“Some years ago I lived in the cow country, and was in the cattle business. At the end of one season one of the hands came to me and said: ‘Boss, I would like my time, I am going to spend the winter in the far east.’ I said: ‘All right, but what do you mean by the far east, Norway or Nubia?’ He said, ‘No, Duluth.’ Now Duluth represented to him the easternmost verge of the horizon. East and west, the terms are of no consequence. If the man is a good American, that is the important point; and if he is he will be at home in any part of this country, from one ocean to the other, from the Gulf to the Canadian line.”
Address of President Roosevelt at Bloomington, Illinois, June 3, 1903.
From the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.