OCR Interpretation

The Appeal. (Saint Paul, Minn. ;) 1889-19??, September 28, 1901, Image 1

Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83016810/1901-09-28/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

1 ze his extreme simplicity of manner and
onduct. On the last election day, after
i campaign of activity that eclipsed the
memorable speech-making period o
Bryan, Roosevelt retired to his com
fortable home at Oyster Bay and awaited
the result of the voters* battle. Awaited,
ind yet not waited, for not a single tele
graph wire was put in, and the candi
date had to depend on his neighbors o*r
the newspaper men for the news. One
of the lattera Sun
Roosevelt's democracy never failed him,
whether he was a student at Harvard, or
in the saddle in the West, or a legislator
in Albany, and his cordiality to the
masses was shown to particular advant
age in the campaign which made him
governor of New York. One evening,
after speaking twice in New York, he
was rushed by a special train to Yonkers,
N. Y., and carried in over,the h^ads .ot
the invited guests on the shoulders of
Frederick W. Holls, Chauncsy M. Depew
and others. A red-faced Irishman in the
gallery, who looked like a typical Tam
manyite of the kind that voted by the
thousands for Roosevelt after the San
tiago campaign, suddenly called out:
"Teddy!" "Sh-sh!" said a big policeman
with a big club. Roosevelt continued,
but the exploding exclamation "Teddy!"'
rang out a second time. "I'll put yez
out!" said the big policeman to the of
fender. But the warning of "one of the
finest" failed to suppress the interro
gator. Just as Roosevelt was dilating
on the virtues of the \German, whose
Ee-mueitliohkeit, he said, could not be
translated or understood by the other
members ol our complex population, the
red-faced Irishman arose and yells'd at
full voice: "Teddy, what did yez feed
that baste of a mustang to. make it throt
so in Cuba?" The house collapsed, but
"Teddy" Tejoined, "The Republican olat-
form!" turrieof the laugh" on the'Irishman,
and continued his speech.
During his administration as police
commissioner Roosevelt met a policeman
under the influence of liquor, and de
termined to discipline him, so that he
would never forget his offense. Accost
ing the policeman, who 'had been on the
force for so short a time that, he did not
know his superior, Roosevelt stirred him
up sufficiently to induce the policeman to
arrest him. At the station house the of
ficer described in a swaggering manner
the misconduct of the prisoner, and dur
ing the investigation Roosevelt slipped
around the rail and into an adjoining
room, and returned in company with
another commissioner. The policeman re
ceived a "tip," sobered up very rapidly
on learning whom he had arrested, and
with tears in his eyes begged for pardon.
President Roosevelt's home life has al
ways been delightful. In his leisure mo
ments at Oyster Bay he has enjoyed the
companionship of his family and taken a
rare delight in directing the affairs of his
small estate. Soon after his return from
Cuba his aged gardener came up the
walk, hoe in hand, and, tipping his cap,
"Mr. Roosevelt, I've come to finish that
talk we had the other day about those
onion beds." "What talk, James?" asked
Roosevelt, with a smile. "Oh," said the
gardener, "you know that the afternoon
you received that telegram to go to Cuba
you and I were standing here and laying
out an onion patch. If it suits you, let
us plant those onions now!" And the
onions were planted.
The president has a quiver full of olive
branches, and likes children other than
his o.wjn. Except that he became busier
and more inaccessible, Roosevelt carried
the same domestic habits and preferences
with him from his Oyster Bay home to
the governors residence at Albany. One
day a.clique of New York city politicians
who had come up on a special train to
see Gov. Roosevelt rushed into the cor
ridor of the capitol and upset the office
boys and secretaries. Gov. Roosevelt was
absent from his room and no one knew
just where he could be found. A dozen
messengers were sent out in search for
him, and after ten or fifteen minutes he
was found, curled up in a corner with
one or two neighbors' boys and a street
arab, drawing pictures of ponies and'
guns on a writing table. The children
had waylaid him and begged him to
show them pictures of the guns and the
mustangs he had in the war. At another
time a New York artist found him in the
executive chamber, half burled under
children clambering over his chair, while
he strove to show them photographs of
the scenes of the campaign.
