The Post-Office Also Was
Grander And Bigger Than Other Post-Offices, Though The Postmaster
Confessed To Me That That Matter Of The Delivery Of Letters Was One
Which Could Not Be Compassed.
Just at that moment it was being
done as a private speculation; but it did not pay, and would be
The theater, too, was large, handsome, and
convenient; but on the night of my attendance it seemed to lack an
audience. A good comic actor it did not lack, and I never laughed
more heartily in my life. There was something wrong, too, just at
that time - I could not make out what - in the Constitution of
Illinois, and the present moment had been selected for voting a new
Constitution. To us in England such a necessity would be
considered a matter of importance, but it did not seem to be much
thought of here, "Some slight alteration probably," I suggested.
"No," said my informant, one of the judges of their courts, "it is
to be a thorough, radical change of the whole Constitution. They
are voting the delegates to-day." I went to see them vote the
delegates, but, unfortunately, got into a wrong place - by
invitation - and was turned out, not without some slight tumult. I
trust that the new Constitution was carried through successfully.
From these little details it may, perhaps, be understood how a town
like Chicago goes on and prospers in spite of all the drawbacks
which are incident to newness.
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