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              McKinley Towers Like a Giant.
  President McKinley emerged from the trying responsibilities
of the Spanish-American war with the increased confidence and
love of his fellow countrymen. Though not in sympathy with
the war at the start, and wisely refusing to be rushed into an ill-
considered conflict--when the honor of the nation was im-
pugned and heroic measures became necessary to preserve our
dignity before the world, he calmly, steadily and firmly brought
to bear the limit of our matchless resources, and almost in the
twinkling of an eye brought the haughty Dons to their knees,
suing for mercy.  He then entered upon a period of peace at
the head of a united country, with the plaudits of the world
ringing in his ears.
  The precipitation upon his shoulders of the burden of the
Philippine question found him calm, placid and just-ready to
sustain the dignity of "Greater America," and determined that
the ends of civilization and progress shall be subserved at any
cost. The country is with him in his present foreign policy,
and while the war is unfortunate from many points of view, it
can only be ended by a recognition on the part of the Filipinos
of the lawful authority of the United States. To withdraw our
troops under fire would be suicidal, and in standing up for Amer-
ican honor Mr. McKinley will find America standing in martial
array, ready and anxious to hold up his hands to a successful con-
clusion.
  President McKinley is not a potentate. He listens to the
people, and in so far as they appear to be right, judged from the
most lenient standpoints, he bows to their wishes--yet checks
thoughtless enthusiasm by the guiding force of ripe experience
and national morality.  He successfully conducted the war with
this principle ever in mind. His demands upon Spain were
tinctured with the same philosophy, and his instructions to the
Peace Commission gave evidence of a wholesome strain of Chris-
tian charity. His treatment of the dependent Cuban and Porto
Rican will be marked by the broadest of humanitarian considera-
tions, and their government will be framed with an eye single to
supplying equal and exact justice to all.  The problem of the




			
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