Source: Lodi Sentinel
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “America Reaping the Fruit of Centuries of Oppression”
Author(s): Caine, Hall
City of publication: Lodi, California
Date of publication: 5 October 1901
Volume number: 22
Issue number: 54
|Caine, Hall. “America Reaping the Fruit of Centuries of Oppression.” Lodi Sentinel 5 Oct. 1901 v22n54: p. [4?].|
|McKinley assassination (international response); anarchism (dealing with); anarchism (international response).|
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
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.