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only a bouquet, but I wish, after this, they wouldn't make them quite so hard.”
There was also a demonstration against the candidate at Haverstraw, New York, which threatened for a while to break up an intended meeting. But the worst rowdyism was encountered at Victor, a small town in Colorado, near the well-known mining centre of Cripple Creek. Victor was full of miners who wanted not “sound money,' but “ free silver,” for free silver, so styled, meant a great booming of silver mining.
“We don't want him here," said these miners. “We have heard enough about him and his gold standard. He had better keep away, or he'll regret it.”
When Theodore Roosevelt was told he might have trouble in the mining camps, he merely shrugged his shoulders.
“I know these men,” he said. “The most of them are as honest and respectable as the citizens of New York. I am not afraid of the vicious element. The better class are bound to see fair play.”
The governor spoke at a place called Armory Hall, and the auditorium was packed. He had just begun his speech when there
was a wild yelling and cat-calling, all calculated to drown him out. He waited for a minute, and then, as the noise subsided, tried to go on once more, when a voice cried out:
“What about rotten beef?” referring to the beef furnished during the Santiago campaign, which had, of course, come through a Republican Commissary Department.
“I ate that beef,” answered the governor, quickly. And then he added to the fellow who had thus questioned him: “ You will never get near enough to be hit with a bullet, or within five miles of it.” At this inany burst into applause, and the man, who was a coward at heart, sneaked from the hall in a hurry. He was no soldier and had never suffered the hardships of any campaign, and many hooted him as he deserved. But the trouble was not yet over.
Thedore Roosevelt finished his address, and then started to leave the hall in company with a number of his friends. On the way to the train a crowd of rowdies followed the candidate's party, and threw all sorts of things at them. One man made a personal at
tack on the governor and hit him on the chest with a stick. He tried to leap away, but was knocked down by a personal friend of Theodore Roosevelt.
“Down with the gold bugs !” was the cry, , and the violence of the mob increased. The friends of Governor Roosevelt rallied to his support, and blows were given and taken freely. But with it all the candidate reached bis train in safety, and in a few minutes more had left the town far behind. He was not much disturbed, and the very next day went on with his speechmaking as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. The better classes of citizens of Victor were much disturbed over the happening, and they sent many regrets to Governor Roosevelt, assuring him that such a demonstration would never again be permitted to occur.
ELECTED VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PRESIDES OVER THE SENATE- Tax UPON THEOROOSEVELT'S STRENGTH - START
ON AN. OTHER GRAND HUNTING TOUR
But the campaign, sharp and bitter as it had been, was not yet at an end. In New York City there followed a “Sound Money Parade,” which was perhaps the largest of its kind ever witnessed in the United States. It was composed of all sorts and conditions of men, from bankers and brokers of Wall Street to the humble factory and mill hands from up the river and beyond. The parade took several hours to pass, and was witnessed by crowds almost as great as had witnessed the Dewey demonstration.
In New York City, as the time drew closer for the election, there was every intimation that the contest would be an unusually “hot” one, and that there would be much bribery and corruption. It was said by some that police methods were very lax
at that time, and that the saloons, which ought to be closed on election day, would be almost if not quite wide open.
“We must have an honest election,” said Governor Roosevelt. And without loss of time he sent letters to Mayor Van Wyck, and to the sheriff and the district attorney of the county of New York, calling their attention to the facts in the case, and telling them that he would hold them strictly responsible if they did not do their full duty. As a consequence the election was far more orderly than it might otherwise have been in the metropolitan district.
The results of the long contest were speedily known. McKinley and Roosevelt had been elected by a large plurality, and both they and their numerous friends and supporters were correspondingly happy. Great parades were had in their honor, and it was predicted, and rightly, that the prosperity which our country had enjoyed for several years in the past would continue for many years to come.
During those days the United States had but one outside difficulty, which was in China. There a certain set of people called