Publication information

Gunton’s Magazine
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Foreign Opinion”
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: October 1901
Volume number: 21
Issue number: 4
Pagination: 299

“Foreign Opinion.” Gunton’s Magazine Oct. 1901 v21n4: p. 299.
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McKinley assassination (international response); McKinley presidency; William McKinley (presidential character).
Named persons
William McKinley.

Foreign Opinion

Europe realizes that we are standing on the threshold of this opportunity, and its eyes are upon us. In spite of trade jealousies, there is throughout Christendom a new feeling of respect and even admiration for the republic. Nothing could have indicated this better than the unparalleled flood of foreign expressions of sorrow, respect and goodwill called out by the assassination. It was Mr. McKinley’s good fortune to be president at a time when the presidency of the United States was coming to be of more importance and better known in the world than ever before, and furthermore, at a time when the nation could and did give extraordinary proofs of chivalry towards an oppressed neighbor and magnanimity towards a foreign foe. This course naturally associated itself in the foreign mind with the personality of the president, and created for him an exceptionally high regard; the more so, because few of the less attractive characteristics of any public man can be known outside the immediate range of our own political affairs. It is an optimistic trait in human character that, at such a time at least, all the emphasis is placed on the best that was in a man. In reality, it is the good men do that lives after them; the evil is “oft interred with their bones.”