Tribute of Respect
To the Editor of the Pratt City Her[a]ld:
D S :—Allow
me space in your paper to say a word in behalf of our noble President,
William McKinley, who has been shot down by a cowardly anarchist,
and who has died, past [sic] on to glory with our He[a]venly Father
where there is no sorrow of pain.
My fellow countrymen, let us look
for one moment at our noble President. As a man and not as a president
nor as William McKinley but as a God loving man. Listen to the words
that he spoke when the cowardly Pole shot him and the people wanted
to lynch him, and when the good negro knocked him down. Listen to
the voice of our President: “Let no one hurt him.” Listen again
when he called for Secretary Cortelyou and said: “Be careful of
my wife and don’t let this be exaggerated to her.” And agai[n] when
the angry mob was about ready to take the murderer’s life, he raised
his head when the blood was trickling down his body from the shots
of the cowardly Pole and said: [“]Let no one hurt him, my Christian
When Mr. McKinley knew the hour had
come for him to meet the God he loved he asked for his wi[f]e. He
clasped her and she kissed him. He said, “be brave, the time is
come, we must part from this world. It’s God’[s] will and not ours.
Goodbye all, goodbye.” And in his dying hour he sang “Nearer, my
God, to Thee[.]” But thank God while Mrs. McKinley, his beloved
wife, cannot again meet h[i]m here she shall meet him in glory.
That we know, because she h[a]s always been a devoted Christian
from her childhood. I call this fulfilling the word of God.
McKinley represents the man with the
five talents; he gained five more to them and the Lord said: “Thou
good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things,
I will make you ruler over many things, enter thou into the joys
of thy Lord.” McKinley will be placed on his right hand and our
Savior will say, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom
of heaven prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” They
shall embrace each other in heaven where there shall be no more
parting. May God, the giver of all good gifts, strengthen her in
this sad time that she may be able to stand it, is my humble prayer,
and that as Christians we may follow the example of our noble President,
then God will be glorified. Amen.
Pratt City, Ala.