On the Beat
As much as Edith initially had resisted the move from Washington, Roosevelt's return to New York politics simplified their life. No longer would they--meaning Edith, mostly--have to arrange the annual migrations from Long Island to Washington and back. There would still be the moves from Sagamore Hill to Manhattan, to the house on Madison Avenue, but that was a much easier expedition. Moreover, Edith wouldn't have to deal with the lengthy summer absences of her husband; now that the train ran clear to Oyster Bay, it was possible for him to commute into town daily to work.
The children needed their father more than ever. They were getting bigger, and there were more of them. Alice was eleven, as headstrong as always, if perhaps ever so slightly more gracious in insisting on having her way. Ted was seven, Kermit five, and Ethel three. The newest arrival was Archie, born in April 1894 and named for Archibald Bulloch, Theodore's great-great-grandfather, who had been Georgia's governor ("president," to be precise) during the American Revolution. Theodore's researches into the Revolutionary period had reminded him of his familial connection to that heroic age, and he had been eager for the opportunity to attach his famous ancestor's name to a son.
In light of his growing family, another advantage of Roosevelt's new job was that it paid better than the Civil Service Commission; he would now receive six thousand dollars per year. This advantage was partially offset, however, by the crimp his new responsibilities would put in his literary career and the income his books and articles brought in. Unlike the civil service job, the police post was full-time and then some. Crime