The Week [excerpt]
A dastardly attack on the memory
of President McKinley is made in the Bulletin of the American
Iron and Steel Association. It deliberately asserts that he made
his reciprocity policy “more radical than that of the Republic National
Convention of 1900”; that he “conspicuously aided the free-traders”;
that he “proposed a revision of the Dingley tariff,” forgetting
that protection “needed his continued help to strengthen it with
the young men of the country, if not with their elders.” It is all
very well for the Bulletin to say that it is “painful” for
it to have to expose Mr. McKinley’s recreancy to protection, but
the question is whether its talk is not essentially anarchistic.
President Roosevelt has distinctly undertaken to carry out his predecessor’s
tariff policy, and is not an attack upon that an attack upon him?
According to the doctrine laid down immediately after the President’s
assassination, the Bulletin should be suppressed and its
editor put in jail. He merely provokes us to laughter, but how does
he know that he is not provoking some protected ironmaster to murder?