America Reaping the Fruit of Centuries of Oppression
AMERICA has for a third time lost her president by the hand of
an assassin, but she is too great and courageous to go back on the
course she has taken in the forefront of the nations. Not by coercive
measures, not by limiting the rights and powers of association,
but by continually enlarging them, will she defend herself from
the madmen who dream of rebuilding society by burying it under ruins.
SHE WILL GO ON WITH THE WORK OF CIVILIZATION
UNTIL THE ENTIRE NATION REALIZES THAT CONFLICT OF INTELLECTS ALONE
IS HUMAN AND THAT TO FIGHT OTHERWISE THAN WITH THE BRAIN IS TO LOWER
OURSELVES TO THE LEVEL OF BRUTES.
Meantime, if America is in any degree
paying the penalty of her free institutions, let us assure her she
has the sympathy and admiration of the civilised world, and if her
chosen men, the representatives of the people, fall martyrs to the
insane acts of immigrants from oppressed nationalities the world
sees that she is reaping the bitter fruit of centuries of oppression
in less enlightened lands.
It is all terribly cruel, but IT
IS THE CRUELTY OF NATURAL LAW, and we must bow our heads before
nature’s awful punishment of the [offences?] of the dark past. The
assassination of President McKinley, honored servant, and not master,
of his country, is a frightful sequel to the tyrannies of tyrants
dead and gone.
IF I KNOW ANYTHING OF PRESIDENT M’KINLEY,
THE LAST THING HE COULD HAVE DESIRED WAS THAT HIS DEATH AT THE HANDS
OF A MISGUIDED FANATIC CALLING HIMSELF AN ANARCHIST SHOULD IMPEDE
BY ONE DAY OR ONE HOUR THE PROGRESS OF THE WORLD.