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AFTER THE FAIR.
Bo Atleen, ray darllnt, you're ben to thsfalr.
And lumolghtyfolM tunes yon were havln',
II bum be I'm leavtn' my wit wld 'em (here,
Mr Irri came to nteto-arni'athree day
And cay he, Terr auey and pert-like, Mr
The iad bid re eome to the Fair, If yo plate
I It dandn' their heart Intoahoe-stringt ye 11
"Ah! thin It's themtelretMiut be molndln'lheir
Bnt It' renr poor shoe-strings I'm thlnkln'
they'd mte . . .
It' Mfle I'd aee o the lad o these part. . .
The while I'd be daacln' wld Fat o' the Lake. "
"ion-re nam, iwe, ibchii -ii wmin' y uim,
It' duelo; wld Faggy I'll be. dear, re know
Jnt look at ma wane,, darilni, don't look
For lPeJealou you'd be, elnceyotir loving m
Bo 11 watn't wld Pat I wieffancTn' at all.
at two (hiwlrn mnttemm . can from the town .
And wld two powdered head on them smiling
It'a Larrl wa watching me angrily then ,
And ear I In hi ear, tery saucy and low,
"Joit look at roe wanee, tiarlmt, don't look
rofiajealou you'd be, since your taring me
o." . . '
We Mood on the door-itlp, my Larrle and me,
And tay be, rery soltly, lookln' up to the
"Amoonkeyye'relorlh', too mane, dear toby
In the light o' your ewate, lovlo' beautiful
ye:" , , 1
And thin, rery nolgh and offirntted, I said
' 'Sore lt'a stories you're tellln't yon niter can
rrore." 1 ,
then rery loft-' 1 Ac you loelng your head?
Whltt( Larrle, my, ,darlnt, lt you that I
Scribntr't for June..
THREE BOTTLES OF CLARET. '
rr'w. c. prims,
Tux Major gat looking Into the fire : for
though It was-Atrgust, we had bright
wom fires in the evenjngs. as we often do
at the Profile Houie. .He looked very
teadlly at the coals on the hearth, shiv
ered once as If be were cold, bolted two
f lasses of claret In quick succession, and
waited, confident that I should hear bis
story at last. Boon he began to talk.
" Draw your chair close up. Light an
other pipe, and fill your glass. It Is a
cold night. My old bones shudder when
I hear the wind wall over the house and
through the trees. Capital claret, that!
John, come In here. Open another bottle
of claret, John. What, not another 1
Certainly, man, I must have it. This is
only the second, and Mr. has drank
half, of course. Not drank any 1 You
don't mean to say that he has been drink
Jntr nothing all the blessed evening?
Effendl. I thought you knew my rules
better than that. But you always would
have your own way.
"One more bottle, John but one. It
shall be the last; and, John, get some
Maraschino one of the thick, black bot
tles with the small necks and open it.
But you know how, old fellow, and Just
do your best to make us comfortable.
" How the wind howls ! My boy, I am
seventy-three years old, and seven days
over. My birthday was a week ago to
day. "An old bachelor! Yea, verily. One
of the oldest kind. But whit is
age? What Is the paltry sum of sev
en'' years ? Do you think I am any older
Inniy soul than Twos half a century ago?
Do you think, because my blood flows
slower, that my mind thinks more slowly,
my feelings spring up less freely, my
hopes are less buoyant, less cheerful. It
thry look forward only weeks instead ot
years? I tell you, noy. that seventy years
are a day in the sweep of memory; and
'once young forever young is the motto
of an Immortal soul. I know that I am
what men call old: I know my cheeks are
wrinkled like parchment, and my lips are
thin, and my head gray even to silver.
But In my sdul I feel that 1 am young, and
I shall be young till the earthly ceases and
the unearthly and eternal begins.
