--It is remarked by all Europeans who visit Washington
that the Russian Ambassador
has easy work there, while the representatives of other Powers are kept in continual hot water.
is attended by trains of enthusiastic citizens when he enters the Capitol
, extolling the majesty of the Czar or longing to go to St. Petersburg
, and ladies crowd around him at the balls, twinkling away their tears of sensibility about some act of imperial charity, or echoing some soft sentiment of the Empress
The Spanish Ambassador, mean while, is internally raging, and outwardly restless under the ever renewed insult of debates in Congress, or proposals from the President
about buying Cuba
The Ambassador informs the Government
is not on sale but this makes no sort of difference, and the unhappy man who undertakes the post at Washington
has to hear something everyday about what the Americans
mean to do with Cuba
The British Ambassador is scarcely happier.
He has to make up his mind to live in an atmosphere of jealousy, suspicion, and misapprehension, and under constant irritation from evil construction and had manners.--If there is an interval of reasonable temper and courteous behavior, it is sure to be presently over.
If the Ministers
are amiable, the journalists are sure to be insulting, and from one quarter or an other he is under the constant necessity of explaining matters which would never raise a question in any other country.
The French Minister stands next in favor to the Russian
, generally speaking.--There were bickering and threatening of war during the Orleans reign; but under the France
has appeared very charming to the licans at Washington
and at Paris
Other Ministers meet with varying degrees of favor, but the two extreme of treatment correspond with the political extremes.
The Czars Ambassador is the pet and the British
is the butt.-- Once a Week.