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[Washington Cor. Chicago Intcr-Oc-an.] The President's household now consista of Mis. Hayos, Miss Piatt (a niece wlio Las for a long time made her home with them), Messrs. Webb, Birchard and Butherford Hayes (young men from 18 to 24 in age), and two little ohildren - Fannie, aged 10, and Scott, aged 7. Almost any morningyou can see a carriageload of the President' famüy driving about town. Sometimes the lodies are sboroping; sometimos they make calis; sometimes they go to the Congressional library to get books to read during the long slimmer days at the Soldiers' Home. Mrs. Hayes generally dressoB in black, quite plainly for this city of elabórate costumes, and she often carries a large palm-leaf fan in her hand. Her eanïage is quite handsome, but the horses are decidedly shabby. Nothing i quite so distinctive a mark of fiocial position as the turn-out one goes about in, and President Haves' horses are criticised more than tbey otherwise would havc been had not President Grant been so l'astidious in the choice of his equipages. No person ever had in Washington a handsomcr turn-out than Gen. Grant need to drive. He had a pair of horses whichwent bef ore his carriagc thatcould not be surpíissed ín this or any other country. They cost $3,000, and were selected by their owner himself, who has as good an eye for the flne points of an animal as any jockey that ever handled a whip. When he leit the White House, President Grant sent them as a present to George W. Childs, A. M., of Philadelphia, and they are now pointod out as the iinest team in Pennsylvania. But President Hayes introduced into their stalls a pair of horses that look as if they came from a country livery stablè, which they did. Mr. Rogers, the Pre8idcnt'8 Private Secretary, paid $300 for them in Alexandria, Now, Mr. Rogers is an excellent man; he has studied theology, and he has studied law; he knows about all that need be known of philosophy and art; he can see the fmc poinfcs in a legal argument or a doctrinal sermón, and can write a letter as politely as a letter can be written, but he has one important weakness, and that is his ignorance o: horse-flesh. He ought uever to have been trusted to buy a team. The horses are ill-matched and clumsy. They tro each on his own hook, without regard to the other. They have both been accustomed to be hitched on the nigh side and every horseman knows that to hitch two nigh horses together will spoil a team. One of them is a dark-mottled chestnut, with a white foot; the other is a bright bay, with a white nose. Anyone can see in a moment that those two horses ought never to be harnessed together any more than a blue bonne ought to be worn with a green dress Besides, they are lazy. President Grant's oíd coachman and footman, whose faces are as well known in Washington as President Grnnt's own, are retained at the White House, bu: neither of them takes a real active interest in their business any more. Albert the coachman, drives alone, but he looks like a widower, aud acts as if he was thinking of killing himself. And i would not be a surprise to persons who know the facts if both Jerry and Alber were found some moming with their throats cut and razors in their hands. Before the 4th of March, as they rode on the box of President Grant's carriage with their long blue coats and silver buttons as large as your hand, their stovepipe hats and white gloves, they looked the proudest men the sun shone on. But since this civil-service reform in the carriage line was introduced they have found out that this world is a hol low mockery and ñlled with sawdust Nowadays you see Albert driving, anc yon notice a melaneholy expression 01 nis countenance, to which in degree o blackness a coal isn't a circumstance He holds thelinescarelessly in one hand and he doesn't sit up so erect and digni fted as he uaed to. His coat is hal f un buttoned, bis boots are unpolished, anc he doesn't seeni to care whether he ivears his gloves or not. And it's all on acconn of those horses Rogers bought. I Albert hadn't a large family of pica ninnies dependent on him for support h wouldn't drive that team for love no money; but necessity knows no choice and he is holding on in hopes the team may die and be replaced with a bette one. Albert is seriously suspected of conspiracy to lame those horses so tha they will have to be gotten rid of.


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