mittee, on no matter what important business, did not receive the congratulations of that eclectic President at his summer home at Oyster Bay!] I shall never forget the enthusiasm of the gathering, nor how, no sooner had either Sullivan or I presented a member of the team to the President, than he would, by use of his wonderful memory and in his most inspiring manner, tell the special athlete all about his own performance,-how far he had put the shot to win his event, or how gamely he had run; by how much he had beaten his competitor; his new worldrecord time, and the like. At the time I marvelled, and I thought even one as great as he must have `brushed up' for the occasion, but `Billy' Loeb, his Secretary, told me afterwards that it was not so, and that all during the Games he was kept constantly informed of the result of the performances of our boys; and while he actually knew none of these boys by sight, he not only knew them by name, but their performances as well. Not only to me, but to all gathered at this reception was this feat of memory most astounding. Mr. Roosevelt's gracious cordiality, his fine speech of congratulation, and his magnetic personality had such an effect on all that it was with great difficulty that they could be literally driven from the grounds and onto the Long Island boat for their return to New York.
"Michael Murphy, the trainer, many years trainer at Yale, and thereafter at `Pennsylvania,' and also for the New York Athletic Club, whose team in 1895 was triumphant over the great team of the London Athletic Club, was also a member of the party. On the way back in the boat I happened to pass through the cabin, which was entirely empty except for Michael Murphy, who, like the all but wizened-up old man he was, having but about a quarter of a lung, and deaf except to those things which he could not hear, sat huddled in a corner. I went up to Mike and said, `What are you doing?' He answered, `I am
thinking !' I replied, `Yes, that is evident; but what are you
thinking about?' He then said: `Well, Mr. Kirby, I suppose
there is no doubt but that I am the greatest trainer of men in