gebra; and I believe, at last accounts, they have not been utilized yet. He would often be seen in the horse-cars making figures on scraps of paper, which he carried with him for the purpose, oblivious as ever to what was taking place about him. To have a head like old Benny Pierce has become a proverb in Boston and Cambridge.
Neither did he lack independence of character.
In his later years he not unfrequently attended the meetings of the Radical Club, or Chestnut Street Club, at Mrs. John T. Sargent's, in Boston,--a place looked upon with piour horror by good Doctor Peabody, and equally discredited by the young positivists whom President Eliot had introduced in the college faculty.
His remarks on such occasions were fresh, original, and very interesting; and once he brought down the house with laughter and applause by explaining the mental process which prevented him from appreciating a joke until after all others had done so. This naive confession made his audience like him.