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COPYRIGHT 1901 By E. R. DUMONT
“A TYPICAL AMERICAN”); introduction by OPIE READ
CHAPTER 1.- THEODORE ROOSEVELT
Sketch of His Life. Marked Characteristics of the
Man. A Product of the Age. Blood of Heroes
in His Veins. In an Age of Materialism He Stands
as the Great Exponent of the Virtues. His First
Historical Work. Ambitious to Do Deeds Rather
than Chronicle Them.
CHAPTER II.—“BIRTH, LINEAGE AND BOYHOOD”
Descended from Good Old Holland Stock, His Ancestors
Among the Earliest American Pioneers. Delicate
in Health, His Masterful Spirit Wins for Him a
Stalwart Frame. Early Develops the Qualities of a
CHAPTER III.-COLLEGE LIFE
Enters College at the Age of Eighteen. Develops a
Taste for Hunting and Natural History. Is Active
in all College Sports, Especially Wrestling and
Boxing. Graduates in 1880 with High Honors.
Membership in Clubs, Etc.
CHAPTER IV.-A NEW YORK ASSEMBLYMAN
At Once Attracts Attention to Himself as an Uncom-
promising Foe to Machine Rule and a Friend of
Good Government. Striking Promise of a Remark.
able Public Career. Not Even the Danger of
Bodily Violence Could Deter Him. A Revelation to
CHAPTER V.-IN NATIONAL AND CITY POLITICS
Recognized as a Factor in National Affairs. A Leader
of Men, Loyal to the Best Traditions of His Party,
but Intensely an American. Maintaining a Splen-
did Independence. The Forlorn Hope in the Race
for Election as Mayor of New York City.
CHAPTER VI.-RANCHING IN THE BAD LANDS
Comrade with the Cowboys. Wins the Confidence and
Esteem of Hunters, Ranchmen and Pioneers.
“Busting” Bronchos. Adventures with Wild
Beasts. Thrilling Fight with a Grizzly.
CHAPTER VII.-- ROOSEVELT AS AN AUTHOR
First Author to Become President. Beginning as Edi-
tor of His College Paper, He Develops Striking
Literary Talent. Success of His First Work,
“Naval War of 1812,” “Winning of the West,'
"The Strenuous Life and other Essays," "
Cromwell." A Voluminous Writer.
CHAPTER VIII.- HOME LIFE AND RELIGIOUS TENDENCIES 153
Romance of His Boyhood. In the Home and Family.
"All Children Should Have Just as Good a Time
as They Possibly Can.” Holding to the Faith of
His Fathers. An American Citizen Can Take His
Bible and the Constitution of the United States into
CHAPTER IX.-CRUSADE FOR THE MERIT SYSTEM 170
Roosevelt's Work in the New York Legislature Bears
Fruit. Appointed Civil Service Commissioner by
President Harrison. Shows Great Preparation for
the Work. Offends Spoilsmen of Both Parties.
Ably Supported in the Senate and House.
CHAPTER X.-PURIFYING CITY POLITICS
Roosevelt Appointed President of Police Board of the
City of New York. “I Will Enforce the Law.”
Merit System Governs in Police Force. Sunday
Closing Law Made Operative. Attempted Assas-
sination by Dynamite.