The Buffalo Tragedy
The whole world unites with the people
of the United States in horror and detestation of the abominable
crime perpetrated at Buffalo, on Friday last, when President McKinley
was shot down by a crazy anarchist. It was an outrage on civilization,
due directly to the foul influence of the irreligious, atheistic
spirit and teaching of the day. If men will ignore fundamental principles
of morality and good order, such things must be the consequence.
Mr. McKinley’s personal characteristics have won him the respect
and esteem of his fellow citizens. He should have no enemy in all
this broad land; and the dastardly treason that dared to direct
any man’s weapon against the President of the Republic should be
punished with the utmost rigor of the law for capital crimes. If
the present law does not reach the culprit it should be changed.
Liberty does not and never did mean license. These so-called anarchists
have too long abused the freedom of our constitutional privileges.
The scum of decaying European feudalism, they must be taught that
there is no place for them among our free institutions and law-abiding
citizens. They are enemies of public order, and must be banished
from the society of the freemen they contaminate even by their presence.
Toleration of their vile creed has emboldened them to presume on
the patience of the nation. The hour for their total extirpation
Meanwhile, all good citizens will
unite in prayer that Divine Providence may spare the life of the
President, and that the Republic, chastened by this renewed trial,
may come out of it with greater strength for the destinies that
we are to fill out in the progress of the nations of the world.