“God’s Will Not Ours Be Done”
The above were the
last words of the president, addressed to his wife. The guilty anarchist
is no providential instrument in consummating purposes of righteous
dealing, yet in the language of our great executive now fallen in
death, we humbly bow; “God’s will be done, not ours.” A thousand
and a thousand times more could we hope that Wm. McKinley were spared
to the people of this generation that a nation might in its evolution
gather to itself the fruits of its toilings. None who understand
anything about the history of our country will deny that he was
a great man. With cherished hopes for our best future we all regret
this sudden and shocking demise. He was honest, we believe, and
he sought in his own way to temper and harmonize the feelings of
all sections in a manner as to conserve the greatest good. But President
McKinley has been smitten down by the hand of a cowardly assassin.
The world stands appalled at the terrible tragedy and turns with
solicitous eye to the sad scene which hovers over our continent.
The American people were proud of his abilities and he will be remembered
as the president who guided the nation through its glorious development
into a world power. National amity was his ambition and desire,
and it is hoped that in this endeavor a lasting good and a universal
peace shall become the crowning jewel of the republic. The president’s
assassination was for no other cause than that he was the official
head of the government. It becomes the government then to down the
assassins, drive them out of the country and relieve itself of a
band of prowling murderers who lie in wait to take life. The horror
of this crime stuns us by its inconceivable baseness. It should
be a lasting lesson to the loyal sons of this republic and it should
teach them to deal swiftly and promptly with a foe so dangerous
to the government. But the end of our great head has come and sorrowing
millions mourn the death of him who a few days ago confronted the
responsibilities of the greatest government on earth. He attained
a distinction that rendered him foremost in the history of republics.
Suddenly the career of Wm. McKinley is cut short among the living.
His life work is done. His name is given to history and interwoven
and commingled with the philosophy of our momentous times. Let it
be cherished in blessed memory for the part he has done in furtherance
of Christian philanthropy.