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

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right, introduce me to President Roosevelt, and let me shake hands with him.”

“All right,” said the father, after recovering from his surprise. “I’ll see whether I can fix it.” And that morning a letter went to the President saying that he had been chosen as a Christmas present. Naturally, any man would have felt pleased, no matter how high his station, and for Theodore Roosevelt, father of boys, the message had a special appeal.

The letter had no sooner reached Washington than back came an answer, addressed not to the father but to the boy! It read:

The White House, Washington.

November 13th, 1907.

  Your father has just written me, and I want him to bring you on and shake hands with me as soon as you are well enough to travel. Then I am going to give you, myself, a copy of the book containing my hunting trips since I have been President; unless you will wait until the new edition, which contains two more chapters, is out. If so, I will send it to you, as this new edition probably won’t be ready when you come on here.
  Give my warm regards to your father and mother.
Sincerely yours,


Here was joy serene! But the boy’s heart had acted queerly for a few days, and so the father wrote, thanked the President, and said that as soon as the heart moderated a bit the letter would be given the boy. It was a rare bit of consideration that now followed. No sooner had the father’s letter reached the White House than an



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