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"President Welcomed- Colonel Roosevelt given enthusiastic greeting in our towns" article in The Greenfield Recorder
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President Theodore Roosevelt made a tour of the New England states during the last week of August and first few days of September, 1902. This was truly a "whistle stop" tour as he often made eight speeches a day. On September 1, 1902, President Roosevelt arrived at the Mount Hermon train station in West Northfield, Massachusetts, and was transported to the chapel at the Mount Hermon School for Boys, where he gave a short address which lasted two minutes. Upon leaving the chapel, President Roosevelt was taken by carriage down the hill, across the Connecticut River and into the center of Northfield where the road was lined with a crowd of people. At 8:00 PM, the president was taken to the auditorium of the Northfield Seminary for Girls, where he was met by an audience of 3000, and a choir of 400 boys. Here, he gave a rousing, thirty minute speech, the text of which is printed at the end of this article.
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