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TABLE OF CONTENTS.
PUBLISHERS' PREFACE XIII
THE ROOSEVELT FAMILY.
Holland and Huguenot Stock — President's Grandfather, Explorer of the Ohio and
Mississippi Rivers on the First Steamboat That Navigated Them—His Father's
Public Spirit and Philanthropy — His Mother of a Historical Family in Georgia —
The President's Family at the White House — Ages of His Children 23
IN THE NEW YORK ASSEMBLY.
Roosevelt's Way of Self-Making — Disciplined Body and Mind — Studied and Assailed
Corrupt Public Life — Relations with Grover Cleveland — Legislation Charged to
Their Joint Action — Interesting Association 31
Roosevelt's Ranch Life.
The Little Missouri Ranch Was One of the President's School Houses — How He Is
a Self-Made Man — Gets Acquainted with the Great American Animals and Intro-
duces Them — His Ranch on the Missouri — Literary Work Shop — His Past Experi-
ences There — Bear Stories—His Most Thrilling Moment—Good and Bad Shots
with Rifles 37
A National Figure In 1884.
Theodore Roosevelt Leads New York Delegation in a National Convention. When
Twenty-Six Years of Age — He Broke All Records as a Young Leader, and Kept
Party Faith — McKinley and He in Debate 5a
STARTING CIVIL SERVICE REFORM.
Very Interesting Testimony—Business Advantages Gained — Funny Questions and
Answers — The Conspicuous Lead of Roosevelt in the Crusade — Important Official
Letter from Him 65
WHEN POLICE COMMISSIONER.
His Fight for the Honor of New York City — Brief Statement of the Facts — Unwise
Legislation — Bi-Partizan Police Failure — The Blackmail Business—Morning Calls
on the Police — Dry Rot in Politics — A Brave Man's Great Good Work 81
Roosevelt's Sworn Rough Rider History.
His Talks under Oath to the Spanish War Investigation Commission — Thrilling Per-
sonal Narrative of Trouble and Triumph — How He Got into the Fight at Santi-
ago, and the Way It Was Won 91
THE SANTIAGO BATTLES ASHORE.
Col. Roosevelt on the Fire Lines—Led the Way with His Volunteers — Official Re-
ports of Superior Officers and His Own — Going Home with the Sick — Important
Military Suggestions — Lessons of Actual Service 10a
THE ROUND ROBIN LETTER.
Secretary of War Alger and Colonel Theodore Roosevelt Differ Radically — The Full
Correspondence — The Rough Rider Was Tender Hearted, and Saved Thousands
of Sick Men — He Unbound the Army Tied in Fever Camps by Cutting the Red
PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL EXPRESSIONS.
Kindly Views and Pleasant References — A Fighter, Not a Quarreler — Experiences
as Governor of New York Intensely Interesting as He Tells Them — Some of
His Vetoes—Sentences Good for Scrap-Books — Noble Passages from Orations —
Method of Public Speaking
SEEN IN HIS STUDIES AND IDEALS.
Reflections of Himself in Writings and His Heroes — He Gives His Confidences in
Glowing Pages — Washington, Lincoln and Grant, Three Pre-eminently Great
Men — Aspirations Revealed in His Laudations — He Corrects a First Impression
— Loves Cowboys, but "There Are Others" — How He Became a Remote Ranch-
man— Anecdotes of Bravery and Generous Deeds 137
HOME AND ABROAD VIEW OF THE PRESIDENT.
American Competition in English Magazines about Americans — Some Errors of Eng-
land— "Articulate" Surroundings of Roosevelt — The Scorching Light upon Him
— Resemblance of "Theodore" to -'William" Traced by "Poultney" — Supple-
ment by Dr. Shaw — British Historian as an Expert Correspondent 146
THE PRESIDENT'S ORATIONS.
Two of Them as Lofty Examples — The Famous "Strenuous Life" and "Manhood
and Statehood" — The Boldness with Which the President Expresses Himself—
The Literary Men of the World in Great Affairs 159
HIS RISE IN LEADERSHIP.
Led to and from Cuba — Paints Enchanting Picture of the Island — From Santiago to
Albany—Vice-Presidential Notification of Nomination — Rough Rider Games at
Oklahoma — Picnic with Bryan at Chicago 178
PRESIDENT'S POLICY OF PROBLEMS.
