Our Dead President
What a calamity has befallen our
Country in the assassination of President William McKinley. Never
before in the history of this Republic has the Country been in a
more prosperous condition. It was through his instrumentality and
wise statemanship that the Country is in such a progressive condition.
If President McKinley had injured any one or any nation of people,
perhaps then there would be extenuating circumstances in meeting
[sic] out the law to the assassin. President McKinley’s life
has been an open book; his every act has been in defense of right
and justice and he has won the admiration and the plaudits of this
civilized world. Why then should a ruler of our Republic be shot
down by an anarchist? Is there to be no protection extended to the
Chief Magistrate of the Nation? Is there to be no protection to
a man who has been elected by the people? President McKinley was
a man with a broad mind and a liberal heart. He was kind and gentle;
a good husband and an affectionate father. His aim was to please
all the people and unite the two great sections, the North and South.
He also hoped to see the Negro prosper. He had great faith in the
sincerity of the Negro to make himself a good citizen. In the midst
of a prosperous and progressive Republic, the life of President
McKinley was brought to a close by the assassin’s bullet. There
is no Nation that has expressed greater sorrow for the dead Chieftain
than the American people.
“But sorrow never could revive the dead.
So we weep, because we weep in vain.”