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could have been possible, and that, too, in a season of almost unexampled prosperity, saddest of all to feel the hand of an assassin has been raised against a Chief Magistrate whose personal and civic virtues and whose most amiable character not only endeared him to all with whom he came in contact, but made him, these last few days have revealed, almost the idol of the nation."


From Ex-Vice-President Adlai E. Stevenson. "The report of the attempted assassination of President McKinley is indeed appalling. It is too horrible for belief. The tidings will bring grief unspeakable to the hearts of all his countrymen. I have known President McKinley for many years; served with him in Congress twenty-five years ago.

He is a man of the kindliest feeling, and could have had no personal enemy. The assassin is probably a crank or madman.

“All hearts are touched; all deplore the terrible calamity that has befallen us." From U. S. Senator J. L. McLaurin, of South Carolina.

“The President said to me: 'Senator, by the help of God, I propose to be the President of the whole country, the South as well as the North, and before the end of my term the South will understand this.'

"No wonder, as a true Southern man, I loved and trusted President McKinley. I stood by him in the Senate and elsewhere, and I thank God that I did.

"Patriotic in purpose and pure in heart, his noble soul is now with Him whom the hate of men nailed to the cross.

Like Lincoln, who saved the country, McKinley, who reunited it, dies a martyr to envy and hate.

From U. S. Senator Hoar, of Massachusetts. "The voice of love and sorrow to-day is not that which cometh from the lips. Since the tidings came from the dwelling at whose door all mankind were listening, silence, the inward prayer, the quivering lips, the tears of women and of bearded men have been the token of an. affection which no other man left alive has inspired.

“This is the third time within the memory of men not yet old that the head of the republic has been stricken down in his high place by the hand of an assassin. Each of them was a man of the people.”

From William Jennings Bryan. "His life was remarkable, and his personal character above reproach. His personal qualities were such that he had no enemies."

From Bishop Potter. “In the face of this great loss no one can say that he was not a great man; that his was not a blameless, gracious life; that his was not a beautiful and spotless character; that his aims were not noble.

Few countries have ever known a ruler whose conduct and life have been more exalted and have deserved greater praise."

From Governor Heard, of Louisiana. "The South has lost a friend and the country a great and good man. No President since the Civil war has done more to destroy the feeling resulting from that strife and to firmly unite the two sections in cordial friendship than President McKinley."


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From Ex-Attorney-General Griggs. "Hear the concordance of praise that comes from every wind under the heavens! The East cries: 'We loved him, for he was of our stock. He thought with us; he brought us prosperity; we knew him, therefore we loved him.' The West says: 'He was of us; he is our product. We knew him, therefore we loved him.' The North cries: 'He fought for us; he wrought for

We understood him; he was loyal and true; therefore we loved him. The South cries: 'We loved him, for he was magnanimous and just to the South; in war an honorable foeman, in peace a friend and a brother.'"

From Secretary-of-the-Navy Long. "The calm, just verdict of history will pronounce him a man of ideally pure, true character, a patriot of single and disinterested devotion to his country, and a statesman unexcelled for tact, prudence, and practical competency."

From U. S. Senator William E. Mason. "I never knew a man in all my life who carried the teachings of Jesus Christ with him every hour and every day as President McKinley did. I never heard him speak an unkind or disrespectful word. I never knew a braver man who carried his religion and kindness with him every moment of his life as McKinley has done. I have followed his fortunes from the time he first stepped into public view. I never knew him to say an unkind or thoughtless word to any one. He was the friend of the rich and poor alike. never a part of his policy to conceal the truth. He was frank in everything he said or did.”

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From Andrew Carnegie. "President McKinley passes into his place in history as one of the greatest rulers of men, through their affection, and beloved by his countrymen. He stands forever with Lincoln and Garfield in the temple of martyrs, wearing, like them, the holy crown of sacrifice for the Republic.

“Our first duty in this crisis is to give to his successor under the Constitution our loyal support, in the hope and belief that power will impress him, as it has many great characters known to history, and keep him in the path of his good and great predecessor.”

From Bishop Warren. "In Lincoln's day one-half a nation wept and grieved. Twenty years later, when Garfield was shot, the open wound between the North and South had not yet healed, and the grief was not that of a firmly united country. When the bullet of the assassin laid low William McKinley every soul in the broad land beat with overwhelming pity and sorrow. There is no sectionalism to-day. This man, whose death we now so reverently mourn, was President of the whole land. Through him has the country been at last firmly and strongly bound once more as one.



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From Edward VII., King of England. "Most truly do I sympathize with you and the whole American nation at the loss of your distinguised and ever-to-be-regretted President.”

From Emperor William of Germany. · "I am deeply affected by the news of the untimely death of President McKinley. I hasten to express the deepest and most heartfelt sympathy of the German people to the great American nation. Germany mourns with America for her noble son who lost his life while he was fulfilling his duty to his country and


From President Loubet of France. "I learn with deep pain that his Excellency Mr. McKinley has succumbed to the deplorable attempt on his life. I sympathize with you with all my heart in the calamity which thus strikes at your dearest affections and which bereaves the great American nation of a President so justly respected and loved.”

From the Archbishop of Canterbury. "I desire to express in behalf of the Church of England the deep grief with which we have heard of the death of the President. The loss of so great a ruler is a calamity to the whole world. The triumph of wickedness fills us with sorrow. Our prayer and good will will be an earnest for the American people.”

From the Lord Mayor of London. "The citizens of London are profoundly moved and deeply affected by the sad intelligence of President McKinley's death. They had hoped that, under Providence, so valuable a life might have been spared for the welfare of his country. In their name I beg to tender to your Excellency heartfelt sympathy, and

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