Posts Tagged ‘William McKinley’

Paste This in Your Hat

June 11, 2012

A Silver Song.

It’s silver, silver, silver
On every ringing side;
On every hand throughout the land
Swift sweeps the silver tide.
There’s a jingle in the cities
And a jingle on the plains,
And all the skies of springtime
Pour down their silver rains!

— Atlanta Constitution.

Freeborn County Standard (Albert Lea, Minnesota) Jun 10, 1896

Bessemer Herald (Bessemer, Michigan) Oct 3, 1896

“Free silver” is a phrase that appeals to the shiftless man who is always out of money. The expression seems to him to imply that under a free-silver regime money would be as readily obtainable as the air we breathe. The word “free” always fascinates men who do not go beneath the surface of great problems. “Free lunch.” “free silver,” “free trade,” “free country,” “free rides,” “free speech” — all these variegated expressions come to mean the same thing to many individuals who are not able to get past the adjective to the noun it qualifies.

— New York World.

Bessemer Herald (Bessemer, Michigan) Jul 18, 1896

Paste This In Your Hat.
As a republican I am proud of many things, but I can sum up as the highest satisfaction I ever had in the party and its career, that the prospect of republican success never did disturb business. — From Harrison’s Speech.

Bessemer Herald – Oct 3, 1896

The Rape of Democracy.

Poor Democracy’s slate
Is — God save her! — completed.
She has now but to wait
Till the same is defeated.

All their rivals o??-vyin’
In the Jacobine duel,
Mr. Congressman Bryan
And ex-Alderman Sewall

Have been put in command
Of the buccaneer crew,
Who have thoughtfully planned
To make one equal two.

Well may Grover decline,
As the fish spins his reels,
To give out any sign
Of the pity he feels.

Well may men who uphold
Honest methods of trade
Join the standard of gold
Where it flies unafraid.

Well may veterans flee
With a bitter disgust
When their banner they see
Labeled: “Silver or Bust!”

Since the party is cursed
With dishonest intention,
Let the fates do their worst
They can’t beat the convention.


Bessemer Herald (Bessemer, Michigan) Jul 18, 1896

Bessemer Herald (Bessemer, Michigan) Jul 18, 1896

A fine ounce of gold is worth $20.67.

Sixteen ounces of silver are worth $11.20.

Congress can legislate until it is black in the face without making the ounce of gold worth less or the sixteen ounces of silver worth more.

— New York Press.

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa) Aug 20, 1896

An ounce of gold is worth $20.67 in the open market; an ounce of silver just 70 cents. Only the law of supply and demand can change their relative values.

Congress is powerless to effect it even if it were clothed with the authority to attempt it.

Cambridge Tribune (Cambridge City, Indiana) Aug 27, 1896

I do not know what you think about it but I believe it is a Good deal better to open the mills of the United States to the labor of America than to open the mints of the United States to the silver of the world. — Major McKinley, at Canton, August 12, 1896.

Bessemer Herald – Oct 17, 1896

The Financial Calendar.

The following financial calendar of the past quarter of a century shows what the leading nations of the world have done with silver during that period:

1871. Germany adopted a gold standard.

1873. Belgium suspended standard silver coinage.

1873. Holland suspended silver coinage.

1873. Denmark adopted a gold standard.

1873. Germany demonetized silver coins.

1873. Norway adopted a gold standard.

1873. Sweden adopted a gold standard.

1873. United States suspended free coinage of silver dollars.

1874. The Latin Union limited their silver coinage.

1875. Suspension of silver coinage in Italy.

1875. Switzerland declined to coin her quota of silver under Latin Union.

1875. Suspension of silver coinage on account of Dutch colonies.

1876. France suspended the coinage of silver.

1877. Finland adopted the gold standard.

1878. Spain suspended the free coinage of silver.

1878. Latin Union suspended coinage of silver except subsidiary coins.

1878. United States resumed coinage of the silver dollar, but on government account.

1879. Austria-Hungary suspended the free coinage of silver.

1885. Egypt adopted a gold standard.

1890. Romania adopted the single gold standard.

1890. United States suspended the coinage of silver dollars and began purchase of bullion.

1891. Gold standard adopted in Tunis.

1892. Austria-Hungary adopted the gold standard.

1893. Mints of India closed to the free coinage of silver.

1893. United States suspended purchase of silver bullion.

1895. Russia decided to coin 100,000,000 gold rubles.

1895. Chile adopted the gold standard.

1895. Costa Rica adopted the gold standard.

1878 1881-1892 — Three international conferences held to try to reestablish the use of silver.

