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went on to recall the antics played by that stating that he had for some time been anxious animal during an excursion to Popocatapetl. to stop the further effusion of blood, and he It was not until after supper that he said much trusted that everything would now be done to about the surrender, when he talked freely of restore harmony and conciliate the people of his entire belief that the rest of the rebel com- the South. He said the emancipation of the manders would follow Lee's example, and that negroes would be no hindrance to the restorwe would have but little more fighting, even ing of relations between the two sections of the of a partisan nature. He then surprised us by country, as it would probably not be the deannouncing his intention of starting to Wash- sire of the majority of the Southern people to ington early the next morning. We were disap- restore slavery then, even if the question were pointed at this, for we wanted to see something left open to them. He could not tell what of the opposing army, now that it had become the other armies would do or what course civil enough for the first time in its existence Mr. Davis would now take, but he believed to let us get near it, and meet some of the offi- it would be best for their other armies to folcers who had been acquaintances in former low his example, as nothing could be gained years. The general, however, had no fondness by further resistance in the field. Finding for looking at the conquered, and but little curi- that he entertained these sentiments, General osity in his nature, and he was anxious above Grant told him that no one's influence in the all things to begin the reduction of the military South was so great as his, and suggested to establishment and diminish the enormous ex- him that he should advise the surrender of pense attending it, which at this time amounted the remaining armies and thus exert his influto about four millions of dollars a day. When ence in favor of immediate peace. Lee said he considered, however, that the railroad was he could not take such a course without conbeing rapidly put in condition and that he sulting President Davis first. Grant then prowould lose no time by waiting till the next noon, posed to Lee that he should do so, and urge he made up his mind to delay his departure. the hastening of a result which was admitted
That evening I made full notes of the oc- to be inevitable. Lee, however, was averse to currences which took place during the surren- stepping beyond his duties as a soldier, and der, and from these the above account has said the authorities would doubtless soon arbeen written.
rive at the same conclusion without his interThere were present at McLean's house be- ference. There was a statement put forth that sides Sheridan, Ord, Merritt, Custer, and the Grant asked Lee to go and see Mr. Lincoln officers of General Grant's staff, a number of and talk with him as to the terms of reconother officers and one or two citizens who en-struction, but this was erroneous. I asked tered the room at different times during the General Grant about it when he was on his interview.
death-bed, and his recollection was distinct About 9 o'clock on the morning of the 10th that he had made no such suggestion. I am General Grant with his staff rode out towards of opinion that the mistake arose from hearthe enemy's lines, but it was found upon at- ing that Lee had been requested to go and tempting to pass through that the force of see the “President” regarding peace, and habit is hard to overcome, and that the thinking that this expression referred to Mr. practice which had so long been inculcated in Lincoln, whereas it referred to Mr. Davis. Lee's army of keeping Grant out of its lines After the conversation had lasted a little more was not to be overturned in a day, and he was than half an hour and Lee had requested politely requested at the picket-lines to wait that such instructions be given to the officers till a message could be sent to headquarters left in charge to carry out the details of the asking for instructions. As soon as Lee heard surrender, that there might be no misunderthat his distinguished opponent was approach- standing as to the form of paroles, the manner ing, he was prompt to correct the misunder- of turning over the property, etc., the conferstanding at the picket-line, and rode out at a ence ended. The two commanders lifted their gallop to receive him. They met on a knoll hats and said good-bye. Lee rode back to his which overlooked the lines of the two armies, camp to take a final farewell of his army, and and saluted respectfully by each raising his Grant returned to McLean's house, where he hat. The officers present gave a similar salute, seated himself on the porch until it was time and then grouped themselves around the two to take his final departure. During the conchieftains in a semicircle, but withdrew out of ference Ingalls, Sheridan, and Williams had earshot. General Grant repeated to us that eve asked permission to visit the enemy's lines ning the substance of the conversation, which and renew their acquaintance with some old was as follows:
friends, classmates and former comrades in Grant began by expressing a hope that the arms who were serving in Lee's army. They war would soon be over, and Lee replied by now returned, bringing with them Wilcox, who
DE POT OF SUPPLIES FOR THE UNION ARMY AT BELLE PLAINE ON THE JAMES RIVER.