A Study of Governor Roosevelt's Message to the Legislature of New York Covering
the Latest and Greatest Modern Questions,—Taxation, Restraint of Trusts, All
Phases of Labor Issues — Corporations, Municipal Ownership, the Boxing Law 191
HIS IRON HAND.
New York as a "Free City" — "Tri-Insula" Policy Once Proposed — Roosevelt out
West — Encounters Roughs Who Were Not Riders — His Immense Campaign
Work — Striking Speeches Go to the Right Spot—Returns Home in Time to
Stamp upon Sedition — A Great Public Service—The Ruffians Ridden Down by
a Rough Rider with an Iron Hand 306
THE SPECIAL TRAIN IN POLITICS.
It Is an Agency That Serves to Make the People a Harmonious Nation — It Binds
the Union to Make the Nation a Neighborhood of States—Roosevelt's Campaign-
ing in New York and the West — Bryan's Competition — Roosevelt Fights to the
Finish — List of His Literary Works 223
RIDE FROM MOUNT MARCY.
From the Source of the Hudson to the Niagara River — How Roosevelt Came to be
on Mount Marcy When McKinley Died — Delay of Information and Rush from
the Adirondacks to Lake Erie — The Splendid Story of the Ride 334
RELATIONS OF MCKINLEY AND ROOSEVELT.
The Twenty-Fifth President and His Predecessor's Policy—The Vice-President Suc-
ceeds to the Presidency — Roosevelt's Tributes to McKinley — The Message to
Congress an Example of Fitness 244
THE PRESIDENT AS A PEACEMAKER.
Auspicious Conditions at His Succession—Distinction from Vice-Presidents Gone
Before — Conservatism, Not Revolution — British Study of the Senate, with an
Erroneous Theory — The Senate Has Ratified an Isthmian Treaty with England
— Roosevelt Strong for Peace because His Word Stands—His Admirable Deport-
ment in Time of Trouble 261
THE QUESTION OF RACE.
It Is the Bequest of Slavery—Roosevelt a President without Prejudice— Phases of
Racial Problem — The President's Oration on Frederick Douglass — Shall We
Amend the Constitution ?. 277
ROOSEVELT IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
"Strenuous Life" There —First Night in President's Home —Dignity Need Not be
Tedious — Quickened Foot-Steps — The Functions of Luncheon — Busy Day—
Horseback Ride — The President upon a Gallop — New Year's Reception—Play
of the Children Pleases All 285
THE PRESIDENT TAKES THE RESPONSIBILITY.
His Rapid and Rugged Style — Goes Right at His Work—Makes Frontal Attacks—
Precedents of Public Policy as Governor of New York Have Application to All
the States — Secretary Long's Appreciation — Square Dealings with the People,
Poor and Rich — There Is No Safety in Hiding or Running — The Final Respon-
sibility for Reciprocity — Our Cuban Policy and the President's Ambition and
PRESIDENT'S FIRST MESSAGE TO CONGRESS.
A Paper That Would Alone Give Its Author a Foremost Place among Public Men —
One That Has Seldom Been Equaled, and Never Surpassed, in the Information
It Contains, and the Ability with Which It Is Stated — The Courage of Convic-
tion— The Wealth of Suggestion and Recommendation, and the Brilliancy of Lit-
erary Execution 309
"WINNING THE WEST."
Preservation and Restoration of Forests — Irrigation of Arid Lands, the Desert Can-
cer Cure — More Good Land for the People at Home — The President's Books on
the West — His Western Politics — Secretary of the Treasury Lives West of the
Mississippi River—Literary Men in Politics 324
HIS CO-ORDINATE DEPARTMENTS.
Lieutenant-General Miles Imparts Information and Is Rebuked—What the Secre-
taries of War and Navy Had to Say — Admiral Dewey Did Not Tell All He
Meant — The President on Dangerous Obedience to Orders — His Two-Year-Old
Opinion Was Sampson Was in Command — There Is a Shake Up—A "Histo-
rian" Ordered Not to Labor Any More, Pleads He Is of the Civil Service Class,
but Is Put out — Melancholy Illness of Admiral Sampson—The Origin of the
Trouble — The President's Finding Finally 337
OUR COUNTRY'S GREAT HEREAFTER.
The Settled Issues — Burning Questions of the Future— After the Problems, the Pre-
miership of the Nations Is Ours — The Competency of the President to Guide Us
on the Way...,, 353