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Source: Railway Conductor
Source type: journal
Document type: letter to the editor
Document title: none
Author(s): Funk, Edward
Date of publication: October 1901
Volume number: 18
Issue number: 10
Pagination: 794-95 (excerpt below includes only page 794)

Funk, Edward. [untitled]. Railway Conductor Oct. 1901 v18n10: pp. 794-95.
William McKinley (mourning); McKinley assassination (public response); anarchism (dealing with).
Named persons
William McKinley.
The letter (below) is identified as being written at McKees Rocks, PA. It appears in a section of the journal titled “Fraternal” (pp. 786-97).


[untitled] [excerpt]

     The all absorbing topic of the day is the assassination of our beloved President. The last sad rites have been performed and the body of President McKinley lies entombed in Canton, Ohio, his old home. Memorial services were held not only there, but literally throughout the world. The suspension of business in the United States was complete and in every city, town, village and hamlet there were demonstrations to express the sorrow so universally felt. Never in the history of any nation were its people so entirely united in a great grief as has been those of the United States in the presence of this calamity. Never in the history of the world has there been so general or more sincere sympathy in all of the nations. For the chosen ruler of a great people; for the man whose simple virtues claimed the love of all who knew him; for the victim of a crime unspeakable in causelessness, the people of all lands gave tribute of respect. At the last the honored leader is laid to rest. But the good he has done lives after him. The lessons of his life and of his death are as guiding beacons. As might be expected, all the expressions with regard to the assassination of President McKinley vie with one another in the condemnation of the atrocious crime. They are also practically a unit in demanding that Congress shall without delay provide adequate penalties for this crime in the form of a national statute making the attempt to kill the President, Vice President or any of the cabinet punishable by death, and the teaching of the doctrines of anarchy by imprisonment for life; or, let the several powers purchase an island sufficiently large enough to maintain them and all stand their pro rata share in keeping them secure and thus rid the countries of this dangerous element.



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