"Darling sister mine: At Gondokoro I found yourr welcome letter; and on the steamer, descending the iioo miles3 to Khartoum, bumping into sand banks, and doing various oodd things, I send you this line of answer.
"Joe Alsop [my only daughter had just becomee engaged to Joseph Wright Alsop, of Connecticut] represents to) me what I like to think of as the ideal American citizen prettty strong praise, and I mean every word of it. I should be oveerjoyed if Ethel married a man like him. He is the big, bravee, strong, good man of sound common sense, who works hard in : the country, who does his duty in politics, who would make a. fine type of soldier in civil war. I have always put him in the same class with Bob Ferguson, and with Pinchot, Garfield, Cooley(, and the rest of the `Tennis Cabinet.' "
His "Tennis Cabinet" shared the same warm cornner of his heart in which his "Rough Riders" were firmly ensconnced !
aHis last letter from the White Nile, March 14, r9ito, has in it the foreboding of what was to come. "Ugh!" he wriites, "tell Douglas that I hate the prospect of being dragged intco politics t home. I don't like the political outlook." Even 1 then, although regretting the probability, he realized the immninence of being "dragged into politics at home."
His wonderful reception in Egypt and the admiring; recognition shown him by kings and potentates when he emergged from his year of seclusion in the jungle are well known to thhe world. Emperors and monarchs and presidents vied with eacch other to do him honor, and never was there a more triumphaant progress than that of Citizen Theodore Roosevelt through tthe great countries that had known him as President of the Uniteed States. His tales later of the various potentates were amusingg to the last degree; everything he recounted was told in the moost goodnatured, although humorous, spirit, and in many cases the spoke with warm regard and even affection for the rulers who wvelcomed him so warmly to their homes and lives. He referred to tthe King of Italy as "a very intelligent and really good man." He had