"I have not grown one day older than
I was at thirty-two. All my life long
since that has been one day one short
day; no night, no rest, no succession of
hours, events, or thoughts has marked
"I have been living forty years by the
light of one memory by the side of one
"John set the bottle down on the
hearth. You may so. You need not
it up for me. We will see each other to
bed to-night. Go, old fellow, and sleep
"She was thoDitrest angel that flesh
ever Imprisoned, the most beautiful
child of Eve. I can seo her now. Her
eyes raying the light of heaven her
brow white, calm, and holy her Hps
wreathed with the blessings of her
smile. She was as graceful as a
form seen In dreams, and she
moved through the scenes around her
as you have seen the angello visitors
of your slumber move through crowded
assemblies, without effort, apparently
with some superhuman aid.
"She was fitted to adorn the splendid
house In which she waa born and grew to
womanhood. It was a grand old place,
omit in tne miast oi a growtn oi oaks
that might have been there when Col
umbus discovered America, and seemed
likely to stand there a century longer.
Thev an standing vat. and the wind to
night makes a wild lament through their
"I recall the scenery of. the familiar
spot. There was a stream of water that
dashed down the rocks a hundred yards
from the house, and which kent alwava
full and fresh an acre of pond, over which
hung willows and maple and other trees,
while on the surface the white blossom of
the lotus nodded lazily on tbe ripples
with Egyptian sleepiness and languor.
" 'i he old house was built of dark stone,
and had a massive appearance,not relieved
by the somber shade, in which it stood.
The sunshine seldom penetrated to the
ground in the summer months, except in
one spot, just in front of the library win
dows, where It used to He and sleep In the
grass, as If It loved the oh' place. And if
aunthlne loved it, why should not 1 ?
"General Lewis was one of the pleasant,
eld-fashioned men, now quite gone out of
memory, as well as ont of existence. He
loved his horses, his dogs, bis bouse, his
punch. He loved his nephew Tom, un
couth, rough cub that he was; but above
horses, dogs, house, or all together, be
loved bis daughter, Sarah, and 1 loved her
' "Yea, you may look a ma aa to will,
I loved SanhLsnrts; tit by an the gods,
I love bar now Ml VrredMr fees; and as
I shall lore her if I meet her again.
"Call it folly, call it boyish, call It an
old man's whim, aa ok) man's second
childhood, I oara not by what name you
yonng glad life, and I could bow down on
my Knees ana worsnipner now ffaiu.
'Why did I say again? For forty years
I have not ceased to worship her. If I
kneel to pray In tbe morning, she passes
between me and God. If f would read
the prayers at evening twilight, she looks
up at me from the page.. If I would wor
ship on a Sabbath morning In the church,
she looks down on me from some unfath
omable distance, some unapproachable
height, and I pray to her as If she were
my hope, my heaven.
'Sometimes In the winter nights I feel
a coldness stealing over me, and ley flngera
are feeling about my heart, as if to grasp
and still ft. I lie calmly, quietly, and I
think my hour Is at band; and through
the gloom, and through the mists and
Alms that gather over my vision. I see her
afar off, still the same angel In the distant
heaven, and I reach out my arms to her.
and I cry aloud on God to let me go find
her, ana on her to come to roe, and then
thick darkness settles on me. .
"Tims doctor. .calls this apoplexy, and
says I shall some day die in a fit of it.
What do doctors know of the tremendous
Influences that ar&worklngon our souls ?
He, In 'his scientific stupidity, calls It a
disease, and warns me against wine and
high living, as If I did not understand
wpac u-is, ana wny my vision at aucu
times reaches so very far into the deep un
"I have spoken of Tom Lewis, her
cousin. Rumor said he was the old man's
heir in equal proportion with tho daugh
ter; for ne bad; been brought up! In, the
family, and had always been treated as a
son. He was a good fellow, If he was
rough, for he had the goodness that all
who came within her Influence must
" I have seen her look the devil out cf
him often. I remember ohob when the
horses had behaved In a way not to suit
him. and he had let an oath or so escape
his lips preparatory to putting on the
whip. We were riding togctl.er down
the avenue, and he raised the lash. At
the moment he caught her eye. She was
walking up from the lodge, where she
had been to see a sick child. She saw
the raised whip, and her eye caught his.
He did not strike. The horses escaped
for that time. He drove them quietly
through the gate, and three miles and
back without a word of anger.
"Did I tell you I was her cousin also?
