Pen Picture of the New “First Lady of the Land”
Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt is now the
first lady of the land.
She is a young woman who will adorn
the position. That her husband has reached the goal of the highest
ambition which a citizen of these United States can entertain, is
in no small measure due to her help and counsel.
Mrs. Roosevelt is the second wife
of the President. She was Miss Edith Carew, whom he had known from
childhood. Th[e]ir married life has been ideal. Five children have
been born to them.
The first lady of the land is of medium
height and graceful figure. She has a fair complexion, dark eyes
and hair and a charm of manner that attracts all who meet her. She
dresses very simply, but always in the latest fashion. She wears
little jewelry, but what she does wear is of the best.
As a social leader of the country,
Mrs. Roosevelt is fully equipped. She has been in society all her
life. Few women of the present day are more cultivated or accomplished.
Even her husband, who is an omnivorous reader, has not intelligently
digested more good literature than she has.
In her home Mrs. Roosevelt is the
personification of the good American wife and mother. She has taken
care of her own babies, and they love her with a devotion that is
She is the superintendent of her own
household; she does the purchasing and pays the bills. She is a
business woman when it is necessary to be a business woman.
The furnishings of her home at Oyster
Bay reflect the character of Mrs. Roosevelt. She goes in for comfort
rather than show, but her house is perfectly appointed. In no particular
does it violate good taste.
Mrs. Roosevelt has not been prominent
in the society of New York, although she has the right of birth
and breeding to enter it.
She is better known in Washington,
where she was popular to a degree during her husband’s official
life in the capital. Although fond of social pleasures, her chief
joy lies in her home and in the care of her children.
She has always shared and encouraged
the political ambition of her husband.
Woman’s clubs have never counted Mrs.
Roosevelt in their members, although she is a student of the question
of the relation of woman to government.
The office of President General of
the Daughters of the American Revolution was offered to her just
after the election of Mr. Roosevelt to the vice presidency. She
Women who read and think and have
solid minds love Mrs. Roosevelt. She has many friends such as these.
The butterfly, the professionally fashionable woman she does not
The people of the United States will
love Mrs. Roosevelt as they admire the rugged courage and indomitable
persistency of her husband, the President.