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tnenl comes sometimes bb a shock to
the man ot slower ways. He dooa not
stop at conventionalities. If a thing is
right, it ie to be done and right away.
It was notably so with the round robin
in Cuba asking the Government to re
cull the perishing Rrmy when it had won
the iight. People shook their heads,
and talked of precedents. Precedents!
It has been Roosevelt's business to
make them most of his time. But is
there any one today who think he set
that one wrong? Certainly no one who
with me saw the army come home. It
did not come a day ton soon
When he had done bis work for the
ships and resigned his office to take the
field, the croakers shouted that at last
he had made the mistake ot his life;
all to get into a scrap. His men didn't
think so when he lay with them in the
trenches beforo Santiago, sharing his
last biscuit with them. They got to
know him there, and to love him. I
know what it cost him the leave his
sick wife and his babies. I wanted to
keep him at home, but I Baw him go
with pride, because I knew be went at
the call of duty. He thought the war
just and right. He had done what he
could to biing it on as the only means
of stopping the murder in Cuba, and he
went to do hi a share ot the ti'hting a9 a
matter of right and of example to the
young men to whom he was a type of
the citizen and the patriot. As that
type when he came home, we made him
our governor in New York state. We
ran him on the pledge of his record
the pledge ot honesty, manhood, and
courage; and he kept the pledge. I
shall let some one else tell the story of
that Just let me recall the last trip we
took together, because it was so much
like the old days in Mulberry street.
There had arisen a contention as to
whether the factory inspector did his
duty by the sweat-shops or not, and
from the testimony he was unable to
decide. So he came down from Albany
to see for himself. It wbb a sweltering
hot day when he made a tour of the
stewing tenements on the down-town
east side. I doubt if any other gov
ernor that ever was would attempt it.
I know that none ever did. But he
never shirked one of the twenty houses
we had marked out for exploration.
He examined the evidence of each
while the tenants wondered who the
stranger was who took bo much interest
in their a.Tairs; and as the result he was
able to mark out a course for the fac
tory inspector that ought to double and
treble the efficiency ot his office and
bring untold relief to a hundred thous
and tenement houee workers if it is
followed when Roosevelt is no longer in
Albany. That will be our end of it: to
see to it that he did not labor in vain.
That is Roosevelt as I saw him daily
duriDg those good years when things
we had hoped for were done. There
stands upon my shelves a row of books,
more than a dozen in number, begin
ning with the "Naval War of 1812,"
written when he was scarcely out of
college, and yet ranking as an authority,
both here and abroad, including the
four stout volumes of "The Winning of
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the West," and ending with the "Rough
riders," the picturesque account ot that
picturesque regim-c I in the laBt war,
which testify to his uotfring energy as
a recorder as well as a maker of history.
The secret ot that is the 6tory ot the
police force and the sweat shops over
again: his enjoyment of the work. If I
were to sum the man and his achieve
ments up in a sentence, I think I should
put it that way. But that would not
mean an accident of the Dutch and
Huguenot and Irish blood that go to
make up his heredity. It would mean
ot itself an achievement. Theodore
Roosevelt "as born a puny child. He
could not keep up with the play of
other children, or learn so easily as they.
He had to make himself what he is,
and with the indomitable will that
characterized the boy as it does the
man, he set about it. He became at
once an athlete and a student. When
he joins the two, he is at his best. His
accounts of life on the Western plains,
of hunting in the Bad Land? of Dakota,
where he built his. ranch on the banks
ot the Little Missouri, are written out of
the man's heart.
Mr. Roosevelt's recent protest against
the impertinent intrusion of the camera
fiend upon the seclusion of his home
life t Oyster Bay was perfectly char
acteristic of him, and of his way of say
ing the right thing at the right time.
The whole country applauded it. In
his home Mr. Roosevelt ceases to be
governor of the Empire State, and be
comes husband and father, the com
panion of his children, who treat him
like their big. overgrown brother. His
love for children, especially for those
who have not so good a time as some
others, is as instinctive aB hiB compan
ionship of all that needs a lift. I
doubt if he is aware of it himself. He
does not recognize as real sympathy
what he feels rather as a sense of duty.
