President McKinley Dead

The Gazette
September 18, 1901

Shocked as the country was on the evening of the 6th inst., when the telegraph flashed abroad the news that President McKinley had been seriously wounded by an assassin’s bullet; that shock was only intensified, if such could be, when the mournful intelligence came a week later to the effect that President McKinley’s life was despaired of. The public had considered him on the safe road of recovery; and  hence the news that he could not live was the more agitating.

For the first few days after the shooting, the President’s physicians entertained high hopes for his speedy recovery. In fact, they had considered him altogether out of danger, when quite suddenly and unexpectedly a change set in, and he began to sink very rapidly and he died Saturday morning at 2:15 o’clock. An autopsy was held over the President’s remains and it was decided that his death was the result of gangrene which affected the stomach around the bullet wounds. The physicians claim that the end was unavoidable by any surgical or medical treatment, and was the direct result of the bullet wound.

In the death of President, McKinley, the country, regardless of sectional lines, mourns the loss of a beloved Chief Executive. In this supreme movement the rancor of all party strife is stilled and every patriotic American, every sane man, recognizes the great loss that has been thrust upon the country through the hand of a blood-thirsty anarchist.

While men may differ from President McKinley in his political views, get in his private life he was universally recognized as a model of American manhood. He was a christian gentleman, a devoted husband and a staunch friend. His gentle character was forcibly portrayed when, in speaking of his slayer, he expressed the hope that the authorities would deal fairly and justly with him. His Christian character was portrayed in the fact that in his last moments he chanted the old song “Nearer, My God to Thee,” and murmured, “It is God’s say, His will be done.” His loving and tender solicitude for his invalid wife shows his devotion as husband. While his political tenets and associations were more closely allied with the North than with this section, yet his administrations have shown that he was  President of the whole people, being a friend of the South as well as the North. He was a conservative, a safe, an honest public official; and such men the country can ill afford to lose.

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President Roosevelt

At 3:30 o’clock last Saturday afternoon Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as President of the United States. Under the constitution he became President the minute Mr. McKinley passed away, but he was powerless to exercise the functions of the high office until he had formally taken the oath, which was administered to him in Buffalo, N. Y., at the residence of Ansley Wilcox, a personal friend.

Mr. Roosevelt promises to make no change in the affairs of the government. He pledges himself to adhere to the policy mapped out by his lamented predecessor, and to that end he at once requested the cabinet officials to retain their positions, which all agreed to do. Mr. Roosevelt says it will be his “aim to be William McKinley’s successor in deed as well as in name.

The new President is a comparatively young man — only 43 years of age — but he has had quite an extended experience in public and political life. Having entered polities at an early age, he has held various offices, municipal, state and national.

Aside from being an avowed protectionist and mono-mentalist, but little is known regarding the views of Mr. Roosevelt on national policies. In fact, on those matters he might very properly be termed an “unknown quantity.” For this reason a feeling of uneasiness and apprehension will pervade the American breast concerning the direction in which he will guide the “Ship of State.”

While regarded as rather headstrong and impetuous, yet Mr. Roosevelt’s pledge to continue the policies adopted by the lamented Mr. McKinley leads hope that the administration of our national affairs will be continued upon conservative lines, and thus spare the nation the shock and disquietude that would necessarily follow a sudden and unexpected change in the policy of the national administration.

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Senator Wellington’s Vendictiveness

Senator Wellington, of Maryland, was unceremoniously expelled for the Union League Club of Maryland last week, on account of his intemperate, indifferent and ill-advised remarks concerning the assassination of President McKinley.

Senator Wellington, in reference to the shooting of the President, in substance said: I don’t wish to discuss the matter; McKinley and I are enemies; I cannot say anything good of him and under the circumstances I do not wish to say anything bad; I am perfectly indifferent to the whole matter.

For these remarks, countenancing the diabolical act of Caolgosz by public expression of indifference, a great many people think Wellington should be promptly expelled from the United States senate. A man who will permit his personal vindictiveness to go so far as in any way make him indifferent to a most wanton assassination has no business in the highest legislative body of the land.

In expelling him from the Union League Club, the following resolutions were adopted:

“Whereas, the people of Maryland have learned with shame and loathing that George L. Wellington, a representative of the state, in the pay of the United State, has countenanced the act of this traitor to his country and enemy to mankind by repeated and public expressions of indifference to the act or its results, and,

“Whereas, the said George L. Wellington is a member of this organization, now, therefore, be it

“Resolved by the board of Governors of the Union League Club of Maryland, That we consider the conduct of George L. Wellington demonstrates his unfitness to associate with loyal citizens or right hearted men.

Resolved, that George L. Wellington be and he is hereby expelled from membership in the Union League of Maryland; and that his name be stricken from the roster.”

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It is reported that a crank left Berlin, N. H., last Friday for New York with the avowed determination of killing President Roosevelt. He was a foreigner, and is supposed to be crazy.

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Emma Goldman was released last week from custody on supposed complicity in encompassing the assassination of President McKinley. Sufficient evidence to hold her did not come to light. With Emma Goldmans, the country will be cursed with fewer anarchists.

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President McKinley’s remains will be laid at rest Thursday in Canton, O., his former home. After lying in state in the city hall at Buffalo, N. Y. Saturday afternoon, they were removed to Washington Monday, thence to Canton Wednesday.

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By federal and state proclamation, next Thursday — the time for President McKinley’s funeral — has been set apart as a day of public mourning for the national calamity that has overtaken us. It is expected that the people will meet at their respective places of worship and hold suitable memorial exercises in honor of our dead President.

 

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