Excerpt from The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, Vol. 4: Memorial Edition The Century Dictionary defines Introduction as the act of making acquainted; a formal presentation. The presumption, the absolute needlessness of any such at tempt ou my part in regard to Colonel Theodore Roose velt or his writings, has impelled me to change the title Of these few words. And my pen falters even in an Appreciation. Colonel Roosevelt and one other have touched my life as no other human beings ever can, and my host of intimate memories from the first time I ever spoke to him to his last letter, which reached me twenty four hours after his death - these are too perfect to dis turb, rearrange, and attempt to translate into abortive words, impotent phrases.
If I could possess only a single volume of Colonel Roosevelt's I should choose A book-lover's Holidays in the Open, for in it are some of his most relaxed, his richest, literary moments. Once when we were walking Indian file down a steep wood trail headed away from Sagamore Hill, he turned suddenly and said.
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