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champion of all that is good and noble and
honest; when I read in an old letter that strays
into my hands his brave, patient words: “We
have got to march and fight for the right as
we see it, and face defeat and victory just as
they come"; and in another:“As for what

of my standing alone, why, I will if I must, but no one is more heartened by such support as you give than I am "-why, I feel that if that is the one thing I can do, I will do that; that, just as he is, with or without faults, I would rather stand with him and be counted than anywhere else on God's green earth. For, standing so, I know that I shall count always for our beloved country, which his example and his friendship have taught me to love beyond my own native land. And that is what I would do till I die.

There is yet one side of Theodore Roosevelt upon which I would touch, because I know the question to be on many lips; though I approach it with some hesitation. For a man's religious beliefs are his own, and he is not one to speak lightly of what is in his heart concerning the hope of heaven. But though he is of few public professions, yet is he a reverent

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man, of practice, in private and public, ever in
accord with the highest ideals of Christian
manliness. His is a militant faith, bound on
the mission of helping the world ahead; and
in that campaign he welcomes gladly whoever
would help. For the man who is out merely
to purchase for himself a seat in heaven, what-
ever befall his brother, he has nothing but con-
tempt; for him who struggles painfully toward
the light, a helping hand and a word of cheer
always. With forms of every kind he has tol-
erant patience-for what they mean. For the
mere husk emptied of all meaning he has little
regard. The soul of a thing is to him the use it
is of. Speaking of the circuit-riders of old, he
said once: “It is such missionary work that
prevents the pioneers from sinking perilously
near the level of the savagery against which
they contend. Without it, the conquest of this
continent would have had little but an ani-
mal side. Because of it, deep beneath and
through the national character there runs that
power of firm adherence to a lofty ideal upon
which the safety of the nation will ultimately
He himself declared his faith in the closing


words of his address to the Young Men's Christian Association in New York City the night before he surrendered his stewardship as Governor into the hands of the people; and so let him stand before his countrymen and before the world:

The true Christian is the true citizen, lofty of purpose, resolute in endeavor, ready for a hero's deeds, but never looking down on his task because it is cast in the day of small things; scornful of baseness, awake to his own duties as well as to his rights, following the higher law with reverence, and in this world doing all that in him lies, so that when death comes he may feel that mankind is in some degree better because he has lived."

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