Notes on Books and Other Things [excerpt]
The whole world stands aghast at
the murder of the late President Wm. McKinley. He was a man of unblemished
private life. His death showed how he was revered and beloved by
the American people. It is a great humiliation to the great American
nation which has opened its doors to all peoples of the world and
proclaimed that all men are brothers. It was not the death of Mr.
McKinley that was sought by the abominable assassin so much as the
attempt to destroy all lawful authority. All minds are thinking
of the trend of the doctrines of the anarchist. “Free speech is
a gem of liberty.” So speak many. But has not the wicked tongue
perverted thousands and caused destruction throughout the ages.
The murderer of Mr. McKinley was educated
in our public schools; he grew up without religion and the fear
of God; he imbibed false doctrines; he was not trained in his heart
and in the practice of virtue, and his hands were steeped in the
blood of the Chief Executive of a glorious nation.
Parents who neglect to correct their
children are as bad as idolators [sic]. Sentimentality, the
fear of hurting and chastising, a maudlin fear of physical correction
of children is a growth of atheism. “Spare the rod and you spoil
the child.” There is lacking a wholesome respect for authority.
Parents su[ff]er for their own omissions in the correct way of bringing
up their children. For the wilful [sic] child, the criminal
and culpable one, there is nothing so good as correction with severity
moderated with reason and charity.
Mr. McKinley as a citizen and soldier
of his country, as a kind, loving husband, as the beloved President
of the United States, will always be remembered. His last farewell,
“Good-bye to you, good-bye. This is God’s way. His Will be done,
not ours,” gives us the keynote to our ears and hearts. Be we high
or low, we must also die.