A second coutln on her mother's side,
not on the General's. We lived not far
off, and I lived much of my time at his
house. Tom and myself had been Insep
arable, and we did not conceal our rivalry
from each other.
"'Tom, said I, one morning, 'why
can't you be content with half the Gen
eral's fortune, and let me have the other
"'Bah! Jerry,' eald he, 'as If that
would, be any more even, when you want
Sarah with it. In Heaven's name, take
the half of the money, if that's all you
" 'Can't we fix It so as to make an even
division, Tom? Take all the fortune,
and let me have her, nnd I'll coll It
" ' Just what I was going to propose to
you. Be reasonable now, Jerry, and get
out of the way. You must seeshedoesn't
path a conner for vou.'
" I twinea a roseouu in ray lingers mat
she had given me that morning, and re
. . . 1 , f ft a! A.
" ' Poor fellow! I did not think that you
could be so Infatuated. Why, Tom, there
is no chance for you under the sun. But
go ahead ; find It out as you will. I'm
sorry for you.'
" a nunarea sucn ia ks we us?u 'o nave.
and she never gave either of us one parti
cle more oi encouragement man me omer.
dhu was like a sister to us bath, and
neither dared to break the spell of our
perfect happiness by asking ner to be
"And so time passed on.
"One summer afternoon we were off to
gether on horseback, all three of us, over
the mountain and down the valley. We
were returning, toward sunset, saunter
Ing along the road down the side of the
"Philip, stir the tire a little. The bot
tle of claret is rather cold. It seems to me.
or I am a little chilly myself. Perhapa it
Is the recollection of that Bay thattmlils
"I had made un my mind. If onnortunl
ty occurred, to tell her that day ail that 1
had thought for years. I had determined
to know, once for oil, if she would love me
MIT nn. Y .mi 1.1 n UUJ a. m.Uaui
a. uvk & nuwu KU ivwcu uui. nunc.
the world was broad enough, and Itshonlu
be to somo place where I should never see
her face attain, never hear her voice atraln.
never bow down and worship her mag
nificent beauty again. 1 would go to
nussia anu oner myseu 10 me Jzar,or to
Syria and Join the Druses, or to India.
China, anywhere to fight. All my notions
were military, I remember, and all my
ideas were of war and death on the field.
"I rode by her side, and looked up at
her occasionally, and thought she was
looking splendidly. I had never seen her
more so. Every attltude.was grace, every
iook was uio aaa spirit.
"Tom clung close to ber. One would
have thought he was watching tbe very
opportunity I was after myself. Nowbe
roue a few paces forward, acd as I was
catching my breath to say 'Sarah,' he
would rein un and fall back to his mace.
and I would make some flat remark that
mude me seem like a fool to myself, if not
" 'What's the matter with you, Jerry ?!
nam gnu ui lengm.
" 'Jerry's Inlove.' said Tom.
" 'In lovel Jerry In love!' and she
turned her large brown eyes towards
" In vain I sought to fathom them, and
arrive at some conclusion whether or no
tho subject Interested her with special
"The eves remained fixed, till I blun
dered out the o!d saw, 'Tom Judges others
"Then the eyes turned to Tom, and he
E leaded guilty by his awkward looks, and
alf blushes, and averted eyes, and forced
" 'By heavenl' thought I, 'wbat would
I not jive for Tm'. awkwardness
aowl The scoundrel la wlnnlag his way
' .i l. m l
"The Mfeste of the question, .the e
ctnessof It, the vary tpyUclft of
-rfprrv . mil iu mm
nha Jw&Mfe nf Out nnaatlen. ith OOr-
rwrnpii of It. the vary SlmDUdty Oftine
thin wu lemialatlhla. and f could Hot Tt
press a smile that grew Into a broad laugh.
Tom Joined In it, and wa made tbe woods
Mntv tkvlrti mil nrAtvlmant.
' ! say, Tom, Isn't that your whip ly-
lng nacx yonoer in ine roaar- - ,
""Confound It, yes: the cord has
broken from my wrist ;f and be rode back
for it. . .. ,
"Jerry, whom' does Tom love?' said
she, quickly, turning to me.
