The lamentable death of Wm. McKinley,
our honored president, marks an epoch in American History, perhaps
in world events. He may be called the last of the school that had
its beginning with Lincoln. What a generation that has been! Slaves
freed, a nation saved, an empire built, a sinning Spain rebuked!
No other forty years, save the first generation of the Christian
era, has been so pregnant with great things. And through it all,
McKinley moved, a manly man who sought to do his whole duty. He
knew the great men of his age and tried to be worthy of their company.
Death robbed him of the earthly realization of his cherished ideals,
but it revealed to us the nature of the man-become-king. Tremendous
transmuting power have Democracy and Christianity when by working
hand in hand they can lift a Lincoln, a Garfield, a McKinley from
the walks of common life to such an immortality!
The vital questions which these men
faced are solved now, but in their solution what perplexing problems
were given birth! The new generation of strenuous statesmen will
have no sinecures. God grant that they may manifest a similar purity
of purpose and integrity of character!