has been called upon to mourn the death of the President of the
United States. Again we realize, after nineteen hundred years, how
one man who has passed his life in the service and for the good
of those around him can be sacrificed by the evil of one of those
for whom he had labored to do good. The country at large and the
seventy-five millions of people as individuals mourn the death of
the President and feel acutely the disgrace brought upon them by
the dastardly murderer, a citizen of this free country.
It is a glorious tribute to the free
institutions of the United States to have seen how sectional feeling
and all the animadversions of various political parties have been
lost in this national horror, and each and every man has been drawn
in silent sympathy to his neighbor.
But the death of President McKinley
brings scarcely a shadow of disaster to the country. Representing
a great people, he had so welded and riveted the principles long
ago forged by Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln that his passing
away becomes only that of a man. It is as a man that we as individuals
mourn Mr. McKinley.
A prominent Senator says: “From the
moment he took his place in the White House President McKinley grew
in the estimation, the friendship, and the love of the American
people. His virtues and his statesmanship will be the greater appreciated
as time rolls on and his private life and public acts shall become
the more and the better known.”
Personally, he had the most charming
manners of any gentleman in the United States. Man, woman, or child
who ever had the honor of an interview with him left him with a
feeling of content. The man realized that Mr. McKinley was a master
of every detail in which he was consulted; the woman felt that he
was a man of sympathy; the child left him imbued with the ambition
to be a great man.