(FROM A PHOTOGRAPH.)
had been General Grant's groomsman when all that peace had at last dawned upon the he was married,- Longstreet, who had also land. been at his wedding, Heth, who had been a The charges were now withdrawn from the subaltern with him in Mexico, besides Gor- guns, the camp-fires were left to smolder in their don, Pickett, and a number of others. They ashes, the flags were tenderly furled,- those all stepped up to pay their respects to Gen- historic banners, battle-stained, bullet-riddled, eral Grant, who received them very cordially many of them but remnants of their former and talked with them until it was time to leave. selves, with scarcely enough left of them on The hour of noon had now arrived, and Gen- which to imprint the names of the battles they eral Grant, after shaking hands with all pres- had seen, and the Army of the Union and ent who were not to accompany him, mounted the Army of Northern Virginia turned their his horse, and started with his staff for Washing- backs upon each other for the first time in four ton without having entered the enemy's lines. long, bloody years. Lee set out for Richmond, and it was felt by
A LITTLE DINNER.
REGRET to have to use quarters of the country began to meet casually
came Mrs. Bang, was one posite sort instead, she was still anxious that of the most surprising of liars. Oh, it was so an impression to that effect should go out admitted. You should hear the gentle irony among the denizens of the place she had left. of Sam Lambert's remarks about her! His The view, in fact, prevailed there, from some wife checks him, it is true, as to the particular artful hints let fall in a few letters she had sent case here to be described, believing that to back, that, though the marriage had been a have been largely her own fault, but the fact very quiet one, it was due to a recent death in remains that Juliet was an egregious follower Mr. Bang's family, that it covered in reality a of Ananias and Sapphira.
good deal of solid magnificence, and that her There was wide range and ingenuity in her position in the world was a highly enviable one. inventions; no one ever appeared to take a She had, in truth, married a club man, and more genuine comfort in mendacity than she. the son of a club man, a fellow of good inIt often seemed as if she would rather employ tentions enough, but not at all enterprising and it than truth, even when the latter would have with no very definite means of support. They answered the purpose better. She sometimes lived in a small flat, in a respectable neighwore a rapt and imaginative air as if she thor- borhood, where everything was, as it were, oughly believed in her statements herself. She something else. Their bedstead, for instance, would romance, for instance, about her early was a mantelpiece, when off duty; their piano life, tell you of journeys she had made, thrilling a refrigerator, and the principal arm-chair a adventures she had met with, priceless jewels coal-box. About the only genuine piece of and wondrous ball-dresses she had worn, and furniture was an easel, holding some photounmeasured social attentions that had been engravings. This gave an elegant air of space, showered upon her. She would make small and served no extraneous purpose save to sugscruple, if it suited her whim, of claiming that gest to Mr. Bang his very obvious standing she owned the largest steam yacht in the world, pun as to the facility with which it also might had written, anonymously, the last popular have been something else. novel, or had sometimes played the part of This manner of living was Juliet's own doRistori or Bernhardt, appearing under proper ing; she was brimful of vanity and active disguise. With all this, she was young, pretty, social push still. possessed of the art of dressing well, and ac- They had some prosperous acquaintances complished in several ways.
who befriended them; among these, Mrs. LamHer career in the large Western city of — bert, a former schoolmate of Juliet's, and friend let us say — Minneapolis was but a brief one. of her husband, and a person, it would seem, Her family were not in affluent circumstances; of quite phenomenal good-nature. they had moved about a good deal,- her fa- “Poor little thing," said Mrs. Lambert, ther had something to do with contracts,- “and her husband has the makings of such a but they were respected, and, for Juliet's part, good fellow about him, and they have so much she was the associate of the leading people. to contend with.” While there she was not thoroughly found out. Many the little dinner, therefore, they had There were always some who believed in her, at her house, and many the comfortable drive thought her a very sprightly and entertaining for Juliet in her carriage. person, and confidently expected her to make As to Mrs. Bang's peculiar trait of invena great match. The young men in particular tion, she probably employed it outside of the did not credit all the ill they heard of her, but house, at this time, as briskly as ever, but she laid a good part of this to the natural jealousy did not employ it at home, having found out, of their sisters and cousins, her rivals. It was in very emphatic form from Jim, soon after probably not till individuals from different their marriage, that he did not approve of it.
