WASHINGTON, March 4, 1913 (UP) -- President Taft became "citizen" Taft today. His four years service as chief executive of the nation closed when Woodrow Wilson, with upraised hand, took the solemn oath of office at the capitol.
Taft's retirement was marked by the courteous dignity for which he has been famous for four year. The "Taft smile" remained wreathing his face. He was the epitome of philosophic self-effacement.
Honor to the outgoing occupants of the white house rivaled that shown the newcomers. The nation's "goodby" to Mr. Taft and his family was with as sincere well wishes as the welcome to the new presidential family.
When the president-elect was escorted from the Shoreham hotel to the white house at 10:30 this morning, the beginning of the end of the Taft administration approached. When their train left for the south Washington said its adieu to the Tafts.
President Taft went to his offices for a last clean-up early after breakfast and then returned to the white house to await the arrival of the president-elect in the east room at 10:30. There a brief reception was held for the president-elect's party before the outgoing and incoming executives stepped into an open carriage for the ride to the capital.
By returning to the white house with the new president, Mr. Taft followed a precedent practically unbroken except by President Roosevelt four years ago, when the latter went directly from the capitol to his train at the Union station.
Augusta, Ga., is the destination of the Tafts. They plan to remain there about three weeks before leaving for New Haven, Conn., where Mr. Taft will take up his duties as a professor in the Yale University law school. The president said today he proposed to get a good rest by playing golf daily and taking a complete "rest cure."