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Hobson's choice - you can go or stay

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A man wearing a hat labeled "Oregon," and holding two handguns, gives Chinese men a "Hobson's choice" or the option of leaving by jumping off a cliff into the sea below (on the right) or staying and being shot to death (on the left). At his feet is a "Treaty with China" torn in half.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Chinese; Race discrimination; Treaties; Oregon; China

Date: 1886-02-24

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Frederick Courteney Selous

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Assistant Secretary Roosevelt is glad that Frederick Courteney Selous enjoyed his hunting trip, but is melancholy to realize that the United States has lost so much of its hunting grounds. Roosevelt recalls a few of his own hunting experiences: "I was just in time to see the last of the real wilderness life and real wilderness hunting." Roosevelt also recommends several books to Selous and provides information about his experience ranching in North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Books and reading; Deer; Elk; Hunting; Ranching; Ranch life; Bear hunting; Wilderness areas; Elephants; Hunting guides; Publications; North Dakota; British Columbia; Alaska; Rocky Mountains; Oregon; United States, West; Maine; New York (State); Montana; Wyoming; North Dakota--Little Missouri National Grassland; Boone and Crockett Club; Buxton, Edward North, 1840-1924

Date: 1897-11-30

Letter from Thomas Alexander Wood to Theodore Roosevelt

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Thomas Alexander Wood, Grand Commander of the Indian War Veterans, writes to Governor Roosevelt asking for help in the passage of House Bill 53 and Senate Bill 340, which would provide benefits for Veterans of the Indian Wars.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Pacific Coast Indians, Wars with (1847-1865); Indians of North America; Territorial expansion; Pioneers; Veterans--Law and legislation--U.S. states; Oregon, Western

Date: 1900-02-10

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to William S. Cowles

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Governor Roosevelt encloses a document from an Oyster Bay, New York, neighbor who has questions regarding what circumstances would allow his discharge. Roosevelt is confused over Secretary of State Hay's and President McKinley's views on the canal treaty. If such a canal as they suggest existed during the Spanish-American War there would have been a great deal of anxiety over the Spanish fleet using the canal to attack the Pacific coast or Admiral Dewey in the Philippines. Roosevelt wants a canal held and fortified by the United States.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Military discharge; Canals--Government policy; Canals, Interoceanic--Design and construction; Naval strategy; New York (State)--Oyster Bay; Oregon (Battleship); Hay, John, 1838-1905; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Cervera y Topete, Pascual, 1839-1909; Dewey, George, 1837-1917

Date: 1900-02-16

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to William S. Cowles

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Governor Roosevelt believes that the proposed canal should be fortified. If it is not, the canal would be another weak point to watch over during a conflict. If the canal had existed during the Spanish-American War, American forces would have needed to defend the canal to prevent the Spanish fleet from crossing into the Pacific Ocean and causing problems in a new theater. Roosevelt also favors an American canal as he does not want to see European powers gain new interests in the Americas.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Canals--Government policy; Canals, Interoceanic--Design and construction; Naval strategy; Monroe doctrine; International relations; Great Britain; Germany; France; Central America; Oregon (Battleship); Cervera y Topete, Pascual, 1839-1909; Dewey, George, 1837-1917

Date: 1900-02-26

Letter from Gifford Pinchot to Theodore Roosevelt

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Gifford Pinchot writes to Vice President Roosevelt with a proposed itinerary for an eight to ten week trip to explore the forests and irrigation of the West. Frederick Haynes Newell of the United States Geological Survey has proposed to Pinchot a way in which press coverage could be controlled.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Forests and forestry; Irrigation; Press coverage; Travel; Travel--Planning; United States, West; Arizona--Grand Canyon; California--Sequoia National Park; California--Sierra National Forest Region; Washington (State)--Mount Rainier; North America--North Cascades; United States--Uinta Mountains; Oregon--Dalles Region; New York (State)--Oyster Bay; Newell, Frederick Haynes, 1862-1932

Date: 1901-03-27

Letter from Gifford Pinchot to Theodore Roosevelt

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Gifford Pinchot does not expect Vice President Roosevelt to be able to attend the meeting of the American Forestry Association but hopes he will be able to send a letter as he did last year. Pinchot is taking a short trip to Oregon and is unsure whether he will be able to take a hunting trip in the fall.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Congresses and conventions; Forests and forestry; Hunting; Letters; Travel; Colorado--Denver; Oregon; United States--Black Hills; Oregon--Oregon Cascades Recreation Area; American Forestry Association

Date: 1901-07-23

Letter from W. A. Faulk to Theodore Roosevelt

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W. A. Faulk is seeking a messenger position at the customhouse in Portland, Oregon. He requests an endorsement letter from Vice President Roosevelt.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.; Employment references; Messengers; Oregon--Portland

Date: 1901-08-26

Letter from Herschel V. Jones to Theodore Roosevelt

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Herschel V. Jones is leaving for a three week trip to the Pacific Northwest. He has something interesting to tell Vice President Roosevelt when he is in New York around the beginning of October.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Travel; Pacific Northwest

Date: 1901-09-05

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to the United States War Department

Description:

Vice President Roosevelt requests information on the claim of W. A. Faulk from Portland, Oregon. Faulk served in the Rough Riders with Roosevelt. Faulk is of the opinion that he shouldn't have had to pay for his fare home.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Veterans; Travel costs; Oregon--Portland; United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st

Date: 1901-09-07

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