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234 Ohio Arch

234      Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications.

right, we must be just as scrupulous in doing justice to the

man of great wealth as in exacting justice from him.

Wrongdoing is confined to no class. Good and evil are to

be found among both rich and poor, and in drawing the line

among our fellows we must draw it on conduct and not on

worldly possessions. Woe to this country if we ever get to

judging men by anything save their worth as men, without re-

gard to their fortune in life. In other words, my plea is that

you draw the line on conduct and not on worldly possessions.

In the abstract most of us will admit this. It is a rather more

difficult proposition in the concrete. We can act upon such doc-

trines only if we really have knowledge of, and sympathy with,

one another. If both the wage-worker and the capitalist are

able to enter each into the other's life, to meet him so as to get

into genuine sympathy with him, most of the misunderstand

between them will disappear and its place will be taken by a judg-

ment broader, juster, more kindly, and more generous; for each

will find in the other the same essential human attributes that

exist in himself. It was President McKinley's peculiar glory

that in actual practice he realized this as it is given to but few

men to realize it; that his broad and deep sympathies made him

feel a genuine sense of oneness with all his fellow-Americans,

whatever their station or work in life, so that to his soul they

were all joined with him in a great brotherly democracy of the

spirit. It is not given to many of us in our lives actually to

realize this attitude to the extent that he did; but we can at least

have it before us as the goal of our endeavor, and by so doing

we shall pay honor better than in any other way to the memory

of the dead President whose services in life we this day com-



I thank you, Mr. Justice Day, and your associates of the

McKinley National Memorial Association for the very great

honor that you have conferred on me in inviting me to preside

over the exercises of this memorable dedication. It is indeed an

honor to present at any time to any audience the President of

the United States. But on this occasion when we are assembled