Publication information

Source: Mother Earth
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial column
Document title: “Observations and Comments”
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: October 1907
Volume number: 2
Issue number: 8
Pagination: 295-302 (excerpt below includes only page 297)

“Observations and Comments.” Mother Earth Oct. 1907 v2n8: pp. 295-302.
McKinley memorial (Canton, OH: dedication); Theodore Roosevelt (criticism).
Named persons
Charles J. Bonaparte; Theodore Roosevelt.
Regarding the reference to Bonaparte below: The preceding editorial in this column alludes to Secretary of Navy Bonaparte’s suggestion a year prior that “Anarchists should be punished by flogging” and points to his genealogical connection with a “family of Corsican banditti” whose “family virtues” include “[b]rutality, arrogance and stupidity.”

Observations and Comments

     At the recent dedication of the McKinley monument at Canton, Ohio, the President again let loose a speech upon a long-suffering public.
     Roosevelt’s speeches strongly remind one of Teddy bears: they all look alike. Of course, the Strenuous One is always sure of an audience: man’s love of the circus is proverbial. But not even Bonaparte could have invented a more inhumane punishment than the forced reading of the President’s speeches.