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(From "The Human Side?An EstiI
mate of Theodore Roosevelt," by
? > George Horton in "The Reader" for
Ui." Jane.) ............ .......
/V . The popular conception of Theodore
Roosevelt is that of a young man, and
youth is one of the crimes charged
against him. As a matter of fact, he is
in his 46th year, and is therefore
young for the high office which he
holds. But he ie young in years only,
tor, as we have seen, he is old In experience,
having begun his political
career In 1881. In active political service,
therefore, he is 23 years old, and
a man ceases to he an infant after 23
%$ :. years of politics.
. But what are some of the attributes
that, In addition to the knowledge of
the fact that he was born in 1858,
cause the people to think of him as a
young man?
In the first place, enthusiasm, a belief
in what is best in human nature
and loftiest in the destinies of the race,
are always attributes of youth. The
si'.-, old in heart, if not in years, are ever
the pessimistic and despairing.
It is no uncommon thing for him to
outwalk some secret service man, put
on his trail for protection, and, turning
a corner, to meet him after a while
with a cordial and seemingly innocent
When a crack British regiment was
in Washington not long ago. the President
invited several of the officers to
ride with him, on horseback, through
the mud. He led them such a chase
that their natty and showy uniforms
gSgj were badly spattered. They kept up
with him, of course, for British officers
are not made of sugar, thereby win;
' ning his admiration, but in no wise
abating the boyish delight which he
took in the chase that he had given
them, and its innocent disastrous ef
A similar story is told of the President
and Mr. Root, late Secretary of
War, There had been an engagement
to ride, but, the day being rainy, the
President sent word in Mr. Foraker's
hearing. "Tell Root that it's too wet
to ride, but, if he will put on his old
clothes, we'll take a tramp in the
mud," upon which Mr. Foraker e:;;
claimed, devoutly, "Thank God. I'm
not a member of this administration!"
, He is really a remarkable story-tell;
er for children, and his stories are not
of the sort which so many grown-ups
write, professedly for the young, but
really comprehensible only by the old:
' he tells real children's stories, that
: are listened to by the little folk with
breathless interest.
He is an unfailing fountain of ghost
stories, hobgoblin and fairy tales, adventures
with werej-.wblves and demon
bears. If he were not, unfortunately
St, for the littleVones, President of the
United^SYates, he could write a suc.t""
sessml children's book. A young man
! how residing in Washington has been
j,,' an intimate in the Roosevelt family
since early boyhood. Years ago Mr.
Roosevelt told him the following story,
j as nearly as he can remember it:
"Two trappers went far into the
Wliueraess 10 a jarvt; J\iiU vvia w auuuuu
< ill beaver, but for some reason or other
bearing an evil reputation. They
s_ arrived late in the afternoon and took
off their packs preparatory to making
camp. One took the traps and went
into the woods lo set them, and the
other stayed in camii to put up the
tent. The former returned after
, awhile with the report that he had
; heard an-animal across the lake "moaning
as though in pain.' During the
night both heard the moaning. in
the morning they went out together
to see the traps and found many beaver,
but when they returned to campij
everything was in confusion. The tent
was thrown down and there were evidences
of wanton destruction. What
or who had done this? Who had been
; there during their absence? Evidently
a bear, for they found tracks of that
animal. But there was something
about these tracks that frightened the
trappers, brave woodsmen though
they were, for these tracks had all
been made by the hind feet, a sure
sign that J:he wanton visitor had been
walking o'n his hind legs ami was,
therefore, a demon bear. For every
old hunter knows that demon bears
walk erect.
ijy "The trades led down to the lake
iy . and then disappeared. That night the
two trappers sat up and watched. In
the middle of the night they saw a
huge black form before the tent, and
they fired. There was a scream of
.V V pain, the sound of running and a
splash in the lake. Soon the moaning
began again. They examined the
fresh tracks, and, sure enough, they
were 'hind foot tracks.' They moved
j camp away from this haunted place,
and again set out their traps.
jjjffle "It so happened that, this time only
iSW of the men went, in the morning,
at. .them. Returning through
" ". odds he came to a rise of
| ground from which he could see the
camp and the form of his friend, siting
on a log before the fire, bent over,
as though dozing. He shouted, but
there was no response. And no wonder
that the man did not answer, for
he was dead! The demon bear had j
stolen up behind him and torn his
scalp off, after which he had wrecked
the camp, again and gone off on his
hind feet. The surviving trapper did
not stop to pick up anything, but
leaped upon his horse and rode off at
top of Speed, looking back every moment
over his shoulder in fearful expectation
that the huge black form
was pursuing him on hind legs through
the forest. But it neither came running
after him, nor did it step out
| from among the trees and pull him
i from his horse; and he escaped from
the demon bear, to tell the story as I
am now telling it to you."
