UNDER the shadow of a heavy sorrow the Nation greets President
Roosevelt. Younger than any man who before has held the Presidency
of the United States, our new Chief Magistrate has on that account
a fuller measure of the Nation’s sympathy. Honest, personally brave,
of a sincere Americanism, the Nation looks to him to lead it further
in its career of honorable glory, of honorable success.
Assuming his high office in a time
of National grief, and under painful and delicate circumstances,
all classes, all parties, all sections freely offer him their sympathy,
their confidence, their encouragement.
The assassination of its President
has stirred the Nation to its depths. But while it is still sorrowing
over the tragedy that has passed, it sees hope for continued prosperity,
for continued National progress, in the accession of a man who has
been tried in the balance of high office, who is conversant with
important public affairs, and whose record thus far has been one
of achievement and activity.