Source: As a Chinaman Saw Us
Source type: book
Document type: book chapter
Document title: “Life in Washington” [chapter 9]
Editor(s): Gratton, Henry Pearson
Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
Place of publication: New York, New York
Year of publication: 1904
Pagination: 131-63 (excerpt below includes only page 138)
|“Life in Washington” [chapter 9]. As a Chinaman Saw Us. Ed. Henry Pearson Gratton. New York: D. Appleton, 1904: pp. 131-63.|
|excerpt of chapter|
|William McKinley (protection).|
About the author: “The writer was graduated from a well-known college, after he had attended an English school, and later took special studies at a German university” (p. v).
About the author: “. . . the writer of the letters, while a ‘heathen Chinee,’ was an educated gentleman in the American sense of the term” (p. viii).
Though Gratton is not credited with being an editor, the book’s preface characterizes him as performing that role.
From title page: As a Chinaman Saw Us: Passages from His Letters to a Friend at Home.
Life in Washington [excerpt]
I have it from those who know, that President McKinley would be killed in less than a week if the guards about the White House were removed. He never makes a move without guards or detectives, and the secret-service men surround him as carefully as possible. It would be an easy matter to kill him. Like all officials, he is accessible to almost any one with an apparently legitimate object. Two Presidents have been murdered; all are threatened continually by half-insane people called “cranks,” and by the professional Socialists, mainly foreigners.