A Frenchman, who has taught him
I fovirtinn' fzalle w<?. * V> o f Vi n ProcfrTont {c
a poor though enthusiastic fencer. I
will not say who it was that added
"His natural weapon is a club." He
seemingly takes as much joy In receiving
blows as In giving them.
When he used to,play at singlesticks
with Gen. Wood, the latter, remembering
that his opponent was President,
refrained from hitting him at first, but
at last.'warming up to the work, would
crack him without mercy, for Wood
is the President's superior in this ex;
ercise. As soon as the blows began
to reign upon his body. Mr. Roosevelt
would leap about. ! am credibly informed,
"fairly shrieking with delight."
A characteristic story was told of
him by a man now residing in Washington.
Mr. Roosevelt was hunting
foxes in Genesee county with an intimate
friend, and his glasses, without
which he is near-sighted as an owl by
sunlight, were knocked off by a
"Blank," he shouted, "I can just see
you. You keep on and I'll follow."
His companion could hear him crashing
and floundering through the thick
underbrush, and when they emerged
Mr. Roosevelt's face was lecerated
and bleeding profusely.
The same strength of character that
enabled him to overcome his physical
delicateness is shown to-day in his
manner of enforcing the law, no matter
how powerful or wealthy the sup
posed offenders may be. There are
many who consider the bravest act of
his career the order to Attorney General
Knox to investigate the great
railroad merger. It is in connection
with such acts that the President is
compared by some to the farmer's
pugnacious bull.
The farmer was proud of this little
bull because it would tackle anything.
H. 111.1 seu^iitu.v vj Ll. lit. uui <iinrau. x>iii
a railroad was built through his field
and one day the bull was seen on the
track with his head lowered, waiting
for the oncoming locomotive.
"Wall!** said the farmer, "I admire
yer pluck, and always shell, but durn
yer judgment!"
It is by butting against locomotives
?and sometimes derailing them?that
Mr. Roosevelt makes powerful and
bitter enemies: yet we must not forget
that this is the same man, who, at
23, opposed his will to that of his en
tire party tin the floor of the New'
York legislature, and was re-elected
twice, because the people clamorously
demanded him. It seems to have been
the people who have been demanding
him most, of the time since.
Another friend of the President's I
was mentioned by him in the message
on the Postoffice scandals as the man
who first called his attention to the j
deplorable state of affairs which has j
since become a matter of general
"I told him," said this gentleman to
me, "that this investigation might
.strike members of Congress. It might
come very near to the throne. He replied,
'1 don't care where it leads or
strikes. Even if it invades the White
House, or comes to my very feet, the
investigation must take place.* *'
When he related this incident the
gentleman snapped his teeth together
and his lips Hew back from them, in
imitation of the President's wellknown
manner?an expression of
countenance, by the way, which the j
caricatures have not been able to ex- j
agger ate.
Roosevelt could no more lie than a
: river could run up a hill, nor as eas :
ily: for water would run upward tin- j
| der sufficient pressure. His word is ]
| as solid a foundation to build on as '
| granite, and he will look you squarely
| in the eye and tell you whether he will
or not. He cannot even deceive by indirection
or evasion. There Is no
shadow of untruth in him?not oven in
politics. The oth'er day a Democratic
Senator arose in his place and said:
"When the President affirms that this
government had no part in the revolt
of Panama, that settles it, so far as
he is concerned. I believe him."
Is he impetuous; is he rash?
He will argue with you by the hour
to prove that lieJis not, and is said to
be quite sensitivAn this Mto^Jjhathe
T ' -
does things, and does them quickly,
there can be little doubt; but it is,
perhaps, equally true that his mind
acts with rapidity and clearness, and
that the ability to perform follows upon
the heels of decision.
He thinks, but he thinks quickly.
And he Is patriotic to such an extent
that every drop of blood in his veins
glows with love of country. If he has
made mistakes in matters of great
moment, those mistakes have
been the result of zeal for his
country's interests: and he has many
defenders among the most conservative
men in the Nation, who affirm
that he has not made any serious mistakes.
