36o My Brother Theodore Roosevelt
told me afterward that that speech in Carnegie Hall was one of the most convincing and thrilling appeals to patriotism ever made by Theodore Roosevelt.
A few days later, always true to his interest in the colored people, he made an address under the auspices of the Negro Circle, and again I was to have been present and was prevented by my condition of health. The following week when I was better I telegraphed to Oyster Bay to ask him, if possible, to lunch with me in New York, and to my distress received an answer that he was not well enough to come to New York, but would I come out and spend the night at Oyster Bay instead? When I arrived at Sagamore Hill, I could not but feel worried to find him in bed, and in much pain, which, however, he entirely disregarded, and we had one of the most delightful evenings that I ever remember spending with him. I had brought, thinking that it might interest him, Professor William Lyon Phelps's book on "Modern Poetry," and during the time that I left his room to take dinner with my sister-in-law, he had read so much and with such avidity that I felt on my return to his bedside that he had assimilated the whole volume. In spite of pain and politics, he threw himself into a discussion of modern American poetry, taking up author after author and giving me rapid criticisms or appreciations. He took much interest in both Edgar Lee Masters and Vachel Lindsay, struck with the masterful
story-telling quality of the one and the curious rhythmic metre
of the other, and the strong Americanism of both.
From poetry we wandered across political fields together,
and he discussed the armistice which had just been signed, and
which he said he could not but regret from the standpoint of
the future. He felt that for all the days to come it would have
been better had Germany's army had to return to the Father
land an insignificant and defeated fraction of its original strength,
and had the Allies entered Berlin as victors. This opinion,
although very strong, was not in any way advanced as a criti
cism of the signing of the armistice, which he appeared to feel
had been inevitable. We talked until twelve o'clock that night