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THE STATESMEN SNOWBOUND

By ROBERT FITZGERALD

Illustrated by Wad el Ward

New York and Washington THE NEALE PUBLISHING COMPANY 1909

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. The Funeral

II. Senator Bull and Mr. Ridley Trials and Tribulations of the Newly Fledged Member

III. Colonel Manysnifters An Outing with the "Jewels"

IV. An Accident Dinner

V. Senator Bull's Story

VI. Representative Holloway Has the Floor

VII. Representative Van Rensselaer Unfolds a Strange Tale

VIII. Senator Wendell Reads "The Creaking of the Stairs"

IX. Senator Hammond's Experience

X. Mr. Callahan's Story

XI. What Happened to Denmead

XII. O'Brien's Narrative

XIII. An Uninvited Guest

ILLUSTRATIONS

Senator Bull and Sammy Ridley

President Madison

Senator Pennypacker

Colonel Ross Addressing the Jury

"Stick to the Thirteenth Commandment!"

The Kiss

Manuel Villasante

Papa Villasante

"Upon each stair the clear impression of a naked human foot!"

"Ah Moy, shrieking, turned and fled!"

"Shoved a revolver right up in the teeth of the prosperous one!"

"Writes the dramatic criticisms for the moving picture shows"

"Framed in the doorway stood one of the finest examples of the early Gothic I have ever seen"

Professor Habib

An Uninvited Guest

The Statesmen Snowbound

I

THE FUNERAL

Toward the close of the th Congress I was designated a member of a committee on the part of the House to accompany the remains of the late Senator Thurlow to their last resting place at the old home in Kentucky. And it might be well to state here that I am quite aware that some of my ungrateful countrymen apply the spiteful term "junket" to a journey of this description. When one considers the sacrifices we Congressmen make in order to serve the nation, it is hard to believe that unthinking persons begrudge us a little pleasure. In many cases we give up all home life, business interests, and personal comfort, and take up our abode in second rate hotels and boarding houses. We are continually pestered and annoyed by office seekers, book agents, cranks, and reporters; and, alas, we form habits that cling like barnacles, try as hard as we may to shake them off. A taste of public life is fatal to most men, and the desire to feed from the public crib goes right to the bone. It is like a cancer, and it is removed only with grave danger to the afflicted. Everything, therefore, which may lighten our burdens and tend to relieve the situation should be the aim and study of our constituents. But this may be digression.

The trip out was necessarily a quiet one, though a well stocked buffet kept the delegation from absolute depression. Leaving Washington early in the afternoon we arrived at the little Kentucky town the next morning about eleven o'clock, and found that we had yet some five miles to go over bad roads to the homestead. We were met by two nephews of the deceased, with a host of relatives and friends. The son, Albert Thurlow, came on with us from Washington. There was ample accommodation in the way of conveyances, and we proceeded slowly up into the higher country. In something more than an hour the house was reached a big home like structure, large enough for us all, and the entertainment most lavish. The estate was an extensive one, and the innumerable outbuildings and well stocked barns gave evidence of wealth and thrift. A long drive between rows of lofty poplars led to the main entrance, and the view from the front of the house down to the river was superb. There were servants in abundance, and nothing had been overlooked to insure our comfort. The stables were the attraction for most of our party, and several kings of the turf were brought out for inspection. We were taken all over the place, and many things of interest were shown us... Continue reading book >>




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