OEvery Other Sunday bears, the national
emblems of mourning for President McKinley are to be taken down.
It seems a long time since that fatal shot was fired, which caused
the death of one of the best men in the world.
date which this number of
Some reference to him would have been
made before in the Editor’s Chair but for the peculiarity of our
publication. We are obliged to go to press a great many days before
the date which you see printed on the paper. The last number of
Every Other Sunday was in the printer’s hands when the suffering
President passed away.
We do not expect to say anything new;
but it is good for us, editor and reader, to remember why we mourn
the martyred leader.
He was a great example of onward and
upward ascent. He climbed from the valley of small things, by noble
efforts, to successful heights. His career illustrates the power
of a life purpose.
We also learn the lesson of large-heartedness.
No matter how high William McKinley rose, at the last as at the
first, he showed a spirit of good will and sympathy. We learn in
our Sunday Schools a passage of Scripture: “Out of the heart are
the issues of life.” This was very true of his life,—gentle yet
strong, kind yet firm, forgiving though just.
As President, William McKinley tried
to do justice to all parts of the country. So far as possible, his
aim was to have one Republic, one flag, one destiny. In the White
House his welcome was gracious to all. William McKinley proved himself
a valiant soldier in the days of the Civil War. It was the first
severe test. Heroic, earnest, capable, he soon won advancement and
recognition. Young McKinley revealed the true patriot’s character
in times that tried the Union and its institutions.
Add to all this the affection which
he showed for his home, his loyalty to friends, and his thoughtfulness
for little things, and we have a wreath of olive to lay upon his
bier. No national question was so great as to take his mind away
from his wife and his home. The hearthstone fire of devotion burned
brightly to the end.
But there is one more thought the
editor wishes the young readers to carry away. While we praise such
a good, great man, let us remember the Republic is greater than
any man. President McKinley was a citizen, like thousands of others.
He served the people, and the people served him. The government
will go on, and our institutions will continue. William McKinley
became what he was because of the United States of America. This
country has an open door of opportunity such as youth never had
before. While, then, we honor the memory of our beloved martyred
President, let us honor still more, with reverence, loyalty, and
love, this wonderful Republic, whose blessings and privileges we
Has the Sunday School any part in
all this? Most certainly. The teaching and influence of the Sunday
School are of first importance. The last words of President McKinley
referred to the Lord’s Prayer, and to the hymn, “Nearer, my God,