THERE is no duty an editor has to face which is so difficult of
proper expression or so nerve trying as that of trying to give words
to grief-stricken thought.
Almost every shade of opinion as to
the dastardly character of the crime of the assassination of the
President has found expression in the daily press, all in tones
of such grief as must necessarily follow such a crime, and there
remains to the editor the need for calmer, more philosophical comment,
which in a measure takes from him the spur of righteous and indignant
anger, so that there can be none of that fervid glow which fills
such first expressions as to touch the heart or fire the brain.
Ours is the more difficult task of looking for cause and remedy
after passion has somewhat cooled and judgment sits with reason.
It is hard, very hard.
In seeking a cause we need not dwell
upon the admirable character, the loving loyalty, the personal kindliness
of Mr. McKinley. These well-known characteristics of the dead President
would have been a shield against the shafts of a mere personal enmity;
they were characteristics unknown or unheeded by the mind corroded
with the decay of anarchism or brushed aside as immaterial, for
the scoundrelly creed heeds not the man but aims for the officer.
Such deeds are the result of a disease,
which, once in the brain, eats and gnaws out all but the insane
desire to kill. They are not cured, they are not retarded, by corporal
punishment of any kind, and the only remedy is in repression.
It has always been my pride that in
the American home is laid the foundation for that love of liberty
and fair play; of giving to each his just due, which are traits
of American character and which have nowhere in public station found
fuller, freer or better expression than in the life and services
of William McKinley, an American of Americans.
Love of country must inevitably involve
a respect if not regard and affection for the representative of
the will, majesty and laws of the people. Where there is absolutism,
it can be seen where the desperation of political despair may sieze
[sic] upon the brains of the oppressed and drive them to mad acts,
and it must be that those who bring such minds and methods with
them to this land which they have presumably sought for relief from
tyrany [sic] and freedom from compulsory service. How much of this
is heredity, how much is absorption from abominable teaching, only
exhaustive analysis will tell, but the influence on young minds,
on those by nature prone to the dark side of things, on those on
whose brows discontent is written, is a danger the whole body politic
has a right to guard itself against.
The most important step, albeit the
slowest perhaps, is the home training of the immature mind, and
this should not devolve upon the wife alone. True, she does
and in the nature of things must continue to be in hourly 
and all but continuous touch with each child, and may instil [sic]
into its mind such ideas as she may herself command of the greatness
of our country—great because morally right—of the purity of our
leaders and the very certain part each citizen must add to the good
name and uprightness of the nation.
The father’s talk, reading and example
must be of the same elevating character, and this may be under the
roughest coat of “unpolite” language yet come from a loyal heart,
for patriotism may not be measured by clothes or bank notes.
With such parentage and early training
there will be no American anarchists, and it is our duty to each
other, to sister nations, and to these misguided fiends as as [sic]
well, that we both refuse admittance to new ones and see that those
we have are put where they cannot so readily deprive us of our best,
most trusted and beloved officers.