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THEODORE ROOSEVELT died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Oyster Bay, at 4 o'clock in the morning of January 6, 1919. The cause of death was an embolus, or clot of blood in the heart. He spent his last day, Sunday, with his family in full confidence that he was on the road to complete recovery of health. His last literary work, in addition to the subjects mentioned in the preceding chapter, had been upon a review of a book by one of his cherished naturalist friends, William Beebe, and in correcting proofs of an editorial article on Labor that he had written for the Metropolitan Magazine. He went to bed at 11 o'clock, and his last words were to his faithful colored servant, James Amos: “Please put out the light.” He sank at once into a quiet sleep and never awoke.
He died as he would have wished to, in the home that he loved, with his family about him, in the full possession of his faculties, in the midst of work that was nearest to his heart, and at the summit of his fame. Never during his life had his influence with his countrymen been greater, or his place in the hearts of the American people higher. At the moment of his death it could have been said of him with literal truth, in the language of the Proverbs: “He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” He had become the acknowledged foremost leader of his party and its unanimous choice as its candidate for the Presidency in 1920. More than that, he was recognized as the Great American of his time. This was the unanimous verdict of the nation when the news of his unexpected death startled it into a full recognition of his worth and of its irreparable loss.
In strict accord with his known wishes, there was no pomp or display at his funeral. Simple services, without honorary pallbearers or music, were held in the little village church at which he was wont to attend service with his family, and he was buried in the country graveyard in the lot upon a hillock that he and his wife had selected soon after he retired from the Presidency.
A short time before his death he wrote to a friend who was sitting in the shadow of a supreme affliction :
“Well, friend, you and I are in the range of the rifle pits; from now on until we ourselves fall and that date cannot be so many years distant-we shall see others whom we love fall. It is idle to complain or to rail at the inevitable; serene and high of heart we must face our fate and go down into the darkness.'
Abbott, Lawrence, ii. 197; letters to, Aldrich, Senator, i. 237, 238; ii. 1;
bill proposed by, ii. 83
Algeciras Conference, the, i. 374; ii.
267; secret history of, i. 467 ff., 488
ff.; France's consent to, gained, i.
478-485; formula for procedure at,
tion of Henry Adams" quoted, i. Moroccan police force, i. 490-495;
treaty concluded at, i. 503
“Alone in Cubia," by Mr. Dooley, ii.
lization from North, ü. 107; visit Amador, President, of Panama, re-
Ambassadors at foreign courts, duties
ning for, ii. 112, 121-123, 286; America, protection of citizens in for-
lations with England, ii. 261, 262,
ii. 473, 474
American democracy, ideal of, ii. 74,
321; European attitude toward, ii.
American Federation of Labor, i. 250,
of, i. 258-262; ii. 131; troops sent American foreign policy, views re-
to, i. 261; coal fields of, ii. 84 garding an, i. 79, 80
American Revolution. See Revolution
form in method of election of, i. prosecution of, ü. 132, 133
401, 410, 435, 436, 447, 474