Only a few days ago the religious
public were determined on having a day set apart for national thanksgiving,
when the people should meet in their accustomed places of worship
to return thauks [sic] to Almighty God for the recovery of President
McKinley. The only detail not settled was the manner of of [sic]
its appointment. National thanksgiving days being unwarranted by
the Constitution or law, and their appointmeut [sic] being a usurpation
of priestly authority by the executive, there was a question whether
the proclamation should be issued by the vice-president, the presideut
[sic] of the Senate, the speaker of the House, or the secretary
of state. The death of the President left the problem unsolved.
The day of national thanksgiving will not be held. But why? Does
not God, in the belief of his worshipers, do everything for the
best, and is not the best good enough for them to be thankful for?
Does not the tacit declaration that the thanksgiving is “off” contain
an implied censure of the course the Almighty has taken in this
The ways of God are past finding out.
He also is himself past finding out. It is not for men to sit in
review upon his acts, for the reason that those acts, or the acts
attributed to him, are often of such an atrocious nature that to
judge would be to condemn.
When the devout Christian beholds
the discomfiture of his euemy [sic], or some fate befalls an evildoer
more terrible than human hand would inflict, he is wont to say,
“Just and righteous are thy judgments, Lord God Almighty.” If he
is sincere he must repeat these words by the form of the murdered