To Protect the President
There should be a very
general satisfaction that the United States Senate has been able
to pass without amendment the bill providing for the protection
of the President, this action following an exceptionally full and
free discussion of the measure.
The assassination of the late President
McKinley by the anarchist Czolgosz was the originating cause of
the bill now just passed. The Czolgosz crime, instigated by the
mouthings of anarchists who have unhappily been permitted to establish
themselves in this country, revealed the truth that Americans need
to throw additional safeguards around the life of the American who
stands as the foremost representative of government, law and order.
There was a reluctance on the part
of the American people to believe that the life of the President
was now continually imperiled through the fact of the murder cult
of anarchy having rooted itself in American soil. But the teaching
of Czolgosz’s deed was too plain to be misunderstood. The imported
anarchist is a living figure in American life. He makes no discrimination
between this free and kindly Government and the oppressive systems
of Europe. He is moved to assassinate an American President exactly
as if this chosen servant of the people stood for the tyranny of
The bill for the protection of the
President of the United States should be promptly enacted into law.
The precautions for which it provides are now necessary, deplore
the fact as we may. And, following the enactment of this law, and
an increased stringency in our immigration laws, there should also
be enacted a law especially aimed at anarchists and effectively
framed to prevent anarchy from flourishing under a Government of
the people by the people for the people.