A Tribute to the Martyred President
William McKinley was one of the best
Presidents America has ever had, and one of the most beloved by
all sections of the people. At a moment when it least expected such
a catastrophe the nation is plunged into mourning for him who has
carried the country fearlessly through many crises. He had endeared
himself to the people through his labors, his patriotism, his wisdom,
his purity of life, and his lofty career.
He was a trusted leader who had brought
the nation to unprecedented prosperity by his tactful administration.
He was a man who rose to eminence through his native ability and
one of whom the American people may well be proud.
He had secured for himself a place
in the great line of American Statesmen through his disinterested
efforts for his country, and he has succeeded in obtaining for it
the distinction of being called one of the great nations of the
world. His name will certainly be linked with those of Washington
and Lincoln, the two great masters of the Science and Art of Nationalization.
It was, however, left to McKinley to add the consolidation on the
Union which was the aim of the Federal Constitution. The work of
McKinley has been as great as that of Washington or Lincoln. It
was given to Washington to begin, to Lincoln to continue, but to
McKinley to complete the work of solidification of the national
spirit. Therefore, was his work not as great as theirs, as truly
genuine and important?
May God guide the nation and lead
others to follow the high example of the noble life set by him whose
death the world mourns.
McKinley died as he lived—a Christian.
He was known for his devotion to duty,
and his noble character had endeared him to the American people.
History will record the events in
his life devoted to public service and his wisdom in formulating
the policies of our country. His love of home and family have cemented
him to the hearts of his fellow countrymen.
He did more than any other man to
build up our great industries, he showed how new markets could be
formed and industries be made more effective in multiplying commercial
relations with other powers. In his last speech he showed a thorough
knowledge of the main questions of our American industries and commerce,
and his knowledge amounted to genius.
McKinley accomplished more than any
other leader, for he destroyed forever the last line of prejudice
in the solid South, and North and South united their votes in both
campaigns for him. The war with Spain cemented that union when the
Government called for troops. McKinley’s first administration further
succeeded in uprooting two political issues, which had inflamed
internal dessensions [sic]—the tariff question, which had
divided the agricultural from the manufacturing States, and Southern
interests against the Northern; while the silver question was definitely
settled, which had raised 
considerable contention between the rich and the poor, the Far West
and South from the North and East, but which ceased with the election
of 1900. As various prejudices have been cleared away and weighty
problems settled, the American political life has settled down to
its true national character. With the new responsibilities, and
opportunities which were the outcome of the Spanish War, President
McKinley met them with a prophetic vision that is characteristic
of a great man. Through the conclusion of the treaty of Paris, American
Statecraft has set itself to consider new problems and the recognition
of the United States by the civilized nations as one of the great
McKinley was a faithful leader, a
well-balanced man, with a substantiality and solidarity that is
rarely found in political circles. His head was large and remarkably
high in its superior region, which was exemplified in his whole
life on his dying bed.
His forehead is high and broad, which
has given to him considerateness, thoughtfulness, intuitional power,
and analytical insight. Intellectual work was a pleasure to him,
and so thorough was he that even in his early law labors he displayed
special finesse and genius in looking all round a subject.
We cannot do justice to so large a
subject in so small a space, but will conclude with a quotation
from the Rev. Thomas Coultas, who in an eloquent address on the
martyred President said, “We may not comprehend why the wrath of
man was allowed to commit the murder, but it may be that his life
needed the Calvary as an exponent of the crystallization of the
largest views of the American people.”