So too I accompanied him in his journeyings over the North
amid the ovations which this generation hardly remembers, but which equaled any ever paid to an American.
I went with him when he left his country for the first time—it was to pass through Canada
We spent a day or two at Montreal
, and then came the first premonitions of the honors destined to be heaped upon him abroad twelve and fourteen years afterward.
offered him a dinner, and put him in the royal pew; the Canadian towns
welcomed him almost as if he had saved their country or led their armies.
I met him when he landed in England
in 1877, and accompanied him, by permission of the Government
, wherever he went in Great Britain
I was with him in Belgium
, and France
Always he was the same simple, impassive man, the genuine democrat.
The compliments of Kings
did not disturb him; the adulation offered by whole populations did not elate him unduly that I could ever discern.
After his departure from England
and his short visit to Belgium
he proceeded up the Rhine
he was met by two officers of the army sent by the Emperor
to welcome him to Germany
He visited the cathedral like any other traveler, and was interested in the villages and the ruins of the Rhine
; but he cared more for the fortresses of to-day, for Ehrenbreitstein and the bridge of boats than for the legends and castles of romance.
We stopped for a night at Bingen
, and after dinner he and I walked out into a fair and saw all the village shows; he liked them quite as well as any palace with a history.
He questioned the people through me and was curious about their ways, but he had never heard of Mrs. Norton
's poem of ‘Bingen on the Rhine
he fell in with some of his Jewish
friends, and was quite as much at home with the Seligmans as if they had been princes, though his last host had been the