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How A Senator Was "out" On Dinner

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Senator Nesmitb, according to the Washington Capítol, once underwent the following experience, incident to having received au invitation to dinn froni Judee Holt : 6 Fully equipped according to tho law of etiquette, he repaired to the house of the eminent jurist on Capitol Uil], at 7 o'clock P. M. Ringing the door-bell, ho in a few minutos was asked for his name.which was given on a neatly written card dono at the National Hotel by the card-writer, and the guest was then oonducted across a cold porch into a dimly lit, oold parlor. Here he sat, wondering how it happeued that he was among the first guests, and getting chilled to the bone, for it was a very cold night. In a few minutes he was joined by ttje Judge Advocate General in a most extraordinary dinner dress, consisting of a gown and slippers- the last vpry much down at the heel. The ehillinoss of tho room seemed to be increased by the eutrance of the host, who is generally as cold as an iciclo, but on this occasion seemed to be the North Pole. After a few minutes' conversation the host invited his shivering guest into tho library, whero a warm firo made them more comfortable. Por an hour the two discussed the condition of the Union, but Nesmith saw no guests arriving and heard no rattling of dishes, or rather uo preparations for a foast. Froin 8 till 9 they Swelt principally on our foreigu rolations, and yet no dinnor. From 9 till 10 tho conversation was desultory and tniscellaneous, and yet no dinner. Nesmith, who had all his life been dining at noon, had abstained on this day, and now found himself hungry enough to,eat his host. - Ho could not help thinking, while looking at the Judge Advocate General, that he would liko to tako a Httle Holt on tho half-shell, or Holt in a roast, or botter yet, Holt baküd and basted. Eleven o'clock came, and whilo Nesmith tried his best to talk tho host seemed to draw within himself, and niight have been taken for a bronze statue but for the monosyllable "yes and " no" that dropped out at times like three-pennies from a nail machine. In the midst of a spastnodic effort at a sentenco from Nesmith, Judge Holt suddenly got up aud said soleinnly ! " Senator, you must excuse me, but I have an engagement." Nesmith jumped up with as much alaority as his weakness would permit and staggered out. The Judge accompanied him to the front door, and when bidding him " good night," said : " I hopn, Senator, you will not forget our little dinner party for to-morrow night." "HolyMoses," cried Nesmith faintly, " I thought it was to-night."


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