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Section Three
Little Fishing Village on the North Shore of
Long Island Now the Virtual Capital of the
United States and So it Will Remain for
the Heated Term Quiet Home Place Ex
pected to Become a Political Center and
the Abode of Fad and Fashion
BVi Is the summer
OYSTER of tho United Staes
During tho heated term the
affairs of 80000000 of people
will be managed In a little fishing vil
lage on file north shore of Lone Island
During that period Washington ceases
to be the nations political hub It is
only a hot sleepy wide paved Southern
town Senators Congressmen and Am
bassadors who ha ve dealings with our
countrys Chief Magistrate must wend
their way to Sagamore Hill thick wood
ed and overlooking for many mlle3 for
est and meadow bay and heidlands
and the Jagged coast of Connecticut
To Combine Business and Pleasure
Here In the cool precincts of his
country home whence he may look oicr
tho glorious waters of Long Island
Sound dotted with the myriad sail of
cargo and racing craft President Roose
velt Intends combining business with
pleasure In his picturesque library
typewriting machines have already been
Installed and from the adjoining room
Is heard the click of the Morse instru
ment Carpenters painters and plumb
ers have boen hustling about for weeks
burnishing up the nations summer
White House for tho accommodation of
guests and tho whole neighborhood of
Oyster Day has been revivified It Is
expected that society will besiege tho
place and make It- what Oyster Bay has
never before been the abode of fad and
Not Altogether Pleasing
This transforming of Sagamore Hill
from a quiet unpretentious summer
homo into a national capital will un
doubtedly be far from pleasing to Mr
Roosevelt who has always spent the hot
months in retirement with his family
unhampered by social restrictions
dress cr manners Ha usually
about barc beadod clad In white flan
nels and Joins frequently in playing
with his baro leEgcd sun burned chil
dren For withall Tbcodoro Roosevelts
strenuous ambition and -varied experi
ences ho is supremely a home man
and both be and Mrs Roosevelt to say
nothing of tho children enjoy real con
tentment only when they are living In
the ivy clad cottage at Ojslcr Bay
This place is associated with memo
ries dearest to Mr Roosevelts heart
and popular as he may be elsewhere It
is on tho north shore of Long Island
among tho hardy fishermen that he is
best loved The natives there hate
kept careful record of his career and
will relate to the visitor with great
rrlde anecdotes of Roosevelts seven
stages They mind how Teddy was
a candidate for asscmbblyman when Jut
out of Harvard in 1879 how ho was de
feated as a candldato for mayor when
Roscoe Conkllng called Mr Roose velt
that dentiflcial young man with more
tfth than brains and how tho Oys
ter Bay hero was finally mndo civil ser
vlco commissioner ic 18S9
Tho fourth stago was embraced In the
period when Roosevelt hunted big game
out West where ho was known at first
as tho four eyed tenderfoot Most of
the nathes hao pictures of Mr Roose
velt na he dressed then leather
breeches with fringe blue flannel shirt
a scarlet handkerchief and Ivory handled
rcvolers stuck in the belt The young
Roosovelts and their playmates still
mako tho welkin ring about Oyster Bay
with blood curdling yelps in imitation
of their fathers cowboy days
Indeed the people in that part of Long
Island employ Theodore Roosevelts
seven stages as a sort of calendar
and thoy date this and that from tho
time Teddy was a police commissioner
Assistant Secretary of tho Navy rough
rider governor and vice president
Hours Hide From New York
Oyster Bay is ono hours ride from
New York on a fast train Tho placo
contains about 3000 inhabitants who are
engaged principally in the shell fishing
Industry The lofty Sagamoro Hill on
whose slopos Mr Roosevelt owns 100
acres of land within the near radius of
which are located the ast estates of
W C Whitney E D Morgan and others
is two and one half miles from the
station The carriago service over that
route consists of half a dozen world
weary hicks tho drhers or which are
so accommodating that they will drlc
around a sleeping dog or wait until he
wakes up before proceeding The road
winds through sandy highways flanked
by wooden houses of a white or neutral
tint tucked away behind arbors or
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trees and finally makes a steep ascent
up Sagamoro Hill
Ideal Country Seat
Tho Roosevelt homestead b an ideal
country seat Tho handsomest apart
ment Is tho library which contains SOOO
choice olumes and has an open fire
place extending entirely across ono end
of the room Abovo this is to bo seen
a wonderful display of heads of horned
animals deer rams antelopes moun
tain sheep The floor Is covered with
rugs made from tho skins of lions bears
buffaloes and panthers In fact the
whole Interior of the house Is a sort
of mute testimony to Mr Roosevelts
prowess in tho chaso
Portrait of His Father
Conspicuous In tho library Is a por
trait of a man whoso strong bearded
face one would Instantly retognlzc as
