INAUGURATED PRESIDENT--DEATH OF JOHN HAY
THE attendance at the Inauguration exercises in March, 1905, exceeded all previous records. It was estimated that fully 500,000 people were in the city. The weather was exceptionally fine for the season, and thus favorable for the parade which numbered 35,000 men and was three and a half hours passing the reviewing stand upon which the President stood. Roosevelt's correspondence contains much interesting matter relating to the exercises. On the night before the exercises he received this memorable letter:
DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
WASHINGTON, March 3,1905.
The hair in this ring is from the head of Abraham Lincoln. Dr. Taft cut it off the night of the assassination, and I got it from his son--a brief pedigree.
Please wear it to-morrow; you are one of the men who most thoroughly understand and appreciate Lincoln.
I have had your monogram and Lincoln's engraved on the ring.
Longas, O utinam, bone dux, ferias, Praestes Hesperiae.*
To a telegram of congratulation from Elihu Root, he replied on March 6, 1905:
I appreciate the telegram. No one did more than you