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COLONEL ROOSEVELT AT SAN JUAN HILL Frontispiece

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S BIRTHPLACE.
HOUSE IN WHICH THEODORE ROOSEVELT ROOMED

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT AT GRADUATION, 1880
Miss ALICE LEE ROOSEVELT.
EDITH KERMIT ROOSEVELT

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PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AT HIS DESK
THE WHITE HOUSE, SHOWING NEW OFFICES
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AND CABINET, 1903
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SPEAKING AT THE UNVEIL-

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ING OF THE STATUE OF GENERAL SHERMAN 284 PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AND HIS FAMILY

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AMERICAN BOYS' LIFE OF

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

CHAPTER I

BIRTHPLACE AND ANCESTRY OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT

-His FATHER'S PHILANTHROPY — CITY AND COUNTRY HOME - DAYS AT SCHOOL - RELIGIOUS TRAIN

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“Our country calls not for the life of ease, but for the life of strenuous endeavor. The twentieth century looms before us big with the fate of many nations. If we stand idly by, if we seek merely swollen, slothful ease and ignoble peace, if we shrink from the hard contests where men must win at hazard of their lives and at the risk of all they hold dear, then the bolder and stronger peoples will pass us by and will win for themselves the domination of the world. Let us therefore boldly face the life of strife, resolute to do our duty well

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and manfully; resolute to uphold right eousness by deed and by word; resolute to be both honest and brave, to serve high ideals, yet to use practical methods. Above all, let us not shrink from strife, moral or physical, within or without the nation, provided that we are certain that the strife is justified; for it is only through strife, through hard and dangerous endeavor, that we shall ultimately win the goal of true national greatness.”

These words, taken from President Roosevelt's remarkable speech on “ The Strenuous Life,” show well the character of the man, his lofty ideals, his sterling courage, his absolute honesty, and unwavering patriotism. He is a typical American in the best sense of the word, and his life is worthy of careful study. From it American boys of to-day, and in generations to come, may gain lessons that will do them much good.

Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth President of our country, was born in New York City, October 27, 1858. of his birth was the old family mansion at 28 East Twentieth Street, in a neighborhood which, at that time, was the abode of

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S BIRTHPLACE, 28 E. 20TH STREET,

NEW YORK CITY.

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