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Jacob A. Riis (1849–1914).  Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen.  1904.

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be proud of, and I—well, we had looked at the rifle together the night before. Really, it is no use for me to try, either.
  But about the score; that was shooting at a target. Hitting a running animal is a different story, as I know to my sorrow. Though Mr. Roosevelt is near-sighted and wears glasses, and though his hand, he says himself, is none too steady, yet he has acquired a very formidable reputation as a hunter, and this, he adds with characteristic touch, because he has “hunted very perseveringly, and by much practice has learned to shoot about as well at a wild animal as at a target.” It is the story of everything he undertook: his opportunities were in nothing unusually great, except in his marvelous mastery over his own mind, his rare faculty of concentration; sometimes he was at a clear disadvantage, as in the matter of physical strength and promise at the outset; yet he won by sheer perseverance. He has killed in his day every kind of large game to be found on the North American continent.
  The “horse and the gun” were having their day. And while he hunted, with the instinct of the naturalist, who lets nothing escape that

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