Some years ago, when President Roose
velt was better known among his friends
as a devotee of sport amd a seeker after
health in the far West, .he met repeat
edly in New York city a young man who
16st no opportunity to snub him, and
who suggested without disguise the possi
bility of a final settlement on some
"field of honor." Roosevelt met him for
awmie with cool reserve and equally
undisguised contempt, but finally aston
ished the upstart with a genial greet
ing, several extended conversations and
a cordial invitation to his country home.
The carriage was in waiting at the sta
tion, and Roosevelt received his guest
with distinguished consideration, fed -him
on trout from the upper Adirondacks,
and finally led him into his-library and
trophy room. Then taking down a huge
knife, Roosevelt ran his finger carelessly
over the edge, remarking that it was the
blade with which he had killed a savage
Indian planning an assault upon his per
son, and handed the weapon over for
eloser examination. After that the presi
dent took up a little case, emotled it of
a half dozen teeth, and remarked: "This,
I'm proud to say, is all that is left of
Jim, the chopper, who thought he ought
to throw me down Hale's gulch, and fell
Into it himself." "And this," said he, con
tinuing, and reaching for a long, round
pasteboard-box labeled "dynamite," "this
Is the invention of a friend of mine and
lIt alms to publish all .the news possible,
fiIt does so impartially, -wasting no words*
3Its correspondents are able and energetic
YOL. 17. NO. 39.
necdotes of President Roosevelt.'
Much has been published about Presl-j story, as TOIU ax uyster say, is tnat tne
lent Roosevelt's personality, but, per-1
iaps, only those who have seen him from' came 111, excused himself to Roosevelt
lay to day in his family life can real- and hurrie.d away home, never to annoy
impudent young- coxcomb suddenly be-
reporterwas the
first to serve him, arriving' overheated
and breathless with the report that there
was undoubtedly another Republican vic
tory, and that he had been elected. rPes
Ident Roosevelt himself responded to the
bell ring and came out on the piazza. "I
have great news for you, Mr. Roosevelt,"
said the reporter, panting, "you are
elected vice president of-the United
States." "I hope the country has In
dorsed the Republican party and its prin
ciples as it should," replied Roosevelt.
"It has," continued the reporter, "and
Bryan has lost in his own strongholds."'
"That's very interesting," said Roose
velt, "but tell me ail about the football
game. Who won? And despite the re
porter's eagerness to go into the elec
tion returns, Roosevelt continued to dis
cuss enthusiastically the college contest
of that day, until, owing to the lateness
of the hour and the pressure of other
duties, the reporter retired. Not another
word was spoken about the election, and
Roosevelt went to bed with nothing more
than some brief telephone and tele
graphic reports sent to his home contrary
to his instructions.
President Roosevelt has a rhlnd of his
own. and does not hesitate to make it
known. A bunch of prominent politi
cians, together with a college president
and a personal !|irietld called upon him
In Washington to" urge the appointment
of a certain well-known naval eMeer to
known as the camper and woodsman's, been practically decided upon as the offi-
eompaniona bit of dynamite, equally
N th East a young man brooded
O'er .a city self-betrayed,
Where the offspring of the Tiger
On a people's substance preyed:
Saw foul demagogues exalted
By a ballot blindly cast,
Saw true "men of light and learning'*
Hero thrust back, there overpassed.
Saw Authority degraded
To a partnership with Crime,
Civic honor smirched and faded
Everywhere the spoilsman's slime
Saw a nation's youth corrupted,
Poisoned by the city's crimes
Pious weaklings feebly mourning
"The declension of the times" i
Saw the politician's "dare not"
Walt upon the patriot's "weuld"}
Saw the taxes of the people
Poured in waste for private good
Saw long-pondered legislation
Treated as a children's play
Rulers meet the Law's "Thou shalt not!
me .Eastern navai station., '~we are
very glad to see you, Mr. Secretary,"
they voiced together but, quick as a
flash, Roosevelt, swinging in his chair,
said: "Well, I'm not at all glad to see
you, least of all today. You've called
at a very had time, for I've got some
business to attend to that calls me away
at once. I must bid you good day!" In
a few minutes Secretary Roosevelt was
with the late president, and Dewey bad
ce to be sent to Hongkong,
handy to blow open the ice in the winter
gMPP gor_nhlng or blow upr The President _BQpseyelt was once travel-
Defective Page
ing In Idaho, and passed a BOOK store,
in the window of which was a copy of his
"Winning of the West." Going into the
book store, lie Inquired: "Who this
author, Roosevelt?" ''Oh," said the
bookseller, "he's a ranch'driver." "And
jwhat do you think of his book?" asked
the president. "Well," said the dealer,
slowly and deliberately, "I've always
thought I'd like to meet the author and
tell him. that if he had stuck to running
a ranch, and give up writing books, he'd
have made a powerful more of a success
at his trade."
