chronicler, General Badeau
, received in England
, the point of disrespect lay not in the fact that he was the greatest general of the age or an ex-President of the United States
, but in the circumstance that he was the guest for whom the entertainment was in most cases made.
He being the guest, all this subordination was as essentially degrading as when the guests of some Oriental
potentate are expected.to enter his presence on all fours.
That, no doubt, is esteemed by his loyal subjects a most “convenient” arrangement, for which the king himself is “in nowise personally responsible.”
Probably no sensible inhabitant of Madagascar or Dahomey
is ever supposed to find it in the least objectionable; it is only the tests of reason and civilization which make it intolerable.
But it is in the closing sentence of the defence, after all, that the weakest point lies.
People of exalted station, it is said, may often look up to some untitled man. In a right condition of society-even in a republican condition of society, as sixty millions of people here maintain it-how can there be such a thing as an exalted station?
It is character that should be exalted, not station; and the more the character counts for, the less important is the station.
sits, there is the head of the table.
This ideal may not yet be fulfilled anywhere, but it certainly comes far nearer