One afternoon she rushed in, in a state of “ That is just how I mean to be taken,” much excitement, and said to Jim:
said her hostess, warming with the idea. “It “ I have just met the Gradshaws of Minne- will not incommode us in the least. Mr. Lamapolis,-a mother and daughter, you know,- bert is at the South, and his return is indefinite, the most prominent people there. They were and my parents, whom I had been expecting at Arnold's, and are staying in town a short this week to begin their annual visit to us, have time, at the Bolingbroke. I hardly knew how written to say that they have put it off a few I should get away from them, but I made a days longer. I will go to the opera on that great palaver about intending to go and see night, and take care not to return too early.” them immediately, and escaped under cover
" It is too kind of you.
Of course I shall of the confusion.''
only say that we are in the house of one of our “Oh,” said Jim, with but a languid interest, friends for a short time," said Mrs. Bang.“ If looking for a fresh cigar in a Japanese jug on they happen to think that our own is just as the mantelpiece.
good, and is closed for repairs or something of “I wish we could think of some way of the sort, why, we can't help that, can we ? " To entertaining them without letting them come this extent alone Mrs. Lambert became a sharer near us. Our fate is in their hands; whatever in the proposed deception. they report, when they go back to Minneapo- “Oh, here, no nonsense,” said Jim, when he lis, will settle it. I told them we were all upset heard of the plan. with house-cleaning. If they should once see "I will do it," responded Juliet. how we live
She explained it to him, and began with “ Well, we have n't any patent on it, and can't feverish energy to carry out her preparations expect to keep it to ourselves always. I don't for it. It was necessary to mancuvre someknow as there's any invention of ours they'd what for the proper date. The best would be want to steal very much, unless it's the way that that just previous to her intended guests leavpiano plays sonatas on the butter and eggs, ing town; otherwise they might turn up again, when you touch the keys.”
in some awkward way, at her supposed resi“ Jim, you don't quite understand. I guess dence and, then, all would be lost. She disyou 'd want to produce a good impression too, covered that they were to go on the 24th, and in the place where you used to live, and were that their tickets and sleeping-car berths were brought up. They seem to think I've made a - already taken, and, accordingly, invited them a rich marriage; that we are great swells, you for the 23d — addressing to them somewhat know, and rolling in luxury."
the following discourse: “ They've got left, haven't they ? Well, then, “ It has been the greatest grief to me ever I see nothing for it but to pretend to be such since you have been here that we are so upset swells we could n't possibly associate with any- that we could not receive you at our house; body so much beneath us. We must cut their but, thank heaven, in a day or two everything acquaintance."
will be in order, and you positively must dine Mrs. Bang repeated this same source of with us on the 23d. Í cannot think of letting anxiety to her friend Mrs. Lambert, when she you go back without a glimpse of our interior, happened to drop in upon the latter the next modest as it is. It will please my dear friends morning.
at Minneapolis to know that you have seen it “ They live a thousand miles away, and will and broken bread with us. And my husband not turn up here again in nobody knows how as well as myself will be inconsolable if you long," she recited complainingly. “ Why can't will not promise to make us a long visit on I think of something to do for them? If I your next coming to town.” could only give them a little dinner in such a By such hospitable insistence she managed charming house as yours. Why cannot such to secure the Gradshaws on her own date. things be done? Why could not one go to a They had not intended to go out at all that friend and say, “Here, just lend me your evening, but rather to reserve themselves for beautiful house for one evening'? It would n't the fatigues of their long journey, which was be such a very great tax upon them, and might to begin at a seasonable hour on the following do such an enormous amount of good to some- morning. body else."
