Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919). Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children. 1919.

Skip and Archie

White House, October 23, 1906.

Archie is very cunning and has handicap races with Skip. He spreads his legs, bends over, and holds Skip between them. Then he says, “On your mark, Skip, ready; go!” and shoves Skip back while he runs as hard as he possibly can to the other end of the hall, Skip scrambling wildly with his paws on the smooth floor until he can get started, when he races after Archie, the object being for Archie to reach the other end before Skip can overtake him.