Without exception, the
Republican daily papers are endeavoring to lay the blame of the
shooting of President McKinley upon the Socialists and ev[e]ry class
of reformers who have entertained and expressed ideas contrary to
the policy pursued by the present administration. They wilfully
[sic] and maliciously class the Socialists and anarchists together,
knowing full well that no similarity exists between the two. These
papers insist that the next congress pass laws against the criticising
of the president of the United States and the powers that be. A
great deal of foolish talk is indulged in.
There are already laws on the statute-books
to punish murderers and traitors, and mo[r]e are not needed—they
would simply be superfluous.
The sole object of these paper[s]
is to make it i[m]possible to publicly criticise those in power.
The Kansas City Journal says the cartoons
[a]nd “infl[a]mmatory” expressions that have appeared in the opposition
papers are responsible for the assassination. Had Bryan been elected
p[r]esident, a[n]d had he received the assassin’s bullet, instead
of McKinley, would the cartoons [a]nd the “imflammatory” [sic] ex[p]ressions
in the Republican papers, have been responsible for his assassination?
It is just as well to be temperate
and sensible about these things. Frothing at the mouth and making
rabid accusations is not argument. No sensible Populist, Socialist
or Democrat has any desire to see a Republican president or any
other official assassin[a]ted.