April 4, 1917.
My dear Theodore: -
As I telegraphed you, your telegram went to the House.
I was at the Capitol all day after the Senate adjourned,pre-
paring a little speech which I made this morning. I send you a
rough,uncorrected proof that you may look it over and although
very brief I think you will find that it preaches our doctrine.
It was a great disappointment to miss you,for if I had got your
telegram I could have arranged to see you as well as not and I
should care for nothing so much at this moment.
The pacifist crowd I went out in the corridor to speak
with was composed of one woman and half a dozen men. They were
very violent and very abusive and I was engaged in backing away
from them and saying that we must agree to differ when the Ger-
man member of their party said "You are a damned coward". I walked
up tp hit and said "You are a damned liar" and he hit me and I
hit him. Then all the pacifists rushed at me and I thought I
was in for a bad time buy my secretaries sallied forth to my
rescue and there was a mixup. The pacifist who attacked me got
badly beaten up and it all ended very comfortably and without
hurt to me. At my age there is a certain aspect of folly about
the whole thing and yet I am glad that I hit him. The Senators
all appeared to be perfectly delighted with my having done so
and some of them told me today that the further one went from
Washington the more complete my action seemed. Watson said that
in Indiana the general belief was, he gathered, that I had beaten
general belief probably was that I had killed him,- all of which
for the moment has made me extremely popular.
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