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Source: Ave Maria
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial column
Document title: “Notes and Remarks”
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: 12 October 1901
Volume number: 53
Issue number: 15
Pagination: 470-73 (excerpt below includes only page 471)

“Notes and Remarks.” Ave Maria 12 Oct. 1901 v53n15: pp. 470-73.
McKinley assassination (religious response).
Named persons
John Wilkes Booth; Leon Czolgosz; James A. Garfield; William Montague Geer; Charles J. Guiteau; Edward Everett Hale; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley; Johann Most.
The item below is the first of two excerpts taken from this issue’s installment of “Notes and Remarks.” Click here to view the second excerpt.


Notes and Remarks [excerpt]

     To clamor for stricter immigration laws simply because the late President was assassinated by a man named Czolgosz, is mere fatuity. The desirability of more rigorous entrance requirements must be argued on its own merits, and the murder of Mr. McKinley has nothing to do with the discussion. Neither Booth the slayer of Lincoln, nor Guiteau the slayer of Garfield, was a foreigner; and the unfortunate wretch who murdered President McKinley was not a foreigner either. All were American-born and American-bred; all were educated in the public schools. The words spoken by a leader of the anarchists, Herr Most, are full of meaning. “Czolgosz,” he said, “is not a Pole: the Poles are Catholics,”—the perfectly correct inference being that no Catholic can be an anarchist. The assassin publicly apostatized three years ago when he was “converted” by a famous priestess of anarchy; and if he had been educated in a parish school his “conversion” would not have been so inevitable. The murder of President McKinley, more than any event of recent times, seems to have brought home to non-Catholics the need of religious training in the schools. “This,” said Edward Everett Hale, “must be the result until in some happy day we can show that we educate men where now we only instruct them. Let church and school be quicker and stronger in giving to God’s children training that is divine.” And the Rev. W. Montague Geer, of New York, closed a speech that was long and strong with these encouraging words: “The question now is, to what an extent can we mold and remodel our educational system. To solve the problem we must put forth our best energies. Almost any system is better than the present one. It were infinitely better to divide up the money received from the school-tax among the various Christian denominations and the Hebrews than to continue the present irreligious system.” All which has been said before, but the name of W. Montague Geer adds a touch of freshness.



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