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A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open by Roosevelt

A BOOK-LOVER'S HOLIDAYS IN THE OPEN

BOOKS BY THEODORE ROOSEVELT

PUBLISHED BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

A BOOK-LOVER'S HOLIDAYS IN THE OPEN. Illustrated. 8vo $2.00 _net_

THROUGH THE BRAZILIAN WILDERNESS. Illustrated. Large 8vo $3.50 _net_

LIFE-HISTORIES OF AFRICAN GAME ANIMALS. With Edmund Heller. Illustrated. 2 vols. Large 8vo $10.00 _net_

AFRICAN GAME TRAILS. An account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist. Illustrated. Large 8vo $4.00 _net_

OUTDOOR PASTIMES OF AN AMERICAN HUNTER. New Edition. Illustrated. 8vo $3.00 _net_

HISTORY AS LITERATURE and Other Essays. 12mo $1.50 _net_

OLIVER CROMWELL. Illustrated. 8vo $2.00 _net_

THE ROUGH RIDERS. Illustrated. 8vo $1.50 _net_

THE ROOSEVELT BOOK. Selections from the Writings of Theodore Roosevelt. 16mo 50 cents _net_

AMERICA AND THE WORLD WAR. 12mo 75 cents _net_

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THE ELKHORN EDITION. Complete Works of Theodore Roosevelt. 26 volumes. Illustrated. 8vo. Sold by subscription.

[Illustration: _From a painting by Theodore B. Pitman in possession of Colonel Roosevelt._

On the brink of the Grand Canyon.]

A BOOK-LOVER'S

HOLIDAYS IN THE OPEN

BY

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

NEW YORK

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

1916

COPYRIGHT, 1916, BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

Published March, 1916

[Illustration]

To

ARCHIE AND QUENTIN

FOREWORD

The man should have youth and strength who seeks adventure in the wide, waste spaces of the earth, in the marshes, and among the vast mountain masses, in the northern forests, amid the steaming jungles of the tropics, or on the deserts of sand or of snow. He must long greatly for the lonely winds that blow across the wilderness, and for sunrise and sunset over the rim of the empty world. His heart must thrill for the saddle and not for the hearthstone. He must be helmsman and chief, the cragsman, the rifleman, the boat steerer. He must be the wielder of axe and of paddle, the rider of fiery horses, the master of the craft that leaps through white water. His eye must be true and quick, his hand steady and strong. His heart must never fail nor his head grow bewildered, whether he face brute and human foes, or the frowning strength of hostile nature, or the awful fear that grips those who are lost in trackless lands. Wearing toil and hardship shall be his; thirst and famine he shall face, and burning fever. Death shall come to greet him with poison-fang or poison-arrow, in shape of charging beast or of scaly things that lurk in lake and river; it shall lie in wait for him among untrodden forests, in the swirl of wild waters, and in the blast of snow blizzard or thunder-shattered hurricane.


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