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PRESIDENT HARRISON AT HOME

Id many ways tbe President of tha United States la a remarkable man ; but perhips as good a way at any other to giro a clear Idea of him Is to mention oue or two concrete faoti. When we know thai he measures sft 7<n, and weight a HtUe> over 15 stone, bis appearanoe oan easily be Imagined. He ii 53, bat wonderfolly/ healthy and~vlgoroui, an advantage which lovers of the weed are at liberty to traoe to his being, like Grant, « great smoker ; while teetotallers may jast as well assort that the resalt l> owing to his being, Ilka Hay, one of their number: Fortunately . for those who do not go to this extreme length, Mrs Harrison is not of the sama i opinion as her huaband, and Is famous fot [ her olaret'panoh. Preslient Harrison ia a little absent-minded — not so muoh as the Sootoh professor, of whom it waa Skid that he would pot his clothe* to> bed and hang himself over a chair, la para forgetf ulness-»but It comes ont strongly Id his treatment of acquaintances. You need to be introduced to him three or fonr times before he fixes yonr identity, and even then It Is as likely aa not that be will persist In calling you Smith even should your name bs Jones. Ha is ratbar cold m his manners, but those who know him intimately affirm that this Is merely external. At bottom he is warm-hearted* Hla mmaet rtflaots his experience aa a , lawyer mote than a soldier's bruiquenecf/ though he waa almost as distinguished In the latter capaolty as In the former. He is not m orator, but he has an unrivalled power of marshalling faot and armament on paper. Bound his home ia Indianapolis ha Is very highly respected, though he m by no means rich m tha eenee m wbloh wealth ia understood nowidays. Therefor the last thirty yean his wife, a moat accomplished, graceful, and well educated woman, has dona the honors, Her liveliness and wit have caused her & o'clock teas to be much run ' after. It is ia every way certain that she will be well received at Washington, where she formed a favorable impression during her stay b tween the years 1880 and 1886, when her huabaad was a Benator. Mr *nd Mrs Harrison have one son and a married daughter. It looks as though they are likely to be a great success, socfally at anyrate, at the White House.

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PRESIDENT HARRISON AT HOME, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2044, 23 January 1889

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PRESIDENT HARRISON AT HOME Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2044, 23 January 1889

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