Jacob A. Riis (18491914). Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen. 1904.
that, I had a notion that it would hurt his career. I think I told of it in The Making of an American when it was all long over. I certainly did not tell him. I knew better. But I argued all through a long evening into the midnight hour, until I had to grab my hat and run for the train, that he should not permit it. I argued myself to an absolute stand-still, for I remember his saying at last impatiently:
If it had only been a man she killedbut another woman! and I, exasperated and illogical: Anyway, you are obliged to admit that she tried hard enough to kill a man.
After I got back home he sent me a letter which I may not print here. But I shall hand it down to my children, and they will keep it as one of the precious possessions of their father, long after I have ceased to live and write. One sentence in it I have no right to withhold, for it turns the light on his character and way of thinking as few things do:
Whatever I do, old friend, believe it will be because after painful groping I see my duty in some given path.
So it was always with him. His duty was made clear when the commission of experts he