The Week [excerpt]
That the city of Worcester should
choose Senator Hoar to be the formal eulogist of the late President
was perhaps natural. That Senator Hoar should decline this office
was even more inevitable, for how could the orator who, if he supported
Mr. McKinley last fall, had never agreed with him on the most important
issue, praise the policy which he had consistently denounced? Accordingly
“I think the eulogy on the President
should be delivered by some person who was in full accord with
him upon the principal political measure of his Administration.
I never questioned his absolute sincerity, his devotion to the
public welfare, his love of liberty, and his desire to do his
duty as God gave him to see it. I was fully in accord with him
on the great fiscal measures with which he was identified. But,
as you know, I differed with him and his Administration—and
my opinion on that subject has been strengthened and not weakened
in the lapse of time—in regard to his policy in dealing with
the Philippine Islands.”
The personal import of these words is less significant than the
fact that Senator Hoar believes increasingly that President McKinley’s
solution of the problem of the Philippines was radically wrong.
This leads to the hope that Senator Hoar 
will show his old ardor in urging every measure which looks towards
the ultimate independence of these unfortunate islands. The time
for recrimination has passed, and the time for repairing a situation
rashly incurred has come. All moderate men recognize this fact,
and the talk of never hauling down the flag is no longer heard.
Towards this constructive work for the Philippines none may more
justly contribute than those who have opposed the Government’s policy
in the past.