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unt of individual excellence would avail against the paralysis which would follow inability to work as a coherent whole, under skilful and daring leadership. The Congress should provide means whereby it will be possible to have field exercise by at least a division of regulars, and, if possible, also a division of national guardsmen, once a year. These exercises might take the form of field manoeuvres; or, if on the Gulf coast or the Pacific or Atlantic seaboard, or in the region of the Great Lakes, the army corps when assembled could be marched from some inland point to some point on the water, there embarked, disembarked after a couple of days' journey at some other point, and again marched inland. Only by actual handling and providing for men in masses while they are marching, camping, embarking and disembarking will it be possible to train the higher officers to perform their duties well and smoothly. A great debt is owing from the public to the men of the army and navy. T
The Hague (Netherlands) (search for this): entry roosevelt-theodore
rent category, being merely a most regrettable but necessary international police duty which must be performed for the sake of the welfare of mankind. Peace can only be kept with certainty where both sides wish to keep it; but more and more the civilized peoples are realizing the wicked folly of war and are attaining that condition of just and intelligent regard for the rights of others which will in the end, as we hope and believe, make world-wide peace possible. The peace conference at The Hague gave definite expression to this hope and belief and marked a stride towards their attainment. This same peace conference acquiesced in our statement of the Monroe doctrine as compatible with the purposes and aims of the conference. The Monroe doctrine. The Monroe doctrine should be the cardinal feature of the foreign policy of all the nations of the two Americas, as it is of the United States. Just seventy-eight years have passed since President Monroe in his annual message anno
Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): entry roosevelt-theodore
it is now accepted as a simple matter of course. Indeed, it is probable that supervision of corporations by the national government need not go so far as is now the case with the supervision exercised over them by so conservative a State as Massachusetts in order to produce excellent results. When the Constitution was adopted, at the end of the eighteenth century, no human wisdom could foretell the sweeping changes, alike in industrial and political conditions, which were to take place by army, as in the navy, should be greatly reduced. What is needed is proved power of command and capacity to work well in the field. Constant care is necessary to prevent dry-rot in the transportation and commissary departments. Manoeuvres in Mass. Our army is so small and so much scattered that it is very difficult to give the higher officers (as well as the lower officers and the enlisted men) a chance to practise manoeuvres in mass and on a comparatively large scale. In time of need
Dutch (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): entry roosevelt-theodore
, and Vice-President of the United States on the ticket with President McKinley in 1900. His publications include Winning of the West; Life of Thomas Hart Benton; Life of Gouverneur Morris; Naval War of 1812; History of New York; American ideals and other essays; The wilderness Hunter; Ranch life and the hunting-trail; Hunting trips of a Ranchman; The rough Riders; The strenuous life; and Life of Cromwell, and a large number of magazine articles. Mr. Roosevelt belongs to one of the old Dutch families which have been connected with New York since the days of the Dutch supremacy. As a boy he was rather The birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, 28 East twentieth Street, New York City. delicate in health, but possessing great nervous power and a strong will he succeeded through an out-door life, combined with athletics and sport, in so building up his physique that he became an allaround athlete. While a thorough party man, he never hesitated to attack all suspicious legislation, op
Oyster Bay, L. I. (New York, United States) (search for this): entry roosevelt-theodore
farmers, merchants, manufacturers, and wage-workers; and yet we must also remember in dealing with other nations that benefits must be given where benefits are sought. It is not possible to dogmatize as to the exact way of attaining this end; for the exact conditions cannot be foretold. In the long run one of our prime needs is stability and continuity of economic policy; and yet, through treaty or by direct legislation, it may, at least in certain cases, become Roosevelt's home at Oyster Bay, L. I. advantageous to supplement our present policy by a system of reciprocal benefit and obligation. Throughout a large part of our national career our history has been one of expansion, the expansion being of different kinds at different times. This explanation is not a matter of regret, but of price. It is vain to tell a people as masterful as ours that the spirit of enterprise is not safe. The true American has never feared to run risks when the prize to be won was of sufficient va
Annapolis (Maryland, United States) (search for this): entry roosevelt-theodore
