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fathers, the men who upheld the wisdom of Lincoln, and bore sword or rifle in the army of Grant!” “If we are to be a really great people, we must strive in good faith to play a great part in the world. We cannot avoid meeting great issues.” . “The timid man, the lazy man, the man who distrusts his country, the over-civilized man, who has lost the great, fighting, masterful virtues, the ignorant man, and the man of dull mind, whose soul is incapable of feeling the mighty lift that thrills stern men with empires in their brains— all these, of course, shrink from seeing the nation undertake its new duties.” “Let us shrink from no strife, moral or physical, within or without the nation, provided 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.” Few men have written more intimately, more poetically or more lovingly of nature in her varying moods than Mr. Roosevelt. There is a quality of sympathetic expression in the following description of the heat of a day observed from wisdom of Linthe army of

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the veranda of a Western ranch house that is
scarcely paralleled in the language:
“In the hot, noon-tide hours of midsummer,
the broad ranch veranda, always in the shade,
is almost the only place where a man can be
comfortable; but here he can sit for hours at a
time, leaning back in his rocking-chair, as he
reads or smokes, or with half-closed, dreamy
eyes gazes across the shallow, nearly dry, river
bed to the wooded bottoms opposite, and to the
plateaus lying back of them. Against the sheer
white faces of the cliffs, that come down without
a break, the dark green tree-tops stand out in
bold relief. In the hot, lifeless air all objects
that are not near by seem to sway and waver.
There are few sounds to break the stillness.
From the upper branches of the cottonwood trees
overhead, whose shimmering, tremulous leaves
are hardly ever quiet, but, if the wind stirs at all,
rustle and quiver and sigh all day long, comes
every now and then the soft, melancholy cooing
of the mourning-dove, whose voice always seems
far away and expresses more than any other
sound in nature the sadness of gentle, hopeless,
never-ending grief. The other birds are still and
very few animals move about. Now and then

the black shadow of a wheeling vulture falls on the sun-scorched ground. The cattle, that have strung down in long files from the hills, lie quietly on the sand-bars, except that some of the bulls keep traveling up and down, bellowing and routing and giving vent to long, surly grumblings as they paw the sand and toss it up with their horns. At times the horses, too, will come down to drink, and to splash and roll in the water. The prairie-dogs alone are not daunted by the heat, but sit at the mouths of their burrows with their usual pert curiosity.” Mr. Roosevelt published the “Naval History of 1812” in 1882; “Hunting Trips of a Ranchman” in 1885; “Life of Thomas Benton” in 1886; “Life of Gouverneur Morris” in 1887, both in the American Statesmen series; “Essays on Practical Politics” and “Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail” in 1888. The first two volumes of his important work, “The Winning of the West,” were issued in 1889. In 1890 he wrote a “History of New York City” for the Historic Town series; in 1893 “The Wilderness Hunter,” and the next year published the third volume of “The Winning of the West.” In 1897 he collected a volume of his essays entitled “American

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Ideals,” which he followed with “The Rough
Riders” in 1899, and “Oliver Cromwell” and a
volume of addresses entitled “The Strenuous
Life” in 1890. He is also the author with Henry
Cabot Lodge of “Hero Tales from American
History,” and he was one of the assistants of
William Laird Cowles in the preparation of
“The Royal Navy.”
All of Mr. Roosevelt’s writings are forceful
and to the purpose. His ideals are as high in the
jungle as in the halls of justice. He discovers
the virtues even of the beasts he hunts and the
dogs that trail them. He is a naturalist that will
take no man’s word for truth until he has inves-
tigated the subject for himself. He is a histo-
rian who does not hesitate to contradict the
statement of the best established authority once
he has convinced himself that there is an error
in the premise. He is an essayist who voices his
own convictions irrespective of the effect the
utterance will have on his own personal ambi-
tions. He is a writer who would be dangerous
were he less honest, and offensive were he not
certain of his facts before he ventures to express
an opinion.
Mr. Roosevelt has never neglected to chroni-

cle his experiences whenever those experiences have been of sufficient value to be of interest or use in the world. He has lived a life of wonderful activity and the world has the benefit of all he has learned—all he has enjoyed. His sufferings he has kept to himself.

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