Publication information

Grey River Argus
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Greymouth, New Zealand
Date of publication: 9 September 1901
Volume number: 57
Issue number: 10520
Pagination: [2]

[untitled]. Grey River Argus 9 Sept. 1901 v57n10520: p. [2].
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anarchism (international response); McKinley assassination (international response).
Named persons
Leon Czolgosz; James A. Garfield; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley.
Throughout 1901 this newspaper retains 10520 as the issue number rather than changing the number with each successive issue as would normally be the case.


THE horror that fills the civilised world at the murderous outrage on President McKinley ought to give rise to a feeling of the profoundest detestation and most undying hostility to Anarchism, whatever form it may assume. Freedom of opinion is one thing, but when the expression of that opinion leads to a vendetta against Kings and Presidents and all in high places it is time that civilised society made a determined effort to stamp out Anarchism wherever it rears its hideous head, and protect itself in some drastic way against every one professing that diabolical and barbarous creed. What a sadly pathetic commentary on our 20th Century civilisation when the head of a great and noble nation like America is probably done to death while smiling on his would-be murderer, and offering the fraternal hand of peace and good will! In the sublime confidence indicative of a great mind, the ill-fated President laughingly disregarded the warning of a friend, and went unguarded to what may be the last function of the hundreds that he has attended during his official career. But he is a brave man, and has often faced death on the field of battle in the cause of his country during the great Civil War. Mr. McKinley is the third President within comparatively few years who has been an assassinís victim. In Lincolnís case, as with President Garfield, there is but slight reason to doubt that the murderers were more or less insane, though both were native-born Americans. Czolgosz also, it appears, is American born of Polish parents, whose excitable brain, such as it is, has been turned by listening to Anarchistsí lectures and reading Anarchistsí literature. He is said not to be mad; but it is difficult to account for so hideous and uncalled for a crime by any reasonably sane person unless he is a monomoniac [sic]. It is seldom that the world receives such a shock as it sustained on Saturday on receipt of the news of the murderous attack on the President of the United Statesóthe head of the greatest and freest country in the world, where the persecutors of every country have found a refuge for the last century, all that is required of them being that they should obey the laws. Why, the very thought of such a home of refuge to the unhappy or persecuted of the human race ought to have been of itself sufficient to save the head of such a state from the weapon of the zealot of any political cult. According to the latest wires, there is a very good chance that the President will, as the intestines are uninjured, yet survive. If he escapes septic poisoning for 24 hours he will probably survive the injuries and the operation.