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ing tour in Northwest Colorado; bringing

down many cougars.
April. Attended the dedication of the

Pan-American Exposition buildings at
Buffalo, New York, and delivered an

September 6. Received word, while at Isle la

Motte, Vermont, that President McKinley had been shot; hurried at once to Buffalo; assured that the President would recover,

joined his family in the Adirondacks. September 14. Death of President McKinley.

Roosevelt returned to Buffalo; took the oath of office as President of the United States at the house of Ansley Wilcox;

retained the McKinley Cabinet. September 15 to 19. Funeral of President

McKinley, at Buffalo, Washington, and
Canton, Ohio. President Roosevelt at-

September 20. First regular working day

of President Roosevelt at the White

December 3. First annual message delivered

to Congress.
December 4. Senate received Hay-Paunce-

fote canal treaty from the President. December 17. First break in the McKinley

Cabinet. Postmaster General Smith re

signed; was succeeded by H. C. Payne. 1902. January 3. Grand ball at the White House,

Miss Alice Roosevelt formally presented to Washington society.

January 6. Secretary Gage of the Treasury

resigned; was succeeded by Ex-Governor

Leslie M. Shaw, of Iowa. January 20. The President transmitted to

Congress report of Canal Commission, recommending buying of rights for

$40,000,000. February 10. Serious sickness of Theo

dore Roosevelt, Jr. President in attendance at Groton, Massachusetts, several

days. February 24. Reception to Prince Henry

of Prussia. February 25. Launching of German Em

peror's yacht, which was christened by

Miss Alice Roosevelt. March 7. President signed a bill creating a

permanent pension bureau. May 12. Beginning of the great coal strike;

largest in the history of the United

States. May 21. President unveiled a monument

at Arlington Cemetery, erected in memory of those who fell in the Spanish-American

War. June 9. President reviewed West Point

cadets at the centennial celebration of

that institution. July 4. Addressed a great gathering at

Pittsburg. July 5. Removed his business offices to

Oyster Bay for the summer. August 11. Retirement of Justice Gray


of the Supreme Court; the President named Oliver Wendell Holmes as his

successor. August 22. The President began a twelve

days' tour of New England. September 3. Narrow escape from death near Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Trolley

ran down carriage, killing Secret Service attendant. September 6 and 7. President visited

Chattanooga, Tennessee, and delivered

addresses. October 3. President called conference at

Washington concerning coal strike. October 21. As a result of several meet

ings between the President, the mine operators, and the mine workers the miners resumed work, and a commission was appointed by the President to adjust

matters in dispute. November 19. Grand reception to the Presi

dent at Memphis, Tennessee. December 2. President's message to Con

gress was read by both branches. 1903. January 15. President signed the free coal

bill passed by Congress. January 21. President signed the bill for

the reorganization of the military system. March 5. Special session of Congress called

by the President to consider Cuban reci-
procity bill and Panama Canal treaty with

March 12. President appointed a Commis-

sion to report on organization, needs, and

conditions of government work. March 18. President received report of

Coal Commission. April 2. President received degree of LL.D.

from the University of Chicago. Begin

ning of long trip to the west. April 4. President addressed Minnesota

legislature at St. Paul. April 30. President delivered address at

dedication of buildings of the Louisiana

Purchase Exposition, at St. Louis. June 6. President ordered an investigation

into the Post-office Department scandals. July 4. First message around the world,

via new Pacific cable, received by Presi

dent at Oyster Bay. July 23. The President refused to consider

charges made by a bookbinders' union against a workman in the Government Printing Office, thereby declaring for an

"open" shop. August 17. Grand naval review by the

President, on Long Island Sound, near

Oyster Bay. September 17. President delivered an ad

dress at the dedication of a monument to New Jersey soldiers, on the battle-field of

Antietam. October 15. President delivered an address

at unveiling of statue to General Sher

man, at Washington. October 20. President called extra session

of Congress to consider a commercial

treaty with Cuba. November 3. Panama proclaimed inde

pendent of Colombia. November 6. The United States govern

ment formally recognized the indepen

dence of the state of Panama. November 10. Opening of extra session of

Congress called by President to consider

commercial treaty with Cuba. November 18. A new canal treaty was

formally signed at Washington by Secretary Hay, of the United States, and M.

Bunau-Varilla, acting for Panama. December 2. The canal treaty was ratified

at Panama. December 7. The President sent regular

message to Congress especially defending the administration policy regarding Pan

ama and the canal. 1904. January 4. The President sent a special

message to Congress regarding the recognition of the new republic of Panama. This was followed for weeks by debates, for and against the action of the adminis

tration. February. War broke out between Japan

and Russia; the President issued a proc-
lamation declaring the neutrality of the

United States.
February 22. The President and family

assisted at a Washington's Birthday tree-
planting at the White House grounds.

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