Publication information

Source: Nation
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial column
Document title: “The Week”
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: 14 November 1901
Volume number: 73
Issue number: 1898
Pagination: 367-70 (excerpt below includes only page 367)

“The Week.” Nation 14 Nov. 1901 v73n1898: pp. 367-70.
American Iron and Steel Association; William McKinley (criticism).
Named persons
William McKinley; Theodore Roosevelt.

The Week

     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?