Meantime the United States increased her full legal tender silver 50 fold in the face of a 50 per cent fall in its value, until her credit and financial standing could endure the strain no longer, and she was obliged also, reluctantly, to suspend silver coinage.

What would happen if she were to resume, and open wide the doors of her mints to the discarded silver of the world? It does not require much of a financier to answer that.

Bessemer Herald (Bessemer, Michigan) Oct 3, 1896

Bessemer Herald (Bessemer, Michigan) Nov 7, 1896

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Bessemer Herald (Bessemer, Michigan) Nov 7, 1896

President Shot Down

September 14, 2011

With Diabolical Deliberation, Leon Czolgosz, an Anarchist, Fires Two Bullets Into the Body of the Nation’s Highest Citizen — Tragedy Occurs in the Crowded Temple of Music at the Buffalo Exposition — Weapon Is Concealed Beneath a Handkerchief and as the Would-Be Murderer Proffers His Hand, Apparently to Clasp That of Mr. McKinley, He Pulls the Trigger — Latest Bulletin From the Bedside Is to the Effect That the Patient Is Resting Comfortably.

The Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana) Sep 7, 1901

Our Martyred President

September 14, 2011


President McKinley Vanquished in the Battle With Death and His Life Goes Out in the Still Watches of the Night, Causing Millions of Hearts to be Chilled With the Sorrow Too Great for Words to Express.


Born in Niles, Ohio, Jan. 29, 1843.

Was educated in the public schools and Allegheny college.

Enlisted as a private in the Twenty-third Ohio in 1861.

Was commissionary sergeant in 1862, second lieutenant in 1862, first lieutenant in 1863, captain in 1864.

Served on staffs of Hayes, Crook and Hancock.

Was made brevet major of volunteers for gallantry in battle by Lincoln in 1865.

After the was studied law and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1867.

In 1867 settled in Canton, Ohio, and that place has been his home since.

Was member of congress from Ohio from 1876 to 1891.

As chairman of committee on ways and means reported the tariff bill of 1890, known as the McKinley bill.

Elected governor of Ohio in 1891; was re-elected in 1893.

Was delegate-at-large to National Republican convention and member of committee on resolutions in 1884, and supported James G. Blaine.

Was delegate-at-large from Ohio to convention of 1888 and supported John Sherman; was chairman then of committee on resolutions.

Was delegate-at-large to convention of 1892 and was made its chairman. He received 182 votes for president, but refused to allow his name to be considered, he supporting Benjamin Harrison.

Nominated for president at the National Republican convention at St. Louis, June 18, 1896, receiving 661 out of a total of 905 votes.

Was elected president in November, 1896, by a popular plurality of over 600,000 votes.

Was elected president in November, 1900, by a popular plurality of 849,435.

Was stricken down by the hand of an assassin on Sept. 6, 1901.

Died at Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 14, 1901.

Touching Scenes in Sick Room Where a Noble Life Was Fleeting.

Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 13. — Before 6 o’clock this morning it was clear that President McKinley was dying, and preparations were made for the last sad farewell from those nearest and dearest to him. Oxygen had been ministered steadily, but it had little effect in keeping back the approach of death.

Touching Incidents

The president came out of one period of unconsciousness only to relapse into another. During this period occurred a series of events profoundly touching in character. Downstairs, with strained and tear-stained faces, the members of the cabinet were grouped anxious-waiting.

Last Greeting to Dying Chief

They knew the end was near and that the time had come when they must see him for the last time. About 6 o’clock, one by one they ascended the stairway — Secretary Root, Secretary Hitchcock and Attorney-General Knox. Secretary Wilson was there, but he held back, not wishing to see the president in the last agony. There was only a momentary stay of the cabinet officers at the threshold of the death chamber and then they withdrew, the tears streaming down their faces and words of intense grief choking their throats.

Last Parting With Beloved Wife

After they left, the physicians rallied him, and the president asked almost immediately that his wife be brought to him. The doctors fell back into the shadow of the room as Mrs. McKinley came through the doorway. The strong face of the dying man lighted up with a faint smile as their hands were clasped. She sat beside him, and held his hand. Despite her physical weakness, she bore up bravely under the ordeal.

