said Professor Child, is what anyone chooses to imagine.
My hired man may consider me a tyrant and blow me up according to Mr. Phillips' s principle.
The assassins of Garfield and McKinley evidently supposed that they were ridding the earth of two of the worst tyrants that ever existed.
Professor Child was exceptionally liberal.
He even supported Woman Suffrage for a time, but he held Socialism in a kind of holy horror, --such as one feels of a person who is always making blunders.
In 1878 Professor Child and some other political reformers were elected to a Congressional convention and went with the hope of securing a candidate who would represent the educated classes,--the incumbent at that time being a shoe manufacturer.
They argued and worked hard all day, but without success.
Late in the afternoon the shoe manufacturer, a worthy man but very ignorant, who afterwards became governor of the State, was renominated; and when it was proposed to make the nomination unanimous Pr
lew from between their lips, Their blunt ends frizzled like celerly-tips;
I believe that even cultivated readers have found more real satisfaction in the One-Hoss Shay than in many a more celebrated lyric.
Doctor Holmes lived amid a comparatively narrow circle of friends and acquaintances.
He attended the Saturday Club, but Lowell appears to have been the only member of it with whom he was on confidential terms.
He was rarely seen or heard of in Longfellow's house.
In the winter of 1878 he met Mrs. L. Maria Child for the first time at the Chestnut Street Club.
It appears that she did not catch his name when he was introduced to her, and stranger still did not recognize his face.
When the Doctor inquired concerning her literary occupation she replied that she considered herself too old to drive a quill any longer, and then fortunately added: Now, there is Doctor Holmes, I think he shows his customary good judgment in retiring from the literary field in proper season.