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News - NJ - 1901 - Assassination of President McKinley
The shooting of President McKinley has called forth a cry of horror from every citizen of the country. In other lands, where oppressive measures are adopted, and where people are not citizens but subjects, the attempted assassination of rulers is not uncommon. But in this country, where every native born resident has a chance of rising to the highest station, and where all avenues of advancement are open to everyone, the feeling has been that the head of the nation was in no danger from violence.
It is true that two former presidents were killed by assassins, but the circumstances of those two cases differ wholly from those which marked the shooting of President McKinley. President Lincoln was killed at the close of the civil war, when the country was rent by strife, and after hundreds of thousands had been slain. His assassination was one of the events of the war, and could not be taken as an indication that there were those in this country who wished to kill for the pleasure of killing, or to record their hatred of government.
In the case of President Garfield, an intense fight was in progress between two factions of his party; and his death has always been regarded as due to the act of a half-crazed being, induced by the frenzy of political strife. But in President McKinley's case there was no such reason as in the other two. The country is at peace, and there are no serious partisan strifes. The act of the assassin must be considered as that of a man, who opposes all government, and whose belief is that the killing of rulers is a step forward.
The country has become accustomed to hearing of attempts on the lives of foreign rulers, but this shooting of President McKinley will bring home to the nation the fact that the chosen ruler of the United States is in as great danger of assassination as the hereditary monarchs and emperors of Europe. This is a condition which many have thought impossible in this country, but it is a condition which must be met, and which must hereafter be constantly guarded against.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Sep 11, 1901
Honoring The Dead
No Business To Be Done In Red Bank To-Morrow
All the Stores to be Closed All Day and the Churches to Hold Union Memorial Services Both Morning and Night
Red Bank will pay its tribute of respect to President McKinley to-morrow, on the occasion of his funeral, by suspending all business during the entire day. Even the drug stores, which observe no other holiday, will be closed during the day, but they will open at seven o'clock at night on account of their prescription departments. The hotels will also close their bars, the banks will be closed and the postoffice will be closed after 10:00 A. M., excepting between 5:30 and 6:30 P.M. The business places of the town are nearly all draped in mourning and flags are displayed at half mast from almost every house and building in town.
The Methodist churches and the Baptist and Presbyterian churches will unite in memorial services both morning and night. The morning service will be held at the Baptist church at 10:30 o'clock. The speakers will be Rev. J. B. Haines of the First Methodist church and Rev. S. H. Thompson of the Presbyterian church. The choir will sing "Thy will be done," Miss Estelle Nesbitt will sing "Lead kindly light," and Walter B. Parsons will sing"One sweetly solemn thought."
The evening service will be held at the First Methodist church at 7:30 o'clock. The speakers will be Rev. W. B. Matteson of the Baptist church and Rev. E. J. Kulp of Grace Methodist church. One of the president's favorite hymns will be sung by the choir, Miss Grace Longstreet will sing "Heaven is my home," and Miss Beatrice Haines will sing "Rest in the Lord," from Elijah.
A memorial service will be held at St. James's church at Red Bank at 9:00 A. M.
The whole nation mourns the death of President William McKinley. Irrespective of party, irrespective of section, the whole country mourns the untimely end of the head of the nation.
The life of William McKinley was typical of that of many prominent Americans. Born in a humble home, of poor parentage, by toil and study he advanced himself from one important post to another. He foresaw the requirements and the possibilities of the future, and when opportunities came he was ready to grasp them. He was the exponent of the doctrine of protection to American industries; but in his later days he became an advocate of reciprocity, or the levying of lighter duties on the products of those countries which favored our farmers and manufacturers in the same way.
In his domestic relations William McKinley stood for all that was noble in American manhood. During all his political career, his foremost thought was for the comfort and happiness of his wife and his mother, and his affection for these two women did more perhaps than anything else to enshrine him in the hearts of the people of his country.
William McKinley was subject to much criticism from those who differed with him as to the best methods of advancing the country's prosperity; but no man ever questioned his patriotism or his fidelity to his duty as he saw it.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Sep 18, 1901
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