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Edward William Bok (1863–1930). The Americanization of Edward Bok. 1921.

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more ethical questions that women should know about and get straight in their minds. As it is, some of your ideas are not at all understood by them; your strenuouslife theory, for instance, your factory-law ideas, and particularly your race-suicide arguments. Men don’t fully understand them, for that matter; women certainly do not.”

“I am aware of all that,” said the President. “What is your plan to remedy it?”

“Have a department in my magazine, and explain your ideas,” suggested Bok.

“Haven’t time for another thing. You know that,” snapped back the President. “Wish I had.”

“Not to write it, perhaps, yourself,” returned Bok.

“But why couldn’t you find time to do this: select the writer here in Washington in whose accuracy you have the most implicit faith; let him talk with you for one hour each month on one of those subjects; let him write out your views, and submit the manuscript to you; and we will have a department stating exactly how the material is obtained and how far it represents your own work. In that way, with only an hour’s work each month, you can get your views, correctly stated, before this vast audience when it is not in trolleys or railroadcars.”

“But I haven’t the hour,” answered Roosevelt, impressed, however, as Bok saw. “I have only half an hour, when I am awake, when I am really idle, and that is when I am being shaved.”

“Well,” calmly suggested the editor, “why not two of those half-hours a month, or perhaps one?”



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