OTIUM CUM DIGNITATE
Secretary Chase's private offices at Washington are fitted with Axminster carpets, gilded ceilings, velvet furniture, and other luxurious surroundings which go to hedge about a Cabinet Minister with a dignity quite appalling to the unaccustomed outsider.
Five minutes after a Custom House clerk had read this item, and with the recollection of it still upon him, he was paid his monthly salary in green-backs, and the consequence was he lost his temper, and became profane to a degree approaching lunacy.
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