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occasion the eloquence of Lowell impressed me most. My pride in the success of my distinguished countryman caused me to burst into applause at an inopportune moment, lie spoke with charm and elegance; there was heart in every word and tone, and a power that swept his auditors along with him. Next morning at breakfast I had the opportunity of hearing Lord I lough-ton at his best, I could hardly believe him to be the same person I had conversed with the afternoon before, when he showed a certain lassitude that seemed natural to him. He xvas rightly noted for his delightful table-talk at the morning meal. Apart from a certain glow of humor which colored all he said, I was struck particularly by the rapidity with which he flew from one subject to another, leaving everything he had touched complete.
\Yhile resting in Paris before proceeding southward I had a charming interview with Victor Hugo in his own house. As the door opened and he entered tin* room I was greatly impressed by an atmosphere of power that seemed to surround the short, thick-set man with stubbly white hair and piercing eyes. His welcome was cordial, his manner full of that charm and courtesy which