Yet 1 have seen him, when school chil
dren crowded around the rear platform
of the train from which he had been
making speeches, to shake hands, catch
the eye of a poor little crippled gin in a
patched frock, who was making frantic
but hopeless efforts to reach him in the
outskirts ot the crowd, and, pushing
aside all the rest, make a way for her
to the great amazement of the curled
darlings in the front row. And on the
trip home, on the last night of the can
vas of 1893, when we were at dinner in
hiB private car, busy reckoning up ma
jorities, I saw bim get up to greet the
engineer of the train, who came in his
overalls and blouan to Bhake hands,
with such pleasure aB I had not seen
him show in the biggest meeting we had
had. It was a coincidence and nn omen
that the name of the engineer of that
victorious trip was Dewey.
That bent of his is easily enough ex
plained. There hangs in his study at
Oyster Bay, apart from the many tro
phies ot the chase, the picture of a man
with a strong, bearded face.
"That is my father,'' said Mr. Roose
velt. "He was the finest man I ever
knew. He was a merchant, well-to-do,
drove his four-in-hand through the park
and enjoyed life immensely. He had
such a good time, and with cause, for he
was a good man. I remember seeing
him going down Broadway, staid and
respectable business man that he was.
with a poor little sick kitten in his coat
pocket, Trbich he had picked up in the
The elder Theodore Roosevelt was a
man with the Bame sane and practical
interest in his fellow-man that his son
has shown. He was the backer of
Charles Loring Brace in bis work of
gathering the forgotten waits from the
city's etreetB, and of every other sensi
ble charity in his day. Doctor Henry
Field told me once that he always, oc
cupied as he was with the management
ot a successful business, on principle
cave one day of the six to visiting the
poor in their homes. Appirently the
atalogy between father and son might be
carried fatther, to include even the fa
mous round-robin; for, upon tha same
authority, it was the elder Theodore
Roosevelt who went to Washington after
the first Bull Run and warned President
Lincoln that he must get rid of Simon
Cameron as secretary of war, with the
result that Mr. Stanton, the "Organizer
of Victory," took his place. When the
war was fairly under way, it was Theo
dore Roosevelt who organized the allot
ment plan, which saved to the families
of 80,000 soldiers of New York State
more than S5.000.000 of their pay; and
when the war wa9 over he protected the
soldiers against the sharks that lay in
wait for them, and eav to it that they
That was the father. I have told you
what the son is like. A man with red
blood in his veins; a healthy patriot,
with no clap-trap 'jingoism about him,
but a rugged belief in America and its
miaslon; an intense lover ot country and
flag, a vigorous optimist, a believer in
men, who looks for the good in them and
finds it. Practical in partisanship; loyal,
trusting, and gentle aB a friend; unsel
fish, modest as a woman, clean-handed
and clean-hearted, and honest to the
core. Iu the splendid vigor ot his young
manhood he is the knightliest figure in
American politics today, the fittest ex
pment of his country's idea, and the
rmdel for it3 young sons who are coming
to take up the task he set tham. For
their Bake I am willing to give him up
and set him where they can all see and
strive to ba like him. Sj we shall have
little need ot bothering about bo3s rule
and misrule hereafter. We shall farm
out the job of running the machine no
longer; weshill be able to run it our
selves. When it com93 to that, the Vice-Pres
idency is not going t j kill TneoJore
Roosevelt. It will take a good deal
more than that to do it. Reprinted by
permission from the American Monthly
Review of Reviews for Augubt, 1900.
(d) "Pioneers of Ceramic Art in America,"
Miss Butterfield, Omaha.
(e) "The influence of Ceramic Art on the
Home' Mrs. Brock, Lincoln.
(f) "Ceramics as a Wage Earner for Wom
en," Miss Lombard, Fremont.
Illustrated talk on the pictures and statuary
of the Paris Exposition, Mrs. F. M. Hall,
Wednesday Morning, 9:30 A. M. Meet
ing of the Federation, Mrs. Ap
Club Reports, Eighty-nine Clubs, two min
Wednesday Afternoon, 2:30 P. M. Busi
ness meeting, Mrs. Apperson,
Unfinished Business, New Business.
