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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."
From the "Boston Transcript."
"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 a 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
friendship of all who came in contact with him-such was President McKinley, whose gentle soul has taken flight to the great hereafter.”
From the Philadelphia "Record."
"By some magical quality, perhaps the force of pure and noble manhood alone, he charmed enemies into friends. He died the recipient of as much love and veneration and as exempt from personal enmities as was possible to any man in his exalted position. Pure, patriotic, fearless, gentle, tender and unselfish. Can it be wondered that the heart of the nation is crushed and silent in the presence of such a loss? But we have had him. That priceless memory at least cannot be taken from us by the hand of fate."
From the "Atlanta Constitution."
"The death of the President comes to the people of the United States as a common grief. In the North, to whose cause he was espoused when civil war raged; in the South, to whose people he brought a message of real fraternity; in the new nation, baptized in the blood of all sections, the name of McKinley had become a household word. He was close to each, without indifference to either; with the love of a father he looked forward to the maturity of the nation over which he had been called to preside. The hour of death removes politics, but, better still, the love of a lifetime had extracted whatever asperity might have existed."
From the "Colorado Telegraph."
"President McKinley has been all through his life a high type of a Christian gentleman, and as such his example must inevitably produce a profoundly marked
impression upon the youth of the land. They will thus learn that faith in God and a sincere belief in the consolations of religion are no bar to the attainment of the highest honors which the people can bestow. Indeed, it may be asserted without fear of contradiction that no man who has not a faith in the Almighty can be elected to this great office. Therefore, as an illustrious example for the young and old everywhere of the benefits of religious teachings and of Christian living, the life of William McKinley stands forth in bold relief to-day."
From the "Buffalo Express."
"The one feature that shines forth with most conspicuous radiance, in the current studies of William McKinley's life, is his integrity of character. Virtually his whole mature career has been spent in public service. He was that thing which certain men claiming to be patriots, sometimes affect to despise: he was a politician. Yet in all the years in which he stood forth before the public, with his every act and full manner of life open to view, he continued personally unassailable. As he gained higher eminence, his political opponents multiplied; and after the fashion of politics, assailed him, with pen and speech and mean cartoon. But the strongest blows of this kind that could be aimed at him fell as light as snowflakes. The integrity of his character made him invulnerable." From the "New York Herald."
"He had but one rule, to be true to his God, his country and his own ideal of a noble character, and if as a consequence he won renown it was because he deserved it."