TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES.
Sir,—The refusal to prejudge the
President of the United States in his attitude towards England and
Europe, as voiced in this morning’s issue of The Times, is
most gratifying to all Americans now in this country. During the
last few days a large portion of the English Press has ventured
to foreshadow a change in the foreign policy of the Republic. It
is prophesied that President Roosevelt will not strive to preserve
the most amicable relation now existing between the two Anglo-Saxon
These forebodings seem to be based
on the report of a speech made by the President only a few days
before the transpiration of the mournful tragedy that placed him
at the head of the nation. I have been unable to obtain a full report
of the speech, and hence cannot judge of the soundness of the inferences
that have been made. But whatever may have been its import, in view
of the calamitous changes that have since taken place it is greatly
to be regretted that such an utterance should be the occasion of
embarrassing predictions as to the policy of the new Administration.
Many of my fellow-countrymen now in England have spoken of this
in my hearing and have deplored it. Such a view, if widely prevalent,
would certainly have a reactionary influence.
It is extremely improbable that any
changes in the policy of the late President will take place during
the remainder of the present term. Indeed, an official announcement
to the contrary is before the public. The people, as a whole, would
be decidedly opposed to such a change, and any supposition that
the President favours it is wholly gratuitous. His diversified career
has been strangely distorted through the medium of the metropolitan
papers of New York. Aside from his independence of political leaders,
which the English public is wont to magnify into an unreasoning
autocracy, he is a man of sound judgment, of great learning, and
of political sagacity. I do not think it any exaggeration to say
that the vast majority of voters would have chosen, had the opportunity
for it been necessary, Theodore Roosevelt as the most fit of all
men in the United States to receive the mantle of the murdered Chief
Executive. A part of that fitness is not only the ability and the
determination but the willingness to continue the kindly relations
with “Our Old Home” across the sea.
Permit me, Sir, to add one more to
the thousand of expressions of gratitude of the American citizens
for the unfeigned sympathy of the English people in this blackest
hour of the apostate assassin’s rage.
Yours, with great respects,
FRANK Y. GLADNEY.
Leamington Spa, Sept.