Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “The Buffalo Tragedy”
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 7 September 1901
Volume number: 53
Issue number: 36
|“The Buffalo Tragedy.” Irish-American 7 Sept. 1901 v53n36: p. 4.|
|McKinley assassination (personal response); anarchism (personal response).|
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 has come.
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.