' You,' said I, bluntly. ....
" 'Why, of course; but who Is he In love
with, I mean?1
"It was a curious way to get at It.
Could I be Justified? It was not asking
what I bad intended, but It was getting at
It In an other way, and just as well, per
haps. It was. at all events, asking Tom's
question for him, and it saved me the em
barrassment of putting tt as ray own. ( I
determined this In an Instant.
"Sarah, could you love Tom well
enough to marry him?'
" 'I. Jerry 1 whnt do you mean?'
'"Suppose Tom wants you to be his
wife, will you marry him?' .
" ' I don't know I can't tell I never
thought of such a thing. Yo'd don't
think he has any such Idea, do you ?' .
" That was mr nawur. It was-enough
as far as It went, -out-1 was no better off
than before. She did not love Tom. or
ah wnulil never have answered thus. But
did she love me? Wou!d she marry me?
Wouldn't she receive the Idea In Just tne
"1 looked back. Tom was on the
ground, had picked up his whip, and had
one foot in the stirrup, ready to mount
again. 1 gulped down my heart that was
up In my throat; gad spoke oat
" 'Sarah, wIlFyou marry me?'' '
" rni'ip, 22? lurneu ner eyes again iw
ward mo those large brown eyes', thow
hol' eyes and blessed me with their un
tUerablt fflorloos trarei To my dyiaa
hour I shall not forget that gaze : to all
eternity, it will 'remain In my soul. She
looxea ni me one iook; nnu wneinent,
was pity, sorrow, surprise, or loveI can
not tell you, that filled them and over
flowed toward me from out their Immeas
urable depths: but. Philip. It was the last
light of those eyes I ever saw the last,
"Is there an vthlntr left in that bottle?
Thank you. Just a slusful. You will
not take any? Then, by your leave, I
will finish it. My story is nearly ended,
and I will not keep you up much longer.
" we naa not noticea, so aosuroeu naa
we been In our pleasant talk, that a black
cloud had risen in the west and obscured
the sun. and covered the entire skv: and
even the sultry air had not called our at
tention to tne coming tnunuer-storm.
" As she looked at me, even as she fixed
her eves on mine, a flash, bllmlln? nnd
tierce, fell on the top of a pine tree by the
roaa-side, not nuy varus irom us, anu
the crash of the thunder shook the foun
dations of the hills.
For a moment all was dazzllnz, burn
ing, blazing light; then the sight was
gone, ami a momentary uarxn-'ss seiueu
on our eyes. The horses croucned totnu
ground in terror, nnd Sarah bowed her
head as if In the presence of God.
" All this was the work of an Instant,
and the next, Tom's horso sprang by us
on u furious gallop, dragging Tom by the
surrup. no nau oeeu in tne nci oi
mounting when the Hash came, and his
horse swerved and jumped so that his
foo caught, and ho was dragged with bis
hea on the ground.
mere was a point in tne roau, aooui
fifty yards ahead, where it divided into
two. The one was the carriage-track,
which wound down the mountain by ea5
descents; the other was a foot-path,
which was a short, precipitous cut to a
point oil tne carriage-road nearly a quar
ter ofa-mlle below.
Calling to Sarah to keen back and
wait, 1 drove the spurs Into my horse,
and went down the steep path; Looking
back, I saw her following, ber horse mak
ing iremenuous speea. one Kepi tne
carruure-road. following on after Tom.
and I pressed on, thinking to Intercept
The nace was terrible. I could hear
them thundering down the track above. I
looked up and caught sight of them
through tne trees. F looked down, ano
sawaguuy oeioreme tun eignttenieet
wide and as many deep.
"A great horse was tho black horse
Cmsar, and ho took the gully at a flying
leap that landed us far over it, and a mo
ment later I was at the point where the
roaus again met, nut oniy in time to see
the other two horses go by at a furious
pace, Sarah's abreast of the gray, and she
reaching her hand out, bravely trying to
grasp the flying rein, as her horse went
leap for leap with him.