This reminds one of another story,
equally good, that the president delight*
to telL On one occasion, when he was
With a weak "O, yea you may1
Then the Genius of Freedom
Whispered in the young man's ear:
"Youth! If thou wouldst serve thy nation.
Surely thou art needed bere!
"Preaching's heard on every corner
Would-be heralds of Reform
Tell us what to do and what not
No one leads, to breast the storm.
"Let them preach! be yours to practice!
Rouse the nation. If you can!
Prove to all ..the world around you
Thou art what,thou seem'sta man!"
Then the fire of noble purpose
Lighted up the young man's eye.
'"Tis a mighty task that calls me
But, God helping me, I'll try!"
Seeking strength to fight the Tiger,
Westward first he took his way,
Where the bear and mountain Hon
Over rock and plain held sway:
Breathed the air of Western manhood,
rained the bronco, shot the beat.
speedlng. over the Pennsylvania" railroad,
en route to Washington, a fond father
held bis boy in one arm and a copy of
Judge in the other. A cartoon of an
Irishman On the warpath, knife In hand,
and savage teeth displayed, loomed up
before the small boy. "I know Mm!"
said the boy. "Oh, I guess you don't,'*
said the father, suspecting nothing, and
seeing no cause for alarm. "Yes, 1 do!"
persisted tbe bad boy "I know who he
is and what he is! He's called Teddy
Roosevelt, and.be fights, the Indians
stAndtag on horseback,, and what he can't ernor of New York, a journailstirhead-
cut to pieces he tears with his,teeth!" Quarters wa* Swishe m?7Z2L I
Quarter was established at Oyste Bar
W &-ity%'
President Roosevelt $f a religious man.
and wherever he goes stands well in the
estimation of his neighbors for his active
participation in work*? of religion and
mercy. He carries "a"j$ortl pocket ot
loose coin, an equally well-filled purse'
and a checkbook that trapidly becomes a
package of stubs. Yet^ his habits are so
regular that the least*} irregularity in a
business transaction attracts his atten
tion. For this reason? 'department em
ployes have always ftit the pressure of
!his__watchful oversight, and household
servantsalways long?* in his employ
While realizing the freedom they enjoy,
..give the closest attention to all detail*
of their stewardship.(vA friend accom
panying-him on a jauijt about New York
Made companion of the cowboy.
Faced the cougar in his lair
Till the breezes of the mountains
f^aA the freedom of the plain
Made him strong unto tbe battle
Then be sought the East again.
War he made on spoils, and spoilsmen
Crowding into public place
Claimed for Merit recognition,-.
Thrust the boodler from the race
Claimed that Law o'er all was Master,
None so high but' must obey
Made the highways of the city
Safe at night as in the day.
Brought irito the nation's councils,
Navies felt his quick'ning power
Then, when Cuba called, behold him!
Leader in that perilled hour!
Foremost in the front of battle,
Bold to do as brave to plan,
Stood he in that storm' terrific,'
Leaden hail, at San Jaan!
Then against the Ne Vu- Tig^r
.saw a JJIOO uni disajppear in the porte
monnaie of a solicitor for a well known
rcharity in the same five minutes that the
president called attention to an over
charge of five cents. A bootWaek, talcing
advantage of the president's haste, tried
to satisfy him with a nickel less or
change, but tbe eagle eye of the public
administrator detected the petty swindle.
Especially with newspaper men has tne
new president been popular. During tne
campaign in which he was elected gov-
SEPTEMBER 28. 1901.
L. I., and the newspaper men camped on
the lawn in tents. One evening, when all
was dark and stilland it is pretty late,
or rather early in a camp of newspaper
men when it becomes still enough to
sleepa noise was heard, an alarm raised
and the word passed that an intruder was
present. "I'm the culprit, boys," rang
out the familiar voice of Candidate
Roosevelt, match in hand. "I just ran
in to see how you are getting along, or
if you are not getting along well at all.
How goes it and who is very thirsty
after his day of toll?" Every bead was
up and for an hour Mr. Roosevelt stayed
with the boys and cheered them up.
laughing and talking, complimenting and
thanking, sc that it would have been dif-
Once again he tried his fate.
