The Rough Riders
AS COLONEL OF THE ROUGH RIDERS
Colonel Roosevelt in camp with his regiment, the First Volunteer Calvary
at Tampa, Florida, previous to embarkation for Cuba
WITH PORTRAIT FRONTISPIECE
Published with the Permission of the President
Through Special Arrangement with
Charles Scribner's Sons
P.F. COLLIER & SON
By CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS
This edition is published under arrangement with
Charles Scribner's Sons, of New York
ON BEHALF OF THE ROUGH RIDERS
I DEDICATE THIS BOOK
TO THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE
FIVE REGULAR REGIMENTS
WHICH TOGETHER WITH MINE MADE UP THE
CAVALRY DIVISION AT SANTIAGO
Albany, N. Y.,
May 1, 1899
Hark! I hear the tramp of thousands,
And of armed men the hum;
Lo! a nation's hosts have gathered
Round the quick-alarming drum—
Ere your heritage be wasted," said the quick-alarming drum.
"Let me of my heart take counsel;
War is not of Life the sum;
Who shall stay and reap the harvest
When the autumn days shall come?"
But the drum
Death shall reap the braver harvest," said the solemn-sounding drum.
"But when won the coming battle,
What of profit springs therefrom?
What if conquest, subjugation,
Even greater ills become?"
But the drum
You must do the sum to prove it," said the Yankee-answering drum.