Harper's Weekly 03/14/1885


PERSONAL.

After the lapse of more than thirty years the silver cup won by
the yacht America in a race round the Isle of Wight will be com-
peted for in American waters. The only surviving donor of that
cup, Mr. George L. Schuyler, said recently that in that race “the
Earl of Hilton furnished us with a pilot for whose skill and faith-
fulness he made himself responsible. I could mention other in-
stances of courtesy and kindness. I refer to them because they
show the genuine interest that all true sportsmen take in each
other, and because I am sure that such is the feeling here toward
those gentlemen who are coming to wrest from us, if they can,
our well-won trophy.”


Harry Howard, whose career as chief of the old Volunteer
Fire Department was the most picturesque in the annals of that
organization, led the procession of the surviving members of the
department which left this city to attend the inauguration of Mr.
Cleveland. The esprit de corps of the fire-laddies is on the in-
crease. They have now three active organizations—the Firemen's
Ball Committee, the Association of Exempt Firemen, and the Vol-
unteer Firemen's Association; and a few evenings ago, when they
paraded up Fourth Avenue, drawing one of the original hand-en-
gines, and arrayed in a gay uniform of the old régime, immense
crowds lined the sidewalks and cheered them with ancient enthu-
siasm.


—A New Orleans correspondent pleasantly advises any one
coming to the great Southern Exposition on a pleasure-trip “to
come in a private car, or, better still, in a yacht, or else to come
only for a flying trip, disembarrassed of invalids or children.”


—Mr. De Lesseps's boys are capital riders, and attract much at-
tention in the Bois de Boulogne, where they appear almost daily
in the company of their venerable father, whose condition recalls
Dr. Holmes's old saying that on horseback a man's system becomes
clarified because his liver goes up and down like the handle of a
churn.


—Dr. Masson, Professor of English Literature in the University
of Edinburgh, has been telling his students that Mr. Froude has
published a great deal about Mr. Carlyle that ought not to have
been published. “If Carlyle had the right to leave himself for
dissection, he had no right to leave his wife also for dissection.”


—The school-children of Woodson County, Kansas, recently cel-
ebrated “Kansas-day,” and Mr. John G. Whittier wrote them a
letter, in which he said: “No State, not even one of the `Old Thir-
teen,' has a nobler record. In freeing herself from the curse of
slavery, Kansas freed the nation. Her martyrs did not die in vain.
As one of those who sympathized with her in her trial and suffer-
ing, I rejoice in her present prosperity and commanding position
in the Union.”


—General Grant's physicians now express their belief that the
disease from which he has been suffering for the last eight months
—cancer of the tongue—is incurable, and that though he may live
several months longer, he is likely to succumb much sooner to ex-
haustion. He is very weak, and has no appetite. The origin of
the disease is enveloped in mystery, but they distinctly assert that
it is not attributable to his use of tobacco.


—The widow of Dr. Pavy, of the Greely expedition, writes that
she is in financial straits, “having but little income the past two
and a half years, and having not a cent of my husband's salary.
Two banks, which kindly made loans, are now pressing me. I can
not meet the amounts without immediate help. The government
holds back the salary which belongs to me.”


—The Rev. Dr. Vermilye has been chaplain of the St. Nicholas
Society for forty-four years. He is now eighty-two. The members
of the society are all descendants of the Dutch founders of this
city, who—to use the language of Mr. Chauncey M. Depew at its
centennial dinner—“so builded their part of our grand temple of
liberty as to deserve the undying affection and reverence of their
descendants and the respect and gratitude of the world.”


—In the death of Francis Samuel Drake, the historian, which
took place at Washington on Washington's Birthday, the cause of
American letters suffers a loss notable in proportion to the great
gain it has received from his trusty and experienced pen. He will
long be known by his Indian History for Young Folks, his Diction-
ary of American Biography
, and his Life of General Henry Knox.
His brother is Samuel Adams Drake, also a well-known author, and
his father was Samuel Gardner Drake, long a recognized author-
ity on the biography and folk-lore of the North American Indians.


—A pleasant feature of the Tenth Annual Commencement of
the American Veterinary College in this city was the award of the
first honor gold medal to Haru Taka Yokura, a highly polished
young gentleman from Japan, who came to this country to study
at the instance of his government, and who received his diploma,
amid much applause, in the presence of the Japanese consul. He
bids fair to be a good card for his alma mater in that distant land.


—The gypsy king, Paul Racz, was buried at Pesth a few weeks
ago. He was a famous violinist as well, and all his violins, draped
in black, accompanied his body, while the hearse was followed by
a dozen Hungarian gypsy bands with draped instruments.


—Senator William M. Evarts expresses the hope that at the
end of his official term, six years hence, he may meet the Yale
alumni at a reception in honor of Mr. Chauncey M. Depew as his
successor.


—The late Professor James Clerk Maxwell, of Cambridge Uni-
versity, England, said on his death-bed to a friend: “Old chap, I
have read up many queer religions; there is nothing like the old
thing, after all. I have looked into most philosophical systems,
and I have seen none that will work without a God.”


—It is not true that Mr. Henry Villard is building a railroad
in Russia. When he left this country, after the fall of Northern
Pacific, he told his friends that his absence in Germany would be
for purposes of rest and of educating his children. It is to these
ends that he is addressing himself. His magnificent new mansion
on Madison Avenue, opposite the marble cathedral, still untenant-
ed, awaits his return.



THE INAUGURATION—MR. CLEVELAND DELIVERING THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS.—Drawn by T. de Thulstrup and Charles Graham.—[See Page 170.]




THE INAUGURATION—NIGHT SCENE NEAR THE WHITE HOUSE.—Drawn by T. de Thulstrup and Charles Graham.—[See Page 170.]




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