"To ride close behind them was worse
than useless in such a case. It would but
serve to increase their speed; so I fell
back a dozen rods and followed, watching
"At the foot of the mountain the river
ran, broad and deep, spanned by the
bridge at the narrowest point. To reach
the bridge, the road took, a short turn up
stream, directly on the bank.
"On swept the gray and the black horse,
side by side, down the hill-side, not fifty
leap's along the level ground, and then
came the turn.
"She was on the off-side. At the sharp
turn she pressed ahead a half-length and
reined her horse across the grav's should
er, if possible to turn him up toward the
"It was all over luan Instant. Tho erav
was the heavier horse. He pressed her
dose,; tne black horse yielded, gave way
toward the fence, stumbled, and the fence,
a light rail, broke with a crash, and they
went over, all together into the deep black
Still, still the sound of that crash und
piunge lain my ears. Still I can see them
go headlong down that bank together Into
the black water!
"I never knew exactly what I did then.
When I was conscious I found myself
swimming arounu in a circle, aivtng oc
casionally to find them, but In vain. The
gray horse swam ashore and stood on the
bank by my black, with distended nostrils
and ttembllng limbs, shaking from head
to foot with terror. The other black
horse was floating down the surface of
the stream, drowned. His mistress waa
nowhere visible, and Tom was gone also.
"I fourth at last,
tVaa. aha i itaaitt
"HeatoMher? No. A' glance at ber
face showad how vain all sack hope was.
Never waa human moa to aageuc tsne
was already one of the saintly one of the
Immortals and the beauty , and glory of
her new lift had left some fklat likeness
or Itself on the dead form and face.
"I said I had never grown a day older
since that time. You know why.' I have
never eeaaed to think of her as on that
day. I have never lost the blessing of
tnose eyes as iney looxea on me in tne
forest on the mountain road. I have
never left her, never grown away from
her. If, In the resurrection, we are to re
sume the bodies most exactly, fitted to
represent onr whole lives: If. as I have
sometimes thought, we shall rite In the
forms we wore when some great event
t.tamnd our souls forever, then I am cer
tain that I shall awake In form and feature
aa I was that day, and no memorial will
remain of an hour of my life after her
"We burled her In the vault close by
the house, among the oaks. Beautiful to
the very last.
"Mv volee Is broken. I can not talk
any more. You have the story. That is
the whole of it. God bless you. my boy.
You have listened patiently to my
' Good-night. Go to bed. I'll stay
nere in this chair a wnue. iaon i ex
actly feel like sleeping Just yet."
I left him sitting there; his head bowed
on his breast, his eyes closed, his breath
incr hmw. Mv own eves were mlstv.
In the lull I found John, sitting bolt
upright in a large cuair.
"Well, John,! thought the Major sent
you to oed long agor"
"Yes air: the Malor always sends me to
bed at the third bottle, Sir, and I always
doesn't go. He's been a-telllng you the
old story, now nasn't ue, irr'
"What old story, John?"
"Why, all about Miss Lewis, and Mis
ter Tom, and the General?"
John laid his long black finger 'know.
Ingly up to the side of his nose, and looked
"Why, John you don't mean to say
"All the claret. Sir."
"What! Sarah and the black horse
"All claret. Sir."
"John, my man, go In and take care of
mm. tie is eitner asieep or arunK. cu
rious that! Why didn't I think that a man
was hardly to be believed after the second
nottie, ana penectiy increuioie on tne
third. By Jove! he is a trump at a story,
It would be difficult to describe all that
I dreamed about that night.
Treasurer General Spinner has come, it
appears, to four conclusions as to the best
tnings to te aone.
One is to nav off the debt that bears in
terest and let the protested debt wait un
til it Is called for.
The second Is to squeezers much reve
nue out oi tne people as we possimy can,
and with the surnliis nav the debt.
The third is that the generation that
creates a debt should be made to pay It, no
mailer wnat us amount.
The fourth Is that the nroof in tho mid
ding is In the eating. We save S24,38A,0S0
annually in Interest alone, nnd from
March. 1869. to March. 1873. the savings
must amount to no less than $60,000,000
And after this 'exhibition of wisdom,
General Snlnner shows the wit with which
he used to delight tbe female clerks of the
"All the calculations and figuring that
can be made or done cannot be made to
prove to my mind the contrary, any more
than I could be made to comprehend by
figures how a man may lift himself by the
waistband of his breeches."