President’s Last Words

The president in his last period of consciousness, which ended at 7:40, chanted the words of the hymn “Nearer My God, to Thee,” and his last audible conscious words as taken down by Dr. Mann at the bedside were: “Good bye, all; good bye. It is God’s way. His will be done.”

Ready to Meet Death

Then his mind began to wander and soon he completely lost consciousness. His life was prolonged for hours by the administration of oxygen and the president finally expressed the desire to be allowed to die. At 8:30 the administration of oxygen ceased, the pulse grew fainter and fainter; he was sinking gradually like a child into the eternal slumber. At 10 o’clock the pulse was no longer to be felt in the extremities and they grew cold.

They Await the End

Below stairs a grief-stricken gathering waited sadly for the end. Those in the house were Secretaries Hitchcock, Wilson and Root, Attorney-General Knox, Senators Fairbanks, Hanna and Burrows, Judge Day, Colonel Herrick, Abner McKinley and wife, Dr. and Mrs. Baer, Mrs. Barber, Mrs. Duncan, the president’s sister; Mrs. Mary Barber, Mrs. McWilliams, Mrs. McKinley’s cousin; the physicians, including Doctors McBurney, John G. Milburn, John N. Scatcherd, Harry Hamlin, Secretary Cortelyou, and a numbers of others.

Nearing Eternity

At 9:37, Secretary Cortelyou sent out the formal notification that the president was dying, but the president lingered on, his pulse growing fainter and fainter.

Sorrow Pierces Every Heart

There was no need for official bulletins after this. Those who came from the house told the same story — the president was dying, and the end might come at any time. Dr. Mann said at 11 o’clock that the president was still alive, and would probably live some time. Thus the minutes lengthened into hours, and midnight came with the president still battling against death. Secretaries Root and Wilson came from the house about midnight and paced up and down the sidewalk. All that Secretary Root said was that the “end has not come yet.”

Early Report of Death

Shortly after midnight the president’s breathing was barely perceptible. It was recognized that nothing remained but the last struggle.
The arrival of the coroner gave rise to the rumor of death. The coroner said he had been ordered by the district attorney to go there as soon as possible after the announcement of death. He had seen the announcement in a local paper and had accepted it as true.

President Consoles Wife

The president was practically unconscious during the time, but powerful heart stimulants, including oxygen, were employed to restore him to consciousness for the final parting with his wife. He asked for her and she sat at his side and held his hand. He consoled her and bade her good bye. She went through the heart-trying scene the same bravery and fortitude which she has borne the grief of the tragedy which ended his life.

Cause of Death Undetermined

The immediate cause of the president’s death is undetermined. The physicians disagree, and it will possibly require an autopsy to fix the exact cause. The president’s remains will be taken to Washington, and there will be held a state funeral.

Vice President Roosevelt, who will now succeed to the presidency, may take the oath of office whenever he happens to hear the news. The cabinet will resign in a body, and President Roosevelt will have an opportunity of forming a new cabinet if he so desires.

Davenport Daily Republican (Davenport, Iowa) Sep 14, 1901

The Newark Advocate (Newark, Ohio) Sep 16, 1901

Girding Their Loins for William Jennings Bryan

January 28, 2009
Bryan's Cross of Gold Speech

Bryan's Cross of Gold Speech

The Democratic Candidate for President Is Only 36.

CHICAGO, July 11. — Mr. Bryan was born March 19, 1860, in Salem, Ills. He attended Union College of Law in Chicago and while in attendance there was in the office of Lyman Trumbull. He left the law school June 18, 1883, and went to Jacksonville, Ills., to practice law, remaining at Jacksonville until October, 1887, when he removed to Lincoln, Neb. He took part in the campaign of 1888 in Nebraska and was nominated to represent the First district in congress in 1890. He was elected by the majority of 6,713. He was re-elected in 1892. In 1894 he became a candidate for the United States senate and announced that he would not be a candidate for the lower house of congress. The ensuing state legislature being Republican, John M. Thurston was sent to the senate. In September, 1894, he became the editor-in-chief of the Omaha World-Herald and had control of its editorial policy on state and national questions.

Eau Claire Leader (Eau Claire, Wisconsin) Jul 12, 1896

William J. Bryan

William J. Bryan


CHICAGO, July 10 — William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska, the young, classic featured orator from the plains of the Platte, swept the convention off its feet today and was nominated for president on the fifth ballot.

