as reading Percy's Relics, and he asked me to read aloud.
Hoping thus to put him to sleep I turned to the Babes in the wood as an oft-told tale and began reading; when midway he grasped my hand and said, Do stop, I cannot bear it — if it is the truth, it is a cruel thing to perpetuate the story; if it is a fabrication, you may rely on it the man was a rascal who invented such a horror.
And yet to this man, almost weakly merciful, has been attributed the wilful torture of prisoners at Andersonville and in other war prisons!
During Mr. Pierce's Administration the Holy Father, Pius IX., sent his Legate to America, and the Roman Catholic families were all anxious to receive him; notable among these was Madame de Sartige, the very agreeable wife of Comte de Sartige, the French Minister.
Her sister, Mrs. Rice, at a dinner party at the Legation, brought down her chubby baby in its little frilled night dress, and held it smiling up to Monseigneur the Legate, for his blessing.