Source: Book Notes
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Author(s): Rider, Sidney S.
Date of publication: 26 October 1901
Volume number: 18
Issue number: 22
|Rider, Sidney S. [untitled]. Book Notes 26 Oct. 1901 v18n22: p. 173.|
|American Economist; William McKinley (last public address: public response); William McKinley (political character); William McKinley (last public address: personal response).|
|William McKinley; Don Quixote.|
The present issues of the American Economist are exceedingly amusing. It squirms under President McKinley’s last political speech at Buffalo, exhibiting phrases not used by the President, attributing them to unnamed Democratic papers, and then, like Don Quixote, demolishing them. But it is confronted by destruction. Never a man has lived whose political senses were more acute than Mr. McKinley’s; he could detect a coming political change before it touched the uttermost north of Alaska; the uttermost south, the Dry Tortugas, or the uttermost east of Maine; and quickly he trimmed to take advantage of the coming political force. This was exactly the work he attempted at Buffalo. Had he the belief that “protected interests” could head off this change, would he have uttered this speech? Never. “Vengeance is mine,” saith the Divine Master, but the decree was terrible, to take back the political utterances of a lifetime—and then die.