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y such as Catharine of Arragon performed to Henry VIII., put up her black silk parasol again, and sailed away. At Heidelberg Grant met Wagner. The King of Music came to call on the man whose deeds were greater than any the other had ever celebratellows in so widely different ways could speak the other's language. Wagner, master as he was of expression, was mute in Grant's presence, and Grant, whose character is akin, perhaps, to that of Wagner's heroes, was able only to reach the musicianGrant, whose character is akin, perhaps, to that of Wagner's heroes, was able only to reach the musician through an interpreter. Yet the meeting at this historic place, under the shadow of the ruined palace with its memories—of the latest master of modern art with the greatest warrior of American history—was an event worth chronicling. If Wagner hadion where bards and heroes perhaps are equal; where the laurel is bestowed alike on deeds and thoughts. I was with General Grant in Rome, but there is no disguising the fact that he did not appreciate pictures or statuary. He refused to admire t
es the story of the Odyssey was told again. Mrs. Grant liked to be shown where the son of Laertes hociations that scholars prize had no charm for Grant. There was little room in his nature for sent billiards together and enjoyed themselves. Grant's own naturalness was always as refreshing as this placed her opposite her husband, and General Grant, who was a grandfather and nearly sixty yeed that he wanted to go to the hotel where General Grant was staying. The citizen did not suspect e knew, as every one did in the town, that General Grant had arrived; he could not suppose that so lost, and took him to the hotel to rejoin General Grant. There he found out whom he had led in thlushing up to the eyes, he stammered: I am General Grant. The woman looked at the features that wee profuse in courtesy and hospitality, and General Grant never failed to appreciate and remember th and different countries and nations more than Grant; and no man ever had his extraordinary opportu[13 more...]
reason he always assigned for this was that Mrs. Grant wanted to see her children. He himself was rrived at Chicago, at the home of his son, Colonel Grant. At Chicago, I saw him constantly, either at Colonel Grant's house, or more frequently at General Sheridan's headquarters; for his son was oow only a few weeks before the convention, and Grant manifested as much anxiety as I ever saw him ds brain. As a rule I do not consider that General Grant's intellect was remarkable for originalitterward Mr. Russell Young, who had accompanied Grant during the greater part of his European and As in which he represented the views of those of Grant's friends who were averse to his standing agaire the convention was to meet at Chicago. General Grant had even yet made no outspoken declarationdinary influence for any one man to exert with Grant, and I have known few parallel instances. Youen the enthusiasm and bewilder the counsels of Grant's most devoted adherents. I can conceive of n[15 more...]
strious service and national reputation, which Grant and Blaine and Sherman, his three competitors mall majority, and it is not claiming much for Grant to say that he controlled votes enough to makes aroused, even among Democrats, on account of Grant's course. I was present on half a score of omarched in a body to the station to salute General Grant. They cheered him, their bands played Yanection and until the inauguration of Garfield, Grant was in no way in the counsels of the incoming oned for Secretary of War it was reported that Grant objected to the appointment. I knew to the coto Mr. Lincoln that so far from objecting, General Grant would be very glad to see him Secretary ofpost in England to await the result, while General Grant went to Mexico on business. From there heatisfaction at the courtesy. Nevertheless General Grant had fully sympathized with the feeling of crisis: the people said they wanted no more of Grant. When Garfield was shot the public indignat[42 more...]
Chapter 38: Grant and Arthur. Grant's first important relations with Arthur were in 1871, when he appoiGrant's first important relations with Arthur were in 1871, when he appointed the friend of Conkling Collector of the Port of New York. Arthur was retained in this position during the subsequent years of Grant's two Administrations and was always a warm and faithful supporter of his chief. ThIn 1880 Arthur went to Chicago a fervent adherent of Grant, and was steadfast under Conkling's lead in the advowilling to support him, though they would not accept Grant; but Conkling declared that he had gone to the convention to nominate Grant, and rather than receive the prize he was pledged to obtain for another he would cut hia different relation; he was under no such pledge to Grant, stated or implied, and there was no reason why he should not accept the nomination. Grant found no fault with the candidate, though like everybody else at the at his abilities would be specially tested; and when Grant signified his adherence, he accepted Arthur as willi