|TR dispatching an unpatriotic bigfoot on one of Roosevelt's trips |
to the Pacific Northwest. By the fantastic artist Sharpwriter.
The Spokane Daily Chronicle said he was “cheered repeatedly by immense throngs” topping 20,000.
His speech was filled with “Teddyisms,” and a “mere stenographic report fails to do justice to the situation.” His speech was peppered with “hot shots” like this: “I would rather see the cost of production enhanced than see it kept low by underpaid labor.” ...
The former president praised the people of Spokane – which had always been a Teddy stronghold – and called them “the real progressives.” The Spokesman-Review abandoned any pretense of impartiality in its main story, referring to him as “the human dynamo” and “the man who is leading the fight for honest politics.”
Last spring one of my students, Lee Nilsson, created an excellent tour stop for Spokane Historical titled “Theodore Roosevelt on the Parade Grounds.” Lee is a real ham and even did his own dramatic reading of the speech that TR gave in Spokane.
I was reminded of Lee's work and Kershner's column today when I was exploring the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project website. This wonderful project at UC-Santa Barbara is digitizing thousands of wax cylinders and putting them online. I was looking for specifically Pacific Northwest content and did not have much luck--except for a handful of Roosevelt speeches:
The farmer and the business man
3708: Edison Blue Amberol
1148: Edison Amberol
The right of the people to rule
3707: Edison Blue Amberol
1149: Edison Amberol
William H. Taft.
10002: Edison Gold Moulded Record
Social and industrial justice
3709: Edison Blue Amberol
1147: Edison Amberol
Take a listen to Lee's TR, and then to the man himself. I think Lee did pretty well!