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Emil, an Idiot
Posterior Extremity... 161
a lately arrived steamer at any season, especially in the early autumn, we shall note the names of several persons of local or general prominence in their own land, England, France, or Germany; and it is by no means unusual for a company of titled folk to land at our docks, intent upon making a tour of observation over the wide expanse of our continent. Of the foreigners who come with mercenary intent there seems to be no end, and the majority of them, especially those who have reputation for artistic or literary talent, appear to reap a profitable harvest in their rounds. At the present time the number of foreign "professionals" vying for public notice and the people's money, in New York City alone, is surprisingly large. If one were to glance down the theatrical column of a daily newspaper he would be inclined to think that Europe's best singers and actors were assembled on this side of the great salt pond by a kind of agreement.
Some of England's best specimens of manhood have visited us as friend comes to friend, no motive of pecuniary advantage coloring the sojourn. So Mr. Spencer came, and tarried only too brief a space among us. So Lord Dufferin moved quietly about from city to city, courting no notice, asking no favors.
Lately one of our cousin John's best sons spent a few months in the United States, and made a most agreeable impression by his refined person, manner, and high culture. We allude to the ChiefJustice of England, or Lord Coleridge, as he is commonly styled by virtue of his office. His portrait indicates an organization of fine quality, with the added effects of study and culture. Temperamentally there is a balance which is unusual, the finely-developed brain being
well sustained by a well-preserved and solidly compacted body. There is no excess of tissue, but an apparent fullness of function in all the vital organs. Excellent lungs, a large and powerful heart, and good natural digestion supply the aliment for the free and effective operation of the intellectual powers. He is a prompt, ready, close observer; a keen scrutinizer into the constitution of things; a clear and able judge of men. He reads character off-hand, has an intuitive discernment of motives, and of the true in conduct. He is nice and close in analysis; would have made a chemist or geologist of eminent capabilities, because of his appreciation of the natural world, and his alert understanding of the mechanics of matter. We judge that he loves to study intricate questions; those which involve much detail and require close thought in their resolution. He is clear and definite in the use of language; speaks from knowledge and from personal reflection, not from a memory stored with words merely. He never overloads his speech with words and phrases, but expresses his meaning with the clearness of understanding and the nicety of culture and practice. We do not wonder, with this portrait before us, that its owner found a cordial reception, not only among the gentlemen of the American bar, whose guest he was, but in general society; for aside from reputation as a jurist, he adds the charm of a broad charity and a refined as well as liberal manner.
Men of power in any field—letters, science, business-are individual; they stand apart from the masses, in their endowments and attainments, and also in their purposes, and while the masses are given