for the next presidential term should fall on some modest and unambitious citizen, who has earned a character by quiet probity and his bread by honest labor, I shall hope to see his name at the head of the poll in spite of the unconstitutional overthrow of Universal Suffrage.’
Thus he thought that France
, fickle, glory-loving France
, would do in 1852, what he only hoped America
would be capable of some time before the year 1900; that is, “elect something else than Generals
to the presidency.”
Away to Lyons
on the sixteenth of June.
To an impetuous traveler like Horace Greeley
, the tedious formalities of the European
railroads were sufficiently irritating; but the ‘passport nuisance’ was disgusting almost beyond endurance.
One of the very few anecdotes which he found time to tell in his letters to the Tribune, occurs in connection with his remarks upon this subject.
‘Every one in Paris
who lodges a stranger must see forthwith that he has a passport in good condition, in default of which said host is liable to a penalty.
Now, two Americans
, when applied to, produced passports in due form, but the professions set forth therein were not transparent to the landlord's apprehension.
One of them was duly designated in his passport as a “loafer
,” the other as a “rowdy
,” and they informed him, on application, that though these professions were highly popular in America
and extensively followed, they knew no French synonyms into which they could be translated.
The landlord, not content with the sign manual of Daniel Webster, affirming that all was right, applied to an American friend for a translation of the inexplicable professions, but I am not sure that he has even yet been fully enlightened with regard to them.’
he thought that three days endurance of the passport system as it exists on the continent of Europe
would send any American citizen home with his love of liberty and country kindled to a blaze of enthusiasm.
On the long railroad ride to Lyons
, the traveler was half stifled with the tobacco smoke in the cars.
His companions were all Frenchmen and all smokers, who ‘kept puff-puffing, through the day; first all of them, then three, two, and at all events one, till they all got out at Dijon
near nightfall; when, before I had time to congratulate myself on the atmospheric improvement, another Frenchman got in, lit his cigar, and went at it. All this was in direct and flagrant violation of the rules posted up in the car, ’