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Life In The Park

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Wall Whitinaii senda to the N. Y. Tribune th is sketch of the rilling classes in New York: A fine af ternoon, 4 to o. - Ten thousand vehicles careering through the Park tliis perfect afternoon! .Sucha show! and I have seen all -watched it narrowly, and at my leisure. Private barouches, cabs and coupes, some (ine horseflesh - lapdogs, Eootmen, fashions, foreigners, cockades on hats, chests on panels - the f'ull oceanictide of New York's wealth and "gentility." It was an impressive, riek, interminable circus on a grand scale, l'ull of aetion and color in the beauty of the day, undex the elear sun and moderate breeze. Family groups, eouples, single drivers- of course dresses generalïy elegant - much siyl," yet nothing, evea in this diïi'cii'.i. that fully justilied itsulf. Through the windows of two or three of the richest carriages I saw faces almost corpae-like, so ashy and listless. Indeed the whole affair I must say, exhibited less of sterling America, either in promise, spirit or countenance, than I had counted on from sueh a select mass-spectacle. I suppose, as a proof oflimitless wealth, leisure, and the aforesaid "gentility," it was tremendous. Yet what I saw those hours (I took two other occasions, two other afternoons to watch the same scène) adds strength to a thought that haunts me every additional glimpse I get of general, or ratiier exceptional, phases of wealth and f ashion in this country, namely, that they are ill at ease and f ar from happy ; that there is nothing in them wliich we who are poor and plaln need at all envy, and that instead of the uerennial smell of the grass and woods and shores, their typical redolence is but of soaps and essences, very rare may be, but suggesting the barber shop - something that turns stale and musty in a few hours anyKow. Perhaps the show on the Ilorseback Iload was prettiest. Many groups (threes were a favorable number) some eouples, some single - many ladies - frequently horses or parties dashing along on a full run - line riding the rule - not a few really flrstclass animáis. As the afternoon waned, the wheeled carriages grew less, but the saddle-riders seemed to increase. They lingered long, and I saw some charming forms and faces the handsomest girls and the iines looking young men.


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Michigan Argus