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they'd cut the list to the bone in order to make the expenditure of strength which the new Governor would have to put out on just merely superficial social contact as little as possible, so that he would have such strength as necessary for his direct contact with people he wanted to be on good terms with. Leading members of the Legislature, of course, would be asked to sit down with him.

Then began the social practise which went on all through the time he was Governor. This was where Mrs. Roosevelt was so clever and so good. She would even ask one or two other people to help her. An arrangement was made so that it wasn't easy to go up and mob the Governor, but never by state police or military aides. It was rather done by pleasant looking ladies and gentlemen who merely waylaid you and engaged you in conversation if you started for the Governor. That kept people off the Governor while he had a conversation with somebody who had been asked to sit down and talk with him. Then Mrs. Roosevelt, or one of the measengers she had enlisted, would go and say to “So-and-So,” “Wouldn't you like to have a little talk with the Governor?,” and then would lead him up. That would displace the person who was talking to the Governor. He'd sit down and stay there until Mrs. Roosevelt thought he'd talked long enough. Then

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