Source: Coopers’ International Journal
Source type: journal
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Assasination [sic] of President McKinley”
Date of publication: September 1901
Volume number: 10
Issue number: 11
|“Assasination [sic] of President McKinley.” Coopers’ International Journal Sept. 1901 v10n11: p. 1.|
|McKinley assassination (personal response); William Jennings Bryan; Leon Czolgosz; anarchism (personal response); anarchism (dealing with).|
|William Jennings Bryan; William McKinley.|
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.