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Source: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Monthly Journal
Source type: journal
Document type: news column
Document title: “Links”
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: November 1901
Volume number: 35
Issue number: 11
Pagination: 701-04 (excerpt below includes only pages 703-04)

“Links.” Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Monthly Journal Nov. 1901 v35n11: pp. 701-04.
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers; William McKinley (death: public response); William McKinley (mourning); resolutions (Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers); McKinley assassination (public response); William McKinley (condolences: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers).
Named persons
Daniel Brown; Ida McKinley; William McKinley; William Ramsay; G. W. Randall; Theodore Roosevelt.


Links [excerpt]

     AT the regular meeting of Div. 283, West Oakland, Cal., September 20, the following motion was carried:

     That the members of this Division join the parade at the funeral services of our late President as locomotive engineers, and that a committee of three notify all members who can possibly do so to be present and take part; and that as a further mark of respect to the memory of our late President and of the esteem in which he was held by this Division, our charter be draped for two weeks, and that a copy of these proceedings be sent to our JOURNAL for publication.

     I will add that on the day of the funeral the engineers made a very creditable showing in what was pronounced to be the largest procession ever seen in the city of Oakland.

Yours fraternally,                              
G. W. RANDALL, F. A. E.     


     AT a regular meeting of Div. 310, the following was adopted:

     WHEREAS, It is with a keen sense of humiliation and deep shame we, citizens of the United States, have learned of the heinous crime which caused the untimely death of President William McKinley, who, in the zenith of his power as a man, was acknowledged by people of all nations as a careful guardian of the interests of the citizens of the republic; a wise, just and true ruler, an ideal Christian gentleman, loyal and loving to a superlative degree. Therefore, be it
     Resolved, That Div. 310, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, in regular session assembled, Oct. 6, 1901, acknowledging the mysterious moving and awe-impressive will of God and patiently waiting the development of His work, we deplore the awful calamity which has plunged the nation in profound grief and desire this expression of our feeling to be officially recorded as the sentiment of Div. 310, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. And be it further
     Resolved, That our sympathy is offered Mrs. McKinley, the brave American woman who shared the joys and divided the sorrows of our late beloved Chief Executive.

DANIEL BROWN,              


     AT a regular meeting of Leland Stanford Div., 283, Oakland, Cal., held Wednesday, October 2, the following resolutions were adopted:

     WHEREAS, Calamity, most dire and dreadful, has descended upon the people, and all nations stand aghast at the frightful deed committed; and,
     WHEREAS, In this monstrous and unparalleled crime, that has cast a pall over the universe and bathed a world in tears, we recognize not alone the foul murder of a beloved President, but an attack upon our precious governmental institutions and a blow at those private and domestic virtues—the crowning attributes of a pure and noble manhood and the very life blood of our republic; and,
     WHEREAS, It is apparent that the ordinary means of precaution are entirely inadequate to protect our dignitaries from assaults of this character, and that stringent and active measures must be inaugurated to that end; and,
     WHEREAS, We deem it the duty of all loyal men and women, and of all organizations and societies, industrial, fraternal, civic, military or religious, to give public expression to their sentiments in denunciation of this fiendish act, and the causes and influences responsible for it; therefore, be it
     Resolved, That in the death of President William McKinley we mourn the loss of our best friend; that we denounce in unmeasured terms this ghastly crime, and demand for the vile author of it a speedy and ample punishment; that we call upon all organizations, and especially those of an industrial character, to take such action as shall convince the world that within their jurisdiction may be found no spawning ground for the monstrous and inhuman doctrine of anarchism, and no abiding place for the accursed and damnable brood who entertain it; that we urge upon our legislators, both state and national, the imperative and immediate necessity for such legislation as shall secure for our dignitaries the greatest possible degree of protection, and reduce to a minimum the propagation and spread of this abominable creed; and that we favor such international legislation as shall tend, in the highest degree, to purge the nations and rid the world of the vile and inhuman monsters who are a menace to mankind. And be it further
     Resolved, That in this hour of darkness and woe, we instinctively turn to that God of nations who has never failed this republic in storm and trial, and our fainting hearts are cheered, our faltering courage revived by the comforting belief that in His infinite wisdom and divine mercy He has shifted the mantle of authority to one whose brilliant intellect, vigorous and sturdy manhood, unblemished character, courageous, active career, profound patriotism and unquestioned loyalty are ample and sufficient guarantee that under his guidance and direction our destinies are secure, and as loyal American workingmen we pledge him our hearty and unqualified support in all things tending to the peace, prosperity and happiness of our stricken nation. And be it also
     Resolved, That to the bereaved wife and sorrowing relatives we tender our profoundest sympathies; that in this hour of measureless grief, when our hearts swell with emotion, our tears mingle with theirs, our heads bow in sorrow and sadness under this great bereavement, there comes to us a ray of hope, a gleam of consolation, when we hear again those simple words, “’Tis God’s way; let His will, not ours, be done,” and we feel that in the life and death of our revered President humanity has been taught no more precious and valuable lesson since that day on Calvary nineteen hundred years ago; and we believe that this feeble, trembling utterance to a disconsolate, despairing wife shall echo down the coming ages with all the fervor, power and influence, all the dignity and glory and magnificence of ten thousand sermons, and the millions yet unborn shall gather comfort from his dying message and learn the lesson of his marvelous fortitude, his unbounded love for man and his wondrous faith in God. And be it also
     Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon our minutes, copies furnished to Oakland and San [703][704] Francisco papers, to the Washington Star and to our JOURNAL for publication, and that copies be sent to the United States Senator and Congressman from this district, and that a copy be sent to President Roosevelt, and to the widow of our late President.



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