Source: Park Review
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Date of publication: October 1901
Volume number: 3
Issue number: 1
|[untitled]. Park Review Oct. 1901 v3n1: p. 32.|
|William McKinley (death: personal response); William McKinley.|
|James A. Garfield; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley.|
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!