The operation that the general refers to
is ratner auncuii; out ii spinner cannot
hoist Solnr.er by his waistband, we can
hoist him with hlsownpetard. The chief
blessing that the reduction of the debt has
worked in the General's ee is the saving
of the Interest: he leaves out of his ac
count honesty, and he says: "The cheap
est way to pay a debt that bears Interest
is to pay it at tne earnest aay possioie.
And thereby he confesses himself a re
pudiator in deferring the payment of the
non-interest-oeanng aeot long overaue.
We will show him what his policy has
cost the nation. He may disdain political
economy and figures, and yet there are
neonie wno neueve in ngures wnentner
are correct. Now, then, during the four
fiscal years 1869 to 1873 we imported In
round numbers, exclusively for bunion:
1S70 881.1 i.OVi
1873 . (estimated) 609,000,100
Total In gold .'. . .$2,980,800,732
On which the following duty was paid
1872 , 218,S70,2aS
173 (estimated) 190,1 W),000
Total In sold asOT,!, 9,088
Total Importation of merchandise
in four year paid la gold SJ.Sao.SOSJSJ
Total duty thereon In gold 807,179,081
Total to be paid In gold 13,097,881,800
Now to pay this amount of over three
thousand millions, for which we had to
find gold, Mr. Spinner tells us that our
nest resource is greenDacas. u tney naa
been oald and taken un. paper currency
and gold would have Deen of the same
value. The result of our policy has been
that wo have bad to buy from time to
time the above three thousand millions of
gold, for which we paid an average of IB
per cent, per annum, or in rouna num
hen $464,607,600. premium. Thus, then
tne account stanas :
Saved In Interest by reducing the debt
from Mareb. 1809. to Jane. 1673. in
round eum $60sWO,OCO
Premium paid on cold tor foreign
merchandise and duty 484,697,(00
Balance of which the ueoule have been
cheated and-depoiled 84( 4,807,(100
These ngures are conclusive to anybody
exoent Gen. Snlnner. who has a contemnt
for ngures, always excepting the graceful
figures of the female Treasury brigade.
George Catlln is best remembered bv
a little book to prove the Importance of
Keeping tne mourn shut, at least or breath
ing through the nose. He learned that
wisdom from tne Indians,
The President nottflml hi nhlnat at
the lMtreguisj meetug that he Intended
going immediately to Xong Branch for
the summer, i and might occasionally visit
the capital If any Important matter re
quired his presence, ibis notice means
a suspension of the great nubllo business,
uuwuo vi viuiuary ruuune, lor IOUTOr
five months, and practically transfers the
funotions of government to subordinate.
Before even the heats of summer an
upon us, tbe president, restive under the
restraints of official obligation, abandons
Washington and establishes himself at the
seaside, where he expects to find refresh
ment among his select set of loyal wor
shipers. Gen. Grant is in the prime of life, pos
sessed of a vigorous constitution, ana en
Joys robust nealtk, which Is only Im
periled by haMta of Intemperance, such
aa the social atmosphere of Long Branch
is not nicety to improve especially in tne
peculiar circle which he most affects. Con
sequently he has no excuse of necessity
to Justify or pallate this absence, or many
others that have preceded It with a train
of shameful scandals. He seeks personal
pleasure and Indulgences which a gross
taste finds more difficult to procure and
practice in Washington. That, with in
capacity for the station which he occu
pies, Is the controlling mo lve for his fre
quent nignta irom tne capital.
If the time given to personal recreation
by all the Presidents from Washlnton to
Lincoln were added together, the aggre
gate would be found less than that ab-'
stracted from duty In a single term by
Gen. Grant. Indeed, there is a large ex
cess on his side; Four yenrs exceed
eighty in this respect. Without going
back beyond tbe present generation, Gen.
