Mr. C. S. Sparks, of Cincinnati
On the Death of McKinley and the Anarchists.
The alleged dying declaration of
President McKinley is certainly not his words, because, in the first
place, the Christians announced them and they mean to profit by
them; secondly because the sentence is architecturally perfect,
properly punctuated and capitalized, and such a sentence could no
more come from a dying and decaying man than a perfect rose could
come from a dying rose bush.
I firmly believe that the Christians
or perhaps only the Catholic branch of them, feeling confident of
his approaching death, or knowing, long in advance, of the intended
assassination, and having one, or several, of their adherents in
charge of the patient and knowing and desiring the great influence
such an utterance, coming from a man so good and so near to the
hearts of the people, constructed that sentence, and if President
McKinley ever uttered those words he did so at the request of an
attendant, and then only repeated them after him like a child learning
Of course some of the Doctors will
say that he uttered them because it cannot be proven by competent
testimony that he did not, and because it would be worth as much
as their practice to refuse to confirm the report that he did. Besides
it would cause them to lose caste and would force them to retirement.
Mrs. McKinley did not hear her husband
say them but, like many good women, will hope that he did, and will
finally be convinced that he did.
President McKinley was not a believer
in the Bible nor in the tenets of Christianity.
Had he been either he would on the
22nd day of October 1897, the day he made his will, and while his
good old mother was in life, and whose name is so tenderly and lovingly
mentioned in that testament, and to whom he owed more than to any
other person in the world and while still in possession of the thought
and knowledge that he had been so graciously favored as to enjoy
a privilege which had only been enjoyed by one man (Garfield) theretofore—that
of kissing his dear mother upon receiving the oath of office of
the President of the United States, have attributed his success
and this special privilege to “divine providence,” and, as a believer
in miracles, would have acknowledged “His” existence and paid him
homage in his last will and testament.
We are familiar with the stereotyped
form of the introduction to the wills of Christians, which is as
follows: “In the presence of Almighty God, and being in the full
possession of all my faculties, I now make and declare this to be
my last will and testament.”
Had President McKinley been a Christian
he would have made use of the above language, or that of similar
import, in his will, instead of the sensible introduction that he
used and which is as follows: “I publish the following as my last
will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills.”
Had he been a believer in the supernatural
he would have followed the Christian precedent by making use of
the following language: “I hereby devise and bequeath to my beloved
wife all of my personal and real property, provided she does not
re-marry;” thus exemplifying the belief that this is the place to
be miserable—a place of sickly countenance; that the dead are alive.
The Catholic church, that nightmare,
that destroyer of virtue, home, hope, promise and ambition; the
seducer, the infernal inquisitor, the inventor of means of hellish
torture, the retarder of progress, the consort of ghosts and hobgoblins,
the advocate of the delusion that the way to heaven is by the “hearse”
road, the pretender of regret over the assassination of McKinley,
Garfield and Lincoln, the originator of the brutal lie that the
killing of McKinley was an anarchistic plot, the user of McKinley
during his first term of office, the possessor of the knowledge
that he would assert his independence and true American manhood
during his second term and that it could not longer use him, the
dispension [sic] of ignorance, the conglomerated phantasmagoria,
the provider of body guards [sic] for the president who stood by
and saw him shot, the Catholic church in the ignorant precincts
of which the murderer of the President was “educated,” cast the
dead President aside, mentally, in the same manner as one of its
foolish and ignorant members would a sucked orange.
The Catholic church that “educated”
and furnished the men to assassinate Lincoln and Garfield also “educated”
and furnished the man to assassinate McKinley and will absolve his
sins and send him on his way to “heaven” rejoicing, at the time
of his execution.
The Catholic church whose adherents
recognize no power or government higher than the church, whose head
is the dried up Leo,conspired [sic] to lay the taking off of our
beloved President to the Anarchists, so that it might thereby delude
and fool our lawmakers to restrict emigration and free speech and
free press hoping that, thereby, the inroads upon its “sacred teachings”
would be blockaded.
The Catholic church an advocate of
restructed [sic] emigration! Yes, so long as it restricts those
opposed to religious rule; so long as the lawless tribe—the Catholics—who
are now being forced to leave France, may be admitted. It would
have the public forgot [sic] that [all the?] assassins of our public
officers were citizens as pure and patriotic as a Catholic can be,
of the United States.
The Catholic church, like a slimy
snake is endeavoring by every available method, to obtain control
of the United States government, and the assassination of President
McKinley was one more step toward the desired end. The idea of a
sensible public listening to the howling of the Catholic church,
the enemy of all governments unless under the supervision of the
Pope, is, to me, most absurd.
The Anarchist—that is the evolutionary
anarchist—had no more to do with the assassination of President
McKinley than the dead Grant had. The evolutionary anarchists believe,
as I understand them, that man is the highest type of animal life,
and that he can be so educated and trained that he can live in peace
and harmony with his fellow-man without being compelled to pay any
man a higher salary to rule over others.
They believe in ideal life which at
our present slow progress, could not be reached in ten thousand
years. Yet I believe them to be honest and sincere and that their
method is not violence but education.
But there is another kind of anarchists
[sic] who believe in force and violence and this to kind [sic] belong
the assassins of Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley.
They are believers in God, Christ,
the Holy Virgin Mary and the Catholic church.
I am not an anarchist of either of
the above described varieties, but being an Agnostic I have learned
the spirit of fairness and occupying this position can assert that
in all my researches I have been unable to find the record of one
death caused by the teachings of evolutionary anarchy, but have
found the record of countless thousands caused by the teachings
and instructions of all religious denominations.
It has been said Anarchists do not
vote. Of this I am not advised, but if it be true then they do no
harm by the ballot. I do know that the members of all religious
denominations do vote is [sic] usually cast with the party or person,
which, or who, will make the greatest sacrifices in their behalf.
Their votes are seldom cast in the interest of and for the preservation
of a Republican form of government, but in the interest of an ecclesiastical
form of government and to that end all such denominations are working.
In the face of the facts it behoves
[sic] every Liberal to exert all honorable influence in an effort
to preserve our government in the form designed by our fathers.
We should do all in our power to combat the spread of ignorance
and superstition, all we can to combat the influence on susceptible
minds of the alleged dying utterances of President McKinley, and
on that we may in the interest and advancement of enlightment [sic]
and, in order to accomplish this, as many of us as possible must
unite and move forward in this noble work.
If it is not possible to work harmoniously
under the A. S. U. let us organize a new national society at once
and go to work in earnest.
Above all let us impart to our children
the knowledge we have gained while they are yet children, and, to
this end let us organize Sunday Schools all over the country, and
select an organizer of the same to act under the supervision and
direction of the national body.