While not an egotist he is extremely
solicitous to deserve the good
opinion of those whoSe favorable
thought is worth having.
At the time of the Spanish war his
friends-urged him to stay at home.
The country was in no danger; he had
a large family to support, and his InTt/QC
T1 nt PTOSt
"I met him on Pennsylvania ivent^e,"
said one of these friends, "and
asked him if he were really going to
the war." '
" 'Yes,' he replied: 'I've talked about
fighting so much that if I didn't seize
this one opportunity of a lifetime, X
should make myself ridiculous forever
after.' "
My own impression of Mr. Roosevelt,
from personal observation, is
that he is one of the most natural and
unaffected men I' have ever met. He
assumes no airs of superiority; he
makes no effort to impress you with
his greatness. He is genial, cordial,
hearty. When he seizes you firmly by
the hand and assures you with a smile
that he is "deelighted"?and never
was more terrible smile since the
wolf looked out from the bed clothes
and say Little Red Riding Hood?you
feel that he means it." You go awayconvinced
that he meant it.
While he sits there talking with you
he soon puts you at ease. He dexterously
finds out what your hobby is and
leads the conversation around to that
and he is sure to show surprising familiarity
with the subject, whether it
be Maryland politics, archaeology, fly
ing machines, German folk-lore or
chicken raising. You always find him
the same, too, I am told by one who
has been much with him. whether in
hunting jacket or in swallow-tail, in
the President's mansion or in a Western
In conclusion, this is but a superficial
analysis of one of the most original
anil forceful characters in American
annals; of the President who will
go down in history as the man who
made possible the Panama canal, and
in literature as the author of "The
Winning of the West," a genuine contribution
to American letters.
in the last analysis Theodore .Roosevelt
is a gentleman, with all the instincts
and feeling of "noblesse oblige"
that the term implies. He is descended
from a fine old Dutch family, with
traditions; yet he is too large-minded
to undervalue any man whose heart
and mind entitle him to respect.
Hence, he has such admiration for the
men of the West, whose companion
and friend he delights to lie.
It is the gentleman in him that has
taught him that there are other things
in the world?even in this commercial
world of ours?to be loved and feared
than money; that there are other standards
of success than the mere amount
of money which a man has been
shrewd enough or wicked enough to
As a foundation, then, we have first
and all the time the good old stock of
the American gentleman! shall we not
say that upon this has been grafted a
elionr of tVio IVnctorn POWlinv'
A grist mill oil the shore of Oyster
Bay, hong Island, which was built 220
years ago, and which is now run byJesse
Mollineaux, is to be demo'ishert.
The building has not been changed
since the- Revolution.
The dress of Princess Angelbert
Von .Arenberg at a recent ball in bonor
of the Prince and Princess of Wales
at Vienna caused a sensation. She
wore ! . (> large diamonds and ruble
many the size of a hazelnut.
Including the higher officials London
has over sixteen thousand persons
on its police force. -V policeman',
pay is at first only $6 a week, rising
to $$. inspectors get SI,000 a year:
the commissioner's salary is $12.r>00.
Our .Agricultural Department. \ M
receive through King Alenelik a supply
of Kaffa coffee, hoping that by geti
ting back to the wild coffee plan-, the
habitat of which is in Kaffa. West
Africa, a new variety of great mine
may be created.
| The history of International urbi
tration shows that by decades, from
1S-1Q to 1900, there were, respectively,
0, 13, 23, 20, -15 and 02 cases. In the
last three years there have been 03
The "Royal Company's Islands," supposed
to he In the Pacific ocean, have
been removed from the maps of the
HyOrographic Institute of the British
Admiralty, because all efforts to find
Tilt" Wlioli ilDg. *
Whence comes the expression "to go
the whole hog." which occupies so
prominent a [Kisition in fiscal politics? .
asks the Liverpool Post. In one authoritative
work on such matters it is stated
that the phrase probably arose from
the Arabian story versified in Cowper's
"Love of the World Reproved."
Mohammed allowed his followers to
eat pork, except one portion of the animal,
which he did not specify, and consequently
strict Mohammedans were
debarred from eating nay. Others, however.