the Presidents father and that picture
Mr Roosevelt cherishes mora highly
than any trophy howeer valuable
My father he told an Intlmite friend
was tho finest man I ever knew He
was a merchant well-to-do that droe
hl3 through the park anJ
enjoyed lifo immensely Ho had such a
good time and with cause for he wa3
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a truly good man I remember seeing
him going down Broadway staid and
respectable business man that ho was
with a poor little sick kitten In his coat
pocket that ho had picked up on the
street Ho was tender hearted courte
ous nnd brave I hao always hoped to
bo like him
Has Not an Enemy
In the opinion of Oyster Bay Mr
Roosevelt Is llko his father for he Is
so generally loved that he has not a
single tneniy in tho place and everj
man of whatever political party ho iaaj
be religiously otes for Roosevlt
An Hours Ride from New York on a Fast
Train Sagamore Hill the Roosevelt Seat
Two and a Half Miles from the Station
Carriage Service Consists of Half Dozen
Old time Hacks with the Most Accom
modating of Drivers
This Is ascribed to tho Presldent3 ex
treme democratic Ideas and his plain
method of lifo When asked recently
to toll something about Oyster Bay he
good naturedly replied Oh Just say
that wo are simple old fashioned peo
ple that we have plenty of book3 and
open fires and some dear children We
havent a servant on tho place and
would not tolerate one The men I em
ploy are my hired men every ono of
them and they have the sama right
to llvo and be happy that I have Tho
women aro our helpers I try- to live
the way I preach and we are a happy
household in Oyster Bay
My children have always gone to the
same district school as my coachmans
children They studied the same books
and played the same games My coach
man is ono of my best friends Ho rais
ed J1H to buy fireworks when my neigh
bors celebrated my return from the
Cuban war
His Return From San Juan
It was characteristic of Mrs Roose
velt that on this same occasion vhen
her husband returned crowned with the
laurels of San Juan that she forbade hor
children making a demonstration She
thought it bad taste and so while all
tho rest of Oyster Bay was garishly
illuminated the Roosevelt home alone
remained dark The only trlbuto the
young Roosevelts displayed to their
fathers valor was a home made banner
Inscribed upon It with childish letters
In honor of Colonel Roosevelts re
turn Mr Roosevelt said ho was more
touched with this than any other dem
onstration ho ever had
It Is owing to Mrs Roosevelt in great
part that the homo life at Oyster Bay
is ideal in its simplicity For although
quite capable of taking her place S3 the
first lady of the land and the greatest
spur to her husbands ambition she U
inclined to shrink from publicity Photo
graphers are not encouraged and she
makes eery effort to protent her chil
dren being inoculated with conceit A
dav spent at Oyster Bay would Incline
one to think that Mr Roosevelt is more
concerned In bringing up his family after
his own ideas than in achieving emi
nence as a statesman He Is always
willing on the -veranda at Sagamore
Hill to speak about his little folk I
do not object he told a -woman Inter
vlower to your knowing that my chil
dren are not brought up to be cowards
They aro not taught to turn tho other
cheek if they are struck they aro told
to hit back and hit hard I wont havo
any weaklings in my household I want
my boys to grow up manly and gentle
That Is what I tell them repeatedly
No Snobbery
Tho Roosevelt children spend the sum
mer days at Oyster Bay la wholesome
fun their friends being the children of
the -neighborhood of various stations In
life Mr Roosevelt encourages this In
discriminate association because he
thinks it on honest solution of all
American problems One will gener
ally find amerry party of boys and
girls playlngMmltation warfare which
sometimes becomes very rough Young
Teddy Is usually tho leader and ha
gives his commands curtly and concise
ly like his father The girls are en
couraged to participate in all these
wholesome plays however rough be
cause Mr Roosevelt believes In girl
tomboys when they are small Thera
is no limit to tho pounding and ham
mering of each other but cruelty to
animals Is strictly forbidden The lat
ter Is carried to such an extent that
when last year a big black snake was
caught Mrs Roosevelt begged Theodore
Jr to kill tho reptile but instead ha
penned it up in a croquet box It was
kept there for a whole week during
which timo the children became very
much attached to the snake afterward
setting him free There Is no coarse
ness or vulgarity on the Oyster Bay
play ground and the most startling of
exclamations that one hears Is My
goodness or Dear me
At Oyster Bay President Roosevelt
appears more as a man of letters and
a country gentleman than the political
head of the great nation and he en
Jovs the surroundings there so much
thai as many persons have remarked
to Aim it is a wonder that he should be
tempted therefrom In reply to one of
these queries Mr RoosecIt laughingly
replied That is Just It I suppose I
am more domestic than anything else
