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Big Roosevelt Day

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Parent Issue
Day
14
Month
April
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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"Teddy is here," is what was heard oju all thestreetsTuesdaymorning. The words were generally uttered with an expression of feeling bordering on affection, and certainly with great respect. The Michigan Central 7 :45 train from the west was 25 minutes late Tnesday. Prots. Demnion, Trneblood and a large delegation of the members of the Studente' Republican Club were at the depot awaitiug the train. At last wben the train did arrive, there was a rush for the rear where Governor Roosevelt's special car was attacbed. Wheu he alighted he was warmly greeted by Proís. Demmon and Trneblood. The crowd of students gave the U. of M. yell, which pleased the governor, who raised his hat. He looked just like his pictures, carries his shoulders very npright, and his quick, energetio style of walkiug gives a good indication of his well known charaoter. He has a direct, friendly way oí' looking into a mau's eyes when talkiug that is very re-assuring to an honest mau and as disconcerting to a man with a scheme. His accent is that oí' a New Yorker but he proiiounces his words distiuctly aud sharp, olearly indicating that he is accustomcd to give commands. He is a tpyical Arnerican of whom all the people can be prond as one of the best producís of American eitizenship, education aiidcivilizaton. Iu his person can be seeu the f act that a tliorough college eduation to a man who has the stuft' in him, only malees the man a so inuch more usefnl member of the body politie. Uwing to the serious illness of Mrs. Demmoii, wife of Prof. Demm on, where Goveruor Koosevelt was to bave been eutertained, a change had to be made in the arragements and Dr. Angelí aeted as his host. The governor is accompanied by a member of his stalï. The party were driven to Dr. Angelí 's residence where they rested until the bour appointed for the governor to epeak in University hall. Amoug those whom the governor expressed pecial pleasnre in meeting was his old classmate of Harvard, Prof. Gardner S. Lamson, of tbc University School of Mnsie. University hall was crowded and standing room was at a discount whfin Gov. Roosevelt stepped upon the platform at 1 1 o'clock Tuesday. He was aeeompanied by his military secretary, Col. Treadwell and by Dr. Angelí, ExSeuator Torn Palmer, Rev. Rufus Clark and George W. Bates, of Detroit, and the university faeulty. Dr. Angelí introdueed the speaker as 'one of the rare men, who has both writtenvhistory and madw Listory, and done them both equally well. " Mr. Koosevelt eaid lie was glad to talk to any body of undergraduates of i great university because he feit that so much of the futnre depended upon them and men and women like theni. It had been his good fortune in the recent war to have in his regiment so many members of different 'colleges and he paid a tribute to gallant young Norton who was killed at his side. He had always believed in developing the physical as well as the mental side of men, because it meant development of character. üue of the things which had pleased him was the way iu which so niauy applicauts iu the aniiy showed that they eould turn tbeir former athletic traiuing to good account. The thiughe liked especially aboutall college men who weut into the war was that they asked uo favors. He ouly learned that they were college men accidental - ly. The university mau in the war earned the gratitude aud respect of America because he weut in not as a university man bnt as an American. The attitude these mentookin the war, he said, I hope to see them take into the strife iu civil life. I have very small respect for the man who wants to get through life without trouble to avoid the shock of conflict, with the outside world, who waurs to have thiugs made soft. "We llave a right to expect that you who have had such exceptional advantages, will not only to do yonr duty to yonr faimly and yourselves but to the state. If we do not get the leaders of public thought out of such a body, where sball we look lor them? Ve have a right to expect titan you comrnou honesty and conimon sense. I don't kuow which is the worse, the mere machine politiciau or the fooi reformer. That organization is worse thau worthless that has not breathed into it the aspiratiou for higher things. The minute a public man (ases to realizo that all through his public life he must strive to make things better, he beoome-s u.seless. You have got to have the sincere reformer. Organization is useless without them. It is simply a mass of dead maehinery. You have got to have this maehinery put in motion by the reformer, but the reformer must have commou sense or he will ruu the majhiuery wrong or break it. "I hope all of you will go iutopublio life to soine exteut. Always live up to what you say. Don't say anthing before election you don't mean. sAlway put iuto effect after election what jon have said. If yon Bay Romething yon can 't do or have 110 Berions intention of doing, yon kuow in the bottoin of yonr heart that yon lie. The effect upon yourself is bad. Dou't promiRe the impossible aud. don't put the standard so high that yon can't live up to it. Make up your miad what yon can do. Then make yonr performance a little better thau yonr promiee. I have never seen why a lie told on a stump or in a platform is different from any other lie. '■'If yoa start to do something in the way of social reform, don't start with the hope that in three years you can briug about a condition of happiness to all mankind. ïon can't do it, and then yonr are apt to be so disappointed that you inay say there is do use trying. Strive for what is attainable. You will not be able to lift all mankind at a jnmp. Mankind are not built that way. Bad as it is to be one of those men who strive to do too mucn, it is worse to be oue of those who try to do notbing. "The questions of the day bring you face to face with dealing with great corporations, with dealing with the aud even with the vieious and disorderly. There is material enongh hei-e to occupy each of yon here if yon lived many ye-ars. Buf you can do something aud you are bonud to try. Approach thse queetious in a spirit of zealouB euthusiasm but don't forget to nse your common sense. You can work for the practical betterment of conditions as you see them. "You will be bronght face to face with the fact that there are men who combiue primarily to get wealth for themselves. There is uothing detrimental to the community in that. He iustauced armor plate. It was necessary to get the best plate aud to get tbis men of the best businesss ability must be had and they would not work without a good profit. There are some men who look at it from the point of view not of Beeing that good armor plate is obtaiued, but that no man makes anything out of it. They represent hostility to wealth gone crazy. iu Jiew York we have found ourselves confrcnting the fact that great corporations get francihses have gradually trained themselves to look upon the public as legitimare prey. They pursue a most short sighted policy when they fail of their own inanition to see that the public in every way gets its share, because when they do so they add to the forces of discoutent. "If you set yourselves against trying to solve the new problems or laugh at them, you merely briug it about that the lead will be taken by the demagogue. Aud iustead of having to rely only on the iguorant, the envions or the discontented, that demagogue will flnd behind him, in addition. the force of men who feel the evils that shonld be remedied and can't get the proper leader. In the interest, of order, of keeping unbroken the heritage received, it behooves all of you to work for intelligent soluticn of the problerus of the day. Always distrust those who seek to reform by revolution and not by evolution. " In speaking of the sweat shops of New York city, the hot beds of socialism, he said the anti-sweat shop law was not sfroug enough becanse certain employers were so short sighted that they would father keep things as they are even at the risk of au explosión. "I am no believer in that kind of legislatiou which seeks todoaway with inequalities between men. It will not benefit one who is uot strong to have auother man handicapped. But there is au inequality that comes by accident "and is fostered by law. Yon waut to go step by step, bnt let every step be in advance. The very fact that we oppose revolntiouary legislation makes it iucumbent npou ns to huut up aud apply all rational remedies. "I have small respect for the iiiau who looks forward merely to a life of mere selfighness. No man is escnsed trom doing his share iu working for the general good. "