Source: Carmelite Review
Source type: magazine
Document type: column
Document title: “Notes on Books and Other Things”
Date of publication: October 1901
Volume number: 9
Issue number: 10
Pagination: 334-40 (excerpt below includes only page 335)
|“Notes on Books and Other Things.” Carmelite Review Oct. 1901 v9n10: pp. 334-40.|
|McKinley assassination (personal response); Leon Czolgosz; McKinley assassination (religious response); society (criticism); William McKinley (death: personal response).|
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.