The Real Assassin
The Rev. Dr. Jacob
Cooper, Vice President of Rutgers College, yesterday sent the following
letter to the proprietor of the New York “Journal”:—
“Sir—While the world stands aghast
at the horror recently enacted at Buffalo, it looks beyond the weak
miscreant who fired the shot at our noble President. It sees in
you and those like you, the leaders of a reckless press, the forces
which make such an act possible. Behind the much abused license
of printing you have for years been uttering, both by word and by
picture, that which you knew to be lies of the most damnable blackness,
from the vantage ground of your (coward’s) fort. This constant hell
broth of vituperation and lies, spewed out all over the land, has
done its legitimate work.
“It has incited weak men, like this
ignorant and fanatical Polish anarchist, to do a deed in which you,
the real assassin, gloat in your immortal soul, but from which in
your craven terror you crouch like a frightened hare.
“Why don’t you, if what you have been
saying for years be true, repeat it now? If false, why do you not
have the manliness to admit that all your utterances about the President
and Vice President were conscious, premeditated lies? All good men
and women in this nation denounce you and your like as THE REAL
ASSASSIN WHO FIRED THE SHOT. I denounced you from the pulpit yesterday
and shall do so, supplementing your own conscience with the testimony
that you, to the full extent of your ability, are the REAL ASSASSIN
OF PRESIDENT McKINLEY.
“Carry with yourself, day and night
everywhere, while you curse the earth with your presence, the consciousness
that every honorable and virtuous man and woman in our land that
has had the opportunity to know the facts holds you and your like
responsible for this awful horror, and loathe you, not to the extent
your conduct deserves, but to the reach of their ability.