An Unwise Suggestion
The Atlanta Journal suggests that
the people of the south rear a monument to the late President McKinley.
The suggestion is unwise and should not be adopted.
The south laments the death of McKinley.
Our tears are mingled with those of the north in this solemn hour.
But there i[s] no use in calling on the people of the south to rear
a monument to his memory, until they have done their duty to their
own immortal dead.
Twelve years ago the soul of Jefferson
Davis entered upon its eternal reward. During the time that has
elapsed since that day there have been efforts m[a]de to raise money
with which to erect a monument to his memory. Affairs have dragged
wearily along and no monument yet marks his resting place in Richmond.
Georgi[a] has many distinguished sons
whose names deserve to be perpetuated in marble, but the people
of Georgia have never pulled together and sub[s]cribed the money
with which to rear monuments to their memory.
It would be a graceful thing for the
south to honor the memory of McKinley with a monument, but she would
lose her self resp[e]ct in doing so before she fulfills her duty
toward the memory of the de[a]d le[a]der of the Confeder[a]cy and
others of her distinguished sons.
Mon[u]ments are but outward evidences
of affection. It is [a] far greater monument for [a] man to live
in the hearts of his people. It will not require a monument to perpetuate
the memory of Jefferson Davis or of William McKinley. But if the
south is to erect monuments let her do so in the proper order.