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GENERAL SHERMAN                            79
longer President, you see, and am consequently less banqueted."
In various other meetings with him I always found the great soldier modest, simple, and unassuming. It was about this time that my friendship with General Sherman also began. He was one of the few eminent men I have met whose interest in every subject of conversation was so great that his particular metier could not have been guessed. He knew much about the stage, Shakespeare, and the drama generally, and was a passionate lover of the arts, thinking them all worthy of equal regard. As a critic he was good, though perhaps too enthusiastic over any excellence, however small, if genuine enthusiasm can be called a fault. His manner was brisk and hearty. His personality gave the impression of a rugged strength; so much so that his entrance into a room was like a blast of fresh, invigorating air. He scorned fear and discouragement of every kind, and refused to allow any one, while in his presence, to give way to either. It was easy to understand his influence over his soldiers and his success as a leader of men. Personally I owe him much. Having grown rapidly, I had contracted a tendency to stoop,