and I can tell you now that if defeated
even for the highest office I should not
be bitterly disappointed Settling down
here with my books my family will al
ways be my greatest happiness some
thing I nm always looking forward to
not one out of a thou
sand ofthc visitors to tho Capi
tol ever hears of the Senato li
brary or knows that there is
jich a place Some of the Junior Sena
tors hae not yet found out where It i3
although the older ones hac been its
constant patrons for many jears The
roa of the librarj jre somewhat ln
aecr sible being in that part which
connects the Senate wing with the old
jjlldlng They are reached by a wind
ing stone steps running from the main
corridor oppesie tha Supremo Court
chamber and also by a passageway
through the Senate docaiSent room
Senators as a rul need a guide djr
ng their freshman ilslts to the library
but iti Inaccessibility makes It all tho
better as a placo to read and write
Tho windows look out over the west
lawn nnd the -view extends down tho
Mall across to the Virginia hills with
the Monument and Arlington as tho spe
cial targets of the ojc The qualntness
of the rooms Is their chief attraction
One of the windows is round and about
tilt- size of a buggy wheel It swings on
a phot and tho soml circular view of
tho -vista through the follago between
the Capitol and Arlington as seen
from this window Is picturesque in tho
The accumulations of the library havo
filled up ono room after another until
they havo spread to tho spaces under
the arched roof of that part of tho build
ing which was known as the north wing
before the Senate and House wings
were added and tho great dome erected
Until rocently the library shelves hao
contained merely tho records of Con
gress Including Senate and House re
ports and all papers published as Sen
ate and House documents
These accumulated so fast and in
such a haphazard way that they spread
all over the upstairs part of this portion
of the Capitol and they wero badly
arranged and Incompletely indexed The
library Is supposed of course Jo bo re
served for the exclusive use of Senators
but members of the public having know I
edge of It aro alwajs received
courteously and furnished with Informa
tion desired
Ui tit within a few jeara ago the
active man in charge of tho place was
tho colored messenger Murray who has
been on duty for so many years that he
can put his finger on almost any book
or document at call and who prac
tically carries the library around In his
head Liter however competent clerks
wero cmplojcd to do tho work that Mur
ray had been doing nnd they set to
work to keep tho records In a more sys
tematic manner Last year the task was
accomplished of arranging systematiz
ing Indexing ard
completing the rec
ords until now the library is ono of
tho most aluable Institutions In Wash
List year tho present Secretary of
the Senate former Representative
Charles CI Bennett started tho work of
putting tho library into tip top shape
and ho succeeded admirably The whole
place was cleaned out and rearranged
tho latest Improved steel shelving con
structed eery sot of books and docu
ments completed from A to and full
and reliable catalogues and Indexes
made In addition binders from the
Government Printing Office were set to
work In a corner of tho llbr iry to re
pair every damaged volume and now
tho Senate library Is a model of Its
In addition to doing all this work Mr
Bennett Increased tho scope of the II
brar and ha3 added a largo number of
volumes on general subjects such as
classic literature tho worlds orations
and other worIi3 of that kin J which here
tofore hive not been a part of the cata
logue but will no doubt bo of great in
terest nnd alue to the Senators
And although those who knew of the
existence of the Senate library had al
ways appreciated tho picturesquesness
and Interesting character of tho rooms
their beauty had neer been fully ap
preciated until the work of restoring
them was coniploted Xew floors luno
been laid the ceilings and walls redec
orated the famous old marble mantels
that were put In when tho building was
first erected cleaned and pollsaed and
the gilt mirrors restored on tho original
antique lines
It Is a tradition In the Scmte that
the sccretarj of that distinguished body
has nothing to do but look pleasant and
draw his salary but Mr Bennett has de
monstrated that there are other duties
a Senate secretary can perform if ho is
ar xlous for something to do and ha
could not have closcn a more Important
task thin tho restoration of this partly
unknown and ppitlj forgotten but al
wajs most charming Look of the historio
Capitol building
The ubiquitous guides who know all
the out-of-the-way corners may tell tho
rural visitors about tho Senato library
but the will not be likely to take them
thero because of the tellous trip up tho
time worn winding stairway Thcro Is
consolation for this bovovcr in the
f ict that ono of the frcatf3t harms of
the library io the limited numoer of
Irsons who enjoy its beauty and its
advantages is that It is secluded being
out of tho beaten lino nf thn cictttQr

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