Jackson only made a few short uslbfto
the Hermitage and Rip Raps during his
eight years. Mr. Van Buren rarely and
briefly absented himself from the seat oi
Sjvernment. Mr. Tyler went once to
oston for a few days, and for a week or
two to Old Point In the hot weather. Mr.
Polk visited Tennessee once In his term,
not exceeding a fortnight. Gen Taylor,
and Mr. Fillmore, who filled out his
term, scrupulously remalnoJ at Washing
ton. Gen Pierce waa absent but once In
New England. Mr. Buchanan usually
passed about a fortnight every year at Bed
ford Springs. Mr. Lincoln stood and fell
at his post,the ceremony at Gettysburg and
the conference in Hampton Koa is being
tne exceptions to nis constant aevotion to
duty at the capital. Mr. Johnson swung
around the circle attended by Gen. Grant,
who "swung" quite as vigorously as any
member of that Illustrious party.
No exception was taken to these occa
sional absences, becauses they were short
and reasonable, and involved no derange
ment or puouc anairs. uut uen. urant
has Introduced a practice hitherto un
known, in servile Imitation 6f the habit of
the British Court aud Cabinet, and wholly
Inconsistent with republican ideaand ex
perience. The law supposes the Presi
dent to be always present at the seat ot
government. A residence, with every
convenience, comfort, and even luxury,
is provided upon tnat theory, tie uraws
his pay regularly, which presumes the
discharge of duty by and presence of the
Gen. Grant has appropriated more than
half the time belonging to the public to
his own gratification, and be has not
scrupled to take the salary Just as ir he
had performed the contract .which is Im
plied by acceptance of the office. A poor
clerk, 'who by conventional usage is al
lowed a leave of thirty days in tho year,
Is charged with every hour after the expi
ration of that time. But the President
may travel for months in search of
amusement or fix himself at the sea shore
for the whole summer, and tho very su
bordinates who are thus held to account
must audit his pay without deducting a
During the last twelve years the regular
or routine duties of the Executive, to say
nothing of important questions which are
constantly arising, have Increased Im
mensely. Even before the war the pres
sure was so great mat jut. nucnanan,
who had much familiarity with amurs,
habits of lndustrv. and was methodical.
thought that relief In some form ought to
be provided by law, so that the President
might devote his attention to the larger
matters of general policy. This tact
serves to show how seriously negligence
must operate on puouc anu personal in
terests, which need the supervising eye of
the President, and whioh General Grant
could protect if he had the least inclina
tion. Nothing but personal care Is
needed, and that he refuses to give.
i bis naa example miects tne wuoie ser
vice, because efficiency and Integrity de
pend almost wholly upon the character
and conduct of tho President. He is felt
for good or evil everywhere, from the
Cabinet Minister down to the smallest
tide-waiter. Let him be upright and firm,
and honesty will be the rule. Let him be
loose or careless, and corruption will pre
vail. An Intelligent and faithful Execu
tive Is worth a code of laws for practical
reform. Civil service reformation could
have no place under such a Chief Magis
trate, lie would make proper regula
tions, and see that they were obeyed.
Nothing more Is now required. Call a
proper man to the Presidency, with the
ability to comprehend the present needs
of the country, and the will to apply the
remedy and political platforms may be
scattered to the winds.
The President' deserts his post, and that
Is tho signal for members of the Cabinet,
assistant secretaries, heads of bureaus,
chief clerks, and others to follow in his
footsteps. He cannat rebuke them with
out reproaching himself. It necessarily
follows that all Important subjects must
be adjourned until the Administration is
collected together before the meeting of
Congress, and that others of less magni
tude are committed to the hands of In
feriors without responsibility. With such
temptations btforo them, ft Is not sur
prising that Rings are formed in the De
partments, that collusion with outsiders
is common, and venality is reduced to a
system. It is all directly traceable to the
President's want of moral sense, culpable
neglect of duty, unfitness for a great civil
employment, distaste for study and busi
ness, and a morbid appetite which Is daily
conquering bis power of resistance and
destroying whatever usefulness ho may
have once nad. So much for tbe experi
ence of Grantlsm. iV. F. Sun.
Tete-de-Bols, the famous Parisian
sleight-of-hand performer, is dead.