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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."

From Harper's Weekly."No article on Mr. McKinley, however brief, can omit the mention of his charming personality. . Much of his power of actual leadership of men was due to this. His amiability was marvellous. His thoughts of his fellow-men were always kindly. His political opponents as well as his political friends were won by his charm of courtesy, his invariable good-humor, his thoughtful kindness, his enduring patience. In his early career this amiability was sometimes mistaken for weakness; after he had come to the Presidency it was recognized as a chief source of power. He led men absolutely, but they followed him willingly. This quality of heart, which gave him the affection of men, shone most beautifully in his long devotion to an invalid wife-a devotion so cheerful and so constant that it is conspicuous in the annals of domestic happiness.”

IV. TRIBUTES FROM FOREIGN NEWSPAPERS

From the Toronto World." "We are all Pan-American to-day. The continent is as a brotherhood, sorrowing with the sister state in her hour of pain and suffering. The whole world has been brought closer together through the mysterious working of Providence and the inexorable decree of fate. The passing away of Great Britain's veteran Queen did not excite more genuine sympathy and sorrow in the United States than will the tragic death of President McKinley arouse throughout the length and breadth of the British Empire.”

From the London Morning Post."Another of those inexplainable events which disgrace humanity has to be recorded. This morning, the day after the amiable and broad-minded utterances of his President's Day speech, with his heart full not merely of zealous regard for the interests of his own countrymen but also consideration and friendliness for his neighbors and commercial rivals, President McKinley has been the victim of a murderous attack."

From the London Daily Mail."President McKinley has been a wise and far-seeking ruler. He was the first to recognize clearly the necessity for expansion of the United States. His period of office will always be famous as the epoch in which the foundation of the American empire began."

From the London Daily News."A brave, upright governor of men perishes in the execution of his duty. He was a typical American. In this country he might have been attorney-general or a director of a big business. In America he was twice President and his imperturbable self-reliance and belief in the destiny of his country made him the most representative of the Presidents. His last speech sounded the note of a commercial empire with which his name will be associated. He was the first person to expound the imperial idea, which has played havoc with old party lines in America as it has done here."

From the "London Times." "The most acute feelings of sorrow and sympathy have been stirred throughout the world by the mournful news that the President of the United States is passing away, after a gallant struggle for life.

"The people of the United States proved, by the great majority they gave him when they elected him for a second term, that they had given him their full confidence. They appreciated his public quality and respected the dignity and simplicity of his private life. They must feel that he has given up his life as the representative of order and law, the vital essence of all civilized government.

"The tragic ending of his honorable career would insure for William McKinley a permanent place in the memory of his countrymen even if he had not won it already by good and faithful service to the state."

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From the "Deutsche Zeitung," Berlin, Germany. "The tragedy at Buffalo has made a deep impression here. While the Germans first knew of the President as the author of the McKinley bill, which they regarded as especially aimed at Germany, and, therefore, disliked him, that dislike has latterly given

, place to a more friendly feeling, and during the past few years the papers have said many pleasant things about him. It is a striking fact that the German press, generally so ready to impute corruption to every American statesman, never assailed President McKinley's personal purity, while they frequently, within the past year or two, recognized him as the friend of peace, as favoring good relations with other nations and as being a check upon the jingo element in the United States."

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