Assasination [sic] of President McKinley
The nation is in mourning. President
McKinley is dead; on every hand expressions of profound regret can
be heard. Even Wm. J. Bryan whose aspirations to become President
of the United States have twice been shattered by the dead president’s
popularity bows his head with grief and gives expression to his
esteem for the president, and to his regret for the incident which
brought deatn [sic] to the nation’s chief executive.
Of the man who ruthlessly took the
life of President McKinley without provocation, there can be but
one universal judgement [sic] in the minds of good citizens. If
his saneness is clearly estabished [sic] the worst form of punishment
known to the laws of the United States should be applied.
Whatever merit may be claimed for
the doctrine of anarchy, the shooting down of President McKinley
can serve it no purpose, and it is difficult to imagine how anyone
can attempt to justify such a foul and murderous act.
The question of the existance [sic]
of anarchy in this country at this time is a subject that furnishes
much food for thought. At least nine-tenths of our anarchists are
of foreign birth and belong to a class who have been imported to
this country as cheap workmen by large employers of labor as a means
of defeating strikes and breaking up unions. Labor unions have strongly
protested against this kind of foreign imigration [sic] for the
past quarter of a century, and it was through the efforts of the
unions in congress that imigration [sic] has been restricted to
the extent that it has.
When we now hear the cry go forth,
from the mouths of the rich men of this country, calling loudly
for the “extermination of all anarchists,” we cannot help frowning
at their inconsistency. Wm. J. Bryan suggests to remove anarchy
from this country by educating the anarchists. Educating them might,
in a measure, prove beneficial so far as those anarchists that are
here are concerned, but it will not prevent the future importation
of anarchists by our large employers of labor as a means of defeating
labor unions and settling their labor disputes.