Source: West Coast Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Anarchy”
City of publication: Hokitika, New Zealand
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: none
Issue number: 12015
|“Anarchy.” West Coast Times 14 Sept. 1901 n12015: p. .|
|McKinley assassination (international response); anarchism (international response).|
|John Wilkes Booth; Leon Czolgosz; Elizabeth; James A. Garfield; Charles J. Guiteau; Luigi Luccheni; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley.|
Anarchism is the cancerous growth, the excrescence of our modern civilisation. The futility and sheer insanity of its methods of endeavouring to redress grievances, fancied or real, against society, might excite some feeling akin to pity, did not the horror and brutality of such methods repel every right minded man. Our pity is rather for the victims of the cowardly assassin, for the defence [sic] woman who all unsuspectingly is done to death by stiletto, dagger, or revolver, or, as in the case of the United States President, for the man who frankly gives his hand to the wretch who at the same moment would strike him fatally. Anarchy is a law unto itself. It acknowledges no ruler and is totally opposed to law and order as the average man understands it. The utter senselessness of such a waste of life is appalling to sane minded people, as it is not conceivable how the displacing of one ruler by killing him (though in his own person he is in every way unobjectionable) is going to affect any issue, seeing that a successor steps into power immediately. To the anarchist this is a matter of no moment, his creed is to kill and he strikes blindly without fear and without compunction. It might have been supposed that democratic America would have been free from the atrocities of anarchism, but apparently the President of the United States has as much reason to fear the sudden stab or the stealthy bullet as the despotic ruler of all the Russias. For the third time now in a little over three decades an American president has had his life attempted, the two first unfortunately with fatal results, though there is great hope that the assassin will not be successful in his design in the present instance.
Lincoln and Garfield were sacrificed, and now McKinley, a man that is beloved by the people has been brought to death’s door. President Lincoln’s murder in ’65 by Wilkes Booth the actor, was certainly the act of a madman, and the shooting of President Garfield at Washington by Guiteau in ’81 was also suspected to have been caused through insanity. The act of Czolgosz was no less demented, but there is unfortunately method in the madness of an anarchist. Society is his pray [sic] and its rulers he looks upon as his lawful victims. America has had this fact illustrated for her in a disastrous manner, and it is to be hoped the lesson will serve. To harbour such dangerous enemies to social order is criminal on the part of any civilised nation, and we knew that America has done more, she has given them a license to hatch plots, and to disseminate their pestiferous views by means of lectures and literature and in every way that they might be promulgated. Small wonder that the evil birds thus incubated have come home to roost.