Southern Press on McKinley
Not since the foundation
of the government has there been a more universally popular chief
executive.—San Antonio Express.
Of all men in public
life he was one that it would have been thought was least likely
to excite the enmity of any man or set of men.—Austin Statesman.
His is not a nature
to estrange even his bitterest opponents, much less to make personal
enemies, and for that reason everybody who knew him was his friend.—New
Orleans Daily States.
In winning and deserving
the trust and esteem of the whole people, through his public acts
and private intercourse, he has never been excelled, if equaled,
by any Presidential predecessor.—Vicksburg Herald.
The stricken President
is perhaps the most popular man that ever filled the Presidential
office. At every turn he has consulted public opinion, and he has
never set up his judgment against it.—Birmingham Age-Herald.
What heart but the heart
of a madman or an insensate beast would be hard enough to even contemplate
a deadly attack on one so gentle, so democratic, so “little given
to the exercise of power?”—Chattanooga Times.
He has won for himself
the esteem, respect, and even the love of the whole people of this
country, and in foreign lands he is justly counted as one of the
wisest statesmen America has ever produced.—Baltimore American.
There is less of partisan
feeling and sectional spirit in him than in any occupant of the
White House since the war. No man has ever made a more earnest,
honest effort to be President of the whole people.—Nashville American.
His kindly personal
character has made him popular even with his political opponents,
and as Americans they resent with unspeakable indignation and horror
the act of the assassin and unite in the prayer that his life may
be preserved to his friends and country.—Baltimore Sun.
Never has there been
so general a demonstration of sorrow over the illness of any ruler
or potentate, and we are pleased that from all the world come messages
of sympathy both for the President and his devoted wife, and for
their grief-stricken fellow countrymen.—Mobile Register.
With great occasions,
great qualities he showed, not with strange exertion, not for display,
but with that ease that indicated the nature of a man expanding
with opportunity beyond the limits which the passions of the passing
hour had fixed for a partisan leader; a partisan leader no longer,
but the captain of a self-governing republic.—Louisville Post.
After the election,
and by his evident desire to do what he could for the South, the
old Democratic stronghold came to regard him more than any other
Republican as the President of the whole United States. He guided
the affairs of the nation with an almost impartial hand, and to-day
he is regarded as one of the very best Presidents since the time
of Washington.—Natchez Democrat.
He has grown steadily
in the Presidential office, and he will go down in history with
our greatest executives. That this kindly gentleman and broad-minded
statesman should be the victim of a vile attempt at assassination
is a sore trial on the patience of the American people; and when
the news came, and it was said that the President had a fighting
chance for life, we do not doubt that millions of prayers went up
for his recovery.—Memphis Commercial.
The American people,
without distinction of party, feel outraged at the murderous assault,
and they also feel that there is no adequate punishment to fit the
crime of the would-be assassin. The wretch who fired the bullets
that found lodgment in the President’s body administered a blow
to every American who loves his country and its institutions, and
if he have one single sympathizer in all this broad land it were
at the risk of his life to express his sentiments.—Arkansas Gazette.
If there is one man
in all Americ[a] whom his countrymen would have thought safe from
such an assault that man is William McKinley. Upright in character,
courteous, gentle, lovable in disposition and manner, he could have
had no personal enemies. And he carried i[n]to public life the same
traits that endeared him to those who knew him in his private relations.
An executive who regarded his office as representative of the people,
by whom his authority was conferred, he ever sought to find and
obey their will, and in maintaining his most cherished political
convictions it was always with perfect consideration toward his
party opponents. There has been in his conduct no more provocation
for political than for personal rancor and enmity.—Louisville Courier-Journal.
What prouder moment
could have happened in the life of any man? The spirit of Lincoln,
speaking through McKinley, has pronounced the long delayed words
of reconciliation. As the President of the United States Mr. McKinley’s
name was honored in every home, and his love was shared by every
man. In the smoke of foreign conflict and of victory the most prominent
object to him was the reconciliation of an estranged people. He
placed a Lee by a Grant, and commissioned a Confederate general
to the same rank in the regular army. More fortunate than Lincoln,
he lived long enough after the conflict to witness the fruits of
restored brotherhood; to see Confederate vying with Federal in devotion
to the flag, and to see the young sons of the South closest around
the staff.—Atlanta Constitution.