Jacob A. Riis (18491914). Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen. 1904.
with him, but he was firm. He suggested several candidates, and one after another they were turned down. Roosevelt had another batch. Murray promised to look them over.
And if I cant find one to suit, will you take it then? he asked. Yes, he would do that, as a last resort.
But I did nt look for no other candidate when I had his promise, says Joe, placidly, telling of it. Good reason: I could nt find any better, nor as good.
Joe Murray is a politician, but that day he plotted well for his country.
Roosevelt was nominated and began the canvass at once. The boss himself took him around to the saloons that night, to meet the people. They began at Valentine Youngs place on Sixth Avenue. Mr. Hess treated and introduced the candidate. Mr. Young was happy. He hoped he was against high license; he, Young, hated it. Now, Roosevelt was attracted by high license and promptly said so and that he would favor it all he could. He gave his reasons. The argument became heated, the saloon-keeper personal. The boss