Victory perched upon his banner
Gov"nor of the Empire State1
ncuit for a stranger to have told who
was the candidate and who was the
The dispatches tell us that the vice
president had gone off on a climb in the
Adirondacks when he was summoned
back by the increasing illness of rPesi
dent McKinley. Mount Marcy Is an old
camping ground for the president, and he
Is an experienced hunter and ,eompanion
for the guide. The best of it is that In
all his experiences in the woods Roose-
*Contlaned on 2nd Page
There the Corporation dragon
Faced he with a hero's steel
Chained the Lords of Greed and Mammon
To the car of public weal.
Then, in all his party's councils
"Wide was sprea'l this leader's fame
"This the man to lead us up yard
By the magic of his name.
"Freedom's banner, star-bespangled,
Freedom's conquests, Freedom's needs,
Freedom's future, how inspiring!
All are safe when Roosevelt leads!"
C. R. Barns.
,i i
Tragedies have confronted .Theodore
Roosevelt before now, aoid no one wno
saw .will ever forget his quiet, almost
superhuman self-control the day when his
mother and his wife, who was Miss Alice
L.ee, of Boston, were both laid to rest.
The dearly beloved mother and wife of
Theodore Roosevelt died in the same
house within a few hours of each other,
and his self-control was marvelous, in
spiring all with the deepest respect ana
_The present Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt:'
"By the wisdom of his teachings.
By the truth upon his brow,- *~'Zj*w -v
By the power of grand example
He's the leader for us now!
"He shall teach a nobler manhood.
Guide us back'to civic health
That shall make of this, our country
Yet a grander Commonwealth!
Who,n&efore"heT marriage was Hiss Edith
Carow, of New York, is a remarkable
woman and one of rare personality. She
is a woman of the highest principle and
of far more than ordinary mental caliber.
From her earliest childhood she has been
an omnivorous reader and a constant
student. She has always shrunk: from
anything like notoriety, and the neces
sary publicity that her husband's posi
tion has forced upon her has been, so
far as lay In her power, made less con
Kr~lt is theorgan of ALL Afro-Americans.
5Itis not controlled by anyring or olique
6It asks no supportbut the people's*
$2.40 PER YEAR.
President Roosevelt's Home Life.
schools, and has spent several years
traveling abroad. She is an accomplished
linguist, and her musical knowledge is
far above the ordinary.
Ever since her marriage she has devot
ed 'herself, heart and soul, to her hus
band's career, and yet at the satne time-'
has been a devoted mother. She has not.
in one sense of the word, gone in for so
ciety at all, although by her birth, as
well as her marriage, she has always had
a position which involves certain social
duties. Her circle of acquaintance has
been from childhood the same as her
husband's and they have among thelr
friends the leading people of the country.
Mrs. Roosevelt is rather petite, has
brown hair and brown eyes, and a clear
skin, with some color when she is ex
cited. But her chief beauty Is her mouth,.
Which is marvelously expressive.
She dresses simply, especially in the
street wears no jewels, excepting with*
evening dress, which is always extremely
handsome. She never has varied tor
years the style of her hairdressing. The
hair is parted, smoothed, simply from the
forehead and colled at the back of the
head, with -some few natural ringlets
around the temples but there is no at
tempt made to follow each move ot
fashion. Mrs. Roosevelt has understood
her own style, and dresses accordingly.
Not everybody knows that she and her
husband were child sweethearts. As they
grew, older, their lives were rather sep
arated. After the death of his first wife,
Mr. Roosevelt, traveling abroad, there
again met Miss Edith Carow, and very
soon the news came to his friends of his
marriage, which has been an ideally hap
py one.
From the time they were little chil
dren, Mrs. Roosevelt's belief in Mr.
Roosevelt's ability has never wavered.
Mrs. Roosevelt does not go in for any
athletic sport of the day, but she is a.
good horsewoman and has taken up rid
ing again within the last two or three
years. She is an expert needlewoman,
writes cleverly, and there is somewhere
extant a hook of verse which she has
published for private circulation. She i*
a member of several luncheon cluibs, but
she has never taken part in fashionablo
entertainments, and her name, appear*
very rarely on the list of patronesses for
any large festivities.
