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To be able to hold an immense nation in the hollow of one's hand, to be able to pour out into millions of sympathetic ears, with calm confidence, as into the ears of a faithful friend, all the private griefs and intimate humors of a lifetime, to be called 'the King' by those one loves, to be so much more than a king in reality that every attack of gout one has is 'good for a column' in the newspapers and every phrase one utters girdles the world in twenty minutes, to be addressed as 'the Messiah of a genuine gladness and joy to the millions of three continents'—what more could Tom Sawyer, at least, have wished than that? ... Since the day, half a century back, when all official Washington, from the Cabinet down, had laughed over 'The Innocents Abroad' and offered him his choice of a dozen public offices to the day when the newspapers were freely proposing that he ought to have the thanks of the nation and even suggested his name for the Presidency, when, in his person, the Speaker of the House, for the first time in American history, gave up his private chamber to a lobbyist, and private cars were placed at his disposal whenever he took a journey, and his baggage went round the world with consular dispensations, and his opinion was asked on every subject by everybody, he had been, indeed, a sort of incarnation of the character and quality of modern America.