Source: American Lawyer
Source type: journal
Document type: editorial
Document title: “A National Calamity”
Date of publication: September 1901
Volume number: 9
Issue number: 9
|“A National Calamity.” American Lawyer Sept. 1901 v9n9: p. 425.|
|William McKinley (death: personal response); anarchism (personal response); anarchism (laws against).|
|The editorial below is accompanied on the same page by a photograph of McKinley.|
A National Calamity
This magazine was ready for the press when we
received news of the shocking assassination of our late President, William McKinley.
Over his bier the entire nation bends in agonizing sorrow. At such a moment,
party lines are swept aside and all unite in the expression of a universal grief.
The true chivalry of his character, the rectitude with which he discharged the
duties of his high office, the noble charity which ever characterized his dealings
with his fellow men, have drawn forth such spontaneous tribute as would be accorded
to none now living.
But one duty now remains—the enactment of such Federal legislation as will forever stamp out anarchism. The adherents of this doctrine—if doctrine it may be termed—are Ishmaelites whose hands are against everyone and who cannot justly complain should the hand of everyone be raised against them. They are outlaws and should as such be driven from the precincts of every civilized state. The first action of the next Congress should be directed to this end.