The Memorial Services

Thursday, September 19, Anno Domini, 1901, will be a memorable day in the world's history. In this country everywhere services were held in memory of the beloved and lamented deceased President, while in every part of the civilized globe people assembled to publicly pay tribute to his greatness and goodness. Truly is it said that "the world yesterday laid its wreath on the tomb of William McKinley."

Never before in the world's history was there such an event. The occasion was as remarkable as it was touching and tender. While the last rites were being observed in Canton, the late President's home, in every city and hamlet in this country, people spontaneously assembled in churches and halls to hold memorial services. Across the water, also, there was a not less remarkable and not less spontaneous gathering together of people for a like purpose. Services were held in historic Westminster and in St. Paul's in London; at Paris, at Berlin, at Rome, at St. Petersburg, at Copenhagen, at Pekin, at Bombay, and numerous other places. The tender chord of love and sympathy truly encircled the globe.

A deep wave of righteous indignation at the direfulness of the calamity and the sin which inspired the awful act, also swept round the whole earth. The world mourns the great loss, and deplores in unspeakable measure the wicked cause thereof.

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