Theodore Roosevelt: A Biography

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Chapter III
RETURN TRIUMPHANT

AT TIMES despite the cheers of the populace and the eager hospitality of the reigning monarchs, Roosevelt was not completely happy as he moved through Europe. Taft, who was to have been "the greatest President, bar only Washington and Lincoln,"1 had become involved in controversies that caused forebodings in the heart of his predecessor. Newspaper correspondents, who had flocked to the edge of the jungle to meet the hunter of lions, reported the President's surrender to the forces which Roosevelt had fought. Would he return to do battle with these foes, and seek the 1912 nomination for himself? In March and April, 1910, however, Roosevelt was beset only by doubts and misgivings. He well knew the complications that Taft was facing. At intervals, since March of 1909, he had been receiving reports from Cabot Lodge. The Massachusetts Senator had, among other things, described the administration's attempts toward tariff reduction.

"Of course," answered Roosevelt from Nairobi, "you are bound to have dissatisfaction with any Tariff Bill."2

Washington, while Roosevelt was in Africa, was in political turmoil, and the details must have seemed vague and remote as they reached the former President. Two controversies, in particular, were to be used as ammunition against Taft when the break leading to the Bull Moose movement finally came. The first was the removal of Chief Forester Gifford Pinchot by Taft. The second was the struggle of insurgents in the House to clip the autocratic wings of Speaker Cannon. Taft's action in selecting his own Cabinet and in declining to continue Henry White as ambassador to France were not issues until Roosevelt's anger again distorted his memory. Roosevelt told Lodge in July, 1909, that he was "pleased but not surprised" to hear that Taft's official family was doing well.3 He was disappointed that White, for trivial reasons worse than none at all, was not to be retained at Paris; Taft had assured him that

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1
Roosevelt to Taft, Aug. 7, 1908.
2
Lodge, H. C., Op. cit., Vol. II, pp. 329-35.

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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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