"thought it hard from the 'whole
hog" to be debarred." and so "with,
sophistry their sauce they sweeten, till
quite from tail to snout 'tis eaten." In
an American book on political squibs,
published in 1844. the author says. "To
go the whole, hog is .an American-English
phrase for radical reform and is
much used here by the Democratic party
to distinguish them from the Federalists.
who don't profess such sweeping
notions and consequently go only
a part of the interesting quadruped la
"Had Had Had."
"While you're discussing the peculiarities
of the English language,"
remarked the publisher as at the
TVt-ftnVJin Inn eluh the other afternoon
he sat down to his after luncheon
cigar, "has it ever struck you that the
word 'had' can. with perfect correct- ^
ness. occur three times successively in t
an ordinary English sentence? No? ?
Well, it can. Only the other evening
-I came across an Instance. It was at
the meeting of a certain association I
am interested- in, and there the secretary
in reading the minutes said. The
^chairman of the committee then reported
that the troubles which they =
had had had now been overcome.' "
That's Interesting," chimed in the
literary man. "but it's nothing to the
possibilities of recurrence we can correctly
get out of the word 'that.' You
may say that that 'that' that that
speaker Indicated was not that 'that'
that that gentleman intended.?Philadelphia
City Residenl.s Nearsighted.
The race is growing, nearsighted,
owing to city life and the conditions of
our civilization," said an eye specialist.
"Our visual range is co"hfined to near
objects for the greater part of the
day," said he, "and this keeps the eyes
turned in. An object twenty feet away
will make the eyeballs parallel.
"Anything less will turn them in,
and people who spend their hours in offices
and crowded flats necessarily have
a short range of vision, which overworks
and weakens the interior muscles
close to the nasal cavity.
'The exterior muscles not being so
strained are strong and hence cause j
the eyes to turn out. Let a person who '
is thus affected spend a week or two In j
the country and his eyes become norma]
again, because lie gets greater
range of vision. Savages are generally
farsighted."?Jewelers' Circular-Weekly
Willi Music.
Among the Yao Midos. one of tile I
many Burmese-Tartar people, the j
young men woo their wives absolutely |
without words, but to the sound of
music. On the first day of winter they
have a great feast, at which all the
marriageable girls gather and listen to
the music made by the bachelors, who
sit under the "desire tree." each playing
his favorite instrument. As the
maiden he loves passes him the youth
plays louder and more feelingly. If the |
girl ignores him and passes on he !
knows that she will have none of him; \ _
if she steps up to him and lays a j *
flower upon the instrument, he jumps j
up. grasps her by the hand, taking i
care not to drop the dower, and they j
go away together.
Dokh In tlie Arctic. |
Dogs are undeniably the most useful
animals for man in his polar expedl- 2
tions where sledges must be dragged _
over the ice of the polar sea. They J
have the advantage also that, unlike
horses and reindeer, they readily eat ?
their follows. Their weight is small,
and they can be easily carried on light
boats or on ice floes. As the Danish
government has forbidden the exporta- t
tion of dogs from Greenland explorers
usually get their animals from western I
Wonderful Flre^vorkH.
A manufacturer of pyrotechnics in.; \
Nagasaki, Japan, makes a rocket from .!
which, when it explodes in the air, 2
there tlies away a large bird which resembles
a homing bird in its movemenls.
It is said that the secret of
this wonderful production has been in
the possession of the eldest child of the i
family for more than 100 years.
Wretched I*ostnI Service. ^
Tailor?The postal service is in a
wretched condition. Friend?Never no- j
ticed it. 'Tailor?Well, I have. During j ^
last month I sent out ISO statements j
of account, with requests for immedi- j T
ate payment, and so fur as I can learn |
not more than two of my customers re- | ,
ceived their letters.?New Yorker.
urikiii m .ncu.mt-.i.
"It I understand tills measles busi- | i
ness right." says a Cartilage punster, j L
"the German measles come from a !
germ, the French measles from a j
Parisite, the Irish measles from a I
Mike-crobe and the black measles from ?
Africa."?Carthage (Mo.) Press.
A.I1 the Lnw aiioivh.
Xewllwed?I tell you what, old man,
my wife is one woman in a thousand, f
Bachelor?Well, I should hope so. If
she were more than one you'd ho a big- y
amist at least.?Philadelphia Ledger.
A. Clioice of Words.
"You sold me that horse as free from
fanlts. Why. it's blind." t
"Blind? Well, that's not a fault?
that's a cruel misfortune."'
People say the Daily West Virginian ?
is all right.
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