Russian Journal Makes Eloquent Comment on the Buffalo Crime.
ST. PETERSBURG, September 9.- The Novoe Vremya, referring to the attempted assassination of President McKinley, says:
"In the great Republic beyond the sea a horrible crime has been committed, the news of which has filled the whole civilized world with horror, indignation and grief. President McKinley was the victim of one of those stupid crimes which, to the shame of humanity, continue. The circumstances augment the horror of the crime. What happened in Gethsemane nineteen centuries ago is repeated. This new Judas' kiss has reverberated through the world. The answer will only be indignant contempt.
"The crime of 1865 was explained by political passion. The crime of yesterday is wholly inexcusable. It would seem that a President chosen by universal suffrage would be safe among the people of the freest country in the world. But, no! Amid the outcasts of humanity are degenerates who detest all authority. The criminal explained all by declaring himself an anarchist and he was moved by the same motives as was the murderer of the Empress of Austria. Anarchists are indifferent as to how the world regards their crimes. They present ends which are intelligible only to their own minds. However, such a state of things cannot be allowed to continue. The existing legislation against anarchism is evidently insufficient to accomplish its ends, and it must be reconstituted, because states have the right to enjoy liberty and not to be affrighted lest their tranquillity be destroyed at an moment by some individual's caprice.
"In view of Central American complications it was important to the United States that the administrative machine should be directed by the firm hand of McKinley, who had consecrated his entire life to the service of his country. This great merit cannot be denied even by the most zealous of his political opponents. The United States' misfortune will fill all states with compassion and above all will find the heartiest condolence in Russia, where the sympathies toward the over-sea Republic are as deep and constant as are the sentiments of respect toward the victim of the dreadful crime."
The San Francisco Chronicle, September 10, 1901