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Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1901, by


In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington

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THE compiler of this little book offers to the public some of Mr. McKinley's most noteworthy and epigrammatic sayings. They have been selected with care from his speeches and writings. Possibly no more suitable preface could be furnished than an extract from Ex-President Cleveland's address, which was delivered at Princeton, New Jersey, on the day of President McKinley's

burial. The Ex-President said, in part:

“The whole nation loved its late President. His kindly disposition and affectionate traits, his amiable consideration for all around him, will long remain in the hearts of his countrymen. He loved them in return with such patriotism and unselfish

ness that in this hour of their grief and 3

humiliation he would say to them : “It is God's will; I am content. If there is a lesson in my life or death, let it be taught to those who shall live and have the destiny of their country in their keeping.’ “Let us seek for the lessons and the admonitions that may be suggested by the life and death of this great man. “First in my thoughts are the lessons to be learned by the young men. These lessons are not obscure nor difficult. They teach us the value of study and mental training, but they teach us impressively that the road to usefulness and to the only success worth having will be missed or lost except it is sought and kept by the light of those qualities of the heart which it is sometimes supposed may safely be neglected. “The man who is universally mourned acquired the highest distinction which this great country can confer on any man, and he lived a useful life. He was not deficient in education, but with all you will hear of his grand career and his services to his country

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