Source: Congregationalist and Christian World
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial column
Document title: “In Brief”
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: 86
Issue number: 37
|“In Brief.” Congregationalist and Christian World 14 Sept. 1901 v86n37: p. 382.|
|McKinley assassination (religious response); Christian Science; William McKinley (condolences: Newsboys Protective Union); William McKinley (personal character).|
The excerpt below comprises three nonconsecutive portions of this editorial column.
The identity of Rubinovitz (below) cannot be determined.
In Brief [excerpt]
A sobered and chastened nation it has been since last Friday afternoon, and out of the changed mood should come a richer and deeper national life.
It was all well enough for the Christian Scientists to forward their sympathy and respects to Mr. McKinley, but aren’t we glad that the case is in the hands of the most competent medical men in the country, and aren’t some of the Christian Scientists in their secret hearts glad too?
One of the most suggestive of the many formal expressions of opinion relative to President McKinley is that of the Boston Newsboys Protective Union, a lodge of the American Federation of Labor, which met Sunday afternoon with a lad named Rubinovitz as president and the majority of its members Russian Jews, and with a sobriety and awe not customary to their weekly gatherings formulated a message of condolence to the President and his family.
One of the dearly bought lessons of the terrible tragedy at Buffalo will be to intensify the popular estimate of the wickedness and injustice of utterly baseless vilification of the President’s personal character under the guise of dissent from his administrative policy. The denunciation of our chief magistrate as “an unscrupulous and deceitful President” could have no stronger contradiction than that President’s straightforward, manly speech at Buffalo, and by his bearing a few hours later in the stress of his awful calamity.