A cab deposited them before a handsome “ It can be done,” said Mrs. Lambert, whose house in West Thirty-seventh street. All, both amiability sometimes ran to quixotic extremes. without and within, accorded with what they “You shall have my house for any evening were prepared to expect of the good fortune you may select - provided it be within the of Juliet Scatterbury. week, for after that, unfortunately, I expect Mrs. Juliet met them in the hall and went visitors."
upstairs with them herself. The door below “ Beware, I may take you at your word.” being heard to shut again, she left them and
hurried down to say a word, by way of warning, ment-- she did not shrink from the ordeal. to Jim. It was characteristic of that rather She had hurried round just before the arrival slow-moving person that he had only at this of the guests, and put away most of the small moment arrived, leaving himself no time to family photographs, porcelain-types, and the become more familiar with his surroundings. like that bestrew the usual American house
“Of course you will take care to sustain me hold, and replaced them with an album full of in all that I say, Jim,” she said. “We may similar mementos of her own; but the framed have to make a few harmless little--a-efforts, pieces were naturally too heavy to be treated to carry out our position.”
in this summary fashion. She proceeded to Jim began to grumble, but, at this moment, account for the large heads of the Clamptons, the guests were heard coming downstairs. Mrs. Lambert's father and mother, by saying
Mrs. Gradshaw had a bustling, assertive they were a dear old great aunt and uncle way with her, and was evidently a person of her own, who had always been extremely used to much consideration. Her daughter devoted to her. They had sent their portraits was of the quieter sort, yet quite ready to echo as a token of their warm regard, on their last all her opinions, the more especially in the birthday—the birthdays of both occurring, by present case as she wholly agreed with them. a singular coincidence, on the same date. The two professed themselves delighted with Mrs. Gradshaw paused before a painting everything.
of Mr. Lambert, in Huntington's best bank“Such comfort, such good taste! We thought president manner, including a red curtain, a we had a good deal, but I begin to see now, column, a table, and a globe. we don't half know how to live," explained “ Who is this?” she asks. the elder. “Everything is perfect. You really "Jim's, that is, Mr. Bang's, father." To have must excuse me if I stare round a little.” She made it any more remote connection she put up her eyeglass, first at one wall of the thought would have necessitated too elaborate parlor, then at the other. “You say there is an accounting for the principal place given it. a separate bath-room for each sleeping-apart- “ Mr. Bang's father, so young?”. ment? And, then, all this patent ventilation, There was in reality but little difference in and hot-air supply, and electrical attachments, the ages of the two men. and the sliding shutters — it is perfect, perfect.” “Oh, it was taken a long time ago, you
“There is one thing poor Jim insists upon; know; and it really is remarkable how young I don't know that he is such a particularly self- he does look for his age. It is noticed by ish individual, but he will have comfort.” everybody.”
Fortunately, at this time, Jim had led Miss “And who is this?” She stops now before Gradshaw to the front window, and they were the likeness of the Lamberts' boy, now absent gazing out of it at the dimly discerned archi- at boarding-school, painted with an orange tecture of the neighborhood.
and a hoop in either hand. "What does the vapor-bath attachment con- "Oh, that is only a fancy piece," replies nect with? It seems so convenient. We must Juliet, nonchalantly. have one too,” continued Mrs. Gradshaw. Oh, I thought it must be a portrait; it 's so
Juliet was a little flustered. “ The — the ele- very like one.” vator, I believe," she said, and then launched “It 's Louis XIV. at the battle of - how out into a torrent of words, intended to mystify execrable my memory is! — Of course I mean her visitor and carry her over this tight place. before the battle. It's from some old paint“And all the furnace-pipes, and electric bells, ing. I forget what - but I want you to look and range, and burglar alarms, and stationary at this." tubs, and everything, are hydrostatic, pneu- She escaped in this way similar inquiry as matic, interchangeable, and self-acting. We to the likeness of Lambert's daughter, divertwould n't be without them for anything." ing her guests' attention to a valuable picture
The rugs, portières, astral lamps, an elabo- of the Munich school that hung near by. rate piece of statuary, and the pottery, even she thought good to affect to scorn it. to a choice collection of old luster-ware, were “I have never had any patience with it," a subject on which she was much more nearly she said. “Did you ever see such sheep and at home. She drew attention to some of these peasants ? Jim sat at Leavitt's sale like grim things of her own accord, and destly invented death till he got it. It cost him ten thousand the occasions on which they had acquired dollars. Perhaps I 'm wrong, but I actually them. The portraits were a more difficult cried the night he brought it home." field. Still, Juliet had thought it quite prob- Jim, coming up, had caught the last words able she might have to respond to some com- of this, and his eyes opened widely, but a maid, ments about them, and though her answers of a veteran air, now appeared at the portière were left chiefly to the inspiration of the mo- announcing dinner.