when a portion of it may come in the form of actual manual labor, even as Charles V. was glad to turn away from the task of governing half Europe
to devote himself to clock-making.
One looks round in vain to find a pursuit without drudgery.
Which is the more exhausting, for Mr. Bryan
to travel day and night over the land to meet his admirers, or for Mr. McKinley
to stay at home and receive delegations of his by the thousand?
As a matter of personal happiness, is the Presidency, or the ghost of a chance of the Presidency, worth either?
Three promising and successful members of the Lower House
of Congress from a single State, within my knowledge, have recently declined renomination because they found the drudgery so overwhelming, two of them returning to the practice of the law and one to agriculture.
Yet both these occupations are regarded as full of drudgery.
Two of my college classmates were eminent lawyers, of whom both made constant complaints of this kind, and one retired in the full tide of success for this very reason.
I have a neighbor, an eminent physician, who lately, in his eightieth year, spent three successive nights at the bedside of one patient.