Source: Chicago Daily Tribune
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Lesson for the Schools”
City of publication: Chicago, Illinois
Date of publication: 18 September 1901
Volume number: 60
Issue number: 261
|“Lesson for the Schools.” Chicago Daily Tribune 18 Sept. 1901 v60n261: part 1, p. 4.|
|Edwin G. Cooley (public statements); McKinley assassination (government response); anarchism (government response).|
|Edwin G. Cooley; Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley.|
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 him.
“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.”