3:30 P. M. Music, Mrs. Barbour, chairman.
NEBRASKA FEDERATION OF
WOM ENS CLUBS.
SIXTH ANNUAL MEETING,
OCTOBER, 9-J2, 1900, LINCOLN.
Tuesday, JO A. M. Executive meeting.
2 P. M. Meeting of Board of
3 P. M. Program.- Meeting of
Mrs Apperson, chairman.
Address of Welcome, Mrs. H. M. Bushnell,
Response, Mrs. Adelaide F. Doane, Crete.
Address of President, Mrs- A. L. Apperson.
Report of Recording Secretary, Miss Mary
Report of Corresponding Secretary, Mrs.
Virginia D. Arnup, Tecumseh.
Report of Treasurer, Mrs. Adelaide F.
Report of Auditor, Mrs. A. B. Fuller,
Report of Libriarian, Mrs. G. M. Lambert
Report of Reciprocity Bureau, Mrs. A. A.
Report of State Chairman of Correspond
ence, Mrs. Louisa Lowe Ricketts, Lincoln.
Report of Credential Committee.
Roll Call of Delegates.
Thursday Evening, 8:00 P. M. Report of
8:30 P. M. Art, Mrs.
F. M. Hall, chairman.
(a) "Antiquity of Pottery," Mrs. Wiggen-
(b) "Prehistoric Pottery," Mrs. Morey,
(c) "Potteries of the United States," Mrs.
MUSIC IN AMERICA.
Music of the American and Indian Negro,
(illustrated) Mrs. H. P. Eames, Lincoln.
Evolution of American Music
Madam Baetens Omaha
Polonaise Brillante J. C. D. Parker
Mrs. Lily Ruegg Button Fremont
The Spirit of Spring Henry Parker
Miss Lora Holmes Lincoln
Slumber Song Valentine Abt
Miss Lillian Kauble Plattsmouth
A Day in Venice Nevin
Venetian Love Song
Miss Corinne Paulson Omaha
One Spring Morning Ethelbert Nevin
The Nightingale's Lament
Miss Belle Warner York
Songs of the Sea MacDowell
Flute Idylle MacDowell
Witches' Dance MacDowell
Mrs. Will Owen Jones Lincoln -
Merrily I Roam, Waltz Song, Schlieffarth.
Mrs. Wagner Thomas Omaha
Serenade Victor Herbert
Miss Hagenow Mrs. Hagenow
Miss Brownell M iss Eiche
"Wednesday Evening, 8:00 P. M. Recep
tion. Thursday Morning, 9:30 A. M. Reports
of Biennial Delegates, Mrs. Ap
10:00 A. M. House
hold Economics Meeting, Mrs.
Report of Chairman, Mrs. Mary Moody
I. "Are cooking school methods practical
in everyday life?" Miss Rosa Bouton,
2. "The domestic problem and its solu
tion,"' led by Mrs. J. Paul, St. Paul.
3. "Echoes from the domestic science ses
sion of the Biennial," Doctor Georgiana "T
Grothan, St. Paul.
4 "Food adulterations and what may be
done to enforce pure food laws," Mrs.
Harriet S. MacVlurphy, Omaha. Gen
5. "Recitation, "Domestic Science," -Miss
Alice Howell, Lincoln.
6. "Home making from a father's stand
point," Reverend Fletcher L. Wharton,
7. "Science vs. drudgery," Mrs. Anna M.
8. "How we may interest women in the
practical department of club work," Mrs.
Minnie Durland, Norfolk.
9. "Ethics of home life," Reverend Mary
Girard Andrews, Omaha.
10. "Report of the national household
economic annual convention at StLouis,"
Mrs. Susa Gates, Provo, Utah.
Thursday Afternoon, 2:30, P. M. Mrs.
Report of Biennial Delegates.
3:00, P. M.-Educational
meeting, Miss Haskell,
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