professional and official class, men who do the most part of our literature and our journalism, America is not a comfortable place of abode.
A man of this sort has in England
everything in his favor; society appears organized expressly for his advantage.
A Rothschild or a Vanderbilt can buy his way anywhere, and can have what comforts and luxuries he likes, whether in America
or in England
But it is in England
that an income of from three or four to fourteen or fifteen hundred a year does so much for its possessor, enables him to live with so many of the conveniences of far richer people.
For his benefit, his benefit above all, clubs are organized and hansom cabs ply; service is abundant, porters stand waiting at the railway stations.
all luxuries are dear except oysters and ice; service is in general scarce and bad; a club is a most expensive luxury: the cab-rates are prohibitive — more than half of the people who in England
would use cabs must in America
use the horsecars, the tram.
The charges of tailors and mercers are about a third higher than they are with us. I mention only a few striking points as to which there can be no dispute, and in which a man of Sir Lepel Griffin
's class would feel the great difference between America