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sinned that sin he neither forgave nor The greatest of his victories was his forgot. For opposition to himself he last, his victory over the indifference of cared but little; enemies he had in a people long misled. He was the first plenty, but they cast no shadow on his to see the need for it. To gain it he soul. He was a gallant and a cheerful seemed to throw away his future. In fighter, willing, as he often said, to be the event he won results and earned a beaten for any cause that was worth name which will live while the knowlfighting for, and whether in defeat or edge of America's part in the Great victory, never unbalanced and never War still endures. dismayed.
He was the leader of the people beRoosevelt lived intensely in his fam- cause his courage and his soundness ily life. The doer of great things him
made him so. More than any man of self, and the occasion of great accom
his time, he was loved by those who plishment in others, what he did was ought to love him, and hated by those not done alone. It is but right that who ought to hate him. His ideals, his we should recognize the part plaved purposes, his points of view, his hosby the strong and gentle, wise and lov- tilities, and his enthusiasms were such ing woman, whose hand was so rarely as every man could entertain and unseen yet still more rarely absent in all derstand. It was only in the applicathat was best in her great husband's tion of them that he rose to heights finest living and most memorable beyond the reach of all the rest of us. achievements.
What explains his power? Life is The greatest of executives, he trans- the answer. Life at its warmest and formed the machinery of government fullest and freest, at its utmost in with the flame of his own spirit. He vigor, at its sanest in purpose and rewas his own hardest taskmaster, and straint, at its cleanest and clearest,always unwilling to ask of his men the life tremendous in volume, unbounded thing he was not ready to do himself. in scope, yet controlled and guided with He was our leader because he was the a disciplined power which made him, better man. He worked more hours, as few men have ever been, the captain at higher speed, with wider vision. He of his soul. Alert, glad, without meantrusted us, and gave each man his head. ness and without fear, free from arAlways eager to recognize good work rogance and affectation, with few hesiand give due credit for it, always ready tations and few regrets, slow to promwith an excuse for the man who hon- ise but ardent to perform, delighting in estly tried and failed, he had nothing difficulties, welcoming danger, sensibut scorn and contempt for the man tive to the touch of every phase of who never tried at all.
human existence, vet dominated by Filled with the joy and the spice of standards more severely set for himself living, afraid neither of life nor of than for any others, sustained by a death, thankful for sunshine or rain, breadth of knowledge and of sympathy never sorry for himself, never asking and by an endurance, both physical odds of any man or any situation, he and mental, which belonged to him used the powers he had as only his great alone, Roosevelt lived with a comsoul could use them - powers seldom pleteness that lesser men if ever before assembled in one indi- know. vidual, but nearly all of them dupli- In Roosevelt above all the men of his cated, one here, one there, within the time, the promise of the Master was knowledge of us all. It was the use fulfilled—“I came that ye might have his soul made of his body and his mind life, and that ye might have it more that was the essence of his greatness. abundantly.”
The man who had a broad vision of things spiritual.-In an address on nations and their future ("Biological Analogies," delivered at Oxford University, 1910), he points out that there are many ominous signs to warn the nations that their growth approaches the fate of the law of death of nations. He makes clear that the all-important factor is national character, that there promises a great future for the civilizations which have expanded in the course of their development, but that if it does not come, we must at least all carry forward the torch which men mighty of heart have handed on from civilization to civilization throughout recorded time
Courtesy of Underwood and Underwood ON A HUNTING TRIP IN COLORADO, 1905 "It is an incalculable added pleasure to anyone's sense of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly or imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder-book of nature. All hunters should be nature-lovers. It is to be hoped that ... from now on the hunter will stand foremost in working for the preservation and perpetuation of the wild life, whether big or little.”-From Pastimes of an American Hunter.
The invitation to get out into the western country on hunting trips for a few weeks each year came to Roosevelt neither from the delights of natural history and sportsmanship alone, nor alone from interest in conservation problems; he especially gloried in remembering the heroic part played by the pioneers, and by the nation in handling early problems of statehood :
“... In all the history of mankind there is nothing that quite parallels the way in which our people have filled a vacant continent with self-governing commonwealths, knit into one nation. It is a record of men who greatly dared and greatly did; a record of endless feats of arms, of victory after victory and ceaseless strife waged against wild man and wild nature... The old iron day have gone....
to it that, while we take advantage of every gentler and more humanizing tendency of the age, we yet preserve the iron quality. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done, and to persevere. ."-From address at the Quarter-Centennial Celebration of Statehood in Colorado
With John Burroughs in Yellowstone Park, 1903.- They are on their way to the big geyser region, Roosevelt, in accordance with his habit from a boy on such occasions, sitting with the driver of the sleigh. Roosevelt was especially interested in the big game and would go entirely alone on long twenty-mile tramps for the pleasure of creeping up unawares on a band of elk or mountain sheep and eating his luncheon while he studied them. Burroughs says, in telling their experiences and laughter when racing on skis down some of the hills: "The spirit of the boy was in the air about the Cañon of the Yellowstone, and the biggest boy of us all was President Roosevelt." It was on this trip that Mr. Burroughs first came to know of Roosevelt's great natural history knowledge and of his trained powers of observation:
"Born observers are about as rare as born poets. Plenty of men can see straight and report straight what they see; but the men who see what others miss, who see quickly and surely, who have the detective eye, like Sherlock Holmes, who 'get the drop,' so to speak, on every object, who see minutely and who see whole, are rare indeed. President Roosevelt comes as near fulfilling this ideal as any man I have known."--From Camping and Tramping with Roosevelt, by John Burroughs
Portraits of wo bird lovers in the Yellowstone.-He lived thus th wilderness, lowed the elk and the antelope, he listened to bird songs as though there were nothing else in the world. But he emerged after a few days into a world of people, politics, and speeches again, and waged anew and strenuously the fight for a high type of national service