Ante-bellum Washington-Incongruities--The McGuires--Benoni--Lewis Cass--Jefferson Davis--Seward-John P. Hale--Charles Sumner-- General Winfield Scott--Science and Literature--Salmon P. Chase --Dr. Bailey--Longfellow's "Hiawatha"--Ministerial Experiences --Walt Whitman--The World-burden--Gerald FitzGerald.
THOSE who know only the post-bellum Washington cannot realise the charm of the earlier city. Fifty years ago there were two Washingtons--one a large hotel distributed in edifices meeting the official nation's need, the other a village still rambling at large after its two generations. The village had been steadily swamped by the capital, but it was to that my intimacy mainly belonged, and life therein was delightful. To the old residents and their circle the national Washington was scenic, also not a little grotesque, and always amusing. I kept at times a scrawling journal, and select a few notes which, though of little interest, may give some idea of the incongruities one encountered in the primitive Washington.
To-day I saw the Catholic saint Mrs. Mattingly entering her house. It is, I believe, the thirteenth year since she arose from the bed whereon she lay, so far as human judgment could go, dying of cancer. Her importance to the Catholic Church here was so great that the Pope ordered that mass should be said for her recovery on a given hour throughout the world. On that hour she was informed that the Church universal was praying for her. Her system was revolutionised, and the cancer gradually withered from that moment. Her case has been the means of converting many hereabout. Opposite her house a "psychological healing medium" has put out his card, declaring himself ready, with the aid of spirits, to do the same thing for anyone afflicted, at a dollar per head.
Visited, in company with John L. Hayes (a distinguished lawyer), Lord -----. He is an English nobleman, who, having spent all his means in litigation to obtain some vast Canadian estates to which he believes himself entitled, is now ending his days miserably in a