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Source: Health Magazine
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Author(s): Burke, W. P.
Date of publication: December 1901
Volume number: 12
Issue number: 6
Pagination: 203

Burke, W. P. [untitled]. Health Magazine Dec. 1901 v12n6: p. 203.
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McKinley assassination (personal response).
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William McKinley.



     Phrenologists tell us that each human skull has forty-two faculties in it, and that each department has the same office in each skull. Each department has the same quality of brain, and each quality of brain is an instrument for the elements of mind to act through in conscious thought and physical action. So in our head is located the very same brain or element of brain that exists in the assassin’s head, which was the instrument through which the conscious thoughts came which led to the assassination of our beloved and illustrious President.
     Take a view of the assassin just as he is, and it will assist us in our search for satisfaction and peace. Man is, according to our phrenologists, a combination of various elements, and these elements are mental and rule the physical body and cause it to obey their commands. When the assasin [sic] mentally concluded to shoot President McKinley, he used his body to carry out this desire. His body was a servant to obey the mind. When the man is electrocuted for his murder, the body only is electrocuted and its functions destroyed, but we still have the mental elements as they were. The electrocution simply deprives the mind of its servant, the body. The body or physical man was not the doer of the deed, but simply a passive instrument to carry out the decisions of the mind. We all have the elements of mind that are in the assassin, but we have them under better control, and we had hard work to control this murderous element in our minds when our President was murdered, but we had other elements that would not allow that one murderous element to carry out his desires, while the assas- [sic] did not find in himself enough of this restraining element to prevent him doing the murderous deed. Question: How many mental murders do you suppose have been committed since President McKinley’s assassination?
     I think I have said enough to show you we are all one, and the difference there may be between us is in the quality of certain elements we have in proportion to other elements, and that if this be true, we will develop sometime to a degree where we will let the right elements rule the ones which are not now able to rule according to the law of Universal Life.



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