She possesses that rare talent which
made Mrs. Cleveland so popular of re
membering the faces of people she meets
once or twice, and also being able to re
member all about them. She is the boon
companion, as well as the very wise and
tender mother, of her stepdaughter and
her own children, who are much younger
than Miss Alice Roosevelt.
She has a wide knowledge of politics,
both foreign and American. She Is a
frail-looking woman, but has much more
strength than she apparently possesses.
She Is deeply religious.
Mr. Roosevelt's two sisters are women
noted for their rare charm, Intelligence
and their most gracious manners. Mrs.
Cowles, formerly Miss Anna Roosevelt,
has been married only a few years,
although she is older than her brother
Theodore. Her charitable work Is known
the world over, and her business ability
is striking. Wlren- brer cousin, Mr. S:
Roosevelt, was in charge of the British
embassy in London, she went over as'
his guest and stayed with him for a
time, taking charge of his household.
Her success as a hostess was marvel
ous in London in fact, in England,
where she made countless warm friends,
and where she met Commander Cowles
whom she married the following year!
She is now living In Washington, where
She is a very marked personality, and
comes nearer to having a salon than,
any other American woman.
Mrs. Douglas Robinson, the younger sis
ter, is the wife of a well known real
estate man in this city, and is con
sidered one of the cleverest women in,
New York. Both Mr. Roosevelt's sisters
are wide readers. They have been from
their early childhood the most intimate
friends of Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt and
the bond of devotion to their brother is
a very strong one.
Mrs. Robinson lives at Orange in the
summer and at No. 422 Madison avenue in
the winter. Like her sister, Mrs. Cowles
she holds weekly receptions for not only
the smart set, but for people from all
over the country who have talent, charm
or any gift that makes them in any way
prominent. Mrs. Robinson resemble*,
strongly Mrs. Theodore Rooseveltin,
fact, they are often mistaken for each,
Miss Alice Roosevelt, Theodore Roose
velt's eldest child, will be eighteen vears
old next March, and it had been planned
that she should make her debut this win
ter in Washington society. While Mis
Roosevelt has not gone out in the formal
social acceptation of the term, she has of
necessity seen a great deal of society
young as she is. She is a very charming
girl, with an unusually pleasant manner
and with an intense interest in life. She
is very fond of outdoor sports. Is a good
horsewoman and thinks nothing of walk
ing from five to seven miles a day. she
is a fine tennis player. She lives out of
doors as much as possible, and is a goo
specimen of a wholesome, healthy, happy
American girl.
Her chief beauty is her light, fair bairv
Of which she has great quantities. She
Has blue eyes and a fair skin is above
medium, height, and has a very slight
figure, although a rather athletic one la
fcuild. She has a rather deep voice and
a very Jolly laugh. She is devoted to her
home, to her father, stepmother and to
her half sister and brothers. She has
been educated by governesses. She la.
fond of reading.
There is another Miss Roosevelt who*
Will not he Introduced to society for some
years, but who is a very pretty chad of
about ten,years ot age. She resemble*
ner mother very. closely, although she,
too, has blue eyes and hair like her afs-
terAHce. She is being educated at home.
The Roosevelt love of home is a mark
ed characteristic of the family, not con-'
toed at all to this generation, for the
"Boosevelt clannishness was at one time a
hyword, and to this day the immediate*
members of the Roosevelt family appar
ently find more pleasure in eah others'
society than in that of any of thrfr
friends. Mr. Roosevelt certainly takes in
tense pleasure in being with his children,
as they do in being with him. Home,
tor the, Roosevelts, is "the dearest spot
on earth."
It has never beend suggested Theobe
dore Rooseveltltand Edith Kermit Carowi.
wer I
toothed in their early youth at the time
wftwi the Roosevelts and
were two of the foremost familieshrilliaat*wNenCarowie*th
Y&rtc *nd on terms of strong intimacy
.with each other
and he mother, Mine
a Ctan.
*MV Of NOtwlOh,
.w. was, hardly a week daring this
Mfc- Tnsy were the best of comrade**
the most loyal friends. And the sitoec
tion was so eminently agreeable andJ
satisfying, that it is not likely that this'
busy, lively young pair dwelt overmuch^
on its possible romantic Outcome.
Then came the separation. Youngs
Theodore, with a mind made up to star,
tie the world, chose onuniversity. of the most con-i/
and entered Harvard While
servative spots on earth to accomplish it,l
and entered Harvard university. While/
fashionable there he feji in love with Miss Alice JJB

xml | txt