Chapter 11: the Rotunda.
Scene-Rotunda, New Orleans; marble floor, and open galleries, supported by fluted shafts.
Time-Wednesday, January 13, 1875, eight o'clock in the evening.
Persons present-General Sheridan
, with his staff, Lieutenant-governor Penn
, Members of Congress, foreign consuls, sea captains, newspaper scouts, orderlies, messengers, telegraph clerks, and other crowds, including two English travellers.
Temperature-boiling point of mercury.
“ Look out for squalls,” drops a well-known voice, as we emerge from the dining-hall into the Rotunda.
“ The affair is on, and must be settled .either yea or nay. If Grant
backs down, there will be peace; if not, there will be war. Look out!
Before you go to bed, the world will know the worst.”
The central hall of our hotel is a grand apartment — the Rotunda of an edifice which in Italy