Assault on the President
The dastardly assault upon President
McKinley by the assassin Czolgosz, thanks to the promptness with
which the President was taken in hand by the surgeons, failed of
its purpose, and the nation is spared the horror of a consummation
of the assassin’s purpose. It is also spared any business complications
that might have followed an unexpectedly sudden change of administration.
By the time the next issue of this paper is ready, then, so rapid
seems now the President’s convalescence, the incident, save for
the scoundrel’s punishment, will, let us hope, have been closed
by the President’s entire recovery and a resumption of his official
Were any good gift to be found in
so untoward an event, it would be gratification to the law-abiding
in the instantaneous and spontaneous expression by all classes,
save a few incorrigible partisans, of admiration for the splendid
personal qualities of the man William McKinley so swiftly uncovered
by this awful test of the hidden springs of the man’s true character.
His forgetfulness of self, his tender and thoughtful regard for
others—first of all for the miserable wretch who would have destroyed
him[—]all mark him as a man apart and unite to drown all mere partisan
differences in the inspiring thought that Mr. McKinley’s entire
purity of character and nobility as a man exalts him in public regard
as surely as his public position as President demands the public
respect and consideration.