Lesson for the Schools
PUPILS TO HEAR OF M’KINLEY’S LIFE AND DEATH TODAY.
Article by Superintendent Cooley on the Nobility of the President’s
Character and the Revolting Character of Czolgosz’s Deed to Be Read
to Classes—Distinction between Liberty of Anarchy and Under the
Law of the United States.
The pupils of the public schools
will have read to them this afternoon an article prepared by Superintendent
Cooley, showing the noble character of President McKinley and the
enormity of the crime which Czolgosz committed in assassinating
“The man who shot down President McKinley
is an Anarchist,” the Superintendent wrote. “He belongs to a class
of people who do not believe in government. The assassin believed
it was his solemn duty to kill Mr. McKinley that he might hasten
the time when there should be no rulers.
“Every child can see how foolish he
was and how ineffectual was the atrocious crime he committed. The
government did not stop a moment. A new President came into being
with the expiring breath of Mr. McKinley. In a few hours his successor
was performing the duties as the chief man of the nation, while
the cowardly assassin was in the clutches of the strong arm of the
law. Except for the grief of the people of this great nation over
the sad event, there is no apparent change. The assassin has not
disturbed the general order of things.
“Let us distinguish the difference
between the kind of liberty that was sought by the miscreant who
shot down our President and that liberty, liberty under law, upheld
and extended by President McKinley, and which should be the ideal
of every true citizen of this great republic.”