A National Calamity—the Lesson It Teaches
To say that President McKinley is
dead, died at the hands of an assassin, is one of the saddest things
that we were ever called upon to chronicle. The heads of an entire
nation are bowed in sincere and heartfelt grief for the untimely
taking off of one of their noblest sons. A soldier, statesman, citizen,
whose public and private life has never been assailed. In life he
enjoyed the confidence of the entire country. His death is a personal
loss to every true American citizen. It is a national calamity.
The lesson taught the American people is a costly one and should
not be forgotten. It shows the fearful cost of tolerating lawlessness
under any pretext, whether it be the cowardly anarchist, who shoots
down in cold blood his unsuspecting innocent victim, or the brutal,
heartless mob, which murdered its victim merely to appease their
thirts [sic] for human blood. It amounts to the same in the end—the
cheapening of human life, rendering the lives of all unsafe. The
crazed brained anarchist murders his victim, believing it his duty
and brings upon his head the violent hands of the law and the hatred
of mankind. But the mobs roam in thousands, killing and burning
defenseless citizens without fear of punishment, claiming to be
“our best citizens,” and the fact that our lawful authorities take
no cognizance, their murders, heartless and brutal as they are,
become popular, and respect for law ceases to be a duty or a virtue.
This talk of down with the anarchists will not insure the safety
of the lives of our public men until the mob is stamped out also.
Let the American people who have always had the manhood and patriotism
to meet every emergency crush this species of anarchy before it
crushes them. The white press is already trying to ignore this national
disgrace, which has been largely instrumental in bringing upon us
our present national calamity. The reason is obvious. If the nation
is to live, mob law must go.