MAHAFFY AND JAPAN
ON 7 January 1909 Professor J.P.Mahaffy of Trinity College, Dublin, whom I had not seen since we had had many talks together at Chautauqua in 1889, stayed a few days at our house and gave a lecture at Yale; I gave a formal dinner for him, inviting only the Professors of Latin and Greek, including Ex-President Dwight. I was shocked to see how old Mahaffy looked (he was only seventy), but he was as much of a Tory as ever. In 1889 he told me that he and Gladstone used to be intimate friends; they made many excursions together; 'but now,' said he, 'if I should meet him, I should refuse to recognize him; I would have nothing to do with him.' And in view of the disclosures about Mrs. O'Shea which startled the public and set back the cause of Home Rule in the very next year, 1890, it is interesting to recall what Mahaffy said to me in 1889. ' Parnell is one of the worst libertines in England; has many affairs.' I have no idea whether there is any truth in this or not; but nobody hated Gladstone and Parnell and Home Rule more than those in authority at Trinity College, Dublin.
This time, twenty years later, I went to the railway station in New Haven to meet him; he carried a huge rug, and seemed surprised I was able to recognize him! After dinner, the Japanese servant entered and placed some wood on the fire and then withdrew. "I don't like that,' said Mahaffy, 'these Japanese are really spies; they are studying our resources.'