America of Yesterday: As Reflected in the Journal of John Davis Long ...

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 1923 - United States - 250 pages

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Page 176 - ... McKinley's patience was exhausted by this 'disappointing reception' of his overture for an immediate peace, and he decided to turn the matter over to Congress forthwith. A long message, elucidating the situation and asking for power to intervene by force, if necessary, was sent to the Capitol on April 11. It is an interesting document, but quite as interesting is the light Mr. Long's journal throws upon its preparation.] Monday, April 4, 1898. — This evening at 8 o'clock there is a Cabinet...
Page 178 - Congress. It is a solemn responsibility. I have exhausted every effort to relieve the intolerable condition of affairs which is at our doors.
Page 169 - When Long returned to the office he wrote in his journal that Roosevelt "in his precipitate way, has come very near causing more of an explosion than happened to the Maine.
Page 227 - And all we met was fair and good, And all was good that Time could bring, And all the secret of the Spring Moved in the chambers of the blood ; And many an old philosophy On Argive heights divinely sang, And round us all the thicket rang To many a flute of Arcady.
Page 236 - If the temple of our republic shall ever fall, they will ' still live ' above the ground like those great foundation stones in ancient ruins, which remain in lonely grandeur, unburied in the dust that springs to turf over all else, and making men wonder from what rare quarry...
Page 168 - He is so enthusiastic and loyal that he is in certain respects invaluable; yet I lack confidence in his good judgment and discretion. He goes off very impulsively, and if I have a good night tonight I shall feel that I ought to be back in the Department rather than take a day's vacation.
Page 179 - Do you realize that the President has succeeded in obtaining from Spain a concession upon every ground which he has asked; that Spain has yielded everything up to the present time except the last item of independence for Cuba; that she has released every American prisoner; recalled Weyler; recalled De Lome; changed her reconcentration order; agreed to furnish food, and ordered an armistice?
Page 169 - Having the authority for that time of Acting- Secretary, he immediately began to launch peremptory orders: distributing ships, ordering ammunition, which there is no means to move, to places where there is no means to store it; sending...
Page 156 - I, 446 (March 27, 1869). comes in, and we come near striking fire about a little twopenny appointment of shipkeeper at $2.00 a day at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Representative Butler wants it, and Penrose wants it. It is like a fight of wolves over a carcass. Shameful and disgraceful picture: that a Senator of the United States should be running his legs off, wasting his time, when great questions are at stake, about this carrion of patronage— which very patronage only hurts, instead of helping...
Page 136 - AT THE FIRESIDE.* At nightfall by the firelight's cheer My little Margaret sits me near, And begs me tell of things that were When I was little just like her. Ah ! little lips, you touch the spring Of sweetest sad remembering, And hearth and heart flash all aglow With ruddy tints of long ago. I at my father's fireside sit, Youngest of all who circle it, And beg him tell me what did he When he was little just like me.

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