Image from page 236 of "Theodore Roosevelt, twenty-sixth president of the United States. A typical American" (1901)
Subjects: Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Publisher: Chicago, S. Stone
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asdestroyed by a submarine mine in the supposedsecurity of Havana harbor. Captain Sigsbee,of the sunken craft, appealed to the Americanpeople for a suspension of judgment until aninvestigation could be had. But the nation haddecided. The case had been tried. The Span-iards were found guilty in the court of Americancommon sense. The Maine was blown up on thenight of February 15, 1898. April 20 PresidentMcKinley cabled to Minister Woodford, at Ma-drid, the ultimatum of the United States: Spainmust retire from Cuba and Cuban waters withinthirty days, or take the consequences. The nextday, before he could present the demand of hisGovernment, General Woodford was handed hispassports, by order of the ministry at Madrid,and thus officially terminated the friendly rela-tions of the two governments. It was the finalact in a remarkable succession of events whichproved Spains contempt for the United States—which illustrated her remarkable ignoranceboth of the power against which she flung her-
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MR. ROOSEVELT, AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY,IN HIS OFFICE AT WASHINGTON PBEPAKING FOR WAR. 209 self and the result that was morally certain tofollow. April 25 Congress, responding to a specialmessage from the President, declared war withSpain to be in existence, and that it had existedsince April 21, when Spain herself had severedrelations with our Government. That same daythe Presidents proclamation was given to theworld. And the end for which so many forces ofhumanity, of justice and of national and individ-ual interest had labored through fifty years wasaccomplished. The protest of a Christian nationagainst such savagery as heathens have notequaled was recorded. It is a little curious to reflect just here on theservice Mr. Eoosevelt had rendered his countryin the short year of his labor in the navy depart-ment. So far as the army was concerned, therewas a distressing state of unpreparedness.The word is not agreeable to the ear, but itexpresses the situation wonderfully well.
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