vite not merely disaster, but the bitterest shame and humiliation. Four thousand additional seamen and 1,000 additional marines should be provided; and an increase in the officers should be provided by making a large addition to the classes at Annapolis. There is one small matter which should be mentioned in connection with Annapolis. The pretentious and unmeaning title of naval cadet should be abolished; the title of midshipman, full of historic association, should be restored. Even in tAnnapolis. The pretentious and unmeaning title of naval cadet should be abolished; the title of midshipman, full of historic association, should be restored. Even in time of peace a war-ship should be used until it wears out, for only so can it be kept fit to respond to any emergency. The officers and men alike should be kept as much as possible on blue water, for it is there only they can learn their duties as they should be learned. The big vessels should be manoeuvred in squadrons containing not merely battleships, but the necessary proportion of cruisers and scouts. The torpedo-boats should be handled by the younger officers' in such manner as will b
Ohio Valley (California, United States) (search for this): entry roosevelt-theodore
rmity with State laws and without interference with those laws or with vested rights. The policy of the national government should be to aid irrigation in the several States and Territories in such a manner as will enable the people in the local communities to help themselves, and as will stimulate needed reforms in the State laws and regulations governing irrigation. The reclamation and settlement of the arid lands will enrich every portion of our country, just as the settlement of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys brought prosperity to the Atlantic States. The increased demand for manufactured articles will stimulate industrial production, while wider home markets and the trade of Asia will consume the larger food supplies and effectually prevent Western competition with Eastern agriculture. Indeed, the products of irrigation will be consumed chiefly in upbuilding local centres of mining and other industries, which would otherwise not come into existence at all. Our people as
Minnesota (Minnesota, United States) (search for this): entry roosevelt-theodore
under the law must be supplemented by material, by industrial development. Every encouragement should be given to their commercial development, to the introduction of American industries and products; not merely because this will be a good thing for our people, but infinitely more because it will be of incalculable benefit to the people of the Philippines. We shall make mistakes; and if we let these mistakes frighten us from work, we shall show ourselves weaklings. Half a century ago Minnesota and the two Dakotas were Indian hunting-grounds. We committed plenty of blunders, and now and then worse than blunders, in our dealings with the Indians. But who does not admit at the present day that we were right in wresting from barbarism and adding to civilization the territory out of which we have made these beautiful States? And now we are civilizing the Indian and putting him on a level to which he could never have attained under the old conditions. In the Philippines let us r
officials, however high in rank, recognized as responsible for or having participated in the outbreak. Official examinations have been forbidden for a period of five years in all cities in which foreigners have been murdered or cruelly treated, and edicts have been issued making all officials directly responsible for the future safety of foreigners and for the suppression of violence against them. Provisions have been made for insuring the future safety of the foreign representatives in Peking by setting aside for their exclusive use a quarter of the city which the powers can make defensible, and in which they can, if necessary, maintain permanent military guards; by dismantling the military works between the capital and the sea, and by allowing the temporary maintenance of foreign military posts along this line. An edict has been issued by the Emperor of China prohibiting for two years the importation of arms and ammunition into China. China has agreed to pay adequate indemniti
Missouri (Missouri, United States) (search for this): entry roosevelt-theodore
ne hundredth anniversary of the Louisiana purchase. This purchase was the greatest instance of expansion in our history. It definitely decided that we were to become a great continental republic, by far the foremost power in the Western Hemisphere. It is one of three or four great landmarks in our history — the great turning-points in our development. It is eminently fitting that all our people should join with heartiest good — will in commemorating it, and the citizens of St. Louis, of Missouri, of all the adjacent region, are entitled to every aid in making the celebration a noteworthy event in our annals. We earnestly hope that foreign nations will appreciate the deep interest our country takes in this exposition, and our view of its importance from every stand-point, and that they will participate in securing its success. The national government should be represented by a full and complete set of exhibits. The people of Charleston, with great energy and civic spirit, are
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