as the corpse was nbmit
| to leave the city for the national
capital was no less touching than
the funeral scenes of the day prey
! ions, and along the entire route of
the funeral car mouring and lament
ation at every station was plainly
■ visible. The demonstration at the
j national capital was one that those
I who witnessed it have no desire to
ever again see a similar occurrence.
The state funeral on Tuesday was
attended by multiplied thousands of
I mourning humanity. The conveying
I of ihe corpse to the Canton home
was the saddest of all. The citizens
of Canton loved McKinley as they
loved no other man: they worship
his memory, and no wonder that at
the funeral on Thursday every per
son for miles and miles around was
present, if but to only catch a
glimpse of the bier that held his re
mains. One canot find words to ex
press their feelings under such con
ditions, and instead of "Nearer, My
God, to Thee," McKinley now res^s
in tiie arms of Him who doeth all
things well, however grievous such
may be to humanity.
"Nearer, My God, to Thee."'
Yesterday was a sad day for the
American people, as their beloved
president was laid to rust.
The citizens of the United States
are now living under the regime of
their twenty-sixth president since
the founding of this republic The
odore Roosevelt was inaugurated
president of the United States last
Saturday in Buffalo, a few hours af
ter President McKinley had expired.
| No man in this country stands high
! er in the public mind than is \\r.
j Roosevelt. Though he was born in
I the lap of luxury he did not depend
I on it for a livelihood, and while he
} may have used it as a stepping stone
I to success, lie nevertheless used all
j of the effort known to the struggling
man of this country to rise in the
scale of life and become an honored
and respected citizen by his own in
domitable will and perseverance.
Perhaps nothing has aided Mr.
Roosevelt in reaching the desired
goal of success so much as his stand
ing for civil service reform, which
lie did in the city of Xew York, and
to some extent relieved it from the
grasp of Tammany Hall and its un
scrupulous leaders. His efforts along
this line popularized him with the
masses of New York city and gave
him some slight -landing in national
affairs. At the breaking out of the
Spanish war Theodore Roosevelt
formed a company of Rough Riders,
a great many of whom had been his
associates in the far West while he
was herding cattle, and with these
lie went to Cnha in defense of his
country's flag. He signalized him
self on San Juan hill, when his
Rough Riders were cut to pieces,hut
saved the day by rushing the famous
Twenty-fourth Colored Infantry to
their rescue.
'Flic eves of the world are on you,
Mi ¥. President Roosevelt, so do your
Let us suggest, Mr. President,
thai you make haste slowly in ar
ranging your new cabinet. Good
idea to jog along in the MeKinley
rut for a while at least.
Price Five Cents
Of Men and Things in the
Public Mind.
Col. Roosevelt, the title he suc
cessfully won in the Spanish war,
returned to his home in New York
city after the war had closed, a pub
lic idol. lie was soon nominated
for governor of the state by a Re
publican convention and was over
whelmingly elected at the polls. So
successful was he as governor of the
state that he became a much talked
of candidate for the presidential
nomination at the hands of the Re
publican convention of 1900. He,
however, was loyal to McKinley and
would not permit his name to be
used in that connection lest it would
injure the chances of President Mc-
Kinley being nominated, and that he
had no desire to do. At the con
vention, though different arrange
ments had been made for the nomin
ation of a vice president, he was by
a spontaneous uprising among the
delegates, named him in spite of all
opposition as president McKinley's
running mate. So remarkable a
man is President Roosevelt that dur
ing that campaign he made almost
as many speeches as did William J.
Kryan, the Democratic nominee for
president ,and during the entire
time lie did not say one word or
make one statement that the opposi
tion could pick up and make much
of. ITis ticket was elected in a flame
of glory, and Rdosevelt's work was
responsible for a great deal of it.
This being the last term that Mc-
Kinley was expected to run for pres
ident, it was a foregone conclusion
that Roosevelt vroudl be unanimous
ly nominated for president by the
Republican convention of 1904.
Roosevelt is president of the Unit
ed States sooner than he expected to
be and sooner iii;in the citizens of
this country ever contemplated, but
both he and they felt absolutely cer
tain that he would be, if he only liv
ed through McKinleyV administra
tion. He, however, has reached the
goal of his ambition, but it is sur
mised he would have preferred to
reach it by coming before the peo
ple as their standard bearer rather
than from the results of an assas
sin's bullet. It is already predicted
that Theodore Rooevelt will endear
himself to the people equally as
much as did Lincoln or McKinley,
and it is further predicted that a
longer term of public service is
ahead of him.
[f Roosevelt is not president of
the United States for the next elev
en years and a half, The Republican
misses its guess. He will serve out
MeiKnlev's term and be twice re
nontiit&ted and elected if he proves
as successful a president as he did
governor of the state of New York.
When President Roosevelt refused
what might be commonly called "a
body guard," which the military au
thorities offered him as a matter of
precaution, it demonstrated the fact
that he felt that he was just the
same as any other American citizen;
no more nor no less. While there is
danger at all times of our chief ex
ecutive being assassinated by these
deadly anarchists who have ingrati
ated themselves into our citizenship,
it woidd he a calamity in the ex
treme of our presidents had to be
guarded from point to point as they
mingle among their fellow citizens.
There is a remedy for this evil and
the remedy lies in eradicating, root
and branch, anarchist and anar
chism from this country. Persons
who advocate such damnable doc
trines as anarchism are entitled to
no more respect of the law, than
common dogs. Anarchism has no
rights that American citizens should
respect, and while mob law and vio
elnce is is not advocated in these col
umns, yet those who advocate anar
chy the law should feel no delicacy
in expelling every mother's son of
them from American soil.
If it be true that anarchists in
various parts of this country are con
tributing means to the head institu
tion in Xew York and New Jersey
for the purpose of disseminating
their nefarious doctrine? these state
societies, whether in the state of
Washington or any other state,
should lie broken np and every one
of them arrested, tried and banished
from the United States. An emer
gency exists in this ease and it is the
duty of the American citizen to en
act an emergency cuause.
Notwithstanding the fact that
this country is infested with anar
chist societies which are inimical to
the fundamental principles of this
gOVernment, and notwithstanding
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