Jacob A. Riis (18491914). Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen. 1904.
in their not understanding one another, and he asked the labor leaders to meet him at Clarendon Hall to talk it over. Together we trudged through a blinding snow-storm to the meeting. This was at the beginning of things, when the town had not yet got the bearings of the man. The strike leaders thought they had to do with an ambitious politician, and they tried bluster. They would do so and so unless the police were compliant; and they watched to get him placed. They had not long to wait. Roosevelt called a halt, short and sharp.
Gentlemen! he said, we want to understand one another. That was my object in coming here. Remember, please, that he who counsels violence does the cause of labor the poorest service. Also, he loses his case. Understand distinctly that order will be kept. The police will keep it. Now, gentlemen!
There was a moments amazed suspense, and then the hall rang with their cheers. They had him placed then, for they knew a man when they saw him. And he,he went home proud and happy, for his trust in his fellow-man was justified.