Note and Comment [excerpt]
Mrs. Carrie Nation of Kansas has
ceased to be an attraction at county fairs, and promises to abandon
the lecture platform. Mrs. Nation denies the sentiments attributed
to her about President McKinley.
A clergyman whose name is not disclosed
was knocked down and beaten in Binghamton, N. Y., last week for
indorsing [sic] a criticism of President McKinley’s attitude on
the Prohibition question. As has been observed, the lawless violence
of many persons since Mr. McKinley’s death shows there are more
anarchists in the country than any one could have supposed.
On Sept. 24, at Buffalo, N. Y., Leon
Czolgosz was convicted of the murder of President McKinley. On Sept.
26 Czolgosz was sentenced to die in the electric chair during the
week beginning Oct. 28. Before receiving sentence he stated that
no other person was concerned with him in his crime, or knew that
he intended to commit it, and that the idea of shooting McKinley
came to him only two days before he committed the act. Czolgosz
appears stupid and ignorant. When asked if he were temperate in
his habits, he said he did not know what “temperate” meant.
Mrs. Gaetano Bresci, who lives in
Cliffside, N. J., and is the widow of the man who killed King Humbert
of Italy, still refuses to obey the order of Mayor Newman and quit
the town. She attended a meeting of the board of councilmen the
other day, and having addressed the members in a twenty minutes’
speech, handed them the following before she closed: “May the curse
of God rest on all that are interested in the plot to hound me from
home, where I have tried to make my living, into the world that
is turning against me.” This evidence of her orthodoxy should procure
Mrs. Bresci a stay of proceedings.
The failure of the united prayers
of Christendom to save President McKinley is explained by Mrs. Eddy
as due to a lack of harmony among those who did the praying. “These
conflicting states of the human mind, of trembling faith, hope,
and fear,” she says, “evinced a lack of the absolute understanding
of God’s omnipotence, and thus they prevented the power of absolute
truth from reassuring the mind, and, through it, resuscitating the
body of the patient.” There was a young lady in Stanford University
who accounted for cyclones on the theory that they were caused by
different groups of earnest Christians praying for a fair wind while
going in opposite directions.