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Complete Life of William McKinley and Story of His Assassination An Authentic and Official Memorial Edition, Containing Every Incident in the Career of the Immortal Statesman, Soldier, Orator and Patriot

Complete Life of William McKinley and Story of His Assassination
An Authentic and Official Memorial Edition, Containing Every Incident in the Career of the Immortal Statesman, Soldier, Orator and Patriot
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Title: Complete Life of William McKinley and Story of His Assassination

An Authentic and Official Memorial Edition, Containing Every Incident in the Career of the Immortal Statesman, Soldier, Orator and Patriot

Author: Marshall Everett

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Memorial Edition

COMPLETE LIFE OF
 
William McKinley
 
AND
 
Story of His Assassination
 
AN AUTHENTIC AND OFFICIAL MEMORIAL EDITION, CONTAINING EVERY INCIDENT IN THE CAREER OF THE IMMORTAL STATESMAN, SOLDIER, ORATOR AND PATRIOT

BY
MARSHALL EVERETT
The Great Descriptive Writer and Friend of the Martyr President
PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED WITH FULL-PAGE PHOTOGRAPHS OF
THE ASSASSINATION SCENE
Portraits of President McKinley, His Cabinet, Famous Men of His Administration and Vivid Life-Like Pictures of Eventful Scenes in His Great and Grand Career
Copyright 1901 by Marshall Everett

OUR MARTYR PRESIDENTS.

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PREFACE.

No figure of modern American history appeals so strongly to the patriotismand love of the American people as William McKinley, and no volumecan have greater interest and value at the present day, or be more dearlyprized, than a history of his life in which every event of his great career as anoble youth, a gallant soldier, an able lawyer, a brilliant orator, a grandstatesman, a brave patriot and an heroic martyr is set forth accurately, andin a spirit of love and reverence.

The author of this memorial edition has produced exactly the volumedescribed.

In graphic words he has described the assassination of President McKinley.It is a word picture that will linger forever in the memory of everyreader, calling forth sympathy and patriotism on behalf of the martyr Presidentand undying contempt and horror of the assassin and the foul andcowardly thing called anarchy. Every detail of that now historic scene istold so vividly that the reader sees it as if he were an eye-witness.

McKinley’s gallant fight for life, his cheerfulness, his patience, his tendersolicitude for his invalid wife, his trust in God and all the beautiful attributesof his grand Christian spirit are recorded with fidelity to truth and a justappreciation of the nobility of such a grand character.

Nothing in history is more touching and beautiful than the author’s descriptionof the death-bed scene of President McKinley—the tender partingof devoted husband and loving, clinging wife, and the noble resignation ofthe dying man to the will of the Creator as expressed in the last words heuttered, addressed to his sorrowing wife: “God’s will, not ours, be done!”

Another chapter describes the efforts of surgical and medical science tosave and prolong the life so dear to the nation.

With the closing of the last chapters of that fearful scene at Buffalo, thepainless death and the national funeral services, the author takes up the boyhoodlife of William McKinley and follows it step by step, up, up and everupward to the very summit of his greatness when he fell a martyr to libertyand lawful government.

His early Christian training by his noble mother—“Mother McKinley”4as the whole nation learned to call her—who lived to see her boy in the WhiteHouse, and all the events which went to shape his character are depictedwith interest.

Next in order is his career as a soldier in the Civil War—in which theauthor gives every thrilling incident and exciting experience in whichWilliam McKinley figured during that great struggle. Later, it is told howin after years he did so much to reunite the sections of his country and wipeout all bitter memory of that war between brothers.

As a congressman, governor and President, nothing is omitted in thishistory that is a part of the life of this great American statesman. The historyof his campaigns and administrations is given in full, together with hismanagement of the Spanish war, the policy of expansion, the growth ofnational commerce and all the other great achievements and policies thatwere a part of his life work.

In other words, this volume is exactly what it purports to be, a COMPLETElife of William McKinley.

The beautiful illustrations in this volume have been made from actualphotographs, and reproduced by the well-known half-tone process. Thereare hundreds of scenes of interest in the life, death and funeral of PresidentMcKinley. The pictures of the assassination, the death-bed scene and theplaces and people of the great tragedy are true to life in every particular andhave an historic interest and value for every American citizen.

This volume is in every respect truly a memorial edition of the CompleteLife of William McKinley, whose memory will ever remain in the minds ofloyal Americans inseparably associated with his two fellow martyr-Presidents,Lincoln and Garfield, and the record of whose patriotic and noble lifeis contained herein.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.
 
THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT McKINLEY.
 
A graphic and vivid description of the Shooting of the President by Leon Czolgosz, an Anarchist, at the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo—Two shots fired from a derringer concealed by the assassin under a handkerchief which looked like a bandage—Different accounts by eye-witnesses—Assassin seized by James F. Parker, a colored man—Saved from the mob by the President’s words, “Let no one hurt him”—Scenes among the horror-stricken crowds in the Temple of Music—The President taken on a gallop to the Emergency Hospital—Description of his wounds—How the great man bore the ordeal 33
 
 
CHAPTER II.
 
PRESIDENT McKINLEY’S FIGHT FOR LIFE.
 
The fateful week at the house of President Milburn of the Exposition where President McKinley lay wounded—His coolness, bravery and cheerfulness—Physicians and country hopeful—President shows signs of recovery—How he was nourished—Scenes in the President’s apartment—His sudden relapse—Hopes of the nation dashed by the news 41
 
 
CHAPTER III.
 
DEATHBED SCENE OF PRESIDENT McKINLEY.
 
Friends and officials called back—President regains consciousness after first relapse—Pathetic parting between the President and Mrs. McKinley—The farewell Kiss—“God’s will, not ours, be done,” his last words to her—“Nearer My God to Thee”—Dr. Rixey remains to the end—Unconscious for hours before dissolution—A Christian deathbed scene that will remain forever, a beautiful and inspiring memory 57
 
 
CHAPTER IV.
 
THE STORY OF THE ASSASSIN.
 
Description of Czolgosz the assassin—A Pole by birth—Boasted that he was an Anarchist and believed in killing the rulers of all nations—Became an Anarchist under the teachings of Emma Goldman—How and why he went to Buffalo—Followed the President for three days seeking an opportunity to kill him—A monstrous confession—His father and mother found in Cleveland—Poor and ignorant, but nothing known against them—People who knew the assassin tell of his belonging to Anarchist clubs and always preaching Anarchy 65
 
 
6CHAPTER V.
 
EMMA GOLDMAN, WOMAN LEADER OF ANARCHISTS.
 
Description of the woman from whom the assassin learned the teachings of Anarchy—Text of Emma Goldman’s speech which Czolgosz says inflamed him to commit assassination—Emma Goldman’s career as an Anarchist in New York and Europe—Her arrest in Chicago—Arrest of the “Free Society” branch of Anarchists in Chicago 76
 
 
CHAPTER VI.
 
ANARCHISM AND ITS OBJECTS.
 
Definition of anarchy—No two Anarchists agree—Some of the leaders who have talked, written and acted anarchy in this country and in Europe—A hellish doctrine that has caused many of the world’s greatest men to fall by the hands of assassins—Complete history of anarchy from Proudhon to the present day—Review of anarchistic agitation and murder—Story of the Haymarket assassinations in Chicago 89
 
 
CHAPTER VII.
 
SCENES AT BUFFALO FOLLOWING THE ASSASSINATION.
 
Wild anger of the people at the appalling crime—How the assassin was guarded against the popular wrath—Grief and anger mingled—The location of the Milburn house—The President’s clothes—What he had in his pockets—Senator Hanna’s remarkable dream of warning—The devotion of Private Secretary Cortelyou 99
 
 
CHAPTER VIII.
 
DAYS OF ANXIETY AND SORROW.
 
How the American people watched and waited, hoped and prayed while the President lay ill—All the civilized world shared in the sorrow and anxiety—World-wide grief at the President’s death—Rulers of the world eulogize the dead President—Their messages of sympathy 107
 
 
CHAPTER IX.
 
PRESIDENT McKINLEY’S LAST SPEECH.
 
Greatest speech ever made by the President delivered on the day before the assassination—World-wide in its influence and uniting the American people in praise of his wise statesmanship—Great honors shown the nation’s chief on the day before his assassination—Events of a day to be memorable in American history 115
 
 
CHAPTER X.
 
WILLIAM McKINLEY’S BOYHOOD.
 
7His Scotch-Irish ancestry—His sturdy sire, William McKinley, Sr.—The Christian influence of Mother McKinley, who lived to see her boy in the White House—Early occupations of the future President—Supporter of Fremont and Lincoln—Early days at Niles and Poland, Ohio 123
 
CHAPTER XI.
 
McKINLEY AS A SOLDIER IN
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