Roosevelt at the Helm
NEW PRESIDENT TAKES UP HIS DUTIES WITHOUT OSTENTATION.
FOLLOWS WISHES OF M’KINLEY
GOES TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND AT ONCE SETS HIMSELF TO WORK.
HOLDS SHORT CABINET MEETING
INFORMED AS TO THE BUSINESS OF THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS.
Washington, Sept. 22.—Theodore
Roosevelt has been president of the United States a week nearly,
but he began his administration of the affairs of the nation yesterday
morning in a thorough businesslike and purely democratic way.
The president returned from Canton
about 9:30 o’clock and drove directly to the White House, where,
without formality of any kind he entered his office and settled
himself to work. Secretary Long came in almost immediately and went
over some details of his department with the president, Senators
Proctor and Cullom called, and the president announced to the former
that he intended to appoint William Barrett Ridgely of Chicago as
controller of the currency to succeed Charles A. Dawes. It had been
known for several days that President Roosevelt would
Make This Appointment
because Secretary Gage told him that President McKinley
had decided upon the appointment. President Roosevelt made no further
inquiry as to the qualifications of Mr. Ridgely. He considered it
the appointment of President McKinley, though signed by himself.
The appointment of Dr. Rixey as surgeon general of the navy will
be made in the same way. There is one other such appointment in
New York which the president will make in the same way.
The other members of the cabinet arrived
at the White House a few minutes after the president entered his
office, and the cabinet meeting began. President Roosevelt took
his place at the head of the table and proceeded to business. He
told the members that he desired to understand exactly the situation
as to what business had been closed up and what
Was Still Pending.
The meeting was devoted to reports by all the members
present on the situation in the various departments under their
control. When these reports had been made the cobinet [sic] departed
with the exception of Secretary Root, who was joined by Gov. Gen.
Wood, and they went over the Cuban question at some length. There
was no halting or hesitation on the part of the new president anywhere.
He took hold of the work like an experienced hand and first gathered
up the threads of business already completed. The members of the
cabinet were surprised at the president’s familiarity with questions
which they have been considering and discussing for months.