huge ebony cane, with a gold head the size of an egg. In these, to him, strange habiliments, he looked so miserably uncomfortable that I could not help pitying him. Reaching the platform, his discomfort was visibly increased by not knowing what to do with hat and cane; and so he stood there, the target for ten thousand eyes, holding cane in one hand and hat in the other, the very picture of helpless embarrassment.
After some hesitation he pushed the cane into a corner of the railing, but could not find a place for the hat except on the floor, where I could see he did not like to risk it. Douglas
, who fully took in the situation, came to rescue of his old friend and rival, and held the precious hat until the owner needed it again; a service which, if predicted two years before, would probably have astonished him. The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice Taney
, whose black robes, attenuated figure, and cadaverous countenance reminded me of a galvanized corpse.
Then the President
came forward, and read his inaugural address in a clear and distinct voice.
It was attentively listened to by all, but the closest listener was Douglas
, who leaned forward as if to catch every word, nodding his head emphatically at those passages which most pleased him. There was some applause, not very much nor very enthusiastic.
I must not forget to mention the presence of a Mephistopheles in the person of Senator Wigfall
, of Texas
, who stood with folded arms leaning against the doorway of the ”