Theodore Roosevelt: A Biography

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Chapter X
A JOB ONCE MORE

IN POLITICAL life, among the virtuous as well as among the corrupt, the enemies of yesteryear are the allies of today. Like the law, politics is an unmoral trade. Roosevelt must have been aware of this, although he often denied its implications. He never permitted hostilities of the past to interfere with subsequent harmony.

In 1889, the Harrison administration was under obligation to James G. Blaine and he was appointed Secretary of State. Misunderstanding regarding Roosevelt's real opinion of the "Man from Maine" is not possible but, for the moment, Blaine was again important. He had the ear of the President. So Roosevelt permitted him to urge upon the President his desire for a Federal appointment. "I hope you will tell Blaine how much I appreciate his kind expressions," he told Lodge in March, 1889.

Roosevelt was even willing to serve as Assistant Secretary of State under the man whose integrity he had questioned. The correspondence with Lodge reveals his disappointment when the appointment was not offered. "I would like above all things to go into politics," he said in the same letter. He added despondently that since this was not to be he would "go in for literature."1Lodge, however, continued to press Roosevelt's eligibility and to point out, at Washington, the assistance he had given in the November campaign. He reported that General Harrison seemed cordial, that Speaker Thomas B. Reed was also bringing pressure on the White House. 2

Ultimately, Harrison admitted that Roosevelt constituted a minor obligation. He had a reputation for civil service reform, and the President won credit for the administration and satisfied Roosevelt's friends by tendering appointment to the United States Civil Service Commission. The post paid only $3,500 a year. It controlled no patronage. No one at the Capital expected, or desired, that the commission would accomplish more in the future than it had done in the past. It was an ap

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Lodge H. C., op. cit., Vol. I, p. 74.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Book I 1
  • Chapter I - Teedie 3
  • Chapter II - Growth 16
  • Chapter III - Thou Goddess, Indifference! 26
  • Chapter IV - Alice Lee 40
  • Chapter V - Butter and Jam 54
  • Chapter VI - I Rose like a Rocket 65
  • Chapter VII - Practical Politician 79
  • Chapter VIII - Gentleman Cowhand 92
  • Chapter IX - The Years Between 106
  • Chapter X - A Job Once More 120
  • Chapter XI - Sword of Righteousness 132
  • Chapter XII - The Nation in Peril 152
  • Chapter XIII - Lord of the Navy 165
  • Chapter XIV - A Bully Fight 181
  • Chapter XV - Reward for a Hero 201
  • Chapter XVI - Yearnings and Consummation 216
  • Book II 235
  • Chapter I - Middle of the Road 237
  • Chapter II - The First Attack 251
  • Chapter III - The Rights of Labor 264
  • Chapter IV - The Big Stick 279
  • Chapter V - Setting for a Melodrama 301
  • Chapter VI - I Took Panama 315
  • Chapter VII - Trimming Sail 339
  • Chapter VIII - The Imperial Years Begin 359
  • Chapter IX - Imperial Years 372
  • Chapter X - The Japanese Menace 398
  • Chapter XI - Malefactors of Great Wealth 413
  • Chapter XII - The Wicked Speculators 432
  • Chaper XIII - Substantial Justice 446
  • Chapter XIV - Handing Down the Law 465
  • Chapter XV - End of the Reign 476
  • Book III 495
  • Chapter I - The First Error 497
  • Chapter II - Among the Kings 508
  • Chapter III - Return Triumphant 525
  • Chapter IV - True Democracy 540
  • Chapter V - Battling for the Lord 553
  • Chapter VI - Drums of War 572
  • Chapter VII - The Final Blow 589
  • Appendix 605
  • Bibliography 607
  • Index 613
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