THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL
W E took passage in a Cincinnati boat for New Orleans; or on a Cincinnati boat--either is correct; the former is the Eastern form of putting it, the latter the Western.
Mr. Dickens declined to agree that the Mississippi steamboats were "magnificent," or that they were "floating palaces "--terms which had always been applied to them; terms which did not over- express the admiration with which the people viewed them.
Mr. Dickens's position was unassailable, possibly; the people's position was certainly unassailable. If Mr. Dickens was comparing these boats with the crown jewels; or with the Taj, or with the Matterhorn; or with some other priceless or wonderful thing which he had seen, they were not magnificent --he was right. The people compared them with what they had seen; and, thus measured, thus judged, the boats were magnificent--the term was the correct one, it was not at all too strong. The people were as right as was Mr. Dickens. The steamboats were finer than anything on shore. Compared with superior dwelling-houses and first-class hotels in the valley, they were indubitably magnificent, they