Source: Mother Earth
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial column
Document title: “Observations and Comments”
Date of publication: October 1906
Volume number: 1
Issue number: 8
|“Observations and Comments.” Mother Earth Oct. 1906 v1n8: pp. 2-3.|
|McKinley memorialization; society (criticism).|
Observations and Comments [excerpt]
At the recent unveiling of McKinley’s bust the
mob of patriotic women of both sexes behaved like violent lunatics.
Shrieking, screaming and kicking they endeavored to possess themselves of a bit of rag or cord used in the ceremony. The successful ones, carrying their trophies home, greatly rejoiced in their rare luck. For such things have been known to cure constipation, nose-bleed, toothache and corns. It is also said that they help to fructify sterile marriage.
Fraudulent bankruptcy, empty wallets and swindling enterprises, however, are absolutely proof against their magic power.
Various papers severely censured the superstitious savagery of the mob. They have failed to note, however, that the barbaric behavior of these patriots is in keeping with the spirit of our inheritance. 
In the middle ages (often even to-day) the public execution of criminals was attended by a great concourse of people—mostly delicate women—who fought desperately for the ghastly souvenirs.