Politicians of the variety branded
“practical”—that is, men who in the partisan contests of the United
States, seek place, plunder and power regardless of any set of political
principles or policies—are not falling desperately in love with
Theodore Roosevelt, the President of this great Republic.
He is an honest man. His executive
experience at the age of forty-three is greater than most public
men can refer to at seventy-three. He was, when we first knew and
admired him, the President of the United States Civil Service Commission,
in 1893, under the second administration of Grover Cleveland. He
was exceedingly prompt, vigorous, conscientious and efficient in
the discharge of all the duties of that trying position.
Subsequently he was called to New
York City, where as Commissioner of Police he did a remarkably disinfecting
sanitary service for the moral and physical welfare of that swarming
Thence he was taken under the first
McKinley administration into the navy as Assistant Secretary, where
he did good work for his country until the oncoming of the war with
Spain, when he resigned and entered the active military service
of his country. He was heard from at San Juan hill [sic],
where he did brave fighting at the head of his men on the firing
line. He potentially aided in preventing a retreat, which had been
determined upon by Gen. Shafter. The cool counsels of the Colonel
of the Rough Riders to regular army officers, whose admiration for
his deliberate courage at that crucial moment was expressed to their
kinfolk in unmeasured praise, did much to prevent a disaster and
make a victory.
The writer will never forget the enthusiasm
and fervor with which Lt. Col. Charles Morton of the regular army,
in 1898, at Arbor Lodge, described the valor, good judgment and
efficiency of Theodore Roosevelt as a soldier at San Juan.
Returning from Cuba, Col. Roosevelt
was elected Governor of New York and as the executive of that great
state did many good things to elevate the character of, and make
more efficient, the public service. He was there as elsewhere an
honest, able, fearless patriot.
Before his term had expired as chief
executive of the Empire state, he was against his desires and in
spite of his protestations nominated Vice-President of the United
States. And now the Mysteriarch of the universe, whose ways are
those of omniscience and omnipotence, gives Theodore Roosevelt the
Presidency of the United States, and makes him trustee for peace,
prosperity and happiness of a republic of seventy-fine millions
There need be no fear. The man who
in all civil and military positions has so far discharged with fearless
fidelity every duty, will not fail us now. He will prove
himself an honest, efficient, just and righteous President. God
protect, guide and bless him!