A Tragedy’s Lesson
The closing of the Czolgosz
tragedy brings a sense of relief to the American people.
Law and organized free government
have been vindicated. Having committed a terrible crime which caused
profound grief and aroused strong indignation in the hearts of the
whole nation, there was not an act of violence, but the law was
permitted to take its course. The wisdom and patience of a great
free people and their faith in and devotion to free institutions
There is cause for congratulation
in this fact. There is also cause for congratulation in the orderly
and effective manner in which the processes of the law were carried
The tragedy was deprived of all significance
except as a horrible and foolish crime. Free government is strengthened
and the devotion of the people to their institutions of government
But the crime has conveyed a lesson.
It has sharply defined the difference between liberty and license,
legitimate agitation and dangerous incitement to violence. It has
emphasized by the death of a beloved and kindly chief magistrate
the malign character and influence of the teachings of anarchy,
even in the home of freedom.
The people understand now better than
ever what true freedom and progress are and what they mean. They
value more than ever the civilization which has been wrought out
in this republic.