Since the last issue of this paper,
and contrary to general expectations, President McKinley died from
the effects of the bullet wounds received at the hands of the Anarchist
Czolgasz, and on Thursday his body was consigned to its last resting
place in the pretty little city of Canton, the home of his boyhood,
the scene of his triumphs. In a few days the miserable assassin
will be led to the electric chair, and then the last act of the
tragedy will have closed.
Nothing has been accomplished by the
idiot Czolgasz except to inspire with new life the forces of reaction,
and if for no other reason than this he and his kind are enemies
of mankind. Not satisfied with visiting vengeance on the head of
the murderer, certain newspapers, public orators and even ministers
of the gospel, all of whom take a superficial view of social problems,
who find fault with effects and care nothing for causes, are wildly
blaming men and institutions other than themselves for the wrong
done and are clamoring for ways and means to prevent a repetition
of the crime committed.
Demands are made to “pass laws,” as
though those who are to enforce the laws can smell out culprits
and would-be murderers from afar. Free speech and a free press come
in for reckless criticism without the slightest regard for the new
dangers that suppression would arouse. Speakers, writers and cartoonists
who opposed McKinley in the last campaign are singled out for attack,
and it has been almost treasonable to oppose the political principles
that he espoused. In fact, a sort of reign of terror has existed
during the past couple of weeks.
And this in a republic—where we are
taught to put principles above men, and that the humblest citizen
is the peer of his fellow!
No sane man, no man who believes in
humanity, can endorse murder; and, therefore, the intemperate utterances
of those who are supposed to be looked up to are inexcusable and
are bound to prove injurious if persisted in.
As we pointed out last week, those
who are now anxiously discussing plans to prevent crime should go
to the root, aid in removing economic oppression and to establish
social justice. In this connection we cannot help but commend the
wise words of Dean Williams, of Trinity Cathedral, last Sunday,
the most sensible that have come from the pulpit in reference to
the Buffalo tragedy. Dean Williams did not cry for blood, for revenge.
He advised that steps be taken to wipe out the crime-breeding slums,
to remove the causes of degeneracy and unrighteousness and uplift
As the Socialists and progressive
trade unionists appear to be the only ones who are attempting, in
a legal, rational, ethical way, to remove the causes that foster
crime, when it comes to classifying patriotism they are the real