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I toW the Cofihtel I had come to get 3 political story, I told him I was
going to write a political story arid that he might talk to me on politics or
not just as he thought best. I am not at liberty to quote him or to say what
he did or did not talk about. I am just going to -write a political story.
But first a parenthesis. All that has been said about the Colonel's phy
sical hardships arex true and then some. He is thinner by forty pounds
than I ever saw hirtu His neck is thin, his clothes lack that bulge and
wrinkle about the arms" and shoulders that they used to have; but more
noticeable to me than anything else, is a peculiar huskiness in his voice, sug
gestive of the patient who is weak
and speaks, with difficulty.
Not that Roosevelt is very weak;
far from it, he is still the human dy
namo.. I sat with wonder in his of
fice and watched him dispatch more
businessN'n ten minutes than us
husky min would get through in a
forenoon. And he has the old time
grip and the old time jubilant, snappy
way; he promises in a short time to
be as much the bull moose as ever,
arrifwith the aid of some considerable
food and exercise no doubt he will.
Tha tends the parenthesis.
Now for the politics.
Roosevelt's public utterance on the
subject of his party (Progressive)
and his own activities in the future
were these words. They were utter
ed at a dinner given by friends on
the night before his departure eleven
"The party is solid, and it is the
firm determination of rank and file,
no less than leaders, to preserve its
political entity, its solidity and integ
rity. "This year we shall enter undaunt
ed as a national party on another na
tional campaign. I will not rest con
tent until every single principle
enunciated by us is put into practical
operation in this nation.
"This movement will never go
back, and whatever may betide in the
future, of one thing the disciples of
an easy opportunism may rest as
sured. "I will never abandon the princi
ples to which we progressives have
pledged ourselves, and I will never
abandon the men and women who
drew around ma to battle for those
. "They and I stand with our faces
toward the morning; we will never
be sundered from one another and we
will never yield the ground we have
taken nor flinch from the fight to
which we are pledged."
That is where Roosevelt stands to
days The question answers several
The "disciples of easy opportun
ism" are the Republicans and Pro-,
gressives who are talking about'
amalgamating the Republican and
Progressive parties on a platform of
Roosevelt will not lend himself to
The division between the ProgresT
sives and the Republicans and the
impossibility of harmony between
them is made conspicuous by the
choice of Boise Penrose as Republi
can nominee ftfr U. S. senator, in
Pennsylvania. That state is to he the
battleground in the fall campaign' and
Roosevelt will be in it denouncing
Penrose in no moderate terms, while
in terms no less emphatic he will
urge the voters to support Gifford
Pmchot, Progressive candidate for
the senate. .
Will Roosevelt go to California?
If Hiram Johnson wants him, yes.
Will he campaign generally for Pro
gressive candidates- for congress?
Yes, as much as physical limitations
will permiL But it must not be ex
pected that ile will do a cart-tail
speaking campaign over the whole
country. That would be too great a
drain on his strength, And is no.
necessary. There will be support foiv
worthy Progressives) and" even fog