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* PAGE CHAPTER XVII.-HONORS THRUST UPON HIM . . . 336 Nominated for Vice-President Against His Emphatic Protest. Sinks Personal Preference at the Call of Public Duty. Striking Figure in the Campaign. Presiding Over the Senate. Seeks Recreation in a Post-election Hunt for Mountain Lions.

CHAPTER XVIII.-Ass AssiNATION OF PRESIDENT MC-
KINLEY . . . . 354

Leon Czolgosz Strikes Down the Head of the Nation.
Country Plunged in Sorrow. Hope and Despair
Alternate. “Nearer, My God, To Thee.” End of
a Noble Life. The Republic Pauses While Its
President is Laid to Rest.

CHAPTER XIX.—SUCCEEDs To THE PRESIDENCY . . . 369 "To

Theodore Roosevelt Takes Oath of Office. Informed of
His Chief's Death While Hunting in the Adiron-
dacks. Solemn Scenes at the Administration of the
Sublime Obligation. Declares He Will Carry Out
McKinley's Policy.

CHAPTER XX. —CHIEF ExECUTIVE OF THE NATION . . 379 .
President Roosevelt Takes the Helm of Government in o
Washington. First Official Act. Aims to Break Up
Solid South by New Methods. Summons Booker T.
Washington to a Conference. Appoints Reform
Democrats to Office. Friend to Labor.

CHAPTER XXI.—THE FUTURE . . . . . . . . . 394.

What May Reasonably Be Expected from Such a President of Such a Nation. Believing in the Monroe Doctrine and American Control of the Canal at the Isthmus, in Reciprocity and Expansion, Mr. Roosevelt Is Strong, Upright, Honest and Aggressive, and Implicitly Trusted by a United People. America's Golden Era.

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