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RELIEVING THE PORTO RICANS FROM THE BURDEN OF SPANISH RULE, 1898.
American soldiers ministering to the sick in the San Juan hospital. “We come as friends, offering the blessings of peace and order.” — McKinley.
TRIBUTES TO PRESIDENT MCKINLEY
THE PRESIDENTS AND VICE-PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED
STATES FROM WASHINGTON TO ROOSEVELT
THE ATTEMPT ON THE LIFE OF PRESIDENT JACKSON
ASSASSINATIONS FAMOUS IN MODERN HISTORY
TRIBUTES FROM PROMINENT AMERICANS *
From Chief Geronimo. Among the many contributions of flowers sent to the City Hall, in Buffalo, where the remains of President McKinley lay in state, was a large wreath of purple asters, with a card on which was written:
"Farewell of Chief Geronimo, Blue Horse, Flat Iron and Red Shirt and the 700 braves of the Indian congress. Like Lincoln and Garfield, President McKinley never abused authority except on the side of mercy. The martyred Great White Chief will stand in memory next to the Savior of mankind. We loved him living, we love him still.”
On the other side of the card was the following:
"Geronimo's eulogy. The rainbow of hope is out of the sky. Heavy clouds hang about us. Tears wet the ground of the tepees. The chief of the nation is dead. Farewell.”
* For tributes by ex-President Cleveland and Archbishop Ireland see pages 9 and 10 of this book.
From Dr. W. R. Harper, President of the University of
Chicago. “The death of President McKinley is terrible. He has shown the highest ability in statesmanship. He has carried the country through one of its greatest crises and the history of his administration will be known hereafter from the fact that under him the United States has taken its place in the world at large. As a man he was simple, strong and lovable. He was a man of high culture and high ideals, a man whose interest in all that was good was manifest. friend of education in every form, from the lowest to the highest."
He was a
From Dr. James B. Angell, President of the University of
Michigan. "The title that is most likely to come to our martyred President,” said Dr. Angell, “is that of "The well-beloved.' Washington had a dignified severity that left a space between himself and the people. Lincoln was loved by only half the nation when he died. The old animosities between the North and South had not expired when Garfield passed away. But since McKinley came into office the blue and the gray have been united. He won the hearts of the Southern people and cemented a nation.
“His was the average American life in a glorified form. He was pure, simple, genial and kind. So long as he dominated our affairs he could be dealt with by foreign powers with sincerity, and this is the secret of the great influence of this nation in the administration of foreign affairs."
From Governor Dockery, of Missouri. “The President always maintained his convictions with courtesy and courage unfailing. In Congress he was a ready debater and a resourceful legislator. It mattered not how sharp and keen the contest may have been along partisan lines, he was always a courteous gentleman. His private life was pure and stainless.
“The devotion to his invalid wife was so constant and so gentle that it won the esteem of all who had knowledge of his domestic relations. This beautiful trait of his well-poised character was the occasion of much favorable comment at Washington long before his name was mentioned in connection with the Presidency.
"As President he has been broad-minded, patriotic and considerate of the opinions of those who differed with him. It should be remembered that Mr. McKinley was the most potent personality in destroying the last lingering embers of sectional hatred. His conduct during the Spanish-American war disarmed opposition, and he won the affection of the South when, out of a heart abundant in love, he declared that Southern cemeteries, where lie the ashes of the Confederate dead, should hereafter receive the same generous care from the National government as the cemeteries in which rests the sleeping dust of the Union dead.
"In my opinion President McKinley accomplished more to entomb sectionalism than any President who has been elected by the Republican party, since the days of Abraham Lincoln.
“It was a cruel, wanton shot which struck him down,
but he passes to the other shore, amid the sobs and the sighs and the tears of the whole people, and in no part of the Republic is grief more sincere than among the people of the South.
"The President proved to be a great leader of his party. He was honest, able, resourceful, and exhibited consummatę tact in harmonizing and unifying the powerful forces of that great organization."
From Governor La Follette, of Wisconsin. "The attack upon the life of President McKinley appears to have been one of those crimes by which madmen, or by whatever name they may be called, shock civilization throughout the world.
It is significant, in emphasis of the necessity of teaching and compelling a higher and more universal respect for established law.
"In the midst of domestic peace and tranquillity, no political excitement prevailing in the country, no foreboding of evil or premonition of trouble anywhere-the dastardly hand of the assassin is raised against this man, who has braved every peril of battle, passed through all the vicissitudes of exacting public life, and so borne himself in his great office as to win the confidence of the American people and the respect and admiration of the foremost living statesmen.
"Every patriotic home is darkened, every heart is anxious, and the hopes and prayers of the American people will be with the President and his frail wife in this awful trial."
From Archbishop Corrigan. "It is sad to realize that in our beloved country, where the people choose their own rulers, such a crime