Theodore Roosevelt: A Biography

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Chapter I
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

THE shots that wounded McKinley echoed through Wall Street. The respectables who had been so frightened in 1896 and 1900 over the menace of Bryanism, forgot that Theodore Roosevelt had been their valiant warrior in the days of national peril.

The news from Buffalo on September 6, 1901, reached New York after the stock market had closed, but important figures in the financial world remained at their desks and made plans to halt the bear raids certain to occur when trading began in the morning. In the large brokerage houses, telegraphers gossiped in dots and dashes over private wires, and told their employers how word of the attempted assassination had reached J. P. Morgan. It was shortly after 5 o'clock; the colossus was passing from the building when a newspaper reporter halted him.

"What!" exclaimed Morgan, grasping the journalist's arm. He hurried back into his office and ordered assistants to telephone for confirmation. Just then another reporter came in, with a copy of the first extra under his arm. Morgan read it slowly, muttered something to the effect that it was "sad. . . sad," and declined to comment. Such was the version published the following morning. 1 Far more extravagant accounts circulated through Wall Street. Morgan, said these rumors, had wheeled like a man stricken. He had cursed and staggered to his desk while his face flamed red and then turned ashen. The faces of lesser men paled at these descriptions, for the inference was that untold millions in security values were in danger. 2 At the Hotel Lorraine, Charles M. Schwab, of the newly organized United States Steel Corporation, abandoned his customary optimism to say that business would surely suffer if the President died. 3

So McKinley must not die, and on September 7 reassurances came from the surgeons. These, combined with preparations during the night,

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1
New York Times, Sept. 7, 1901.
2
White William Allen, Masks in a Pageant, pp. 295-96.
3
New York Times, Sept, 7, 1901.

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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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