Grover Cleveland; A Record of Friendship

9780217315098: Grover Cleveland; A Record of Friendship

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1910. Excerpt: ... A FRIENDSHIP WITH JOE JEFFERSON. Jl One day, soon after the first term, and while he was staying at the Victoria Hotel, he turned to me and said: " Are there any fish up around Marion?" This was the village near Cape Cod where my family then spent their summers -- a place which had been visited by Mrs. Cleveland and her mother and aunt soon after the President's marriage. My answer was evasive. I said that I should not like to be responsible as to the fish in our Marion waters; that my experience as a fisherman in those parts had been in the company of Joe Jefferson, and that I would therefore bring him into the case as an expert. So one day Jefferson came and told the ex-President all about the fishing in Buzzards Bay, and in the streams and lakes of Cape Cod, near the home of that great actor and enchanting personality. The result was that the Clevelands took a small cottage next to us at Marion for the first part of the summer of 1889, and another cottage near for the last weeks of their stay. Next year they again came to Marion, taking a larger house. Then they bought a place across the bay, near the Jeffersons, which they named "Gray Gables," and occupied for years, till their summer home was changed to Tamworth, New Hampshire. The book of one's life is divided into few or many volumes: some may be unhappy, some full of romance and the joy of life. Mr. Cleveland's question about the fishing possibilities of the Marion waters proved to be the opening of a volume brimming with unalloyed pleasure for a little group of friends, many of whom are now no more. Jefferson had been eager to make Mr. Cleveland's personal acquaintance, for, as he told me, Cleveland was the only politician in whom he had ever taken an inter est. He had recognized, he said, early in Cleveland's career, that ...

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