Political history furnishes no precedent to today’s scenes in the Coliseum either as a great spectacular show or as the result of the deliberations of the convention of a great political party.

Bryan is but 36 years old, younger by 10 years than any man ever nominated for the chief magistracy of the American republic. He came like a young Lochinvar out of the West, which has never before nominated a presidential candidate to woo the bride for whose hand the country’s greatest chieftains have been suitors. His name was barely mentioned in the preliminary skirmishing. Four days ago, when the convention met, he was not entered in the lists. But yesterday he made an impassioned speech and stirred the convention to frenzy by his eloquence. That speech overthrew the diligently organized work of weeks and months for other aspirants for the honor.

The cause of silver was uppermost in the minds of the delegates when they assembled here. Yesterday, when Bryan made his speech, the delegates suddenly saw in him the great advocate of their cause, and they turned to him with an impetuosity that nothing could balk. They wanted a tribune of the people. They felt that they had him in the eloquent young Nebraskan. If he had been placed in nomination then, the convention would have been stampeded as it was today. Some of the gray haired leaders saw and feared it.

Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, Illinois) Jul 14, 1896

The “Cross of Gold” speech (text and audio) can be found here.


An Open Letter
An exchange contains the following:

To William Jennings Bryan — I have read thy New York speech carefully. I agree with thee — money should neither increase or decrease in value. Value comes from labor; things like air and water, which cost little or no labor, have little or no value. Christian civilization, with its inventions, machinery and competition, produces most things with less and less labor, consequently prices justly come down when paid for in either labor or “honest money.”

Money, which, as time goes on, will buy less and less labor, is not “honest money.” A pound of silver will buy only about half the labor it would twenty years ago. I cannot see how the free coinage of silver, 16 to 1, can give us “honest money.” An ounce of gold will buy about the same amount of labor it would for the last twenty years. Surely gold is the better standard for “honest money.”

Please consider these facts in thy search for “honest money.”

Thy frend,

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Sep 25, 1896

Chicago Platform 1896

Chicago Platform 1896

In William Jennings Bryan’s lexicon no man can be a Democrat who is not for the Chicago platform, and the one candidate who fits it.

New Castle News (New Castle, Pennsylvania) Apr 19, 1899


Considerable of the space of The News is devoted today to the speech of William Jennings Bryan. As a speciman of flamboyant wind-jamming it has but few equals in politics. That it is a “grand-stand” effort, to use a baseball term, is evident in every line. It is so theatrical from beginning to end that it suggests a great loss to the stage in Mr. Bryan turning to politics. The colonel revels in rhetoric, and relegates sense to the background to force metaphor to the fore. As a specimen of linguistic high and lofty tumbling it discounts the acrobats of the circus ring, but it is as weak and bogus a concoction as the red lemonade which goes with the performance in the saw-dust arena. Contrast it with  the real, satisfying meat to be found in McKinley’s speeches, and it is like sponge cake to a starving man.

New Castle News (New Castle, Pennsylvania) Aug 8, 1900

William Jennings Bryan

William Jennings Bryan

The Democrats re-elected Cleveland in 1892 who completed the job of ruin he left unfinished in 8? and in 1896 William McKinley was chosen to bring order out of chaos. How well he succeeded is well known to everyone.

The Democrats in the meantime studied up another catchy campaign dodger and girded up their loins for victory with William Jennings Bryan as their Moses. The Democrats trotted Bryan two heats on a free silver plank but the danger flag was thrown into his face at the distance pole both times and the Colonel went to publishing his Commoner, on the plains of Nebraska while the Republicans went on with the god work of repairing the damage done by the Cleveland-Democratic administration and today the United States is the foremost power on earth and enjoying prosperity never before heard of.

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Feb 3, 1902

Bryan’s “Imperialism” speech (text and audio) can be found here.

William Jennings Bryan House - Lincoln NE

William Jennings Bryan House - Lincoln NE

William Jennings Bryan is buying a lot of cattle to inhabit that new $10,000 barn which stands in the rear of that new $20,000 house recently erected on his $40,000 farm. In 1896 Mr. Bryan told us that if Mr. McKinley was elected the rich would become richer and the poor would become poorer. Mr. Bryan was poor then and his present prosperity is the best answer to his specious argument.

New Castle News (New Castle, Pennsylvania) Mar 26, 1902