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President Roosevelt to the Emperor of Japan.


The American people are deeply grieved and shocked at the terrible naval disaster which has just caused the loss of the lives of so many [Page 506] gallant officers and men of the Japanese Navy. On their behalf and personally on my own account I desire to express my profound sympathy and concern, and I wish it were in my power to show this sympathy in more practical fashion than by mere words.

Theodore Roosevelt.