Love Of Husband For Wife
( Originally Published 1902 )
COUNT VON MOLT and General Grant, though unlike in some particulars, were alike in the fact that they were both silent men and both ideal in their devotion to their families. The old Count, after his wife's death, had a chapel built near his residence, which he entered every day to recall the precious memories of his idol and commune with his God. Grant's affection for his wife was just as tender and undying. Rev. Dr. Newman was awakened at night by one of General Grant's sons with the word, " Father is dying; come and baptize him." The minister knelt at the bedside and offered prayer, at the conclusion of which the General said, " I thank you." The minister then mentioned the subject of his baptism, and he replied, "I desire to have the ordinance administered. I had intended to do so before." The next morning the pastor said, " General, the doctor told us last night that you would not live five minutes." He smiled, and then drawing his countenance into seriousness, said: " I did not intend to die then. I have a little work which I must do before I go to my reward. The reason why he did not surrender was, he loved his wife so intensely that he would not die till he had provided a support for her. He lived three months after—long enough to complete his book, which was to furnish that support. With one of the most imperial wills that ever ruled a mortal soul, he took Death himself by the throat with one hand and held him at arm's Iength for three months, suffering a thousand deaths from the cancer in his throat, while with the other hand he finished his memoirs. When the last line was written the pen dropped out of his numb fingers and he fell asleep. In selecting a place for his burial he expressly provided that room should be left by his side for the dust of his devoted wife. And in accordance with this provision, two sarcophagi have been provided in the superb mausoleum which overlooks the Hudson, the one holding the body of the General, the other awaiting the dust of his wife.
William McKinley's devotion to his wife was one of the most beautiful domestic pictures the world has ever seen.
The love for wife and home which the Count, the General and the President manifested, is a beautiful example and inspiration to individual and national life. The devotion of husband to wife has been an important factor in the greatness of Great Britain, Germany, America and every other dominant nation.