that is more vapid than the talk which may easily go on for a whole evening at a club of fashionable men!
My most vivid memory of social drudgery goes back to an evening when I happened in at the chief club in Newport
, and three or four gentlemen of this stamp were debating the question of servants' liveries.
Two hours later I chanced to look in again, and they were still at it, a little refreshed by the suggestion of a change of tailors.
They were all, I believe, worthy men, but what must their ordinary existence be if this was their relaxation?
The wood-sawyer who should studiously provide a place where he could go in the evening and saw for fun would seem wise in comparison; there must be a certain interest in the “something attempted, something done,” of laboring away at a wood-pile.
The author of a recent very thoughtful and suggestive book-Mr. E. L. Godkin
's Political and Economic Essays-thinks
that the labor problem is really insoluble, because it is truly the problem of “making the manual laborers of the world content with their lot.”
But how many a man of wealth in this country works willingly on a scale which would appall any day-laborer, and this simply from love of the exertion; and is only glad