The Red Hand of Anarchy!
This whole country and all the civilized
world was shocked and infuriated yesterday afternoon at the news
that President McKinley had been shot by a Pole at Buffalo. Expressions
of grief and wrath were universal.
As usual, the would-be assassin was
an anarchist, having no particular motive except the desire to take
the lives of those in authority. The case recalls those of the unfortunate
King of Italy, the popular Empress of Austria, and President Carnot
It is a cause for rejoicing that Mr.
McKinley’s wounds are not necessarily fatal. There is not a sane
man or woman in the United States who does not earnestly hope that
the Chief Magistrate will speedily recover. We have had few more
How to deal adequately with these
enemies of the human race who follow the red flag of anarchy is
a problem baffling to the mind of man. It seems that no punishment
would be too severe for the wild beasts who go about seeking to
slay any high officer whom they can reach, irrespective of his personal
virtues or his public merits. This is the first time that anarchy
has struck at the President of the United States. The assassins
of Lincoln and of Garfield were not anarchists. There is absolutely
no political or personal significance in the attempt on the life
of Mr. McKinley.
Now Americans are confronted with
the fact that in their free country the President cannot travel
as a private citizen without being in peril of his life. With the
appearance of the wolf of anarchy, old and cherished theories of
conduct in the Presidential office are rudely shaken. Shall we have
to guard our Presidents,—the men of the people, chosen by the people,
and answerable to the people,—with a cordon of police and soldiers,
as if our Presidents were Russian Czars? It is a black and startling