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shall be grateful to you if you will convey it to Mrs. McKinley and the people of the United States. The eminent career and public services of Mr. McKinley are widely appreciated here, and will long be remembered by the British people, who, having themselves sustained the loss of a beloved sovereign, more keenly sympathize with the United States in the sudden removal of their distinguished President."
From Pope Leo XIII. "Poor President. What a misfortune to befall a noble people.”
From President Diaz, of Mexico. "I was deeply shocked by the horrible crime, which has not even the excuse that the anarchist is persecuted in the United States, since, as is well known, freedom and tolerance are there extended to him. Nor has it the excuse that President McKinley was a ruler of exclusive or aristocratic tendencies, for he was, by reason of his position as a popular ruler and his own personal feelings, sympathies and habits, a good friend of the people, a genuine democrat in the best sense of the word; so that this crime was as useless and unprovoked as it is abominable in every respect.
"With regard to Mexico, President McKinley had ever evidenced such friendly sentiments that his death will be mourned in this country hardly less keenly than in the United States; for myself it is a loss of a warm personal friend.”
TRIBUTES FROM AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS
From the "Baltimore American.'' "It is scarcely a figure of speech to say that the nation is in mourning.
President McKinley was esteemed by the entire people. His life was pure, his character unsullied and his disposition was so kindly and gentle that those who might wish to be unfriendly were disarmed Though possessed of unusual ability and holding office during a period fraught with events of the utmost importance to the nation, he seemed to preserve without an effort his own personality distinct from the measures and policies which he deemed essential to the nation's progress.
The bitterest partisans, however much they might denounce a policy, frankly conceded the many admirable qualities of its author.”
From the New York “Sun." “The death of President McKinley was to the Amerian people like the death of a father of a family, like the passing away of a dearly beloved brother. It touched their hearts as if it had been of one bound to them by the natural ties of blood. It made seventyfive millions of people bow in common mourning. On Thursday, when the body of the assassinated President was consigned to the tomb, a hush of more than Sabbath stillness came over the whole land. Every man and woman and child felt the awful presence of death, was uplifted by it and attentive to its monitions.
“From this death, moreover, there came a special impression. It was the death of a sincerely and
deeply religious man, of spotless purity of life and character, who when he came to die went forth with touching words of faith in an immortal life on his lips. He bowed in uncomplaining, unresisting submission to the will of God as the dictate of supreme and absolute love. “Thy will be done!' 'Nearer, My God, to Thee, Nearer to Thee!'"
From the St. Louis "Globe-Democrat." "President McKinley faced the unexpected in his first administration, but he rose to the occasion. Through emergencies far more serious than any anticipated he took his course, always the serene master of the situation. He will be remembered as the President who safely guided the government in its sudden development into a world power. It can be said of McKinley, as of few other Presidents, that Congress was ready to confer upon him even more power of initiative than he was willing to assume. 'Let McKinley work out the problem,' was the frequent attitude of Congress. He had the insight in statesmanship to marshal the forces for good in public policies and to set in motion what was good in men. His political opponents were almost invariably his personal friends and often, at critical points, accepted his views. What he did for national amity is of incalculable value. His impress upon the nation is lasting. His example must ever be an element of national strength.”
From the “Chicago Tribune." "Throughout his career Mr. McKinley showed remarkable power in winning the friendship of all who
came in contact with him. The chief secret of this power lay in the kindly simplicity of his character, a quality peculiar to all the great men in American history. His own words of tribute to General Grant are applicable to himself: 'He was a typical American, free from ostentation, easily approached.' Lincoln's greatness was of the same kind; so was Washington's. This quality of approachableness, of sympathy with all kinds of people, when displayed by a man of commanding ability, never has failed to arouse the admiration and loyalty of Americans. President McKinley possessed this quality to an unusual degree. The people of the Southern States responded generously to its genial influence last summer. His death is mourned as sincerely in the South as in the North."
"Not since the death of Lincoln has the American people been so profoundly shocked as by the report that President McKinley had been assassinated. No President since Lincoln has won in so rare a measure the confidence and the affection of the American people.”
From the Memphis “Commercial Appeal.” “A great statesman, the best type of American citizen, a loyal and kindly gentleman, a brave, true man has been done to death by an assassin, and on his bier fall the tears of the South, while the shadow of a cruel tragedy envelopes the entire land. May his gentle soul rest in peace."
From the Birmingham “Age-Herald.” "The South has good reason to love him, and it will indeed be many a day before a Republican so just will be called to preside over the destinies of the country. The wearers of the gray and the wearers of the blue have united in the sad week just ended in words of praise for the man who entered the Civil war as private soldier, coming out of it a major, and to-day, in the presence of death, the South mourns deeply, and affectionately even, the loss that has come to a people united in truth and in reality. He did more to unify the country than all his party had done before him, and whenever he visited the South he was made to feel, in numerous manifestations, the gratitude of Southern hearts.
From the "Nashville American." “Gracious and gentle and charitable was William McKinley. There was never in public life a cleaner, more moral, upright personal character.
A patriot who had in peace and in war served his country with the best of his ability, which grew greater with the years; having sincere love for it and faith and confidence in its institutions, its integrity and stability, and its future, as he had love for its past; a Christian, modest, devout, and courageous; a husband whose abiding love and tender devotion have made him one of the sublimest lovers in history, and won for him the admiration of all who love a lover; a friend whose warm and generous friendship drew men to him in loving loyalty; a man whose genial nature and disposition, gracious manner, gentle courtesy, and unfailing kindness won the respect and esteem and personal